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Scubadude

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

Despite the lack of love around here I am seriously considering a Leben CS300F to drive HD800, T1 and K1000. Feb 5, 2018

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    1. 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
    2. 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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    3. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Gen 1 T1 in the house ... not a universal headphone but beautiful pairing with OTL SET valve amp.
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    4. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Rolls Bellari HA540 on loan ... fairly decent budget tube job. Short on technicalities, strong on enjoyment and musicality.
    5. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Loving my new Audeze Sine closed backs ... except for the comfort factor. Can't wait for the over-ear mod!
    6. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Rebuilding the Jriver library after upgrading to MC23 ... Crap job but nice way to rediscover forgotten gems.
    7. 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???
    8. 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!
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      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
    9. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Tracked down for the second time a pair of Senn HD540 Reference Gold. Not letting it go again!
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    10. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Been a balanced agnostic since forever. Got myself a Matrix HPA-3B to play around with and make up my own mind.
    11. 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.
    12. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      About to secure a pair or vintage Technics orthos ... my inner collector is super excited!
    13. 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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    14. 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
    15. 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
    16. 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
    17. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      After testing Utopia, LCD4 and HE-1000 V2 I enjoy my HD800, LCD2 PF and HE560 more than ever ... not hugely outclassed after all!
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      2. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        A good HD800 system is enough to stop the upgraditis. At Canjam Essen 2016 I could not get Serious' HD800 system out of my head. The HD800 can be end-game for headphone listening.
        Aug 10, 2017
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      3. cizx.6
        cizx.6
        Yep, still my goldilocks zone.. HD 800, Eddie Current Super 7.
        Aug 10, 2017
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      4. Scubadude
        Scubadude
        Fully agreed. If I had to choose one desert island pair HD800 would be it. If the budget was limited HD600.
        Aug 10, 2017
    18. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Utopias in the house!
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    19. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      What a find! Late model LCD2 Rev 2 PF in NOS condition. Beats early Rev 2 for durability, comfort, detail and speed. But not for muscality.
    20. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      So I'm running a "former flagship" collection. HD600/650/800, LCD2.2, K1000. Does a well-priced HE-560 have a reason to join the mix?
      1. Vansen
        Vansen
        No. But an HE-6, HE-5, or even an HE-500 does.
        Feb 19, 2017
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      2. FlySweep
        FlySweep
        I think the 560 does.. But it -greatly- depends on upstream components with the 560.. A very picky bastard.. I know, I've owned it three times.
        Feb 19, 2017
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    Gender:
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    Birthday:
    Sep 7, 1971 (Age: 46)
    Location:
    Pretoria, South Africa
    Occupation:
    Business Manager - Slurry Pumps
    Gear List:
    Wadia 121, 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

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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 6EM7 OTL SET custom / 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