Discussion in 'Tales from the Bully Pulpit' started by Joh, Sep 26, 2015.
Hi fellaz !!! im new here , my name is Clement , im from Montreal Canada !!!
Welcome Clement!! We need more info bro, look at some other rando posts... DON'T BE A SLACKER, EH.
Just playing bro.
Meh !!! aight , well , im 33 years old , french canadian . i have a 11 month old daughter .. she changed my life i play games on computer most of my free time . GF hates it , im loving it
i love music and good sound .. i have a paradigm monitor 11 version 7 paired with a rxa-1010 amp .. sound great ! i had a dt990 600ohm with lyrr2/bifrost combo and it was awsome . i sold it and it was a big mistake !! missing it . SO im here now to ask around advice for my new equipment im going to buy !! CHeers !
Hello! I'm Arok, 28 years old, and i always been interested in hi-fi headphones listening but only recently i could start to allocate some of my budget to build a good quality mid-fi system.
In the past i was more involved in electronic music production as a hobby (mainly with digital means at home, but at my friend house we had access to this sort of gear if anyone interested at a look: https://www.facebook.com/pg/deStrictOfficial/videos/), but time and responsabilities made me shift the focus from production to listening.
Aniway, now my listening setup is a roland quad capture (a pro audio interface which does pcm up to 192k and has an internal circuit which sorta does what the wyrd does) into a schiit magni 2 feeding a pair of akg 712 pro.
I like to give at least as much of importance to the software side of the setup than of the hardware; i think that audio that sounds closer to whats intended by the artist is preferable to bit perfect playback.
So, in this regard, digitally my audio starts in jriver and is upsampled with sox to 192k (more to increase dsp processing accuracy than to circumvent dac filtering) and then pass into the DMG equilibrium, an eq that maybe someone here is familiar with, but for who it isn't, it has the best processing quality that digital can offer, can process up to 8 channels, and important to me, has per band phase control. This enable me to use an equalization curve to linearize the headphones which is minimum phase till 800 hz and linear from here up, minimizing the pre ringing artifacts and so in practice giving me a better and almost transparent transient response in respect to for example sonarworks in which you can choose only minimum or linear phase and have to cope with the artifacts that a pure minimum or linear phase equalization gives. As per the exact equalization curve, i use basically one similar to the sonarworks which makes the headphones flatter and sound like speaker in a room.
The audio is then passed to redline monitor, which complete the realism illusion with crossfeed and htrf like processing, before being dithered down to 24 bit for listening.
Well, maybe this is already getting too long an technical for and introduction, i will simply add that i registered here to discuss and maybe improve my approach and to receive guidance for my next upgrades, which will probably be if i can find they sound better than my current dac, a modi multibit+wyrd and a decent power supply ( had an aha hi-fi revelation moment with power supplies which i will talk about in another post, suffice to say that improving the one i have some days ago with more intelligent ac connections and removing things connected to the same power strip which weren't audio related, gave me probably the most earth shattering upgrade of the year, comparable to changing headphones, which probably means that my supply really sucked).
What else... I listen to a bit of everything, from hip hop to modern classical, but in prevalence various electronica sub genres, almost all of my collection in flac.
Have a nice day all
Semiconductor Engineer, using audio to entertain oneself while cutting through the black magicks sent my way from above and around.
Once upon a time, for a good 5 years or so, I thought that the Grado SR80i and the Brainwavz B2 were (and may still be) enough for someone who didn't really have/want to spend too much. Until my B2s gave out, and my wife started to ask about earphones for herself.
Now, after getting myself some new gear, I'm hoping that spending some time here will help me stop. That's the goal anyway, right?
Nah, keep buying more good stuff!
I can no longer call myself a serious listener since my hearing has been compromised by age.
I'm new to the high end world, or new-ish. I've seen all the trade rags and some of the ridiculous claims, but I happen to be a fan of one bargain-priced irreverent brand out there that allows me to get a tremendous amount of good for the buck. My best gear is a Schiit Gugnir Multibit, with a Schiit Magni (yes, you read that right, stop rolling your eyes), and Sennheiser HD-800s. FLAC files on linux as the source material. The second-tier work equipment is HD-600s and a Fulla. Soon to become a Fulla 2.
Hope to see you out there!
Welcome to SBAF!!
An introduction too late, but just want to say hi to everyone and to follow the rule. So hello everybody!
I've been lurking around here laying low for long enough i thought it time to introduce myself. Always been a music lover but didn't really start buying quality audio equipment until a little over a year ago. Started off getting a Fiio X5 II DAP and a pair of T-Peos H-300 iems. Wasn't long before i wanted to try a desktop setup so i got a cheap little Aune X1s and some Audio Technica M50x's and that was it... i was hooked...even that meager setup opened my eyes to what could be. I found a few different forums to lurk around gathering info and before i knew it i had my current setup which is by no means top of the line but i love it and listen every day.
My current chain: PC i built > Uptone Regen > Singxer SU-1 > SPDIF BNC > AGD DAC-19 10th Anniversary (installing I2s module soon) > Woo WA2 and AGD C-2 11th Anniversary > HD650 & Beyer T1 Gen 1 (Yah yah i know a lot of you dislike them but i enjoy them quite a bit with the WA2 Hah)
Cables: Supra USB, DH Labs BL-1 & Morrow MA3 interconnects, BJC BNC, Pangea AC 14se MK II power coards, and a DH LABS hdmi I2s cable once i get the module installed in my DAC-19
In the next few months im looking into jumping up the DAC chain, some considerations i have are the new AGD Singularity, Yggdrasil or Gumby, Metrum Menuet or Pavane (depending on used pricing/availability), Audio Note 3.1 or 4.1, Audial Model S MKIII, Aqua La Voce S2, Holo Spring DAC. But given i live in a small town no where near a quality audio store i havent had a chance to hear any of them yet so that is making the process much harder. I have discovered i like my DAC-19 with the DSP settings NOS, PLL Disabled, -90dB Stopband so that has me leaning towards an NOS implementation.
Anyway... Thanks to all the staff here and all the members who makes this place what it is.
Whew, the WA2. I enjoyed the 650's through the WA2 for a while, although I was always rolling tubes, trying to get a more resolving sound. The 5998's do a decent job with 7308's, but I dare say that an amp such as the Geek Out v2 or Vali 2 will blow the WA2 out of the water. Just way too much goo, even with super pricey tube combos.
Welcome and best of luck with your dac upgrade too!
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The introduction "rule" was never meant to be a rule to begin with, but rather a "highly recommended" guideline. Over time, this guideline effectively became a rule, zealously enforced by a few members who did not understand my original intent. The desire of members to enforce the rules and thereby protect this forum is only human nature. I don't blame them because it's my fault that I did not explain the intent. The introduction "rule" was meant to serve as an indicator. Some folks jump right in posting good content, great questions, or even stupid questions (which are very worthy of being answered), and fit in from day one. These people hardly need to introduce themselves or re-introduce themselves. I do think it's still a good idea to introduce oneself, as a ice-breaker. But this can also be done in a well written first post as opposed to always having to do so here.
However, a small percentage of people sign up on this forum to troll or shill. This could be something along the lines of posting a review that looks suspiciously like the "reviews" on HF, or it could be be someone reading something they don't agree with and feeling a overwhelming urge to sign up for an account just to argue. In these instances, the lack of a introduction post serves as a indicator to confirm that they just won't fit in. Trolls or shills are not the type of people who will try to get a sense of the community before joining it. The last category of person is 'tard. I have zero tolerance for tards and I don't think I need to say much, but lack of a introductory post from someone who appears to be a tard is a huge indicator to me that person does not belong here.
So what I am saying is that everyone relax. It comes down to good judgement and context. And it's not my style to beat people over the head with a hammer, unless they are clearly asking for it, and I am in a bad mood, which is not often.
Finally, I do not like rules. Rules do not work. HF is an example of this where rules can be bent, shifted, or flat out ignored depending upon how much money you pay Huddler / HF / Jude, or how much favor you curry with them. I'm not the kind of person who likes to quote Starfleet regulation. I'm more of a Captain Kirk, screw the prime directive, if it's the right thing to do, kind of guy. And finally, this place is a benevolent dictatorship. Keeping the peace is much more important than rules, or rules are always subject to change to keep the peace.
P.S. I don't think I've ever told or asked any new member to introduce themselves unless they were clearly tards to begin with. I don't think I've ever asked any new member to post in the advice thread either. Not all posts are asking for advice.
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Just a friendly reminder, @Marvey , to introduce yourself in this thread. Please do not make any other posts until you have done so.
Hello to all. I'm not an expert, just a listener and I'm here to learn
Didn't you read Marv's post! You don't need an introduction!!!!
Kidding, welcome HHS!
So it appears I've somehow missed the important step of introducing myself, so here it goes.
I'm passionate about music (writing, playing, listening) and the technology that records and reproduces it. I did my undergrad in recording technology and despite being sucked into video production (my current occupation) my passion for music has kind of evolved into a desire to hear my music reproduced in the best way possible, given that I have the ability to listen during much of my work week.
I would honestly prefer an excellent pair of studio monitors and a well-treated room, but given my shared workspace (and two toddlers at home) headphone listening is the best for me at this stage of life.
My first real headphone (and by "real" I mean relatively faithful to the recording) was a K240 DF which I purchased after reading that Sufjan Stevens mixed the Illinoise album in its entirety on those headphones (my favorite album to this day). Followed shortly by the HD600, which brought me closer to a good set of near-field monitors than I thought possible.
Long story short, I caught the upgrade bug as they say on head-fi, and went through a frantic series of short-lived high end headphone acquisitions (LCD-2, LCD-X, LCD-XC, ETHER, ETHER C, SR-L700, SR-007 Mk2) before finally settling on the HD800 as the closest I could get to a "reference" quality experience.
I currently rely on Sonarworks for corrective EQ (don't enjoy them nearly as much without it), a Charleston Cardas cable, my Apollo Twin as a DAC and Mjolnir 2 for amplification (really enjoying the LISST at the moment). I also have a pair of LSR-305s for the rare occasions I am at the office alone.
I'm happy to say I think I can finally settle down for awhile (I thought about preordering the ZMF Eikon but I'm content with my PM3 when I need isolation for now). However I will still have that itch to learn about what's coming out and what experiences other people are having, which is why I am happy to have found this community. I hope my contributions prove to be somewhat useful to others!
I see some stats included on that journey!
Hi everyone! I've been lurking and learning for about a month, figured it was time to create an account so I can interact.
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