songmic
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songmic

Gear cycler East Asia edition, Male, 31, from Seoul, South Korea

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Best headphone systems I've heard to date: 1. Jotunheim R + SR1a / 2. Teton + HD800SDR / 3. KGSSHV Carbon + SR-007A (port mod) Jul 20, 2020

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    1. songmic
      songmic
      Best headphone systems I've heard to date: 1. Jotunheim R + SR1a / 2. Teton + HD800SDR / 3. KGSSHV Carbon + SR-007A (port mod)
      1. CEE TEE, tommytakis, 9suns and 5 others like this.
      2. songmic
        songmic
        4. Studio T + HD650M / 5. BHSE + SR-007MK2 / 6. LG + Code-X
        Jul 20, 2020
        CEE TEE and tommytakis like this.
      3. Hooncake
        Hooncake
        I don't see portapotty + fulla 2 in there
        Jul 20, 2020
        tommytakis, songmic and famish99 like this.
    2. songmic
      songmic
      I know Schiit multibit DACs aren't ΔΣ, but are they R2R ladder? In other words, is multibit a type of R2R or something different altogether?
      1. purr1n
        purr1n
        Hybrid R2R + 2R or resistor ladder + resistor string.
        Apr 7, 2020
      2. brencho
        brencho
        Yes
        Apr 7, 2020
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    3. songmic
      songmic
      Apex Teton is mind-blowing with HD800, and I've barely scratched its surface with tube rolling. Why haven't this amp gotten much attention?
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      2. ductrung3993
        ductrung3993
        @songmic how would you compare Studio Jr and Teton?
        Apr 3, 2020
      3. songmic
        songmic
        @ductrung3993 SJR is a more versatile amp, but for HD800, Teton all the way.
        Apr 6, 2020
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      4. ductrung3993
        ductrung3993
        @songmic thank you. Could you describe and perhaps compare the overall characteristics of each amp please?
        Apr 16, 2020
    4. songmic
      songmic
      As a nonnative English speaker, how do you pronounce air? Air as in not the air we breathe, but the type of music also known as aria.
      1. SeanT
        SeanT
        Feb 29, 2020
      2. bixby
        bixby
        ARE-EEE-UH
        Feb 29, 2020
        obsiCO, DigMe, Jinxy245 and 1 other person like this.
    5. songmic
      songmic
      An unmodded HD800 driven by SJ with feedback is less sibilant and fatiguing than a Code-X driven by Pro iCAN in Tube+ (warmest) mode.
      1. Ksaurav402 likes this.
      2. m17xr2b
        m17xr2b
        No one really cares about high end gear anymore, it's all about the cheap and cheerful.
        Dec 28, 2019
      3. songmic
        songmic
        @m17xr2b Says the guy who owns a Stellaris :)
        Dec 28, 2019
      4. m17xr2b
        m17xr2b
        From the guy who tries everything under the sun including the Studio :) I'm afraid all thisl measurements talk has dismissed the DHT tube amp my friend. Got badgered the other day for pointing out a cheap and bad amp is...cheap and bad.
        Dec 29, 2019
    6. songmic
      songmic
      Trying hard not to go back to HD800 after countless breakups and reconciliations, but damn, if the SJ/HD800 weren't so non-fatiguing.
      1. Vtory and dubharmonic like this.
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      3. Ash1412
        Ash1412
        HD800s are weird. Even when unmodded with the huge audible peak and general brightness, they somehow manage to sound more natural than the Clear and Utopia to me in the long run.
        Dec 12, 2019
        murphythecat and gridmaster like this.
      4. BenjaminBore
        BenjaminBore
        The devil suggests EQ
        Dec 12, 2019
        Jinxy245 and Zed Bopp like this.
      5. gridmaster
        gridmaster
        For me the HD800 still represents the best timbre of any headphone I've heard. When I owned the Utopia, there was two things that stood out. Perceived detail was greater because it shoves it in your face, and the beryllium driver (for me imo) fucked timbre hard. While tonally HD800 is extremely picky, with the right dac+amp it's amazing.
        Dec 12, 2019
    7. songmic
      songmic
      Why is Mytek one of our supporters? Didn't we give them a hard time already?
      1. Gaspasser
        Gaspasser
        It is part of the Upscale Audio banner advertising their brands.
        Nov 26, 2019
      2. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        You wouldn't have been the only one bamboozled for a bit (@Vtory)
        Nov 26, 2019
    8. songmic
      songmic
      The DSHA-3F is supposedly a DSHA-3 with tweaked output Z optimized for Focals, but for some reason no one seems to be using DSHA-3 anymore.
      1. Wilson likes this.
      2. pure5152
        pure5152
        Not quite. Iirc the 3 has an additional output transformer after the DSHA circuit, while the 3F doesn’t (hence why only balanced out, it’s basically a direct feed balanced).

        More importantly, the 3 also starts at $3800, and the 3F at $1000 cheaper seems to be good enough for many headphones, provided they’re balanced and you use a balanced cable.
        Oct 20, 2019
        ColtMrFire, obsiCO, Ash1412 and 5 others like this.
    9. songmic
      songmic
      Joaquin Phoenix joins Mark Hamill and Heath Ledger as one of the best incarnations of Joker.
      1. Deep Funk likes this.
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      3. rlow
        rlow
        No love for Jack Nicholson? Sure the movie was campy/cheesy as hell, but his performance basically made that movie.

        Looking forward to seeing this new one though - looks awesome, and JP can play a great twisted bad guy.
        Oct 3, 2019
      4. LetMeBeFrank
        LetMeBeFrank
        Absolutely despised his character in gladiator... mark of a great actor.
        Oct 3, 2019
      5. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        Interested...
        Oct 4, 2019
    10. songmic
      songmic
      While technically more impressive, the Susvara does not emotionally connect with the music like the Code-X does. What is it missing?
      1. sheldaze likes this.
      2. skem
        skem
        I’ve heard the same comment with respect to Susvara vs. HEKv1. I have not had the privilege of hearing Susvara, though. I’m extremely keen to.
        Sep 27, 2019
        songmic likes this.
      3. purr1n
        purr1n
        One headphone is tuned by someone who loves music and actually goes to shows at the various great concert halls in SoCal?
        Sep 27, 2019
        atomicbob, Ash1412, Soups and 3 others like this.
    11. songmic
      songmic
      The NuForce Move is a lot more convenient to use than Stride, and a bit softer sounding.
      1. Poleepkwa and YMO like this.
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      3. zerodeefex
        zerodeefex
        My production pair sounds really off compared to my pre production pair. Something is amiss.
        Sep 9, 2019
      4. shotgunshane
        shotgunshane
        I couldn’t yank the Stride outta my ears fast enough. That treble is turrible.
        Sep 9, 2019
      5. GanGreinke
        GanGreinke
        I had a problem with one of the earbuds having the phase reversed. Drop told me that others have complained of the same problem.
        Sep 9, 2019
    12. songmic
      songmic
      Never thought I’d say this, but iPhone + NuForce Stride is not bad. Revealing enough to hear the improvement from stock player to Capriccio.
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    13. songmic
      songmic
      Passed the Mensa test, scoring an IQ of 156. Self-confidence boosted by 10%.
      1. Deep Funk, neogeosnk and MisterRogers like this.
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      3. Lyander
        Lyander
        All jokes aside, and I was making an effort at levity above, IQ is just a measurement like any other— subject to skilled interpretation. It's honestly cool that you qualify for Mensa if your OP was sincere, but while the boost in confidence is always well-deserved, don't let a number on a page influence your perception of personal worth; you're more than that.
        Jun 10, 2019
      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Here's another proverb for @songmic's day... It's not how big it is it's what you do with it that counts.

        Sorry I can't match @Kunlun's literary flair and wisdom on this occasion!
        Jun 10, 2019
        Priidik, Lyander and Jinxy245 like this.
      5. Gaspasser
        Gaspasser
        I prefer to think that my awesome gear, fancy car and huge penis boost my self confidence by 19%
        Jun 10, 2019
    14. songmic
      songmic
      Nearly had a heart attack when I found out U2 will tour in Korea for the first time this December. Never thought I'd live to see the day.
      1. Jinxy245 and SoupRKnowva like this.
      2. SoupRKnowva
        SoupRKnowva
        I thought of myself as being pretty lucky to see 3 bands I loved while I was there, it was the first time for all three of them!
        May 17, 2019
      3. Biodegraded
        Biodegraded
        December? Likely they're thinking the same thing...
        May 17, 2019
      4. frenchbat
        frenchbat
        TFW you realize it's a N. Korea tour
        May 18, 2019
    15. songmic
      songmic
      1. Overkill Red and Panohm like this.
      2. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Oh, I was talking nonsense --- deleted.
        Jan 17, 2019
      3. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        Says he has MOT status. His site appears to be down.
        Jan 17, 2019
    16. songmic
      songmic
      That hollow feeling when you realize it’s Black Friday and there’s no audio gear you want to buy...
      1. frenchbat
        frenchbat
        I hate to break it to you, but a product won't ever fulfill that hole in your soul.
        Nov 23, 2018
        DigMe, atomicbob, Soups and 4 others like this.
      2. atomicbob
        atomicbob
        Funny, Keysight, Tektronix, Fluke, BK Precision, etc never seem to run Black Friday specials. Oh well, guess it's better to spend the day using the stuff we already have for enrichment and enlightenment while sharing time with family and furry friends.
        Nov 23, 2018
        bengo and famish99 like this.
    17. songmic
      songmic
      Dear Innerfidelity: Instead of announcements, previews, product arrival and unboxing, I would like to see some actual reviews, please.
      1. lerrens, Zed Bopp, Lyander and 2 others like this.
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      3. 9suns
        9suns
        He clearly does what he's paid for.
        Nov 15, 2018
      4. Azteca
        Azteca
        If there’s one good thing I can say, it’s that Michael Lavorgna did eventually get canned.
        Nov 17, 2018
      5. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Whoops! Sorry, thought I was answering a current post.

        content deleted.
        Jan 17, 2019
    18. songmic
      songmic
      I hate it when companies advertise the output impedance of their headphone amps as such as 8-600 ohms. Who are they trying to fool?
      1. slankoe, Cryptowolf, Jinxy245 and 3 others like this.
      2. songmic
        songmic
        Clearly they have no idea what output Z really means, or perhaps they are trying to hide the fact that their amps have a high output Z because it might scare away potential customers. Output Z is, in the literal sense, the impedance of the amp's output, NOT the range of the load (headphone) impedance that "the manufacturers think" would work well with their amps.
        Jun 17, 2018
      3. Hrodulf
        Hrodulf
        Well, half of the consumers don't know the difference between sensitivity and impedance.
        Jun 18, 2018
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      4. Priidik
        Priidik
        Maybe it indeed is 8..600 ohms, hehe. More true, but also more offensive.
        Jun 18, 2018
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    19. ductrung3993
      ductrung3993
      hi, did you ever get your 4 screw code X? I'm curious to how it compares to the 6 screw version
      1. songmic
        songmic
        The HE-5/Code-X only comes in 4 screw version. It is the HE-6/Code-6 that comes in early 4 screw or late 6 screw versions.
        Jun 17, 2018
    20. zonto
      zonto
      I'm sure we'll see a "Sundaga" from HFM later this year and it will be the new bestest evar.
      1. songmic likes this.
      2. songmic
        songmic
        Aren't you forgetting Sundaja?
        Mar 10, 2018
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    Gender:
    Male
    Birthday:
    Aug 29, 1989 (Age: 31)
    Location:
    Seoul, South Korea
    Occupation:
    Board-certified internist
    Gear List:
    Schiit Audio Bifrost 2
    Schiit Audio Jotunheim R → RAAL-requisite SR1a
    Eddie Current Studio Jr. → LFF Code-X / ZMF Vérité

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    DAC: Schiit Audio Bifrost 2
    Amplifiers: iFi audio Pro iCAN, Sonnare The EMOTION
    Headphones: AKG K1000, LFF Code-X, RAAL-requisite SR1a, ZMF Vérité