Justin S
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Justin S

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Sparkos SS2590 opamp stack levels-up the Geshelli J2 4499 a good solid click and a half. This thing sounds more and more like modern R2R. Apr 20, 2024 at 11:39 PM

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    1. Justin S
      Justin S
      Any friends in Toronto with a pair of Aeolus? Would love to audition them.
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    2. Justin S
      Justin S
      Hit go on a pair of Aeolus with Suede pads from ZMF. Looking for a compliment for my 600S and 800Ss. Looking forward to them.
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      2. Justin S
        Justin S
        I had an exchange with Zach about pads and he recommended the suede pads for me given my tastes - a bit thicker, but won't freak me out :-)
        Sep 16, 2023
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      3. Justin S
        Justin S
        Ack. I got hit with a lot of conflicting reports on the sound of these so I cancelled the order until I can audition a par. It would be a bummer to get them here and not love them.
        Sep 19, 2023
      4. edd
        edd
        They’re good headphones and definitely the best bass heavy ones that I have, but if you want something more neutral, probably best to look elsewhere. And they can be had for a good price esp used. Pads changed the sound on these possibly more than any other headphone I’ve had.
        Sep 19, 2023
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    3. Justin S
      Justin S
      "So put on that suit And lend me that costume Let's come home A little different"
    4. Justin S
      Justin S
      Everything sounds great this week, from the nice headphone system to the modest garage system. I find it interesting that this changes.
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      2. gaspasser
        gaspasser
        Everything is better after you get laid
        Sep 2, 2023
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      3. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        There's a chicken in my nest and she won't lay until I've given her my best
        Sep 4, 2023
    5. Justin S
      Justin S
      Family is away - loud monitors tonight! Using the Lyr+ as a pre from an AKM J2, Genelecs are crisp, but never itchy. (treated room). Lyr+++
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      2. Cryptowolf
        Cryptowolf
        Enjoy. It's rare that I can really enjoy my system, but woah!
        Aug 26, 2023
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      3. Justin S
        Justin S
        I am shocked at how great the Lyr+ is as a pre. It's clean and imparts just the right amount of tube fabulousness.
        Aug 26, 2023
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    6. Justin S
      Justin S
      I know I am late to the party. The 600s are rock and roll presence machines. My 800Ss are great, but the mids on the 600s are incomparable.
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      2. Justin S
        Justin S
        I don't really get along with the 650s so well - my ears find them a bit too woolly. I did the KISS mod and it helped..but I still prefer the 600/800Ss
        Aug 20, 2023
      3. Qildail
        Qildail
        Every time I get twitchy about owning my own pair of 800S, I go back to the 600. Then cycle back around on the twitchy part again…
        Aug 20, 2023
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      4. Justin S
        Justin S
        The 800Ss are a thing for sure. I've been through the Focal Clears, LCD-Xs, Elexes, Grados and the 800Ss have really stuck with me. I am definitely a plastic dynamic guy. I would say, though, I am ZMF-curious.
        Aug 20, 2023
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    7. Justin S
      Justin S
      Listening to the Lyr+ tonight with a nice Ken Rad tube thinking "Noice". Then I realized that that tube was turned off. *ON* NoiceX10.
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      2. ColdsnapBry
        ColdsnapBry
        Noice
        Aug 19, 2023
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      3. Slade01
        Slade01
        I love the Ken Rad tube on the Lyr+.
        Aug 19, 2023
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    8. Justin S
      Justin S
      @wbass 's avatar always reminds me of Joan As Police Woman's "Covers Two" cover. Great record. Hilarious cover.
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      3. wbass
        wbass
        I've always heard about Joan as Police Woman and really need to check her out.
        Aug 18, 2023
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      4. Justin S
        Justin S
        Oh, she is the queen. Smart, charming, full of heart. Everything she does is interesting.
        Aug 19, 2023
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      5. Justin S
        Justin S
        Ps. The avatar similarity is glancing...the red pants :-)
        Aug 19, 2023
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    9. Justin S
      Justin S
      A couple months in on a MOTU Ultralite MK5 for multichannel in my work suite. Hot damn it is no slouch. Clear, balanced, exciting.
    10. Justin S
      Justin S
      How is Tidal's redbook FLAC? Is it derived from MQA sources or is it actually uncompressed?
      1. rlow
        rlow
        My understanding is that everything was derived from the MQA source previously. However with their impending launch of lossless high-res FLAC (sans MQA) and potential death of MQA, not sure if that’s going to change…
        Aug 11, 2023
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      2. bixby
        bixby
        Everything? What about the large percentage of albums that are/were not offered in master, why would they be derived from an MQA source?
        Aug 11, 2023
    11. Justin S
      Justin S
      New garage system: HiFiBerry DAC2 Pro, Fosi V3, Mission LX2s I had kicking around. Will not win awards but sweet garage system.
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      2. Justin S
        Justin S
        From Tivoli to this - transforms garage time into something better. The danger is that I pick away at this more to make it better when really it's a garage system.
        Aug 6, 2023
      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        Swap AD827 opamps into that Fosi v3, it’s worth it!
        Aug 7, 2023
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      4. Justin S
        Justin S
        I have some OPA1656s on order. It *IS* a bit bright right now with the stock op amps - which is saying a lot with the missions which are dark and smooth. I'll look into the AD827s.
        Aug 9, 2023
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    12. Justin S
      Justin S
      The Bear is a study on how to make TV.
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    13. Justin S
      Justin S
      Just put absorption panels on my front wall. The difference is profound. Clarity, focus, stage depth. Making me sweaty it's so good.
      1. Cryptowolf, Azimuth, zottel and 9 others like this.
      2. yotacowboy
        yotacowboy
        I usually get the meat sweats, but can aspire to music sweats.
        Jul 16, 2023
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      3. Justin S
        Justin S
        @yotacowboy , I know you're a mini monitor guy, too. I'm listening to the Harbeth P3ESR XDs. With a Yggdrasil LIM and the Heed Obelisk SI3. The panels bring out the greasy yummyness.
        Jul 16, 2023
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    14. Justin S
      Justin S
      Learning new gear is like trying to settle into a random dot stereogram. You know it is there somewhere...hopefully.
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      2. Claritas
        Claritas
        When I really enjoy something, I don't bother trying to understand why. I only want to enjoy it. For learning purposes, I use test tracks. Normally, it takes the whole weekend: 4 sessions of 3 hours. I won't even post a mini-review (as opposed to impressions) if I haven't done that. If I dislike what I'm hearing, but I want to understand why, I've crammed 8 tracks into 3.5 hours.
        Jul 9, 2023
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    15. Justin S
      Justin S
      Digging the Tivoli in the garage. Super enjoyable mono experience. I like the lack of fuss, but there's nothing like the dumb main system.
    16. Justin S
      Justin S
      HQPlayer 5 is a level up. sinc-MGa + ASDM7ECv3 on an AKM DSD-D DAC (Geshelli J2) feels perfect w H800Ss and Lyr+. Putting my 4090 to work.
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      3. Justin S
        Justin S
        Jussi has added new modulators and new filters. They're more efficient and sound even better. I was hoping to skip this one, but I got sucked in by the combination in the OP. It's pretty great. The demo will run for a half an hour at a time so you can give it a whirl.
        Jul 2, 2023
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      4. Justin S
        Justin S
        The UI has changed and actually gotten worse. He has attempted to make it more "contemporary", but now you have to click through tabs for all the settings rather than seeing them all on one page.
        Jul 2, 2023
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      5. zottel
        zottel
        I use the embedded version. It’s on a Linux computer, anyway, and I use Roon to play the music. It’s easier to use the web interface from my tablet to control the settings than to walk up to the attic or use VNC to change the settings in software with a GUI. :)
        Jul 2, 2023
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    17. Justin S
      Justin S
      After years of building and fixing, I have the garage tidy. My beat-up Tivoli has been a constant. It's not hifi but all about songs.
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    18. Justin S
      Justin S
      Getting reacquainted with DSD Direct with the AKM Geshelli socketed J2. I also popped a Sparkos SS2590 stack on the SE out. Tweaky fun.
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    19. Justin S
      Justin S
      The GE Tall Bottle is from England and is glorious in the Lyr+. Have not tried the others yet.
      1. Phantaminum
        Phantaminum
        There are still some really nicely priced Russian 6SN7 equivalent tubes. If you can find some early 50s/60s Foton tubes they sound great.
        May 29, 2023
    20. Justin S
      Justin S
      Ordered 4 6SN7s from Antique audio. You can't pick the brand, so it's always mixed. 2 GE side getters, a CBS Hytron and a GE Tall Bottle.
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      2. Justin S
        Justin S
        They CBS/Hytron is sick good. I feel like ordering from them is a bit of a lottery, but for the price of one decent tube, I got two fabulous nighttime listening tubes and two good tubes that I can us as daily drivers. Win Win.
        Jun 4, 2023
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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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