Phantaminum
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Phantaminum

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Focal Elex, SW51+, and Bifrost 2 back in my bedroom. I’ve missed this fantastic combination. Feb 8, 2021

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    1. Phantaminum
      Phantaminum
      Focal Elex, SW51+, and Bifrost 2 back in my bedroom. I’ve missed this fantastic combination.
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    2. crenca
      crenca
      Phantaminum, do you like the Matrix X-Sabre with your EC Studio 300b > Verite? I am wondering if it would sharpen transients up out of my DNA Starlett over the Schiit MB dacs
      1. tommytakis
        tommytakis
        Not Phantaminum, but Matrix DAC does sharpen the transients for Starlett. I think they balance each other very well
        Jan 25, 2021
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      2. Phantaminum
        Phantaminum
        I preferred the MSP much more when paired with the EC Studio Jr because of the rounded off nature of the sound than the BF2. MSP adds more snap and crunch and I agree with @tommytakis that they synergize better. BF2 was a bit too much.
        Jan 25, 2021
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      3. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        It would. I ran this pairing (XSP + Starlett) for a while.
        Jan 25, 2021
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    3. Phantaminum
      Phantaminum
      Enjoying the heck out of the Jot 2 + Bifrost 2 and Auteurs. It's party on the ears.
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    4. Phantaminum
      Phantaminum
      Careful with the Electro Harmonix 300B tubes. Looks like they have bad batches. Preferable to go with JJ 300Bs for a cheap tube.
    5. Phantaminum
      Phantaminum
      Happy New Years everyone!
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    6. Phantaminum
      Phantaminum
      I've been looking for a low priced (relative speaking) solid state amp. Welp, the Jot 2 should be coming in after the holidays.
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      2. Phantaminum
        Phantaminum
        Yep. That’s why I keep losing money on new gear, lol. Who knows, if Jason has replaced the Lyr 3 with the Jot 2 the I’m looking forward to it.
        Dec 21, 2020
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      3. gaspasser
        gaspasser
        I’m hoping Jot 2 will be a cleaner betterer Asgard 3
        Dec 21, 2020
      4. HotRatSalad
        HotRatSalad
        Mine should be here today. Looking for super Asgard 3 experience. That amp is killer for $199.
        Dec 21, 2020
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    8. Phantaminum
      Phantaminum
      It’s been 10 years since I soldered anything. First thing soldered was a hot mess but now i’m right back into the swing of things.
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      3. Phantaminum
        Phantaminum
        Oops meant to put that last comment here:
        Same group project that Famish and Yota worked on. :)
        Oct 3, 2020
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      4. gixxerwimp
        gixxerwimp
        Oct 3, 2020
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      5. gixxerwimp
        gixxerwimp
        I just priced it out here:
        - basic kit TU-8600R, no tubes: $1,088
        - with Lundahl upgrade: $1,693
        - EH Gold tube set: $273
        What's this thing supposed to sound like? Just found the thread ... will read.
        Oct 3, 2020
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    9. Phantaminum
      Phantaminum
      Missing the Focal Utopia. Comfort killed me. Even the Aurorus Audio with the seatbelt strap is more comfortable.
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      3. Phantaminum
        Phantaminum
        It is. I think one of the main reasons I found the Utopia uncomfortable was the clamping pressure on my ears. The rest of my stable don't clamp as hard. I didn't want to try to bend the headband since I've horror stories about them breaking. The headband didn't help either but that puppy is heavy as well.
        Sep 30, 2020
      4. Vtory
        Vtory
        Agreed. Among the same weight class, focals feel much heavier than the rest. And that's also my reason why I let elex go in the end.
        Sep 30, 2020
      5. Phantaminum
        Phantaminum
        Strangely enough, I didn't find the Elex uncomfortable. I did find them on the heavy side but it was bearable. Too bad because I really enjoyed them.
        Sep 30, 2020
    10. Phantaminum
      Phantaminum
      The Focal Utopia I ordered seem to be taking a trip to the East coast. From Cali to Texas and now Louisiana. Tomorrow Boston?
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      3. Phantaminum
        Phantaminum
        @crenca I’m shaking my head since I live in Texas, it was at the right sorting facility by me, and now it’s in Louisiana. I have a feeling @Vtory diverted the package to his address. >_>
        Aug 6, 2020
      4. crenca
        crenca
        By the way, I have been sporting the Utopia's now for a week and sometimes, like right now listening to the first Rage Against the Machine album (not my usual genre) they just F#$%ing rock. They are always special, but even beyond this sometimes RROOCCKKK! ;)
        Aug 6, 2020
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      5. crenca
        crenca
        And just now the RAtM album ended and Elgar's Violin concerto B minor (Hilary Hahn featured) was cued and I can still say RRROOCCCKKK!! Believe it or not, I have not been drinking ;)
        Aug 6, 2020
    11. Phantaminum
      Phantaminum
      Focal Utopia incoming. I’m becoming a sheep hoarder.
      1. Vtory
        Vtory
        The Show Must Go On. Looking forward to your impressions!
        Aug 1, 2020
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      2. crenca
        crenca
        getting ready to write a paragraph or so on my impressions as my came in 48 hours ago. I expected it to be more hd800 than hd650 tonally, I was wrong...
        Aug 1, 2020
    12. Phantaminum
      Phantaminum
      Is La Felix - I Wanna Know the Aldi's version of Daft Punk's - Something About Us?
    13. Phantaminum
      Phantaminum
      I'm finally done with these deliverables. Now I can come up for a little air before the grind starts again. Time for summer things.
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      3. Vtory
        Vtory
        I am supposed to present my research accomplishments to med school students and faculty members. Feel both excited and nervous. lol

        Three things got better in Philly: (1) cooler summer, (2) now I have more noise-tolerant neighbors, and (3) cheesesteaks taste really good here!
        Jul 17, 2020
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      4. Phantaminum
        Phantaminum
        You're going to do great man!

        So what you're trying to say is....next SBAF meeting at your place? :D
        Jul 17, 2020
      5. Vtory
        Vtory
        Unless... I am living in 440 sq ft studio. lol. A lot smaller than my previous [email protected] Worth. Same rent but half area. That's one thing I have to deal with in Philly. Funny thing is to add any change to my current living condition (house, car, etc), pandemic should be over anyway.
        Jul 17, 2020
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    14. Vtory
      Vtory
      Bro, you've had SJr for quite a while. Not planning to write up any reviews? (Or please let me know the post address if I missed your review) Seeing you didn't sell, I think it didn't disappoint you though.
      1. Phantaminum
        Phantaminum
        Bro, my work schedule is bananas. 76 hour weeks have eaten up all of my time that writing a review is the last thought in my mind. Once the dust settles (hopefully in two weeks) i’ll probably pump out the EC Jr, Pendant, and Borealis review over a weekend.
        Jul 14, 2020
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    15. Phantaminum
      Phantaminum
      The Soncoz DAC website has me cracking up. Feels like reading a romance novel. Maybe it sounds great but that intro page, woo boy.
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      3. YMO
        YMO
        Nope
        Jul 6, 2020
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      4. Vtory
        Vtory
        Jul 6, 2020
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      5. Phantaminum
        Phantaminum
        @Vtory Maybe Amir was moved with how the "spiritis elevate, the heart is warmed, and your body is
        brought back into balance." Or he just got his jollies off reading the graphs.
        Jul 6, 2020
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    16. Phantaminum
      Phantaminum
      ZMF Pendant, don't sleep on this amp. One of the most enjoyable amps I've had a pleasure to listen to in a while.
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      2. tommytakis
        tommytakis
        @Phantaminum I've been curious about this amp for a while since Zach had a major part in tuning it, but barely any impressions on here :( How is the front/back layering compared to big boi Eddie Current/DNA stuff?
        Jun 2, 2020
      3. Phantaminum
        Phantaminum
        The comparison depends on the type of power tube being used in the Studio Jr. I say Studio Jr.because out of the box the ZMF Pendant does this really well with the default tubes. The EML 300B staging is flatter than the Pendant and I've rolled several sets of 396A/2C51 driver tubes. I came to the conclusion that's the characteristic of those power tubes. I'd rather listen to the Pendant than the Sjr with the EMLs in.
        Jun 2, 2020
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      4. Phantaminum
        Phantaminum
        Now the Psvanes 300bs are a different story. It has a deeper and wider sound stage than the Pendant but the Pendant gets very close to it's front to back layering. The thing that surprised me most was the clarity of the Pendant. Very vivid images. Personally this amp really hits it out the park with its price to performance ratio.
        Jun 2, 2020
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    17. Phantaminum
      Phantaminum
      Went to Houston to visit my family. Everyone outside without masks except for us. Back in Dallas, masks and social distancing. Phew.
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    18. tommytakis
      tommytakis
      Just Binged Season 2 of Tower of God! The story just keeps getting better I couldn't stop reading lol ...on to Season 3!
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      3. Phantaminum
        Phantaminum
        Rachel reminds me of Geoffrey from GoT. Two characters so well written that your natural reaction when you see them is a deep, subconscious hate. She is “ugly”. SIU should really rename it Tower of Harem. ;)

        I still confused as to why SIU took down his earlier work. I guess it gives away too much about the tower and axis/exis.
        May 13, 2020
      4. tommytakis
        tommytakis
        Oh I had no idea SIU had other works relating to ToG? Are they prequels or something?

        Rachel is despicable, but there's some part of me that sees her as relatable and feel sorry for her more than hating her. She is destined to be outshined by Bam and wants to change destiny.

        hah I don't mind Harems at all as long as there's no excessive fanservice like some anime/manga
        May 13, 2020
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      5. Phantaminum
        Phantaminum
        I find it funny that Rachel whines all the time about how life is unfair and she’s so unlucky, for someone being hard carried up the tower. How a cruel place like the Tower hasn’t eaten her alive really makes it hit home what Headon said. Some people are born strong and others are just lucky.

        The ToG Universe is bigger than what’s been shown. Let me know if you have any questions about it over PM.
        May 13, 2020
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    19. Phantaminum
      Phantaminum
      I've always noticed some type of background noise in Spotify when playing songs. Then played some Steely Dan, all gone. Them masters. :/
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    20. Phantaminum
      Phantaminum
      EC Studio Jr in the house for about a week. Didn't understand what the fuss was about and my feelings didn't match what I read.
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      3. Phantaminum
        Phantaminum
        While the talk is going minimal I'm heading the wrong way, lol. Hope things are going well for you in Philly bro!
        Apr 24, 2020
      4. Vtory
        Vtory
        Sorta knew you go that way some day, knowing your journey. We both love, say, controlled sweetness (my take of teton as well). Seems you're even closer on that end. I am just too procrastinated (and chicken-herted) to perform that due diligence though.

        Still good to see non-NOS non-WE conclusion.

        Now I sadly? moved to El Cheapo.. no idea when/whether to come back to where I belong. lol
        Apr 24, 2020
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      5. Vtory
        Vtory
        Just don't tell your significant other about how much that beautiful glowing things costed. haha.
        Apr 24, 2020
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    Gender:
    Male
    Birthday:
    Sep 24, 1980 (Age: 40)
    Location:
    Dallas, TX
    Occupation:
    IT
    Gear List:
    Source: PC | Schiit Eitr | Schiit Gungnir Multibit
    Amp: Glenn OTL | Liquid Platinum | MTCH
    Headphones: ZMF Verite | ZMF Auteurs | Ananda | Senn HD650 | Philips Fidelio X2

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    Source: PC | Bifrost 2 | Matrix X-Sabre Pro | Saga +
    Amp: EC Studio Jr 300b | ZMF Pendant | Oblivion | Shortest Way 51+
    Headphones: ZMF Verite | ZMF Auteur | Ananda | Verum One | Senn HD650 | Philips Fidelio X2