Justin S
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Justin S

Friend, Male, from Toronto

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a 4493 and a 4499 J2, a pair of AB Noise Nukes, and nice tube in the Lyr+. Let the fun begin. Jan 27, 2024

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    1. Justin S
      Justin S
      A couple months in on a MOTU Ultralite MK5 for multichannel in my work suite. Hot damn it is no slouch. Clear, balanced, exciting.
    2. Justin S
      Justin S
      How is Tidal's redbook FLAC? Is it derived from MQA sources or is it actually uncompressed?
      1. rlow
        rlow
        My understanding is that everything was derived from the MQA source previously. However with their impending launch of lossless high-res FLAC (sans MQA) and potential death of MQA, not sure if that’s going to change…
        Aug 11, 2023
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      2. bixby
        bixby
        Everything? What about the large percentage of albums that are/were not offered in master, why would they be derived from an MQA source?
        Aug 11, 2023
    3. Justin S
      Justin S
      New garage system: HiFiBerry DAC2 Pro, Fosi V3, Mission LX2s I had kicking around. Will not win awards but sweet garage system.
      1. Cryptowolf, Merrick, Gazny and 4 others like this.
      2. Justin S
        Justin S
        From Tivoli to this - transforms garage time into something better. The danger is that I pick away at this more to make it better when really it's a garage system.
        Aug 6, 2023
      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        Swap AD827 opamps into that Fosi v3, it’s worth it!
        Aug 7, 2023
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      4. Justin S
        Justin S
        I have some OPA1656s on order. It *IS* a bit bright right now with the stock op amps - which is saying a lot with the missions which are dark and smooth. I'll look into the AD827s.
        Aug 9, 2023
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    4. Justin S
      Justin S
      The Bear is a study on how to make TV.
      1. Walderstorn, caute, Jinxy245 and 3 others like this.
    5. Justin S
      Justin S
      Just put absorption panels on my front wall. The difference is profound. Clarity, focus, stage depth. Making me sweaty it's so good.
      1. Cryptowolf, Azimuth, zottel and 9 others like this.
      2. yotacowboy
        yotacowboy
        I usually get the meat sweats, but can aspire to music sweats.
        Jul 16, 2023
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      3. Justin S
        Justin S
        @yotacowboy , I know you're a mini monitor guy, too. I'm listening to the Harbeth P3ESR XDs. With a Yggdrasil LIM and the Heed Obelisk SI3. The panels bring out the greasy yummyness.
        Jul 16, 2023
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    6. Justin S
      Justin S
      Learning new gear is like trying to settle into a random dot stereogram. You know it is there somewhere...hopefully.
      1. zottel and Claritas like this.
      2. Claritas
        Claritas
        When I really enjoy something, I don't bother trying to understand why. I only want to enjoy it. For learning purposes, I use test tracks. Normally, it takes the whole weekend: 4 sessions of 3 hours. I won't even post a mini-review (as opposed to impressions) if I haven't done that. If I dislike what I'm hearing, but I want to understand why, I've crammed 8 tracks into 3.5 hours.
        Jul 9, 2023
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    7. Justin S
      Justin S
      Digging the Tivoli in the garage. Super enjoyable mono experience. I like the lack of fuss, but there's nothing like the dumb main system.
    8. Justin S
      Justin S
      HQPlayer 5 is a level up. sinc-MGa + ASDM7ECv3 on an AKM DSD-D DAC (Geshelli J2) feels perfect w H800Ss and Lyr+. Putting my 4090 to work.
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      3. Justin S
        Justin S
        Jussi has added new modulators and new filters. They're more efficient and sound even better. I was hoping to skip this one, but I got sucked in by the combination in the OP. It's pretty great. The demo will run for a half an hour at a time so you can give it a whirl.
        Jul 2, 2023
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      4. Justin S
        Justin S
        The UI has changed and actually gotten worse. He has attempted to make it more "contemporary", but now you have to click through tabs for all the settings rather than seeing them all on one page.
        Jul 2, 2023
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      5. zottel
        zottel
        I use the embedded version. It’s on a Linux computer, anyway, and I use Roon to play the music. It’s easier to use the web interface from my tablet to control the settings than to walk up to the attic or use VNC to change the settings in software with a GUI. :)
        Jul 2, 2023
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    9. Justin S
      Justin S
      After years of building and fixing, I have the garage tidy. My beat-up Tivoli has been a constant. It's not hifi but all about songs.
      1. Qildail, Gazny, Northwest and 4 others like this.
    10. Justin S
      Justin S
      Getting reacquainted with DSD Direct with the AKM Geshelli socketed J2. I also popped a Sparkos SS2590 stack on the SE out. Tweaky fun.
      1. Cryptowolf, joch, rlow and 1 other person like this.
    11. Justin S
      Justin S
      The GE Tall Bottle is from England and is glorious in the Lyr+. Have not tried the others yet.
      1. Phantaminum
        Phantaminum
        There are still some really nicely priced Russian 6SN7 equivalent tubes. If you can find some early 50s/60s Foton tubes they sound great.
        May 29, 2023
    12. Justin S
      Justin S
      Ordered 4 6SN7s from Antique audio. You can't pick the brand, so it's always mixed. 2 GE side getters, a CBS Hytron and a GE Tall Bottle.
      1. Cryptowolf likes this.
      2. Justin S
        Justin S
        They CBS/Hytron is sick good. I feel like ordering from them is a bit of a lottery, but for the price of one decent tube, I got two fabulous nighttime listening tubes and two good tubes that I can us as daily drivers. Win Win.
        Jun 4, 2023
    13. Justin S
      Justin S
      First time focused speaker listen in a while. Sound in your room is next level convincing. Harbeths rock.
      1. Justin S
        Justin S
        Every time I walk by the stereo, I think about listening to the stereo.
        May 6, 2023
    14. Justin S
      Justin S
      Foxygen Mona is a perfect critical quote of "80s revival".
    15. Justin S
      Justin S
      Back to the office this week. The Beyerdynamic DT770s with the Custom Cans mass loading kit and ZMF Ori pads are quite nice from a FullaE.
      1. Cryptowolf, Jinxy245 and HotRatSalad like this.
    16. Justin S
      Justin S
      Did a full irrigation ear cleaning for IEMs and now it seems I am re-calibrating everything else. So much top end :-)
      1. Justin S
        Justin S
        It's like burn-in. It took a bunch of hours and now everything sounds great again. Grrr brain/love amazing brain.
        Apr 21, 2023
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    17. Justin S
      Justin S
      Qobuz finally in Canada! Quite sure it sounds better than Tidal through Roon. Easier sound, more micro detail. MQA-is-poo confirmation bias?
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      2. RestoredSparda
        RestoredSparda
        Yep. I can't tell the difference between Qobuz and local files through Roon. I just stream everything now.
        Apr 20, 2023
      3. Justin S
        Justin S
        My understanding is that Tidal's Redbook has also gone through MQA conversion. I had only been listening to their "hifi" tier not their "masters" tier.
        Apr 21, 2023
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      4. Justin S
        Justin S
        Listening to some older Brian Blade (Friends Call Her Dot) and the differences are quite pronounced. All the brush work is more pronounced as is the purr of the reeds. After 7+ years of Tidal, call me impressed.
        Apr 21, 2023
    18. Justin S
      Justin S
      For $23 I ordered a "generic NOS" 6SN7 from tubesandmore. They sent an RCA 6SN7GTB black plate!! The $24 PSVANE 6SN7-GT is also quite good.
      1. Justin S
        Justin S
        The RCA is very good - I have one of these I bought a while ago for $100 CAD (grrr). The PSVANE is surprisingly good. It's their "Classic Series" 6SN7. It's resolving, deep and delicate sounding which is working really nicely with solo piano right now.
        Apr 11, 2023
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    19. Justin S
      Justin S
      Lry+ changes presentation with different tubes. Rocking a Ken Rad VT231 right now. It is not as dynamic as others but very detailed and 3D.
      1. Qildail, Gazny, Claritas and 2 others like this.
      2. RestoredSparda
        RestoredSparda
        KenRad was my preferred tube the 2 years I had a Lyr 3. Couldn't get enough of them.
        Apr 7, 2023
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    20. Justin S
      Justin S
      Gah. First time around the Covid merry go round. It sucks.
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      3. DigMe
        DigMe
        Also what @Armaegis said. Apparently it can make you more prone to long-covid if you try and come back too early which has apparently hurt a lot of high-level athletes.
        Mar 26, 2023
      4. Justin S
        Justin S
        Totally, point taken. Right now, my principal symptoms are severe fatigue and very very runny sinuses. Pretty light in comparison to many of my friends, a couple of whom were pretty fucked up by it. Rest, fluids, no Rye. Count myself lucky so far.
        Mar 26, 2023
      5. Justin S
        Justin S
        I'm a week in now and finally feel like myself again. It was seemingly not worse than memories of bad flus, but weirder - high heart rate, very disrupted sleep, weird fatigue. Glad to be on the other side of it. Thanks for the advice and well wishes, gents.
        Mar 31, 2023
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    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Toronto
    Occupation:
    Filmmaker
    Gear List:
    Home system: PI2AES with SBAF ABNN>AES> Yggdrasil LIM>SE>Heed Obelisk SI III>Harbeth P3ESR XDs + REL t7i.

    Work: USB | S/PDIF (PI2AES Lite) ->MOTU Ultralite MK5/Geshelli J2S -> Monitors: Genelec 8020s + 7040a

    Headphones: USB | S/PDIF (PI2AES Lite) -> MOTU/J2 (SBAF ABNN after SMPS)- > Lyr+. ZMF AUTEUR CLASSIC, HD 6xxM (sbaf kissmod), HD600, Modded DT770s.

    Previous equipment. Harbeth P3ESR Standards, Harbeth C7ES3s, Neumann KH120As, Dynaudio M20s. Project Debut III/Graham Slee pre, Soekris 2541 (2x), RME ADI-2 DACfs, Bifrost 2, Holo Spring1 LV2, Schiit Fulla, BF2 (2x), BF 2/64, Gungnir Multibit Multibit A2, Heed Dactillus, Denafrips Ares, Auralic Aries, AudioLab M-DAC, Rega R-DAC, OG Schiit Freya, Schiit Magni 3, OG Burson Soloist, MassDrop LCX, Burson Fun, ZDT Jr., BHA-1, Lynx Hilo

    Previous Headphones: ZMF Aeolus, HD800S, LCD-X 2021, Focal Clear, Focal Elex, OG Sennheiser 650, Sennheiser 58x Jubilee, OG AKG Sextetts, Nhoord Red custom build, Symphones Magnum V8 custom build, Elleven Acoustica G1 custom build, Elleven Acoustica R1 custom build, Hifiman He400i, AKG K702.
    I am a filmmaker. I have also owned and operated a couple different animation/video-post studios and have been buying and trading gear since the 90s. I am relatively new to hifi.

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