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MOT: Upscale Audio (Thread Judge Code-6 District), from Pasadena, CA

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Comparing JAR600, stock 580 / 6xx, Australis, Borealis, modded TH900. TH900 is still most like my mains - no others can tame Mr. Oizo. Apr 5, 2020 at 1:05 PM

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    1. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Comparing JAR600, stock 580 / 6xx, Australis, Borealis, modded TH900. TH900 is still most like my mains - no others can tame Mr. Oizo.
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      3. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        My measurement rig is at Upscale so it may be inaccessible for a bit. Assuming Brencho keeps em I can measure when quarantine's lifted or if I find my binaural mic. I like them more than stock HD600/650/580, but haven't heard JAR650. I actually thought the drivers on the Borealis felt too distant - like I was getting a lot of reflected sound in the treble. I'd rather have a shallower basket w/ thicker pads.
        Apr 6, 2020 at 5:22 PM
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      4. brencho
        brencho
        @Hands i have a average to large head and the loaner pair were actually a bit loose on me maybe from wear and tear. I’m not super treble sensitive but still found it somewhat harsh and uneven
        Apr 6, 2020 at 5:32 PM
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      5. brencho
        brencho
        That said want to highlight that it shows promise too and has positive attributes (punch/attack etc)
        Apr 6, 2020 at 5:33 PM
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    2. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      The smart way to bring a sense of dynamics to a 'loudness war' master is to get a playback FR with 4-8dB boost ≤ 100hz w/ a mild BBC dip.
      1. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        Moderate-Q boost on the bass so as not to bloat the lower mids, w/ no treble peaks beyond lower midrange. This is why Eikon and modded ADX5000 / TH900 are great for pop music, and some pairs of Audezes too (though the bass is flatter on those). HE6 w/ the right leather pads just off the mark with the 2k recession being too low in the FR and no net slope.
        Apr 2, 2020 at 11:11 AM
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      2. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        Annoying to think that so much stuff was mixed and mastered with Beats by Dre in mind.
        Apr 2, 2020 at 11:14 AM
    3. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Modi 2U / SYS / Loki into GFA-555 into $50 80s Pioneer CS-B5000. Loki saves these cheapo boxes - sounds pretty dynamic and open for mid-fi.
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      3. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Yes, Pioneer was a respected name back then. Do they still exist? A brain cell suggests they might still make car audio,
        Mar 31, 2020
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      4. Lyander
        Lyander
        @Thad E Ginathom they have DJ headphones, and I've got fond memories of the Pioneer SE-EX9 for more reasons than their fun name, haha!
        Mar 31, 2020
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      5. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        I think I remember them even making turntables. Almost sure I do.
        Mar 31, 2020
    4. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Moved to a new apartment that's nicer and cheaper than my old one. Fun to set up the speakers again. Ended up upside-down atop the subs!
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      2. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        The bass really moved you.
        Mar 30, 2020
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      3. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        Ear level woofers and knee-level subs with tweeters shooting at my chest unless I slump back in my seat (which I normally end up doing) definitely ticks my marks when it comes to getting the best dynamics and extension out of my system. I keep the tweeters on low anyway...
        Mar 30, 2020
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    5. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Pulled out my A-grade 2010 LCD-2 for a listen. This thing still blows the living shit out of anything I've heard from Audeze lately.
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      3. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        @Lyander I don't find Audeze bad ergonomically either. Just tired of their manufacturing inconsistency.

        That and I like ZMFs more and subscribed to team dynamic
        Mar 27, 2020
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      4. Lyander
        Lyander
        I hear that, extensive demos + having a nice entry-level planar at home for the first time has me leaning into team dynamic, just can't get used to how typical planars do headstage. Also bass impact, but my main cans spoil me there lol.

        Original LCD-2 is sexy as hell though.
        Mar 27, 2020
      5. YMO
        YMO
        I'm saying this, make the LCDs more like the LCD2-C. Now that I can wear for hours. I remember the original LCD2s were great for Kraftwerk, but at times their low end was getting on my nerves and my neck was hurting for hours.
        Mar 27, 2020
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      2. Gaspasser
        Gaspasser
        Waiting for a price drop from Uncle Kevvy for Coronachristmas ;)
        Mar 25, 2020
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      3. YMO
        YMO
        Good price but shitty headband.
        Mar 25, 2020
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      4. dubharmonic
        dubharmonic
        After 3 years with the Utopias I don't regret getting a pair.
        Mar 25, 2020
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    7. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Nak 500 > Valhalla 2 > HD580 + TH900 at the desk. Warm and fuzzy as the bath robe I'm wearing while working from home.
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    8. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Redacted. A resolution's been made.
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      2. Mithrandir41
        Mithrandir41
        Working from home then?
        Mar 19, 2020
      3. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        I was told there will 'be a meeting' about it shortly, with promises made verbally.
        Mar 19, 2020
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    9. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Wish we had a better headphone selection at Upscale beyond Focal and Senn. With ZMF direct and so many 'meh' planars, things feel stagnant.
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      3. dubharmonic
        dubharmonic
        I still use 2000-2010 as my reference point, so today's options seem amazing. Things have changed a ton.
        Mar 11, 2020
      4. dubharmonic
        dubharmonic
        Back in those days almost nothing big happened.
        Mar 11, 2020
      5. Rthomas
        Rthomas
        Can't believe it's been nearly 5 years since the Utopia and LCD4.Not counting ear speakers and ZMFs nothing very exciting release since then :(
        Mar 11, 2020
    10. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Question - better to have a +6db bass boost 200hz and down (with -2dB from target @ 3k) or 120hz and down (with +2db from target @ 3k)?
      1. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        Not talking about EQ, just talking about headphone FR w/ mods. And it's a broad boost either way, with a smooth downslope to the mids beyond the mentioned cutoff points.
        Feb 28, 2020
      2. Superexchanger
        Superexchanger
        For my taste, and without hearing anything, the former might balance bass slam with intelligibility of the upper mids better, and sound cleaner. With a general sensitivity to mids, a relative boost of the 3 kHz region to the warmer end of the bass response could sound tiring with a little less impact.
        Feb 28, 2020
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    11. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Modded TH900mk2 and stock V1 here. V1 has less 3k presence and high treble (because squishier pads?), which means lighter mods needed. Nice!
      1. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        'less 3k presence and high treble' relative to stock V2 if that wasn't clear. Modded is just... better in every way.
        Feb 24, 2020
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    12. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Just moved the re-issue JBL L100's into my small shared office. Music throughout the day makes the customer service life way more bearable.
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      2. e.schell
        e.schell
        I have been very curious about those speakers since their release. I have been wondering if Aegir monoblocks would be enough power and be good synergy or if bi-amp Vidar / Aegir (low / mid & high) would be a better match... don't suppose you have the ability to test any of these?
        Feb 20, 2020
      3. neogeosnk
        neogeosnk
        @e.shell that's exactly why I asked! Wife likes the speakers cause she's into the old school esthetics and sound.
        Feb 20, 2020
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      4. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        Aegir should be fine with them - 1 or 2. They're 90dB/[email protected] so not really hard to drive unless you like to listen at a 100dB average all the time and still want headroom beyond that.
        Feb 20, 2020
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      E_Schaaf
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      2. YMO
        YMO
        It feels good without it.
        Feb 18, 2020
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      3. JK47
        JK47
        Probably better if they was a she, and said they weren't wearing any panties...
        Feb 19, 2020
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      4. netforce
        netforce
        Had a buddy looking for a place in SF few years back. Saw a text where someone said he could crash at his place if he "showed him his goodies".
        Feb 19, 2020
    14. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Just closed a huge $17k cable sale. He knew what he wanted and I hope he'll be happy. Can't even imagine being in those shoes...
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      2. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        They say that's where the margins are. money falling into the till is the one sound that cables absolutely do improve: I hope @E_Schaaf did well out of it.

        Goes against all my notions of reasonability, but if someone is standing there saying, hey, take my money, It would be hard not to.
        Feb 15, 2020
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      3. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        Its days like those I wish I was paid a commission. Personally sold well over $2M in the last year. Don't get to see a penny of it aside from my hourly wage, which is fairly generous as far as this industry goes, but I'm spread thin with student loans and exorbitant SoCal rent.
        Feb 17, 2020
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      4. YMO
        YMO
        My friend moved from Jax to Burbank. He was paying $900 for 1/1 with a fridge and everything. In Burbank it's $2k for a studio with his BF and two dogs, no fridge. I guess pay to play for SoCal.
        Feb 17, 2020
    15. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Let it be known @brencho is a closeted basshead when it comes to headphones. Stupid grins all around with some EDM through the modded TH-900
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      2. YMO
        YMO
        We should never have things in the closet. What street rep we are trying to keep?
        Feb 12, 2020
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      3. Koth Ganesh
        Koth Ganesh
        Is this then a must own for classic and hard rock aficionados?
        Feb 13, 2020
      4. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        ^ Only headphones that don't make my ears bleed when I crank it with such things. So on that front, yes?
        Feb 14, 2020
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    16. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Feliks is gifting me a Euforia 20th Anniv! Excited to swap in different tubes. Totally killer with the dynamics I have at home... #MOTperks
      1. dubharmonic
        dubharmonic
        That's awesome!
        Feb 10, 2020
    17. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Spent the last few days doing nothing but modding the TH-900. Found an ideal tuning for my tastes. Makes me want to sell all my other cans.
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      3. Taverius
        Taverius
        That looks promising. Is the 8k escarpment actual or resonance?
        Feb 7, 2020
      4. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        Just an artifact from EARS - many of my other measurements show it too. Not audible with sine sweeps.
        Feb 7, 2020
    18. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Upscale is considering making a TH-900 derivative (I would do all R&D). Just received OEM parts. Funny thing is - no headband or drivers!
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      3. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        I'm literally trying to get as much bass as possible so long as it doesn't get in the way of the mids... but that zingy treble just has to go. I don't think stock bass is as boosted as the reviews led me to think - not nearly as boosted as a lot of the commercial IEMs I've heard.

        IME a lot of guys coming from 2-channel tend to like a more forward bass presentation, emulates some of that tactility / room response.
        Feb 5, 2020
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      4. netforce
        netforce
        The bass is the selling point of the TH-900, a v-shaped signature is fine to me. Most times I hear the TH-900 the treble wears me down and I can't listen long with my bright weeb music at least.
        Feb 5, 2020
      5. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        Findings so far are that switching to the X00 pads will help with the mids and treble quite a bit, but I hate them because they're too small and too shallow, and the material is blah. The provided supplies only really helped with changing bass +- about 4dB. Waiting for the OK to tear them apart and start working on the back side of the baffle.
        Feb 5, 2020
    19. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Trapped in a 60+ hour work week and slowly burning out. I miss my life but can't afford to work less. Student loans feel like debt bondage.
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      3. Mithrandir41
        Mithrandir41
        how I long for the days when college was affordable, because there was no government student loans. I'm not talking about you, per se, but more people should get into trades instead of getting borderline useless degrees.
        Jan 6, 2020
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      4. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        Take care, mind your sleep and relations.
        Jan 6, 2020
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      5. Wilson
        Wilson
        Sad to read this. Don't let the sleep loss distort the big picture.
        Jan 6, 2020
    20. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Bought a few games for Steam's Winter Sale. Katana Zero has an amazing soundtrack, visual style, and gameplay. Perfectly challenging too.
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      2. Gaspasser
        Gaspasser
        I hit up the Steam sale too. Starting with classics like Portal and Half Life. Any recommendations for a newb?
        Dec 27, 2019
      3. DigMe
        DigMe
        Not sure how newb.. Have you played Donkey Kong?
        Dec 27, 2019
      4. Gaspasser
        Gaspasser
        Sorry, computer gaming newb, no PS4 or Xbox One experience. I own all the Nintendo systems tho.
        Dec 27, 2019
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