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  1. 1122333

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    Hello, my name is bz-wang. I come from Chengdu, China. I'm a radio and television announcer. I'm very interested in earphones and headphone measurements that are often quoted in China. And I know there are many experts here, so I come here to study.


    My headset has HD600 hd650 HD800 T1 he500 he6 dt1990 utopian dt770pro k3003 lcdi4 isine10 and a simple artificial ear
     
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    Hi from Italy!

    I've recently acquired more free time to get back to music listening, and as I find myself more and more lurking here, I've finally decided to create an account.

    I listen mostly to classical and jazz, even if my first love has always been hard rock/heavy metal.
    These days I'm trying a setup composed by: Qobuz + Raspberry Pi4 + Topping E30 + Darkvoice 336SE + Sennheiser HD600. On the PI I'm experimenting with BubbleUPNP+Moode vs Volumio vs Lineage+UAPP vs PCP.
    Additional gear I have: Sennheiser HD650, Schiit Magni2, Audio-GD NFB-12, FIIO X3 2nd gen, FIIO F9.

    I'm looking forward to expand my small collection with a pair of Sennheiser HD800, when I'll find some decent used specimen in Europe, and I'm also eyeing the Topping A90/D90 stack; I’m also always on the lookout for new (old?) tubes for the Darkvoice.

    Cheers!
     
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    Lurked for ages but looking for buying advice, so hello!

    Bought way too many incrementally better headphones before saying eff it and purchased Sennheiser's (attainable) flagship at the time—the HD 800—before realizing that it would be an endless affair of replacing other components in the audio chain.

    ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
     
  4. EvanstonHiFi...ish

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    Hi. Getting back into HiFi more seriously after a break of maybe 20 years.

    I had been upgrading parts of my bedroom setup recently but decided to dial that back to something simpler—decided that I was trying to do too much in a limited, imperfect space. Once I feel like the bedroom is the way I want it, I’ll focus attention on a second “proper” set up in another room—e.g. separates, maybe larger speakers, etc.

    For my bedroom, I cycled through some Martin Logan Motions, before settling on LS50’s with a pair of B&W 610 subs. I resisted the LS50’s at first because of all the hype but, man, they do sound great in my room. I may never finish dialing in the subs perfectly but it feels like I at least have them so most all the music I play is improved and rarely are they too overpowering.

    For power, I tried a Peachtree Nova 150 based on the reviews but the sound with the LS50’s sounded distant (like it was behind the speakers), small, indistinct soundstage—sort of like there was a thin curtain blocking the music. Of all things a Denon AVR x1600h turned out to play things much, much better for me—super wide soundstage, and clearer—music feels like it’s out in the room. Like the curtain was lifted. Instruments and vocals separate. That surprised me b/c the Denon is half the power (and price even with streaming and 5 channels built it.). Might have something to do with the Audyssey—my listening position in the bedroom isn’t ideal.

    I did get a set of seven 2” thick acoustic panels which I’m still finalizing how I’ll distribute around the room. I know that a ceiling mounted panel might be ideal, but I’m not going to go there.

    I’ve thought about more upgrades to that set up, but, again, I’m just going to leave it as is b /c it really sounds good for the space.

    FWIW, for HT, I use a pair of NHT 2.5’s with a newer NHT center powered by a larger, older Denon. 65” OLED TV. Frankly with the amount of side firing bass on the NHT’s I think I’m all set and don’t need a sub. Really like the way the sound ties together.

    So my main focus now is building knowledge about what to think about for my “main” set up. Some days I think a First Watt coupled with some Zu’s would be best. But I know what I really need to do is get out and listen to different set ups and get a better understanding for how things sound together and what sound I like. That will be easier next year when this COVID stuff is past us.
     
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    Hello from Brazil! I'm an audio enthusiast, specially when it comes to headphones. Always on a budget, as things are hard to fin locally, and exchange rate makes anything expensive.

    Currently in love with my Senn HD660s :)
     
  6. señorhifi

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    I am from Spain, have been into audio for a good 10 years (headphones specifically) and usually aim for a flat sound signature. My fav hp is the HD600 because of that.

    My current gear is a Teac UD301 as DAC, a K5 from FiiO as amp and a hd600 as daily driver. I also had experience with many other midrange and lower end headphones.
     
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    Hi I'm Jon. Born in raised in Houston Texas. Currently I'm a Supervisor for a local ISP. Studying Electrical Engineering online at ASU. I'm 29, ugly as hell, and hate ASR for talking me into this POS Topping D90.

    I've been a headphone guy for 10+ years on head-fi and other sites. Recently got into speakers a year ago and now have some more toys. HD650 are my main cans, but I also have an older pair of Beyerdynamic DT880 600ohm, and Beyerdynamic Custom Studio. My amp at the moment is a Schiit Magni. My DAC is the damn D90.

    For speakers I'm rocking a Schiit Vidar (love it), Magnepan 1.7i and soon Tekton Lore Reference (which haven't arrived).

    My preamp is a Schiit Freya+ w/ Tung Sol tubes. Even this warm tube preamp cannot seem to make the D90 not sound like a fucking corpse at the morgue. There is no life in the music, it's so dry and dead.

    I listen to rock, metal, jazz, acoustic, orchestral, and classical. On the weekends I listen to some rap and electronic music.

    Love details and liveliness but want to hear music in an airy and musical way.

    PS: Babymetal isn't bad.
     
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    Hello, I've been lurking for a while and have developed an audio obession -- mostly set around headphones given my circumstances. I look forward to my interactions on Super Best Audio Friends and wish everyone a wonderful week!
     
  9. QXB98

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    Hi I’ve lurked here awhile like a lot of new members have. Looking for advice as I’m looking to get back into the HI-FI hobby after leaving it for a few years. Most of my experience in the hobby comes from Turntables, but I’m looking to branch out into digital audio too. Looking forward to posting on the forum and discussing various topics about hi-fi.
     
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  10. OutofTime

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    Hey. I've lurked on and off for a while like many others. I've been in and out of this hobby, mostly out of it the past year or so and looking to get back in.

    I have quite a few low/mid-fi IEMs and cans, with the Sennheiser HD650 and Moondrop KXXS being my current go-tos.
     
  11. Josh Schor

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    Hello,
    Retired old guy who reconnected with Marv after many years. Only experienced with 2 channel high end audio. My living situation now demands closed back cans. With Marv's help I am using Fostex t50rp's properly modified, Schitt Lyr3, Chord Mojo and soon the Raspberry Pi (currently a dell laptop). Have not payed attention to measurement's and want to learn about them and how to use them for a well rounded picture of equipment. Really appreciate the site.
    best,
    Josh
     
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  12. DJ XtAzY

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    Hello!

    I'm Andy from Boston and I'm currently working as a DevOps/software engineer. I primarily listen to EDM and a huge music festival goer before the COVID shit started, however I did grow up listening to classical since I did ballet for 10 years when I was younger (got bullied so bad, but my mentality got stronger because of this). So I do enjoy listening to classical once in a while, along with slow jazz and lo-fi hip hop. I also enjoyed listening to Native American music back then (not much now) since my dad bought plenty of those CDs and often played them.

    Back then I wouldn't even think about spending more than $50 on any audio equipment. Eventually I caved in to some mid-fi stuff (this was about 5-7 years ago). While some did sound great, I didn't find they were worth the price, but I still ended up keeping them anyways. Fast forward to now, I've been working from home for quite some time now, therefore I decided to invest a little bit into this hobby again. I was looking for close-back that gives me a nice bass without the piercing treble that I experienced with the Ultrasone 900. After reading hundreds of reviews and impressions from various sites, video reviews, Head-Fi, and here, I decided to jump straight to the high end and made a blind buy purchase of the ZMF VC. I also wanted to understand better when people say their cans have amazing detail, dynamic, slam, all those terms, etc, so I thought the VC would be a nice starting point.

    So yea I don't have much, but overall here's what I currently have:

    Headphones: Ultrasone 900, ZMF Verite Closed Camphor Burl
    IEMs: JVC FX-850, Sony XBA-Z5, Samsung Galaxy Buds
    Portable amp: Cayin C5
    Current setup: Laptop => Bifrost 2 (Unison) => Asgard 3

    I recently bought a used DSHA-3F and will be arriving next Monday. Can't wait to see how this amp will sound!

    Besides this hobby, I also picked up on learning how to DJ, and winter comes, hopefully I can hit up the slopes to do some snowboarding.
     
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  13. DignifiedAndOld

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    Hello from Chicago!

    Longtime vinyl listener (25+ years), but just now educating myself on the proper audio components. Previously had run my Music Hall MMF 2.1 turntable through my perfectly adequate Pioneer SX 255R receiver into hand-me-down Boston Acoustics A150 Series II speakers. After the Music Hall cartridge needle wore down, I decided to try an upgrade to the Nagaoka MP-110 and noticed an immediate improvement to my record listening...prompting this new journey.

    With the necessity to move my music system to a smaller basement room, I had to pair down my speaker size, and found a good deal on Klipsch 5000F speakers (I wanted to stay away from bookshelves because I was afraid our dogs might knock them off their stands while playing). So far this feels like a horizontal move from my Boston Acoustics - just a different (maybe brighter) sound, but the move to a smaller room probably has an affect as well.

    Now I'm going down the rabbit hole of upgrading my amplifier. Originally was looking at an integrated amp (Rougue Audio Sphinx v3, Schiit Ragnarok or Peachtree Nova 150), but I'm really coming around separate components and I'm thinking about pulling the trigger on the iFi Zen Phono -> Schiit Freya+ -> Schiit Aegir. Given my speaker efficiency, room size and music volume tastes, it sounds like the one Aegir will be enough, but if I need more I'm prepared to monoblock. Given that the Schiit's are currently on backorder (constipation?), I'm researching other options in the meantime - as well as furniture options for how I'm going to store this gear.

    Anyway, that's where I'm at right now.
     
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  14. Deep Funk

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    Why the Ultrasone? I mean those things can sound good but the price/performance-ratio is not worth it unless you really like its sound. Either way, enjoy the hobby.
     
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    Back then I was craving for some basshead level headphone, particular the ones that would give me a nice sub-bass rumble to my ears. I gave myself a budget of $200 since I was also saving up to a trip to Japan for the first time while still paying for my school loans. I think I read too many Head-Fi posts and it somehow guided me to those cans, and I probably was attracted to the looks too.

    Also at the time I had an absurd amount of Amazon Prime points, around $125 worth, due to me being the go-to-guy for ordering stuff on Amazon for all my friends. So after applying those points, I brought down the price of the Ultrasone to $175 (original was $300 back in 2013, and I can't believe they're going for $550 today). Since they were also the first cans I've ever bought, I was reluctant to let them go, despite the flaws. Right now I'm just using them whenever I DJ, but I primarily use the VC for everything else.
     
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  16. Whiskey

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    I’m kind of new here but have had and account for a while. I actually go by iBrian. My username on other headphone forums. I’m an enthusiast audiophile I guess you want to call it. I buy to many headphone and then sell them cheaper lol to move onto the next pair! Such a bad habit I guess but I enjoy it so that’s all that matters!
     
  17. RenEH

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    Hi, I'm Ren from Canada EH and people think I'm slow. I have an electronics engineering background and have been in to audio for the last 20 years, but I'm not familiar with audiophile terminology. I I've lurked here for at least the last 5 years. I actually enjoy Z reviews, the audiophiliac, and other youtube reviewers. I believe cables do sound different from my own blind testing and tweaking my own modest set ups show that even digital cables sound different. I don't like the HD6XX. I think they lack both treble sparkle and low end extension. I want the highest fidelity out of my retro video game collection.

    Currently have 3 main set ups I spend most of my audio cash on:
    Marantz SR7009->4x jamo c607 with accompanying center and HSU VTF3MK2 sub
    Allo Digione->Schiit Modi3 | Dragon Fly Red->THX 789->Periapt balanced cables->Anandas | LCD2C | Balance Modded NAD HP50
    Allo Digione->Edifier S3000Pro & Allo Digione->Modi3->HSU ULS-15

    I was forced to sign up because after hearing the dynamics in the mid range offered by my Edifier S3000Pro active speakers outclassed both of my kilobuck, in Canada, headphones I assume I need a better DAC. I'm happy to be corrected on this, but clearly measures the same doesn't mean sounds the same. I bought the THX 789 blind since a few of the popular guys here and at the cult website agreed it sounded good and I do enjoy it. Although single ended it sounded pretty similar to my old magni 3 with less detail. I'd love to have the unanswerable which DAC do I buy question answered.

    Pre-covid I auditioned a few dacs single ended through a 789. The RME-ADI2 sounded identical to my modi 3, a Mytek Brooklyn DAC+ which sounded like it had some artificial treble shimmer added to the point of almost painful, and a IFI micro black label which sounded like sterile dog shit. I'm looking towards something R2R, but I'm open to any suggestions.
     
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  18. drandall

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    Hello from Jacksonville, FL!

    I am a long-time audio enthusiast who is only now, in middle age, starting to assemble a nice system for myself.

    I started with Ascend Acoustic Sierra towers with the RAAL ribbon upgrade. Then added an Audiolab 6000A integrated and 6000CDT transport. I tried using the pre-outs to drive a pair of outlaw M2000 monoblock amps but discovered the low end was better with the small 50W built in class AB amp.

    I have a nice Nakamichi RX-202 that is in need of some servicing, so a modest technics cassette deck is subbing in.

    For vinyl, my old Technics linear tracking TT finally died after decades of use. I got a U-Turn Orbit Custom with an Ortofon OM20 stylus upgrade and a pluto phono. However, when compared to the built-in phono stage of my audiolab, the pluto sounded a bit blah...less low end and a bit thinner, albeit with a bit smoother midrange. I’m looking to upgrade to a Technics direct drive table and better phono stage.

    My cabling and interconnects are all Blue Jeans with LC-1 for the turntable.

    I listen primarily to classic rock, jazz and a smattering of everything else. It’s nice to be here
     
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    Hello all.

    I'm from Indonesia. Sorry if my english is bad. I'm just ordinary company employee who love to listen music.

    My love with personal audio world is back when cassette Walkman was still a thing. Although my experience is up and down with personal audio world due to some budget issue, I still manage to taste some legendary setup via local community. My favourites so far, although never have a chance to own them, are HD800 and CA Andromeda. I dont know much about sound impression etc. But by read other impression I starting to understand some traits of audio. My collection is not much and not significant, but planned to pursue some of my target.
     
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    Hello

    I am Pietro from Italy. I found this site by typing on google "THX aaa 789 sucks". I began to read and found myself nodding to most things Psalmanazar and Purr1n were saying, finally assuring myself that I wasn't crazy. From that day I come here when I am looking for advice.
    The backstory is: I bought a Schiit Hel which I really liked and decided to listen to what youtubers and people on major sites were reccomending, so I bought a THX. At first I tought it was broken because of how depressing it sounded to me, but than I realized what it was really about.
    I'm now in a phase where if I hear someone saying "this sounds clean and transparent" what I hear is "I don't know what I'm saying".
     
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