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  1. givemetacos

    Monoprice Monolith THX 887 - Impressions Thread

    Nice, it sounds like we have very similar goals and tastes. I too have Mimby, ZDT Jr, and JBL 305s. I also have a few ZMFs with Verite closed being my next one (I currently have a VC review unit). I've also heard LP, MJ2, and Crack+Speedball. All great amps in their own way. Oh and I'm also on...
  2. givemetacos

    Monoprice Monolith THX 887 - Impressions Thread

    Thanks for the detailed comparisons! I'm not a big solid state person and mostly go with tubes, but I also want to have a good solid state on hand when I can't be bothered to deal with tubes. Your impressions of RME are pretty in line with how I feel about it. I sort of just feel it is "fine"...
  3. givemetacos

    Monoprice Monolith THX 887 - Impressions Thread

    How do you feel the 887 compares to RME's built-in head amp?
  4. givemetacos

    Vokyl Erupt Prototype Feedback Tour

    I'm "I_want_all_the_tacos" on reddit. I'm definitely interested in participating in this tour. I'm currently living in San Diego, CA. Thanks for reaching out!
  5. givemetacos

    Massdrop x Eddie Current ZDT Jr. impressions thread

    Yeah looking back at my very first e-mail update from MD on this they said "you and 226 others..." so that is pretty specific that they sold 227 of these in that drop. And I agree that I wouldn't be surprised if something like 10-20% of those orders got cancelled. But since the production time...
  6. givemetacos

    Massdrop x Eddie Current ZDT Jr. impressions thread

    It seems like a number of people have already received theirs last week or this week. Mine doesn't to appear to have even shipped yet. Anyone else in the drop that hasn't gotten any shipping notifications?
  7. givemetacos

    = HiFiMAN HE-560 Impressions & Discussion Thread =

    Yeah all this drama between here, the other site, slickdeals, reddit, and not one person has showed any pics of this headphone? Also, I know people are making HE-560 comparisons but is it possible HE-560 had revisions over time? We all know HE-400i had silent revisions that affected the sound...
  8. givemetacos

    ATTICUS and EIKON, the new dynamic driver headphones from ZMF

    Nice, that should be a pretty sweet setup. Please report impressions when you get a chance.
  9. givemetacos

    ATTICUS and EIKON, the new dynamic driver headphones from ZMF

    As a counterpoint, R2R 11 is about the one amp I just don't care for with Atticus. I find it overly warm and congested compared to my other amps. For $700 budget there's a lot of solid options. I really like it with my Valhalla 2. I also enjoyed Atticus on Massdrop CTH as well as Lyr 3. I have...
  10. givemetacos

    South East Michigan meet?

    Wow, that is an impressive list. I don't even know what to say, I'm floored at your generosity to share all that gear with us. And don't worry about not featuring this meet, this was honestly not even meant to be an official Heaf-fi meet. It seemed like the past organizers weren't sure of how...
  11. givemetacos

    ZMF Auteur Thread

    Alrite people, I think I just figured out an Auteur vs Eikon pad "cheat sheet" for those still confused. This isn't going to be 100% true for all pairs, but so far from the 2 Auteurs I have had and from the photos I have seen posted, I think this holds mostly true. Zach is right about looking at...
  12. givemetacos

    South East Michigan meet?

    Cool, I'll mark you as interested. Since I would just be hosting this at my apartment this would be a really casual gathering. And since I am a grad student I have no set schedule really and I would be down to do this on a weekday evening if that is any easier for people.
  13. givemetacos

    Stax SR-L300 Impressions Thread

    Could you do a direct comparison of L300 vs L300L with both your 252S as well as your SRD7 setup?
  14. givemetacos

    ATTICUS and EIKON, the new dynamic driver headphones from ZMF

    Thanks for the comparison impressions! It is great to hear that Atticus and Lyr 3 are a solid pairing. So far every comparison of MCTH vs Lyr 3 I have seen says both are great amps, but the Lyr 3 always wins out for every headphone pairing. Now I'm just waiting to see how Monolith Cavalli Liquid...
  15. givemetacos

    ZMF Auteur Thread

    Yeah Audeze being planar is meant to have linear bass from sub to mid. In doing so, it is tight, controlled, and fast. But it doesn't impact and slam like dynamics that tend to have a wider bump across mid-bass. I will often add a little bass boost to LCD2C as well as a significant upper mid/low...
  16. givemetacos

    ZMF Auteur Thread

    Yup, I was doing side-by-side comparisons of Auteur with my LCD2C. With the Eikon pads the bass quantity and quality was pretty damn close. I think because of how tightly LCD2C clamps the seal is insane (you can hear a crinkle in the drivers when moving the pads) and that helps give a small...
  17. givemetacos

    ZMF Auteur Thread

    I really don't see the similarities in any of the Focal stuff and HD650 personally. That "super HD650" title is strange to me. Granted I haven't heard the Elex, but I do own Elear and have auditioned Elear, Clear, and Utopia side-by-side. I have also EQ'd the Elear to fix the wonky tonal...
  18. givemetacos

    ZMF Auteur Thread

    So I've only heard 2 Auteurs now and both have been Padauk haha. I know on Zach's wood chart Padauk and Blackwood are right next to each other so I'm assuming they are pretty close to Blackwood, or at least closer to Blackwood than to Teak.
  19. givemetacos

    ZMF Auteur Thread

    Yep, that little bit of wood reverb keeps that decay just enough to feel so sweet and smooth in the vocals. I definitely love vocals on Auteur as it is much more mid forward than say my HD800, LCD2C, and Elear. It really has that same type of mid magic as the HD6x0s. I'll add a vanity pic:
  20. givemetacos

    The Stax Thread III

    Oh would you mind giving a comparison of SR404LE and L700?
  21. givemetacos

    Focal Clear headphones

    Curious how you would rank soundstage among those same headphones (Clear, AFO, LCD2C, HE4XX)? Or maybe HE-400i as substitute if you haven't heard HE4XX.
  22. givemetacos

    Focal Clear headphones

    Incredible setup. Would you mind comparing SR-009 with the Focals (Clear and Utopia)? I have auditioned both Clear and Utopia and own some Stax lambdas, but haven't heard the Omegas. With all those headphones being detailed oriented and very clear and transparent, is the biggest difference the...
  23. givemetacos

    The Stax Thread III

    So that is true, but it is the MEASURING of SPL with headphones that is quite tricky and presents many challenges. There is always going to be some uncertainty and error. The way I personally do it is I use a cheap sound level meter ($20) and have a cardboard plate with a hole poked in the...
  24. givemetacos

    The Stax Thread III

    Scientist checking in here, and this statement is not true and a potentially dangerous line of thinking. The reason you get hearing damage from loud sounds is because of the sound pressure level. Since sound travels through air waves, louder volumes are pushing more air regardless of how...
  25. givemetacos

    The Stax Thread III

    Did taping the L300 driver housing have an audible impact on bass response, or did it just mostly show up in measurements only? Did you feel added sub-bass weight?
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