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Just got back from a week in Southeast Alaska. What a place to feel alive. Sometimes just touching grass isn't enough. Also, moose are huge. May 27, 2024

    1. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Just got back from a week in Southeast Alaska. What a place to feel alive. Sometimes just touching grass isn't enough. Also, moose are huge.
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      2. Jinxy245
        Jinxy245
        I still treasure the short time I spent in Valdez, where the eagles flew around like gulls.
        May 27, 2024
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      3. netforce
        netforce
        Brother is traveling to Alaska by cruise next month. Sounds like a most excellent destination to visit.
        May 28, 2024
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    2. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      It took some effort to set up, but I'm really liking the MIAD-01.
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      2. JK47
        JK47
        Interesting item and reasonably priced
        May 19, 2024
    3. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Pick your top three: cohesive tone, tight transient response, deep extension, low distortion, good spatial cues
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      3. Cryptowolf
        Cryptowolf
        I'll take tight transient response and low distortion. I can always add a sub to a 2.1.
        Apr 21, 2024
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      4. penguins
        penguins
        It depends but ideally, I need 2:
        - tone - not FR, but traits of sound
        - realistic transients - much harder said than done because not all instruments have tight transients

        excusable:
        headphone extension - can't over come physics
        low distortion - distortion can be made to sound good. see electronics in music.
        good spatial - very nice to have, but can succeed with ok enough spatial. see hd580/600/650.
        Apr 21, 2024
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      5. Merrick
        Merrick
        Tone, transient response, low end extension. Spatial cues would be next, distortion last.
        Apr 22, 2024
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    4. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Does anyone happen to know what's currently the most efficient electrodynamic headphone on the market?
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      2. Lyander
        Lyander
        Something tells me the answer is actually some really cheap disposable IEM or earbud. I really don't get why you're chasing ultimate efficiency when, if anything, people need the opposite to keep to sane volumes without engaging digital volume control. This feels like the early 2000s with everyone making smaller phones just because.
        Apr 10, 2024
      3. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        I wouldn't say it's a chase as much as a curiosity. And mostly for 30-60mm drivers for headphone use. I like exploring extremes, taking things too far and then dialing back to a sweet spot
        Apr 10, 2024
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      4. atomicbob
        atomicbob
        Some of the most sensitive headphones (excluding IEMs) I've seen:
        mW to produce 110 dB SPL @ 1 KHz
        1.6 Denon D7000
        4.0 Focal Clear
        4.0 Focal Utopia
        2.5 Focal Stellia
        2.5 Sony 7506
        2.0 SoundMagic HP100
        Apr 10, 2024
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    5. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      What are some of your earliest memories regarding noticing good or bad sound quality?
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      3. YMO
        YMO
        Bigger and longer is always better on R2R, just like you know what.
        Jan 16, 2024
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      4. roshambo123
        roshambo123
        Tarantino said for cinephiles DVD's are like marijuana but when you start collecting film prints that's heroin and I think R2R is that for audiophiles. When you're paying $500+ per recording you're shooting smack.
        Jan 16, 2024
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      5. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        I think that my first experience of real stereo was when I left home and spent a lot of time with a bunch of hippies, a house that I later moved into for a couple of years.

        That was great. But one of my friends had a dad who used his living room as a pro recording studio. His Quad-plus-Tannoy system was amazing.
        Jan 17, 2024
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    6. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Always pondering how the same graphs can sound different just by rotating a driver in place (position of vents and filters vs ear parts?)
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      2. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        Just one of the many variables unaccounted for in the discourse of how graphs and perception align... Sometimes I wish physical analysis of design features were more of the focus than abstractions of performance output. Sound is categorically mechanical after all.
        Dec 22, 2023
      3. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        Every driver will sound best at critical damping and at the appropriate distance and angle vs the ear according to the dispersion pattern. This may look like a wildly different FR curve in every case. Better to let the driver tell you how it should be tuned than force-tune to a target while disregarding all other variables
        Dec 22, 2023
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    7. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Headphones are like lenses. Damping is like moving glass elements to achieve focus. Dispersion + earpad interaction is like stopping down
      1. Tachikoma
        Tachikoma
        Driver size is max aperture?
        Nov 29, 2023
      2. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        @Tachikoma that's a thought! I can see driver surround compliance (perhaps related to impedance response?) also being akin to max aperture. I'm sure there are many points where this analogy falls apart, but it scratches a particular brain itch
        Nov 29, 2023
    8. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      If FR targets have to exist, among all the other numerous confounding variables shouldn't the acoustic impedance of a design be factored in?
      1. Lyander
        Lyander
        That's why I still really appreciate the "free-air" measurements @purr1n sometimes does, haha. It does reveal issues that greater acoustic impedance couplers might mask
        Nov 22, 2023
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    9. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      1. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        Nice pics! The 5D is great. Easy to use and has excellent color and contrast. My only gripe was the slow and somewhat inaccurate focus. And of course only 12MP.
        Oct 30, 2023
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      2. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        99% of the time I use manual lenses and shoot JPGs. I don't edit much, it's a very casual thing for me - I could probably even get away with less :)
        Oct 30, 2023
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    10. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Spent 3 hours at a record shop. Demoed a bunch of used plates under $10 on the table they had set up. Brought my own phones. Fun
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      3. Gazny
        Gazny
        Did you get that Mind Fuzz album?
        Oct 22, 2023
      4. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        They didn't have Mind Fuzz, just some other tapes I hadn't heard as much about and priced a bit high (there was no way to demo tapes there, just records). The headphone I brought was similar to an O2, just with a couple flavor tweaks
        Oct 22, 2023
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      5. wbass
        wbass
        Great way to discover music! Especially at well-curated shops. I often take photos of what I leave behind and listen later. Have also been finding good recs on various collector feeds on IG. Though, of course, it also drives up the price of records all around.
        Oct 22, 2023
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    11. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Thought: would burst response readings change in extreme cases of high or low amp output impedance with a particularly reactive driver?
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      3. purr1n
        purr1n
        probably. on my list of stuff to look into.
        Oct 1, 2023
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      4. Serious
        Serious
        1: Yes, very likely
        2: Not sure I understand, but I don't think there's much there
        3: It definitely changes with damping, etc. What I'm most interested in is how much nonlinearity we can see with headphones. At maximum excursion in either direction, how does the impedance change?
        Oct 2, 2023
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      5. Serious
        Serious
        3: They do this stuff for speaker drivers regularly and that's one of the advantages of low inductance designs (copper cap). Low inductance -> less of an impedance change. Less distortion.
        Oct 2, 2023
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    12. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      I've been sleeping on Ragnarok for too long. Totally entranced by this v1.5 since the moment it arrived
      1. Azimuth, Cryptowolf, M3NTAL and 11 others like this.
      2. rlow
        rlow
        Couldn’t get into Rag 1.5. Must have been a synergy thing, was too sharp and steely on HD650 and Elex (no surprise on the 2nd one). Always felt fatigued by it. Similar feelings I had with Jot 1 as well. Only way I could tolerate it was to put Freya+ in between in buffer mode and set the rag on low gain and turn the volume all the way up (unity gain).
        Aug 27, 2023
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      3. Ksorota
        Ksorota
        If not for the size I would have a Rag 1.5 on my desk right now, also no need for the speaker outs. But the Rag is what the Mjolnir 1 grows up to be! The endgame moniker fits in my mind. It was great pushing the Genesis G, and also the PM-1!
        Aug 27, 2023
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      4. zonto
        zonto
        Have owned one for 5+ years. It's a solid amp, but didn't mesh well with HD600/Utopia nor did it have enough juice for Maggies. I also could only tolerate low gain with most headphones. The unit is so versatile I can't bring myself to sell it, so it's in a closet for now in case I need a backup amp for anything.
        Aug 28, 2023
    13. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      I've only been using a 35mm prime lens on 35mm film for a while. Worth it to get a 28 or 50 as a second lens, or go farther for a 21 or 85?
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      2. Mdkaler
        Mdkaler
        Since you're shooting film, I'd suggest find a more special lens which flavors match your taste, and also spend some time on Flickr lens groups. Leave the generic duties to the cell phone.
        Aug 12, 2023
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      3. joch
        joch
        Think your 35 is already a winner. If you plan to do indoor shoots, 21 might be a good addition. If you’re planning to shoot portraits, the 85 is good.
        Aug 13, 2023
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      4. Qildail
        Qildail
        I always liked the 85mm for walkabout/street photography. 28mm was my "sunsets" lens for all those film years, but I am not sure it'd be worth picking up if you already have 35mm in the bag.
        Aug 13, 2023
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    14. DarthVader
      DarthVader
      I have sent you a couple unanswered questions regarding my ESX900. Appreciate if you could give me a response
      1. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        YGPM :)
        Jul 22, 2023
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    15. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      It's been a long time since I've felt as hype for a new gear acquisition as I am for my incoming Aiwa HS-P202.
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      2. bobboxbody
        bobboxbody
        I mostly agree with @bixby and @Thad E Ginathom but I think something good that was lost with cassettes was everyone making mixtapes. I'm grateful to my Dad for giving me a Kenwood receiver, Sansui tape deck, and some big woofer 70's speakers around age 9 and saying that music would become very important to me soon, so I should start finding what I like.
        Jul 16, 2023
      3. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        There's nothing competitively hifi about cassette sound quality in general but I deeply enjoy it for certain genres of music where the sense of pumping and saturation enhances the textures in the mix. House, lofi of various kinds, hip hop, reggae, dub, rnb... I do have some jazz cassettes that beat some lemon vinyl pressings of the same music. Give and take
        Jul 16, 2023
      4. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        Also helps that cassettes are often 1/3 the cost and a fraction of the size of a record. Plenty of nice sounding tapes of contemporary music still being released in Japan and Europe
        Jul 16, 2023
    16. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      (request fulfilled, disregard)
    17. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Several ETA O² built and ready to ship! Anyone feeling inclined to pick one up - feel free to DM me and I'll see about sweetening the deal.
      1. Philimon
        Philimon
        How sweet? ygdm
        May 4, 2023
      2. M3NTAL
        M3NTAL
        Sweet like a man at sea. Luckily I'm pretty taxed on bills, so this wont be happening HA HA HA. One of the headphones on the top of my list that I'd like to hear.
        May 4, 2023
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      3. Philimon
        Philimon
        Bills are high and nigh but for half off Ill make due and take the opportunity to purchase now at great discount.
        May 4, 2023
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    18. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Kind of have an itch to play with a AKG K700-800 series. Anyone have one to sell or lend?
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      2. Jinxy245
        Jinxy245
        I always liked the 7xx series for what it was, but sold mine ages ago. Curious what you'd come up with!
        Apr 28, 2023
      3. Biodegraded
        Biodegraded
        YGPM.
        Apr 30, 2023
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    19. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      RIP Ahmad Jamal, I always appreciated his eloquent and understated style.
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      2. jowls
        jowls
        Apr 17, 2023
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    20. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Got a cat from the shelter. He's so nervous! Already fell and knocked suitcases off a high shelf in the closet trying to hide. Poor lil guy
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      2. caute
        caute
        when i got my cat from the local shelter, she was haughty and i could tell thought little of me, bit and scratched both me and my partner, but for some reason, i was like "this is the one" and she turned out to be the most affectionate, if sometimes a lil saucy, cat ever.
        Feb 19, 2023
      3. Wilewarer
        Wilewarer
        Our cat was super nervous at first too, but also wanted to be around people all the time... so for a while she spent all her time hiding under chairs and couches, but always in a room with somebody else.
        Feb 19, 2023
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      4. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        When the new cat brings back a mouse or a bird for you, you know enough. You have a new friend.
        Feb 19, 2023
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