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I tend to love HBB's video reviews and sound quality preferences. He's a basshead for sure 💪 but also appreciates a well-rounded IEM regardless of price, and he doesn't review every IEM positively despite being sent free ones for review. Definitely not a FOTM reviewer which I appreciate!
I backed the R3 DAP based on his review/preview and it's a great little player (musical, not analytical) - the MSEB is something I wish I could have on every device.
I've been eyeballing the DMGs now since he posted this vid.
Hawaiibadboy started the basshead IEM and basshead headphone threads on head fi. He's not as active there anymore (I don't think?) He's got a history in building crazy car audio systems so he truly knows bass. Then he started doing the reviews on IEMs and DAPs. I just like that he's no BS or fluff, and won't give a recommendation to just any product he receives for review. And my sound signature tastes align with what he likes so I tend to trust his reviews and recommendations.
Edit--sorry for duplicate post. Thought my original post didn't go through.
After watching the reviews from HBB I’m fairly certain I’ll be giving these a go. I build car audio systems and believe me they aren’t all about bringing the bass. The type of sound possible from the highest end reference cans are what we’re used to with even mediocre speakers and a decent DSP. The final result.....good or bad hinges on the install and the final tuning.
Thanks for the reply. I knew he used to build car audio systems from the basshead IEM/headphones threads . I have bought some IEMs and headphones listed on both those threads and haven't been disappointed. I've found that anything he recommends falls right in my wheelhouse. I prefer warm, bassy, musical over analytical or bright.
From the basshead cans thread that he started:
Q) Who are you?
A) I'm a former Car Audio IASCA dB drag competitor. I am pure-breed basshead. I'm used to measuring things. Words like "Cannon" mean nothing to me without some visual proof.
Low frequency audio signals will give you that visual.
Charts, and words like separation,staging, are not of interest to me. A typical mastered Hip-Hop track is going to live along the "V" response anyway.
I never read that thread. While I'm also in the car audio business myself.....not a basshead as I prefer accurate sound......I prefer a non anylitical sound with plenty of punchy bass when it's in the music. Car audio gets a bad rap with most thinking it's all about BOom BoOM BOOM RAttLE Rattle. Being an installer I see BOTH sides of the industry and deal with every type of customer there is.
This is probably why I've taken more of an interest to headphones of late. Being around loud music and power tools and people yelling it's nice to slip into your own personal cocoon of sound. Even playing my own loud speaker system doesn't give me the peace headphones and iems give me. I should be receiving the BGVP DMG based on Bad Guys recommendation so we'll see how much our tastes align. He didn't like the KZ ZS10 while I do. But I can see why when comparing them to the AS10 and the DMG.....and now the DM6 which he says is the BEST he's ever heard. Watch the review if you havent.....his rant is hilarious and aligns with my beliefs about sound reproduction.
I actually watched the DM6 review today. He definitely went off on a rant/rave about them! But that's why I like his reviews. No fluff no BS, cares less about the data and technical stuff than how it actually sounds. Of course now I'm curious about those too (the DMG are just as good as he says). But massdrop is doing the meze 99 classic headphone drop soon and I'm a sucker for wood and dynamic drivers together. Agh.
Random question-- any car manufacturer make a stock sound system that you think is on point? Like Lexus has Levinson audio, Toyota has JBL, etc. I actually like the JBL system in my 4runner more than the ELS in my old acura. Just curious.
Someone get him a better camera all his vids make me dizzy with all the focus issues.