E_Schaaf
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E_Schaaf

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

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DSP 9000 is much cleaner and leaner than my M22B, but the M22B is way heavier sounding with fatter bass. Both PCM63, but opposing synergies. Nov 17, 2019

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    1. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      DSP 9000 is much cleaner and leaner than my M22B, but the M22B is way heavier sounding with fatter bass. Both PCM63, but opposing synergies.
      1. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        Wondering how using a transport other than Eitr might change things...
        Nov 17, 2019
      2. JK47
        JK47
        Probably a noticeable improvement.
        Nov 19, 2019
    2. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Made a mixtape on an actual cassette as an anniversary gift. Curating a variety of styles in short tracks is a joy. Wanting to do this more.
      1. FlySweep, Lyander, tommytakis and 7 others like this.
    3. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      After modding uber-tweaky headphones, the screwless disassembly of the HD580 is a breath of fresh air. Ordered new materials for experiments
      1. rendyG
        rendyG
        interested to see what you come up with - I´m using my HD580 with custom more open grills + mass loaded
        Nov 16, 2019
    4. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Re-tuned my HE4 for a more 'fun' signature and finally got the treble how I wanted. Hours well spent. Will bring to the SoCal meet.
      1. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        TP, woven cotton from a t-shirt (never finalized a mod with this one before!), melamine, rug liner,and some secret-formula acoustic paper. Asymmetrical cuts. FR looks wonky on the graph but sounds like I wanted - smooth, expansive, and somehow both zippy and thicc. Like how I wanted all of my past Audezes to sound (though they never did).
        Nov 8, 2019
        treboR, Lyander, DigMe and 1 other person like this.
      2. Lyander
        Lyander
        Would be curious to get squiggles of it just as a reference point. IME some jaggedness in plain FR isn't necessarily audible since a Paradox I heard some time ago was just as "level" sounding, if not as "smooth", as an HD650.

        I gave up putting around with HP-3 mesh when one of the screws on the outer ring immediately died (same happened with @Eudis Fernandes iirc). So much for being mod friendly.
        Nov 8, 2019
    5. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Found a solid deal on EAD DSP 9000 III. Can't wait to see how it compares to M22B and my memory of Theta Gen V. PCM63 madness!
      1. crazychile, 9suns and treboR like this.
    6. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Over the weekend picked up a few cheapo 80s speakers (with big woofers) from a flea market for my partners. Now I need a few Loki's...
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      3. JK47
        JK47
        The Mormons beat you to it by a couple of centuries, and the harams of the middle east by more than that.
        Oct 15, 2019
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      4. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        difference is that nobody intends to marry or reproduce, and all of my partners also have other partners as well.
        Oct 16, 2019
      5. E_Schaaf
    7. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Been diving deep into SP-404 music. J Dilla is just the beginning. I'm liking mono tracks more - depth and dynamics are better delineated.
      1. yotacowboy, Deep Funk, DigMe and 4 others like this.
      2. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        J-Dilla made music with production values many artists in Pop and Rap can only dream of. Only Kanye matched him on 808. Now I feel the urge to play Burial...
        Oct 9, 2019
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      3. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        What always struck me about Dilla is how he made a simple kick, snare, and sample or two feel like such a personal and distinctive statement - he was one of the first to have a clear voice on the 404. Not everything felt locked to a grid - he embraced the inherent looseness of sampling existing content.
        Oct 9, 2019
        Deep Funk and yotacowboy like this.
    8. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      We're now dealing Campfire Audio! Call up and ask for Evan - I'll take care of you. Thinking about Equinox for myself...
      1. hikergrl, Sqveak, elguapo and 13 others like this.
    9. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Finalizing mods on ADX5000. Ended up with something inspired by HD800 and HD650 KISS mods and a pad swap. Big dynamic drivers FTW! SLAMMING
      1. hikergrl, 9suns, Boops and 6 others like this.
      2. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        Never heard an open DD with deep bass this solid and articulate. Measurements coming soon! Might send to a few buddies after I find a 4-pin cable.
        Oct 4, 2019
      3. JK47
        JK47
        STOP THE PRESSSSSSSS!!!!!
        Oct 4, 2019
    10. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      After working with two customers designing full systems for many hours spanning weeks, both ghosted. So much time and $30k in sales... gone.
      1. Lyander and Ash1412 like this.
      2. Ash1412
        Ash1412
        People are always quick to flame the dealership model for driving prices up but you guys do a huge bulk of the work for uninformed customers. Better luck next time.
        Oct 2, 2019
        E_Schaaf and Lyander like this.
      3. Mithrandir41
        Mithrandir41
        Ungrateful bitches.
        Oct 2, 2019
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    11. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Just signed a consultation agreement for part-time work with Rosson Audio Design. Guess I'm now a dual MOT? Life has some weird turns.
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      2. EagleWings
        EagleWings
        Congrats! Very cool.
        Sep 29, 2019
      3. tommytakis
        tommytakis
        holy crap, that's amazing. Congrats dude!
        Sep 29, 2019
      4. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        Thanks everyone! I'll be helping with assembly as well as R&D / tuning. Definitely a startup vibe, small team, lots of room to experiment. Should be fun!
        Sep 30, 2019
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    12. Superexchanger
      Superexchanger
      (mispost, sorry)
    13. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      I used to sleep with music on. Now the system is too dynamic at low levels for sleep - transients keep me awake. A problem I'm happy with!
      1. treboR, hikergrl, Syzygy and 3 others like this.
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      3. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        Believe me @skem if I could afford it I'd have literal stacks of subs floor-to-ceiling and wall-to-wall. I am not ashamed of being a basshead when it comes to loudspeakers. Headphones are a different story since they'll never rattle my ribcage regardless of relative bass quantity.
        Sep 25, 2019
      4. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        Not to mention I've already got 5 noise complaints (as low as 85dB mid-day in my listening position) in less than a year and I'm sure my upstairs neighbors wouldn't love even one subwoofer in my space.
        Sep 25, 2019
      5. Superexchanger
        Superexchanger
        "With 5000 subwoofers, modal variation is virtually
        eliminated ... " is the best thing I've encountered today. Nice analysis though.
        Sep 25, 2019
    14. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Got a customer looking for a headphone amp that will synergize both with the Utopia and Abyss. I'm not sure such an amp even exists.
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      3. dubharmonic
        dubharmonic
        I'd suggest trying the Feliks Euphoria and Eleven Audio Formula S
        Sep 23, 2019
      4. purr1n
        purr1n
        DNA Stellaris.
        Sep 23, 2019
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      5. EagleWings
        EagleWings
        McIntosh MHA150.
        Sep 24, 2019
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    15. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Using some leftover gear to build a partner a system. Definitely going for fun factor. Looking at cheap 70s-80s speakers < $600. HPM-100?
      1. DEATHxMACHINE and rtaylor76 like this.
      2. DEATHxMACHINE
        DEATHxMACHINE
        Sep 17, 2019
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    16. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      @Jozurr selling a stock 4-screw HE6. If anyone wants it and wants my mods, I'll take a bit off my rate to sweeten the deal for all involved.
      1. fp627, Ash1412, Jinxy245 and 6 others like this.
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      3. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        @Panohm TBH I stopped working on it after people started offering to pay for mods on other headphones like HE6 and 4XX and 400. Just got too busy to get back to it. Now it's completely disassembled, laying all over my apartment.
        Sep 16, 2019
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      4. DEATHxMACHINE
        DEATHxMACHINE
        As E_Schaaf mentioned, he modded my 4 screw HE6. With a few samples of music and my thoughts, he was able to produce something truly amazing after much testing and trial and error. When i have the time to write up a thorough impression it deserves, I plan to call the title "The king is dead, long live the king" because it has dethroned my favorite open headphone the LFF Code-X.
        Sep 16, 2019
      5. DEATHxMACHINE
        DEATHxMACHINE
        E_Schaaf is very thorough and dedicated. I cannot praise his work enough. Also was a reasonable price.
        Sep 16, 2019
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    17. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      PSA - if you need any PS Audio gear, call and ask for me. They're soon going direct so we're liquidating what's here. Great deals to be had!
      1. DigMe
        DigMe
        PSA (no pun intended)
        Sep 13, 2019
      2. Ringingears
        Ringingears
        Don’t talk to me about PSA. Not the audio company. I get “stabbed” every three months to check it. Hey dudes, if you 50+ get it checked.
        Sep 13, 2019
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      3. Ringingears
        Ringingears
        @E_Schaaf thanks for the heads up on the liquidation.
        Sep 13, 2019
    18. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Just found out one of my partners has two SL1200s in storage. I have a AT33PTG/II in storage too. Guess I'll soon be back on the wax train!
      1. brencho
        brencho
        Yet another advantage of multiple partners
        Sep 13, 2019
    19. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Saw Explosions in the Sky last night at the Palladium. Venue was well suited to the music. Lots of energy but hit an intensity ceiling.
      1. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        Not all post-rock / post-metal bands can match the raw power of Nadja I suppose... Love it when a buildup devolves into a dense spectrum of noise
        Sep 13, 2019
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    20. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Dreaming of a no-frills 3-head cassette deck with high-quality mass-produced parts / reliable modern engineering and a tube output stage.
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      3. Mystic
        Mystic
        It may not sound as good as my CDs, but I love using my Nak. Probably just fueled by nostalgia but who cares, I enjoy it. I'd love to see an easily obtainable 3 head deck.
        Sep 11, 2019
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      4. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        The Naks are surprisingly good at digging info off the tape. Most obviously when you record your own tapes - can sound almost identical to the source... or maybe even a little 'better' if you drive them hard enough. My favorite tapes are the ones that are most compressed and saturated. Nothing like that growl, especially for beats and EDM. Makes my hairs stand up.
        Sep 11, 2019
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      5. crazychile
        crazychile
        What about an old Nak CR-3A with a separate tube output buffer box? I wouldn't think that would be all that expensive.
        Sep 12, 2019
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    Gender:
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    Home Page:
    https://slewrate.bandcamp.com/
    Location:
    Pasadena, CA
    Occupation:
    Composer, Freelance Production and Post
    Gear List:
    LCD-2 (2010)
    LCD-2F - SOLD
    LCD-X - SOLD
    LFF Code-5LE
    LFF Code-6
    IE80
    Andromeda
    Tia Fourte

    V200 - FOR SALE
    ACA Monoblocks
    GFA-555
    Valhalla 2
    Sys

    V800
    Modi 2U - FOR SALE
    Chord Mojo
    Dragonfly 1.0

    Magnepan 3.6R w/ Mye Stands - SOLD

    Yamaha YP-D6 - SOLD
    AT440MLB
    Thorens TD-160
    Stanton 881S
    AT33PTGII

    Cambridge 651p