Merrick
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Modi MB with modded I/V opamp sounds really good! Clear, sense of air and space, excellent timbre. Sep 22, 2021 at 8:07 AM

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    1. Merrick
      Merrick
      Modi MB with modded I/V opamp sounds really good! Clear, sense of air and space, excellent timbre.
      1. Cryptowolf, dasman66, Azimuth and 5 others like this.
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      3. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        I still love my modi multibit, but it has been gathering dust lately. I need to look into this.
        Sep 22, 2021 at 9:52 AM
        dasman66 and Scott Kramer like this.
      4. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        Is the bloby low end improved? This is my biggest question.
        Sep 22, 2021 at 10:31 AM
      5. Merrick
        Merrick
        @Azimuth Its been a few years since I’ve heard a stock one but the bass sounded quite good to me with Gen G.
        Sep 22, 2021 at 11:05 AM
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    2. Merrick
      Merrick
      GAIN I MFSL discs->Moffat designed DAC = Sonic bliss.
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      2. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        we need to trace what happened to that moffat designed ADC
        Sep 21, 2021 at 9:20 AM
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      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        I'm really curious too! It was custom designed for MoFi and they dumped it just a few years later for the DSD based GAIN II system which, IMO, doesn't sound as good for CD (obviously it works great for SACD). I hope they didn't just sell GAIN I off for parts. :(
        Sep 21, 2021 at 9:26 AM
      4. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        Moffat designed ADC brought back by Schiit for vinyl rips pretty please
        Sep 21, 2021 at 11:02 AM
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    3. Merrick
      Merrick
      Freya S now installed in the system! Time to do some listening.
      1. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        Just when you start to feel things in a track are sounding bass lite, hit that 4x Nexus switch. Always did the trick with HD600 & LS3/5A for me
        Sep 13, 2021
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      2. Qildail
        Qildail
        Well, as you want to hear about my Vali experience, I want to hear about this one.
        Sep 13, 2021
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      3. lagadu
        lagadu
        Nexus 4x for life! (assuming your chain isn't too bassy).
        Sep 14, 2021
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    4. Merrick
      Merrick
      After over a year of not being able to easily listen to vinyl, I finally have my table set up in my home office and it's glorious.
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      2. scapeinator1
        scapeinator1
        Also, I like vinyl because I have to commit to listening to something. Rather than being able to click away to another song.
        Sep 10, 2021
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      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        @scapeinator1 I know what you mean! Although I tend to listen to whole albums digitally anyway, but the temptation is always there.
        Sep 10, 2021
      4. Qildail
        Qildail
        My Gen1 AT-120 is still kicking (it’s a tank) with a cartridge upgrade from a few years back. I keep thinking about upgrading, but I think I’m too vested in digital now to justify the cost just for the sake of upgrading as long as this is still working.
        Sep 10, 2021
    5. Merrick
      Merrick
      Easy come, easy go. Of course on the same day I sell enough to get an Yggdrasil the IRS unexpectedly is asking for about the same amount from us.
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      3. shambles
        shambles
        Know how you feel! Was planning to pick up some new gear when I head back to the UK next month, but just got hit with a £4k vets bill... in hindsight pet insurance would have been money well spent
        Sep 9, 2021
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      4. Merrick
        Merrick
        @shambles I’m so sorry! Take it from someone who’s worked in the pet industry, pet insurance is a total scam. Instead better to put aside a small amount each paycheck into a savings account you can dip into for pet emergencies.
        Sep 10, 2021
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      5. shambles
        shambles
        @Merrick Thanks! Also good to know re pet insurance. We were lucky that we could cover it using cash from our house fund - not the end of the world to have to rent for an extra few months to save her. Problem will be if it reoccurs (quite likely) it will be surgery and then it's gonna be twice as much again...
        Sep 10, 2021
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    6. Merrick
      Merrick
      Less is More Yggdrasil ordered. 1-3 days for shipping. I think Tom Petty had a song about this part...
      1. Wilson, bixby, Qildail and 3 others like this.
      2. Fullalover
        Fullalover
        Mine shipped
        Sep 9, 2021
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      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        @Fullalover Did you order yours right when they were announced?
        Sep 9, 2021
    7. Merrick
      Merrick
      Vali 2+ remains one of the most musically engaging amps I’ve ever heard, regardless of price.
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      2. Merrick
        Merrick
        @Qildail Let us know what you think! And it is worth trying out a few different tubes with it, the sound does change.
        Sep 8, 2021
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      3. Qildail
        Qildail
        @Merrick Will do! I remember seeing a forum post for it here along the way. With only one tube to deal with, I imagine it's probably easier to waddle in for tube-noobs like me.
        Sep 8, 2021
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      4. Merrick
        Merrick
        Yes, and because the amp is so cheap don't bother with ridiculously expensive tubes for it. You can get them, and they'll probably sound good, but keep the original price of the amp in perspective when buying tubes for it. Plus it's a hybrid so the sound will only change so much.
        Sep 8, 2021
    8. Merrick
      Merrick
      RIP Lee “Scratch” Perry. A true music legend.
      1. FlySweep, Wilson, Cryptowolf and 7 others like this.
      2. dubharmonic
        dubharmonic
        I was fortunate to see him live. One of the best performances I've seen.
        Aug 29, 2021
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      3. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        damn. :(
        Aug 29, 2021
      4. Erroneous
        Erroneous
        Supposedly buried tapes so he could hear the resulting degradation/audio after a long time. Tbh I gotta respect that.
        Aug 31, 2021
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    9. Merrick
      Merrick
      I hear good budget gear and while it’s playing I like it and I think “Maybe this is all I need” until I switch back to my higher end gear.
      1. Cryptowolf, Jinxy245, crenca and 5 others like this.
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      3. Qildail
        Qildail
        The other side of that coin of not having or never auditioning higher-end gear is I don't know what I'm missing. Literally. So the budget gear that is good is good enough for me.

        That's not to say "woe is poor me" or other such nonsense. I'm just on the slower gear train. I'll budget my upgrades over a longer time; and until then live vicariously through other's adventures.
        Aug 26, 2021
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      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        I love eating at fry-up caffs. Doesn't mean I can't go for a five-star bash if I get the chance!

        Listening to different sounds is fun. Listening to really good (expensive or not) sound is a great experience, like the five-star food. Don't miss those chances. But don't be sad to go home to the system that you've put the time and money that you can afford into, and don't stop loving it.
        Aug 26, 2021
      5. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        ... Everyone knows that but some people need an occasional reminder.
        Aug 26, 2021
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    10. Merrick
      Merrick
      What are the differences between a Ragnarok 1 and 1.5, and how can one tell if a given Rag is a 1 or a 1.5?
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      2. Merrick
        Merrick
        Thanks @zonto! So the only way to tell which version a Rag would be is to open it up and look at the board?
        Aug 25, 2021
      3. zonto
        zonto
        @Merrick You can just shine a flashlight in and look through the top vents at the correct angle and see if it looks like the picture in @Galm's post linked above, or the v.1 picture that Schiit used to have up on the website for Rag 1 (maybe available still via web archive?). If you do have v.1 and plan to keep the Rag, I'd definitely recommend having it upgraded if you can.
        Aug 25, 2021
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      4. Erroneous
        Erroneous
        Mj1 hypetrain evolves into Rag hypetrain. Mj1 is really good, let's see where this goes. 2016 Rag was too surgical for me, but maybe just bad synergy.
        Aug 27, 2021
    11. Merrick
      Merrick
      Magni 3+ sounds pretty blah when turned on from cold. How long have people found it takes to start sounding good?
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      2. Merrick
        Merrick
        @Azimuth I think the Vali 2+ is one of Schiit’s all time best amps.
        Aug 25, 2021
      3. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        Vali 2 is quite amazing, esp. when you consider the price.
        Aug 26, 2021
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      4. Merrick
        Merrick
        Leaving it on overnight and setting it to low gain did help with the sound, this is more of what I was expecting.
        Aug 26, 2021
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    12. Merrick
      Merrick
      HQPlayer is some of the worst designed software I’ve ever used. I wouldn’t pay $25 for this, let alone $250.
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      2. Azteca
        Azteca
        The problem is obviously that you aren't using JPlay!
        Aug 18, 2021
      3. Azteca
        Azteca
        Aug 18, 2021
      4. SoupRKnowva
        SoupRKnowva
        haha @Azteca Ive thought about the idea of using like 100-300 watts of computer power, continuously, just to oversample your music in real time a lot over the past couple weeks, as I read a bit more about hqplayer and the holo may
        Aug 18, 2021
    13. Merrick
      Merrick
      The Rubellan Remasters Oingo Boingo releases sound tremendous! Very worth picking up if you’re a fan.
      1. Merrick
    14. Merrick
      Merrick
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      2. insidious meme
        insidious meme
        Tempting though I have most on cd already. @YMO I see your favorite song is on here. (Only a Lad, track 1)
        Aug 6, 2021
      3. YMO
        YMO
        @insidious meme you are going to pre-order it and sing that song you love so much. You know you wanna get it.
        Aug 6, 2021
      4. crazychile
        crazychile
        Oooh, and Missing Persons, Ric Ocasek….(reaches for credit card)
        Aug 7, 2021
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    15. Merrick
      Merrick
      The remix of All Things Must Pass is…interesting?
      1. Merrick
        Merrick
        No, just bad.
        Jul 27, 2021
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    16. Merrick
      Merrick
      Sometimes you just need to take a deep breath and walk away.
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      3. Cryptowolf
        Cryptowolf
        Thankfully I have dogs that demand this at least three times a day. I hope you feel better.
        Jul 16, 2021
        Jinxy245 and Merrick like this.
      4. Merrick
        Merrick
        I’m fine, just have to remind myself things are fine once in a while. :)
        Jul 16, 2021
      5. Kunlun
        Kunlun
        You gotta know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, know when to walk away, know when to run. You never count your money,
        When you're sittin' at the table
        There'll be time enough for countin'
        When the dealin's done.
        Jul 16, 2021
        Cryptowolf and YMO like this.
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      2. ogodei
        ogodei
        Jul 9, 2021
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      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        I just went for the digital. Sounds great!
        Jul 9, 2021
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      4. ogodei
        ogodei
        Purchased Vinyl from amazon, got the 'free' download immediately and realized how many downloads I've forgotten from there :0
        Jul 9, 2021
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    18. Merrick
      Merrick
      Not a great comparison because it’s relying on audio memory, but Gen V USB on Gungnir sounds more natural to me than Unison on BF2 did.
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      2. EagleWings
        EagleWings
        Gotcha. Was just curious because I have been trying to do a Unison USB vs Rockna's USB input in a meaningful way. Also, in case you are referring to the Gungnir A1 here, a couple of folks have told me that the Gungnir A1 is more natural sounding than the Bf2 even when both are fed via SPDIF.
        Jul 3, 2021
      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        @EagleWings It is an A1. I have had both DACs simultaneously and fed with SPDIF via Pi2AES they sound very close.
        Jul 3, 2021
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      4. EagleWings
        EagleWings
        Ah, thanks for this input. I was actually considering replacing my Bf2 with a Gung A1. I guess I’ll just stick with Bf2 for the time being.
        Jul 3, 2021
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    19. Merrick
      Merrick
      Good riddance to bad rubbish.
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      3. Rustin Cohle
        Rustin Cohle
        Amen. Wrought incalculable damage.
        Jul 1, 2021
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      4. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        Rummy?
        Jul 1, 2021
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      5. Claritas
        Claritas
        [Deleted.]
        Jul 2, 2021
    20. Merrick
      Merrick
      Do any of the USB DAC/amp dongles offer true line out modes?
      1. Cryptowolf
        Cryptowolf
        I own the Leetoo PAW SW1 and I can confirm it *does not* have a line out.
        Jun 28, 2021
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    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Portland, OR
    Gear List:
    Main system
    Source: Pi2AES
    DAC: Gungnir A1
    Headphone Amp: Schiit Mjolnir (1)
    Headphones: ETA Gen G, JVC FD-X1, UM 3DT
    Speakers: Blumenstein Orcas
    Power amp: Custom built SS

    Bedside:
    Sources: 502DAC Hat, iPhone, Sony ZX300
    DAC: Modi Multibit (v2 firmware, IV opamp upgraded)
    Headphone amp: Vali 2+
    Headphones: UM 3DT, JVC FD-X1 (balanced or unbalanced depending on upstream gear)

    Signature

    HP/IEM: ETA Gen G | UM 3DT
    AMP: Schiit Mjolnir (1) | Vali 2+
    DAC: Gungnir A1 | Modi Multibit