A1Gear
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Too much stress in my life. Might be time to get a puppy (fam allergic to cats, welp). Anybody knows of any "family & kid-friendly" breeds? Nov 20, 2017 at 11:19 PM

    1. A1Gear
      A1Gear
      Too much stress in my life. Might be time to get a puppy (fam allergic to cats, welp). Anybody knows of any "family & kid-friendly" breeds?
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      2. A1Gear
        A1Gear
        Thank you fellas for all the advice!
        I definitely need to start looking around my local shelters & find some humane dog breeders/vets.

        But mostly it's not just to have a less-boring & happier family atmosphere, in the house... it's also so that I can actually get my dumb lazy ass off the comfy chair & get a much needed exercise & cardio in the dog-park/backyard & also to get some good, fresh, winter air as well! :D
        Nov 21, 2017 at 7:22 AM
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      3. A1Gear
        A1Gear
        NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS!

        1) Finally finish-up the damn ManCave/House remodeling work inb4 the Winter starts!

        2) Build a new Gaming/Media PC, since I got almost all the parts bought, before New Year's.

        3) Find a great Puppy/Dog to adopt & spend time on.

        4) Enjoy the upcoming 2018 all the way up until Summer & only then: I MUST DUMP ALL MY SAVED UP CASH on Aficionado or Raggy V2 w/ LISST Tubes & the Remote!

        5) ???
        Nov 21, 2017 at 7:48 AM
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      4. DigMe
        DigMe
        6) Profit!
        Nov 21, 2017 at 8:19 AM
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    2. A1Gear
      A1Gear
      @spwath, Do you know what's the best X299 Mobo that's worth a buy for a newbie PC builder? Is Asus R6E still a buggy mess? Out of Stock too.
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      2. A1Gear
        A1Gear
        Anyways, I'll report back on the build-progress once all the Parts are on hand.

        Still need to look into that Liquid Metal Thermal compound, I've been advised on.

        Oh shit & a bunch of Drivers & Software/Hardware Test-Utilities as well... But that's, for sure, a Question for another time/week!
        Nov 17, 2017 at 1:52 PM
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      3. Riotvan
        Riotvan
        Good luck!
        Nov 17, 2017 at 2:02 PM
      4. Mdkaler
        Mdkaler
        Man this has become a pretty long thread haha.
        Some tests show Thermal Grizzly Conductonaut performs better than others.

        Good luck and have fun!
        Nov 17, 2017 at 2:45 PM
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    3. A1Gear
      A1Gear
      Would ECAF: Bi-Amped direct to Highs/Mids of 96dB/8Ω/1800Hz Towers w/ AF's SE-Outs (as Pre) to Vidar: for Lows—make sense & be a good combo?
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      3. A1Gear
        A1Gear
        Thank you for the link, Marv!

        I totally glanced over the fact that you used Vidar in your chain.

        It seemed a bit way over my head & too complex for me, at the time, when I first read how you set it all up.

        But it's starting to make more sense now!

        I'm trying to figure out between MiniDSP or DCX2496 for Low-end/Vidar duties (w/ Time-alignment/EQ & all).

        ECAf prolly is out of reach for me. Oh well, I can dream! :(
        Nov 14, 2017
      4. A1Gear
        A1Gear
        But since my low-efficiency Speakers are the best that I currently have in my home atm...
        I'm thinking: Maybe just getting the Raggy might still be a good alternative to Af... for the Highs/Mids duties, in conjunction w/ a Vidar w/ one of the DSP/EQ boxes?

        Or just run it direct if budget won't allow it.

        But I still have some catching-up to do after a hiatus, on both the Aficionado & Raggy/Vidar Threads.
        Ty @Marvey!
        Nov 14, 2017
    4. A1Gear
      A1Gear
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      2. Elnrik
        Elnrik
        I like his dry humor too
        Nov 13, 2017
    5. A1Gear
      A1Gear
      Is Newegg (direct) still the best/safest place to shop for: high-end PC parts? Anybody had some negative experience or got ripped-off there?
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      2. A1Gear
        A1Gear
        Ehh, $20 for 3 months. I'm gonna try it—in case I want to avoid restocking fees & get free shipping—if defects arise, 'till Jan 31st deadline.

        I'm definitely hopping on that new "Intel Optane 900P" (PCIe) SSD for a Boot Drive & the "Limited" Special Edition Corsair RAM kit, just cause I'm gullible enough to want that fancy/silly shit, though I prolly won't ever notice much difference IRL or while gaming, either way.
        Nov 11, 2017
      3. insidious meme
        insidious meme
        I don't think I've had an issue with Newegg at all. Doesn't hurt that their warehouse is not too far from my place.
        Nov 11, 2017
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      4. A1Gear
        A1Gear
        Alright, thank you fellas for the advice, Newegg it is!
        I'm gonna take the plunge and see how it all turns out & will report back (hopefully before New Year's) when it's all up & running!
        Y'all are more than welcome to chime in w/ any other advice & info! Thank you guys!

        BTW, here is my current Parts List, only 6 more parts left to Order, I saved the most expensive shit for last: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/wzNz2R
        Nov 11, 2017
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    Location:
    Chicago, IL
    ●●● AUDIO & VIDEO SETUP ●●●

    HEADPHONE COLLECTION:
    Sennheiser HD 800 S (Schwartz) (Cardas Clear & Q-Audio XLR)
    Sennheiser HD 800 (Cardas Clear & Q-Audio XLR)
    Audeze LCD-3 (Cardas Clear & Q-Audio XLR)
    HiFiMAN HE-6 (Q-Audio French Silk XLR)
    Sennheiser HD 650 (Q-Audio French Silk XLR)
    Sennheiser HD 600 (Q-Audio French Silk XLR)
    Philips Fidelio X2
    AKG K712 PRO


    HEADPHONE AMPLIFIERS:
    ● Schiit MJOLNIR 2 (w/ LISST & 6BZ7 Tubes) (Balanced Amplifier)
    Schiit JOTUNHEIM (Balanced Amplifier)
    HeadAmp GS-X MK-2 (Balanced Amplifier)
    Bryston BHA-1 (Balanced Amplifier)
    Creative Sound Blaster X7 (LE) (Amplifier)

    PASSIVE XLR & RCA SWITCHERS:

    Coleman Audio MS6R (1x6) (XLR Output Switcher)
    ● Jensen Iso-Max PC-2XR (XLR to RCA Transformer)
    ● Neutrik NADITBNC-MX (BNC to AES Ω Transformer)
    ProCo SwitchWitch (1x4) (XLR Output Switcher)

    ● Kramer VS-4X (4x1) (XLR Input Switcher)

    HEADPHONE & SPEAKER PRE-AMP's:
    Schiit FREYA (Balanced) (Fully Remote Controlled)
    (TUBE-Gain & Passive & JFET-SS-Buffer Pre-Amplifier)
    ● Schiit SAGA (SE) (Horizontally Bi-Amped w/ 4-Pole Speakers)
    (Fully Remote Controlled) (TUBE-Gain & Passive Pre-Amplifier)


    HEADPHONE & SPEAKER DAC's:
    Schiit YGGDRASIL (R2R Ladder & 2R String Hybrid) (R2R+OS+Multibit) (Balanced DAC)
    Schiit GUNGNIR (Gen 5 USB) (R2R+OS+Multibit) (Balanced DAC)
    Lynx E44 PCI-Express Sound Card (Pre-Amp & Balanced DAC)
    OPPO BDP-105 (Pre-Amp & Balanced DAC)
    Creative Sound Blaster X7 (LE) (5.1ch PreAmp & DAC)


    3D AUDIO HEADPHONE PROCESSOR:
    ● Smyth Research - Realiser A16 (Decoder / Processor / Emulator)
    (Supports: Dolby Atmos, Auro-3D, DTS-X, Legacy Dolby & DTS Formats)

    AES & S/PDIF - INTERFACES & CONVERTERS:
    ● Lynx E44 PCI-Express Sound Card (4x4) (AES & S/PDIF Audio Interface)

    ● iFi S/PDIF iPurifier (Digital Optical & Coaxial Audio Converter & Filter)

    USB SCHIIT / HUB / CONVERTERS:
    ● Schiit EITR (Gen 5 USB to SPDIF Converter w/ Full ESD & EMI Isolation w/ Built-in LPS)
    ● Schiit WYRD (USB DDC Interface w/ Clean 5V USB Bus Power Output)
    ● Kensington UH7000C (7-Port Powered USB v3.0 Hub)
    ● Corning USB v3 I/O Optical Data Cable (EMI/RF Isolator)
    ● Turtle Beach Audio Advantage Micro II (USB-to-S/PDIF)
    ● ViewHD (H2HARCi) Audio Extractor (HDMI-to-S/PDIF)


    SOURCE & MULTIMEDIA EQUIPMENT:
    CM Cosmos II (Custom-Built) (X299) PC
    Nvidia Shield Pro [500GB] (4K Media Player)
    OPPO BDP-105 (Blu-ray / NAS - Media Player)
    ● Sony - PlayStation 4 Pro [1TB] Console
    Microsoft - Xbox One X [1TB] Console

    WIRED (NAS) SERVER & HDD/SSD SETUP:

    ● Synology NAS Station (DS415+) (4-Bay) (2-LAN Wired)
    (CPU: Intel Atom Quad-Core 2.4GHz) (RAM: 2GB DDR3)
    ● HGST Deskstar NAS HDD [8TB] (4x 4TB) (2x RAID-1)
    ● Western Digital My Book HDD [4TB] (USB 3.0)
    ● Samsung T5 Portable SSD [2TB] (USB 3.1 Gen2)

    BALANCED AC & UPS EQUIPMENT:

    ● Furman P-2400 AR (True RMS Auto Voltage Regulation)
    (SMP & LiFT & EVS) (20A) (2400-Watts) (39-lbs)
    ● Furman P-2400 IT (Symmetrically Balanced AC Power)
    (SMP & LiFT & EVS) (20A) (2400-Watts) (90-lbs)
    ● APC (SURTA2200XL) (Double-Conversion Online) (UPS)
    (Pure Sine-Wave) (RT) (2.2kVA) (1.6kW) (61-lbs)


    DESK & CHAIRS & EQUIPMENT RACKS:
    ● Herman-Miller Envelop Desk w/ Dual Stage Electric
    Motors & Hydraulic Lifts - Height/Depth/Angle Adjustable
    ● Herman-Miller Embody Chair w/ Carbon Balance Fabric
    w/ Custom-made Articulating Leather (Pillow) Headrest
    ● Ekornes Stressless Dream Reclining Office Chair w/
    Royalin Amarone Leather & Walnut Wood Sides & Base
    ● Scandinavian Designs - Annua Work Table (Cherry)
    ● Scandinavian Designs - Arrosa Power Motion Recliner
    ● Sanus (SFA29B) 6-Shelf Glass & Metal Equipment Rack
    ● Sanus (EFA31-B1) Euro Series Modular Equipment Rack (x3)
    ● TaoTronics (Metal) LED Desk Lamp (Model: TT-DL16) (x2)

    CABLES & WIRES & ADAPTERS:

    ● BTG / Q-Audio (Q French Silk) XLR Cable & Adapters
    ● Blue Jeans Cable Speaker Wire (x5)
    ● Blue Jeans Cable RCA Interconnects (x5)
    ● Blue Jeans Cable Subwoofer Cable (x1)
    ● Mediabridge ULTRA Series HDMI Cables (x5)
    ● Accell UltraAV DisplayPort 1.2 Cables (x4)
    ● AudioQuest (Diamond) USB Cable (x1)
    ● AudioQuest (Colorado) Analog XLR Interconnects (x2)
    ● AudioQuest (Big Sur) 3.5mm-to-RCA Interconnects (x3)
    ● AudioQuest (Cinnamon) Cat-7 Ethernet Cable (x1)
    ● AudioQuest (VDM-1) Digital Coaxial Cable (x1)
    ● AudioQuest (Cinnamon) Digital Toslink Cable (x1)
    ● Mogami (Gold) (Neglex Star Quad) (Neutrik XLR) (x21)
    ● Mogami (Gold) AES/EBU Cable (Neutrik XLR) (x2)
    ● Mogami (Gold) S/PDIF Digital Cable (RCA) (x1)

    ●●● HOME THEATER SETUP ●●●

    ① 4K UHD-TV:
    SAMSUNG - UN55KS9000 (55") (4K-UHD) (60Hz) (HDR-10) SUHD-TV
    SANUS (HD-Pro XF228) (Full-Motion+) (TV Wall-Mount System)
    SONY - KDL-50W800B (50") (1080p) (60Hz) HDTV


    ② 2.1ch SPEAKERS & SUB:
    ● The BMR Philharmonitor (3-Way, 4-Pole, Passive) (Bookshelf, Curved, Cherry w/ Grills) (x2) (Dedicated Stereo Pair)
    SVS Ultra (2-Way, 4-Pole, Passive) (Bookshelf, Piano Gloss Black w/ Grills) (x2) (Dedicated Front L&R Pair for 5.1ch)
    Klipsch RP-250F (2-Way, 4-Pole, Passive) (Tower, Ebony w/ Grills) (x2) (Backup Stereo Pair)
    Vanatoo T1 (2-Way, Digital, Powered) (Bookshelf, Cherry w/ Grills) (x2) (Extra Stereo Pair)
    ————————————————————————————————————————————
    Klipsch R-112SW 12" Powered Subwoofer (x1) (Sub L&R-RCA Wire Swap w/ LFE 5.1ch Wire)

    ③ DUAL-MONO POWER AMPLIFIERS:
    ● Schiit VIDAR (Balanced Power Amplifier) (30-lbs) (x2)
    (400 Watts-Per-Channel @ 8 Ω in Dual-Monoblock Mode)


    5.1ch SPEAKERS & SUB:

    SVS Ultra Center Speaker (x1) (Channel: Center)
    SVS Ultra Bookshelf Speakers (x2) (Channel: Front Left & Right)
    Klipsch RP-250F Tower Speakers (x2) (Channel: Rear Left & Right)
    ———————————————————————————————
    Klipsch R-112SW 12" Powered Subwoofer (x1) (Channel: LFE)

    5 CHANNEL POWER AMPLIFIER:
    Emotiva XPA-5 Gen-2 (5 Channel Power Amplifier)
    (All-5ch-Driven = 200 Watts-Per-Channel @ 8 Ω) (70-lbs)


    A&V PROCESSOR & DAC & PRE-AMP:
    Marantz AV-7703 (A&V Processor & DAC & Pre-Amp) (Primary)
    Marantz SR-7009 (A&V Receiver & DAC & Power-Amp) (Back-Up)


    ●●● GAMING PC & HARDWARE SETUP ●●●


    ① GAMING PC [X299] SETUP: (BUILD IN-PROGRESS)
    Cooler Master COSMOS II (ATX Ultra Tower) CASE
    Intel i9-7900X (4.5GHz) (10-Cores) (Skylake-X) CPU
    ● EVGA GTX 1080 Ti KINGPIN (2025MHz) (11GB) GPU
    Asus Rampage VI Extreme (X299) (LGA-2066) MOBO
    Corsair 32GB D. P. (SE) T. (DDR4-3200) (4x8GB) RAM
    ● Intel Optane 900P (480GB) (PCIe x4) (Primary) SSD
    Samsung 850 PRO (1TB) (SATA-III) (Secondary) SSD
    Corsair AX1500i (1.5kW) (80 PLUS Ti / Modular) PSU
    ● Lynx E44 (PCIe x4) (AES3 & S/PDIF) Audio Interface
    ● Corsair Hydro H115i (280mm) CPU Liquid Cooling
    ● Arctic Silver 5 (Poly-Synthetic Silver) Thermal Paste
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro (64-bit) Operating System
    LG 12X SuperMulti (Blu-Ray & DVD) Reader & Burner
    Lamptron FC5V3-BK (6ch x 30W) LCD Fan Controller
    Thermaltake Commander F6 (6ch) LCD Fan Controller
    Noctua NF-F12 (iPPC-3000) (PWM) (120mm) Fan (x4)
    Noctua NF-A14 (iPPC-3000) (PWM) (140mm) Fan (x3)
    Cooler Master (MegaFlow) (PWM) (200mm) Fan (x1)


    ② GAMING PC PERIPHERALS:
    ACER - XB271HU (27") (1440p) (165Hz) (IPS) (G-Sync)
    DELL - UP2716D (27") (1440p) (60Hz) (IPS) (10-bit)
    Ergotron LX (Full-Motion Wall Mount Arm System) (x3)

    ————————————————————————————
    Razer Firefly (Gaming Mouse Pad w/ Chroma Lighting)
    Thermaltake Galeru (Gaming Mouse Bungee)

    ———————————————————————————————
    Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum (PMW3366) (Wireless) Mouse
    ● Logitech G703 LIGHTSPEED (PMW3366) (Wireless) Mouse
    ● Razer Mamba Chroma (16K DPI 5G Laser) (Wireless) Mouse
    ● Logitech MX Master (Darkfield Laser) (Wireless) Mouse
    ● Logitech G PRO Gaming (PMW3366) (Wired) Mouse
    Logitech G502 Proteus Core (Wired) Mouse

    ———————————————————————————————
    ● Logitech G PRO Mechanical (Romer-G) (RGB) (TKL) Keyboard
    ● CM Storm NovaTouch (Hybrid Capacitive) (TKL) Keyboard
    ● Filco Majestouch 2 (Cherry MX Brown) (TKL) Keyboard
    ● Logitech G810 Mechanical (Romer-G) (RGB) Keyboard
    Logitech G13 Programmable (RGB LCD) Gameboard


    ●●● ISP & NETWORK SETUP & EXTRAS ●●●

    DOWN: 360mb/s & UP: 30mb/s
    [​IMG]
    ① NETWORK HARDWARE SETUP:
    MODEM #1: Netgear CM600 (24 & 8 Bonded Channels)
    MODEM #2: Arris (SB-6183) (16 & 4 Bonded Channels)
    ROUTER #1: Asus (RT-AC88U) (Hardwired) 8-Port LAN
    ROUTER #2: D-Link (DGL4500) (Hardwired) 4-Port LAN
    SWITCH: TP-Link (TL-SG108) 8-Port Gigabit Switch
    CABLES: Tera Grand (CAT-7 Gigabit) Ethernet Cables


    ② PORTABLE A/C UNIT & HEAT PUMP:
    Whynter ARC-131GD (Portable AC) (13,000 BTU)
    Toyotomi TAD-T40LW (AC & Heat-Pump) (14,000 BTU)


    ③ OLD GAMING PC [X58] SETUP:
    ● Intel Core i7-980X (3.8GHz) (6-Core) CPU
    ● EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti (Classified) GPU
    ● Asus ROG Rampage 3 Extreme [X58] MOBO
    ● Corsair (12GB) Dominator Platinum (DDR3) RAM
    ● Samsung (500GB) 850 EVO (OS & Storage) SSD


    ●●● TECH GADGETS WISHLIST ●●●
    1. MrSpeakers ÆON Flow Open (AFO) Headphones
    2. Smyth Research Realiser A16
    3. Acer Predator X27 - (27") (4K-UHD) (144Hz) (IPS) (G-SYNC & HDR-10) (ULMB) (QDEF) (384-Zone FALD) (10-Bit)
    4. Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ - (27") (4K-UHD) (144Hz) (IPS) (G-SYNC & HDR-10) (ULMB) (QDEF) (384-Zone FALD) (10-Bit)

    ●●● VIDEO GAMES WISHLIST ●●●
    1. God of War 4
    2. Red Dead Redemption 2
    3. Borderlands 3
    4. The Last of Us: Part II
    5. Spider-Man
    6. Monster Hunter World
    7. Days Gone
    8. Ghost of Tsushima
    9. Metro Exodus
    10. Death Stranding
    11. Cyberpunk 2077
    12. State of Decay 2
    13. Beyond Good & Evil 2
    14. Crackdown 3
    15. Kingdom Come: Deliverance
    16. Left For Dead 3
    17. Dead Island 2
    18. A Way Out
    19. Detroit: Become Human
    20. Anthem
    21. Far Cry 5
    22. Gears of War 3 (Horde)

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