Torq
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Torq

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When Sony put their collective mind to something, they really can knock it out of the park. Shame they don't do it all the time. Jan 20, 2017 at 2:36 AM

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    1. Torq
      Torq
      When Sony put their collective mind to something, they really can knock it out of the park. Shame they don't do it all the time.
      1. Kattefjaes
        Kattefjaes
        I might even forgive them for the fucking awful laggy UI on the F55 professional 4k video cameras *mutter*
        Jan 20, 2017 at 4:41 AM
      2. sfoclt
        sfoclt
        My main speakers are Sony SS-A5's, which was their 80's effort to do a real speaker.
        Jan 20, 2017 at 7:33 AM
      3. Cellist88
        Cellist88
        I have a feeling that Sony makes good hardware, but their software portion in comparison is always a bit lacking.
        Jan 21, 2017 at 7:33 AM
    2. Torq
      Torq
      Any time ANY manufacturer uses phrases like "our brains need time to adapt to <insert their new tech here>" my BS meter pegs off scale-high.
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      2. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        Walk away, pay your rent and buy your groceries. Let them think their solipsist words are true and walk away...
        Jan 19, 2017 at 8:39 PM
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      3. landroni
        landroni
        Isn't Chord an enthusiastic user of this line of argumentation?

        From the man himself:
        http://www.head-fi.org/t/800264/watts-up/150#post_12799889

        In short, all our "brain[s] will learn strategies to cope with poor sound quality" from ALL DACs other than Chord's... With their DACs, the "coping strategies need to be un-learnt", and you need to re-learn how to listen using Chord's units. ;)
        Jan 20, 2017 at 2:04 AM
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      4. Torq
        Torq
        Hello, my name is John Franks and I don't understand a word Rob Watts says. But I'll happily parrot it. It takes Chord $13K+ of gear to match Schiit's $2300 statement. Need I say more?
        Jan 20, 2017 at 2:39 AM
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    3. Torq
      Torq
      Let's just quietly slot the GOV2+ Infinity in above the Mojo for both quality and power ... even if it's way too early to say so ...
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      3. landroni
        landroni
        Seeing you're getting on the LH bandwagon these days... ;)
        Jan 17, 2017 at 11:59 PM
      4. DigMe
        DigMe
        I thought that was the accepted consensus.
        Jan 18, 2017 at 8:12 AM
      5. Lightbulb Sun
        Lightbulb Sun
        Agreed, definitely found it (and the GOV2 Inf) more resolving and natural in the treble with more taut bass.
        Jan 18, 2017 at 8:35 AM
    4. Torq
      Torq
      Unlike the 07:00-on-a-Saturday-religion-pushers, hardcore HF-objectivists are incapable of perceiving the "hint" to "fuck off" ...
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      3. Torq
        Torq
        It was via PM. An unsolicited request for specific advice, that the requester apparently didn't like my response to, and went all NwAvGuy on me. First time I've ever had to block someone ... anywhere.
        Jan 18, 2017 at 8:25 AM
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      4. Kattefjaes
        Kattefjaes
        Boo! Spoilsport.
        Jan 18, 2017 at 8:34 AM
      5. Merrick
        Merrick
        Screenshots!
        Jan 18, 2017 at 12:03 PM
    5. Torq
      Torq
      GOV2+ Infinity arrived ... charging ahead of a first listen ...
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      3. Torq
        Torq
        I didn't, as such; I bought it from @PoochZag.
        Jan 17, 2017 at 4:52 PM
      4. jexby
        jexby
        had Utopia with balanced 3.5TRRS in the GOV2+Special Edition (with iPhone) last night. simply shocking such audio bliss could move about the house!
        Jan 17, 2017 at 7:33 PM
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      5. Torq
        Torq
        Playing with the GOV2+ Infnity into LCD-4 at the moment, which are a bigger power-hog than the Utopia, and it's doing surprisingly well.
        Jan 17, 2017 at 7:39 PM
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    6. Torq
      Torq
      Amazing how fast a year can go by ...
      1. landroni
        landroni
        Still using the Julian calendar, eh Torq? I imagine you must be having your New Year's hangover just about now...
        Jan 15, 2017
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      2. Torq
        Torq
        I meant I had just hit the "one year on SBAF" mark ;)
        Jan 16, 2017
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    7. Torq
      Torq
      When a PRE-sales inquiry takes two days to get a response to, you've pretty much shat the bed in terms of me wanting to buy from you ...
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      2. Enigmatic
        Enigmatic
        This reminded me of a funny episode I had - there was one time I was price enquiring for some materials to supplement a thesis I was writing. The fella replied with his boss in CC. His boss, unwittingly, replied to ALL, saying "good job, the cautious reply, need to make sure if he is serious or not."

        Lol...
        Jan 13, 2017
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    8. Torq
      Torq
      Vega vs. SE846 ... hmmm ....
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      2. AdvanTech
        AdvanTech
        Can you listen to 'em both?
        Jan 10, 2017
      3. Torq
        Torq
        Of course. Have both of them in front of me. Well, the Vegas are in my ears, but both sets are here ...
        Jan 10, 2017
      4. AdvanTech
        AdvanTech
        Ahh, looking forward to your impressions!
        Jan 10, 2017
    9. Torq
      Torq
      Happiness is NOT half a glass of claret in your Kinesis Advantage Pro.
      1. Huxleigh
        Huxleigh
        The day's eventually going to come when I make a mistake like that. I know it. :(
        Jan 10, 2017
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      2. Torq
        Torq
        I wish it was an "eventual" thing for me! I killed at least half a dozen MS-4000 natural keyboards this way!
        Jan 10, 2017
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    11. Torq
      Torq
      VPI Prime *Signature* looks like it's now actually available (in stock!). Maybe my timing for auditions is going to be fortuitous afterall!
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      2. brencho
        brencho
        nice! looks kind of like the HRX except with 1 arm rather than 2?
        Jan 9, 2017
    12. Torq
      Torq
      Surprising how often buying a "NM" LP w/ "P" or no sleeve AND a "NM" Sleeve w/ "P" LP works out cheaper, and better, than buying one VG/VG+
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    13. Torq
      Torq
      Setting up turntable auditions is punishingly involved compared to the DACs I did last year ...
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      3. insidious meme
        insidious meme
        Heh, was wondering if you would start a thread on this
        Jan 4, 2017
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      4. Marvey
        Marvey
        And then throw in the phonostage = 50% of the sound.
        Jan 4, 2017
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      5. Torq
        Torq
        Indeed! Though that's something I'll tackle once I have the table. For now it'll be feeding the phono input on my Linn Akurate DSM.
        Jan 4, 2017
    14. Torq
      Torq
      Nothing more to audition for 2016 ... now I just get to enjoy the music for a while!
    15. Torq
      Torq
      How do I know you're asking more for your used, last-gen, gear than the current NEW version? Because I can bleedin' add!
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    16. Torq
      Torq
      Some craigslist types get *awfully* touchy when you offer less than their "more than new" asking price for their previous-gen component.
      1. barelyincollege
        barelyincollege
        I once asked a HF seller if he could drop the shipping costs since I was local and got an earful...that was 10 months ago, he still hasn't sold it.
        Dec 27, 2016
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      2. Torq
        Torq
        This clown wanted $550 for something I can buy a NEWER version of new for $475. When I pointed this out, I got a nice little tirade and a "reduction" in asking price to $525 ... go figure!
        Dec 27, 2016
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      3. Azteca
        Azteca
        The market will sort him out. I see those fools with the same posting for six months. If you have a firm price and know what something is worth, and would rather keep it than sell at a big loss, I get it. But don't act indignant that something you paid a lot of money for isn't worth as much now.
        Dec 28, 2016
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      Torq
    18. Torq
      Torq
      While I'll gladly admit that she's my all-time favorite female artist (Ms. Callas is close), Kate's "Before the Dawn" is my 2016 FAVE album!
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      2. MoatsArt
        MoatsArt
        Hopefully my copy will be arriving shortly. Karen Carpenter is another favourite female vocalist of mine.
        Dec 20, 2016
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      3. bumrush101
        bumrush101
        Wow, I really like Maria Callas, so this is high praise; will definitely check some of her stuff out.
        Dec 21, 2016
      4. landroni
        landroni
        A pity "Before the Dawn" isn't available for streaming on Qobuz...
        Dec 21, 2016
    19. Torq
      Torq
      Serious turntable upgrade shopping begins today - I have a feeling that's going to be way harder than this year's DAC evaluations ...
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      3. insidious meme
      4. Torq
        Torq
        Yeah, won't be that extreme! ;)

        But the first part is going to be assembling a shortlist I can actually get to audition. Which is, of course, complicated by there being many discrete and independent components ...

        Fun though!
        Dec 19, 2016
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      5. Wfojas
        Wfojas
        VPI Titan!
        Dec 20, 2016
    20. Torq
      Torq
      Three be the things I shall never attain: Envy, content and sufficient Champagne.
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      2. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        So where is the "Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch" against evil creatures that roam the lands?
        Dec 16, 2016
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    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Seattle, WA
    Gear List:
    Headphones:

    Abyss AB-1266, Focal Utopia, Audeze LCD-4, Sennheiser HD800S, Audeze LCD-2.2c, Sennheiser HD650, Fostex TH-X00 Purpleheart, AKG Q701, AKG K7XX

    IEMs (etc):

    Shure SE846, Etymotic ER4-S, Etymotic HF-2, Etymotic ER-6, Bose QC20i

    Wireless:

    Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 - Circumnaural, Jaybird BlueBuds X


    Headphone Amps:

    Woo Audio WA5LE Mk2 (w/ parts upgrade) [Takatsuki 300B/274B, Sylvania 6SN7GT), Schiit Ragnarok, Schiit Lyr 2, Schiit Vali 2, iFi Audio Pro iCAN, iFi Audio Micro iDSD Black Label, HeadRoom Supreme

    Sources:

    Linn Akurate DSM/1, Schiit Yggdrasil, Holo Audio Spring DAC (L3/KTE), Schiit Bifrost Multi-bit, Schiit Modi Multi-bit, Chord Mojo, iFi Audio Micro iDSD Black Label, Meridian Explorer 2, AudioQuest Dragonfly Red, AK120

    Streamers/Audio Interfaces:

    Auralic Aries, Focusrite RedNet 3, Sonore Sonicorbiter SE, Raspberry Pi w/ Digi+

    Speaker & Vinyl Rig:

    Linn Akurate DSM/1, Project RPM 9.2 Evo w/ Dynavector 10x5, Linn Exakt Akudorik speakers, JL-Audio Dominion D108

    Cables/Power:

    AudioQuest Colorado, 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", MHDT Stockholm 2, ALO Audio International+ Optical Edition, RSA Intruder, Schiit Lyr, Woo Audio WA6,
    HiFiMAN HE-500