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About ilikebananafudge

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  • Birthday 11/14/1989

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    Boston-ish, MA
  • Interests
    Tennis, Tea, Music
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  • Headphones
    Focal Utopia, Focal Clear, Focal Elegia, Audeze LCD-2 (pre-Fazor), Koss ESP/95X, Stax SR-Lambda (Normal Bias)
  • Headphone Amps
    HeadAmp Gilmore Lite Mk2, Schiit Lyr 2, Mjolnir-refurbished SRM-1 Mk2
  • Sources
    Schiit Bifrost Multibit, Parasound DAC 1500
  • Other Audio Gear
    Headamp Pico

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  1. Spritzer, these posts make me feel like I should only ever buy amps from you or Justin. Edit: forgot to include ecp audio!
  2. I hope they make all of Tyll's measurements available somewhere...
  3. I agree with almost all of your impressions on the Utopia v Clear, except for the tonal balance (as I mentioned above). Also, while I agree that the Clear has a bit more bass overall, I think the Utopia do a better job with sub-bass. It's interesting, I don't really get fatigue from listening to headphones anymore. I used to back in college, but as I've gotten nicer and nicer headphones and gear I've consistently lowered my listening volume. I think I used to turn it up when I wanted to hear all of the details, but now they're all there even at low volumes—especially with the Utopias and my estats. Have you tried the Koss ESP/950 or ESP/95X? I feel like they have a pretty similar sonic signature to the HD650s, but they're quite a bit more resolving. Also, because of their plastic construction they're light as a feather so they're pretty comfy (to me, at least).
  4. Oh, gotcha. I definitely understand the value argument—they're both great headphones that aren't too dissimilar.
  5. The general consensus on this site seems to be that the Clears have better tonal balance and fewer flaws than the Utopia, but I recently got the Utopias and I definitely prefer them over the Clears. I find them to have better dynamics, clarity, and speed with a similar tonal balance (a little brighter, but still relatively warm, at least compared to my Lambda NBs). What exactly do people dislike about the Utopias in comparison to the Clears?
  6. I have flat (15mm thick all the way around), all-leather Vesper pads with fast-fill foam that I'm really enjoying. I find them much more comfortable than the stock pads and I think they emphasize the bass a bit. As for the amp, I have a re-capped SRM-1 Mk2 that I like, especially when fed with the pre-amp output of my Gilmore Lite Mk2. I also like the ESPs a lot better since I removed the foam on the baffle under the earpads. I think it makes them sound less muffled and more alive, especially in the treble.
  7. I recently removed the damping inside the earpads based on this thread and conversations with PolloLoco, and I'm surprised at how much of a difference it makes. They definitely sound more lively and it's a welcome change. When I first bought these I didn't understand the hype, but now I get it.
  8. If a siren sings and no one else is around does it even make a sound?
  9. As a group of veteran audiophiles who have repeatedly espoused the sentiment that "end-game is the point of the game", I'm curious what that actually looks like. What air vibrators consistently end up strapped to your noggin? Or have you all abandoned headphones in favor of speakers and whiskey?
  10. Thanks for the info, I'll look into that!
  11. I recently bought a pair of SR-Lambda NB headphones on ebay and they're missing the wool dampening behind the driver. I've tried searching here and on HF, but I can't seem to find a good source for this stuff. Does anyone know where I can get some replacement wool? Or something that replicates the effect of the original foam?
  12. I got curious and I dug around on HF for a while and found these posts that imply that the Base Station can be used interchangeably with the Desktop Power Supply, so it looks like your guess was correct!
  13. That's a good point. I haven't been able to find detailed technical specifications on the Base Station, so I'm not sure about this. I suppose I could buy the Base Station, determine the pin-out with my multimeter, and then see if anyone would be willing to build a cable? I'm such a cheapskate that I'm afraid of wasting the money if it doesn't work and I don't want to create extra work for anyone. Plus, the Gilmore sounds quite excellent as it is ! I'll probably just enjoy it for now and wait for Justin to come out with a dedicated power supply and then snap that up.
  14. Thanks Pars. Using the Wayback Machine, I visited the 2005 version of HeadRoom's website (throwback!) and found the user manual for the Supreme amp, which states that the Base Station outputs +/-15V DC, so that's good. The problem now is the cable. Justin sent me a picture for the required input into the GL2, but I can't find info for the Base Station. It looks like both connections are 5pin DIN (240 degree version), but I can't verify the pin out on both ends. Since I don't know how to make DIY cables, I'll probably pass on this. If anyone else is interested here is the listing for the Base Station: https://www.ebay.com/itm/HeadRoom-Base-Station-Four-Linear-Power-Supply-AS-IS-Power-Function-Only/323940874293?hash=item4b6c617835:g:00gAAOSw7t9dm4Sl
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