E_Schaaf
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MOT: Upscale Audio; recovering HFM addict, from Pasadena, CA

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One of my partners is even more treble sensitive than me. Today's the first time she didn't wince when listening at my normal ~85dB level. Aug 14, 2020 at 1:40 PM

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    1. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      One of my partners is even more treble sensitive than me. Today's the first time she didn't wince when listening at my normal ~85dB level.
      1. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        No changes to the system aside from the Super 7. Way too easy to crank this thing. Loving every second, already played through like half my tapes.
        Aug 14, 2020 at 1:41 PM
    2. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Redacted - meaningless speculation.
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      2. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        Someone teach me about what makes one opamp circuit better implemented than others. I've always assumed (and was taught in school) discrete components will simply yield better subjective performance
        Aug 13, 2020 at 5:54 PM
      3. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        I should probably take a listen before commenting further. Just half-baked thoughts better suited for a profile post than the thread.
        Aug 13, 2020 at 5:56 PM
      4. Vtory
        Vtory
        A bit confused. What's your comparative structure? Opamp circuit A vs opamp circuit B, or opamp-based vs discrete circuits? First sentence reads the former but the second the latter.
        Aug 13, 2020 at 7:18 PM
    3. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Just plugged in and powered on @Hands highly modded EC Super 7. First thought - never felt my HD600 slap me around like this. Hot damn!
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    4. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Anyone with some woodworking / 3D printing gear want to help me with a very simple project? Can pay for materials cost, shipping, labor
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      3. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        Even if screws weren't an option I am not opposed to adhesive. Really just want anything to get started
        Aug 11, 2020 at 5:36 PM
      4. jexby
        jexby
        if I read this correctly: you would like a small screw with your wood. if adhesive helps your wood you are not opposed? and you just want to get started with screwing?
        Aug 11, 2020 at 8:06 PM
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      5. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        That's exactly right! Don't forget the appropriately sized hole
        Aug 11, 2020 at 8:08 PM
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    5. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Very few pieces of gear impress me every time I listen. Shanling M0 via LDAC is one of them though. Drives TH900s and IEMs w/ ease. Utility.
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      2. zerodeefex
        zerodeefex
        I have the Shanling and the Earstudio but prefer the Earstudio. @shotgunshane let me know the Shanling UP4 is even better, though. I would avoid the M0 unless you really need the standalone DAP functionality at this point.
        Aug 11, 2020 at 9:59 AM
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      3. brencho
        brencho
        Anyone wanna buy my UP4?
        Aug 11, 2020 at 10:07 AM
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      4. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        Had I known LDAC headamps were a thing I probably woulda passed over the M0 when I first got it some time ago but I still appreciate it for what it is.
        Aug 11, 2020 at 10:25 AM
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    6. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Total shot in the dark but does anyone have an email address or phone number for RobS? He sent me some gear for mods and I need to contact.
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      2. fraggler
        fraggler
        Sent you a PM
        Aug 10, 2020 at 11:18 AM
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      3. famish99
        famish99
        You can find him on Discord if you want to go down that rabbit hole, but I might have his email address since I sold something to him once if you want to PM me.
        Aug 10, 2020 at 11:18 AM
      4. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        We're in contact now, thanks!
        Aug 10, 2020 at 11:32 AM
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    7. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Blind-pick trance LP arrived in the mail. UK pressing. No idea if 33 or 45 RPM, but I like it at both speeds. Subgenre changes with RPM. Fun
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      2. JoshMorr
        JoshMorr
        check the discogs page on the pressing for the real answer
        Aug 7, 2020
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      3. Sqveak
        Sqveak
        What did you buy?
        Aug 7, 2020
      4. Superexchanger
        Superexchanger
        This must be very similar to the "Fleetwood Mac 45 played at 33 gets you slowcore Springsteen" trick.
        Aug 8, 2020 at 1:35 PM
    8. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Feliks 300B shows up -> set up in my bedroom system where my only source is a Nintendo Switch w/ Super Smash Bros... gotta move stuff around
      1. spwath
        spwath
        Idk you can listen to that nice theme song with really good sound. Just enjoy that.
        Aug 6, 2020
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      2. zonto
        zonto
        Nothing wrong with gaming on a nice system. Dew eet!
        Aug 6, 2020
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      3. CBC
        CBC
        Ha! My 9 year old daughter always makes us listen to the theme song all the way through every time we play SSB.
        Aug 7, 2020
    9. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      One reason I dig electronic music so much is b/c the main trigger of my 'uncanny valley' is removed from the equation - no mic coloration.
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      3. RatSalad
        RatSalad
        I like synths and weird electronic sounds in rock/prog music but I can't get into a lot of music that is just electronic. I need to look harder for evaluation aspects at least.
        Aug 5, 2020
      4. RobS
        RobS
        Fat Of The Land is my CD of choice to bring speakers to their knees.
        Aug 5, 2020
      5. yotacowboy
        yotacowboy
        Things get even trickier/more interesting when you've got artists using 100% analog synths for "electronic" music, or using actual studio tricks for recordings rather than emulating them through software, e.g., https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1DWVrAD-GU
        Aug 6, 2020
    10. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Full Compass just let me know TH900 drivers are backordered for 6-8 weeks. Guess that'll put a damper on the loaner... disappointed.
      1. Vtory
        Vtory
        Too bad, but understandable with this worldwide pandemic. Thanks for sharing the progress.
        Aug 5, 2020
      2. DEATHxMACHINE
        DEATHxMACHINE
        Well that sucks. Guess I more time to find a good deal on a used fostex.
        Aug 5, 2020
    11. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      For my bday this year my parents sent half of my records from Tennessee. Mostly Blue Note, FlyLo, Tim Hecker, Godspeed You Black Emperor.
      1. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        By the time I listen to everything twice I'm going to need a new MC cart. Vinyl sucks. I love it.
        Aug 4, 2020
    12. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Never heard a 2-way 8" monitor I liked other than the passive JBL L19 from decades ago. Can be found under $200 with some time.
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      3. yotacowboy
        yotacowboy
        I'm a 2 way 8" t-line weirdo. subs and minimal x-over has kept me happy for a while now. space constrained means no BWC unless i get rid of my living room, GF, dog, and several appliances. oh, and sell my car, too. Then cram a bunch of hornloaded junk into my house like the japanese 200 sqft posters on audiogon.
        Aug 3, 2020
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      4. crenca
        crenca
        The ORFAS go for those Devore's 2 ways with those 10 inch made by Seas drivers. I tried to hear them once at RMAF a few years ago but the room was busy, unfamiliar music, and it was RMAF so I had no impression...
        Aug 3, 2020
      5. yotacowboy
        yotacowboy
        Heard those at Cap Audio Fest in a monster sized room (with the matching subs). pretty meh.
        Aug 4, 2020
    13. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      J Dilla's Donuts is buttery smooth on cassette. Less crisp than on wax, but richer texture. Sounds more like the SP sampler's native output.
    14. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Metal cups on the TH900s yield the single most macrodynamic presentation I've ever heard. My face is melting. I am jealous of @tommytakis
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      3. Vtory
        Vtory
        I confirm you won't expect any for 45hz and below from Hemp. No mileage variation.
        Jul 31, 2020
      4. Vtory
        Vtory
        By the way @E_Schaaf : can I ask why you envy tommy? Are you working on special metalcup customization ESX-900 for him?
        Jul 31, 2020
      5. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        He sent me a TH600 with stock metal cups, and I'm doing the mods for him. A bit different than the mods from the thread, but the difference between the woodies and these metal cups is like the difference moving from a soft to hard wood ZMF, except even more pronounced. It's really unique, and I'll be looking for metal cups for my own...
        Jul 31, 2020
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    15. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Tracks to test lower mid response? Drop me a link!
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      3. Biodegraded
        Biodegraded
        Nick Cave. 'Live from KCRW' or 'Push the Sky Away' albums.
        Edit: not to forget Leonard Cohen and Screamin' Jay Hawkins :)
        Jul 30, 2020
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      5. DigMe
        DigMe
        Bels Fleck and the Flecktones Live Art focusing on Victor Wooten’s electric bass which is often in mid bass range. His playing is punchy and fast.
        Jul 31, 2020
    16. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Feliks is sending me an 8W 300B SET integrated to play with. Expected to arrive tomorrow! Wonder if it's enough for my JBLs or Wodens
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      3. dubharmonic
        dubharmonic
        Please share some pictures and impressions!!
        Jul 30, 2020
      4. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        Maaaan, should sound great with Wodens
        Jul 30, 2020
      5. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        @Cspirou I have a feeling I might need to bring them out to my main room and run them with the subs, they're a bit cramped in my bedroom ha
        Jul 30, 2020
    17. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Thinking of making a batch of 3-5 SuperBest900s with custom cups and pads. Would anyone be interested in a loaner for such a thing?
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      3. Jinxy245
        Jinxy245
        IDK how far the mod has progressed from the pair I heard at CanJam, but it was frikin' amazeballs.
        Jul 24, 2020
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      4. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        @Jinxy245 it's completely different now! The pair you heard was from phase one of the modding experimentation, which is when I was thinking "what happens if I completely damp the shit out of it to get a perfect target FR?" Wasn't 100% pleased with the dynamics after comparing to some other phones, so I started all over and now have a MUCH more dynamic phone with a little more color, but a similar target.
        Jul 24, 2020
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      5. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        It did take a leap of faith to make that shift, because once they got back to me from CanJam I started the irreversible mods. Thought I fucked it up quite a few times, but finally settled where it is now after many months of daily tweaking
        Jul 24, 2020
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      E_Schaaf
      @Deep Funk recommended the VE Monk Plus. Holy shit do these things stage and slam. I had high expectations and not disappointed. Mods next.
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      2. Biodegraded
        Biodegraded
        Forgive me, but 'best bud I've heard' is like 'best North American cricket team' :)
        Jul 23, 2020
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      3. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        They are surprisingly good for something as cheap as say 10 or 15 Dollars/Euros including shipping/mail. Makes you wonder how much you pay for marketing with other brands/manufacturers.
        Jul 24, 2020
      4. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        As a retail/distro MOT, I don't have to wonder... And honestly, yikes for some/many of the brands out there.
        Jul 24, 2020
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    19. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Finding myself thinking about the CFA Atlas. I always had issues with driver flex, but loved the bass so much. Would love a 2020 refresh.
      1. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        High-end DD IEM market seems kinda wishy-washy still. Nothing compelling beyond FDX1, though I'm left wanting for a bit of resolve and punch. I guess Equinox would be the next step, but never done a custom. Why can't there be something amazing around $5-700?
        Jul 23, 2020
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      2. ufospls2
        ufospls2
        I'd really recommend checking out the RE2000 Silver from Hifiman. Though the build isn't the best, I really enjoyed them, more so than the Atlas (which I also had terrible driver flex issues with.) The RE2000 Gold is a bit better than the silver IMO, but at $2000 its a dumb price. Hifiman did have the Golds on sale for $1000ish, but the silver still represents the best value.
        Jul 23, 2020
      3. ufospls2
        ufospls2
        Let me know if you have any questions, happy to help :)
        Jul 23, 2020
    20. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Enjoying modded HE4 after many months. Full, engaging, no 2k suckout, still the best planar mids I've heard. Sad these were such sleepers
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      2. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        Going from HE4 to HE6 feels more forward but also more steely. Sure HE6 is tighter and more dynamic, but it's also less smooth.
        Jul 20, 2020
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      3. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        in some ways I prefer the HE4 mids over the modded Senns. Am I relapsing?
        Jul 20, 2020
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