Torq
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Torq

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"Day job" office rig upgraded to Ragnarok. Mar 27, 2017 at 8:56 AM

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Viewing thread The One and Only Big D Thread, Mar 27, 2017 at 6:27 PM
    1. Torq
      Torq
      "Day job" office rig upgraded to Ragnarok.
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      2. brencho
        brencho
        nice man! i'm sorta debating about raggy vs. mjolny at the moment for some planars. what's your take on the rag vs. whatever you had before it?
        Mar 27, 2017 at 9:12 AM
      3. Torq
        Torq
        I like the Ragnarok better than the Sagaheim + Lyr 2 setup I was running before (http://goo.gl/p5h7IV). But I'm just re-purposing existing hardware after my move/consolidation. Both have been feeding LCD-2.2c and HD650.
        Mar 27, 2017 at 10:19 AM
      4. brencho
        brencho
        cool. i'm thinking of amps for a CodeX, which likes power (but not HE6 power haha).
        Mar 27, 2017 at 10:21 AM
    2. Torq
      Torq
      Damn, the power feed in my new place is incredibly clean!
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      3. Azteca
        Azteca
        Mar 27, 2017 at 9:30 AM
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      4. zonto
        zonto
        Good find. I'll probably get something like that when (if?...) I ever buy property. Looks like the Entech and Alphalab test for EMI (some tests I've watched had radio stations audible over the power lines using these devices), whereas the SureTest has a "distortion" test. Not sure details on that: http://www.testequipmentdepot.com/ideal/pdf/61-164_manu.pdf. Shunyata uses the ASCC test to show their DTCD results.
        Mar 27, 2017 at 9:39 AM
      5. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Just remember not to wash your hands with it!

        :)
        Mar 27, 2017 at 2:58 PM
    3. Torq
      Torq
      With no unattended kids of absentee parents trolling through my listening space, the TAKS can now go back in the WA5.
    4. Torq
      Torq
      Main headphone rig moved and back up ... now I have proper music again!
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    5. Torq
      Torq
      Computers moved and setup, finally. Next up, the headphone stuff ...
      1. zerodeefex
        zerodeefex
        Where did you move to?
        Mar 23, 2017 at 4:58 PM
      2. Torq
        Torq
        Downtown Seattle, on the waterfront (between the Aquariam and Anthony's).
        Mar 23, 2017 at 5:02 PM
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    6. Torq
      Torq
      Tempted to do a stream-of-conciousness review of the FiiO X5iii ... (ahead of the DAP comparisons and a proper review) ...
      1. DigMe
        DigMe
        I'm sure no one would object!
        Mar 21, 2017 at 11:44 AM
    7. Torq
      Torq
      I'm normally a Comply "Comfort" guy ... but they were seriously screwing up the Empire Ears Zeus R. Spin Fits made a ridiculous difference.
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      3. JK47
        JK47
        I'm a big fan of the comply comfort tips with waxguard for my Andro's
        Mar 20, 2017
      4. Torq
        Torq
        @bazelio Not yet, probably this weekend. Along with the Lime Ears stuff and a couple of 64Audio IEMs
        Mar 20, 2017
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      5. Merrick
        Merrick
        I should have mentioned this when you posted about getting an EE IEM, you need Spiral Dots to make then sound their best. Comply jacked up the bass and as you said made everything muddy. Spin Fits made everything flat. Spiral Dots offered an open, spacious sound without jacking the FR in any significant way.
        Mar 20, 2017
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    8. Torq
      Torq
      Watching ships in the channel, on a wet and windy day, while waiting on the cable guy, is surprisingly therapeutic ...
    9. Torq
      Torq
      New home acquired (closed)! Now ... where the hell am I going to put all of this shit?
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      2. jexby
        jexby
        my basement.
        Mar 16, 2017
      3. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        Reading the "Schiit Happened" book. Did you consider the garage?
        Mar 17, 2017
    10. Torq
      Torq
      I done a bad thing ... Empire Ears Zeus R on deck. Should keep me out of trouble until I make a final choice on CIEMs (or hear Andromeda).
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      2. Merrick
        Merrick
        Now the first track you listen to with them better be Chris Isaak...
        Mar 16, 2017
    11. Torq
      Torq
      Literally everything "audio" I have tried to buy today is on back-order, out-of-stock, or mysteriously needs "extra processing time".
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      2. Kattefjaes
        Kattefjaes
        The high-end audio trinket market isn't terribly focused on ruthless retail efficiency- they know they can get away with it, as people want what they want, for the most part. Even items allegedly from stock can take a while.

        Speaking as a fan of next day delivery, it's irritating.
        Mar 14, 2017
      3. Yeskey
        Yeskey
        Tax season is the worst season to buy stuff. It's all out of stock!
        Mar 14, 2017
      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        The gods are now working on want-it-now syndrome
        Mar 16, 2017
    12. Torq
      Torq
      Threads read rather humorously when you have people on ignore. Better than the original, even.
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    13. Torq
      Torq
      Why is it that low-ballers always have four million questions?
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      3. Vansen
        Vansen
        I want your bifrost for $250, but before I take it off your hands, does the aluminum finish lean more towards the yellow side or the silver side? I had a Valhalla one that looked mor...
        Mar 13, 2017
      4. Merrick
        Merrick
        @Vansen how nice it must be to have the lowball offer presented at the beginning, so the rest can be ignored!
        Mar 13, 2017
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      5. Claritas
        Claritas
        My pet theory is that "they" are all really only a single clever old Chinaman pretending to be a starving student.
        Mar 13, 2017
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    14. Torq
      Torq
      Well Schiit ... this changes everything ...
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      3. insidious meme
        insidious meme
        @brencho a couple of mystery box things are full product releases. Others still in r&d.
        Mar 13, 2017
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      4. Mystic
        Mystic
        Wake me up when I need my credit card ready.
        Mar 13, 2017
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      5. landroni
    15. Torq
      Torq
      My general lack of patience seems terminally incompatible with buying a TOTL IEM ...
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      2. Torq
        Torq
        It's a partial answer ... it's still a two week process from start to finish. A week arsing about with impressions and then a week to build ...
        Mar 13, 2017
      3. Grahad2
        Grahad2
        I think the fastest build I've seen was with FutureSonics. ~1.5 days for a complete rebuild of both sides.
        Mar 13, 2017
      4. EricR
        EricR
        Some how, we just think differently about portable gear.
        Mar 13, 2017
    16. Torq
      Torq
      Wishing I had a set of CA Andromeda to compare with right now.
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      2. Merrick
        Merrick
        I'll trade you mine for an Yggdrasil. No takesie-backsies!
        Mar 9, 2017
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      3. Torq
        Torq
        I'm not wishing quite *that* hard! ;)
        Mar 9, 2017
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      4. imackler
        imackler
        I'm wishing I had a set of CA Andromeda to listen to right now.
        Mar 9, 2017
    17. Torq
      Torq
      Lime Ears LE2, LE3SW and Aether, & 64Audio U12s on deck ...
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    18. Torq
      Torq
    19. Torq
      Torq
      No, I don't want "some" chocolate. I want all the chocolate ...
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      2. auri
      3. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        Babymetal?
        Mar 9, 2017
    20. Torq
      Torq
      Post-editing policy does not seem to be working as intended ...
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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

    IEMs (etc):

    Empire Ears Zeus R (non ADEL), Shure SE846, Etymotic ER4-S, Bose QC20i

    Wireless:

    Sony MDR-1000X, Jaybird BlueBuds X


    Headphone Amps:

    Woo Audio WA5LE Mk2 (w/ parts upgrade) [Takatsuki 300B/274B, Sylvania 6SN7GT), Schiit Ragnarok, Schiit Jotunheim (w/ phono board), iFi Audio Pro iCAN

    Sources:

    Linn Akurate DSM/1, Schiit Yggdrasil, Holo Audio Spring DAC (L3/KTE), Schiit Bifrost Multi-bit, Meridian Explorer 2, AudioQuest Dragonfly Red, Sony NW-WM1A, FiiO X5 (3rd gen)

    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

    Office Turntable:

    Rega Planar 3 (2016)/Elys 2

    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", Schiit Modi Multi-bit, MHDT Stockholm 2, ALO Audio International+ Optical Edition, RSA Intruder, Schiit Lyr, Schiit Lyr 2, Schiit Vali 2, 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