Merrick
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God, Tommy is a brutal album. A story about a child traumatized into sensory deprivation, sexually abused and exploited for his talents. Aug 12, 2020 at 8:45 PM

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    1. Merrick
      Merrick
      God, Tommy is a brutal album. A story about a child traumatized into sensory deprivation, sexually abused and exploited for his talents.
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      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        The 2011 remaster is a remaster of the 1996 remix, which is the mix I fell in love with. Much cleaner than the 1973 mix! The demos are indeed fantastic too.
        Aug 13, 2020 at 7:48 AM
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      4. LetMeBeFrank
        LetMeBeFrank
        I did not know that! The version I always knew was the original CD release that my father had, which was pre 96.
        Aug 13, 2020 at 7:59 AM
      5. Merrick
        Merrick
        To be accurate, the CD release of the 2011 is the remix, the downloadable version is the original mix. The remix removes the reverb and double tracked vocals, and depending on the song pushes the vocals forward. Unfortunately the mastering isn’t as good as it has been for the original mix.
        Aug 13, 2020 at 8:13 AM
    2. Merrick
      Merrick
      Anyone else hoping for a Modius Multibitius for under $300?
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      3. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        I think to do real balanced is why they had to go with different chips. It still could happen with the AD5781.
        Aug 12, 2020 at 3:07 PM
      4. YMO
        YMO
        I am, that would get rid of my Eitr > RDAC setup on my desk. All in one setups are my preference except amps.
        Aug 12, 2020 at 3:26 PM
        fraggler and Merrick like this.
      5. Superexchanger
        Superexchanger
        @Pogo put the new "Lupa" 8-knob EQ on top of the stack, for reasons which I assume are obvious :)
        Aug 13, 2020 at 9:08 AM
    3. Merrick
      Merrick
      Looking forward to the upcoming Schiit DAC/amp pairing, Biggus and Dickus and Incontinentia and Buttox.
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      3. abisai2
        abisai2
        Darmok and Jalad IMO! @ Tanagra
        Aug 11, 2020 at 4:41 PM
        rlow and Merrick like this.
      4. Sqveak
        Sqveak
        You forgot Naughtius and Maximus.
        Aug 11, 2020 at 5:28 PM
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      5. rtaylor76
    4. Merrick
      Merrick
      I always knew the Geek Out modules sounded good, but it took me hooking one up to a real amp to make me see how good.
      1. Merrick
        Merrick
        Hooking my GOV2+ Infinity up to a Liquid Platinum and Lyr 3 really brought out the best in the device and I'm annoyed I spent so much time listening to the onboard amplification.
        Aug 10, 2020 at 10:18 PM
    5. Merrick
      Merrick
      Gungnir MB A1 balanced out to the stock Liquid Platinum with HD580s is just spectacular.
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      2. Melvillian
        Melvillian
        HD580 is great. I can imagine it being a good pairing
        Aug 9, 2020 at 10:30 PM
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      3. Hammy
        Hammy
        I don't have to imagine, I can listen to exactly that chain with the HD580 but with Gold Lion tubes in the LP. It's good. But I like Audeze LCD-2 style headphone sound in that chain better.
        Aug 9, 2020 at 11:54 PM
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      4. Merrick
        Merrick
        @Hammy An LCD-2 style headphone is on my list to get, but not in the cards at this moment.
        Aug 10, 2020 at 6:20 AM
    6. Merrick
      Merrick
      That moment when you order cheap 3 ft XLR cables on Amazon Warehouse and receive never opened or used 25 foot XLR cables for $5 a pop.
      1. crenca, OldDude04, Riotvan and 2 others like this.
      2. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        So you're going to put your stuff as far apart from each other as possible right? For ultimate isolation and AuDiO qUaLiTy
        Aug 6, 2020
        OldDude04, Merrick and Riotvan like this.
      3. Riotvan
        Riotvan
        @ChaChaRealSmooth is this what they mean when people want audio all around the house?
        Aug 7, 2020 at 3:57 AM
      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Just order a few connectors and chop them up
        Aug 7, 2020 at 5:32 AM
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    7. Merrick
      Merrick
      First surprise from the Liquid Platinum: In balanced mode the pot is dead silent with the FDX1 until 11 on the dial.
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      2. Merrick
        Merrick
        Doing more serious listening and I’ve had the amp running all day. I’m not detecting any distortion with the FDX1 at reasonable listening levels. I’m running the pot between 8 and 10 o’clock depending on how loud the track is mastered.
        Aug 5, 2020
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      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        I’m also surprised at how spacious this combo sounds for an IEM. I love the FDX1 but other than Andromeda I’ve never experienced a seriously spacious IEM. The LP doesn’t elevate the FDX1 to Andro levels of head stage, but it is more spacious than I thought the FDX1 was capable of.
        Aug 5, 2020
      4. Merrick
        Merrick
        That being said, while this does sound good I would not call it an optimal pairing. The Lyr 3 in low gain with the TS tube brings out the best in the FDX1 far more.
        Aug 5, 2020
    8. Merrick
      Merrick
      Heaven help me, I couldn’t resist the ridiculous sale price on the Liquid Platinum. Going to compare against Lyr 3.
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      3. MLegend
        MLegend
        I'm curious to hear your thoughts comparing the two amps, but I would recommend holding off the cap mod for the LP. Spend some time with the LP in stock form with whatever tubes and see if you like the way it sounds. If you don't, then maybe consider having the caps upgraded by Ksorota. I'm not sure I made the right decision by having the caps swapped in my LP.
        Aug 4, 2020
      4. Skyline
        Skyline
        I'm skipping the mods purely for warranty reasons. 5 years is generous and I don't want to muck that up.
        Aug 5, 2020
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      5. Merrick
        Merrick
        @Skyline Good point, I’ll do the caps mod five years from now.
        Aug 5, 2020
    9. Merrick
      Merrick
      Jeez, Gen 5 USB is still garbage compared to a good SPDIF source.
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      2. rlow
        rlow
        The RPi (at least RPi 3) is such a terrible USB source, even Gen5 couldn’t do much with it. Unison manages to make it possibly passable, but IMO, still not great.

        Edit: Typing almost the same thing as rtaylor, too slowly :)
        Jul 28, 2020
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      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        @rtaylor76 @rlow That's totally fair, and a better USB source could change the equation, but the RPi setup works best for my main system, so for me that's the USB source that mattered most.
        Jul 28, 2020
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      4. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        I found Unison to be just a bit better than a HiFi Digi+. There was just a a tad more detail and clarity with Unison.
        Jul 28, 2020
    10. Merrick
      Merrick
      I’ve got 2 problems with the Gungnir MB: 1. I want this quality of sound everywhere & 2. Lack of sleep as I’m listening late into the night.
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      2. robot zombie
        robot zombie
        Everything sounds best late at night. The sleep deprivation is part of it, but it's kinda chicken/egg. You get sleep deprived because it sounds great and then it sounds better because you're sleep deprived but comfortable.

        Not even kidding. The closest I think I've gotten to total transcendence has been those moments when I can barely keep my eyes open but the music is making me want to fight it.
        Jul 26, 2020
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      3. Roman
        Roman
        Yeah, definitely miss my Gungnir Multibit. BF2 is good but.. not that good.
        Jul 26, 2020
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      4. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        If I had my DAC's sound everywhere I would not be able to listen to music at all while working. It pulls my attention too much.
        Jul 26, 2020
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    11. Merrick
      Merrick
      I wish Ayre had released the Pono as a branded DAP instead of making it a Neil Young vanity project.
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      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        @k4rstar The player does have a high OI, so it’s not suitable for OI sensitive BAs like CFA IEMs. The Andromedas sounded pretty mushy out of it. It’s great for DD IEMs or cans, and planars that aren’t so insensitive that they need speaker taps to power them. The Pono can put out a good amount of power in balanced mode but even in SE it can power a good amount of cans.
        Jul 25, 2020
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      4. Hammy
        Hammy
        I've been a fan of the Pono from the beginning. It managed to combine the spacious Sabre sound with an amp section that enhanced and worked with that sound. Synergy.
        Jul 26, 2020
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      5. Hammy
        Hammy
        I use a variety of headphones with the Pono. All with balanced cables. Latest is a Audioquest NightOwl which sounds really neat with the Pono.
        Jul 26, 2020
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    12. Merrick
      Merrick
      Is there a full sized headphone equivalent of the FD-X1? I legitimately prefer these over every over-ear I can recall hearing.
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      3. YMO
        YMO
        My only advice is bug @tommytakis and make him flip his pair. : /
        Jul 24, 2020
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      4. FlySweep
        FlySweep
        @Merrick yea.. a well driven FDX-1 is pretty special. Reminds me of the Elex in many ways. Not surprisingly, I enjoy the Elex a ton, as well. Been keen on hearing the Elex w/ the Lyr 3 (seems there's some great synergy there too). It's either the Lyr 3 or a good budget ss.
        Jul 24, 2020
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      5. Merrick
        Merrick
        Sadly the Elex is out of my price range. C’est la vie!
        Jul 24, 2020
    13. Merrick
      Merrick
      Gungnir Multibit in the house!
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      2. Merrick
        Merrick
        I like the first part of this, the dark road of spending not as much!
        Jul 22, 2020
      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        I do have a SW51+ ordered but I would have ordered that even if I didn’t get the Gungnir. I have HD580s and the FD-X1, and unless I come across an insane deal on a modded pair of HD800s, I’m not super inclined to get more headphones. And upgrading my turntable will cost me more than I could possibly afford right now.
        Jul 22, 2020
      4. Merrick
        Merrick
        It’s been on for 11 hours now and the magic is creeping in. I’m listening to Revolver and hearing details I’ve never noticed before. More than that, the music has an immediacy and realism to it that no other DAC I’ve owned has come close to, including the OG Bifrost MB. I’m going to be spending many nights rediscovering my music collection. And if this is the warm up period, I can’t wait for the final sound.
        Jul 22, 2020
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    14. Merrick
      Merrick
      Ahhh, the FD-01/X1, how I have missed you. Welcome back, my friend.
      1. insidious meme
        insidious meme
        Did you have to get a replacement?
        Jul 21, 2020
      2. Merrick
        Merrick
        Yeah, the original set I ordered from Hong Kong and I figured with the improvements built into the X1, I might as well just order from Drop.
        Jul 21, 2020
    15. Merrick
      Merrick
      Roon certainly has it beat in the metadata and presentation department, but I still prefer JRiver's sound (and price).
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      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        @rlow I have Apple Music and Qobuz which are both useful but I've spent a lot of time, energy, and money tracking down my preferred masterings for the bulk of my collection, and very few of those masterings have made their way onto any streaming service. So having an easy to use remote option is a must for me.
        Jul 20, 2020
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      4. SineDave
        SineDave
        I worked around it by setting up a VPN connection to my house - which works fine, but it's really not something a non-IT person could do.
        Jul 20, 2020
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      5. Scott Kramer
        Scott Kramer
        -1 Roon. Closed api, expensive, who's curating that music/playlists/suggestions. It's pretty & blinds you, they are borrowing plllllenty of open source code/ideas already out there.
        Jul 20, 2020
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    16. Merrick
      Merrick
      Theoretically what would be more transparent to the source, balanced DAC->Freya S->SE amp, or DAC->ISO Max->Saga->amp?
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      2. batriq
        batriq
        Thanks! Shot schiit an email. Will report back.
        Jul 16, 2020
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      3. batriq
        batriq
        Response: "The gungnir has two SE outputs. This should be fine if you do, it just seems unnecessary." This, refers to 600ohm transformer load.
        Jul 18, 2020
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      4. Merrick
        Merrick
        @batriq Sounds like a proper Schitty answer. Still, another reason for me to get the A2 upgrade down the line.
        Jul 18, 2020
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    17. Merrick
      Merrick
      I love the sound of 45 RPM records, but I hate getting up every 7-10 minutes to flip sides.
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      2. scblock
        scblock
        Yep, we're seeing some full albums on 12" 45, and also seeing a decent number of 20 minute EPs released that way. My personal favorite though is my copy of Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, which switches between 45 rpm and 33 rpm on each side of a double album spanning 4 records.
        Jul 16, 2020
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      3. Claritas
        Claritas
        That happens to be very nearly the ideal duration for a quickie with the missus. Hmm.
        Jul 25, 2020
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      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        But do you change sides?
        Jul 26, 2020
    18. Merrick
      Merrick
      The best cure I have for DAC upgraditis is to put on a record. Sadly this then triggers my turntable upgraditis.
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      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        @Biodegraded What can I say? I’m a complex man. But seriously how can I pass on that price when a new BF2 is $700 and even a b-stock BF2 isn’t much better; I’d be a fool not to. I’m still rocking a launch Modi MB for my 2 channel system.
        Jul 15, 2020
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      4. monacelli
        monacelli
        That was a crazy good price, @Merrick. I was tempted too, even at the price he first listed it at
        Jul 15, 2020
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      5. Merrick
        Merrick
        Well now with a Gungnir Multibit in my system I really will have only turntable upgraditis!
        Jul 15, 2020
    19. Merrick
      Merrick
      I’m trying out AirPods Pro. I already have the original AirPods and I’m trying to decide if these are worth the cost of the upgrade.
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      2. Smitty
        Smitty
        In my experience the fit is really hit or miss, but I have no problems if I'm just going to do some rowing in the garage. For jogging they stay in 95% of the time, but that last 5% is a PITA. The AirPod Pros were great in my open floor plan office for reducing the unwanted background noise, but these days they're mostly relegated to phone call use.
        Jul 7, 2020
      3. Melvillian
        Melvillian
        I like the standard ones more. If we ever go back to how things were before and I start riding the train to work again, then I’d consider the Pros. I think the standard AirPod design is brilliant.
        Jul 7, 2020
      4. Merrick
        Merrick
        Well my wife wants my OG airpods so I’m keeping the pros. I have had issues with the OGs staying in my ears at times, even when not doing strenuous activity, so the pros win out. I still wish they were cheaper though, especially since they have non-replaceable batteries so I basically have to buy AppleCare to be able to get the inevitable replacements at a lower cost down the line.
        Jul 7, 2020
    20. Merrick
      Merrick
      Had my ZX300a and FD-01’s stolen while I was attending my grandmother’s funeral. People are the best!
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      2. Ksaurav402
        Ksaurav402
        You will get something better don't worry...but we are living in the time where everything is worth few rolls of toilet paper
        Mar 14, 2020
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      3. Ksaurav402
        Ksaurav402
        Don't think of it as stolen but as a gift given to your grandmother while she travels to a better place
        You will feel better
        Mar 14, 2020
        Merrick and obsiCO like this.
      4. atomicbob
        atomicbob
        Karma has a way of working things out. You may never see it but those responsible will definitely have some "interesting" times.
        Mar 14, 2020
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    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Portland, OR
    Gear List:
    Sources: Technics SL-1800, Raspberry Pi 2 with 502DAC board, MacBook

    DAC: Gungnir Multibit A1, Modi Multibit, Geek Out V2+ Infinity

    Headphone Amp: Cavalli Liquid Platinum, Schiit Lyr 3, Schiit Vali, ALO Rx Mk.III-B

    Headphones: Sennheiser HD580 (modded), JVC FD-X1

    Speakers: Infinity Crescendo CS3009, Blumenstein Orcas

    Power amp: Denon AVR-X2500H, First Watt custom