Justin S
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Justin S

Friend, Male, from Toronto

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I have been using BRU and LTFS for tape archives for a decade+: soo fiddly. I just started working with TAR. TAR is easy. TAR is forever :-) Jun 5, 2024

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    1. Justin S
      Justin S
      HD600s are great, but he 800Ss are a bit of holy ***k
      1. caute, Lyander and Tchoupitoulas like this.
      2. Woland
        Woland
        I found the fake staging got old pretty quickly, and got in the way of binaural recordings. Now I do acoustics properly with DSP, not in a headphone.
        Mar 5, 2023
      3. wbass
        wbass
        I really like the HD800(S). I guess I understand that some people find them unnaturally wide, but, then, I find staging in all HPs a little artificial. I appreciate the wideness, b/c it lessens the kind of relentless, music beamed into my brain feeling that I find fatiguing with all HPs and IEMs. More speaker-like the better, IMO.
        Mar 5, 2023
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      4. Justin S
        Justin S
        I have the ZMF lambskin pads on them which tighten the bass up and bring the stage in a bit. They sound very natural in this configuration. I went back and forth with the 600s last night and was really stuck by how much I like the 800Ss with the Lyr+ and new the ZMF pads.
        Mar 5, 2023
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    2. Justin S
      Justin S
      The Lyr+ solid state mode is beauty. It's the main ingredient for the tube stage. Tubes modulate it, but as a SS amp it is very lovable.
      1. Gazny
        Gazny
        is solid state mode tubier than tube?
        Mar 5, 2023
      2. Justin S
        Justin S
        Tube mode is not really "tube-y", per se. It brings out more staging effects, a focused sense of bloom and changes to dynamics. SS mode is actually a bit more phat, slamming and bloomy than many of the tubes I have - not sure I would associate this with "tubey", but it's a difference.
        Mar 5, 2023
    3. Justin S
      Justin S
      What is happening in the hobby when a hairy youtuber called "The Shirtless Audiophile" appears doing a review of the new Schiit Gjarrarhorn?
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      3. HotRatSalad
        HotRatSalad
        Hairy non deathstroking anime men haha
        Mar 2, 2023
      4. rlow
        rlow
        That guy used to be the “Budget Audiophile”. 2 words: Wing nut
        Mar 2, 2023
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      5. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Maybe he increased the budget and lost his shirt.
        Mar 4, 2023
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    4. Justin S
      Justin S
      Lyr+ in the house. Early days but, with a Sylvania GTB / HD800S, it seems to give the BHA-1 a run for its money. Memories of the Freya.
      1. Justin S
        Justin S
        I'll leave it on until the weekend and then dig into a little comparison.
        Feb 22, 2023
      2. Justin S
        Justin S
        This chain is sick good...though currently the modest Tung Sol GTB is my favourite.
        Mar 4, 2023
    5. Justin S
      Justin S
      Small A/B of ZMF Lambskin and stock pads on HD800Ss. Stock = smoother, richer, more "headphone". ZMF = tighter, clearer, more speaker-y.
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      3. gixxerwimp
        gixxerwimp
        How is the fitment of the ZMF pads? Do they go on/off easily, securely?
        Feb 4, 2023
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      4. Justin S
        Justin S
        They are a touch fussy to put on, but nothing too difficult. It took me a few minutes each to get them on. They fit the 800s like a glove and feel perfectly secure. A dumb and not sound related observation: they look nice and I like how beefy they make the HD800Ss feel.
        Feb 5, 2023
      5. Justin S
        Justin S
        Listening to The Books, Lemon of Pink 1. It feels like even more of a feast with the Lambskin ZMF pads. It's not subtle. Trying to figure out if I like the reduced, but tighter bass of if I want MOAR.
        Feb 5, 2023
    6. Justin S
      Justin S
      ZMF Lambskin HD800 Pads installed. They're different for sure. A little less bass, but much tighter on the HD800S. A more convincing sound.
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      2. Emojiless
        Emojiless
        How do they affect the stage?
        Feb 3, 2023
      3. Justin S
        Justin S
        It makes it all feel a bit more open and convincing. It's a bit brighter, though. I like the different sound.
        Feb 3, 2023
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      4. Justin S
        Justin S
        I wonder if these pads bring the 800S more in line with the HD800. Is anyone else running these pads?
        Feb 3, 2023
    7. Justin S
      Justin S
      Unpopular opinion: The HD800Ss are lovely, tilt slightly warm and have just the right amount of bass.
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      2. roshambo123
        roshambo123
        @Justin S yes, did the SDR mod a number of years ago and never looked back. It preserves the HD800 character and kills the 6khz peak. The HD800S is overtweaked for me. The 8XX can also be fun on tubes if you let it, but it will make some things (like percussion) sound very wrong.
        Jan 29, 2023
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      3. internethandle
        internethandle
        I run my 800 mod-less.

        I guess SDR and 800S both sat poorly with me re: adding "stuff" above or around the driver to "fix" it, but I also am an air/treble/HF whore so I'm mostly unbothered by the naked 800. Also not very consistent logic on my part as I continue to consider a JAR800, though.
        Jan 29, 2023
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      4. Huhnkopf
        Huhnkopf
        You will definitely not regret getting a JAR800 - quite the contrary
        Feb 2, 2023
    8. Justin S
      Justin S
      Another new avatar. Instead of hilariously grumpy Schwitters, this one is ecstatic, Ursonate Schwitters. Still just crabby-looking enough.
      1. RestoredSparda and Gazny like this.
    9. Justin S
      Justin S
      Counterintuitively, having a decent rig now makes me really appreciate the Portapros and DT770s as I start working offsite more often.
      1. Cryptowolf, sheldaze, Case and 2 others like this.
    10. Justin S
      Justin S
      After 4 years of 9900K, I did up a 13700k build. It was not an easy one, but it's up and running now and super slick. It's a bit of wow.
      1. M3NTAL
        M3NTAL
        What was difficult? These new boards and cases seem to keep making things easier and easier.
        Jan 15, 2023
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      2. Justin S
        Justin S
        Totally - It's a beauty board - I did this with the ASUS ProArt Creator. After building, the system was unresponsive. With the LED indicator report and some research I tracked if down to the RAM. I always use Crucial RAM and it turns out that the board needed a BIOS flash to add compatibility for the Crucial sticks. In the end: 128BG of ram, onboard 10GigE for my SAN, and a 3090. This thing is a dream.
        Jan 15, 2023
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      3. M3NTAL
        M3NTAL
        Ahh - good 'ole BIOS needing flashed out the box. My system is over a decade and I haven't flashed probably 5 at least.
        Jan 15, 2023
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    11. Justin S
      Justin S
      A week of office time with a Fulla and DT770s (w Lamb Ori pads). It's a sweet little setup. Not 800Ss w BHA-1 but closer than it should be.
      1. Philimon, Qildail, joch and 3 others like this.
      2. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        In my audiophile circles dt770 doesn’t seem that popular but with streamers and pros I see a ton of people use them. I wonder if I should revisit them
        Jan 17, 2023
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      3. Justin S
        Justin S
        I agree they have a mixed reputation. I was hesitant, but needed reasonabley priced closed headphones for the office. The M50xs were objectionable, so I thought to try the DT770s. They were a bit rough out of the box, but with some time and lamb Ori pads, they revealed themselves as pretty good - granted I listen at medium to low levels. I am going to try the Custom Cans copper ring and mass loading mod on them, too.
        Jan 17, 2023
    12. Justin S
      Justin S
      Going to a co-work space this month. Can't use open-backs so I tried the M50x s (nope) and then DT770s. With my old ZMF Lambskins = not bad.
      1. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        I like my HD-25 but I modified it with 600Ω drivers so it’s essentially a desktop headphone. I need to find some sort of portable amp to go out with it. Or swap back the 70Ω drivers
        Jan 9, 2023
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      2. Justin S
        Justin S
        @Cspirou , I looked that the HD25s as well. The mod sounds interesting. I am surprised at how decent the DT770s are. The ZMF pads make the balance agreeable, though the bass is a bit too intense, I am going to do the @jfunk Custom Cans mod to them and see if that swings things a bit better.
        Jan 9, 2023
    13. Justin S
      Justin S
      Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays you lovely, cabby bastards.
    14. Justin S
      Justin S
      Piety will not power up with Atomic Bob Noise Nuke in the DC chain. The Noise nuke also buzzes with the Piety wall wart. Any idea why?
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      2. atomicbob
        atomicbob
        DON'T DO THAT!!!!
        Noise Nuke is for smps DC output. Piety uses an AC step down transformer, output is AC. You may have blown the electrolytic capacitors in the Noise Nuke(s).
        Dec 2, 2022
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      3. Justin S
        Justin S
        Gah! Copy that. I did NOT understand it was an AC device. Dumb me not reading the labels and assuming that it was DC. This explains the weirdo readings from my meter. These were quick-ish tests. Noise Nukes are functioning (supplying power, at least) with other devices. Thanks everyone. Mystery solved and disaster averted (I think).
        Dec 2, 2022
      4. Justin S
        Justin S
        Follow up. Is there a meter reading I can make without taking everything apart to determine if I destroyed the capacitors in the Noise Nukes?
        Dec 2, 2022
    15. Justin S
      Justin S
      Piety arrived today. Hilo->MagPie->HD800S. High gain. It's a tiny monster and yes, tube-esq. I'll do an a/b with the BHA-1 soon.
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      2. gixxerwimp
        gixxerwimp
        Yay for Piety
        Boo for MagPie
        Dec 1, 2022
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      3. Justin S
        Justin S
        @gixxerwimp , ahah. Point taken. Day 2 Piety: it has settled in a bit, smoother and low volume listening has more fullness. It has a really engaging sound that gets me moving around and singing along which I do not often do with headphones.
        Dec 2, 2022
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      4. caute
        caute
        just here to say i enjoy the piety is already getting an affectionate nickname like the y*g*g*y, g*u*m*b*y, etc.
        Dec 2, 2022
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    16. Justin S
      Justin S
      First rock show since ever. Rheostatics at the Horseshoe in Toronto. The odor and volume are resplendent.
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    17. Justin S
      Justin S
      It snuck up on me. Glad I checked in. Piety ordered.
    18. Justin S
      Justin S
      After months: 800S VS LCD-X tilts 800S. They're more spacious, dynamic and "normal" sounding to me. (PI2AES Lite->Hilo->BAL BHA-1->BAL HP)
    19. Justin S
      Justin S
      GR-Research x-overs built/installed in Wharfedales. Speakers disappear, ++separation/clarity, bright. Hearing system limit? Need burn-in?
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      3. rlow
        rlow
        My impressions of Danny’s xover designs is he does tend a bit toward brighter, although some of that may tame with burn in. Also Wharfedales tend to lean darker on the top end, so you may be hearing a fair difference between the old and the new. A small change in value used in the tweeter circuit could bring the treble back down a bit if you find it stays too bright. Danny can prob advise on that.
        Nov 15, 2022
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      4. Justin S
        Justin S
        Thanks, @rlow . Yes. The original was dark and soft around the edges - dull almost. I had gotten used to it, so it's probably partly this difference I am responding to. I'm going to let them, and my brain, burn in for a while. Just posting to the DIY thread on the build. It's not as simple as I had thought as Danny's xover is about 3X the size of the original. I don't particularly want to pull it all apart again.
        Nov 15, 2022
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      5. Justin S
        Justin S
        A week in. They're not registering as bright any longer. I am now listening to these $150 CAD speakers as "proper speakers". They're not LS3/5s or P3ESRs but they're past the "they are what they are" barrier.
        Nov 19, 2022
    20. Justin S
      Justin S
      Fam are out at a Girl Guides thing. AM I shot 8 games of trap, PM made spicy AF lamb curry and now soldering crossovers. Glorious day.
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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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