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My wife didn't appreciate the transition I just made from The Beatles to Siouxsie And The Banshees... :-) Sep 20, 2021

    1. 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
    2. 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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    3. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      I’m not saying I’m gonna go out & spend tons of $/€/£ for an analog interconnect, but I’m convinced cables do influence the sound...<ducks>
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      3. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        FWIW, all cables I have are BJC except: 1 PYST (Gungnir Multibit to Freya), 1 AQ Evergreen (sub), and 1 Cardas Iridium (phono)
        Jan 15, 2021
      4. Raicorl
        Raicorl
        Expensive cables would be the very last thing I buy. Get your source, dac, amp, tranducers right first, also feed them good power.

        But I didnt like BJCs as much as some guys here.
        Jan 15, 2021
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      5. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @Raicorl Agree. That’s why I recently upgraded my amp and speakers.
        Jan 15, 2021
    4. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      I tried again, but I just can’t listen via an Ortofon 2M Red for very long. Wanted to use it on my Kenwood KD-2070, but I just can’t...
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      3. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @rtaylor 2M Red has the hours. I’ve only run it at 1.8g, though.
        Jan 14, 2021
      4. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        Try it at 2g. I read somewhere that it can make a slight difference.
        Jan 15, 2021
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      5. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @rtaylor76 The 2M Red found a home on my 2nd TT- a Kenwood KD-2070. I’ll use it to play LPs I buy used and some older stuff.
        Jan 16, 2021
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    5. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Dumb question: my Rotel RB-1582 MkII amp's gain is RCA: 26.5dB and XLR: 22.5dB. I thought XLR would have more gain? Help me understand.
      1. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        Most amps are not balanced all the way through. The balanced gets turned into SE. Why 4db difference is odd. In reality they are 11.5 dbu apart. My only guess is they are applying less gain to the XLR input because they know the signal coming in will be hotter.
        Jan 14, 2021
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      2. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @rtaylor76 I think you're right: Input Sensitivity
        Line Level Inputs (RCA): 1.9V; Line Level Inputs (XLR): 3.0V.

        Not sure what this impacts: Input Impedance
        Line Level Inputs (RCA): 12kΩ; Line Level Inputs (XLR): 100kΩ
        Jan 14, 2021
    6. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      “Open Box” items will be the death of my checking account...
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    7. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Drop off. Pick up. Oh, shit! Why is stylus/cart/tonearm canted?! Drop off. Wait. Check before leaving. Kenwood KD-2079 good to go!
    8. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Blue Jeans RCA Cable Belkin 1505F fm Freya to Sub - changed 2 Audioquest Evergreen... bass no longer causes window to resonate/buzz.
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      3. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @Elnrik It sure sounds that way. It was an obvious, yet unexpected change. Too lazy to swap back and investigate. I like it better now, anyway.
        Jan 11, 2021
      4. Melvillian
        Melvillian
        How long is your cable run?
        Jan 11, 2021
      5. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        Jan 11, 2021
    9. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      I may do a real thread on my noobish experience migrating from an inexpensive integrated amp to a 200 wpc separate...
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      2. Gazny
        Gazny
        How can it get better after this?
        Jan 10, 2021
      3. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @Gazny Find more CDs I like on Discogs and maybe try the used LP market (been burnt by eBay - may give Discogs a shot).
        Jan 10, 2021
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    10. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Dynaudio Evoke 10: In a Nutshell - Deep, expansive soundstage, ++ resolution and detail. No shrillness. They want moar pwr!!
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    11. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      New Dynaudio Evoke 10's arrived today and are being broken in as I type.
      1. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        Needs “several weeks” to reach potential. As of now, presentation is exactly what I wanted - resolving and detailed but not shrill.
        Jan 9, 2021
    12. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      One thing I really like about my amp upgrade: It makes it much more enjoyable to listen at lower levels of volume.
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      3. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        Jan 9, 2021
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      4. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        Can you adjust the gain? That is really nice to have.
        Jan 10, 2021
      5. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @Deep Funk Adjust gain on the amp? I don’t believe so. There’s only one button - power on/off. Outside of going balanced vs. SE not much to fiddle with.
        Jan 10, 2021
    13. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      DAC and Phonostage are balanced in to Freya. Will try going balanced from Freya to the RB-1582 MkII amp. Will miss Loki, though.
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      2. JK47
        JK47
        I'm pretty excited it will have a remote and presets for a few different EQ curves. Will be fun, fun, fun in my 2ch setup!!!
        Jan 9, 2021
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      3. JK47
        JK47
        Just saw your post on Hoffman regarding pricing. That dude got the 10x thing wrong. Jason said the tech would sell 1x but remote and motorized knobs will sell 10x, meaning people are more interested in the cool factor of the bells and whistles. https://tinyurl.com/yyjj4ahu
        Jan 9, 2021
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      4. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @JK47 Guess I know what to save up for now!
        Jan 9, 2021
    14. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Today I transitioned from an Onkyo TX-8555 to a Rotel RB-1582 MkII and I have 3 words to say: OH. MY. GOODNESS.
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      3. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        These Polk RT25i from 20 years ago are pretty damn good.
        Jan 7, 2021
      4. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        I love my Schiit Loki more than ever...
        Jan 7, 2021
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      5. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        MOAR PWR...
        Jan 7, 2021
    15. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Chain = sources -> preamp -> amp -> Speakers... Loki goes between preamp and amp, correct? Lol...
      1. m17xr2b
        m17xr2b
        Listening to coil whine? No HP/speakers?
        Jan 7, 2021
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      2. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @m17xr2b lol... hit enter before I finished... facepalm
        Jan 7, 2021
    16. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Open box. The speakers I've been eyeing... $250 off... TEMPTATION...
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      3. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        Pulled trigger...
        Jan 6, 2021
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      4. rlow
        rlow
        Congrats, hope you enjoy em!!
        Jan 6, 2021
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      5. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @rlow thanks! Couldn't pass up the savings AND the color I wanted.
        Jan 6, 2021
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    17. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Gonna save up for a pair of Dynaudio bookshelf speakers - Evoke 10 or 20. Of course, this could change at any time...
      1. rlow
        rlow
        Find a pair of used Buchardt Audio S400 if you can. I prefer them over the Dynaudio Special 40 (which are reportedly a fair bit better than the Evoke 20).
        Jan 5, 2021
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      3. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @rlow lol... i was futzing around on audiokarma because they have tons of speaker dorks. didn't think to dig in here! damn... those burchardt audio s400 look great. i actually dig the smoke oak.
        Jan 5, 2021
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    18. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Classic SBAF Post: Audio Terminology.
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      2. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        Audio terminology: I hear you want to learn how to close cases with words.

        Next interpretation please...
        Jan 6, 2021
    19. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Lol... canceled Vidar order. I’m sticking with my Onkyo TX-8555.
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      2. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @rlow Getting a better amp made sense. That way, if I find a speaker I really like, I won't have to worry TOO much about ohms, sensitivity, etc. The Rotel should drive any of the speakers I've considered to their potential. Perhaps I'll pull trigger this summer!
        Jan 4, 2021
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      3. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @rtaylor76 I hear you. The Polks are a good starter pair. I got them 20 years ago. I'm definitely ready to step up to something better. I'll keep the Polks around just for comparison and to remind me of where I started! haha
        Jan 4, 2021
      4. rlow
        rlow
        Agree wholeheartedly - you need a good base to evaluate any new speakers from.
        Jan 4, 2021
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    20. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Loki is great for making shit hot mastered CDs sound semi-decent...
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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