Golden Schlong 2019 Nominations

Discussion in 'Tales from the Bully Pulpit' started by purr1n, Dec 1, 2019.

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Vote for Golden Schlongs - Pick up to 8

  1. Verum 1.0 Headphone VE-

    39 vote(s)
    27.1%
  2. RAAL Requisite SR1A E

    28 vote(s)
    19.4%
  3. Drop JVC FD0X EV, L-

    28 vote(s)
    19.4%
  4. SW51+ V

    26 vote(s)
    18.1%
  5. Schiit Bifrost 2 DAC EV

    54 vote(s)
    37.5%
  6. Asgard 3 V

    9 vote(s)
    6.3%
  7. Rockna Wavedream DAC E

    1 vote(s)
    0.7%
  8. DNA Starlett EV-

    17 vote(s)
    11.8%
  9. ZMF Verite EL- (from prior year)

    26 vote(s)
    18.1%
  10. Schiit Aegir EVL-

    32 vote(s)
    22.2%
  11. Focal Utopia EL-

    25 vote(s)
    17.4%
  12. Laconic Night Blues Mini VL

    12 vote(s)
    8.3%
  13. Matrix X-Sabre Pro DAC E

    13 vote(s)
    9.0%
  14. Campfire Solaris IEM E

    11 vote(s)
    7.6%
  15. Campfire Andromeda IEM L

    25 vote(s)
    17.4%
  16. ECP Ravenswood DSHA-3F E

    27 vote(s)
    18.8%
  17. JBL Nano Patch balanced/SE passive pot VL

    6 vote(s)
    4.2%
  18. Pi2AES

    25 vote(s)
    17.4%
  19. ZMF Auteur E

    24 vote(s)
    16.7%
  20. Sennheiser HD6xx LV

    71 vote(s)
    49.3%
  21. Schiit Modi 3 DAC V

    17 vote(s)
    11.8%
  22. HiFiMAN HE-6Se E

    8 vote(s)
    5.6%
  23. Koss Porta Pros VL

    32 vote(s)
    22.2%
  24. SPL Phonitor E

    11 vote(s)
    7.6%
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  1. purr1n

    purr1n Finding his inner redneck

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    Last year few GS awards. I sense a lot this year.
     
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  2. yotacowboy

    yotacowboy McRibs Kind of Guy

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    Aegir (E, V)

    CA Andro (L)
     
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  3. Psalmanazar

    Psalmanazar was: dingleberry; now: chill + interesting

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    Source gear:
    Motu ESS Sabre interfaces. EV. Holy shit these are legit good, warm, and cheap.

    Headphones:
    Koss Porta Pro. LEV. Sounds good on anything and scales like hell.
    JVC Flats. V. Thanks @ultrabike Decent and 10 bucks. No ear clip bs. No 60 dollar cans with snapping headbands like the CAL. These are cheaper than Chipotle and Panera. Skip lunch and get these instead.

    Two channel:
    Vanatoo. V.
    KRK Rokit 5 G4. V.
    Yamaha HS8. LV.

    Dynaudio studio monitors. LEV for what they are. I rediscovered how good these are this year, especially the more expensive ones. They are really hard to beat for normal sounding but flat enough monitors and they come up used sometimes and just a little service (new relays available for under 20 bucks on eBay) or new tweeters. I’ll be picking up a BM6a pair soon. A lot of the competition for this market segment is either fragile Chinesium, use controversial metal or AMT tweeters, or cost triple these.

    Flaccid needle dicks:
    Kali Audio HISS
    Yamaha QC
    Behringer
    Presonus
    Cheap Adam monitors
    Dan Clark Audio.

    Trainspotting toilet swirly:
    Focal
     
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  4. Aklegal

    Aklegal Almost "Made"

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    Aegir V + E
     
  5. iDesign

    iDesign Almost "Made"

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    I would nominate the updated HD650/600. Amid rumors of their discontinuation, Sennheiser not only decided to keep them in the line but they completely revised the design. It seems fitting for them to be awarded because 2019 was the year of a complete revision. The legend continues.
     
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  6. Soups

    Soups Sadomasochistic cat

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    Topping... J + K.

    Aegir, V + E.
     
  7. skem

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    CraneSong Solaris Quantum - E/L
    Actually, this is a 2017 product but SBAF tour was this year. All business and fantastic implementation; admittedly not popular with SBAF crowd.

    Verum-1 - V
    Fun and well priced.

    Pass XA-25 - E+V
    This thing is for the ages. Totally beats out amps costing 5X as much.

    Allo DigiOne - L
     
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  8. Superexchanger

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    I think the spirit of the award is to recognize an older product that has maintained its value or position/importance despite the ceaseless flood of new models, not durability necessarily.

    And to that end:

    CA Andromeda - L
     
  9. gixxerwimp

    gixxerwimp Professional tricycle rider

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    Bifrost 2: E + V
    SW51+: E + V

    I admittedly haven't heard any real TOTL gear, but with this combo I think I'm done.

    Edit:
    Andromeda: L
     
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    Would the Pi2 AES count as a source? V

    ZMF VO: E (possibly also V against, say Utopia)

    Andros: L
     
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    I was wondering why this hadn't come up yet. Haven't heard it myself - hopefully those who have will chime in - but I get the impression from what's been written here it might also be E.

    Given there's now an L category, surely: HD600 and HD650/6XX.
     
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  12. msommers

    msommers High on Epipens

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    Agreed.

    Pi2AES: E & V
    SW51+: E & V
     
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    I think I missed the crib notes... what are L/E/V?
     
  14. pure5152

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    (L)ongevity, (E)xcellence, and (V)alue.

    EDIT: Whoops, can't read. It's on the first post too.
     
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  15. gixxerwimp

    gixxerwimp Professional tricycle rider

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    Forgot to add FD01 (modded/EQed) for E + V. The (mass)drop version hasn't shipped yet so I guess it doesn't qualify. I still have EX1000 for their bass quality, but tbh I haven't used them at all since getting the JVCs.
     
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    obsiCO Thai Fish Experiment Gone Wrong

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    SW51+: E / V – Great clarity and resolve well above its price range with pretty much zero fuckery for mothertruckin' $315.
    Verum 1: E / V – Big, bold, and fun introductory cans that are hard not to love, backed by a very good dude.
    SR1a: E – I have only heard this a few times but I have already fallen in love with it. Wish money grew on trees.

    CA Andromeda (OG): L – Still regularly served as a benchmark years later.
    HD650/600: L – 'Nuff said.
    LSR305/30X: L – Anyone?
     
  17. mkozlows

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    Just to consolidate the list of things mentioned that have already won in previous years:

    JVC FD-01 (modded) won in 2018.

    Verite Open was an Honorable Mention that same year... but things have won HM one year and gone on to win a regular award the next, since there aren't exactly super-technical rules here. And of course the Verite Closed is new this year.

    Campfire Solaris was an HM in 2018, too.

    Utopia was an HM for Excellence in 2017, and won a Googli jewelry award in 2016, which obviously wouldn't preclude it being a Longevity pick, depending on how many years you think "longevity" consists of.

    Andromeda won in 2016, which seems even more appropriate for a Longevity award.

    HD 6x0 won what was effectively a longevity award in 2015.
     
  18. Merrick

    Merrick A lidless ear

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    I believe the Open was available to the unwashed masses early in the following year.
     
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    Merrick A lidless ear

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    What did I miss? I haven’t kept up and don’t know anything about redesigned 600/650s.
     

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