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Discussion in 'Tales from the Bully Pulpit' started by Joh, Sep 26, 2015.

  1. dogmatagram

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    Hey everyone ,

    I've loved both music and audio gear for quite a long time, so I think I'll fit right in at SBAF!

    My interests as far as audio/music go include:
    • Music that shows a clear passion for craft, in any genre. Bonus points if it's well-produced/there's something notable about the sound itself. I especially love jazz, progressive rock, and most electronic music. I'm always on the lookout for new music. My latest obsession has been deep- diving on Japanese City Pop; especially the artists that were seemingly inspired by Steely Dan in the 80s.
    • Getting the highest performance I can out of relatively modest audio gear.
    My go-to gear at the moment:
    • For listening on Mac, a Sennheiser HD 6XX with an OriGen G2 DAC (love its form factor, controls, and the fact that it's bus-powered), using DMGAudio EQuick via Rogue Amoeba SoundSource for system-wide EQ.
    • For mobile, I currently bounce between the following: HiBy R3 Pro, SanDisk Clip Zip with Rockbox, and a modded iPod Classic 7th gen. I tend to prefer a v-shaped sound signature, so my current favorite-price-to-performance-ratio IEMs are the CCA C10, [MMCX-modded] Sony MH-755 and Sony XBA-H3. To me they're proof that price is not correlated to performance, since I've tried much fancier IEMs and still love these the most.
     
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    Hi, I’m David.

    I’ve been in love with music for as far back as I can remember, starting with AM radio in the sixties. My lodestone is probably The Velvet Underground and Nico, but my tastes and interests range widely.

    I’ve been at this for quite a while now – Sixty years old and I bought my first stereo when I was 16. I got sucked into the audiophile thing in the 1980s, and turned over a lot of budget-friendly equipment before landing on the system that made me, bizarrely, content. Then parenthood struck and I started spending my disposable cash elsewhere.

    Five years ago I moved into a new home. The old stereo came with me, and I augmented it with a Sonos system so I could stream music around the house. That was cool (why did I wait so long for this convenience and the massive, endless catalog?) and satisfying.

    About two years ago, I decided to stop living with the noisy preamp volume pot that no one seemed to be able to fix, and dipped my toes back into the audio equipment pool. What I found was a new world, filled with digital equipment and a flattened community (I’d lived and died with The Absolute Sound and Stereophile in the dark ages before the interweb.)

    I evaluated a few preamps, quickly realizing my power amp was also way past its expiration date. So I also picked up a new power amp. And when I realized I needed to attenuate the preamp’s output to the power amp, I discovered Schiit. Next thing I knew I was buying a Modi 3 to stream Tidal from my office PC, then another Modi 3 and a Magni 3+ when my office moved home in March.

    And while reading Schiit product reviews I found SBAF. I will admit that I have spent a good deal of time reading the Aegir and Bifrost 2 threads, and I thank you guys for those! I’ve got an Aegir on order now and am thinking about the future.

    SBAF’s philosophy appeals to me. I’ve been skeptical about measurements for decades, ever since I heard the obvious difference between two turntables, playing the same song back-to-back with the same cartridge, amps and speakers. I don’t deny the objective reality of a measurement. But I suspect that when I can hear the differences between two pieces of equipment that “measure the same” we are not measuring the right thing.

    One more thing – I’m a moderator at another website, one that has nothing to do with SBAF’s mission. So I respect and appreciate the community you’ve got here, and hope to be a good citizen here.
     
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  3. Davids

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    Enlightened Audio Design DSP7000 DAC for:
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    Roku 3 to Samsung UN40D6400​

    Amplification:
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    Nuforce STA200 power amp​

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    Thiel CS1.2 speakers
    Sennheiser HD600 headphones
    Massdrop x NuForce EDC3 IEMs​
     
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    Hello all!

    I've been lurking here for quite some time--in part because of some email server snafu that prevented me from getting the confirmation email, but which seems? to have cleared itself up recently, but really because anyway I'm mainly here to read, just a great resource even if I don't quite understand all the terminology (still). I've been in and out of the hobby--out, meaning, spending a bit less time with music or else simply satisfied with my setup--for ~10 years or so. Most/really all of my focus on gear has been on headphones (lots of these, mainly open cans), a few IEMs, and speakers, with some forays along the way into DACs and amps--mainly, bargain stuff, vast majority of which are either used, from Drop (have been a customer there for nearly as long as I've been in the hobby, haha) or more recently Schiit (I hang out too much on their 'deals' page), but sometimes branch out. Actually, I bought k4rstar's Arcam CD73T last year--it remains one of the gear purchases I'm most satisfied with. On that note, since these intro posts seem to be a lot about gear...

    Headphones (right now):
    -Hifiman Edition XX--won it in a Bounty Box! Right before I lucked into this, alternated between HD6XX and K7XX dependent on material, mood. Had (well, still have, though it sees little use) an HE-400i V2 I liked a lot but for the clamping and vague fatigue, so this more refined, less fatiguing, more comfortable, bass-heavier version is just splendid. Definitely want to continue pursuing planars if/when 'the bug' comes again.
    -AKG K7XX--TV/movies, conferencing, live stuff/string instruments, vocals, or when I just need something comfortable--IMO unbeatable for this. I don't care if the airiness in the soundstage is artificial, it's kind of wonderful and refreshing sometimes.
    -ATH-M50X (monitoring, mastering--mainly of spoken word right now, however) - also first closed phones I used that I don't totally hate for music, but in fairness I have not really pursued this.

    Mainly driven by my one OK portable DAC/amp right now (in general, these didn't previously see a lot of use, so I have not really invested in these)--an original CEntrance DACport--or else an xDuoo X3 running Rockbox.

    Portable:
    -JVC HA-FDX1 (music--mainly thanks to james and shotgunshane's impressions, which I'm very glad I listened to)
    -Klipsch Image X11 (godsend for tiny-eared people like me, nothing more comfortable including the JVC, better, IMO, for spoken word like podcasts, otherwise not fatiguing, smooth. Balanced-seeming at first? but then, kinda muddy...but laid-back is better for conversations, IMO, even if not perfect.)
    -Koss KSC-75 in very casual situations/when I need to hear my surroundings (Will probably never give this up; these were the first headphones I ever loved and while I've heard better, I don't think I'll ever 'outgrow' them. I have two of these and a splitter that stay in my bag all the time--a great, no-fuss, low-risk way to share music with someone when speakers are not an option.)

    Mainly driven by my xDuoo X3 or phone (a OnePlus 5). Previously used my older phones (of course) or a variety of Sansas for this. (Should...probably unload at least some of these now, given what people are paying for Rockbox-compatible ones now).

    (P'raps an entirely different category, but, I am finding myself in the kitchen area a lot, where we have a Tivoli Model One. Not critical listening or anything, but a nice enough tone, and fun to use/listen to the *actual* radio outside the context of driving. Which we can technically do in TV room but I don't find I'm there unless I'm watching TV, and the novelty of discovery is of course absent, though I do enjoy the sound (courtesy of a generic AVR and a bunch of Infinity Primuses).)

    Everything else:
    Am in, uh, exile in part thanks to the pandemic, so the aforementioned Arcam CD73T, nearfield desktop speakers+amp, main Schiit stack, turntable, many other headphones (too many, need to unload) that see intermittent use and DACs that almost don't get used at all, not to mention physical media, are not handy.
    FWIW, Despite not having my good DACs handy atm (at least not for this purpose--there's a Modi 2U fed by a Chromecast Audio in the TV room, but again, different category) I'm interested in exploring this beyond the entry level, in particular multibit and NOS--not because I'm awfully dissatisfied so much as intrigued.

    As far as music goes--a lot of rock (across the board), jazz esp hard bop, film scores, some classical, and more recently some r&b and house. I'd really like to explore these last three more, especially. The wonderful thing about this hobby is that the enhanced presentation makes you want to find new things, forces you to pay more attention and as such branch out into more and different music, I find. Though it'll also bring a new perspective onto old favorites and ofc make you want to revisit all of those. I guess that's really the point at the end: the music, while we can.

    And now, back to lurking...
     
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  5. jello

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    Howdy,

    Sometimes it sounds really good, and I'm chasing more of that.

    I've generally picked up my gear at the thrift store and about ten years ago I found a pair of B&W 630i floorstanders and thought they sounded good. These are still the speakers I listen to most and so that may be a fair description of my level of experience with this hobby. I've heard a few old turntables and sources paired with commodity class D amps powering these that occasionally sound blissful.

    In the office I used to frequent, I listened to NAD HP50 headphones, and on a lark I got a dragonfly black. I guess that's when I started to pay more attention to the gear.

    After that office, I started listening to HD650 headphones from a Jotunheim/Modius stack.

    Then I put a Bifrost 2 and pi2aes streamer in front of my rando Denon dra 365r integrated amp with those B&Ws. When I went back and listened to my chromecast audio I was happy with my purchases. Now I get more resolution on instruments in the midrange, and bigger snappier bass. Of course, I also moved the speakers away from the wall. Still trying to figure out how good these speakers are.

    I have a lot more listening to do.
     
  6. pgs_audio

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    Hello all,
    I extend a warm welcome to all members of this excellent forum.
    My name is Jean.
    I am a part of team of enthusiasts and our goal is project on manufacturing of planar IEM.
    We are delighted to have a dialogue with those who appreciate this type of headphones and are ready to cooperate with stakeholders in this field.
     
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    Hi. I found this website doing research on Schiit's Modi Multibit, and found Torq's post called "Rings of Gold: A Tale of Eight Bifrosts". I'm a two-channel stereo guy, with PrimaLuna tube integrated, Rega P25 turntable, Rega Jupiter CDP, KEF LS50s, and recently bought a Bifrost 2 DAC.

    I'm a longtime member of the website Audio Asylum, and have really enjoyed reading the posts here on the DAC forum.
     
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    Well, that's nice. But it's usually the other way around.
     
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    Hello to all. My name is Den.

    I've been here awhile not positing for the most part and basically got lambasted for it.
    Yup I'm a Schiit head and I'm old. Been doing this
    for quite some time had lots of equipment changes over the years.
    Yes I'm into some minimal tweaks too that work and wires matter. Everything matters. Room is dedicated and treated with GIK 244 panels.

    This site has been excellent for all info Schiit, thank you!

    I'm a 2 channel system nut no Cans.

    System is>
    Speakers: Usher CP6371 (90db, 4ohms)
    TT: ClearAudio Emotion SE Ceramic mag bearing, Carbon Satisfy Arm
    Cart: AT33PTG II, Shelter 501 II
    PhonoPre: Rogue Trition 2
    Amp: Rogue Cronus MAG 2, all NOS tubes
    CD: PS AUdio PW Transport
    Yggdrasil DAC A2 gen 5 USB for 3 years so I'm hooked
    Bluesound Node 2i
    Cabling is all Wywires Silver level wiring, PC's and interconnects, Some others....
    Everything into a Brickwall line filter and Furutec Rhodium Power outlets

    Got into a Schiit stack (lots of reading here) a month ago because I was looking for an all Solidstate integrated. The Rogue has 9 tubes total, hot and expensive to replace. Purchased a Frea S and a Vidar, could not go wrong. Truly excellent for the $$ and just enough different from tubes.
    OMG slam on these speakers. Enjoying the change in flavor SS has made. It's on all the time ready to go.

    I enjoy most music except Rap, Opera , Country, some classical OK.
    Long time on Audio Asylum and Audio Circle
    Not planning to change or add anything HAPPY.
    Just enjoy the music.

    I'm getting into modern weaponry as a necessity.
     
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    Hello, nice to meet you.
    I'm writing the greeting with a translator now.
    Please understand even if it's awkward.
    I live in Seoul, South Korea. I'm very interested in headphones.
    Recently, on someone's recommendation, I connected the hifiman susvara to the 'Kinki Studio EX-M1' amplifier, and a shocking sound came out.
    I came to SBAF thinking that the world is big.
    I look forward to your kind cooperation.
     
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    Hey new audio friends,

    Hope life is treating you well during these crazy times.

    Introducing myself, as while I've been into personal audio for many years I haven't been a huge participant in related online communities. Perhaps it's a COVID-thing, but I've started to look around at various places around the web that cover this kind of thing and... I'm still finding my place, I guess.

    On one hand there seem to be sites that are home to a lot of strong opinions but very little community or warmth. Life is too short to waste time on that. Then there are others that deify the god of measurement - and don't get me wrong, I don't mind a good measurement - but when the whole point is just a big ol' toss party of people trying to justify why their thing is slightly better than some other thing it becomes a bit dull

    Also, and I'll say it right here, right now - personal audio is subjective. Objective measurements are valuable to a point, what my ear hears and what my brain enjoys trumps all.

    A lot of these thoughts came to a head when I was downsizing gear recently. I decided that I wanted to narrow things down with just a simple DAC/Amp set-up in a cosy listening corner of the house. I was looking at the iFi Zen DAC because it a) looked funky, b) could be USB powered if I wanted to take it places and c) could be expanded on by getting the CAN amp if I felt the need*.

    It was kind of the first time I took a deep online dive around audio products, but I found the whole experience pretty crap to be honest. On one hand it was getting bashed in terms of how it measured - like, seriously bashed. But then some people,who on investigation had similar ears to mine, really gave it glowing praise. COVID meant no testing, so I just bought one and thought 'bugger it'.

    The result was great - it's an outstanding bit of kit and, considering I mostly use easy-to-drive audio-technica cans, fit my needs perfectly.

    At that point I realised the internet and I had developed some trust issues. I mean measurements are fine and all but it's almost like some people don't actually listen to the gear they review?

    Wow, this post kind of spiraled. Anyway.

    So I'm a long-time music-head, mostly punk/rock/indie stuff. Rather than going into too much detail, I'd just say that a great listening session to me would be crashing on the couch, getting a little sun in from the living room window, get the dog up on my lap and listen through the whole of Source Tags & Codes. That or perhaps a little bit of Belle and Sebastian in the park. You know, whatever.

    I'm normally a very relaxed, live and let live kind of person - I like to be helpful when I can and, hopefully, we all get to be genuine super best audio friends

    *I did get it and it is goood. Mainly for some T20rp's I got recently.
     
  14. CPSmas

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    Hello!
    I'm Brock out in Vancouver BC, I've been some variety of audio enthusiast for the last 2 decades, and have been making my living in pro audio for the last 15 or so years, the last 8 of which have been running my own mastering studio here in Vancouver.
    Long time lurker here for both the unabashed honesty and general hilarity and kindness of users and info, y'all are the best.

    any questions about mastering etc let me know! I've been pretty settled on my 2 channel speaker rig for the last 5 or so years, but am always trying out new headphones and dacs and amps mainly at my home rig that I use for little tweaks, rendering and project QC.

    my "work" rig
    -ATC SCM 100 ASL monitors, fed by a crane song Avocet 2A (same dac as the solaris)
    -RME ADI-2 DACFS feeding a Bryston BHA-1 to some Rosson RAD-0's
    -more acoustic treatment than you could shake a stick at.

    Home rig
    -More Rosson Rad-0's, HEDDphones, Focal Clears, HD600 and 6XX, Mini DSP EARS
    -ADi-2 Pro feeding THX 789 and Jotunheim.

    thanks to all of you that make this place awesome!
     
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    Hi friends,

    My name's Jeff and I'm from Singapore. A friend thought that I would be a good fit to this forum and thus referred me here. I've known about this forum's existence through the ocassional measurement discussions for a few years now, but always thought this place was a "no-BS, objectivism only" kinda place, until today. I'm glad that I've found a place where I can freely discuss my thoughts on audio stuff and banter with like minded people.

    A little about myself: I'm a university student studying a costly course that's totally unrelated to electronics or engineering, but I enjoy building headphone amplifiers and tuning my planar and electrostatic headphones. It gives me a sense of achievement while I enjoy my favourite music through my own creations. Recently it has also become an alternative source of my pocket money, since I had to sell off some stuff I built before I can have room to build new stuff.

    By joining SBAF, I hope to contribute in meaningful discussions where I can and share my thoughts on amps and headphones. :)

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    Welcome Jeff :)
     
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    Hello everyone!

    I came across this forum in the course of researching the Schiit Freya+.

    I got into 2 channel audio about 4 years ago, and have been taken with it ever since. Although I have dabbled with headphones on the lower end of things (Senheiser Momentum 2, Meze 99 Classics), I just prefer to sit down in front of some speakers with a healthy dram.

    After perusing for the past couple of days I felt I could make a new audio home here. I have enjoyed reading Jason's engagement with the community, the healthy balance of objectivism and subjectivism, low tolerance for bullshit posts, and judicious banishment of trolls or other toxic individuals.

    I am currently without the use of my main system as I am waiting to take delivery of a b-stock Freya+ that came up the other day.

    Hope you're all having a great music filled weekend,

    Thanks,

    Travis
     
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    Hello,

    Long-time guest reader here and decided to join. I am not much of a poster but do occasionally like to ask a question. I’ve been a member of a most of the audio forums since their inception and I made it a rule to not step on toes, hence my exceedingly low post counts despite those many many years of membership.

    My system is old school built for Redbook CD. I have a tube based system comprised of a Cary SLP-70 preamp and SLM-70 mono-blocks, which were custom built and modified by Dennis Had just as he was launching Cary. They are driving Magnapan 3.7s. Digital is Theta fed by a Genesis Time Lens which is fed by a Rega Planet top loader via coaxial. I also have a Jolida Foz SSX which has been a godsend given the small dimensions of my listening room. I have a tubed Marchand crossover handling the high and low distribution. I have a few tweaks that cut the mustard as well.

    At 69, into audio from boyhood, raised in a jazz, classical and operatic family, live music runs in my veins. I know what I like in audio reproduction and I built this system to accomplish that goal. Been completely satisfied with it over these many years. Live music recordings in my room is very compelling, especially with the Foz. I do have a secondary system which is pro audio based, with tube gain stages, that handles streaming duties and headphone use. I have a connection from it to the main system to integrate streaming when I’m too lazy to spin CDs.

    All that said, I have always liked this site as a guest reader, have found the reviews and critiques interesting and informative and look forward to being a member in good standing. My username is the same on all the sites, but I haven’t contributed much and have copiously stayed out of the fray. I will say that they each have their cliques, slants, biases and temperament. While I appreciate measurements I ultimately let my ear determine what I purchased. In fact, each piece I brought home and auditioned determined how I built this system, that and respect for the designers; i.e., Dennis Had, Mike Moffat, Paul MacGowan, Jim Fosgate et. al.

    The new gear is very interesting and I love to read about the advancements, being a technology geek to the core, but I’m good where I am, old school tunes and all. Old Ben Webster and the Divine Sarah Vaughn along with some of the newer artists (when well-recorded and not compressed to hell) play in my room as if they were there.

    Thanks for reading and back to the music I go.
     
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    Hi, greetings from Vienna.

    I am not a serious audiophile, as there are more important things in life, but I do enjoy music listening on my Yamaha receiver and Focal Aria speakers.

    Would like to learn new stuff, as everything regarding technology interest me.

    Doing coding for life, but enjoy bike ride and swimming.
     
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    Hi Super Best Audio Friends

    Just recently started my audiophile quest to improve sound quality in the house including my home office where I spend many hours per day. I was surprised how broad and deep this area is and how much improvement can be gained by learning some basics such as room correction, measurement and EQ, gear specifications, etc.

    Got a lot of value from the community at Audio Science Review forum, coming over here to see what different perspective SBAF can bring. The feud at some recent posts was very off-putting and hope you guys keep that to a minimum. We are all in pursuit of the same goals and different approaches are very valuable.

    Thanks!
     

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