Scubadude
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Glabal Supply Chain Manager - Slurry Pumps

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Scubadude

Almost "Made", Male, 46, from Pretoria, South Africa

KingRex Headquarters HQ-1 on loan ... Not bad! Apr 24, 2018 at 11:59 AM

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    1. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      KingRex Headquarters HQ-1 on loan ... Not bad!
    2. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Tried a Graham Slee Solo last night ... Bass light and a little dry but quite nice with HD650.
      1. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        What's your source?
        Apr 20, 2018 at 10:52 AM
      2. Scubadude
        Scubadude
        Jriver 23 -> random USB cable -> Wadia 121
        Apr 21, 2018 at 9:51 PM
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    3. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      I love out of fashion quality kit. Like the original Phonitor. Great sound, 50s sports car dash, wicked features. Should I get another one?
    4. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      If you had a $2-3000 windfall allocated for audio, what would you spend it on?
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      2. ButtUglyJeff
        ButtUglyJeff
        I would get @gbeast 's Mogwai SE. At least it would stay in SBAF that way...
        Mar 17, 2018
      3. Scubadude
        Scubadude
        Most suggestions (singer, swingers and sliding drivers apart) are for electronics rather than headphones, which is sort what I was thinking as well. What about a mid-tier Stax setup for some variety?
        Mar 17, 2018
      4. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        Given $3000 for estats I would go for L700 and build a KG amp
        Mar 17, 2018
    5. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Despite the lack of love around here I am seriously considering a Leben CS300F to drive HD800, T1 and K1000.
      1. yotacowboy
        yotacowboy
        No idea about driving headphones, but I heard one paired with Devore 3XLs and thought it was pretty okay. Nothing jumped out as crazy good.
        Feb 5, 2018
    6. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      The results of deliberate planning, judicious buying and painful culling are clear to see. I now have only 15 headphones. No problem here!
      1. Taverius
        Taverius
        You are a paragon of frugality, sir. We who are about to buy more cans salute you! o7
        Jan 28, 2018
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    7. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Gen 1 T1 in the house ... not a universal headphone but beautiful pairing with OTL SET valve amp.
      1. Vorlon and Mithrandir41 like this.
    8. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Rolls Bellari HA540 on loan ... fairly decent budget tube job. Short on technicalities, strong on enjoyment and musicality.
    9. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Loving my new Audeze Sine closed backs ... except for the comfort factor. Can't wait for the over-ear mod!
    10. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Rebuilding the Jriver library after upgrading to MC23 ... Crap job but nice way to rediscover forgotten gems.
    11. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Just got Matrix M-Stage HPA-3B - love it. Now have opportunity to swop for Headroom BUDA + Desktop PSU. Very different ... Which one???
    12. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Matrix HPA-3B - fine amp with warm but clear signature, great detail, crisp timing and bags of dynamic headroom! Lots of Deckardness here!
      1. FlySweep and JustAnotherRando like this.
      2. Kattefjaes
        Kattefjaes
        Is that a good thing? The Deckard is rather "meh", as I recall.
        Dec 20, 2017
      3. Scubadude
        Scubadude
        I really liked the Deckard amp section, DAC not so much.
        Dec 20, 2017
      4. yotacowboy
        yotacowboy
        I'm pretty sure Matrix OEMs the amp section in the Deckard.
        Dec 20, 2017
    13. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Tracked down for the second time a pair of Senn HD540 Reference Gold. Not letting it go again!
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    14. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Been a balanced agnostic since forever. Got myself a Matrix HPA-3B to play around with and make up my own mind.
    15. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Vintage ortho incoming! Found late 70s/early 80s Technics EAH-820 in fair condition. Restoration and mods shpuld be fun!
      1. DigMe likes this.
    16. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      About to secure a pair or vintage Technics orthos ... my inner collector is super excited!
    17. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Organ / brass quintet concert observations: wetter tonal balance than "neutral", real trumpets are ear piercing, soundstage narrow but deep.
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    18. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Testing the HD650 modding waters with my toe ... and quite liking it!
      1. PoochZag
        PoochZag
        Just jump right in, you've got the gear to breathe underwater!
        Oct 15, 2017
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      2. brencho
        brencho
        Literally? Those are some talented toes broham
        Oct 15, 2017
    19. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Every time I use HD600 and HD650 I am struck by how much Sennheiser got right with these models decades ago ...
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      2. Scubadude
        Scubadude
        @Kattefjaes ... problem? Certifiable condition yes, but not a problem. I have a lovely LCD2.2PF which I regard as a proper upgrade to the 650 but it comes with neck spasms as standard. You got me thinking about 650 mods again ... maybe I should give it a go. What are the top three (preferably reversible) mods?
        Oct 8, 2017
      3. Kattefjaes
        Kattefjaes
        Forget about reversible and go all-in. The easiest way is to search on here for the "KISS mod". If you hate it, parts are readily available to go back. Honestly, I was wary about taking cutters to mine, too- but it's quite liberating. I screwed up and chopped the wrong thing off once, as pictures were less plentiful then- but the world didn't end.
        Oct 8, 2017
      4. Kattefjaes
        Kattefjaes
        Oh, and they are amazingly easy to dismantle/reassemble, so you'll be all set when you need to replace worn parts!
        Oct 8, 2017
    20. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      ... the $1000 HD800 plus $100 Sonarworks plugin does very much the same thing as an un-EQd $4000 (now $3000) Utopia. No need to upgrade!
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      2. TwoEars
        TwoEars
        Sep 7, 2017
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    Gender:
    Male
    Birthday:
    Sep 7, 1971 (Age: 46)
    Location:
    Pretoria, South Africa
    Occupation:
    Glabal Supply Chain Manager - Slurry Pumps
    Gear List:
    Wadia 121, Audiolab M-DAC, Nuprime uDSD, Fiio X3, Squeezebox Touch, Perreaux SXH2, Matrix M-Stage HPA-3B, SPL Phonitor, custom Hobkirk-Bouwman 6EM7 SET, T1 Gen 1, HD800, HD650 (one stock, one slightly modded), HD600, HD540 Reference II Gold x2, HE-560, de-fazored LCD2, Sine, AKG K1000, ATH-M40x
    Engineering graduate, far removed from actual engineering, operating in the space where slurry pumps and supply chain collide. Father of four kids and happily married for many years ... Poligamy for me is more than one pair of headphones. Enjoy scuba diving (no one saw that coming), wine and the great outdoors.

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    Enjoying my cans in sunny South Africa!

    Current kit: JRiver 23 / LMS + SB Touch || Nuprime uDSD / Wadia 121 || Perreaux SXH2 / SPL Phonitor 2730 / Hobkirk-Bouwman custom 6EM7 OTL SET / Matrix HPA-3B || T1 Gen 1 / HD800 / HD650(x2) / HD600 / HD540 Ref Gold (x2) / 2016 LCD-2 Non-fazor / HE560 / ATH-M40x / AKG K1000 / Sine / Technics EAH-820