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About ilikebananafudge

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  • Birthday 11/14/1989

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    Tennis, Tea, Music
  • Location
    Boston-ish, MA
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  • Headphones
    Focal Utopia, Koss ESP/95X, Stax SR-Lambda (Normal Bias), Etymotic ER4XR
  • Headphone Amps
    HeadAmp Gilmore Lite Mk2, Mjolnir-refurbished SRM-1 Mk2
  • Sources
    Schiit Bifrost Multibit
  • Other Audio Gear
    Headamp Pico

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  1. Dramatic rendition of facebook drama. I've watched this more times than I care to admit: https://www.tiktok.com/@lubalin/video/6911781218799471877?lang=en&sender_device=pc&sender_web_id=6912486033939023366&is_from_webapp=v1
  2. I agree with your assessment about the Utopias and the GL2, catscratch. I'm really enjoying the pairing and I think I'll park here for a while in terms of gear. I ended up buying the Astrodyne a while ago to tide me over until the HeadAmp LPS arrived, and while the Astrodyne is an improvement over the stock switcher, the LPS is much better than the Astrodyne. The Astrodyne smoothed out the edges a bit and improved the bass response, but it sounded kind of compressed and distant, which the LPS completely solves.
  3. Another crazy deal at Adorama for some Etymotics—the ER2SEs are $59: https://www.adorama.com/etyer2se.html?emailprice=t&sterm&br=1 I own these and the ER4XRs and while I like the ER4XRs a little better, the ER2SEs are damn good, and at this price they're a ridiculous value.
  4. New $549 over-ear headphones from Apple: https://www.apple.com/airpods-max/
  5. https://www.ebay.com/itm/HeadAmp-Gilmore-Lite-Headphone-Amplifier-/184552802883?_trksid=p2349624.m46890.l49292 Old Gilmore Lite currently at $99 on ebay, ending tonight.
  6. Koss ESP/95X are on sale for $390 https://drop.com/buy/massdrop-x-koss-esp-95x-electrostatic-system
  7. Why's that? EQing—whether through hardware or software—is relatively simple. It seems to provide a way to modify the frequency response of headphones that are technically competent but sonically unbalanced. For example, I like many of the attributes of the Koss ESP/95X, but they certainly benefit from a bit of EQ (in my opinion). And I don't use EQ on my Utopias, but that would seem to be a possible solution for many HCers that want to tame their treble and boost the bass a bit.
  8. Etymotic ER4XR are $160 at Adorama: https://www.adorama.com/etyer4xr.html?emailprice=t&sterm
  9. Ah, the impossible balancing act between having compassion for all humans and minimizing personal suffering by decreasing unwanted social interactions. What are we to do?
  10. Also, I just looked in the discussion thread for the Massdrop x Focal Elex and I noticed that some people were complaining about driver failures. One of the employees posted this update recently: This makes me think that some Elex headphones were also wired incorrectly, causing them to have the same reverberation that I was hearing with the Utopias.
  11. Just got my repaired Utopias back—both drivers were replaced and now they sound a bit different than they did before. Previously, they had a strange reverberation to the sound, which was especially noticeable in the bass. I've been in touch with the people I bought them from and apparently some recently manufactured Utopias were wired incorrectly, causing them to have the strange reverberation and making them more likely to fail. I thought that was just the way that Utopias sounded and I got used to it, but I definitely prefer them without that "feature".
  12. Focal just announced new closed-back headphones made in partnership with Bentley (?). They use the Aluminum/Magnesium dome and retail is $1299.
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