Torq
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deadmau5 "4x4 = 12" -> DAVE -> WA234 (PO/Lo-Z) -> Abyss Phi = Phuck Me. Mar 14, 2018

    1. Torq
      Torq
      deadmau5 "4x4 = 12" -> DAVE -> WA234 (PO/Lo-Z) -> Abyss Phi = Phuck Me.
    2. Torq
      Torq
      WM1Z + '92 Latour -> MDR-Z1R = :*) WM1Z - '92 Latour -> MDR-Z1R = >8§
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      2. Taverius
        Taverius
        Tunes + n * booze < tunes + (n+1) * booze
        Mar 9, 2018
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      3. atomicbob
        atomicbob
        '92 Latour is quite the auditory enhancer.
        Mar 10, 2018
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    3. Torq
      Torq
      Mary Black -> DAVE -> WA234 (300B, C-Out/Lo-Z) -> Utopia/Abyss ... pure, sweet, and absolutely holographic.
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      2. Gravity
        Gravity
        Didn't know about Mary Black. Cheers!
        Mar 9, 2018
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      3. Torq
        Torq
        While not cheap, the "composed of many, identical, flat plates" build of the casework means it's less expensive than a single-piece cast or milled to the same precision. Also means you can do this with a two-axis mill (or laser cutter for less robust materials) instead of needing huge billets of metal and a 5 or 6 axis mill.
        Mar 9, 2018
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      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Why is "CNC machining" a hifi sales point? Or is that *anything* can be made into one.

        I find metal-work and machining fascinating. Currently, I watch more videos about it than I listen to music. I also love a beautifully-made thing. But I'm worried when I know that a huge proportion of the cost of some electronic item is... the box.
        Mar 9, 2018
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    4. Torq
      Torq
      You should absolutely get an LPS to feed the power conditioner that you're using to feed the LPS for your LPS for your DAC... [#LPS-Nervosa]
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      3. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        I don't know how anyone can be content with cheap single-phase gear. I can't explain the technical stuff, but if you want smooth, maintained power from a motor, you go for three-phase, right? Well of course that works for audio too. Especially for amplifiers of 2hp and above.
        Mar 8, 2018
      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        @Cspirou... I had a horrible feeling that I hadn't imagined the audiophile poles. Wish I was wrong!
        Mar 8, 2018
      5. DigMe
        DigMe
        Mar 8, 2018
    5. Torq
      Torq
      Anyone here going to be at "Music Matters" (Seattle) *tomorrow* night (not the Thursday event)?
    6. Torq
      Torq
      "Before the Dawn" via WM1Z (USB) -> Hugo 2 -> Radioaktiv "Isotope: Protium" -> Utopia ... 155 minutes of "no need to move".
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      2. Torq
        Torq
        The view over Elliot Bay and out to Alki does not hurt ...
        Mar 2, 2018
    7. Torq
      Torq
      Post "Edit" function availability seems to be time-constrained now (not for the first time, and I get why, but screws up index posts).
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      2. Torq
        Torq
        Don't know. At some points it's been indefinite (I was updating the index posts for "LaY" months after the initial posts). Stuff from a few days ago isn't editable now, so might be a 24 hour thing ... will have to pay attention and see.
        Mar 1, 2018
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      3. purr1n
        purr1n
        Try now. Should be fixed.
        Mar 1, 2018
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      4. Torq
        Torq
        'Tis indeed, thanks!
        Mar 2, 2018
    8. Torq
      Torq
      For people that like that sort of thing, it's the sort of thing they like ...
      1. Hands
        Hands
        Nope, just makes them wrong. :)
        Feb 28, 2018
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      2. Kunlun
        Kunlun
        It's "good for classical"
        Feb 28, 2018
    9. Torq
      Torq
      Ahead of the hopefully-worthwhile HD820, I have to find a *proper* closed-back headphone (i.e. good isolation both ways).
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      2. Elnrik
        Elnrik
        At normal listening levels I can hang my Eikon from it's stand, and when the earpads press against each other I cannot hear the music playing. I also cannot hear my dog barking, whining or what have you while playing music.
        Feb 23, 2018
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      3. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        During Canjam Europe in Berlin, last november I gave several headphones a listen. Only the Meze 99 Classic and Brainwavz HM5 gave me the urge to think: "I might buy this" I bought the HM5...
        Feb 24, 2018
      4. Torq
        Torq
        Thanks, all, for the suggestions/thoughts and commentary. Guess there's nothing for it but to actually audition the stuff that masquerades as "TOTL" while being closed-back.
        Feb 24, 2018
    10. Torq
      Torq
      Hugo 2 ... ~ 4 hours to charge @ 2A? Uhuh, sure. We're at 6 and still going. Shades of Mojo here (claimed 8, always took 10 or so).
    11. Torq
      Torq
      Early happy hour philosophizing ... "Chi-Fi products would get more acceptance if they didn't have utterly stupid brand names."
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      2. JustAnotherRando
        JustAnotherRando
        Feb 22, 2018
      3. purr1n
        purr1n
        Fang Doctor Audio FTW! I like it!
        Feb 22, 2018
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      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Actually, Fang Audio could be good. Headphones that take your head off! They just have to be careful not to use the word "moist."

        @JustAnotherRando, thanks for the Handfeel. Oh, wait... I don't think that's what I meant to say! ...And Banggood itself makes me snigger!
        Feb 23, 2018
    12. Torq
      Torq
      iPhone X -> Bluetooth (SBC) -> Hugo 2 -> Utopia might be the poster-child demonstration of how bad BT audio can really be.
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      2. Torq
        Torq
        WM1Z -> Bluetooth (aptX) -> Hugo 2 -> Utopia with the same source files is a night/day difference. One is excellent ... the other is very audibly distorted in quiet passages.
        Feb 22, 2018
      3. Taverius
        Taverius
        We need more LDAC BT receivers.
        Feb 22, 2018
    13. Torq
      Torq
      While I was gone, I received literally no requests, *every week*, for a Pro-Ject Pre Box S2 Digital review ... so probably do that next ...
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      3. Gaspasser
        Gaspasser
        Warren at ZenPro Audio tells me that they will be able to fulfill orders “around the end of the month”. I’m still debating what to do.
        Feb 21, 2018
      4. Luckbad
        Luckbad
        Send me a Yggy Analog 2... or anything else that's pretty good... and I can send you my ADI-2 DAC for a week.

        P.S. I totally did ask you for a review of the Pro-Ject.
        Feb 21, 2018
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      5. Torq
        Torq
        I must have blocked that request out ... mentally ... ;)

        I'll wait on the ADI-2 DAC though - unless it's not as good as the Pro AE, sound-wise, (which I highly doubt), I'll be wanting to keep it.
        Feb 21, 2018
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    14. Torq
      Torq
      Southern hospitality, Creole cuisine, spectacle and inclusiveness of Mardi Gras ... and the raw soul of music ... what a week well spent!
      1. Torq
        Torq
        And when I get back ... a nice long post on the near-unbelievable
        logical, technical, cognitive and interpretive missteps (and utter flamingo-ups*) of he who is a legend in ... his own bathtub ... [a.k.a. How to fuck up BASIC measurements so badly it calls EVERYTHING you say into question] ...
        Feb 13, 2018
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      2. Torq
        Torq
        *A “flamingo-up” is just like a “cock-up” only much, MUCH, bigger ...
        Feb 13, 2018
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    15. Torq
      Torq
      First time in New Orleans ... been here three hours ... put on 15 lbs (or ‘tis how it feels) ...
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      2. Merrick
        Merrick
        In New Orleans the food at the bar of our hotel was incredible! Virtually every restaurant I went to in New Orleans was some of the best food I’ve ever had.
        Feb 8, 2018
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      3. David De Lucena
        David De Lucena
        good to see you around Ian! peace
        Feb 9, 2018
      4. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        Don't eat too many beignets.
        Feb 9, 2018
    16. Cellist88
      Cellist88
      Torq ist BACK!
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      2. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        ... He does all that whilst playing his legendary piano, and then sails off into the sunset.

        But hey, let's postpone it and keep him around for a while!
        Feb 9, 2018
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      3. insidious meme
        insidious meme
        ... Or not. Consider me surprised.
        Feb 9, 2018
      4. atomicbob
        atomicbob
        This genuinely made me smile today. Am I behind. Glad to see you back @Torq
        Feb 9, 2018
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    17. David De Lucena
      David De Lucena
      Man, what happened to Torq?
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      2. David De Lucena
        David De Lucena
        Well, that’s a lifestyle for sure
        Oct 1, 2017
      3. Dino
        Dino
        He'll be back. There is only so much sailing & beautiful fiance & lingerie & whatever that a guy can take before becoming bored.
        Oct 2, 2017
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      4. David De Lucena
        David De Lucena
        Oct 2, 2017
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    18. jowls
      jowls
      Retired?
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      2. jowls
        jowls
        DAC floozy* and master of the asterix**
        Sep 30, 2017
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      3. jowls
        jowls
        *or maybe gonzo
        Sep 30, 2017
      4. jowls
        jowls
        **we are all doing it now
        Sep 30, 2017
    19. Torq
      Torq
      Despite the *ridiculous* amounts of money here, Seattle is NOT a hot-bed of high-end-audio-officiancos ...
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      3. Ringingears
        Ringingears
        Maybe now. But it has always been a center for good music. And mostly good gear and cool salespeople. The $$$. Is more recent.
        Sep 29, 2017
      4. Dino
        Dino
        It makes me realize how niche the hobby is when I visit an area with the money, but little to nothing as far as good audio stores go.
        Sep 30, 2017
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      5. Ringingears
        Ringingears
        Sure isn't like even the 90's. I remember going on vacation and looking for the local audio shops. Even found a few deals on demo models. That's mostly gone now. Only place where I can still window shop nearby is the Bay Area.
        Sep 30, 2017
    20. Torq
      Torq
      And I thought I was confused *BEFORE* I started typing ...
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    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Seattle, WA
    Gear List:
    Headphones:

    Abyss AB-1266 Phi (x2), Focal Utopia (x2), Audeze LCD-4, Sennheiser HD800S, Sennheiser HD650, Sennheiser HD660S, Sony MDR-Z1R, Focal Elear

    IEMs (etc):

    Empire Ears Zeus XR (ADEL), Etymotic ER4-XR, Bose QC20i, 1More Triple Driver (Lightning)

    Wireless:

    Sony MDR-1000X, Jaybird BlueBuds X, Apple AirPods

    Headphone Amps:

    Woo Audio WA234 MONO Mk2 [WE 300B NOS/Takatsuki 274B, RCA 13EM7 CB NOS], Woo Audio WA5LE Mk2 (w/ parts upgrade) [Takatsuki 300B/274B, Sylvania 6SN7GT], iFi Audio Pro iCAN

    Sources:

    Chord DAVE, Linn Akurate DSM/2 (Katalyst), Schiit Yggdrasil Analog 2, Chord Hugo 2, Meridian Explorer 2, AudioQuest Dragonfly Red, Sony NW-WM1Z

    Streamers/Audio Interfaces:

    Raspberry Pi w/ Digi+, RME ADI 2.0-Pro AE, Arturia AudioFuse, Schiit Eitr

    Speaker & Vinyl Rig:

    Linn Akurate DSM/2 (Katalyst), Project RPM 9.2 Evo w/ Dynavector 10x5, Linn Exakt Akudorik (Katalyst) speakers, JL-Audio Dominion D108

    Office Turntable:

    Rega Planar 3 (2016)/Elys 2

    Cables/Power:

    AudioQuest Wind, AudioQuest Colorado, Radioaktiv Isotope Protium, Radioaktiv Fusion, Synergistic Research Alpha Sterling, Maze Audio Ref4 Carbon Alloy AC Power Cord (10 Ga/Furutech), Emotiva CMX-2, Furutech E-TP60 Audiophile Power Distribution Block, Akiko Mk2 AC Tuning Stick*

    Retired & Sold (but familiar with for reference):

    Linn Akurate DS/1, Linn Akurate Kontrol/1, Linn Majik Isobarik (Aktiv), Linn Akurate 4200, Peachtree iDecco, Meridian 506.20, Schiit Bifrost "4490", Schiit Bifrost MB, Schiit Modi MB, MHDT Stockholm 2, ALO Audio International+ Optical Edition, RSA Intruder, Schiit Lyr, Schiit Lyr 2, Schiit Vali 2, Schiit Jotunheim (w/ phono board), Schiit Saga, Woo Audio WA6, iFi Audio Micro iDSD Black Label, LH Labs GOV2+ Infinity, Chord Mojo, AK120, HiFiMAN HE-500, AKG Q701, AKG K7XX, Etymotic ER-6, Etymotic HF-2, Fostex TH-X00 Purpleheart, HeadRoom Supreme, HeadRoom AirHead, Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 - Circumnaural, Focusrite RedNet 3, Focusrite RedNet D16AES, Sony WM1A, FiiO X5 (3rd gen), Empire Ears Zeus R (non ADEL), Audeze LCD-2.2c, Shure SE846, Schiit Gungnir MB, Holo Audio Spring DAC L3/KTE, Auralic Aries, Schiit Ragnarok, Pro-Ject Pre Box S2 Digital, Singxer SU-1, Abyss AB-1266, AAW W900, Sonore Sonicorbiter SE