Cspirou
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Cspirou

They call me Sparky, Male, from Northwest France

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Nice article on vacuum tubes. https://hackaday.com/2020/08/06/just-who-makes-tubes-these-days/ Aug 6, 2020 at 10:31 AM

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    1. Cspirou
    2. Cspirou
      Cspirou
      Cooler Master has an RPi case!
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    3. Cspirou
      Cspirou
      Got the HD25s with vintage yellow pads. Yes!
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      2. JK47
        JK47
        I can barely remember as a youngster listening to my Dad's Sennheiser HD414 SL, gotta love that yellow.
        Jun 11, 2020
      3. imackler
        imackler
        Where did you purchase from?
        Jun 11, 2020
      4. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        Direct from Sennheiser!
        Jun 11, 2020
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    4. Cspirou
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      3. JK47
        JK47
        Just bring back the OG800 with a decent cable for cheap.
        Jun 5, 2020
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      4. M3NTAL
        M3NTAL
        I was able to hear the HE 1 yesterday. Just tune the HD800 like that and we are golden.
        Jun 5, 2020
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      5. zonto
        zonto
        Jun 9, 2020
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    5. Cspirou
      Cspirou
      RTJ4 is a free download today
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      3. Superexchanger
        Superexchanger
        RTJ2 has been getting a lot of play time in my head these days for reasons which I assume are obvious. Finally, some good news.
        Jun 3, 2020
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      4. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        I haven't heard RTJ2 entirely, but I know some of the tracks. Excellent stuff
        Jun 3, 2020
    6. Cspirou
      Cspirou
      Not happy to see ASR banners when shopping at audiophonics
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      2. atomicbob
        atomicbob
        Preliminary measurements indicate reasonably good performance for the price, but nothing that is going to make Matrix XSP lose any sleep.
        May 6, 2020
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      3. Poleepkwa
        Poleepkwa
        Would it be on par with DACs in that price range, comparable with Modi 3, ect or is is a bright hot mess?
        May 7, 2020
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      4. atomicbob
        atomicbob
        Not enough listening time to make useful comments, yet. Trying to get through a slog of measurements and then spend decent amount of time listening.
        May 7, 2020
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    7. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Remember those really tall single-driver rear-horn (?) cabinets I picked up from your old place in SoCal about a year and a half ago? I was using those as a coffee table for the longest time, but now that I've moved I'm going to set them up! I was wondering what their name is so I can find an appropriate driver.
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      3. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        Just installed an hour ago. Small bedroom without much in terms of furniture and wall hangings, wood floors, super boxy. They sound really interesting, not used to small drivers and huge cabinet resonance accounting for the low-end. Really weird with EDM as expected. Very articulate in the mids though. Unique, I dig it! Wondering if some isolation feet would help clean things up.
        Apr 29, 2020
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      4. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        Good to know! I've also seen even smaller drivers in bigger cabinets and wonder what the appeal is supposed to be
        Apr 29, 2020
      5. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        I also heard that Fostex drivers could use quite a bit of burn-in. So it should improve over time
        Apr 30, 2020
    8. Cspirou
      Cspirou
      1. fp627
        fp627
        Nope. Not enough cats for that to be SBAF.
        Apr 19, 2020
    9. Cspirou
      Cspirou
      Just watched the Ciara - Level Up music video. All I noticed was the Bose speaker and Bose Headphones they were wearing
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      3. DigMe
        DigMe
        Rappin' bout wearing New Balance. The man didn't give me all my frequent flyer miles.
        Apr 13, 2020
      4. DigMe
        DigMe
        Whole foods sold out of the organic broccoli so I politely complained to the produce manager, BITCH!
        Apr 13, 2020
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      5. DigMe
        DigMe
        He said:
        "Thanks for the feedback, we'll do our best
        Covid 19 got the farmers on rest"
        Apr 13, 2020
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    10. Cspirou
      Cspirou
      I just found out Jeff Bagby died. RIP
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      2. JustAnotherRando
        JustAnotherRando
        Woah. That is sad to hear.
        Mar 25, 2020
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      3. fraggler
        fraggler
        Wow. That is sad.
        Mar 25, 2020
      4. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        Yes. He was battling pneumonia after a kidney transplant the past week or so. I have been following on the DIY Loudspeaker page. Very sad.
        Mar 25, 2020
    11. Cspirou
      Cspirou
      Montblanc has headphones?!
      1. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        Fun fact - the guys at RAD helped design them. Not branded as RAD of course, and none of the tech, but we were consulted about the tuning and visual aesthetic. The last tuning I heard wasn't great but Alex asked for my feedback and hopefully they made some adjustments between then and now.
        Mar 16, 2020
      2. Lyander
        Lyander
        Randomly came across a What Hi-Fi article about these just as you posted, shared it with some friends in the FP hobby and they all claimed it looked a lot like Sony's new WH cans.

        LOL, Sony have certainly left their mark.
        Mar 17, 2020
    12. Cspirou
      Cspirou
      I bought some 99.9% isopropyl for soldering. Now looking like I can use it as disinfectant.
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      3. JK47
        JK47
        JK47's hot tip... Aftershave as hand sanitizer...
        Mar 13, 2020
      4. drgumbybrain
        drgumbybrain
        please don't use it as "listerine"
        Mar 13, 2020
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      5. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        @Cspirou "The disinfectant thing was a joke"

        I keep a bottle on my desk. Originally, it was the vinyl-cleaning solution, but it is a long time since I played records. Now it is used as a general purpose cleaner, eg for spectacles, but I do use it as a disinfectant. If, for example, I kill a mosquito on my skin, I spray and wipe off. Also, cleaning clinical thermometers etc.
        Mar 14, 2020
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      3. bixby
        bixby
        "Return to a better digital sound." Are these folks on crack? There is no way I would ever go back to an iPod.
        Mar 3, 2020
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      4. scblock
        scblock
        I have a 5.5g iPod with a big SD card that lives in my Jeep. Unlike any of the several Chinese DAPs I’ve tried it works perfectly with the garbage Chrysler head unit.
        Mar 3, 2020
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      5. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        Upgraded my 20G iPod Photo to 32 Micro SD until it died. It used 2 adapters (Flash card/SD/Micro SD). Such a waste of space, but good battery life.
        Mar 3, 2020
    14. Cspirou
      Cspirou
      I have 2lbs of scotch bonnet peppers.
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      3. GoodEnoughGear
        GoodEnoughGear
        I've been thinking about fermenting peppers and then drying them to see what fermented pepper flakes are like. I reckon you want Jalapenos for flakes probably, but it couldn't hurt (hahaha) to try it out if you have an abundance of scotch bonnets.
        Feb 14, 2020
      4. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        Jalapeños are hard to come by in France. Which is too bad since I consider them ideal for whole fermentation. Quite spicy, but just mild enough where they can be eaten whole.
        Feb 14, 2020
      5. DigMe
        DigMe
        I love jalapeños. I always have some pickled jalapeños in my fridge (because I can't really find them fresh in China).
        Feb 14, 2020
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      Cspirou
      I found another audiophile religious war. Ported vs sealed subs.
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      2. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        Waterproof, nuclear or diesel?
        Feb 7, 2020
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      3. zonto
        zonto
        What are your thoughts? I assume it's the implementation and quality of the driver/amp that matters more. For what it's worth, in my office system the Rhythmik L12 spanks the Dayton SUB-1200, but that's probably not a fair fight. :)
        Feb 7, 2020
      4. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        @zonto - I figure proper design is what matters. If JBL is producing a +$20k speaker that's ported, I assume they aren't doing it for cost cutting.

        Someone tried telling me that ALL ported speakers are just them trying to cheap out of adding an additional driver and are inherently flawed.
        Feb 7, 2020
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      Cspirou
      1. fraggler
        fraggler
        I met a few guys who were heavy into stats at the last ZMFestivus and one of these was available. They were probably more proud and excited about these than the Stax they had. Unfortunately, the amp these were supposed to be attached to had to have the bias switched or something so I missed my chance to hear them. They were reasonably comfortable and normal on the head which is a first for estats.
        Jan 23, 2020
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      Cspirou
      Whoa, forum is totally different
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      3. Lyander
        Lyander
        Thought I was having an episode when I checked in a while back, haha. "Click here" in orange text up top links back to classic mode but I don't hate this, honestly. Would like option for both.
        Jan 15, 2020
      4. Riotvan
        Riotvan
        Yeah looks cool! Can't click on "new profile posts" though from the new page. Also was thinking just the other day that the 5 year anniversary is coming up!
        Jan 15, 2020
      5. Jinxy245
        Jinxy245
        I think it's a work in progress still...things changing & availability sporadic while it's being worked on
        Jan 15, 2020
    18. Cspirou
      Cspirou
      Partied too hard on Dec 24th and ended up barfing and bed ridden on Christmas day.
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      2. Lyander
        Lyander
        Overdoing it each in our own special way. Seems like your family had a blast though, which more than makes up for it haha. Happy holidays dude.
        Dec 25, 2019
      3. Biodegraded
        Biodegraded
        The spirits of Christmas!
        Dec 25, 2019
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      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Goodness, that reminds me of my misspent youth!

        And I'm in the flu club, too, but, thankfully, not stomach.

        Wishing us all well!
        Dec 26, 2019
    19. Cspirou
      Cspirou
      Unpopular opinion. Music at work is like reading in the bathroom.
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      2. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        @SoupRKnowva - just feel like both use the medium as a distraction rather than treating music/literature the focus it deserves.

        I mean to each their own, but still
        Dec 19, 2019
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      3. SoupRKnowva
        SoupRKnowva
        I guess that depends, with reading in the bathroom, what are you distracting yourself from? youre just sitting there, reading seems reasonable. with music at work I can agree, it depends on your usage, for me I cant listen to music with alot of what I do, but sometimes I do something relatively mindless and listen to music as the main event
        Dec 19, 2019
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      4. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        True story - I had a friend in high school that took War & Peace to the bathroom with him and didn't leave until 4 hours later
        Dec 19, 2019
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    20. Cspirou
      Cspirou
      I like classical music and rock music. But I can't stand progressive rock.
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      3. murray
        murray
        Maybe try Gentle Giant. Clasically trained players with complex arrangements but also rock too.
        Dec 8, 2019
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      4. DigMe
        DigMe
        I almost recommended Gentle Giant earlier. But of a mixed bag at time but check out Octopus. There is a Steven Wilson remix out there.
        Dec 8, 2019
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      5. Superexchanger
        Superexchanger
        Tons of good options already, but I'll second Jupiter by Cave In. That's just a great fucking rock album.
        Tilts more metal, but Cynic's Focus might be worthwhile. Perhaps the first two Mars Volta records if you're feeling adventurous and want some Afro-Cuban influence mixed in.
        Dec 9, 2019
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    Gender:
    Male
    Birthday:
    September 12
    Location:
    Northwest France
    Occupation:
    Scientist
    Gear List:
    Open Headphones:
    Sennheiser HD 600
    Audiotechnica AD-700
    Sennheiser Massdrop HD 6xx

    Closed headphones:
    HD 201
    Koss MV1

    IEM:
    Hifiman RE-400
    Skullcandy whatever
    NuForce HEM 4

    Amplifiers:
    Topping TP-21
    LJM HA-PRO
    Schiit Magni 2 Uber

    DAC:
    Schiit Modi 1
    Schiit Modi MB
    FiiO Taishan D03K

    Dongle DAC/Amp:
    Centrance DACPort HD Slim

    Speakers:
    DIY fe83en bookshelf speakers
    DIY TABAQ floorstanders

    Unfinished projects:
    DIY Aren van Waarde OTL 6080 amp
    Dynalo SS mk2
    Dynalo SS mini (so close)
    LJM HA-Pro enclosure
    CD transport
    digital transport
    fe103-sol speakers
    Folsom TDA7297
    Various speaker amps

    Misc:
    Raspberry Pi B+, 2, zero, 3
    Arduino
    Hifiberry Digi+
    iPod touch 3rd gen

    Wishlist:

    Vmoda BoomPro Mic
    Headphones with 3.5mm jack (ATH-M50x, Noontec Hammo Philips SHP9500, etc.)
    CIEM - Alcair Reference
    IEM - Massdrop Plus
    Closed Headphone - Fostex TH-X00 or Oppo PM3
    Open Planar magnetic - Hifiman HE-400i, HE-400s or Fostex T50RP
    On ear travel headphones - Sennheiser Urbanite, Noontec Zoro II
    Schiit Jotunheim + Phono
    MQA DAC - Meridian Explorer 2
    Balanced R2R - Schiit Gungnir MB
    Dynalo Mk2 - DIY
    Turntable - Pro-Ject Debut Carbon
    Phono preamp - Hagerman Labs Bugle 2 or Schiit Mani or Millett LR phono
    I want to pursue audio from a DIY perspective although I am not blind to a good value.

    Signature

    Home: Modi MB > DIY Dynalo SuSy Mini > 4-pin XLR > Massdrop HD 6xx
    Laptop: Meridian Explorer² > Massdrop Plus
    Nearfield: Modi MB > Lepai > Micca MB42x
    Portable: Cayin N5 > Massdrop Plus