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About to put these newly acquired Sony WF-1000XM3 buds to test. 9hour flight. Have my $40 Taotronics NC tethered earbuds as control. Nov 8, 2019

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    1. fraggler
      fraggler
      About to put these newly acquired Sony WF-1000XM3 buds to test. 9hour flight. Have my $40 Taotronics NC tethered earbuds as control.
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    2. fraggler
      fraggler
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      3. netforce
        netforce
        Feel bad for the Ghost in the Shell franchise. The first movie and Stand Alone Complex was the apex and its been so downhill from there. The live action movie was pretty awful and this trailer doesn't instill a lot of confidence.
        Oct 23, 2019
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      4. Lyander
        Lyander
        @netforce 2nd GIG wasn't too bad, I'd say it trades blows with the first series, but Arise was pretty bland, didn't even try finishing it. Animation quality here actually reminds me of the absolutely tepid Cyborg009 series (also on Netflix) I watched a while back.
        Oct 23, 2019
      5. Tachikoma
        Tachikoma
        What the fuck.

        I'm happy that they kept the directors and voice actors from GITS:SAC, but that animation quality.
        Oct 23, 2019
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    3. fraggler
      fraggler
      ZMFetivus! Bringing the ECP L2 if anyone wants to hear it.
      1. Ksaurav402
        Ksaurav402
        Would love to hear some impressions
        Oct 5, 2019
    4. fraggler
    5. fraggler
      fraggler
      WTF, the Millet Starving Student hybrid amp sounds confusingly good.
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      3. Lyander
        Lyander
        I on the other hand had completely forgotten about the Millett despite planning on getting one before I splurged on headphones, haha. Awesome, glad it's doing a lot for ya! Agree that obscure gems are the best fun.
        Sep 9, 2019
      4. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        It was do popular it exhausted the world supply for those tubes it used.
        Sep 9, 2019
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      5. bluebyte60
        bluebyte60
        There was a good vibe on DIY amp. Some diy units on HF were god damn good. Now, seem very few people do that :(
        Sep 9, 2019
    6. fraggler
      fraggler
      I have found that the nicer gear I get, the more my nervosa increases. Thinking of purging and going back down to the budget realm.
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      3. Gaspasser
        Gaspasser
        That is what we do though...chase gear. I wouldn’t sweat it though. Seems like your in the same boat as @Skyline having Gungnir Multibit. He was advised to hold on and cancel FS though.
        Unison is coming soon enough. Hell they might release Gungnir 2 and Yggdrasil 2 and everyone will be in the same boat.
        Sep 1, 2019
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      4. Gaspasser
        Gaspasser
        Sounds like you have a great setup, just focus on the music and let everything work itself out. Grab a beer and listen to the new Tool album. Better yet go hit up the Map Room for me!
        Sep 1, 2019
      5. Skyline
        Skyline
        We can start a Gungir nervosa support group :P
        Sep 2, 2019
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    7. fraggler
      fraggler
      Cool, Marv confirmed all my concerns about Bifrost 2 vs my Gungnir A1 were true. Love my timing and decision making...
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      2. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        scraches and dents on a fridge don't matter --- IF one gets the large discount on the ex-diplay model. If not, they matter a lot.
        Aug 28, 2019
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      3. fraggler
        fraggler
        Since I knew some of you were concerned, the vendor came through and replaced the bins that were cracked and the door that was scuffed on my fridge. Now to sort out my nervosa about DACs.
        Sep 1, 2019
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      4. Lyander
        Lyander
        Easy, DACs make no difference as long as they measure well. Get an ODAC, sell off the other shiz and use the funds for your trip ;)

        Gear is easy to geek over, I'm weak to that too, but as long as I can listen to my crappy library and have a blast elsewhere, life's fucking awesome. All the best, dude.
        Sep 1, 2019
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    8. fraggler
      fraggler
      Probably not warmed up even, but the Gungnir Multibit making a surprising difference. More so with my speakers, but still very obvious.
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    9. fraggler
      fraggler
      Can someone explain a "cool" sound? I get warm, neutral, and bright which is the continuum I am used to.
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      2. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Cool? Or cold? How about clinical?
        Aug 6, 2019
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      3. Hands
        Hands
        Cool = below room temp water, but not super cold
        Bright = Chew minty gum and try to drink ice cold water after
        Aug 6, 2019
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      4. Claritas
        Claritas
        At its best, it sounds like Glenn Gould: somewhat staccato, very little to no sustain pedal. PMx2 especially; ER4S, regardless of filter.
        Aug 14, 2019
    10. fraggler
      fraggler
      WTF new HD800 pads. I feel like I am going to break my headphones before I get these to stay on.
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      3. Thenewerguy009
        Thenewerguy009
        Best bet is to trim the inner plastics, it's too thick to fit in the holes.

        Sennheiser did have a guide to getting them on. I can't find the pic in my folders, but you put the pads on the headphone as much as you can & then place one side of the headphone w/earpads facing down on a desk & then you apply even pressure from the back.

        Just don't apply pressure to the thin metal parts from the back.
        Jul 24, 2019
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      4. fraggler
        fraggler
        One went on with only minor frustration, it took a serious amount of pressure against the desk to get the other on. Looks like the tolerances weren't great. I feel like I just smashed half the life out of them.
        Jul 24, 2019
      5. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        My *theory* is that they are making these parts for the HD800S now, and maybe the design is only 99.9% compatible. That 0.1% with the pads causes grief.
        Jul 25, 2019
    11. fraggler
      fraggler
      Wow. This Riva Festival is fantastic. Bigger than I was expecting, but very nice bass. Much more useful in the apt than the Turbo X.
      1. fraggler
        fraggler
        Have 2 Echos, a Dot connected to a Turbo X, a Show 5 connected to the Festival, and a 3rd gen Dot creating a pretty seamless envelope of pleasant sound throughout the place now. No single point of sound blasting to fill it up.
        Jul 22, 2019
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      2. Syzygy
        Syzygy
        Impatiently awaiting the Stadium
        Jul 23, 2019
      3. Luckbad
        Luckbad
        I have a Festival and Turbo X as well. The Festival is less impressive because of its size. It can really put out the volume, but the bass is a bit boomy. The Turbo X has a lot of bass rolloff but is pretty cool because of how it sounds in relation to the size.
        Jul 24, 2019
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    12. fraggler
      fraggler
      After a week and pad swapping, Auteur is ahead of Aeolus. Aeolus more lush and exciting, but can be fatiguing. Auteur with velour easier.
      1. dubharmonic
        dubharmonic
        In complete agreement :-D
        Jul 19, 2019
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    13. fraggler
      fraggler
      Want to love the Auteur as it is gorgeous, sounds wonderful, people here love it, etc, etc. But Aeolus just speaks to me more.
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      3. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        @dubharmonic In terms of ZMF, first is a tie between Auteur and Verite for me. Had a chance to listen to both extensively and choosing between them is like choosing between your children.
        Jul 13, 2019
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      4. fraggler
        fraggler
        And funny enough, the Verite was my least favorite, though I have only spent a few songs with it. Maybe my wallet is mind controlling me.
        Jul 13, 2019
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      5. Jinxy245
        Jinxy245
        Maybe...could be the chain too. Of course I need more Verite head-time myself....
        Jul 14, 2019
    14. fraggler
      fraggler
      By Zach's good graces, have Aeolus and Auteur in house to compare to HD650 and HD800. So far I like them all...help.
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      2. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        RIP fraggler's wallet
        Jul 11, 2019
        fraggler, Josh83, Ash1412 and 3 others like this.
      3. Jinxy245
        Jinxy245
        There is no help. There is only financial gymnastics.
        Jul 11, 2019
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      4. Cryptowolf
        Cryptowolf
        The Auteur will eventually join me as my last headphone purchase. I’ve been climbing that particular hill for a number of years and these are the summit headphones for me.
        Jul 12, 2019
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    15. fraggler
      fraggler
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      2. jazztherapist
        jazztherapist
        Looks super great. Best wishes!
        Jul 6, 2019
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      3. dasman66
        dasman66
        It's grass roots efforts like these that will turn around cities & neighborhoods. Not politicians, not charity. It takes good people doing good things to help others learn how to be successful.

        Congratulations
        Jul 6, 2019
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      2. DigMe
        DigMe
        My local HP shop posted these on wechat yesterday. I'm very curious! I've also been interested in full size but figured they'd be too hot in the summer.
        Jul 5, 2019
      3. bengo
        bengo
        Aug 15, 2019
      4. DigMe
        DigMe
        No. Haven't had a chance to get to the HP shop.
        Aug 15, 2019
    17. fraggler
      fraggler
      Mmmmm. That fresh HD650 pad feel.
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      2. Zed Bopp
        Zed Bopp
        Lovely how the 600-series accessories are so cheap.
        Jul 2, 2019
    18. fraggler
      fraggler
      Oooo. Pi 4 released. Can do 4k video at 60fps. Wonder if the wifi and ethernet are better.
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      3. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        The ethernet is probably the only plus for me for audiophile reasons, otherwise it's a bit overpowered. DAC cards or spdif cards are more important
        Jun 24, 2019
      4. Syzygy
        Syzygy
        Finally more RAM! Time for a stop at Micro Center.

        Looks like 1- & 2GB models ship on the 28-Jun, 4GB model ships 1-Aug.
        Jun 24, 2019
      5. JustAnotherRando
        JustAnotherRando
        I had a look around, the only country I could find the 4G model ready to ship is in the UK.
        Jun 24, 2019
    19. fraggler
      fraggler
      Listening to a stock HD800 for the first time in a few years. Really surprised I am not noticing any real treble issues. Magic of ECP L2?
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      3. Gaspasser
        Gaspasser
        I didn’t think the stock was that bad either, but then again I’m old
        Jun 16, 2019
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      4. fraggler
        fraggler
        Well, at 40, I am neither old nor young. I am still sensitive to the treble of my HE-560, so I am not all deaf yet. I am not actually sure which tubes I have. Whatever Ogodei included with the amp. Probably older tubes, as I definitely hear the L2 as fairly laid back.
        Jun 16, 2019
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      5. Zed Bopp
        Zed Bopp
        Just wait til you get to a thin mix with loud cymbals.
        Jun 17, 2019
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      2. fraggler
        fraggler
        The shrines were fine, but there wasn't a memorable payoff to almost anything. I want to earn cool gear that helps me advance the story, not pick up scrap along the way.
        Jun 11, 2019
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      3. gepardcv
        gepardcv
        Maybe this BOTW sequel will have a less-empty world to explore, and less grunting and chuckling in talking to NPCs. A better plot wouldn't hurt, either. This, OTOH, will be a hell of a game to have a Switch port for, especially for frequent air travelers: https://twitter.com/witchergame/status/1138480181558071302
        Jun 11, 2019
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      4. Bill-P
        Bill-P
        Yeah, (s)witcher 3 (sorry, bad pun) is definitely day 1 purchase for me. Still need to finish Skyrim for the umphteenth time.

        I love BOTW, still struggling in Master Mode because Link is so friggin' weak at the beginning, but the game itself is entertaining enough without a story. But then more of that is just... too repetitive. I also think a better story would be better.
        Jun 12, 2019
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    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Chicago, IL
    Gear List:
    Transducers:

    Bose QC15 modded
    Fostex T50RP modded
    Hifiman HE-560 modded
    HSE-A2000 modded
    Overnight Sensations + Dayton SUB-800
    Sennheiser HD650M
    Sennheiser HD800 SBAFSDR
    Shure SE215
    Taotronics TT-EP01


    DACs:

    Massdrop x Centrance DacPort Slim HD
    Schiit Fulla 2
    Schiit Modi 3
    Schiit Gungnir Multibit A1

    Amps:

    Adcom GFA-5200
    Cavalli SOHAII
    ECP Audio L2
    Massdrop x Centrance DacPort Slim HD
    Pass WHAMMY
    Schiit Fulla 2
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    There is a lot more to the company that makes it unique that can adequately be described in this format, so if you are interested, you can visit our website at egwoode.com to learn a little bit more about the company and our entrepreneurs. Our crowdfunding campaign is here: https://www.bluefundrewards.com/projects/e-g-woode-a-crowdfunding-campaign/

    And of course, if you have any questions about the company, the campaign, or about social impact investing in general, please send me a PM and I will be happy to chat with you.

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