ChaChaRealSmooth
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ChaChaRealSmooth

SBAF Gearmaster, Male, from Avalon

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I should update my MoOde, but every time I listen to my system I'm like "eh, it sounds good and works reliably, not changing a thing" May 8, 2021

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May 15, 2021 at 1:19 PM
    1. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      I should update my MoOde, but every time I listen to my system I'm like "eh, it sounds good and works reliably, not changing a thing"
      1. Cryptowolf, dllmsch, bixby and 3 others like this.
      2. Vtory
        Vtory
        Apple taught me "Do not update unless you really should".
        May 8, 2021
      3. Cryptowolf
        Cryptowolf
        Same, I prefer to listen to my 2.1 system and not futz with software.
        May 9, 2021 at 5:33 AM
      4. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        I had to update to 7.1. Spotify issues. Thankfully fixed now.
        May 9, 2021 at 1:02 PM
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    2. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Super random: any SBAF members here also play Destiny 2? I've been getting back into it recently.
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      2. Elnrik
        Elnrik
        Long ago, I did. Not playing anymore, unfortunately. I've been slumming it on ESO lately tho.
        Apr 27, 2021
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      3. GanGreinke
        GanGreinke
        I still play occasionally. It’s hard to keep up with the light leveling if you don’t have a ton of time to play.
        Apr 27, 2021
      4. Lyander
        Lyander
        I've been wanting to get into more co-op stuff but I'm too drawn to single player RPGs lmao.

        ... Think I described my recent dating life just now.
        Apr 28, 2021
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    3. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      First vaccine dose. Shot itself felt like normal; hopefully the second dose doesn't knock me out
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      2. sheldaze
        sheldaze
        @netforce I hope your experience parallels mine. I was tired after the 1st shot for a few days. 2nd shot was no symptoms.
        Apr 22, 2021
      3. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        First dose: felt very ill overnight, poorly for 24 hours.

        Second dose: Nothing. Not even a sore muscle. Complete anticlimax!
        Apr 22, 2021
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      4. DigMe
        DigMe
        @Ksaurav402 I was reading an article the other day about the situation in Uttar Pradesh. I really feel for you. It sounded as bad or worse than those early days in Wuhan or Italy.
        Apr 22, 2021
    4. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      JAR HD580 (unknown which version 580 @ext1 modded) is actually quite good. More to come this week.
      1. ext1, Merrick, Jinxy245 and 2 others like this.
      2. Merrick
        Merrick
        I maintain the 580 was the best of the Senn classics (not including the 70s/80s vintage models that I haven’t heard).
        Apr 12, 2021
    5. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Reorganized my spices to cut down on clutter and lessen time to find them. What actually happened is that I can't find what I'm looking for
    6. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Every time I tube roll I'm reminded of how much I hate tube rolling. Much rather just listen to music.
      1. Vtory
        Vtory
        The most annoying part is I can't simply plug and play (theoretically possible but practically not because of warm up and cool down).. I've never been successful in ABing tubes lol.
        Mar 25, 2021
      2. DigMe
        DigMe
        @Vtory I feel like tubes are something that you notice more over time. Hard to A/B back and forth due to warm-up time and extreme subtleties. i’ll change out tubes and notice things over time but not necessarily think “That is so much better than the other tube.”
        Mar 25, 2021
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      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        It takes me forever to tube roll because I listen to each tube/matched set of tubes for hundreds of hours. The last time I did back to back A/B was with the OG Saga when it first came out.
        Mar 25, 2021
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    7. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Don't know which is worse: being the patient or being the person waiting to drive the patient home. I'm currently the latter.
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      2. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        Yup. Some other dude tried to sell me on getting wireless Beats when I pulled out my peasant-class wired CA Solaris.
        Mar 22, 2021
        Syzygy, Cryptowolf, JayC and 5 others like this.
      3. EagleWings
        EagleWings
        Having been on both ends, the former is definitely worse. Being there at the hospital to support is not easy, but is one of the greatest deeds on the planet.
        Mar 22, 2021
      4. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        Don't get me wrong, I'd do it for loved ones (in this case my grandmother) any time.
        Mar 22, 2021
        EagleWings and Cryptowolf like this.
    8. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Wonder if Utopia replacement will be Utopia Vibranium
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      2. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        The Black Panther awaits them...
        Mar 21, 2021
        sheldaze and Jinxy245 like this.
      3. YMO
        YMO
        Utopian
        Mar 21, 2021
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      4. m17xr2b
        m17xr2b
        Utopia Unobtanium
        Mar 22, 2021
        nishan99 likes this.
    9. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Too bad the Final D8000 Pro is so damn expensive. Actually not bad; just WTF is that price.
      1. Jinxy245, Lyander, 9suns and 3 others like this.
      2. 9suns
        9suns
        Driver tech/implementation on that headphone is super interesting and clever, IMO. Stupid price, yes (and probably bad tuning, who knows).
        Mar 19, 2021
      3. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        Tuning is actually pretty good
        Mar 19, 2021
        Jinxy245 and 9suns like this.
      4. Jinxy245
        Jinxy245
        Quick listen at a show & I thought it was pretty good too. 1/4 of the price & I'd be sold.
        Mar 19, 2021
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    10. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Sincerely hope that Focal has improved in reliability with the new models.
      1. Roman and dematted like this.
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      3. zonto
        zonto
        Have you had any issues with your Utopias? Mine have been just fine for almost five years. Think people just play music too loud. :)
        Mar 16, 2021
      4. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        I have had zero issues. From my understanding, if your Focal lasts ~3 months with no issues then it should be bulletproof. Just feels bad when I read about the problem units that even some SBAF members bought.
        Mar 16, 2021
        zonto and Vtory like this.
      5. Senorx12562
        Senorx12562
        My Elex have been bulletproof (except for dead cables, but replacement is easy and cheap) but given their pricing and the horror stories, not sure I would buy Focal agn. Shame, love the sound.
        Mar 17, 2021
    11. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      IDK what it is about my head shape; I find Focals and ZMFs more comfortable than my JAR HD600 for long-term listening.
      1. gixxerwimp, Jinxy245, Vtory and 2 others like this.
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      3. zonto
        zonto
        I find the Utopia way more comfortable than the HD600/650. Clamp is part of it, but also the pad material, overall shape, and pad size makes a difference too. I have big ears though. HD800 has been the most comfortable headphone for me.
        Mar 12, 2021
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      4. Cryptowolf
        Cryptowolf
        I prefer the fit on my Auteurs over Beyer, Mad Dog, and HE phones. I guess we both have strong necks from carrying our huge brains :)
        Mar 12, 2021
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      5. gixxerwimp
        gixxerwimp
        Stellia and Clear (with headband foam mod) are more comfortable than HD650 for me. HD800 is both light & comfy.
        Mar 14, 2021
    12. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Beginning to really dislike the word "clarity" when people talk about sound. Seems like everyone defines it differently.
      1. Deep Funk, Syzygy, rlow and 4 others like this.
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      3. Priidik
        Priidik
        +1 @m17xr2b on it being a product. Ie clarity is function of many other describers: soundstage openness, clean fast transients, evenness of dynamics scale. Many want to disagree, but neutral to bright tonality helps clarity. How many dark systems have been described as having good clarity?
        The wording to describe experiences are fundamentally limited. It helps to know the dude, where he is coming from.
        Mar 9, 2021
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      4. Merrick
        Merrick
        So...you're saying we need more clarity about the word clarity?
        Mar 9, 2021
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      5. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        See...I use "clarity" different thatn Pridik. I can still use "clarity" with a warm sounding system. It is a statement more of resolution and focus. Opposite would be "veiled" or "fuzzy". But I get your point. It could just be boosted in the 2-4K range and someone say it has more clarity.
        Mar 9, 2021
    13. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      First time listening to the whole Daft Punk Discovery album. Why didn't I do this sooner again?
      1. Jinxy245, sheldaze, Merrick and 4 others like this.
      2. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        Interstella 5555 is dope. So many epic moments...
        Mar 4, 2021
        Lyander and ChaChaRealSmooth like this.
      3. Lyander
        Lyander
        As much as I love certain tracks from RAM (Fragments of Time is still my favourite song by them) I just think Discovery is their best "album" in the sense that it's sonically cohesive and just one bop after another from start to end.

        And yup, hard to say no to Matsumoto Leiji; Captain Harlock and Galaxy Express 999 were faves growing up.
        Mar 4, 2021
      4. Phantaminum
        Phantaminum
        The album and songs are unforgettable. I love the hell out of each of the animated versions of the songs and the drawing style is gorgeous. That whole album really set the tone for me for 2003.
        Mar 4, 2021
    14. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Fry's Electronics going under: not surprising, but kind of sad. I bought a lot of stuff from them back in the day.
      1. penguins and insidious meme like this.
      2. roshambo123
        roshambo123
        I heard near the end Fry's required vendors to front the products prior to getting reimbursed wholesale, basically consignment. Apparently the vendors simply declined, causing shelves to be barren around the time they finally shutdown.
        Feb 28, 2021
      3. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        I heard about that as well, and my thought was that if it was true, that's the writing on the wall
        Feb 28, 2021
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    15. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Why does music have to hit the spot very late into the night?
      1. Jinxy245, nishan99, Syzygy and 2 others like this.
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      3. Lyander
        Lyander
        @murray Sigh, adding the cost of good long cables plus a whole soundproofed room then. Man this stupid hobby is so expensive when you want more than mediocre sound :P
        Feb 28, 2021
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      4. roshambo123
        roshambo123
        I lie to myself every night that this time I'm going to bed early.
        Feb 28, 2021
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      5. gixxerwimp
        gixxerwimp
        Shutting down my bedside rig and putting away the phones would wake up my wife, so there's a strict "lights off; power down" policy ... sigh
        But it does mean I go to sleep earlier.
        Mar 1, 2021
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    16. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      First world problem: want to light up a cigar, no idea which one I want to smoke.
      1. YMO
        YMO
        Close your eyes and pick one up.
        Feb 27, 2021
      2. ufospls2
        ufospls2
        First world american problem. In Canada, you have to choose if you want to re-mortgage your house before buying a single stogie for the evening, lol.
        Feb 28, 2021
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    17. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      There's something satisfying about looking at members here putting together a system that fits their tastes and needs.
      1. roshambo123, JayC, Syzygy and 11 others like this.
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      3. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        My setups as well would not have been possible if not for SBAF
        Feb 23, 2021
      4. Cryptowolf
        Cryptowolf
        Truth. My set up has benefited from the knowledge and generosity of the folks here. The Systems Synergy thread remains a gold reference.
        Feb 24, 2021
      5. dematted
        dematted
        Given that I'll soon be rocking a set-up in which each component has been awarded a schlong (Pi2aes, 2541, DSHA-3F, Auteur), I am quite indebted to SBAF. Wouldn't have found this gear without yall.
        Feb 24, 2021
        Cryptowolf, Syzygy, Imraan and 2 others like this.
    18. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Enjoyed a nice round of golf. Also reminded that golf needs constant practice (aka I really suck now), just like ear acumen
      1. Ntbm3, Lyander and luckybaer like this.
      2. Ntbm3
        Ntbm3
        Amen.... Golf is my measure activity of choice!
        Feb 22, 2021
    19. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Drop: Dropping your expectations one product launch at a time.
      1. crazychile, Jinxy245, bxh and 4 others like this.
      2. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        dropping the ball
        Feb 18, 2021
        Jinxy245 and Imraan like this.
    20. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Geshelli JNOG + Erish = not terrible. Just plugged them in to make sure things work, and didn't feel the urge to rip my cans off.
      1. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        ^for the record, this stuff will go on loaner (no, this does not mean spam my inbox full of PMs asking to be put on the tour. Wait until the thread goes up)
        Feb 12, 2021
      2. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        I have been impressed with my Enog. I am willing for my Enog to go on loaner if you have a lot of requests. The two are not quite that different. Jnog adds USB, and slightly different op amps.
        Feb 12, 2021
        Raimei Templar, Cryptowolf and Vtory like this.
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    Gender:
    Male
    Birthday:
    January 8
    Location:
    Avalon
    Occupation:
    Lifeguard
    Gear List:
    Circumaural Headphones:
    Beyerdynamic DT990 (250 ohm, vintage 1990s)
    Focal Clear (stolen by family)
    Focal Utopia
    Hifiman HE-6 (LFF Code-6)
    Raal Requisite SR1a
    Sennheiser HD 250 Linear 1 (600 ohm)
    Sennheiser HD 599 (stolen by family)
    Sennheiser HD 540 Referemce I (600 ohm)
    Sennheiser HD 600 (JAR mod)
    Sennheiser HD 6XX
    ZMF Verite (cocobolo)

    Supraaural Headphones:
    ThinkSound On2

    IEMs:
    CA Solaris (the OG one, not 2020)
    Drop x JVC HA-FDX1 (given away to family)
    Gaudio Nair

    Headphone Amps:
    Bachelor
    DNA Starlett
    EC Ultralinear
    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. LFF Code-6
    3. Focal Utopia
    4. Raal Requisite SR1a

    Signature

    Just your moderately friendly gearmaster of questionable hearing acumen....wait what am I supposed to be doing again?