SBAF 2022 Schlong Nominations

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  1. EagleWings

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    Another +1 for Linlai. Competitive with Acme in terms of sonics, but quite a bit ahead in terms of reliability and durability.
     
  2. M3NTAL

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    I have a couple entries that I think are worth a nomination.

    1.) Sennheiser IE-600. Half the price of the IE 900 and offers quite a bit of the technical performance as its bigger brother, but revised without the dip in the mids. A more "normal" sounding tuning with a little bit of extra spice in the treble. It focuses more on the low/sub-bass and lacks a little bit of punch in the mid-bass. My tastes lean more that direction for fatigue reasons. I do prefer the IE 900's extension on both ends, particularly the sub-bass and bass presentation as a whole. The IE 600 does a very good job getting close though. The 3D printed metal is just geek-out levels of cool IMO. These would be my 'golden' schlong if they slammed just a tiny bit harder and the treble was just a tiny bit less spicy. The mids and sub-bass are pretty great though. These are so close to being the perfect everyday carry IEM. There is no perfect, so these are MY personal everyday pair.

    2.) Air Pods Pro 2. Just picked these up while I was on vacation. They keep the convenience and comfort while improving noise cancelling and tonal balance. The volume slider is very useful and they seem to connect quicker to all my devices. The spatial audio with personalized HRTF is pretty rad too. Turns them into 'movie theater' mode (tonally / spatially). I'd say they are getting pretty close in quality to something like my MassDrop Plus+. The APP2 do lack in micro/macro dynamics & outright resolution, but the rest of the package makes up for it.
     
  3. DrForBin

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    hello,

    Schitt Tyr:

    gee, a US based audio manufacturer, with a commitment to US sourced (as much as possible) parts and US based labor. so, they build an over-engineered, high power, reasonably priced (for what it is) SS mono block that appears to totally kick ass.
    still waiting for the OFAS @Stereopile (of USD $250K turntables) to get with the program.
    or you could look at MacLabs, where the closest thing i could find is the MC312 @USD $7000 (stereo SS amp, close to the same power as Tyr).
    if this piece of Schitt sounds any good, there is definitely a new kid in town.
    cheers!

    nb: hey, Jason and Mike please don't stop making headphone stuff!
     
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  4. Inoculator

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    I would like to +1 the JAR 600 (and really all of Jupiter Audio Research offerings, I think as more folks get ears on the JAR 800/800s mods we will see people building 800 chains again around them).

    I owned the JAR 600 briefly previously, and while I was impressed by it, it at the time did not unseat my Auteur+stock HD 600 combo and I did not spend long with it. (Link to previous impressions: JAR HD600 Impressions and Measurements | Super Best Audio Friends). I got a new pair recently from Jupiter and they have absolutely knocked my socks off. Maybe this pair is just that much better, or maybe my new chain is a better fit (HoloAudio May -> HoloAudio Serene -> DNA Starlett VS Gungnir Multibit -> Liquid Platinum previously), but either way, they really are something special. Really the perfect goldilocks headphone, hard to fault any aspects of its presentation. Soulful and captivating, supremely detailed with great space and separation, just a treat every time I put them on my head. Some of the negatives I noted in my previous impressions seem to be completely negated, everything just falls into place and is very well sorted but with life and charisma.

    Jupiter has been doing some great work; in my opinion, the JAR 600 is the magnum opus. I thought 2022 was the year of the HD 580 for me as I was settling in for the long-haul with a particularly good sounding 580 and the Starlett after saying goodbye to my beloved Auteur and 3F, but the JAR 600 has relegated the 580 to gathering dust again and I am not particularly missing my Auteur. It is the type of headphones I could be perfectly happy with as my ONLY headphones. That being said, Jupiter is never resting and has lots of great stuff in the pipeline, and I am already eagerly lining up to hear more of his creations.
     
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  5. Sonofsin

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    Schiit Vali 2+

    As far as I know this has not received a price in the last years. It is a great budget amp for the HD600 and a notable step up for example from the amp included in the Ifi Nano BL when used with the HD600.

    It may be superseded by the Piety, however that is not available yet and probably only a one-off. The Vali sits on my desks and glows happily.

    Bonus points for being fairly universal, no matter if you listen to Beethoven or Beastie Boys. So I think at least an economy Schlong is in order.
     
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    ^ Off topic, but based on my limited time with Piety and ownership of Vali2+ , used with many tube families including the tubes used in the new ++ version, I would say the Vali2+ and Piety are different enough that they won't supersede each other. I will be ordering a Piety and still keeping my 2+.
     
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    @purr1n sent you schlong award artwork via PM fyi.
     
  8. loadexfa

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    RD Modded LCD-4: My favorite headphones of all time. Resolves as well as the Utopia, this really comes through after RD's mods. Actually, I like the way it resolves better, has more of a meaty feel to it. Extended on both ends yet still a smooth listen. Just the right amount of excitement, wonderful texture, air, tone, and timbre. If I had to pick only one pair of headphones, they would be it.

    +1 ZMF Atrium: It does so much right. It has that beautiful cozy ZMF house sound with great resolution and "neutral" tuning. If I had to pick only one ZMF, this would be it without hesitation. I also love the large assortment of pads available to tune the sound to my taste. I know that applies to all ZMF but still a very useful feature worth noting. My #2 favorite headphones of all time, only bested by RD's LCD-4.

    +1 Nitsch Piety: A fabulous SS amp, if it was in a larger case and cost $500, I bet people would still call it a fantastic deal for what it can do (and I'd agree with them). Great tone, timbre, and power while being smooth enough for super sensitive ears like mine. This is the budget amp to buy.
     
  9. caute

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    Am I weird for thinking the RD-LCD-X is a better deal overall, and not purely for its lower base price? I only got a little time—a couple of songs—with the RD-LCD-4, however, but I don't remember liking it that much more than his modded X, but to keep it real, I've only heard both modded headphones from a Liquid Gold X fed by a Gungnir A1 at the Schiit Audio Show, have very inexperienced ears and have never even heard a non-modded LCD-4.

    I think the RD-X has improved speed, resolution, clarity, is refreshingly non-fatiguing (completely axes those tiny blips of sibilance that pop up every once and a while on the OG-X) or easy-going-ness without losing out on the dynamism, much, if not most of the punch of the original, and shares a vast majority of the bass response/slam of the original LCD-X. Both are a truly engineering feats, esp. considering @RD tunes by ear, but I'd be lying if money were no concern, I would buy the RD-LCD-X and only the RD-LCD-X. But I wonder if it says something that I would want to own both the RD-LCD-X and RD-LCD-4...

    Edit: even though I probably don't have voting privileges, I'd +1000 the Nitsch Piety. Super amp technicals in a tiny footprint, and an even lower price point.
     
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  10. loadexfa

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    It's fine if you disagree with me, I think the LCD-4 is worth the higher price, especially what they go for used. So in that sense I don't agree the LCD-X is a better deal because I am unhappy leaving that much behind. You may agree if you ever get to hear it on a similar stack to mine. The extra resolution is really nice with the right DAC. :) I also felt the LCD-4 is fuller sounding and just ... so right.
     
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    I'm going to add one more to my earlier two choices for the year. (Vali 2+ gets honorable mention for being missed last year)

    1.) ETA Mini S - I find this headphone to be a great, no-nonsense headphone. All function with a form that is comfortable and simple. Tuning and timbre are excellent at any price point. Technical ability is right there with most the big boys in the $$$ range, just under some of the $$$$ headphones such as (IMO) the Focal Clear / Focal Utopia. If the presentation of the Mini S was similar to the Utopia while retaining their (Mini S) tone and timbre, ETA would have a complete grand slam. They are in homerun land right now.
     
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