Justin S
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Justin S

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Added the Custom Cans V3 foam to my DT770s. Now it's massloaded cups, driver weight and foam. They're more even and tighter with the foam. May 18, 2024

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    1. Justin S
      Justin S
      Home system is in flux. Listening to shitty TOS from my tv. The LIM is surprising. Bowie + LIM + HEED + P3ESR XDs + REL = nice Monday night.
      1. Qildail, rlow and caute like this.
    2. Justin S
      Justin S
      A week in. @atomicbob Noise Nuke makes a difference with the PI2AES Lite/Hilo. More fluid, deeper. Best $80 (CAD)/solder afternoon ever.
      1. caute, Qildail, atomicbob and 4 others like this.
      2. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        I think I’m going to need a noise nuke myself. I have a Class D amp with 24V input and I can hear noise when no music is playing
        Oct 24, 2022
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      3. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        I heard a noticeable difference with a NoiseNuke and my Pi2AES as well. More clarity mostly. Definitely worth it.
        Oct 24, 2022
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      4. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        The 5V mod that bypasses the switcher with a good 5V supply also works very well.
        Oct 24, 2022
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    3. Justin S
      Justin S
      New avatar. Kurt Schwitters Resting Bitch Face.
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    4. Justin S
      Justin S
      BHA-1 = love. Good with Senn 6[N]s, 800S, LCD-X 2021. I'm chasing the clean/sweaty tube vibe I had with Freya/Neumann 120s. Lyr+/NOS 6Sn7s?
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    5. Justin S
      Justin S
      I think I might be crazy: Liking the HD800Ss better without EQ. Also finding the bass really satisfying. (PI2AES w ABNN->Hilo->BHA-1).
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      2. Justin S
        Justin S
        I have them cranked up on Thom York's Modern Boxes stuff and they're solid - detailed, spacious, clean clean, normal sounding for a near-field-mini-monitors-guy. Just listening to the music. I feel the the AB Noise Nuke got me here. Nervosa or fact?
        Oct 21, 2022
      3. Justin S
        Justin S
        I keep thinking about the Lyr+, though, and am buying up the occasional 6sn7 based on my experience with the Freya a while ago.I'll probably try a Lyr+ in the new year even though the BHA-1/Hilo/HD800S are exhibiting great synergy. I should know better, but I don't.
        Oct 21, 2022
      4. Justin S
        Justin S
        Bouncing between the 600s w ZMF F-Suede, 650Mkisses w ZMF F-Lamb, and the 800S stock on the BHA-1 full balanced. 600s have the edge on the mid presence, 6XXMkiss have the edge on warm fuzzies and bass (um...what veil...but a bit crowded). While the 800S can be a bit challenging occasionally, they're super effing big and engaging.
        Oct 21, 2022
    6. Justin S
      Justin S
      Keeping the HD800Ss. With brain burn-in and the addition of the AB Noise Nuke, things are dialed in very nicely. Some tracks are new again.
      1. Ksaurav402, rlow, Collusion and 4 others like this.
    7. Justin S
      Justin S
      Happy Canadian Thanksgiving. Also our 18th wedding anniversary. October 9, feeling fine.
      1. Jinxy245
        Jinxy245
        Congratz!!
        Oct 10, 2022
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    8. Justin S
      Justin S
      Not a "Jaazz Guy" but E.S.T. are making an argument for keeping the 800Ss.
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      2. Justin S
        Justin S
        Back to back with the 600s the 800Ss slay. They're proper moar.
        Oct 8, 2022
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      3. wbass
        wbass
        IMO, nothing does layering like the HD800(S). Big E.S.T. fan here. Lots of neat studio detail to pick out. Leucocyte is my fave.
        Oct 9, 2022
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      4. brencho
        brencho
        I saw est years ago along with the bad plus. Great show!
        Oct 9, 2022
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    9. Justin S
      Justin S
      Canuck Audiomart has a dearth of HD800S s on sale so I decided to take mine out of my for-sale box and listen again. They're a beauty thing.
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      2. Justin S
        Justin S
        I feel like they've taken months to sort out. I was going to sell them to go the other way with a pair of Aeolus. I think I am going to hold on to them for a while.
        Oct 7, 2022
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      3. yotacowboy
        yotacowboy
        Been there! Bought, sold, rebought. Luckily buying and selling used, didn't lose my shirt.
        Oct 8, 2022
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      4. Justin S
        Justin S
        @yotacowboy , I feel like I have been doing this a lot lately - I am glad I caught them on the way out :-) I'll slow the Aeolus plans down.
        Oct 8, 2022
    10. Justin S
      Justin S
      Garmin 245 training watch + 1Mii 101 bluetooth receiver + Koss Portapros = pretty sweet little running setup.
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      2. Justin S
        Justin S
        They weirdly indicate towards the space of a recording really well. They're not immersive, they're like a good sketch. Perfect while I get myself back into running after 3 years of inactivity.
        Oct 8, 2022
    11. Justin S
      Justin S
      Buy back or move forward? My old MAD Ear+ HD (parafeed, Class A) + a ton of 12A*7 tubes is for sale. I regret selling it. Was it that good?
      1. Justin S
        Justin S
        I've been really digging the BHA-1 and thought to get a Lyr+ in the future for a different flavour. Also - my main headphones are now the LCD-X which I imagine won't play well with the EAR+....but tubes! I did love this amp with the HD600/650s and Grados. Sold it to be responsible while I explored other things.
        Sep 19, 2022
      2. CEE TEE
        CEE TEE
        Never got to hear one of those...do you really miss it or want to try something new? I usually know when I really miss tube amps and have bought 3 of them again. :)
        Sep 20, 2022
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      3. Justin S
        Justin S
        @CEE TEE , this is indeed the question. As much as it pains me, I think I am better off moving forward. Something like the Piety will likely play better with both my LCD-X and Sennheisers :-)
        Sep 20, 2022
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    12. Justin S
      Justin S
      Just got my Yggdrasil LIM back from a self inflicted RMA. First couple bars out of it in my 2ch system were instantly recognisable as the Yggdrasil.
      1. Cryptowolf likes this.
      2. Qildail
        Qildail
        The term "self inflicted RMA" sounds... expensive. Thankfully it came back as good as ever it seems.
        Sep 17, 2022
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      3. Justin S
        Justin S
        @Qildail , I bent the s/pdif jack by pushing the Yggdrasil back into a cabinet. They fixed it up perfectly and sent it back to me with a very thorough QC report. Great customer service.
        Sep 17, 2022
      4. Justin S
        Justin S
        It's such a great DAC. I've been running a BF2/64 in that system for 4 weeks while the LIM was in my office and while it went on its RMA field-trip. The BF is a good good DAC, but the LIM puts everything together with flow and in a way makes everything sound like it's in the right place. It even makes TV watching more engaging - when score or music become a dominant element, the Yggdrasil makes you lean in.
        Sep 18, 2022
    13. Justin S
      Justin S
      Noob quirk: Every time I review something I like, I proclaim, "I'll be keeping this" then I end up moving on. Must stop saying this.
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      2. Justin S
        Justin S
        Ahahahah, Cee Tee: Bifrost 2, Soekris 2541, Jotenheim 2. All purchased twice, all sold again :-) it's been a couple years of lust and heartbreak.
        Sep 17, 2022
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      3. CEE TEE
        CEE TEE
        Yer not a newb!
        Sep 17, 2022
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      4. Justin S
        Justin S
        Well a noob in how I review stuff. I'm pretty excitable.
        Sep 18, 2022
    14. Justin S
      Justin S
      With the ZMF fenestrated lambskin pads, I feel like I finally really get the HD650s (6XXMs). Having a hard time concentrating on work.
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      3. gixxerwimp
        gixxerwimp
        Sep 12, 2022
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      5. Justin S
        Justin S
        On top of all the increased resolution and clarity, the slight angle to the pads puts things pleasantly out front. The 650s are back in rotation. I would be super curious to hear how the Focal pads work.
        Sep 13, 2022
    15. Justin S
      Justin S
      ZMF Senn pads arrived. They're very good and much better than Dekonis. Fenestrated suede on the 600s and fen. lamb on the 6XXm are my faves
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      2. Justin S
        Justin S
        They really refresh the sound of the 6XXMs for me. They present a pronounced improvement to clarity and weirdly to the resolution. They don't mess with the mids, other than to bring them a bit more forward, which I like.
        Sep 8, 2022
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      3. shambles
        shambles
        Yep, that is also the combination I settled on - perf suede on 600 and perf lamb on 6XX seemed to work best and as you said, big improvement to clarity with no significant downside
        Sep 8, 2022
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    16. Justin S
      Justin S
      Weird wiggling membrane be damned. I am utterly loving the LCD-Xs.
      1. Justin S
        Justin S
        Like I am having a speaker-like listening tonight. Hilo->BHA-1->LCD-X, All balanced. Remarkable.
        Sep 3, 2022
      2. Justin S
        Justin S
        Hilo headphone amp is very good, but no match for the BHA-1.
        Sep 3, 2022
    17. Justin S
      Justin S
      I think burn-in with the LCD-Xs is a thing. 2 weeks in they are now more phat and speaker-like. I don't think this is just brain burn-in.
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    18. Justin S
      Justin S
      Pi2AES-Lite = + greatness. VS USB = more clear, easier, and more integrated. Pi2AES-L->S/PDIF->Hilo etc. Have OG Pi2AES. Will make fight.
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    19. Justin S
      Justin S
      Quite impressed with the LCD-X 2021. Makes me wonder what the RD version is like.
      1. caute
        caute
        Had a chance to listen uncritically at the Texas Audio Show. They're more neutral, the mids more present, and has almost, almost the same bass quality/quantity. Vocals stick out more (in a good way), the soundstage is more level. Absolutely worth the expense, IMO.
        Sep 8, 2022
    20. Justin S
      Justin S
      I hope for SBAF to work this through. I'm a new Friend and know nothing, but that SBAF is a fun, valuable, real place on the internets.
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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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