Justin S
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Justin S

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Scout Niblet and Steve Albini forever! Greasy AF. Apr 13, 2024 at 11:43 PM

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    1. Justin S
      Justin S
      Just flipped the Lyr+ into low gain. The volume knob is at 4:00 and it sounds amazing with the 600s and 650s. Gentler but way more dynamic.
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      3. RestoredSparda
        RestoredSparda
        You owe it to yourself to hear a black glass Ken Rad in your Lyr if you haven't already!
        Dec 9, 2023
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      4. Justin S
        Justin S
        I have the Clear glass VT231 Ken Rad and it is spectacular. I have a note in with Brent Jesse about the black glass. He recommended I check in after the holidays. I also like the brown base sylvania WGT and weirdly, the new EHs for pop music.
        Dec 9, 2023
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      5. Justin S
        Justin S
        Went down the HQPlayer/AKM DSD Direct rabbit hole tonight (thanks for hooking me up Geno Geshelli): low gain on the Lyr+>KenRad Blackplate Clear Glass>HD600s is exceptional. Team Low Gain, indeed. Even when I'm not listening to it, I'm thinking about listening to it.
        Dec 9, 2023
    2. Justin S
      Justin S
      Picked up a bunch of pads from ZMF Nov. Suede Ori pads on my customcans kit modded DT770s are SUPER EXTRA FUN in a guilty pleasure way.
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    3. Justin S
      Justin S
      Ken is totally Rad
      1. Justin S
        Justin S
        With the Lry+ a modest KenRad clear glass is the one tube to rule them all.
        Nov 26, 2023
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    4. Justin S
      Justin S
      When between rock-star headphones, I go back to the 600s and 650s and am always amazed at all they get right. They are the measure.
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      2. Justin S
        Justin S
        There is something about the bass on the 600s, though. They remind me of my Harbeth P3ESR XDs - there's not a ton of bass quantity there, but it feels clean and well controlled. I occasionally have a listen with 600s where I get phantom bass in my chest - which is pretty weird coming from them.
        Nov 18, 2023
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      3. Lyander
        Lyander
        I will say that there have been instances when I've not been wanting for more bass _volume_ on the HD600s, just perhaps more texture and quality. That Original Master Phones amp actually did make them kick surprisingly hard, but yeah harsh and unrefined. I remember really liking the Senns's low end out of the Studio Jr. I demoed, and that was the 300B ver.
        Nov 18, 2023
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      4. Justin S
        Justin S
        I had a few different sub 1K SS and tube amps but really loved the BHA-1 with the Sennheisers. I moved on to the Lry+ with a handful of NOS tubes and it's pretty remarkable. It's refined and a bit of a brute. It's pretty great with the 600s. I hope it'll be good with my new Auteur Classics when they arrive.
        Nov 18, 2023
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    5. Justin S
      Justin S
      ZMF is a class act. I love the new Aeolus but wanted moar. Within the 14day period, they arranged a swap + some $ from me. All help no fuss.
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      2. Justin S
        Justin S
        Thanks for the input, gents. Yes, @ckhirnigs, I should have said that my take on the Classic vs OG reports I have read/watched is that they are different headphones - not that the Classics are a fix for any perceived issues with the OG. Ultimately, I think I am more into linearish and that the Classics will be a good fit for me. CAN'T WAIT!!!!
        Nov 15, 2023
      3. ckhirnigs
        ckhirnigs
        @Justin S Did go with the stock Ambrosia Maple or the LTD Ash for your Classic?
        Nov 16, 2023
      4. Justin S
        Justin S
        I went with the stock maple. Trying to keep it tight :-)
        Nov 16, 2023
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    6. Justin S
      Justin S
      100+hrs on new Aeolus now, So many glorious positives, but I am missing the 600-style sparkle. How are the highs on the Auteur Classic?
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      3. Justin S
        Justin S
        Thanks for this @RestoredSparda . I think that I am missing the finer details and some treble information. The Aeolus is really beautiful, but not sure I can live with it.
        Nov 12, 2023
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      4. Justin S
        Justin S
        After sitting with these for days and some focused listening sessions, I am going to take advantage for the 14 day return window and pick up a pair of Auteur Classics. The aeolus are so beauty, but I think I need something more linear with a bit more resolution.
        Nov 12, 2023
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      5. ckhirnigs
        ckhirnigs
        I think you’ll dig the Classic. I’m a big fan of the LTD Ash sets Zach has at the moment. I have OG Auteurs in Ash, and they’re my favorite wood for both look and sound. It’s a nice medium density wood.
        Nov 12, 2023
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    7. Justin S
      Justin S
      Aeolus just arrived! I know these need time, but early listening with a Lyr+ is promising. So far I like Lamb>Suede. More bass and treble.
      1. Justin S
        Justin S
        I know Zach has 200hrs listed as the burn in time for these. I am wondering what people's experience has been.
        Nov 7, 2023
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      2. Jinxy245
        Jinxy245
        I didn't find burn in to be as much of an issue for the Aeolus as it was for the Verite, IIRC after 30-50 hrs or so it was 95% there.
        Nov 8, 2023
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      3. Justin S
        Justin S
        Thanks @Jinxy245 . They changed a whole bunch yesterday over the first few hours of listening. After an overnight with pink noise they are more clear and open - I was worried for a bit. I hope they continue in this direction.
        Nov 8, 2023
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    8. Justin S
      Justin S
      In Utero is 30 years old this year. It f***ing rocks.
      1. DigMe
        DigMe
        Just listened to the Conan Needs a Friend podcast with Grohl, Novoselic, and Albini. Pretty good listen except for Albini being a bit too Albini.
        Oct 28, 2023
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      2. purr1n
        purr1n
        Make sure it's the Albini version, not the original corpo suits master.
        Oct 28, 2023
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    9. Justin S
      Justin S
      That moment when you're listening to headphones thinking, 'damn' only to discover that you left your monitors and sub on. Back to reality.
      1. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        More marital than audiophile, but I did that in the middle of one night. Wife emerged from bedroom looking daggers, I signed, "What?"

        Then I took the 'phones off and found the music still playing.

        Whoops.

        <stupid>
        Oct 28, 2023
    10. Justin S
      Justin S
      Patience is hard. "At this stage - your headphones will take a few weeks to get through assembly, and then will be in line for QC. "
      1. loadexfa
        loadexfa
        ZMF? Worth the wait. :)
        Oct 27, 2023
      2. Justin S
        Justin S
        Yes, ZMF Aeolus with a few pads. Very excited.
        Oct 27, 2023
    11. Justin S
      Justin S
      I can't wrap my head around ASR. It feels like a Beavis and Butt-head echo chamber that drains any enjoyment of the experience of sound.
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      3. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        .
        "I can't wrap my head around ASR ..."
        "it helps if you enter that site ... with"

        It helps if you do not enter the site at all. Ever.
        Do not try to wrap any part of your body around it.

        Amir/ASR? Just say no.
        Simple, easy hint towards a happier life.
        Oct 22, 2023
      4. HotRatSalad
        HotRatSalad
        That's right I agree every chip amp does sound the same. Next...
        Oct 22, 2023
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      5. Justin S
        Justin S
        "Do not try to wrap any part of your body around it."...you're right. Ewwww.
        Oct 22, 2023
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    12. Justin S
      Justin S
      In between hottie headphones at the moment, the HD6xxs with the Kiss mod are presenting with new excellence. I get it. Finally.
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      2. Justin S
        Justin S
        And while the 600s are a bit peaky, they're smoke-show presence machines. It's a settle in kind of listen.
        Oct 20, 2023
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    13. Justin S
      Justin S
      With the Aeolus on order, I wonder if I should add a crescent band from the factory - I have a 7-clicks-on-600S-big head and like comfy.
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      2. rlow
        rlow
        @Justin S makes sense - mine also pointy I think. Aeolus and HD800S both have a pressure point in the middle for me. Crescent band seems like a good move.
        Oct 20, 2023
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      3. jnak00
        jnak00
        I am pretty sure the crescent band is standard on all new ZMFs.
        Oct 20, 2023
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      4. Justin S
        Justin S
        @jnak00 , yes. I just heard back from them - it's the new standard headband.
        Oct 20, 2023
    14. Justin S
      Justin S
      Arrrrrr!
      1. Biodegraded
        Biodegraded
        A pyrate's favourite letter? Arrr, ye might think that, lad, but it's the C they loves the best!
        Oct 13, 2023
      2. yotacowboy
        yotacowboy
        Here's a bad pyrate joke. A pirate walks into a bar wearing a ship's wheel on his belt buckle. As he tries to saddle up to the bar, frustrated by the ship's wheel interfering, the barkeep asks, "why don't you try taking off that ship's wheel?" the pirate says, "YARRRR, IT'S DRIVIN' ME NUTS"
        Oct 14, 2023
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    15. Justin S
      Justin S
      Getting reacquainted with my 600s on the Lyr+ and a nice NOS sylvania WGTA. Once acclimatized, these are a bit of lighting.
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    16. Justin S
      Justin S
      Back on ordering an Aeolus. What pads should I look at along with the Suede Universe? Looking for something fun and something neutral-ish.
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      3. Justin S
        Justin S
        Super cool. So Aeolus pads, the univers suede perf...Are the BE2 suede worth trying? Perf or non perf?
        Oct 13, 2023
      4. RestoredSparda
        RestoredSparda
        Any pads you get should be perf for Aeolus since it's an open headphone. It would be a safe bet to get Universe leather perf and suede perf.
        Oct 13, 2023
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      5. jnak00
        jnak00
        I personally prefer the stock (universe) which are very similar to the old Aeolus pads. Suede is a bit more neutral sounding. I also like Auteur pads, they add a bit of space. I don’t like the BE2 pads.
        Oct 13, 2023
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    17. Justin S
      Justin S
      Doing HQPlayer DSD chain with a Geshelli 4493 set for DSDD, Lry+, HD800S. I hate that sentence, but love the sound. The HD800Ss are KING!
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    18. Justin S
      Justin S
      Sparklehorse, It's a Wonder Life is masterpiece. Lucky speakers-night listen. What a beauty.
    19. Justin S
      Justin S
      DT770 250ohms with the mass-ring mod and a pair of Ori Lambskin pads are sweet. They always surprise me when i dig them out.
    20. Justin S
      Justin S
      Any friends in Toronto with a pair of Aeolus? Would love to audition them.
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    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Toronto
    Occupation:
    Filmmaker
    Gear List:
    Home system: PI2AES with SBAF ABNN>AES> Yggdrasil LIM>SE>Heed Obelisk SI III>Harbeth P3ESR XDs + REL t7i.

    Work: USB | S/PDIF (PI2AES Lite) ->MOTU Ultralite MK5/Geshelli J2S -> Monitors: Genelec 8020s + 7040a

    Headphones: USB | S/PDIF (PI2AES Lite) -> MOTU/J2 (SBAF ABNN after SMPS)- > Lyr+. ZMF AUTEUR CLASSIC, HD 6xxM (sbaf kissmod), HD600, Modded DT770s.

    Previous equipment. Harbeth P3ESR Standards, Harbeth C7ES3s, Neumann KH120As, Dynaudio M20s. Project Debut III/Graham Slee pre, Soekris 2541 (2x), RME ADI-2 DACfs, Bifrost 2, Holo Spring1 LV2, Schiit Fulla, BF2 (2x), BF 2/64, Gungnir Multibit Multibit A2, Heed Dactillus, Denafrips Ares, Auralic Aries, AudioLab M-DAC, Rega R-DAC, OG Schiit Freya, Schiit Magni 3, OG Burson Soloist, MassDrop LCX, Burson Fun, ZDT Jr., BHA-1, Lynx Hilo

    Previous Headphones: ZMF Aeolus, HD800S, LCD-X 2021, Focal Clear, Focal Elex, OG Sennheiser 650, Sennheiser 58x Jubilee, OG AKG Sextetts, Nhoord Red custom build, Symphones Magnum V8 custom build, Elleven Acoustica G1 custom build, Elleven Acoustica R1 custom build, Hifiman He400i, AKG K702.
    I am a filmmaker. I have also owned and operated a couple different animation/video-post studios and have been buying and trading gear since the 90s. I am relatively new to hifi.

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