Inoculator
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Inoculator

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Getting to the toddler stage where no audio equipment is safe. Learned he could reach my phono cartridge the hard way... Dec 1, 2020 at 9:59 AM

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    1. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      Getting to the toddler stage where no audio equipment is safe. Learned he could reach my phono cartridge the hard way...
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      2. Soups
        Soups
        I've had nightmares about just this. Thankfully hasn't happened (yet) and all my kids love rocking out with Dad... which is priceless.
        Dec 1, 2020 at 10:20 AM
      3. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        I have not tested the cartridge yet, but I think I lucked out. Despite both his hands manhandling it, stylus/cantilever still look straight. When he ran into my office to visit while I was working and he ran straight for the PrimaLuna tube amp...that is when I knew it was time for a change there as well, haha.
        Dec 1, 2020 at 10:35 AM
    2. Inoculator
      1. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        I always assumed these were akin to like a stereophile April Fools prank or something. These are real?!
        Nov 27, 2020
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      2. spwath
        spwath
        I thought they were a real product, but just bullshit. Surprised someone like vpi makes them...
        Nov 27, 2020
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      3. Melvillian
        Melvillian
        Get them while supplies last!!!!
        Nov 28, 2020 at 12:44 AM
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    3. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      For anyone looking for a stabilized ZMF, a ton more photos up ahead of the release this afternoon. I bet these move quick.
      1. DJ XtAzY likes this.
      2. DJ XtAzY
        DJ XtAzY
        I resisted myself. Was gonna try to snatch the purple VCs, but I think I'd rather use use the money for more clothing and other tech lol. Didn't want to go through the hassle of reselling my existing VC.
        Nov 27, 2020
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      3. Senorx12562
        Senorx12562
        I could sell everything I own and still not be able to afford them.
        Nov 27, 2020
      4. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        ZMF is too expensive for my blood. But they are quite special.
        Nov 27, 2020
    4. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      Can't help but feel the BF2 might be a better tonal match than Gung. Mul. A2 for my setup. Scored a used to try out head to head.
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      2. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        Especially once the SW51+ gets here, but also for my LS3/5a (although hoping bass doesn't get too bloated).
        Nov 23, 2020
      3. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        @dematted yeah, I mainly have trouble with that incisiveness with the LS3/5a. Plus hoping BF2 is a good match so I can just take my whole setup SE at this point so not always having to use Freya s/Nexus to convert.
        Nov 23, 2020
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      4. neogeosnk
        neogeosnk
        I came to the same conclusion.
        Nov 23, 2020
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    5. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      AAA vinyl pressings just hit different.
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      2. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        This annoying/random thought brought to you by me being too distracted to work as I listen to a AAA pressing of Buena Vista Social Club.
        Nov 19, 2020
      3. HotRatSalad
        HotRatSalad
        I'm listening to a needledrop of classic records pressing of Led Zep 4 right now. Best version I've ever heard.
        Nov 19, 2020
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    6. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      All these props for the Soundsmith MCP-2 in the GS nominee thread...apparently I have been asleep at the wheel, I need to check that out.
    7. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      My kids daycare just had to close through the end of the year due to some positive COVID case... Long couple of months ahead
      1. Thad E Ginathom and dubharmonic like this.
      2. jnak00
        jnak00
        To the end of the year? That sucks...our daycare had to close today because of a positive case, but "only" for two weeks.
        Nov 16, 2020
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      3. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        @jnak00 that is how our closure started, one case, shut down just that classroom. Within 5 days more teachers tested positive and they shut down the whole facility. WA Gov. just put in additional restrictions for a month, so they figured with that and holiday break they would just call it for 2020
        Nov 16, 2020
      4. GoodEnoughGear
        GoodEnoughGear
        Yeah looks like things are rampant out there. Home schooling ain't no party either. Good luck!
        Nov 16, 2020
    8. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      Just when I start to question whether I am sane to believe in cable differences I make a cable swap that leaves me absolutely gobsmacked.
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      2. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        For sure more detailed and resolving. Actually a bit fuller sounding. Overall more holographic, deeper stage, more air, cleaner/natural bass (bass could border on a bit crunchy with the BJC). Maybe makes the LS3/5A even a bit more mid-forward, might have to mess with toe-in a bit because they are almost a bit too engaging now.
        Nov 12, 2020
      3. PTS
        PTS
        Would you consider doing this and reporting back? Get someone else to swap the cables a number of times without you looking. See if you correctly guess (say out of 5 or 10) which are the BJC and which are the Tellurium.
        Nov 12, 2020
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      4. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        @PTS in an ideally world I would, but changing cables on my setup is a pain, and with startup/shutdown of a tube amp, it would just be a logistics nightmare. I did pull my whole rack out for the swap and test half a dozen tracks with BJC, then swapped (both 4 and 8ohm taps), and then swapped back.
        Nov 12, 2020
    9. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      Stock TH900 is a boomy, screechy, incohesive mess. @E_Schaaf mods must truly be magic to salvage this disaster.
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      2. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        Nov 10, 2020
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      3. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        Nov 10, 2020
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      4. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        Yeah, I went into stock TH900 blind (hadn't read impressions or looked at FR). Yikes....
        Nov 10, 2020
    10. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      Scored an Emerald TH900 mk2 just in time to compare to the ESX900 loaner and then ship off to @E_Schaaf for modding.
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      2. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        @Lyander Yeah I figure if I can't get over the ugly Fostex branding right in the middle of the gorgeous green cup, I can always sell them and use the funds for some custom cups. Would be a shame to not keep them with the serial #2 unit for a LTD run though.
        Nov 5, 2020
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      3. dncnexus
        dncnexus
        Very jealous! Hope they are as pretty in person as photos
        Nov 5, 2020
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      4. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        I'm so glad these 548843 drivers are getting a second chance. I can't get over how bad the TH900 implementation / tuning is stock. I remember hearing them at RMAF last year and just feeling heartbroken by the dope AF bass and shitty everything else. Maxed out at like 70db before fatigue set in lol
        Nov 5, 2020
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    11. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      Asgard 3 + Verite synergy really starting to click for me. Really enjoying the cozier staging/imaging.
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      2. DJ XtAzY
        DJ XtAzY
        That was my pairing before too. It sounds great for such an inexpensive amp. Did you pair the Verite to something else before? I also noticed that you're also trying to find ways to make it less dark and better vocal presence.
        Oct 29, 2020
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      3. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        @DJ XtAzY Since having the Verite I have cycled through the Liquid Platinum, Modded Liquid Platinum, and MJ2. Overall definitely enjoying the vocals best from the Asgard 3. SW51+ on the way, eyeing a Pendant/Starlett/3F for the future. Got the Asgard 3 as a stopgap, but digging it enough I may have to keep around for a future budget stack.
        Oct 29, 2020
    12. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      Hate to admit it to myself, but my desire to spin/purchase vinyl has rapidly decreased since setting up Roon.
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      3. Cakecake
        Cakecake
        When I'm old and blind I'll go digital
        Oct 27, 2020
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      4. Merrick
        Merrick
        Same, but instead of Roon for me it’s the Gungnir Multibit.
        Oct 27, 2020
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      5. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        @Merrick yep, Pi2AES+Gungnir Multibit+Roon has been hard to beat. I still enjoy my vinyl setup more assuming it is a good pressing, but my wallet appreciates that I am starting to slow vinyl purchasing as I spend more time in the digital space lately.
        Oct 28, 2020
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    13. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      LS3/5A are so unbelievably picky about placement. Insane how different they sounds as I just subtly tweak angle.
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      2. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        Now if only I had a bigger listening space where I could really optimize their position...someday. Funny to think about these sitting on a shelf in a van for monitoring back in the day.
        Oct 22, 2020
      3. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        BBC stuff? Yes, designed to be only slightly further away than headphones, I guess.
        Oct 22, 2020
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      4. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        @Thad E Ginathom yeah I am using very nearfield, just a few feet apart/away. Only big issue is I can only have a few inches out from the wall. I like the sound with no toe-in actually, but then end up with a bad bass reflection behind my monitor. Seems just a slight toe-in to get that back energy going away helps a lot. Might experiment with some sort of absorbing panels along that wall.
        Oct 22, 2020
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    14. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      Friend status! I knew I was fitting in here when I finally got my first dislike the other day.
    15. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      Said I was done with IEMs, but may have to impulse buy the Moondrop Starfield while on sale to dip my toe into IEMs again.
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    16. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      Final SW51+ payment made and it is on its way. So psyched.
      1. Merrick, Cakecake, Wilson and 3 others like this.
      2. e.schell
        e.schell
        Thanks for the heads up. Made me check my email and what do you know I'm in the same boat! Been a long wait but pretty happy to know it's on the way, even if it ends up taking 30-60 days to get here haha.
        Oct 12, 2020
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      3. Skyline
        Skyline
        Same here. Night gathers, and now our watch begins.
        Oct 12, 2020
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      4. zerodeefex
        zerodeefex
        I'll buy one of your amps used when one of you gets upgradeitis
        Oct 12, 2020
    17. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      Have been doing a ton of Verite pad rolling past 2 weeks. BE2/suede win for timbre, but Verite just loses its magic without Universe pads.
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      3. crenca
        crenca
        Nailed it! EQ only does so much as well, as the 3k dip starts to ring audibly if you level it out more than 2 or 3 db. I admit that I am probably going to sell my VC, unless the incoming Starlett convinces me otherwise...
        Oct 9, 2020
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      4. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        @crenca I am probably in the same boat once my Auteur arrives and I get to compare the two. I guess I am a cautionary tale, I loved my Auteur, never should have sold chasing Verite/TOTL. Learned a lot about my preferences through the process though, so not all bad.
        Oct 9, 2020
      5. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        Verite is incredible with certain things, but I listen to a lot of indie folk/rock and female singer-songwriter stuff, and the vocal presence suckout with the 3k dip is just too much for me. And I like the more forward staging of the Auteur. Verite stage is too much in outer space rather than physical space if that makes sense. Hoping to have my SW51+ or Pendant to compare Verite/Auteur
        Oct 9, 2020
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    18. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      Picked up some Klipsch KG4s for my Dad because he wanted something bassier. Hooked em up to try out, surprisingly addictive.
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      2. Senorx12562
        Senorx12562
        Still have a pair of these from...1985 maybe? Haven't used them for probably 20 years. But I liked them then. From a 35 wpc Marantz of the same era. Those were the days. Think the ex has 'em.
        Oct 6, 2020
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    19. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      Got all of my Pi2AES stuff in, so excited to get it together. Bye bye chromecast as my roon endpoint.
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      2. HotRatSalad
        HotRatSalad
        I need to try one of those but the software/interface worries me. Please give us your thoughts on that as well as the sound.
        Oct 2, 2020
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    20. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      My Pi2aes is on the way. Anyone have a quality, budget BNC cable recommendation to feed Gungnir multibit?
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      3. zonto
        zonto
        @k4rstar What exactly do you not like about the Blue Jeans 1694A? Particularly interested if it has anything to do with hazy, undefined treble.
        Oct 4, 2020
      4. k4rstar
        k4rstar
        poor sense of rhythm and air is what I experience with blue jeans cables. something about the construction.
        Oct 4, 2020
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        Oct 4, 2020
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    Gender:
    Male
    Birthday:
    Feb 20, 1988 (Age: 32)
    Location:
    Tacoma, WA

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    Source: Roon+Pi2AES/Pro-ject Classic Evo
    DAC/Phono: Schiit Gungnir Multibit A2/Tavish Vintage
    Pre/Amps: Freya S -> Asgard 3/PrimaLuna Prologue Premium
    HF/Speakers: Purpleheart ZMF Verite/Graham Chartwell LS3/5a
    https://www.discogs.com/user/Inoculator/collection