Phantaminum
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The Focal Utopia I ordered seem to be taking a trip to the East coast. From Cali to Texas and now Louisiana. Tomorrow Boston? Aug 6, 2020 at 6:42 PM

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    1. 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 at 7:00 PM
      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 at 7:09 PM
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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 at 7:11 PM
    2. 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
    3. Phantaminum
      Phantaminum
      Is La Felix - I Wanna Know the Aldi's version of Daft Punk's - Something About Us?
    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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
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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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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    11. 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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    12. Phantaminum
      Phantaminum
      I’ve now started going down building your own mechanical keyboard rabbit hole. Blyat!
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    13. Phantaminum
      Phantaminum
      Had a small cough last week. Walked into the office and coughed from the hot coffee. My boss "Noped" and told me to work from home.
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      3. Phantaminum
        Phantaminum
        That was us last week until more cases popped up in Dallas. I’m more lucky than most that I can work from home but the guys out on the field don’t have that luxury.
        Mar 16, 2020
      4. netforce
        netforce
        We are approaching social distancing at work, the bosses stay home while we work in the store today.

        But truthfully, one is having eye surgery today and the other threw out his back.

        Walk in customers I am maintaining a distance, wiping down everything. Got masks and hand sanitizer everywhere round the store.
        Mar 16, 2020
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      5. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        Interesting how we risk our lives so our bosses can keep profiting from the safety of their homes.
        Mar 16, 2020
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    14. Phantaminum
      Phantaminum
      When they're letting go of your co-worker and you have to pick up their projects. ┻━┻︵ \(°□°)/ ︵ ┻━┻
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      2. JK47
        JK47
        Sounds like my dispatcher.
        Feb 20, 2020
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      3. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        You mean you have to do two peoples' jobs? For the same pay? It sucks and its exploitation.
        Feb 23, 2020
      4. Phantaminum
        Phantaminum
        We've created software solutions for our company. Lots of good work there but maintaining them, while provisioning users, troubleshooting, and trying to meet deadlines for new software updates/roll outs has just eaten so much of my time. Even though he came in late or would "work from home" when he wasn't supposed to, he at least held back the dam while I did my job.
        Feb 23, 2020
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    15. tommytakis
      tommytakis
      Pi2AES>BF2> SW51+ >Elex has some killer synergy as you said! TY!
      1. Phantaminum
        Phantaminum
        I’m glad you’re enjoying it as much as I am. I can’t take all the credit as another member found the Elex and SW51 pairing but I can definitely raise a whiskey glass to you both!
        Feb 18, 2020
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    16. Phantaminum
      Phantaminum
      Pi2AES —> Modi Multibit —> SW51 + Elex sounds glorious. Good synergy there and the extra air / bass oomph goes well with the headphone.
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      3. FlySweep
        FlySweep
        Shitty HD6XX bass getting more irritating too.. the Elex making that quite obvious.
        Feb 14, 2020
      4. Mdkaler
        Mdkaler
        @Phantaminum You ever heard Elex with Liquid Platinum? I listened to that pair once and like it a lot. Just wondering how you would compare LP to SW51 with Elex.
        Feb 14, 2020
      5. Phantaminum
        Phantaminum
        I owned the LP and the Elex at different times. Never had the chance to pair them together. About the only thing I can say that the LP would do better is bass will probably hit harder and enough power for planars. I’d still prefer the SW51 over the LP.
        Feb 16, 2020
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    18. Phantaminum
      Phantaminum
      Enjoying Jazz with the Elex and +SW51. This combination even makes the YouTube Jazz Compilation Vol# videos sound nice.
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      3. famish99
        famish99
        I run the Amperex Holland tubes. I've not heard the Elex myself so I can't comment too much about their relative difference, but I thought the synergy was much better with the Focals than the Senns, but I needed a slightly less distracting setup since I use it at work.
        Feb 7, 2020
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      4. Phantaminum
        Phantaminum
        Have you tried the Mullards? They're my favorite after the Russians.
        Feb 7, 2020
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      5. FlySweep
        FlySweep
        Mullards are nice.. But I felt they were a little too closed in with both the Elex & HD650. Amperex have a slight U shape presentation and less dynamic than the stock tube, but all in all, a damn fine match with Elex (Amperex had great imaging, though). Stock tube, to me, is still my daily driver. Should have a pair of Tungsram in soon. Have always really enjoyed those tubes in good amps.
        Feb 7, 2020
    19. Phantaminum
      Phantaminum
      It'd be nice if Qobuz had a bigger library. Sounds great. Going back to Spotify, Foobar, and buying CD quality albums.
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      2. HudsonsBay
        HudsonsBay
        Agreed, there’s some things missing, and albums where half of the tracks are samples only....
        Jan 8, 2020
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      3. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        I am not a fan of their interface. Can't I browse through just an artist's actual album collection without seeing every single song and every single reissue or greatest hits album?
        Jan 9, 2020
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    20. Phantaminum
      Phantaminum
      MrSpeakers Aeon Flow 2 Open. It still has the same timbre and tonality I remember. Has a more open sound.
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      2. Hands
        Hands
        I think the Closed model might have the most promise of the two, based on an early listen I had with it. Haven't yet heard the production version, though.
        Dec 12, 2019
      3. Phantaminum
        Phantaminum
        You may be right. From how other reviewers are describing the closed version, it seems they've taken a step in the right direction. The AC was too thin/dry sounding for my tastes but that was on a Lyr 3. Now it looks like it has more body and evens out the rest of the FR.
        Dec 12, 2019
      4. Phantaminum
        Phantaminum
        I do find A2O fun and it gets my toes tapping. Regardless of some of its fault. This thing really does a great job in instrument separation. It doesn't resolve every detail but all instruments has it's own solid space.
        Dec 12, 2019
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    Gender:
    Male
    Birthday:
    Sep 24, 1980 (Age: 39)
    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