Vtory
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Having fun with HE6SE I hadn't worn for a while. Re-confirming it is the best HFM among I've ever owned (and the second best among I heard). Jul 1, 2020 at 9:48 PM

    1. Vtory
      Vtory
      Having fun with HE6SE I hadn't worn for a while. Re-confirming it is the best HFM among I've ever owned (and the second best among I heard).
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    2. Vtory
      Vtory
      Finally found a xlr-in/out headamp that neither breaks the bank nor sounds shitty. Works for me better than 789/888/jot. More to come later.
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      2. Vtory
        Vtory
        Feels like a great complement to asgard 3 -- before jot 2 or mjo 3 come out.
        Jun 28, 2020 at 10:46 AM
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      3. Ash1412
        Ash1412
        Updates? The wait for Jot 2 is getting to me every day
        Jun 29, 2020 at 7:01 PM
      4. Vtory
        Vtory
        @Ash1412 Still testing for myself to ensure it's better rather than different. Maybe will post early impression during the weekend.
        Jun 30, 2020 at 8:23 AM
    3. Vtory
      Vtory
      In my house, Wyrd seems to benefit Modius a lot when power or rf noise transmitted via usb. It shouldn't be oop..
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    4. Vtory
      Vtory
      The Last of Us 2 (2020) was extremely disappointing. Multiple narratives disjointly merged. Characters' developments were super incohesive.
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      2. obsiCO
        obsiCO
        Pacing is a slog. Can't believe I've got almost nowhere in the story even after 5 hours.
        Jun 25, 2020 at 11:31 PM
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      3. Melvillian
        Melvillian
        @Vtory how do you feel about the first game?
        Jun 25, 2020 at 11:51 PM
      4. Vtory
        Vtory
        @Melvillian Overall liked it, if not totally enthusiastic. Interactive actions,multi-dimensional characters, and interpretable in various ways.
        Jun 26, 2020 at 12:31 AM
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    5. Vtory
      Vtory
      Full of Schiit: modius > freya-s > two aegirs. Finally fell in love with modi jumbo.
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    6. Vtory
      Vtory
      My take on inconvenient truths: Buy Modius and Bifrost together, hear them with own ears, then return whichever you like less.
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      2. Vtory
        Vtory
        @monacelli That depends on which market you are. For those who acknowledge good and bad aspects of DS, Modius is already awesome in any outs. I'd take it over RME OGs even on SEs.

        Bal outs are more different than better. Heft, air, but a little rough on highs.
        Jun 22, 2020
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      3. Vtory
        Vtory
        @monacelli Preamps bring some meat, flow, and life-likeness to the table. Freya rca in rca out did it too. So, I'm guessing any preamps with a great gain or output stage may work similarly.
        Jun 22, 2020
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      4. monacelli
        monacelli
        Thanks! Yeah, I see the benefit of having an active preamp, or at least the option to switch between active and passive. And the delta between Saga+ and Freya S really isn't too bad in the big scheme of things
        Jun 22, 2020
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    7. Vtory
      Vtory
      I should have bought Freya-S much earlier. It is truly an "enhancer" (aka sin of commission done right) in any category that matters to me.
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      2. robot zombie
        robot zombie
        Cool, been thinking about the S myself, just to have a good preamp that can mix/match balanced/SE. But I've wondered about the synergy. Sounds like it might actually work out for me.
        Jun 19, 2020
      3. mitochondrium
        mitochondrium
        Sounds like a wonder bra equivalent
        Jun 20, 2020
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    8. Vtory
      Vtory
      Modius --> Asgard 3 --> Verite : This is probably the lowest I can go. No other price allocation can't make me happy to this level.
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      2. dncnexus
        dncnexus
        I have the Modius and a THX 789 coming in, hopefully it gives as much bliss to my Auteurs as you are getting from your chain to the Verite.
        Jun 16, 2020
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      Vtory
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      3. Vtory
        Vtory
        It's serving for the main speakers (hence the dac now located 9 ft away from the desk; Verites for desk uses). Didn't want to buy the same dac again lol.
        Jun 15, 2020
      4. yotacowboy
        yotacowboy
        but... that's a Modius not BF2
        Jun 15, 2020
      5. Vtory
        Vtory
        So, everything comes down to resource allocation problem. Two dacs, two different places, two different rigs. Will hook this dac up to speakers later though.
        Jun 15, 2020
    10. Vtory
      Vtory
      In 2020, finally my house gets full of s*h**t.
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      2. YMO
        YMO
        What type of shit? Poop shit, stuff shit, people shit, more poop shit?
        Jun 13, 2020
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      3. Vtory
        Vtory
        @YMO I mean, schiit!
        Jun 13, 2020
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      4. Phantaminum
        Phantaminum
        Now if you move your schiit into the restroom, you can get the toto bidet to handle all the schiits.
        Jun 13, 2020
    11. Vtory
      Vtory
      Verites at 1:30am. Wow, they still do "just one more song".
      1. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        I think that's one of my criteria nowadays when deciding whether or not to keep something around. If I don't somewhat consistently get that feeling (obviously some days I just don't feel the music), then it gets put on sale.
        Jun 9, 2020
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      2. Vtory
        Vtory
        That's very solid strategy. Very consistent with this hobby's purposes, too!
        Jun 10, 2020
      3. fp627
        fp627
        lol I was just thinking this w/ regards to Stellaris during Morpheus testing.
        Jun 10, 2020
    12. Vtory
      Vtory
      Decided to replace Verite's dac (topping dx3) with Modius.
      1. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        What an upgrade!
        Jun 7, 2020
      2. Vtory
        Vtory
        Yeah, verites definitely deserve much better dac lol.
        Jun 7, 2020
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    13. Vtory
      Vtory
      Roughly after 10 months with Bifrost 2, my love never vanished. This dac is criminally good. Even better with speakers.
      1. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        It's such an easy recommendation for its price. If I had to get rid of everything and start over, I'd choose Bifrost 2 and not look back.
        Jun 4, 2020
      2. m17xr2b
        m17xr2b
        I can't believe it's already been 10 months since it launched, felt like yesterday and a pandemic ago.
        Jun 4, 2020
    14. Vtory
      Vtory
      People are looting and destroying stores only 1.5 miles away from where I live. They should know they're dishonoring George. Oh well.
      1. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        Yikes, hope you stay safe
        Jun 1, 2020
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    15. Vtory
      Vtory
      Every time going to put my HE6SE up for sale, OOPness forces to reconsider. Listen to a few tracks with them.. then "Ok, not for now.."
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      2. dubharmonic
        dubharmonic
        I've been on an HE6se kick for over a week. Love the sound, not the build quality. What else can match it though? Something from Abyss? Where do you upgrade to?
        Jun 1, 2020
      3. Vtory
        Vtory
        @dubharmonic There can be no up from them. lol. Just feel guilty not to use them as much as before (primary listening with speakers, then verites for desktop, work hours, or night time fun). To me verites have much nicer ergonomics and more forgiving highs.
        Jun 1, 2020
    16. Vtory
      Vtory
      On one side that Corona, on the other side protests spreading. What a combination. Wish US sbafers stay safe.
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      2. fp627
        fp627
        Or are bad actors the best we can expect from much of society?
        May 31, 2020
      3. JK47
        JK47
        Yes, the deep state is involved x 1000%
        May 31, 2020
      4. yotacowboy
        yotacowboy
        You mean Russia, right?
        May 31, 2020
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    17. Vtory
      Vtory
      Verites have been sitting around me for one year (with steady head time). Now they earned my award of "the most longest survived".
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      2. Vtory
        Vtory
        @dubharmonic SR1a (lasted for 10 months). SR009 stayed much longer (> 1yr) before but dropped because it's without regular and steady interest. HD6XX, too.
        May 30, 2020
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      3. JellyRhino
        JellyRhino
        I just read your impressions of the Verite and the Aeolus. Would you mind sharing what made the Verite stand out between those two? Thank you.
        May 30, 2020
      4. Vtory
        Vtory
        @JellyRhino Largely two aspects. One is materialistic superiority. Verite's Be drivers could resolve a lot more info in most micro and transient categories. Say, 95-99% of utopia. The other is treble coloration (dips and peaks), Verite don't quite follow headphones' rule of thumb, resulting in superb 3D purely acoustically done.

        In contrast, Aeolus is more like very standard and neutral offering.
        May 30, 2020
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    18. Vtory
      Vtory
      Listening to Brothers in Arms with M3. A cup of coffee or two, too. Love this combination all.
      1. JK47
        JK47
        Definitely one of the better recordings out there, regardless of mastering. I have CD's of OG 80's and the remaster, even the compressed remaster kicks the crap out of a lot of modern stuff.
        May 24, 2020
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      2. Vtory
        Vtory
        Wholeheartedly agreed. Mine is remaster though. Maybe should look for the og... Anyway the masterpiece from various perspectives.
        May 24, 2020
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      3. JK47
        JK47
        OG CD isn't pricey, fairly common, and great comparison of the loudness wars.
        May 24, 2020
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    19. Vtory
      Vtory
      Seems my brain burnt well. M3 began to open up nicely. Now I better understand what these Ti compression horns can bring to my table.
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      2. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        My brain also burnt well in the hot SoCal weather today. Did you say something about speakers? :P
        May 21, 2020
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      3. Vtory
        Vtory
        Oh Chacha, feel free to travel to Philly. It's cool and nice weather here! I'll buy you infinite cheesesteaks (takeout only though).
        May 21, 2020
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      Vtory
      M3 TS is much brighter in highs and leaner in lows than I thought. Reminded me of sr1a. Vela still hold its own.
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      2. rlow
        rlow
        As far as the dome in the Sapphires vs the Raal + Waveguide in the X series? Clayton Shaw says it’s more a matter of room size and application than sound quality.
        May 20, 2020
      3. rlow
        rlow
        May 20, 2020
      4. Vtory
        Vtory
        X3's tweeter is AMT (likely out of Heil?) not raal ribbon AFAIK. My take of Clayton's statement is rather horizontally different than vertically so -- plus we need to doubt his unbiasedness.
        May 20, 2020
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    Location:
    Greater Philadelphia Area, PA
    Occupation:
    Some Research Center
    Gear List:
    Spatial Hologram M3 Turbo S / Elac Vela BS403 / ZMF Verite Ziricote / HFM HE-6SE
    DIY Accuphase A-60+ / DIY JLH1969 / Schiit Asgard 3
    Schiit Bifrost 2 / Topping DX3 Pro
    Wannabe a noise-free poster

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    Speakers rig #1: PC:MBP → Schiit Wyrd → Schiit Modius → Schiit Freya S → Schiit Aegir (x2) → Spatial M3 Turbo S
    Speakers rig #2: PC:MBP → Schiit Wyrd → Schiit Modius → Schiit Freya S → DIY Accuphase (clone) → Elac Vela BS 403
    Headphones rig: PC:XPS → Schiit Bifrost 2 → Schiit Asgard 3 → ZMF Verite Open Ziricote