Merrick
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Hearing a great mastering of great music on great gear makes you forget all about analog vs digital, 16 big vs 24 bit, D/S vs multibit. Aug 15, 2017 at 5:07 PM

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    1. Merrick
      Merrick
      Hearing a great mastering of great music on great gear makes you forget all about analog vs digital, 16 big vs 24 bit, D/S vs multibit.
      1. Cryptowolf
        Cryptowolf
        Please share the name of the recording. I'm always open to listening to more well-mastered albums.
        Aug 15, 2017 at 5:39 PM
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      2. Merrick
        Merrick
        It's an '80s release of The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway by Genesis. Not sure who mastered it, might have been Barry Diament. Tons of detail, excellent tonality, dynamic AF.
        Aug 16, 2017 at 1:34 AM
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    2. Merrick
      Merrick
      There's something about Brainwashed, George Harrison's final album, that calls me back time and again. If only the mastering didn't suck.
      1. brencho
        brencho
        oh man i've only really listened to all things must pass... should probably listen to more of his stuff.
        Aug 11, 2017
      2. Merrick
        Merrick
        ATMP is amazing, I'm also a big fan of Living in the Material World and Cloud Nine. Brainwashed is my favorite Harrison album. Check them out!
        Aug 11, 2017
    3. Merrick
      Merrick
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    4. Merrick
      Merrick
      Eitr and Gen 5 boards are making my Raspberry Pi's days numbered.
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      2. Lasollor
        Lasollor
        Same here too, I'd been using my Pi as a Roon endpoint for the past few months, but finally replaced the Pi+board with a cheap headless mini PC and Eitr on my main system. Much more flexible. Moved the Pi to the kitchen with a small powered speaker.
        Aug 7, 2017
      3. philipmorgan
        philipmorgan
        Maybe somebody else will have an opinion on this. I haven't done any back to back comparisons. My speaker setup is more fun than headphones but less resolving so I wouldn't trust it for comparisons, and so I have just trusted others that the Eitr is a 99% good enough solution even for highly critical listening.
        Aug 7, 2017
      4. Lasollor
        Lasollor
        I can't really tell the difference between Pi+502DAC RCA and the USB to Eitr on my system. Eitr is more flexible, you can use it with Atomicbob's IVS or Roon+Sonarworks sytemwide etc.
        Aug 7, 2017
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    5. Merrick
      Merrick
      Hanging by the beach this weekend. Sweet breezes!
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      2. FlySweep
        FlySweep
        How fuckin' gorgeous was the North coast, man? I was delirious with joy running around the beach with my 3 yo.
        Aug 6, 2017
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      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        @FlySweep I wish I could be there for a month! So beautiful and the temperature was just perfect!
        Aug 6, 2017
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    6. Merrick
      Merrick
      104 in Portland right now and we don't have A/C. If I die, I'm donating my Andromedas to the loaner program.
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      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        We bought ice blocks and have cut holes into coolers and placed them behind box fans as DIY A/C. My vinyl is in a room with heavy drapes that stay closed, I hope nothing happens to the records but I can't help them now. We're going to install A/C before next summer but can't afford it now.
        Aug 2, 2017
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      4. Merrick
        Merrick
        @FlySweep We're going to Astoria this weekend!
        Aug 2, 2017
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      5. ButtUglyJeff
        ButtUglyJeff
        That might be hot enough to get all the hipsters there to shave off their beards...
        Aug 3, 2017
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    7. Merrick
      Merrick
      I was lost in a valley of pleasure. I was lost in the infinite sea. I was lost, and measure for measure, Love spewed from the heart of me.
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      2. brencho
        brencho
        man i was pretty jelly when my wife got to hang with patti smith she's so fucking awesome
        Jul 21, 2017
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      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        The closest I can claim is that I saw her open for Morrissey, your wife has me beat!
        Jul 21, 2017
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    8. Merrick
      Merrick
      Hello Jodie!
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      2. Merrick
        Merrick
        She's terrific in Broadchurch, which also stars Tennant and that show's creator is the new show runner after Moffat leaves.
        Jul 16, 2017
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      3. insidious meme
        insidious meme
        Yeah, I still have to go through the original Broadchurch. Arthur Darvill is also there and Olivia Coleman had a cup of tea moment in Matt Smith's real first episode.
        Jul 18, 2017
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      4. Merrick
        Merrick
        Yeah, the original Broadchurch is the one I meant. I forgot there was a remake.
        Jul 18, 2017
    9. Merrick
      Merrick
      Digging this Purple Rain deluxe release. The concert disc alone is worth the cost of the set, plus a whole disc of unreleased material.
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      2. Merrick
        Merrick
        @DigMe I think you have Prince confused with Radiohead. :)
        Jun 24, 2017
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      3. DigMe
        DigMe
        Ahhhhh.. haha! Wow... I'm becoming my grandmother. What just happened?

        Is this the toaster?
        Jun 24, 2017
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      4. DigMe
        DigMe
        My first comment actually was about Prince!
        Jun 24, 2017
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    10. Merrick
      Merrick
      Just PM'ed Currawong to delete my HF account after my post in the Feedback forum from last week went unanswered.
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    11. Merrick
      Merrick
      The Talk Talk 2012 remasters. Beautifully done.
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      2. Merrick
        Merrick
        And Asides Besides/Missing Pieces have had no remasters.
        Jun 15, 2017
      3. Garns
        Garns
        That first discogs Spirit of Eden is the exact CD (same barcode) that I have which says "digital remaster (C) 1997" and then "(C) 2012". I think the second one, the LP+DVD, might be a different mastering though. According to this it's the same one that's available on HDTracks and Qobuz: http://goo.gl/TbNXon. Now I just need to mess around with proxy servers to try and get HDTracks to sell it to me...
        Jun 15, 2017
      4. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        I might pick the albums up then.
        Jun 15, 2017
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    12. Merrick
      Merrick
      Got my hands on several Blue Note albums in hi-res. Some really terrific stuff. I'm really digging "Introducing The 3 Sounds" among others.
      1. msommers
        msommers
        Blue Note has some incredible albums in their arsenal! Which others are you listening to?
        Jun 12, 2017
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      2. Cryptowolf
        Cryptowolf
        I'd also like to know what albums you're enjoying. Thanks,
        Jun 12, 2017
      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        Aside from The 3 Sounds I've also listened to Total Eclipse by Bobby Hutcherson and am working through three Wayne Shorter albums (Speak No Evil, The All Seeing Eye, Schizophrenia). I got but have yet to listen to some Dexter Gordon albums, some Herbie Hancock, Thelonious Monk, McCoy Tyner, many Coltrane records, and a lot more besides. Got a lot of listening to do!
        Jun 13, 2017
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    13. Merrick
      Merrick
      Instead of upgrading my current rig in my home office my next project will be a whole new, totally different type of rig in the living room.
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      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        Here's what I envision: Floorstanders that do justice to the entire FR, a powerhouse amp, a flexible digital streamer, likely a Gumby or Yggy for digital, two turntables with totally different sounds (a modern and refurbished vintage would be nice for visual contrast as well), and both a tube phono pre and preamp (most likely a Freya for the latter).
        Jun 11, 2017
      4. Merrick
        Merrick
        I'm thinking a GEM PolyTable Super 12 for the modern table and either a refurbished Thorens or Empire for the vintage. No clue on brand of speakers or amps yet.
        Jun 11, 2017
      5. zonto
        zonto
        I support your quest for a great living room rig. That's what I run (equipment list in my profile, including the headphone rig). Being a living room listener is why I love the Utopia's stock cable so much! :)
        Jun 12, 2017
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    14. Merrick
      Merrick
      If you need relief from upgraditis, don't listen to your gear for a week. When you come back, it will sound fresh and impressive again.
      1. Changeling
        Changeling
        @Merrick It's one of the biggest treats with traveling a lot for work. Back in the office after a couple of days out my jaw often drops.
        It's the most cost efficient upgrade existing today :)
        Jun 4, 2017
      2. Kattefjaes
        Kattefjaes
        ..or revisit some music that you loved many years ago, when your gear was basic teenage fare. It's amazing how much was there that you just couldn't hear. Often catches me out.
        Jun 4, 2017
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    15. philipmorgan
      philipmorgan
      I think I saw a post where you preferred ZX2 to Pono w/Andromedas. Is that still the case? What's the sonic diff?
      1. Merrick
        Merrick
        The ZX2 with all the sound processing turned off is hands down the best match for the Andros I've ever heard. The Pono has a ridiculously high OI and the Andros don't engage for me with that. It's been so long since I've tried the pairing that I would hesitate to describe it from memory.
        Jun 4, 2017
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      2. philipmorgan
        philipmorgan
        @Merrick Thank you :) Seems like there's just no avoiding the ZX2/ZX100 if I want the best out of the Andros.
        Jun 4, 2017
      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        @philipmorgan It's some of the best synergy in the headphone space.
        Jun 4, 2017
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    16. Merrick
      Merrick
      Sorry I haven't been around lately. Too caught up with politics, need more music in my life.
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      2. Claritas
        Claritas
        "Don't let anyone steal that disgust from your heart. It is a precious thing." — Michael Brendan Dougherty
        May 28, 2017
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      3. bazelio
        bazelio
        "Fuck politics. Welcome back." -- Bazelio
        May 28, 2017
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      4. a44100Hz
        a44100Hz
        I feel you.
        May 30, 2017
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    17. Merrick
      Merrick
      U2 in Seattle tonight! Full performance of The Joshua Tree, oh yeah.
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      2. zonto
        zonto
        Have fun and let us know how it goes!
        May 14, 2017
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      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        Amazing show. Surprisingly emotional, and The Joshua Tree is such a monster album that it was really a treat to hear it performed in its entirety.
        May 15, 2017
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      4. bazelio
        bazelio
        Was at the Bay Area show. Agree, agree, agree.
        May 28, 2017
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      3. DigMe
        DigMe
        Interested to hear it. Hopefully they got someone truly
        skilled in mastering. Maybe they'll improve on the DR a bit too.
        May 2, 2017
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      4. imackler
        imackler
        Curious to hear how the mastering is!
        May 2, 2017
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      5. Merrick
        Merrick
        Yep, I'm waiting to hear reports on the mastering before I buy anything. I currently use a needle drop of a U.K. first vinyl pressing as my go to digital version.
        May 2, 2017
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    19. Merrick
      Merrick
      Listening to '80s Bowie WG and Japanese CDs makes me happy. Hunky Dory never sounded so good!
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      2. Dino
        Dino
        You must be listening to the WG Hunky Dory.
        Apr 26, 2017
      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        I believe so, yes. I have a mix of WG and Japan for Japan/Japan for US masterings.
        Apr 26, 2017
      4. take
        take
        It really is insane how much of a difference there is for early Bowie albums on CD.
        Apr 26, 2017
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    20. Merrick
      Merrick
      Threw my back out exercising...but at least I was able to reach my portable rig to keep me occupied while this ice pack does its work.
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      3. jowls
        jowls
        The jury is out on that one. Whatever works I guess... Get well!
        Apr 18, 2017
      4. Merrick
        Merrick
        Thanks!
        Apr 18, 2017
      5. DigMe
        DigMe
        There is disagreement even among physicians about whether to do ice or heat. I prefer heat for pulled muscles (which is often the case when you have "thrown your back out" unless you have a herniated disc or something). Ultimately do what gives you the most relief.
        Apr 18, 2017
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    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Portland, OR
    Gear List:
    Sources: Technics SL-1800, Raspberry Pi 2 with 502DAC board, Sony ZX2

    DAC: Schiit Modi Multibit, Geek Out V2+ Infinity

    Headphone Amp: ALO Rx Mk.III-B

    Headphones: Campfire Audio Andromeda

    Speakers: Blumenstein Orcas

    Power amp: Fleawatt while I figure out what tube amp to get