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Discussion in 'Tales from the Bully Pulpit' started by Joh, Sep 26, 2015.

  1. GoodSchiit

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    Hi all, Richard here and as my forum name implies, I enjoy Schiit products value and performance wise. I have lurked here for a while learning and want to stream line my system over time.

    Current set up:

    Schiit Asgard 2, Mani preamp, UTurn turntable and a few different powered speakers. Sennheiser 598 headphones and Cardas IE8 in ear monitors.

    I ordered a Jotunheim today to use with my MacBook Pro with FLAC files and a Pono in Balanced Mode. Eventually, I'd like to get a pair of studio monitors with XLR's and a Subwoofer to work with the new Headphone Amp/DAC.

    It looks like I've got some more reading and learning to do.

    Cheers!
     
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  2. Hogcryat

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    Hi guys, just registered.

    I consider myself to have a bit of experience in open headphones (yes I have no closed cans, other than my first and crappy headphone) but no experience whatsoever in terms of DAC and amplifiers, so I am keen to learn here. I have currently: Beyerdynamic Amiron Home (main), AudioQuest Nighthawk, Sennheiser HD598, Philips Fidelio X1, Beyerdynamic DT990 600ohm, Audio Technica PRO5MK2. Gear: TEAC UD-301 + TEAC HA-501 (Looking to upgrade them, only got them some time ago because they are on sale and really cheap, heard good things about them in HF but some places say otherwise. Don't think they are good enough after auditioning some more expensive gear). There are so many choices and don't know what to choose.

    My best yet worst effort at describing my audio preferences ;):
    A warm tilt and powerful bass, otherwise neutral. Don't like sibilance at all (while many refer to what I call sibilance, details), but do like to hear details and good dynamics. Most importantly, feel the music, after all this is what all these money are spent for in my eyes.
     
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  3. fuzzychaos

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    Hi all, I am a new member here. I'm interested in all things related to audio, from IEM's and portable gear to home systems. As far as IEM's go, I have owned Shure 846's, Westone W60's, Westone W4r's, Massdrop Noble X's, and Massdrop Plus'. I'd really like to check out Campfire (especially Andromeda's), The Noble Kaiser 10's and Periodic Be's (which I currently have ordered). For source, I usually use my iPhone (I know, I know) and Tidal. I've only tried the Fiio X5 as a source, but I am interested in discussing others as well. I'm somewhat active on Head-Fi and more active on the bass forum Talkbass.

    I work in IT and love all things tech.

    I look forward to learning and discussing audio with you all.
     
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  4. themusiccat

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    Hello all, new member. Have previously been a lot more of a lurker but trying to open up into discussion now that I have owned and auditioned a lot more headphones, especially endgame ones. Mostly a headphone guy but I do own a few low end IEM's and a pair of decent speakers. My current daily driver is the Stax L300 - I just tried the L300 Limited for a couple of weeks but I didn't like it's signature so I sent it back. Instead I'll be looking for a companion to the 300's.

    I mostly listen to classical, soundtracks, and a bit of rock. Source is f2k and I'm trying to setup cloud-syncing through OneDrive so I can ditch spotify - though I fear I may still keep it. I love to discuss the science and details of audio, but at the end of the day I'm looking for what sounds best to me, which is a very interesting battle of subjective and objective. Nice to meet you all!
     
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  5. Richard Depiction

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    Hi, Richard here. Long time lurker, first time poster. Currently rocking Yggdrasil into Valhalla 2 into HD600s. So happy with this setup that I doubt I'll change it, but temptation is a bitch.
     
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  6. Alcophone

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    Hello audio furrends! There, I started out by annoying @winders (Hey man! I enjoyed the thread about your new custom preamp!), while simultaneously demonstrating my deference (defurence?) to @purr1n. I should fit right in. :)

    I have been active on Head-Fi for almost a year now, but keep finding interesting discussions here that are missing there, despite Head-Fi's best efforts to hide them. While I plan on continuing in lurk mode for a bit, I look forward to eventually posting more, hopefully participating in a meet, and maybe even having the honor of being included in the loaner program. Though my measurement capabilities are currently limited to what my Kill-a-Watt can do.

    I have always cared about audio on some level, but only got more serious a little over a year ago, when my first much lauded pair of headphones (ATH-M50x) started falling apart. I made an appointment at Audio Vision SF, courageously declared my budget to be $1000, but disliked the three pairs I tried. I was finally shown the Focal Elear and was blown away at the time. That lead me to the Focal Listen, which is simply amazing for the $250 it costs. I enjoyed the improvement in how my music sounded so much that I got really curious about how much better it can get. One audio show, two meets and thousands of spent dollars later I find myself rather happy with my headphone setup at work, with significant room for improvement in my home headphone and speaker systems.

    While I have firmly established myself as the crazy audio nerd at work, with fancy silver cables and a 25 lbs DAC, I still have lots to learn and try, which I do with a mixture of skepticism and gullibility.

    Thanks for having me!
     
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  7. airdough

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    Hi my name is Aaron,

    Long time audiophile (or at least wannna-be). Mainly into 2 channel stereo systems, had a set of Magnepan 1.6QRs powered by a tube amp, had to downsize due to 4 kids (Maggies and kids don't mix), so I now have a set of B&W CM1 bookshelf speakers that barely scratch the itch. Have been pursuing headphones in an attempt to get that sweet Maggie like sound in a smaller form factor that I can tuck away from destructive little toddler hands.

    Currently have the following cans: Sennheiser HD650 (my first intro into mid-fi headphones), Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro 80 (actually gave these away because I hated them), Oppo PM-3, LCD-2 Fazor, and just bought a set of Sennheiser HD800s that I cant wait to hear. I debated between the Focal Clear and these, but I love my HD650s so I just went with what I know.

    Have a Topping D10 and a Darkvoice 336se, as well as an iFi iDSD Black. I love the tube sounds, so a Woo Audio WA22 or an Eddie Current Balancing Act is on the want list. Also have been considering a Schiit Mjolnir 2 lately.


    Anyways, I am from San Diego, and am a Computer Engineer by degree and profession. Was part of the Audio Engineering Society in College where I built crappy amplifiers for fun :) Also was big into car stereos when I was younger, but I am getting too old to do the subwoofer thing anymore. I used to love it, but now when one of these young kids rolls up next to me bumping his Kanye, it just drives me nuts :)

    New to this forum, have been lurking around Head-fi for a while, and Audiogon...but lots of good info here.
     
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  8. BeerNuts

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    Sup Guys, I am a digital nomad. I was recently in Tokyo so I had a chance to demo out some really nice gear and took a big leap into the audio world. I visited E-earphones and grabbed a used mint Andromeda, Sony NW-ZX300, and 4.4 balanced cable. Tax free, conversion, and used pricing is a godsend for buying gear. The posts on this forum are what lead me to my purchases so I am happy to be able to join in the discussion now.
     
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  10. Fickl3

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    After years of lurking I've decided to finally register. Got tired of all the fluff and misinformation given @ HF. I want to thank the forum moderators for keeping such a wealth of information clean & concise - hopefully I can provide something of value to the community here.

    Current setup is: Toslink > Audioengine D1 > Schiit Lyr 2 > HD650 and Sony ZX2 > Sony EX1000. Looking to get a pair of Andros soon to compare.

    I'm located in Raleigh, NC so unfortunately there aren't any places to demo units aside from meetups in Charlotte etc. This forum has proved invaluable in sifting through the snake oil that is ever-present in the industry. For that i'm thankful.
     
  11. Raicorl

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    3 Months lurker. Since I am a big bang for bucks type I started out with cheap amp, dac made in China (fx audio x6 then aune x7s, not a good experience tho) according to 'see review' + r/headphones. After I scroll through that sub, their ideology did not quite suit for me, then I found SBAF and have a new fresh start with eitr+Modi Multibit (shipping+tax doesn't make it budget option at-all lol)

    The differences were quite noticeable, and I already love my used HD650 before I even get those stacks. then I decided to make my first purchase, MCTH from massdrop. Even tho the sound is good for my preference, it add up my power nervosa
    my Eitr drop-out like 2-3 times per day. After I tried to seperate the wall outlet it gets better but not 100% then my nephew suggest me to buy power conditioner. It sounds crazy enough that I need to buy things that looks like snake oil to me but it just work! I have no idea why.

    Finally I end up bought LPS from aliexpress to upgrade my amp, and luckily I found some cheap Pangea cables/ usb in Thailand. Since I thave really low experience in gears so once again I follow SBAF and marv suggestion. The scratching sound from volume pot that start to develop in MCTH suddenly went away as soon as I replace Pangea IC!

    I would like to thank you this community to give us insights or else it would be trial and error that cost too much $$. I might even stopped at x6 and aune x7s. without the chance to hear better gears.

    Sorry for bad English.
     
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  12. psuKinger

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    Hello all. Long-time AVS-forums "home theater" movies / 2.1 music / "whole home audio" guy, who is just recently (and I really do mean *just recently*) taking an keen interest in personal (headphones) HiFi.

    I joined the (almost closed) Fostex TR-X00 massdrop on Friday morning 6/15 after much deliberation... and within an hour of pulling the trigger, the Sennheiser HD 6XX's that I'd been waiting on for at least a month dropped, so I pulled the trigger on them too! So I've kind of jumped in head-first here, even if I'm not yet playing in the deepest of deep ends...

    I've pretty much made up my mind that I'm going to bypass a few more wallet-friendly options like the Modi/Magni stack or the O2/ODAC and just "go straight for a Jotunheim" right out the gate. I've made the mistake, on more than 1 occassion, of "dipping my toe in" to things at an "entry level" that I really get into, and then I end up rebuying gear quickly/rapidly to pull everything up to at least a "mid-fi" level. I made that mistake with subwoofers, Front L-R speakers, "main" living room television (3x), etc, and I want to try to at least alleviate, if not avoid that, this time around with a headphone DAC/AMP. I've been scowering the "schiit jotunheim impressions" thread on here (read almost 30 of the 78 pages so far). I *really* like the aesthetic (and WAF, as I hope to post up in our new Sunroom addition with them) of a 1-box combo and I'm trying to figure out what to do with regard to the $100 balanced or $200 multi-bit options... my budget isn't quite exhausted yet but is starting to wear a little thin (at least near-term), and when I first set out to select a DAC/AMP for my new headphones I intended to pay considerably less than $600... definitely looking for any/all input advice as to either/both of the Jot DAC options from the community. The thread I mentioned before doesn't seem to have a lot positive to say about the $100 balanced one, which is disappointing to see (but good to hear honest input).

    When I'm not home theatering/whole home audioing, and at least until my new Fostex/Sennheiser's come, I'm usually watching some sports (big Baseball and Football guy, here), or having a beer, or spending time with my wife and kids... usually, I'm trying to simultaneously combine as many of those things into an afternoon/evening as I can, like George Costanza under the covers with a plate full of sandwiches and a mini TV... and excited to be a part of this community and learn from others that have a lot more knowledge/runtime with HiFi headphones than I do.
     
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  14. Lester Salazar

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    Hello new member here! just wanted to introduce myself new to the audio world trying to get a taste of what everybody in this forum were talking about. So much to h learn
     
  15. natemact

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    Ya so I think I'm good on lurking now. Figured if I held out for a couple more years I could've set or record or some shit...but I doubt it's a reward worth striving for. Would check in here for educational but largely entertainment purposes but rarely felt the need to post. So why even bother "coming out" 2 years later? What changed, right? I'm blaming my sudden burst of "gettin to know ya" on a recent DMT trip I experienced. Will change your life...or possibly send you to the loony bin. Six of one, or half a dozen of the other. Joe Rogan podcast ties in nicely here as well. Checkout both if you're an interesting person : )

    My experience in audio is deeply rooted in vinyl playback, open headphones, headamps and cables. Working in the industry for a local high-end 2ch dealer provided me with an upper hand in learning how to piece together a synergistic system, room acoustics, industry politics (yay!), plus helped big time in being able to actually afford to change up my gear on the reg. I've kind of ran the circuit by starting with 2ch, turning to headphones and then on to daps and iems. Strictly a vinyl guy for roughly the last 10 years but just recently sold the entire rig to go file based....now just gotta sell my vinyl. The whole thing's blasphemous, I realize. Never thought I'd see the day I gave up on the black V (whaaa?) as I was a huge proponent for it over digital throughout my career but file based isn't the large step off vinyl it once was plus that convenience, I mean come on we got shit to do! My first desktop dac was a Eximus DP-1 but no matter what I did - sources, I2S, inputs, cables - it couldn't get anywhere close to my vinyl rig at the time. So I wrote off digital.

    Well, that was then and clearly digital has progressed exponentially, pretty much now laying waste to the once raging analog vs digital debate. What I didn't see coming in my format switch was how much I would enjoy a transportable solution. Being able to take my music around the house allowed me to listen a lot more. Unrelated to transportable but still digital vs vinyl, record prices are goddamn ridic now. A years worth if Tidal buys you like 7 new records on my internet.

    So I now use a Ibasso DX200 with Empire Ears Phantoms and in retrospect, wish I did it sooner. Years ago I had the DX100 with JH13FP w/OCC silver cable but wasn't all that impressed, but the 200 with Phantoms is leagues better. Coming from 2ch I had no clue such hi-end sound was capable for only $3K! For a reference prior to selling it all my last system consisted of Utopia's driven by a CMA800R hooked up to a synergistic $10K CAD vinyl rig with Cardas Clear cabling prior. Not bringing this up to showcase or brag at all - plus there's no braggin about a $10K vinyl rig - just to show that I was used to a fairly decent resolving system and that the DX200/Phantom combo can get me just as lost in the music for roughly 1/7 the price is stupidly high praise. In some ways I actually prefer the Phantoms to the Utopias. Easier to hear the boundaries of studios as well as mic placement with iems as an example.

    Anyway, I'm here mostly due to the fact that I find myself shaking my head too often elsewhere...plus you can curse out your arse here! Much like Kramer in Dr. Tim Whatley's office, I like to let the expletives fly when chattin' gear.
     
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    Hello, I'm just some rando who has weird tastes in music and certain headphone/speaker sound signatures.
     
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    I've owned HD600, HD700s, se425, XBA4s.
    Now i have upgradeitis again =/
     
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    Hi all I am Johan,

    I have been lurking mostly the last few years on several communities.

    What I like about SBAF is the no nonsense attitude and unbiased (mostly) reviews and measurements.

    I have been busy with high end audio for most of my life. Mainly through vintage equipment. That first started out 30 years ago due to lack of funds but now has become the hobby. I only collect vintage audio that can be seen as high end.

    I currently must have 15+ tube amps, loads of vintage tubes and several sets of speakers (also vintage cinema setups) and CD players which I enjoy immensely.

    Though the years I had lots more audio stuff passing through.

    My current DAC is a USB I2S>PCM converted Marantz CD94 which has dual TDA1541 S1 chips.
    It sounds fantastic, but reading about the YGGY2, Soekris and other DACS I am now considering buying something new.

    I have limited experience with listening to modern DACS in my home environment. Mostly I found them too edgy in the highs, sometimes fatiguing. I like the TDA1541 sound.

    I would be very much interested in opinions how modern multibit DACS would measure up to my current set up.
    I hope someone here has done something similar with the TDA1541a.

    Listening to headphones is less my thing as I miss the room acoustics and feel a bit claustrophobic with cans on long time.

    Looking forward to interacting with you all!
     
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  19. Blake

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    Greetings. I am a long-time member over on ComputerAudiophile, participate a bit on Head-Fi (but really only the music subforums these days). Discovered this site a while back when researching the Yggdrasil. I ordered the Yggdrasil A2 based on reviews on this site and I am very happy with the purchase.

    Setup:
    Home: UltraRendu (Roon) + Uptone LPS-1.2 | Berkeley Alpha USB | Schiit Yggdrasil Analog 2 | Jeff Rowland Capri | Blue Circle Audio BC202 | Revel Ultima Gem speakers | 2 x Revel Performa3 B112 subwoofers (other stuff: Sablon/Siltech/MG Audio/GIK Panels/Stillpoints/Blue Circle Conditioners). Headphones: Cavalli Liquid Carbon > HD800/Meze 99

    Desktop at Work: PC > Lightspeed > Iso Regen + Uptone LPS-1 > Schiit Bifrost Multibit | Luminous Audio Axiom II pre | Job/Goldmund 225 amp | Gallo Strada 2 | Elac S10 sub

    Also just bought a cheap turntable (ProJect) that I am having some fun with.

    Oh, and I really don't like Amir Thought I should disclose that.

    I mostly listen to electronic music (of the more obscure "undeground" variety- don't care much for the fist bumping commercial stuff), and some alt/goth/punk/black metal.
     
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    @Blake I see some Blue Circle gear in there. Great stuff. I've owned in the past. Rarely seen outside of Kranada. Shit, rarely seen inside too
     

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