ChaChaRealSmooth
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ChaChaRealSmooth

SBAF Gearmaster, Male, from La Mirada, CA

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Looking at old pics of meets makes me really want to have one again when the environment is suitable for one. Another SoCal CanJam u? Aug 3, 2020 at 7:26 PM

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    1. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Looking at old pics of meets makes me really want to have one again when the environment is suitable for one. Another SoCal CanJam u?
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      3. gixxerwimp
        gixxerwimp
        If things ever really settle down, I'd be up to fly across the Pacific to meet up with everyone IRL.
        Aug 3, 2020 at 11:03 PM
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      4. fp627
        fp627
        Should JK and I bring our bidets too?
        Aug 4, 2020 at 2:47 PM
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      5. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        If you don't you both aren't allowed in.
        Aug 4, 2020 at 3:20 PM
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    2. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      I hate @YMO for making me listen critically, rolling pads on Verite. I dislike critical listening so much (PS: I still prefer Verite pads).
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      3. purr1n
        purr1n
        Verite pads for DNA amp for sure.
        Jul 31, 2020 at 10:37 PM
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      4. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        @purr1n yeah, I settled on Verite pads again. Just like it the most on my setup. I can see Universe being preferred on something like DHSA-3F, maybe the EC 445.
        Jul 31, 2020 at 11:14 PM
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      5. YMO
        YMO
        Aug 1, 2020 at 5:04 AM
    3. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Realized my chain today is pretty much all USA-made: Schiit + DNA + ZMF
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      3. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        @fp627 I haven't experienced that myself, but that kind of makes sense since dofferent languange have and emphasize different kinds of sounds. Wonder if that would affect instrumentation.

        At any rate, I'm happy with my setup.
        Jul 30, 2020 at 7:46 PM
      4. Vtory
        Vtory
        I believe logistics eventually plays more important role than language. @fp627 did you perhaps witness more USA hifi products purchased by UK than other non-Eng spking european countries?

        Another important confounder: participating forum/community (weakly associated with lang)
        Jul 30, 2020 at 9:32 PM
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      5. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Audio equipment is like human babies. When born, it can make /all/ sounds but, as it grows, it becomes limited to those it hears around it and is asked to make. We should keep our equipment linguistically flexible by playing all sorts of music.
        Jul 31, 2020 at 10:25 AM
    4. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      WTT: JAR HD600 for Grado Hemp :P
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      3. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        @Lyander GRADO HYPE TRAIN BABY WOO WOO!

        (in case people missed this somehow, the status is a joke and this post is quasi-satirical)
        Jul 29, 2020 at 12:38 AM
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      4. Lyander
        Lyander
        Yeah I caught that one lol. I do still miss the Grado sound sometimes, might get a cheapo set when I can afford it, but the voicing of the older stuff just seemed very specific. Hopefully e series and newer change that.
        Jul 29, 2020 at 12:42 AM
      5. YMO
        YMO
        This part has this 2010 vibe for me. Good memories with Grados, but, they are memories.... Watch when you ship a Grado and one of the drivers crap out (happened to me a few times).
        Jul 29, 2020 at 4:44 AM
    5. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      I generally prefer Jamiroquai's older work, but man the Automaton album really ain't bad.
      1. GoodEnoughGear
        GoodEnoughGear
        Good to know, my wife's a fan so I'll pick that up.
        Jul 27, 2020
      2. Phantaminum
        Phantaminum
        I love Jamiroquai but found that most of his music were horribly mastered. Some of his later albums sound better than his earlier work.
        Jul 27, 2020
    6. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Quick tube swap revealed that no, I'm not crazy and my input tube indeed has developed channel imbalance. Now back to the music.
    7. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      I am so tired of these dumb bug bites every time I want to go outside for a cigar. LET ME SMOKE IN PEACE!!!
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      3. Hands
        Hands
        I humidify my house to 40-50% and still have these problems myself. :(
        Jul 23, 2020
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      4. PTS
        PTS
        @YMO SoCal is semi-humid at times. I'm from a wet country (England) and never felt uncomfortable living here, aside from the occasional 110 degree days.
        Jul 23, 2020
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      5. gixxerwimp
        gixxerwimp
        Asian tiger mosquitoes are indigenous where I live. Spawn of the devil.
        Aug 3, 2020 at 11:45 PM
    8. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Nothing interrupts a listening session like opening your eyes to see a spider dangling in front of your face.
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      2. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        @dubharmonic not sure what species it was, but not a widow. Didn't stop me from jumping out of my skin and almost dropping my Utopia.
        Jul 22, 2020
      3. PTS
        PTS
        I scoop every spider I find up in a glass and put it outside. They're creepy looking, but you have to remember that we're a thousand times bigger and they're terrified of us.
        Jul 23, 2020
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      4. PTS
        PTS
        There's nothing that can really hurt you in SoCal. Black Widow spiders aren't aggressive and usually only bite if you accidentally trap (or try and handle) them. If they bite, it's uncomfortable but very rarely a problem. Despite what people think, we don't get Brown Recluse spiders. We get spiders that look similar, but are harmless.
        Jul 23, 2020
    9. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      One kind of shit soldering job later, and I think I fixed my AV receiver. Now hopefully it doesn't blow up.
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      2. insidious meme
        insidious meme
        Haven't heard an explosion..
        Jul 20, 2020
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      3. dark_energy
        dark_energy
        Shit soldering job is better than leaving stuff for waste. Modern day people are so simple that when a child bikes rear wheel nuts get lose they throw the bike away cuz - yeah. It is broken. Saw this the other day. LOL
        Jul 20, 2020
        Jinxy245, Lyander and Thad E Ginathom like this.
      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Not long after reading an article on how sideways push switches tend not to be supported by anything more than the soldered tags which take the strain, I found that was the exact problem with my mosquito swatter. My electrical soldering is shit too... but it saved the day, the device, and a whole five or six in USD!
        Jul 21, 2020
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    10. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      SR1a is a great reminder that my right ear is gimped compared to my left.
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      2. ufospls2
        ufospls2
        Jul 18, 2020
      3. Melvillian
        Melvillian
        In my younger days I passed out inside one of those giant Tonka speakers at a rave. I’m sure that’s when I damaged it.
        Jul 18, 2020
      4. DigMe
        DigMe
        Is this another way of saying you have cauliflower ear?
        Jul 18, 2020
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    11. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Played with the phase invert button on my Yggdrasil GS. Something about inverted phase sounds funny and I'm not a fan.
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      2. purr1n
        purr1n
        You know you have the right phase when the soundstage doesn't sound like ass. Some amps or other gear or even recordings will invert phase.
        Jul 17, 2020
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      3. famish99
        famish99
        It can also depend on the recording as well, some are recorded backwards and the button will help those.
        Jul 18, 2020
      4. Jdriver
        Jdriver
        Some amps are inverting and using the phase switch seems to go better with that. My sense is whichever phase sounds "duller" is the "wrong" phase. In other words, whichever phase sounds more focused is the right one.
        Jul 18, 2020
    12. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      LOL did Head-Fi go down?
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      2. YMO
        YMO
        ^what an entitled millennial. :P
        Jul 16, 2020
      3. zerodeefex
        zerodeefex
        Says the millennial ^
        Jul 16, 2020
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      4. YMO
        YMO
        ^bleh
        Jul 16, 2020
    13. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Hmm, the iFi Zen DAC ain't bad. Okay, it's not a Yggdrasil GS, but yeah, not bad.
      1. Kouon, obsiCO, Jinxy245 and 4 others like this.
      2. rlow
        rlow
        The iFi stuff is very good. They do really good shit with that Burr Brown DAC chip. They are the best DS implementations that I’ve heard, at least for my preferences. (haven’t heard the Matrix, Convert, or other Yggdrasil priced DS stuff though).
        Jul 14, 2020
        Kouon, obsiCO, Jinxy245 and 1 other person like this.
      3. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        I wouldn't recommend this without some reservations (some of which aren't related to sound), which I will go over. But it really ain't bad. This will go on loaner for those interested (thanks to @iFi audio)
        Jul 14, 2020
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    14. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      I love/hate emotional plankton machines. Systems like that suck me in and I'm groovin'. But I can't listen and work, or do anything else.
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      2. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        Yggdrasil GS + Starlett/Jot R. It's too engaging for its own good, as well as hitting my personal preferences.
        Jul 13, 2020
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      3. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        AKG Sextetts.

        Old but amazing in the right condition and right audio-systems.
        Jul 13, 2020
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      4. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        @rlow an argument can be made that we are indeed nuts.
        Jul 13, 2020
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    15. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Huh, the specs sheet says that XSP has hotter output than Yggdrasil, but my Yggdrasil GS has me using less of the pot. Wonder why this is.
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      3. Vtory
        Vtory
        I surmise we tend to set the volume to our own optimal position that is determined by a number of factors -- as opposed to sound pressure only. I bet if you 'measure' spl then everything would follow the specs.

        Note there are two non-wrong ways: "Enough info at lower vol" vs "Not harsh at higher vol".
        Jul 11, 2020
      4. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        Actually, I'm a dumbass. This is because I'm only using the XLR-out from Yggdrasil (it goes to Jensen 1:1 transformer). I used SE from XSP, which is not as hot.
        Jul 11, 2020
      5. Vtory
        Vtory
        Turned out way simpler than I thought!
        Jul 11, 2020
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    16. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Did @schiit do something to the Yggdrasil GS? Is this thing supposed to sound this good cold? DOES IT GET BETTERER?
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      2. YMO
        YMO
        You know where to reach me about toys. :p

        Time for Starlett.
        Jul 9, 2020
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      3. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        ^that being said about new toy syndrome, I don't get excited about things I don't like. The Morpheus didn't grip me like this.
        Jul 9, 2020
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      4. YMO
        YMO
        Yeah yeah, now sell it to me for $50 shipped. :P
        Jul 9, 2020
    17. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Hot weather is prohibitive towards turning on tubes or amps like Jot R. Happy I kept Asgard 3 around.
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      2. Melvillian
        Melvillian
        Yeah it sucks because I can’t turn on the M-22 until probably October.
        Jul 7, 2020
      3. YMO
        YMO
        What is hot for you?
        Jul 7, 2020
      4. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        Rolling power outages?
        Jul 7, 2020
    18. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Trying to sift through the noise on HF to see if there's anything worth checking out for loaner is taxing and irritating.
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      2. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        On the other hand, if we have on pretty good authority (and reason to believe) that it's legit, then we'd consider it.
        Jul 3, 2020
      3. rlow
        rlow
        Vox I think may be FPGA delta sigma, but I could be misremembering that. I would agree that without a trusted ear having heard it, too much $$$ to gamble.
        Jul 3, 2020
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      4. Gazny
        Gazny
        The NectarSound Headphone seems cool. Nectar Hive is a Electrostatic headphone seems cool that it is diy made in a garage. Seems pair with the Bottlehead electrostatic amp. Might be too niche as it isn't mainstream.
        Jul 3, 2020
    19. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Ballade No. 1 in G minor is the best song Chopin wrote. It's also too fucking hard to play.
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      2. Claritas
        Claritas
        Horowitz recorded it at least five times and never managed to get it right. But Rubinstein did.
        Jul 8, 2020
    20. RobS
      RobS
      might be joining the matrix club soon bro
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      3. RobS
        RobS
        Sounds like my next DAC lol. Thanks man! Do you think it might be a bad pairing with a Valhalla 2 and HD650 also? I'm gonna use this DAC mostly for speakers and was trying to find something really neutral
        Jun 30, 2020
      4. RobS
        RobS
        Oh and does it lack warmth? I don't like warmth but also don't want sterile.
        Jun 30, 2020
      5. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        Never heard Valhalla 2, but I think it will be a tremendously athletic pairing. Tonality is roughly on par with the Gungnir A2.
        Jun 30, 2020
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    Gender:
    Male
    Birthday:
    January 8
    Location:
    La Mirada, CA
    Occupation:
    Lifeguard
    Gear List:
    Circumaural Headphones:
    AKG K7XX
    Focal Clear (stolen by family)
    Focal Utopia
    Hifiman HE-560 V1
    Raal Requisite SR1a
    Sennheiser HD 599 (stolen by family)
    Sennheiser HD 600 (JAR mod)
    Sennheiser HD 6XX
    Thinksound On2
    Verum 1
    ZMF Auteur (cocobolo)
    ZMF Verite (cocobolo)

    IEMs:
    Drop x JVC HA-FDX1

    Headphone Amps:
    DNA Starlett
    Feliks Euforia
    Schiit Asgard 3
    Schiit Jotunheim R

    Speakers:
    Klipsch Heresy III

    Speaker Amps/Preamps:
    Feliks Euforia
    Schiit Aegir

    DACs:
    Schiit Yggdrasil GS

    Turntables:
    Audio Technica x Drop Carbon VTA w/ Audio Technica Red cart
    Still unsure why people want my opinion on gear. I don't actually know much about audio other than I like music.

    Main headphone rotation (no particular order):
    1. ZMF Verite
    2. ZMF Auteur
    3. Focal Utopia
    4. Raal Requisite SR1a

    Signature

    Dances chachacha IRL as smooth as he plays the piano, which is to say that both suck.