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  1. I actually enjoyed what Grover Neville was writing there. My general beef with most reviewers out there is that none have the technical expertise to call out mfg's on their bullshit. At best they might give less-than-max stars and tell that the product might satisfy someone out there. Rtings is doing a decent job at reviewing cans, but their focus is the consumer market. I tried to kinda replicate Tyll's style to some degree when I was reviewing stuff for Sonarworks, but well... they too turned to consumers for the pie in the sky.

  2. 1 hour ago, catscratch said:

    Didn't realize they were SonarWorks and you were with them - nice! Would have looked up myself otherwise.

    Yeah, best job I've ever had! Saw the company grow from 5 people to 50. And how many jobs out there expose you to almost all of the headphones that matter? Sadly, we had to part ways...

    1 hour ago, catscratch said:

    I sanity check measurements too, by using a test tone generator to listen to the FR by ear.

    We tried it as well. It's a decent method to find out resonances, but for lower Q stuff it's pretty much useless. Generally you need a good set of ears to match the EQ to a known neutral speaker system. That way you can get to a target curve that actually makes sense. Harman did it this way and so did we.

  3. For your viewing pleasure.

    Elear

    Elear.png.d78f69dbf39a3bdf7f6db830d0415436.png

    Clear

    Clear.png.5c6e05d128ce42b34d20c041e86ffb5a.png

    Utopia

    Utopia.png.c64c589bb735785705808d33921e8aeb.png

    Sennheiser HD650

    HD650.png.093eaa0defdf07bb859e10489847cccc.png

    All measurements were performed by Sonarworks. They do DSP-based headphone and speaker calibration. During the 5 years I was with the company I can say that even now they're hard to beat in terms of headphone measurements. Mostly due to the fact that all measurement curves are checked by audio engineer ears so that they make the headphones sound as close as possible to a known tonal reference.

    All of these curves are averaged from at least three different samples from the headphone in question. I can't tell much more about the actual method. Just make sure you only compare them to other Sonarworks curves.

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  4. 17 hours ago, ilikebananafudge said:

    What exactly do people dislike about the Utopias in comparison to the Clears?

    Here's Elear (which is similar to Clear in many ways):

    focal_elear-png.7779

    Here's Utopia:

    focal_utopia-png.7780

    The LF roll-off on the Utopia makes it sound leaner even if objectively it extends lower. It's like comparing sealed and ported box speakers.

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  5. 7 minutes ago, MASantos said:

    I got my case today. The power switch is rubbish and I'll try to get an illuminated pushbutton with European approval that fits the hole. 

    Hunting for power switches is a nightmare, unless you're willing to go with a bulgin vandal-proof type of thing. I'm mounting my power switch on the bottom plate near the faceplate, so you can reach under the amp and easily push the toggler switch.

    10 minutes ago, MASantos said:

    Does anyone know of nice looking 1/4 Jacks other than neutrik?

    This is also pretty okay - https://eu.mouser.com/ProductDetail/Amphenol-Audio/ACJM-MHOP?qs=t8VhaDIDl4uYvnn1Z02tXA%3D%3D

    But generally the choice isn't too big.

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