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Got the Shure V15 Type III with JICO SAS/R aligned on the Kenwood KD2070. Sounds great! Why is everything sounding so good today? Aug 13, 2021

    1. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Sys >> Onkyo TX-8555 as pre-amp for Rotel RB-1582 MkII. Not sure why - it just sounds better. Will use SYS w/Vidar I ordered.
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    2. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Trying to determine to upgrade speakers or amp first for 2nd system. Playing old RT25i with moar pwr amp to see if it scales...
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      2. rlow
        rlow
        I think you said yesterday you were looking for a cheaper version of the Evoke 10. While not as good probably you could look at the Dynaudio EMIT M10, which I think is the previous generation.
        Jan 28, 2021
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      3. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @rlow I am also considering ELAC Debut Reference. Soft dome tweeter, slightly laid back, but still detailed... those descriptors usually mean I’ll like the sound. How’s your Vidar doing?
        Jan 28, 2021
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      4. rlow
        rlow
        Debut Reference could definitely be a good match to your preferences.

        I have 2 Vidars - they’re both making sweet music while I work :)
        Jan 29, 2021
    3. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      My second system needs a new pair of speakers. Need to sound like Dynaudio Evoke 10, but not be as pricey (if possible).
    4. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Fiddling Around: Should I have upgraded my amp first, or my speakers? Luckily, I was able to do both. What if I had to pick? Hmmm?
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      2. Merrick
        Merrick
        In my mind, you need to tailor the rest of your chain for maximum synergy with your transducers. So in any audio system, the transducers should be the first consideration and the first purchase.
        Jan 27, 2021
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      3. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @Merrick I’ve come to learn this in a roundabout way. Also, important to know presentation preferences. Klipsch kills me; Dynaudio loves me.
        Jan 27, 2021
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      4. Syzygy
        Syzygy
        For me, the conundrum is…how do I know I /really/ like these speakers, if I don't like what I hear with gear I also like?

        chicken vs. egg.

        But generally I agree: match stuff with speakers.

        I'm doing the fiddling with headphones instead of speakers. New amps, awaiting new DAC. Keeping headphones for now, for something to be recognizable.
        Jan 27, 2021
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    5. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      I can’t put into words what I am hearing...
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      2. Biodegraded
        Biodegraded
        See today's posts in the 'Audio Science Review Review' thread. And just generally.
        Jan 25, 2021
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      3. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @Biodegraded ffs, that was a painful 3 minutes I’ll never get back! Would have been sheer torture to watch the whole thing!
        Jan 25, 2021
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      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Amir on a forum is bad enough. I am /not/ watching that video.

        So I suppose I shouldn't be curious re what he said about sbaf. Right. No, I shouldn't.
        Jan 26, 2021
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    6. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      I’m struggling to decide to go Vidar or Aegir for secondary system - my “semi-budget” system cobbled together from leftovers.
    7. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Status? Annoyed, as the Kings are taking it to the Blues (who are sleep walking).
    8. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Super OM cart w/STY40 is my kind of sound. STY40 came off Reloop Concorde Black. The Reloop now has STY10. Prolly need STY20...
    9. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      I used to primarily listen via headphones. After the upgrades, I’m a speakers guy.
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      3. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        I had a brief experience, courtesy of @Koth Ganesh, at a meet. I certainly enjoyed it.

        I was a speakers guy to begin with. Had headphones forced on me by marriage.
        Jan 23, 2021
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      4. atomicbob
        atomicbob
        I use both as appropriate. When wishing private listening headphones reign supreme. When I can rock out there is nothing like having Meyer Sound speakers and Bag End subs to make the neighborhood take notice. Then there is work mode for which studio monitors are most userful.
        Jan 23, 2021
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      5. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @atomicbob I used to be about 90% headphones - at any time of day. Now, I'll use headphones for work and when being loud isn't appropriate!
        Jan 23, 2021
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    10. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Note to self: After switching back to the Evoke 10 from the RT25i, dial the damn sub back in for the Evoke 10!!
    11. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Would it be appropriate for me to put in a plug for a vendor that makes acrylic dust covers for turntables? I just got one for my KD-2070.
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      2. purr1n
        purr1n
        yes, please.
        Jan 21, 2021
      3. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @purr1n Was thinking Vinyl Nutjob forum. Will that work?
        Jan 21, 2021
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    12. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      I'll need to reach out to Schiit, but I plan on having a Freya+ online for System A and OG Freya for System B. Any remote control issues?
      1. rlow
        rlow
        They have the exact same remote/codes, unless you had the OG plastic one. But still, the same codes, so they will both control each other.
        Jan 20, 2021
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      2. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @rlow clicking in stereo!! Oh, my... that will be interesting.
        Jan 20, 2021
      3. JayC
        JayC
        In my experience, the IR blaster of the Schiit remote isnt that powerful. I programmed the Schiit remote into a Logitech universal remote and it makes a massive difference. Where the Schiit remote needed to be pointed directly at my Saga, the universal remote can be pointed to the ceiling and it still works.. So if your systems are not right next to each other it may not be much of a problem with the stock remote
        Jan 21, 2021
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    13. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      I’ve had vodka from the freezer, and I’m listening to music. I wanna say, “THANKS, SCHIIT for making Freya, Gungnir MB. I like them!!”
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      2. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @Cryptowolf $14.99 for a bottle of Stoli is tough to beat. Even Beam White and JD No.7 cost at least $5 more! ;-)
        Jan 19, 2021
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      3. Cryptowolf
        Cryptowolf
        My favorite Vodka, including the ones mentioned, would be Kettle One. Belvedere is a close second. Though I’m mostly a brown liquor drinker.
        Jan 19, 2021
      4. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @Cryptowolf I am a Bourbon or Tennessee Whiskey guy, but vodka is a close second if it comes from my freezer!
        Jan 19, 2021
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    14. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Here's hoping Freya+ is available sooner rather than later.
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      2. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        For real, went to purchase last night and was bummed to see the delay. I am also crossing my fingers for it to come in black to match the Akitika GT-102
        Jan 19, 2021
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    15. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Ouch! SL-1210GR + V15 Type III + Cardas Iridium + NuWave Converter is absolutely brutal with worn LPs. Good thing KD-2070 + 2M Red exists!
    16. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Anybody combine Gungnir Multibit and SYS for use as a pre-amp?
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      2. Cryptowolf
        Cryptowolf
        @Inoculator I think the SAGA+ added some warmth and sense of space to my system. I have a BK BT-140 solid state power amp from the 90’s. Moving from the SYS to the SAGA had an effect even my non-audiophile wife could hear.
        Jan 18, 2021
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        rhythmdevils
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    17. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      @rlow I know you’ve used Vidar with Sys. My speakers are 8 ohm, 89dB. I should be OK until I get Freya+ in a few months?
      1. rlow
        rlow
        Unless your room is very large and/or you’re a long way away from them and listen very loud, you won’t need the gain from the Freya+ tube mode. A SYS will be fine. But Freya in all its tube glory will still sound better ;-)
        Jan 17, 2021
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      2. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @rlow The plan is to upgrade to Freya+ and slide Freya OG over to take SYS's place. :-) Freya OG is probably overkill, but I don't want to sell it.
        Jan 17, 2021
    18. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Swapping carts on Kenwood KD-2070 is a minor PITA. Have to unplug unit in order to place scale on platter and check VTF. Not a biggie.
    19. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      I’ve improved my system, and the only negative I’ve noticed is bad pressssings sssound a lot worse than they did prior to upgrades.
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      2. Biodegraded
        Biodegraded
        Next step RCM nervosa :-D
        Jan 16, 2021
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      3. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @Biodegraded lol... was stunned by the difference between my primary TT and secondary TT.
        Jan 16, 2021
    20. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      I’m being blasphemous... I’m using my phonostage’s ADC capability and feeding it to Gungnir Multibit via coax... :-)
      1. Gazny
        Gazny
        Puffin?
        Jan 16, 2021
      2. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @Gazny PS Audio NPC. I don’t have the digital out on Puffin. :-)
        Jan 16, 2021
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    Location:
    Missouri
    Gear List:
    DAC: Schiit Gungnir MB Gen 5, HeadRoom Micro DAC, Schiit Modi MB [mothballed]
    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
    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, RT25i | SB-1000, R-110SW