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Qobuz with exclusive early access of the Tower of Power 50th Anniversary Live album...good stuff. Feb 26, 2021 at 11:40 AM

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Viewing thread Soekris DAC2541 Review And Measurements, Mar 2, 2021 at 9:10 PM
    1. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      Qobuz with exclusive early access of the Tower of Power 50th Anniversary Live album...good stuff.
      1. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        I was a jazz band kid back in the day, so was TOP obsessed during my teen years. Loving this recording!
        Feb 26, 2021 at 11:41 AM
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      2. Biodegraded
        Biodegraded
        TV for you tonight: KCTS, 8.30-10pm - Tower of Power: 50 Years of Funk and Soul.
        Feb 27, 2021 at 8:28 AM
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    2. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      I am apparently cursed with turntables. Mofi Ultradeck arrived with very noisy motor and other issues. Pivoting to the Rega P8.
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      2. Gazny
        Gazny
        Do you have a preference for gimbals? Curious of what features you are looking for in a table at these price ranges.
        Feb 25, 2021 at 12:16 PM
      3. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        @Gazny I have never had a unipivot, but initially wanted to give it a try with an old VPI scout, but was sent the wrong model and damaged. Ultimately I am agnostic at this point, have only tried gimbaled arms. Originally was looking for a deck to pair with my Zu 103r. Ordered the P8 with no cartridge planning on trying out that combo.
        Feb 25, 2021 at 12:18 PM
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    3. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      Modhouse has a few Soekris DAC 2541 units up for purchase from their next shipment if anyone is looking. I am going to give it a whirl!
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    4. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      If it was still Massdrop of old rather than Drop we would be getting a stock HD 800 with some mod/filter options at $600-800
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      2. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        But it is more fun for them to be FOTM and move on. This is why Drop model sucks. They constantly have to have the need for yet ANOTHER product to keep the cycle going.
        Feb 18, 2021
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      3. Gazny
        Gazny
        I was really hoping for 800, oh well. even with their pseudo 900 dollar price I don't think I will bite. Luckily SBAF has a better headphone in the works. So I will stick to that in the near future.

        In the age of instant gratification, waiting 9 months is too long.
        Feb 18, 2021
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      4. crenca
        crenca
        Is the OG HD800 driver even made anymore? I thought they revised it for the HD800S
        Feb 18, 2021
    5. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      Thinking it is time to try out a Soekris DAC 2541, my LS3/5A just do not like the bass/forwardness from BF2.
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      2. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        Interestingly enough the Gungnir Multibit A2 actually had better synergy, but I parted with it when downgrading whole chain to SE. Thinking the 2541 might be a reasonably priced option with better synergy.
        Feb 17, 2021
    6. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      Drop teasing the release of "Our Most Requested Headphone"...HD8XX? Would be enough for me to be interested in Drop again.
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      2. crenca
        crenca
        "Zach has talked on live-streams about a sub-1000 closed-back he's working on with a more harman-esque tonality..." Ok thanks. I was hoping for a Verite V2 with a more even tonality or something similar.
        Feb 16, 2021
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      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        KossxDrop Porta Pro +++
        Feb 16, 2021
        FlySweep, dllmsch, obsiCO and 8 others like this.
      4. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        What if they pull the same crap with the 580 and make it low impedance
        Feb 18, 2021
    7. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      VPI turntable sent to me was wrong model AND damaged, so back to the drawing board. Thinking Mofi Ultradeck or Rega P8.
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      2. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        Let us know how that thing is. I still think that table is a bit overpriced for what it is just by the looks of it.
        Feb 15, 2021
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      3. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        @rtaylor76 Will do for sure. Have it coming with the top cartridge (Mastertracker) so will share my thoughts. Has gotten glowing reviews, but mostly from industry publications, and is a product from one of the largest equipment dealers online...so will see if I can provide some validating real-world impressions.
        Feb 15, 2021
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      4. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @Inoculator I'll be looking to read your impressions. Real-world (not audio publication) impressions are most valuable.
        Feb 15, 2021
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    8. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      New turntable arriving today, only a couple hours of work left on a major work project...great weekend ahead.
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      3. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        @Gaspasser a VPI Scout (the Aries model with cone feet, acrylic platter and JWM memorial 9" tonearm). My first deck that I can truly dial in/tinker with, excited to take that step in the hobby. Going to learn my way around it with the stock cartridge, but then get my ZU 103R on there.
        Feb 12, 2021
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      4. gaspasser
        gaspasser
        How goes the setup? The vinyl struggle is real
        Feb 13, 2021
      5. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        @gaspasser well bad news... Tonearm clip came unmounted in transit and tonearm went for a wild ride. Scratched the crap out of stuff and is surely warped ...and I was sent the wrong model by accident. So back to the drawing board. Working out what the replacement will be with the company on Monday.
        Feb 13, 2021
    9. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      VPI Aries Scout and Dr. Feickert alignment tool arriving Friday, excited to take my next learning steps in the vinyl hobby.
      1. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        Every turntable I had before this shipped kind of plug and play, or was a vintage table that I shop alignment/setup work for me. Ready to start taking setup and tinkering into my own hands. Figure an old original VPI scout will be a fun deck to really spend time dialing in.
        Feb 10, 2021
      2. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        Does that have a uni-piviot arm?
        Feb 10, 2021
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        Inoculator
        Feb 10, 2021
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      Inoculator
      This new Nancy Sinatra collection from Light in the Attic is superb. Really well done remaster.
      1. Boops
        Boops
        Is this “Start Walkin’ 1965–1976”?
        Feb 5, 2021
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      Inoculator
      Love A-B comparing stuff when I make the time, I thought it would be a chore comparing phono stages but differences are immediately apparent
      1. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        This Darlington Labs phono is the first loaner tour I have gotten to be part of, such a treat to get the chance to try some gear out this way. Excited to share my findings!
        Feb 4, 2021
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    12. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      When people purposefully mix tape/analog noise into tracks...no, please stop.
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      2. StageOne
        StageOne
        Feb 3, 2021
      3. Phantaminum
        Phantaminum
        You would definitely hate lofi hip hop lol.
        Feb 3, 2021
      4. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        @E_Schaaf @Phantaminum valid point, and for sure hear where you are coming from. Just means I have to reserve listening to that stuff from my Porta Pros.
        Feb 3, 2021
    13. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      Researching what my next turntable is going to be has my head spinning. Wish I could listen to more than a handful of them locally.
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    14. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      Found out my Yamaha PF-800 can't be repaired (motor is unobtanium), so just clearing the deck of turntables and figuring out what's next.
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      2. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        The Ultradeck looks way overpriced to me. Looks on par if not lower than a VPI Traveler V2. The beauty of the Technics is in the coreless motor - it has tons of torque that belt drives wish they had. The 1500c is a decent deal under $1000. If you want to go fancy, still nothing wrong with a Sol with that unipiviot arm.
        Jan 29, 2021
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      3. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        Anything higher than $1k, I would post in the Advice forum. I don't keep up with some of those uber priced models.
        Jan 29, 2021
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      4. Merrick
        Merrick
        @rtaylor76 The MFSL looks deceptive, as far as I can tell it uses higher quality components than its looks suggest.
        Jan 29, 2021
    15. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      As much as I love my nearfield 2 channel setup, I just slapped on HD 600 w/ SW51+ for the first time in weeks....pure bliss.
      1. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        Crunch time for my work, so long days WFH running my LS3/5A for Zoom/Teams with music sporadically throughout the day. Have a long stretch today with no meetings, so fired up the SW51+...guess I will always be a sucker for headphones. Al I want to do is melt into my chair and chill now.
        Jan 27, 2021
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      2. rlow
        rlow
        Boo. 2-channel FTW!! Haha just kidding. What do you think compels you with hp vs speakers? Is it the more intimate feeling of it? Or just a different presentation?
        Jan 27, 2021
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      3. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        I think it must be the more intimate feeling, I am just so much more focused on the music with headphones (bad for during work though, haha). Presentation-wise I feel more sucked into the space of the music and out of my physical space. That being said, nothing is as tactile as a well record live performance from the LS3/5A, it is like I have a saxophone or vocalist right here in my tiny little basement with me.
        Jan 27, 2021
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      Inoculator
      Anyone have any tips for "best" speaker stand spikes. Figuring out what thread size to tap into my custom stands.
    17. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      Added sound dampening panels to wall behind my nearfield monitors, immediate/obvious improvement. Time to take room treatment seriously
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      2. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        @Gazny I actually just went cheap with the Rhino panels as I did not have much space. Cheap but effective as far as I can tell.
        Jan 20, 2021
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      3. Azteca
        Azteca
        I just got our little side room cleared out enough to use as an office. I know the dimensions and reflections in here are awful so I'll be doing this myself. I've used GIK at work but I'll look into Rhino.
        Jan 20, 2021
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      4. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        @Azteca for purely sound dampening, they seem to do the trick. I had really bad reflections from the hollow drywall behind my desk (speakers also sitting a bit too close). Putting a row of the rhino panels in has largely solved the issue. Kind of sounds like a "hi-fi" switch has been flipped, like that awe you get from the first time you listen to a legit DAC.
        Jan 20, 2021
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    18. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      I would kill for an iFi portable dac/amp that adds Roon Ready wi-fi streaming.
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      2. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        Until a viable alternative to the Chord Mojo+Poly combo (yuck) comes along for portable roon streaming, I guess I am just stuck using my phone as a Roon endpoint when on the move around the house.
        Jan 15, 2021
      3. Azteca
        Azteca
        Jan 15, 2021
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      4. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        @Azteca yeah unfortunately anything with android is probably going to run into issues. It is crazy to me there is not already something out there!
        Jan 15, 2021
    19. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      Have an old high school buddy working on fabricating some proper open frame stands for my LS3/5A. Finally giving these what they deserve.
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      3. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        Granted different rooms/chains (usually at GHA they are hooked up to Line Magnetic integrated or top end Naim setup). At least with the LS3/5A and comparing my listening there and at home, it seems they sound a bit technical/aggressive with kind of tinny bass too close to the wall and over isolated, and instead very musical and natural on proper stands. Will see if that holds up once I have a pair though
        Jan 13, 2021
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      4. rlow
        rlow
        What did you think of the 5/9 vs the others? Some report they are more rolled off on both ends (esp the highs) and not extended enough compared to the LS6.
        Jan 13, 2021
      5. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        I am going to have to give another listen, was a short visit that day and all I remember was being completely gobsmacked at how good it sounded. They were rocking a $20k Linn LP12 build that day for the source so I kind of just had my jaw on the floor drooling at that. I do remember them sounding pretty effortless for a bigger monitor in a relatively small space, so that might suggest a bit of that rolloff.
        Jan 13, 2021
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      Inoculator
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      3. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        RIP my all silver setup, black is growing on me though. I dig the cleaner lines Naim ripoff aesthetic of the Akitika stuff with the green glow. Most of the money gained through this process was eaten up getting a TH900 to get an ESX900 going with @E_Schaaf
        Jan 12, 2021
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      4. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        Nice mid-century industrial era cart.
        Jan 13, 2021
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      5. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        @rtaylor76 Thanks! My local 2nd use building supplies spot had it for only $20! I can raise that upper shelf area if needed also which is handy. When I was there getting it, they had that granite remnant on top that fit perfect for $5! Wheels probably don't give great isolation, and it is a bit bulky, but I love it, and can't beat the price
        Jan 13, 2021
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