New Members - Introduce Yourself

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  1. bixby

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    No this can't be the Lew I knew in Bellevue at Bixby's. Quick way to find out.

    Ever pilot a glider?

    Regards,
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    Hello, everyone. I’ve listened to and enjoyed music from my earliest memory with a passion that I have found in few other people. It is a balm and nectar for me. That may sound cheesy and over the top but that’s how I feel.

    A few weeks back my amp quit on me and I began a search for some new equipment. I had intended to get another relatively affordable integrated. But then I thought I’d drag my fifteen year old NAD C320BEE out. It did a very good job.

    After a few weeks I added a Schiit Freya S pre amp and here I am. Good to be here.

    Cheers,

    Scott
     
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  3. Lew Barrett

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    Hi Keith! Yeah. It's me and I fly gliders just as you remembered, although it's been a while. Wowser! I'd say "small world" although I guess we were fated to meet up again! I will PM you with contact data. This is too cool!
     
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    yea, pm me we will have to chat.
     
  5. Ones and Zeros

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    Hi! Another new guy here. I join forums to learn things and eventually share knowledge and passion. I’m just getting started in the world of ‘higher end’ headphones, but have been “critically listening” to music since the 90s. I have a set of HD650s and wanted to learn about amplification, which led me to DACs, and of course all the subjective vs objective viewpoints. I joined this particular forum partly hoping I could find reasonable and intelligent conversations about that.

    One of the big questions I have is: what gives the sense of soundstage and depth? My hunch is maybe it has something to do with how certain frequencies decay over time, but then couldn’t it be measured?

    I’m a mechanical engineer. I also play instruments and have taken music theory for personal enjoyment. I thought theory would be somewhat easy since it’s math based. But I quickly learned how much art there is to composing what I consider to be good music. I think this is somehow related to my liking of music equipment that ‘sounds good’ but doesn’t necessarily ‘measure good’ - there’s an art to making something sound right, it’s not just numbers - although maybe it is just numbers, and we’re not looking deep enough to explain it.

    Other questions I have:
    If a component emits a frequency or noice that is ‘inaudible,’ isn’t there still a harmonic that could be affecting noise in the audible range?

    DACs receive digital signals - some people call it ‘ones and zeros’ and believe that everything is perfectly timed or controlled. But the ‘ones and zeros’ are really varying electrical charge at a frequency well into radio frequency, where the impedance of the conductor becomes variable. How is it not possible that the varying impedance causes delays or ramps in the charge that affects the timing or value of what’d being read?

    I think this is all really interesting stuff that relates to things way beyond headphones and amplifiers. Like an instrument (guitars and pianos for example) tend to sound like crap when notes are tuned to pitch, but can sound amazing when ‘tuned to itself.’

    Well, that was long. Hopefully I’m in the right place =)
     
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  6. drumbo

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    Hi! Been lurking for a couple weeks, time to introduce myself.

    44 year old musician and record store clerk in Chicago. Son of a jazz critic who spent most of his time in the basement with his stereo. Played guitar in a few bands, was lucky enough to tour the coasts a couple times. Been recording my own songs on a TASCAM four track since college, more recently with Logic and Yamaha HS5 monitors. Still play shows occasionally. Got a Fender Blues Deluxe amp and a bunch of pedals.

    Spent the last 7 years or so taking a deep dive into the modular synth world. Amazing modules being made these days. Love to lose myself in a patch for hours. I've put a few synth albums out on small local cassette labels. Great online community in synth world too, the first I've really taken part in.

    Recently moved into my first home after years of tiny apartments and decided to get serious about home listening, now that I have a room I can control and no downstairs neighbors to annoy. Ditched my hand-me-down Creek integrated amp and Bang & Olufsen linear tracking turntable for a Pro-ject X2 and a nice pile of Schiit on the advice of a coworker. Planning on upgrading my 80's ADS speakers but they sound nice with the new gear. Came here for speaker advice, stayed because you guys don't seem to take yourselves too seriously.

    I'm absolutely riveted by the drama of the subjectivist/objectivist debate. I'm a newbie to all of this but I'd initially place myself firmly in the former camp. But it's early. Also: I screwed up my hearing by playing in loud rock bands, definite hearing loss in my right ear. This may discount my assessments. It certainly messes with my ability to mix properly.

    I know a decent amount about how sound works from listening to my oscillators for hours and learning about synths and how to mix my recordings, I learned about DACs and bitrates and such from the perspective of a recordist, not as a home audio guy. But I have little engineering-type knowledge. I'm bad at math and graphs scare me.

    Like I said, I work at a a record store, so I spend 40 hours a week listening to music and come home and listen to more. Also, I get LPs for half off and I work at the buying desk (first dibs!), so it's hard not to bring a lot of records home. Mildly obsessed with obtaining Blue Note LPs from the 60s. If there's an LP you've been searching for, I can probably try to help you track it down. And yes, it's the store that the movie "High Fidelity" was based on :)

    Thanks for having me and hope that wasn't too much information.
     
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  7. PhalanxInfernal

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    Good morning,

    I stumbled upon this forum a little while ago while doing some late night research on potential future purchases. I would describe myself as very new to audio gear with my fledgling experience beginning with a massdrop purchase of the 6XX.
    After binge watching Z Reviews trying to find a desktop ready dac/amp/preamp I settled upon the Klipsch Heritage unit which has served me needs rather easily (and looks pretty snazzy as well).

    While I am very new to gear, I can say that music has always played a major role in my life. I've attended countless concerts and seen hundreds of bands. The wonderful wizardry of Blind Guardian, the unbelievable vocal performance of Unleash the Archers and the unrelenting grunt of Dyscarnate all pull my reality into the pictures they paint. A long commute to work, time spent at my desk, and fuel for gym time, are all enhanced and defined by music.

    So I am here to continue researching future purchases, further understanding the hobby, and generally just to learn and explore new things.
     
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    Afternoon,

    First stumbled across this site looking for a recommendation as to which tube I should stuff in my Vali 2.
    Had something of an interest in headphones since owning a pair of HD448s in 2011 to play my trash tier taste in garage band indue and post, alt rock over.
    Since moved onto bigger and better things, if not musically, with a pair of HD6XXs and a lil Schiit stack.
     
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    Hi,

    I'm Bieske from the Netherlands. Enjoyed reading this community for some time so decided to sign up.
    Hope to have some good discussions and maybe even some laughs!

    Cheers, Bieske
     
  10. Victor Saranoff

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    Hi, I have been DJ’ing for over 10 years and with an increasing amount of interest on coding music. I feel bad that for so many earlier years I hadn’t paid adequate attention to the quality of gear I was listening on and I’m happy to be here to educate myself and add to the pleasure.

    Right now my desktop gear chains are Mac > ifi iPurifier 3 > SMSL SU8 and Topping DX3PRO > SMSL SP 200 THX 888 and Bravo Ocean with a 1967 Mullard tube > Schiit Loki or Sonarworks > AKG K712Pro and AKG K7XX and Ultrasone Performance 880 closed backs

    For portable I’m on Shanling M0 > ifi xcan > fiio f9 Pro on balanced

    My hifi rig is with the DACs mentioned above feeding to Rega Elex-R > Monitor Audio Bronze 2s and Elac 3030 12” subwoofer

    I’ve been looking to move up from AKG K712Pros and haven’t been able to decide. I must say the K712Pros have surprised me by their ability to scale with the THX and Bravo Ocean tube amp and with some EQ or Sonarworks they can sound amazing especially their ability to dig deep into subbass was a revalation to me. I do intend to hone in my purchase decision soon and looking forward to Hifiman Arya which is coming on a tour to me soon.
     
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    Hi. Been a low/mid-fier for some time. I find sub 300 my comfort realm as I don't have to rely on headphones as my primary audio source most of the time. Had a schiit stack a while back, gave my fulla 2 to my brother, now I'm just using my backup FX audio x6 for occasional use. That said I do like to catch up on new things periodically, or I suppose more accurately old become new, as I have a 6xx incoming as a complement to my dt 880's. Now I'm debating the Hel or a Heresy stack once the 6xx come in and I give them a go on the x6.

    I like to have multiple points of view, as HF was my main source for the last 6 years. Cheers.
     
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  12. FeddyLost

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    Hello everyone

    I'm here to get some useful information regarding gear and psychoacoustics, especially digitally based signal sources like PC, DAPs & DACs for my hi-fi system.
    Due to absence of stable live sound stereotypes (except ordinary human voice) i prefer to stay on "engineering" side. Also, I see my significant "psychical flexibility", so I just can't trust my ears as audiophiles recommend. Subjectively I prefer 3D realistic and detailed scene without fatigue.
    Right now I prefer to use pro equipment because all the hassle with hi-fi "intimate compatibility" is too complex for me. Or I'm too lazy for it, don't know for sure.

    I have a lot of unused hi-fi equipment because I had a lot of plans, but plans don't work and equipment stay.
    Last few months I consume mostly various youtube clips with unfinished hi-fi setup (digital source, DAC and power is in progress) and thrash metal with portable set.
     
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    hiya all! Just saw this thread and thought I'd pop by...long time listener, first time caller I guess?

    anyways, I have always been a music lover, but have really been into audio for probably ten years or so....I think the first non-stock earbuds/phones I ever used was a pair of Klipsch S4s that I used for a while then passed on to my then gf/now wife when I scored a deal on UE Triple.Fi 10s that lasted me for quite some time. I eventually picked up some Westone 4Rs and used those both for probably 4 or 5 years...basically got me through college and then some.

    After moving out of the dorms and getting a big boy job, figured it was appropriate to upgrade to a desktop system, and I went with a Modi/Vali 2 w/ HD600s and sold the IEMs. That was fine for a while, and then the 6XXs were introduced, so upgraded (or side-graded, as some may say) to those, sold the previous set up, and landed on a Modi Multibit/Valhalla 2, which I got (checks Schiit order history...) exactly 3 years ago today!

    It's a great setup that I use almost daily, especially now that I have finally built a proper PC...gets me through music, movies, and games all pretty well. I generally try to stay away from the forums (but have lurked here for a while, posted some on HD and Reddit) for the most part because when I do hang around, it generally results in me spending more money :)

    I don't think I have particularly great ears or anything, but as I said, music has always been a part of my life and I want to enjoy it as best as I am able.
     
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    Morning all. New to the forum here so just stopping in to say Hi!

    My name is Nick and I run a little pro audio business kitting out studios and selling nice bits of gear. I came across this place as I had seen traffic landing onto my site about a new product so thought I'd come check it out. I consider myself lucky working in the biz as I've been selling gear since the mid 90's and get to speak to a lot of guys at all levels of the game.

    I'm always interested in finding out how people are doing stuff and solving their issues and helping others get the most from their recording and production game.
     
  15. pLuhhmm

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    Hi

    Thought I'd see if registration was open and it was. So here I am.

    Audio is a side hobby of mine. I'm not super technical about anything and most of the terminology flies over my head with their true meanings. However, I've been experiencing proper listening since probably 2008. Joined communities like head-fi and overclock.net (mainly for the computing stuff, but there was also a decent audio section) around then. Of course also participate on reddit, although the proper subreddits are nothing more than time killing. content imo is just terrible. 10 years ago or so it was probably better like the rest of reddit when the community was smaller and more niche, but its clearly been ran over with the m50 parroting crowd.

    For now I mostly use headphones and 2.0 system, along with a random hand-me-down JBL 5.1 setup. Mainly because I don't see the point in investing more into it while apartment living.

    My listening experience started from a gaming perspective with CS 1.6. Started with HD 201s, then onto my first upgrade of HD 280s, and a random purchase of used Grado SR60i at a great price where I then bought the yellow aftermarket pads. I'd say that was probably my early audio entrance. The next step would be A700s, which really expressed better listening capabilities. A700s were my favorite for a long time. Super comfortable, easy to listen to. From there I moved on to my first open over the ear headphones and really first open dailys. Grados are not suited, at least for me, for listening for more than an hour. The first being DT 990 250Ohms. Another great headphone. I like the BD sound and the comfort is quite great. Only downside being the highs being brutal at times. From there we reach my current point. Where I take the next step and really spend my money, lol. I upgrade to the DT 1990s (used at $300). Really agree with the purchase. Provide the same comfort, but even better with top notch build quality and aesthetics too. Just really great headphones and the uncomfortable highs appear to be tamed.

    As for hardware I'm not very experienced. I believe I started out with a FiiO E10 USB, but it was not great lol. Think I got it for free by a shipping accident by MiCCa. Other than that and super portable FiiO mini inline amps, I have a FiiO E09k has my main desktop amp. Its okay. At the time was a decent purchase IIRC. Actively looking to replace, possibly Magni 3+. Oh, and I have a Creative Sound Blaster Z sound card. Although I only use the amped output when LANning and don't really enable anything in the control panel. I suppose its an upgrade at DAC than onboard.

    I'm just now getting experience with speakers. Besides my gear I've had one notable jarring experience. Friends dad had a surround sound setup and idk if it was the weed or what, but the depth in the quality and surround was insane. My first decent speaker purchase was again the common M-Audio AV40. Sounded better than really anything I could remember in terms of speakers. From there I haven't had much besides movie theaters. However, about a year ago I purchased some used Klipsch RP-150M off Amazon and paired it with a Yamaha RX-V375 AVR. This clearly blew away my AV40s. Not even remotely comparable and really solidified the purchase. When they were first setup me and others distinctly noticed a almost surround sound effect. IDK if it was my at the time apartments layout, if I'm used to it, or what. It was a pretty interesting experience while it lasted. For now, I don't have a plan at upgrading those because they're sitting on my computer desk and I believe the sound signature is great for my intended use of mostly gaming and the quality seems great. My next step in the speaker world will be creating a legitimate home theater setup once I move to a more appropriate housing. Hoping to spend a good amount IMO. Probably a grand or grand and half for projector setup and two or two and half for audio. Nothing super extreme, but should provide excellently. No research done there as its a year+ out.

    At the moment my plans again are to upgrade my desktop amp. Which is what led me here really. Which was researching the Magni 3+ vs the Hersey. I feel like I have a pretty good grasp at knowing what is over convoluted and possibly bias review. So after coming close to solidifying my choice of the Hersey I saw the audio science review post. Seemed great... But too great. For one I couldn't understand anything in the review so I looked more into finding people who did. Which basically led me here. Honestly, when I was trying to find my next move I had no idea wth Schiit was talking about in their Q&A under the Magni 3+. Why the Hersey exists or what the difference or why they won't say which is better. Honestly, the color scheme is what sold me initially as I assumed they were just the same thing, but different colors. Knowing what an op amp (which I really still dont. only that its a different kind of amp) is fairly new concept to me. So far I'm at the point that the Magni 3+ seems like the clear choice. Although I'm not completely sure as perhaps at times some posters were a bit too harsh on it due to ASR. Mainly because there seems to be inconsistent opinions on later posts being more approving. I think I'm going to get the Magni 3+ as it seems to be the safer choice. Although it would be nice to directly compare them for my own opinion.

    In terms of my next headphone I'm not really sure. I really enjoy a large soundstage for music and gaming while also liking a good bass with the option of EQing for bass quantity. Also unsure how much I want to spend. I don't see myself ever going over $1k and that might be my end game.

    I'm probably here to lurk more than post as I'm not the biggest fan of smaller communities and the drama that occurs, but the info here seems pretty good. So here I am. At work. Typing an essay to kill time.
     
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    Signed up today.
    Somehow wound up being a CPA/Guitarist.
    Love listening to live music and recording, especially symphonic and chamber music. Married to a piano teacher.
    There seems to be more useful information about good sounding head-fi gear and such on SBAF than elsewhere and I hope to be allowed to join in the discussions from time to time.
     
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    Howdy,

    Been lurking for years. Audio gear has been a natural curiosity for me as I'm a Guitarist / Musician... just trying to learn from the great people here and offer opinions & perspective on the few things I am knowledgable in. Cheers.
     
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    Hello, I am from England and am an enthusiast of many forms of music. I love symphonic and orchestral music (particularly Bruckner, Schubert, Prokofiev, R Strauss and Beethoven), Opera (Rossini, Mozart especially), easy listening (I love the Carpenters and Neil Diamond), piano blues (especially Professor Longhair and Doctor John), Clifton Chenier, and some pop/rock and roll (generally older, especially Elvis, Beach Boys, Springsteen, the Who, OMD). I find there are few musical genres that I can't find anything that I like, even if I don't listen to it much.
    I listen mostly with headphones, and probably have too many. I use my Etymotic ER4 SR a lot as I commute to work and fly a lot and find them better than active noise cancelling headphones. And I actually love the very accurate, neutral signature. I have Denon D7200, Sony MDR Z7, Audio Technica MSR7, Audioquest Nighthawk Carbon and Oppo PM-2 and love them all. I also still have a pair of HD580s that I've owned for over 25 years I think. My current favourite is probably the D7200 but I find something oddly enjoyable about the Nighthawk, it has a very strange signature and in some ways could be described as awful yet with the right music it just sucks me in and I can listen to them for hour after hou without ever becoming fatigued or uncomfortable.
    I am a music lover and like good audio gear and have a love of classic hifi equipment, particularly Japanese high end gear from the 80's.
     
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    Hi all,

    Been lurking here for years. Used to be on the other headphone site, and found this one a while back but just getting registered. Really into natural sounding gear that replicates the small-venue concert experience. I don't consider myself a musician, but I played piano and then violin through high school. Enough to give me an ear for classical. In college, I was close enough NYC to see a bunch of small venue concerts, mainly on the indie rock and even acoustic/folk side of things. Never realized there was more to life than Bose headphones until about 5 years ago.

    Current setup is Gungnir Multibit A2 -> OG Saga -> Threshold Stasis II (old Nelson Pass design) -> modded HE-6 as per @ohhgourami (sorry for the call out -- easiest way to confirm the correct spelling)

    I was lucky enough to have a huge office in my lab with plenty of room for a full size DAC and speaker amp, but I recently finished my PhD, so after I get a job, I'll be looking for a speaker rig for the house and then a desktop setup. At the moment, my dream rigs would prolly be:

    home: Yggdrasil -> Freya S -> monoblock Aegir (upgrade eventually to a Pass Labs) -> efficient towers. Was interested in Salk BeAT until I read Marvey's criticism of Salk speakers. Cross that bridge when I can afford speakers.

    work: Bifrost II -> Lyr3 or similar -> ZMF Atticus

    Anyway, that's my story. Cheers.
     
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    Hello, my name is Mike from Orange County area, CA. I recently discovered this community and have been active in various forum boards. This hobby has hit me pretty hard the last year and I am excited to learn a lot more from everyone here.

    Here is a short breakdown of my setups just to give a bit more background information:
    My headphone setup is Tidal --> SMSL M100 --> XDuoo TA-01b --> Nighthawk Carbon or HD600.
    My stereo setup is Tidal --> Schiit Bifrost MB v1 --> Rogue Audio Sphinx v2 --> Polk LSiM 703.
    My home theater setup is Onkyo TX-NR686 --> Klipsch RP-280FA 5.1.2 setup.

    I listen to almost all types of music, but tend to gravitate towards acoustic + vocals.
     
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