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I had nearly forgotten about the good old Bourée by Jethro Tull, didn’t listen to it for quite a while. Boy, it sounds great with the HEDD2! Feb 19, 2024 at 1:27 AM

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    1. zottel
      zottel
      I had nearly forgotten about the good old Bourée by Jethro Tull, didn’t listen to it for quite a while. Boy, it sounds great with the HEDD2!
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      2. zottel
        zottel
        In fact, hearing better again after a bad cold over the weekend, _everything_ sounds amazing right now.
        Feb 19, 2024 at 2:54 AM
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      3. HotRatSalad
        HotRatSalad
        If you have not heard the whole "stand up" box set from a few years ago that Steve Wilson was involved with, you really should. Fantastic from start to finish. Amazing album, Bouree was non album track if I remember correctly but it's on that box.
        Feb 19, 2024 at 10:46 AM
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      4. loadexfa
        loadexfa
        I love Bourée. It's also a ton of fun to play on the flute. :)
        Feb 19, 2024 at 2:37 PM
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    2. zottel
      zottel
      Damn, the HEDD2 sounds fantastic with my new Forza Claire HPC Mk 2. Better separation and sense of space, even more plankton.
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      2. Merrick
        Merrick
        I also used to be a cable skeptic but have had enough experiences hearing clear differences that I now am a convert.
        Feb 13, 2024
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      3. ilikebananafudge_
        ilikebananafudge_
        Same. I really didn't want cables to make a difference, because life would be simpler that way. But then I built a bunch myself to test that theory and was surprised at how much of a difference they made. I've settled on building my own using Neotech chassis wire, though, and that's worked quite well for me.
        Feb 13, 2024
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      4. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        Cables are snake oil BS....or so I thought until I tried a silver plated one for my HD600
        Feb 13, 2024
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    3. zottel
      zottel
      It seems that the Forza cable I ordered has been shipped. \o/ Though, according to DHL, the destination is “HI”. Hawaii?
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      3. zottel
        zottel
        The shipment has arrived in the local sorting center, so it should be ok. Still going to “HI”, though. Not sure what this is supposed to tell me. “Hidden”, maybe? An untranslated string? It goes to “HI” in the German version of the tracking site, too.
        Feb 12, 2024
      4. zottel
        zottel
        Nice, BTW, that Matt is asking for feedback in either a Head-Fi thread or our Forza thread here.
        Feb 12, 2024
      5. zottel
        zottel
        It’s here! \o/ And it’s great! There might be even more plankton than before, but I could be imagining that. Didn’t A/B yet. It definitely isn’t worse than before, though. :)
        Feb 13, 2024
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    4. zottel
      zottel
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      2. zottel
        zottel
        While I was aware of HRTF/HpTF, I would never have guessed that differences of 15 dB in certain regions are possible. That’s insane.
        Feb 7, 2024
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      3. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        Yeah headphone measurements can be wonky. That is why they can't necessarily be compared across different users, systems, etc.
        Feb 7, 2024
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    5. zottel
      zottel
      More than 50h in now, HEDDphone Two is still becoming better. More bass, more detail, more awesome.
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      2. zottel
        zottel
        Might well be mental/psychoacoustic burn-in, of course. But whatever it is, it’s great. :)
        Feb 7, 2024
    6. zottel
      zottel
      Currently listening to Bach’s Matthäus-Passion conducted by Raphaël Pichon (harmonia mundi) on the HEDDphone. Absolutely addictive! <3
    7. zottel
      zottel
      Thought I was going crazy because the HEDDphone was much louder today. Then found that I had accidentally switched to high gain. :)
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    8. zottel
      zottel
      Billie Eilish has great sound quality on her recordings. Listening to the When We All … album with the HEDD right now and it’s wonderful.
    9. zottel
      zottel
      That feeling when whatever new hifi gadget you bought that sounded meh at first (always!) is becoming better and better: Priceless.
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      2. ohshitgorillas
        ohshitgorillas
        I feel this. My Gustard R26 sounded absolutely awful at first listen. I then left for Asia for two and a half weeks and came back to a magnificent DAC.
        Jan 22, 2024
      3. Wilewarer
        Wilewarer
        See, I thought it took a day or two for the "wow, toy is awesome!" vibes to wear off for just about everything that isn't an expensive r2r DAC.
        Jan 22, 2024
      4. zottel
        zottel
        It’s always like that for me. While new gear has never been awful yet, it’s always “ah, well, not bad, not bad …”, more convincing myself that I like it than actual happiness. Then, after some 5-10h of listening, it’s becoming better, and soon honeymoon phase starts, which normally lasts for at least a month if the device is actually good.
        Jan 22, 2024
    10. zottel
      zottel
      Very first HEDDphone Two impression after only five minutes of listening: It neither insipid at all nor bass light.
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      3. zottel
        zottel
        Jan 22, 2024
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      4. zottel
        zottel
        Ok, I think I will like it. Great voicing and musicality, wonderful detail especially in treble (!) and bass, currently getting better and better, great separation and layering, but all of that never in your face, nicely laid back.
        That’s it for early impressions, listening now.
        Jan 22, 2024
      5. zottel
        zottel
        I’m in love.
        Jan 22, 2024
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    11. zottel
      zottel
      Just ordered a Heddphone Two. Will be shipped by end of January. I’m very much looking forward to hearing it!
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      2. ilikebananafudge_
        ilikebananafudge_
        Cool! Curious to hear your impressions
        Jan 10, 2024
      3. zottel
        zottel
        I’m curious, too. Judging from reviews, detail should be spectacular, but it might sound a bit boring, not much slam especially compared to my beloved Focals? Let’s see. :)
        Jan 10, 2024
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    12. zottel
      zottel
      Rediscovering Bitter:Sweet, especially The Mating Game (album) is totally great.
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      2. zottel
        zottel
        Last time I listened was with Spotify and Bose BT headphones. Unbelievably great sound with my rig of today, where all those completely different sounds are perfectly separated.
        Jan 9, 2024
      3. AdvanTech
        AdvanTech
        oh yeah, good samples in that album
        Jan 9, 2024
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    13. zottel
      zottel
      Is it just me or does alcohol f**k with your hearing, too? When I’m very drunk like right now, there’s a constant hiss and other noises.
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      2. YMO
        YMO
        @DigMe invite me to your house and give me a few shots and I can make your magic dreams come true.
        Dec 31, 2023
      3. Armaegis
        Armaegis
        it's the 5g tracking microchips implanted in your brain from "the jab"; the space laser overlords will be taking over your prefrontal cortex soon
        Dec 31, 2023
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      4. DigMe
        DigMe
        Dec 31, 2023
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    14. zottel
      zottel
      The Liechtenstein Tapes by Die Fantastischen Vier really show what tape saturation can do for music. (Recorded in 2022 on analog equipment.)
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    15. zottel
      zottel
      Great wording for lifeless sound: “It’s almost as if they found a way to explain the bass to you, rather than you actually experience it.”

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      2. zottel
        zottel
        (From a guy in the Audiophiles room on Matrix.)
        Dec 2, 2023
    16. zottel
      zottel
      Oooh … Just saw GoldenSound’s review of the HEDDphone Two. This sounds as if it was right up my alley. Could sb throw money my way?
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      2. Riotvan
        Riotvan
        Yeah but you maybe have to wait for a revision if the cups falling off the yoke problem is a widespread issue.
        Oct 10, 2023
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      3. netforce
        netforce
        Speaking as someone from headphones.com, we did send the HEDD 2 to both GS and JV to get two different perspective plus we do have the written article written by Caleb on our site. The store part of headphones.com is a separate entity from the content side who is given creative freedom.
        Oct 10, 2023
      4. netforce
        netforce
        If we did want to make arrangements for tour pair, I could talk to my bossman about arranging it. Only issue is stock is still little slim for a bit.
        Oct 10, 2023
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    17. zottel
      zottel
      Currently experiencing renewed love for my rig. Only difference: Switched to sinc-M at HQPlayer. So damned good!
      1. zottel
        zottel
        Before sb asks: Rig is HQPlayer -> Zen Stream -> Meier Daccord -> Meier Jazz FF -> Clear Mg
        Oct 8, 2023
      2. zottel
        zottel
        I’m not even sure if sinc-M is so much better than poly-sinc-gauss-xla, but it’s different. It’s just good to have something different from time to time.
        Oct 8, 2023
    18. zottel
      zottel
      Testing different HQPlayer filters for the first time. I should have done that much earlier.
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      2. zottel
        zottel
        Not that easy. I found the poly-sincs hb, ext2, extr-lp, and gauss engaging, as well as closed-form-M and sinc-M. Then I started comparing to poly-sinc-gauss-xla and got confused because I preferred it to most of the others. :) After hours of listening, stuff like this becomes hard.
        Oct 7, 2023
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      3. zottel
        zottel
        In the end, I liked sinc-M best, though. As my DAC doesn’t support 176.4 kHz (192 max) and sinc-M only supports upsampling in integers, I need resampling help from Roon for multiples of 44.1 kHz. Not ideal, but still sounds better than gauss-xla, IMHO, at least with my rig.
        Oct 7, 2023
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      4. zottel
        zottel
        I’ll have to revisit this with fresh ears, though.
        Oct 7, 2023
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    19. zottel
      zottel
      In bed with 39,5°C (103°F) fever. Not Covid, it seems. Now that the sore throat is gone, the delirium is actually quite nice.
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      2. zottel
        zottel
        After I let the fever do its job for the whole day, I took some Ibuprofen in the evening. Feeling much better now, ate quite a lot, too. :)
        Sep 30, 2023
      3. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        103 is touching on "Get Help."

        But if its viral there's probably not much they can do. But do consider it.

        Hope you are well soon
        Sep 30, 2023
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      4. zottel
        zottel
        @Thad E Ginathom Yes, I know. If it had stayed that high, a friend who is a doctor would have visited today. But I’m happy to report that since yesterday evening, I didn’t develop fever anymore. Still a bit tired, but that’s it.
        Sep 30, 2023
    20. atomicbob
      atomicbob
      As I get older I find I get downright cranky if I don't get my regular fix of recreational listening each day.
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      2. atomicbob
        atomicbob
        That was meant to be a post on my profile but my eyes are crossing after 6 hrs of lab work each day, mostly iFi Diablo. And I'm very fortunate to have a wife that encourages me to listen to my music while she watches cooking videos.
        Sep 22, 2023
      3. yotacowboy
        yotacowboy
        what amazes me is how effective listening to music for an hour each night is at lowering my blood pressure. literally down 10-15 mm Hg, or more on some nights.
        Sep 23, 2023
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      4. atomicbob
        atomicbob
        @yotacowboy : when I suffered from afib (before ablations) I found that calming music on stellar systems would help me to spontaneously self convert. Far better than going for a cardioversion. 400J blast to the body.
        Sep 23, 2023
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    Franconia, Germany
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