Scubadude
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Scubadude

Almost "Made", Male, 48, from Pretoria, South Africa

Decision time. 2170 in the collection last 2 yrs. Love the baby Stax! Should I buy L700 & SRM-353x (unheard because lockdown)? May 27, 2020 at 9:28 PM

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    1. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Decision time. 2170 in the collection last 2 yrs. Love the baby Stax! Should I buy L700 & SRM-353x (unheard because lockdown)?
    2. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Nicely built Bottlehead Mainline with some smart valves at 50% of kit cost worth a punt?
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      3. MisterRogers
        MisterRogers
        Yea, at half price I'd consider it a great deal - if well built.
        Jan 23, 2020
      4. Scubadude
        Scubadude
        Jan 23, 2020
      5. fraggler
        fraggler
        Holy crap, that wiring! Wow.
        Jan 23, 2020
    3. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Picked up a Lotoo PAW 6000 DAP ... My goodness is plays well! Most responsive UI I've seen.
      1. EagleWings, hikergrl and Jinxy245 like this.
      2. Stuff Jones
        Stuff Jones
        Any sonic impressions? Was tempted by this as an upgrade from the ZX300.
        Jan 20, 2020
      3. Scubadude
        Scubadude
        Posted some notes in the DAP talk thread. Don't know the ZX300 but soundwise he 6000 is just under pinnacle DAPs like R2R2000 and Paw Gold Touch.
        Jan 21, 2020
    4. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Proper office for the first time in years! Setting up PS Audio GCHA and HD600 today, packing Nuprime uDSD just in case the DAC is a turd.
    5. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Picked up a Krell KSA-5 clone in China. Serious clout, speed and detail but not harsh or bright. Did someone say that sounds like a Krell?
      1. hikergrl likes this.
    6. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Bought PS Audio GCHA at a whim. Gorgeous detail and scale from whisper to thunder levels. Zero ear fatigue. Great amp, DAC just so-so.
      1. Scott Kramer
        Scott Kramer
        Interesting, I'm a fan of how the gain cells (gilbert cell) works, amplifying from 0-100 instead of attenuating 100-0 for vol control. The full-detail at low vol is so good. (use a ya2-->modded Trio100 in my 2channel system)
        Jun 7, 2019
    7. Scubadude
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      2. Jinxy245
        Jinxy245
        You're on your period?
        Apr 6, 2019
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    8. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Tempted by a very sweet deal on AR M2 DAP and Sennheiser IE800 ... don't have much of a usecase but damn this combo sounds so good!
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    9. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Fresh HD800, HD650 and Elear in the house! Three courier deliveries in 24 hours. I like!
    10. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Found a neat HD800 for a fair price and swopped my old one for Elear with Elex pads and some aftermarket cables Good deal?
    11. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Bagged a Stax SRS 2170 starter set, new in box, for less than $500. Haven't been this excited about an audio purchase for a long time!
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      2. Kattefjaes
        Kattefjaes
        Prediction, you will be wowed by the speed and detail, plus the airyness. However, it will sound thin and not linear. Whether you're hooked enough to push through to an amp with a CCS that sounds more linear is the question. It's a weird mirror world. Enjoy!
        Sep 11, 2018
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      3. Scubadude
        Scubadude
        I've heard high end Stax but expectations were high and I left disappointed that cherubs did not pee into my ears. More benign expectations with these ... I would like to hear the "ethereal" quality and faster HD600 with more bass extension that I've seen people describe. And compare back to back with K1000 which is said to be the closest you can get to Stax without actually being Stax.
        Sep 12, 2018
      4. Scubadude
        Scubadude
        So this arrived 24 hours after being sent off. Condition is NIB which is surprising and impressive. So is the sound.
        Sep 13, 2018
    12. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Lehmann Black Cube Linear still worth a try for $200?
    13. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Picked up a pair of AE1's to run with Theta DS Pro Progeny and Plinius 8150 as 90's retro system. Excited to get it up and running!
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    14. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Ayre Codex, as new, $750. Good buy or good bye?
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      2. sheldaze
        sheldaze
        I assume you already know D/S sound, though not "thrashy" through the Ayre filter. Codex was much better balanced vs 1/4" phono or RCA outputs. As strictly a DAC, I still preferred my PSAudio PWD MKII.
        Aug 4, 2018
    15. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      HD800 sounds oddly warm, slow and compressed on the Bottlehead Crack. T1, HD600, HD540 all sound sublime.
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      2. jowls
        jowls
        Aug 2, 2018
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      3. 9suns
        9suns
        Too high (120 ohms) output impedance? HD800 has a high bump seen in the impedance graphs, so maybe that and the BH Crack high output impedance are the reason for the slow, compressed sound.
        Aug 2, 2018
      4. Priidik
        Priidik
        HD800's game is 'uncompressed and agility', entry level otl will strip it from these traits.
        Aug 2, 2018
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    16. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Bought a RPI3 plus Allo Kali / Piano 2.1 DAC as part of a bundle. What can I use it for?
      1. Cspirou
        Jul 22, 2018
    17. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      This is getting tired! Tyll's sample was a dud. Jood's sample was a dud. Review samples had wrong damping materials. Get it right 1st time!
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      3. Kattefjaes
        Kattefjaes
        Jul 17, 2018
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      4. BillOhio
        BillOhio
        I think there is a difference between silently revising a product vs. releasing a product that was just built wrong or has a high rate of malfunction.
        Jul 17, 2018
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      5. Jinxy245
        Jinxy245
        Damn that actually answers a question I put on HF (and was ignored) why the 2 measurements in his review of the AFO were different. Thanks! (and apologies to @Scubadude for hijacking his profile post)
        Jul 17, 2018
    18. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Loving my "new" Theta DS Pro Progeny! Not as bright as I recall from distant memory. Transport quality I wonder? Using uDSD as USB bridge.
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      2. RiddleyWalker
        RiddleyWalker
        excellent DAC, congrats! I’m rocking a DS Pro Prime IIA (which AFAIK is simply a balanced version of the Progeny) and it’s my favorite DAC that I’ve owned
        Jun 13, 2018
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      3. Biodegraded
        Biodegraded
        I usually attribute 'not as bright as I recall' experiences to my ageing ears...
        Jun 13, 2018
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    19. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Elear at $500 including Dekoni pads and Sommer cable a deal or not?
      1. Riotvan
        Riotvan
        You won't get warranty if it's used due to Focal being dicks. Guess the price reflects that...
        Jun 9, 2018
      2. BillOhio
        BillOhio
        At $500 I wouldn't be surprised if replacement parts would cost more than what you're paying for the headphones themselves.
        Jun 9, 2018
    20. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Getting more than a little irritated .... Can't seem to activate Sonarworks Reference 3 after replacing my computer
      1. Azteca
        Azteca
        I had activation issues as well but support sorted me out. Get in touch with them. There are some quirks to activation unfortunately.
        May 26, 2018
      2. westermac
        westermac
        Try the offline activation option. Kind of an annoying process but that usually does the trick for me
        May 26, 2018
      3. Scubadude
        Scubadude
        Third time lucky ... Why should this be such as schlep?
        May 29, 2018
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    Gender:
    Male
    Birthday:
    Sep 7, 1971 (Age: 48)
    Location:
    Pretoria, South Africa
    Occupation:
    Management and Engineering Professional
    Gear List:
    Wadia 121, Theta DS Progeny, Nuprime uDSD, Schiit Modi 2 Uber, Fiio X3, Fiio X3 Mk III, Lotoo PAW 6000, Pi3 + Kali + Piano, Perreaux SXH2, SPL Phonitor, custom Hobkirk-Bouwman 6EM7 SET, PS Audio GCHA, Krell KSA-5 Clone, Bottlehead Mainline, HD800, HD650, HD600, HD540 Reference II Gold, HD560 Ovation, HE-560, de-fazored LCD2F, Sine, AKG K1000, Stax SRS2170, B&W PX, IE800, RE-400
    Management, engineering, manufacturing and supply chain practitioner. Father of four kids and happily married for many years ... Poligamy for me is more than one pair of headphones. Enjoy scuba diving (no one saw that coming), wine and the great outdoors.

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    Enjoying my cans in sunny South Africa!

    Current kit: JRiver MC 23 || Nuprime uDSD / Wadia 121 / Theta DS Pro Progeny / Schiit Modi 2 Uber || Perreaux SXH2 / SPL Phonitor 2730 / Hobkirk-Bouwman custom 6EM7 OTL SET / PS Audio GCHA / Krell KSA-5 Clone || HD800 SDR / HD650 / HD600 / HD560 Ovation / HD540 Ref Gold / LCD-2 De-fazored / HE560 / AKG K1000 / Sine / Technics EAH-820 / Stax SRS-2170 / Stax New SR-3 and SRD-5 ... oh and some mobile bits ... AR M-2 / Fiio X3 Mk III / Hifiman RE400 / IE800