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Organizing CD collection... File artists by first name or last name? e.g. David Bowie - D or B? Frank Zappa - F or Z? #firstworldproblem Aug 7, 2022 at 10:28 AM

    1. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      I purchased Van Halen's first 6 albums off of HD Tracks. These are the 2015 remasters. They are better than any other release I have.
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      2. Merrick
        Merrick
        Oh yes, Blues For Allah also sounds great. I haven't heard the MoFi Mars Hotel.
        May 10, 2022
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      3. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        FWIW, the 24/96 version of the 2015 remasters from HD Tracks is very loud and compressed sounding. I have VanHalen and 1984 in 24/96 and they aren't as pleasant as the 24/192 versions. @Merrick @YMO @DigMe @Walderstorn @roshambo123
        May 11, 2022
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      4. Merrick
        Merrick
        The 24/96s came out first and are different transfers IIRC. Same mastering, but they didn't just take the 24/192 and convert it to 96 for whatever reason, they did a whole other transfer and botched it.
        May 11, 2022
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    2. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      LOL... was wondering why music sounded thin... someone unplugged my sub! That's gotta be a captial offense.
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      2. YMO
        YMO
        I love unplugging subs. 2.0 or burst
        May 1, 2022
      3. Riotvan
        Riotvan
        One of the reasons i have two.
        May 2, 2022
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      4. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @YMO @Riotvan One day, I'll splurge on some great tower speakers and see if I miss my subs.
        May 2, 2022
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    3. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Swapped speakers btwn systems. Didn't result w/Polk Legend L100. Put OG Freya in & took out Khozmo. I like it better w/tube gain.
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      2. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        Meh... after a few days, something wasn't quite right. A veil seemed to be present - very slight veil. Went back to my passive Khozmo.
        May 5, 2022
    4. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Thought about buying some gear. Decided to buy music instead. I think that's a good place to be.
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      2. Wobbletits
        Wobbletits
        I spent an embarassing amount on some test equipment ;/ should have bought more music myself tbh.
        Apr 27, 2022
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    5. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Like a buffoon, I put a bid on a Jot 2 (no cards) on eBay. We shall see. What got into me?
      1. Sqveak
        Sqveak
        Curiosity.
        Apr 24, 2022
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      2. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @Sqveak Wait is 6-8 weeks from Schiit, so I guess I thought, "What the Hell?"
        Apr 24, 2022
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    6. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Thinking about a Bifrost 2 + Magnius and moving my Modi MB + Vali 2 (or Magni3) to nightstand duty.
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      2. Cryptowolf
        Cryptowolf
        I upgrade from a Modi1 to a Bifrost2. The enhancement in sound surprised me.
        Apr 22, 2022
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      3. jnak00
        jnak00
        Bifrost is great. Magnius...not so much
        Apr 22, 2022
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      4. Sqveak
        Sqveak
        I would go Bifrost 2 + Vali 2 for the main set up and Magni 3 for the nightstand. Or think outside the Schiit and try a Liquid Spark with that Modi of yours.
        Apr 22, 2022
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    7. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      I see comments such as, "That CD doesn't sound too bad, but it is compressed somewhat." What does it mean for a CD to be "compressed?"
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      2. Lyander
        Lyander
        Also kinda brings Random Access Memories to mind; it sounds really good for how limited the dynamic range on the CD is.
        Apr 4, 2022
      3. GoodEnoughGear
        GoodEnoughGear
        I think we need to distinguish between works with legitimately lower dynamic range versus compression of dynamic range that is affecting the music quality. It's myopic to simply judge a work by its dynamic range, much like judging a DAC by SINAD.
        Apr 4, 2022
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      4. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        @GoodEnoughGear - I agree. But I also think that if two versions of a recording are available and one has higher measured DR, I see no reason why I shouldn’t favor it. I often think this why the vinyl version is preferred by a lot of people.
        Apr 4, 2022
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    8. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Why does GM have Chevy & GMC branded light duty trucks (i.e. pickups)?
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      2. penguins
        penguins
        I would guess is it's mostly a vestige of when different car brands in the US had more product differentiation. Now days they're all similar enough (features, build, pricing, etc.) I don't see the point to it either but if it sells, it sells.
        Mar 23, 2022
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      3. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        It used to be Cadillac > Buick > Pontiac > Chevy. But for trucks it was only GMC > Chevy.
        Mar 23, 2022
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      4. dasman66
        dasman66
        and no one knew what Oldsmobile was... kind of between buick and pontiac I guess. I always thought of GM as Caddy = rich people; Buick = people wanting to seem like rich people; pontiac = sporty younger poeple; chevy = practical poeple; oldsmobile = nursing home people
        Mar 23, 2022
    9. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      POWER CORD UPGRADES: Thoughts? Please opine (positive/negative/neutral) if you've actually upgraded the power cords on your audio gear.
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      3. pure5152
        pure5152
        no I actually agree with that. super controversial, but the things that made most difference for me (in order):
        - upgrading power distribution block
        - power cables
        - better usb cable
        - interconnects

        The distribution block upgrade is huge, I'd suggest doing that before any more/other power cable upgrades. Ideally one that does star grounding.
        Mar 11, 2022
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      4. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @pure5152 I haven't considered upgrading USB cable. I have Audioquest Forest USB cables to Gungnir Multibit and ModiMB. Which USB cables have you tried?
        Mar 12, 2022
      5. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @pure5152 I have a PS Audio Dectet for my main system; Pangea Audio Octet Premier SE for my secondary system. They did make a difference.
        Mar 12, 2022
    10. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Here's what I noticed most when I upgraded power cables - thin sounding recordings gained more "heft." <shrugs>
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      2. dematted
        dematted
        yeah, noticed the same thing. was extremely subtle and heard it only in the sub-bass, but sounds like it might have slightly more foundation. could just be placebo, though, as I'm pretty sure I'd have a hard time distinguishing in a blind test.
        Mar 5, 2022
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      3. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @dematted maybe placebo, but I picked CDs that always sounded thin, like some Fleetwood Mac stuff I have. Was skeptical. Now…?
        Mar 5, 2022
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      4. Ksaurav402
        Ksaurav402
        Some cable do have better noise rejection and immune to RFI/EMI and hence sound better. No placebo I guess
        Mar 5, 2022
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    11. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Probably confirmation bias, but things sound good with the new power cords.
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      3. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        Feb 27, 2022
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      4. Cryptowolf
        Cryptowolf
        I recabled my system with all World’s Best interconnects and a reasonable power chord to my amp. All cables are shielded and I think the shielding may be what helped in my setup.
        Feb 27, 2022
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      5. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @Cryptowolf I think shielding having an impact makes sense. There’s a lot of shit in my basement, so blocking interference may help.
        Feb 27, 2022
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    12. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Going off the rails and purchasing some power cords to replace stock cords on DAC, phonostage, and SACD player.
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      3. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @neogeosnk I have a couple of Pangea cords. They connect my power strips to the wall outlet. Can’t recall model - too thick for my liking with rack components. Need flex.
        Jan 19, 2022
      4. neogeosnk
        neogeosnk
        I will order some cables from Cullen as they look good and are very well priced.
        Jan 20, 2022
      5. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @neogeosnk I found Patrick Cullen to be very helpful. He has a lot of orders now, so be patient. He quotes a 3-week turnaround.
        Jan 20, 2022
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    13. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Gonna grab a quick nap.
    14. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      New Polk Audio Legend L100 pair are in the house, on new stands, and playing music now. Thanks to my wife!
      1. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        Very excited to hear what you think of them! I have been tempted many time to grab some vintage Polk monitors with the peerless tweeter, but have not checked out their new stuff much.
        Dec 29, 2021
      2. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @Inoculator L100 replaced Polk RT25i, so a leap forward. A bit more forward than my Dynaudio Evoke 10. I like them so far. Good compliment to Evoke 10.
        Dec 29, 2021
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    15. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Is New Year a big deal for anyone here? It is the 2nd biggest holiday (Christmas #1) for my fam. Tksgiving is 3rd.
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      3. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @YMO NYD been a big deal (more than just getting sf'd) for the ethnic Asian side of my clan. I always looked forward to good food, fireworks, and family gathering at New Year's.
        Dec 26, 2021
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      4. Gazny
        Gazny
        It was only a big deal with my cohorts, but my inlaws love it. Biggest food day of the year
        Dec 26, 2021
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      5. fraggler
        fraggler
        Big deal? No. But I do enjoy marking the passage of time and embracing the energy of new beginnings.
        Dec 26, 2021
    16. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      I hope everyone had a safe Christmas holiday. Good times with my family!
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    17. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Wife likes back-up gear [ModiMB, Khozmo, Parasound 2125 v2, Polk RT25i] vs. primary [Gungnir Multibit A2, Khozmo, Rotel RB1582 mk2, Dynaudio Evoke 10]
      1. Sqveak
        Sqveak
        Sometimes 'good enough' is where the happy lives.
        Dec 25, 2021
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      2. Claritas
        Claritas
        @Sqveak, I always used to tell people, "Very good is good enough." I don't say it anymore, but I've stuck to it. Though I confess that my standard of "very good" has changed over the years. Still, I refuse to go searching for that last 18.75%.
        Dec 26, 2021
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      3. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @Sqveak @Claritas My suspicion is that my wife is sensitive to a particular freq range. Back-up system is much less detailed and resolving. My younger son prefers the primary system, and he has musician ears. :-)
        Dec 26, 2021
    18. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      When I've bought speaker wire in the past, it was usually packaged as two pairs. I only ordered one pair for my sub... duh...
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    19. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Purchased an SVS SB-1000 sub. Now I have one for each system. Someday, I’ll run dual subs. For now, happy to lay the Klipsch to rest.
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      2. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @Cryptowolf I'm not familiar with Omega speakers. The SVS sub was easy to integrate in my room with my Dynaudio Evoke 10. That's one reason I like the SVS.
        Dec 22, 2021
      3. Cryptowolf
        Cryptowolf
        My Omega are 6” single driver variants. I have an Omega 10” sub. The SVS is exclusive for movies
        Dec 22, 2021
      4. atomicbob
        atomicbob
        SVS SB-1000 can be tuned to do some amazing LFE for HT.
        Dec 23, 2021
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    20. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      LOL… who am I kidding? I’m not buying Grados… I’m getting a new sub and speakers…
      1. penguins
        penguins
        Same thing but with a smaller amount of unexpected money - debated different headphones, decided to buy a nice grill instead.
        Dec 22, 2021
      2. mitochondrium
        mitochondrium
        Good decision have fun
        Dec 22, 2021
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      3. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        Sub has been purchased. Purchased same sub that I have in another system - one day I may want to run dual subs after yet another purchase. haha...
        Dec 22, 2021
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    Gender:
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    Location:
    Missouri
    Gear List:
    DAC: Schiit Gungnir MB Gen 5, HeadRoom Micro DAC, Schiit Modi MB
    Head Amp: AURALiC Taurus MkII, Vali 2 [assorted tubes], Magni 3 [mothballed], HeadRoom Micro
    Headphones: Elex, HD650, DT880, D2000, K601, TX-X00, HE-4XX, SR-80e, M220
    CD/SACD/Data Disc Hi-Res: Denon DCD-1600NE, Marantz CD5003
    Cassette: Nakamichi DR-2
    Pre-Amp: Schiit Freya [Tung-Sol], Khozmo Passive Preamp (x2)
    Integrated Amp: Onkyo TX-8555 [mothballed]
    Amplifier: Rotel RB-1582 MkII, Parasound NewClassic 2125v2
    Turntable: Technics SL-1210GR, Kenwood KD-2070
    Cartridges: Ortofon 2M Red, Shure V15 Type III [JICO SAS/R], Audio-Technica VM750SH, Soundsmith Otello, Reloop Concorde w/STY10, Super OM-40
    Phonostage: PS Audio NuWave Phono Converter (also ADC), Parks Audio Puffin
    Speakers: Polk Audio RT25i, Dynaudio Evoke 10, Polk Audio Legend L100
    I'm pretty happy

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    SL-1210GR, KD-2070 | Gungnir MB, Modi MB | DCD-1600NE, CD5003 | DR-2 |
    NuWave Phono Converter, Puffin
    | Khozmo, Khozmo | RB-1582 MkII, NewClassic 2125v2 | Evoke 10, L100 | SB-1000, SB-1000