MichaeLeroy
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MichaeLeroy

Almost "Made", Male, 59, from Wisconsin

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Shopping bluetooth HPs; switched from a chromebook to a linux ultrabook for leisure computing, It's mostly great but has crappy sound. Jul 5, 2020 at 6:10 AM

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    1. MichaeLeroy
      MichaeLeroy
      Shopping bluetooth HPs; switched from a chromebook to a linux ultrabook for leisure computing, It's mostly great but has crappy sound.
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      3. Gazny
        Gazny
        You can enable LDAC on most linux laptops.
        Jul 5, 2020 at 3:35 PM
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      4. MichaeLeroy
        MichaeLeroy
        @Deep Funk I've only had this Lemur Pro for a few days and so far so good: quiet and great battery life when used like a chromebook, with good UI. The fan does kick in when used for more serious work, but it a lot less shrill than typical of small notebooks. Perhaps not as sexy as an XPS 13 developer edition, but unlike Dell, System 76 sweats the details of drivers, so everything just works.
        Jul 5, 2020 at 4:21 PM
      5. MichaeLeroy
        MichaeLeroy
        @Gazny, thanks for pointing that out. Probably thanks to android, Sony made open source LDAC drivers available, if unavailable in the kernel, the driver can be used via pulseaudio-modules-bt. Good deal either way.
        Jul 5, 2020 at 4:27 PM
    2. MichaeLeroy
      MichaeLeroy
      Some new products at allo.com since I last looked, including Revolution DAC, intriguing but perhaps too little too late against Modius
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    3. MichaeLeroy
      MichaeLeroy
      Wearing my new ZMF VCs to work for a first extended listening session. At about 550g, these are hefty, but so far it's not a problem.
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      2. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        Just wait until you hit "one more song" at night and then fall asleep with them on.
        Jun 22, 2020
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      3. MichaeLeroy
        MichaeLeroy
        Expectations adjusted upward. These headphones are fast becoming normal rather than just wow. That's a good thing, kind of like my switch to from a Honda Civic to Subaru WRX a few years ago. The WRX is now my normal car, and I take its capabilities for granted. But I still enjoy the hell out of driving it and don't even mind its flaws and limitations. It works for me. The VCs may be the same story.
        Jun 25, 2020
    4. MichaeLeroy
      MichaeLeroy
      It's been a brutal work week; this email is a good start to the weekend: Your ZMF Order = Shipped.
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      2. MichaeLeroy
        MichaeLeroy
        It's VC LTD (leopardwood), ordered it in late February. So the wait was almost 4 months. From following the build sheet, perhaps too closely, it does look as if the standard wood gets built a bit faster, but I saw no indication that ZMF ships out of order. @k4rstar, I hope that your wait is shorter.
        Jun 19, 2020
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      3. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        Did you reply like Strong Bad?
        Jun 20, 2020
      4. MichaeLeroy
        MichaeLeroy
        Wow, the VC is worth the wait.
        Jun 20, 2020
    5. MichaeLeroy
      MichaeLeroy
      KMFDM's Paradise is a good soundtrack for reading SABF Spring Cleaning. This isn't a "Paradise for Assholes" and always "No Regret"
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    6. MichaeLeroy
      MichaeLeroy
      Made room to add a Freya to my covid stack. My ECP T4 sounds better using higher gain (11-12 vs 8-9) after Freya passive attenuation.
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      MichaeLeroy
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      2. DigMe
        DigMe
        Damn those are some overpriced headphones
        Jun 10, 2020
      3. Josh83
        Josh83
        The HD820 has the most bonkers FR I’ve ever heard in a “high end” headphone.
        Jun 12, 2020
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      4. MichaeLeroy
        MichaeLeroy
        I have no first hand experience with this series of Sennheisers, but it did not take much research to know that I should steer clear of the HD820s. I do confess that when I first heard of Drop's new Sennheiser initiative, my wish was for an HD8xx that did for the OG HD800 what the HD6xx did for the HD650. Instead Drop is now just another dealer, but using an artificial scarcity technique to drive sales.
        Jun 12, 2020
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    8. MichaeLeroy
      MichaeLeroy
      Listening to Qobuz using Pi2AES (moOde, BubbleUPnP). Unless I'm fooling myself, this source sounds better than chromebook USB.
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      3. MichaeLeroy
        MichaeLeroy
        One thing I do notice with this setup is that there is what sounds like a relay clicking within the Bifrost between tracks when feeding it with the Pi2AES/RCA. Perhaps not an issue, but it does catch my attention sometimes. I've not made it through the entire Dummies guide, maybe this observation has already come up there.
        Jun 10, 2020
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      4. MichaeLeroy
        MichaeLeroy
        I've rebooted the Pi2AES and no longer get the relay clicks from the Bifrost between tracks. I do not know what was up with that, perhaps just too much silent delay between tracks, but is is nice when a minor annoyance disappears.
        Jun 11, 2020
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      5. MichaeLeroy
        MichaeLeroy
        Now I get it. The clicks came back. It has nothing to do with tack to track delay. Instead, it happens with changes between 44.1 and 48 kHz tracks. I first noticed it with a playlist that was ping-ponging between the two formats. Now that I get it, the clicks are not a big deal and absent when listening through an album.
        Jun 11, 2020
    9. MichaeLeroy
      MichaeLeroy
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      3. M3NTAL
        M3NTAL
        This guy is quite the character - I actually love this review. Very layman and informative. "We're" not his audience.
        Jun 8, 2020
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      4. TheIceman93
        TheIceman93
        Same, I wasn't bothered by the review. He's not a member of ORFAS or an ASR lackey so a layman's view is somewhat refreshing. Hopefully, it gets more people into the hobby.
        Jun 8, 2020
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        MichaeLeroy
        Jun 12, 2020
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    10. MichaeLeroy
      MichaeLeroy
      Assembling Pi2AES; frustrated by paper removal; then hit on trick of using fingernail, slightly off normal, at corner to start; now easy
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      3. atomicbob
        atomicbob
        Some assembly required acrylic cases seem to have the paper cover issue in common. PITA and definitely takes a toll on the thumbnail, though it seems to be the best method.
        Jun 6, 2020
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      4. MichaeLeroy
        MichaeLeroy
        Making good progress with moode install. I had to get over wanting to use a local console to dig around and am using the web interface. Lots of reboots.
        Jun 6, 2020
      5. MichaeLeroy
        MichaeLeroy
        Success. Good audio to Bifrost 2 with both RCA and Optical connections. Still much to be done, but I've gotten past Hello World with this project.
        Jun 6, 2020
    11. MichaeLeroy
      MichaeLeroy
      Modius in house. Perhaps more in your face, less subtle, than Bifrost 2, but pleasant, may get out the D50s for contrast, whupping
    12. MichaeLeroy
      MichaeLeroy
      After Modius discussion, got a couple of Neutrik NA2M-D0B-TX XLR to RCA xformer level adapters from Mouser; not Cinemag but worth a try.
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      2. MichaeLeroy
        MichaeLeroy
        @Melvillian, thanks for the suggestions. Of course it is silly to spend much on conversion for the sake of squeezing a bit more out of a $200 DAC. But if later I'm interested in say a CONVERT-2, I'd want to know that I could send its output to my favorite HP amp without audible distortion. The modius may have prompted me to think and act on this, but it is not the end goal.
        Jun 4, 2020
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      3. Melvillian
        Melvillian
        @JK47 It's the PC-2XR, I think it's 4:1
        @MichaeLeroy I'm curious too for higher end systems. I hadn't seen your second post about how it's more of an experiment. Let us know how it turns out.
        Jun 5, 2020
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      4. JK47
        JK47
        Yup, it's the 4:1
        Jun 5, 2020
    13. MichaeLeroy
      MichaeLeroy
      My GF who dismisses HPs in favor of 2 channel listening tried my Bifrost 2>T4>HD650. Her reaction: this is good, no this is really good!
      1. crenca
        crenca
        That was close...you almost had to throw her back in :)
        Jun 3, 2020
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      2. MichaeLeroy
        MichaeLeroy
        To be fair her two channel system sounds quite good. Probably it's better than any HP setup that I've heard when you are in its sweet spot and listening to a good recording. So she'd be forgiven for thinking that a very good HP stack is not quite as good as it should be.
        Jun 3, 2020
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      MichaeLeroy
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      3. MichaeLeroy
        MichaeLeroy
        To his credit, Mr. Gareis has some design papers up at the iconoclast site. So one could build cables according to his ideas without spending half a Yggdrasil on a set of interconnects. I doubt that I'm in a position to discriminate between plain but very good BJ cables and Iconoclasts, even if these do provide some real, but 2nd or 3rd order, sonic benefit.
        Jun 2, 2020
      4. e.schell
        e.schell
        They've been around for at least a few years now... but yeah stupidly priced for me.
        Jun 2, 2020
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      5. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        @MichaeLeroy, maybe I'd vaguely heard someone hear refer to them before, but you prompted me to actually look... So thanks :)
        Jun 2, 2020
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    15. MichaeLeroy
      MichaeLeroy
      Time to reread some John Brunner classics; The Sheep Look Up "It’s from America. The wind’s blowing that way."
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      2. crenca
        crenca
        The trad conservative intellectual side (not Brunner's of course) has been talking about 'Weimar America" a lot recently
        Jun 1, 2020
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    16. MichaeLeroy
      MichaeLeroy
      Comparing Lyr 3 and ECP T4; finding the need for better testing tools & techniques. Prefer T4 but Lyr 3 is no slouch; HD650s treble weak
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      3. MichaeLeroy
        MichaeLeroy
        I'm afraid that my biggest driver is 12", So I'm afraid that I do not qualify :-).
        May 31, 2020
      4. dark_energy
        dark_energy
        12" is BWC lol.
        May 31, 2020
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      5. dark_energy
        dark_energy
        That's what she said
        May 31, 2020
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    17. MichaeLeroy
      MichaeLeroy
      Took a break from fatal crash data to get my new ECP T4 going. Snap judgement, effortless clarity with HD650s, can't wait to hear ZMF VC
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      2. MichaeLeroy
        MichaeLeroy
        First track, Nightwish's The Greatest Show on Earth, emotionally moving, dynamic music. Particularly startling bass quality from HD650s. The Bifrost 2 might be a little hot, I have the volume dial somewhat below 9 o'clock.
        May 29, 2020
    18. MichaeLeroy
      MichaeLeroy
      Damn @purr1n, I have to seriously consider CA Aras; intrigued by the FR and SQ but just about sold by fit, long nozzle, less snug perfect.
      1. crenca
        crenca
        I have never seriously gone down the IEM road, partly because I have an intolerance for the feal of them. The cost of entry is seems inexplicably high as well. The next time I am at RMAF I guess I will have to give them a serious go.
        May 28, 2020
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      2. MichaeLeroy
        MichaeLeroy
        They can be nice under the right conditions, long walks, train or plane rides. I had some etymotics a decade ago, which served me well but were fragile much time passed without and I got some EE Bravados at a good price. Technology and durability is much improved over that of a decade ago.
        May 28, 2020
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    19. MichaeLeroy
      MichaeLeroy
      Glutton for punishment; I listened to the most recent Headphone show. All tube amps dismissed as too distorted, because guitar amps, LOL.
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      3. MichaeLeroy
        MichaeLeroy
        He also interviewed Dr. Fang Bian of Hifiman. It is early days for this incarnation of his you tube career, so I don't know that he has that much of a history with the interviews, but he does OK on the couple that I have seen. If he develops this skill and gets a wide variety of figures to do half hour interviews, that woiuld be good. dsavitsk would be cool.
        May 27, 2020
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        TheIceman93
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      5. Gazny
        Gazny
        Best guest is always darthpool. 2nd harmonic distortions are too important for my listening experience, just don't think the science has caught up yet in regards to sound from a psychological perspective.
        May 27, 2020
    20. MichaeLeroy
      MichaeLeroy
      I got a boot camp buzz cut with pet clippers. Bright side; no more need for a buff pirate hat means a slightly better HP fit.
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    Gender:
    Male
    Birthday:
    Mar 1, 1961 (Age: 59)
    Location:
    Wisconsin
    Occupation:
    Bureaucrat, Geek
    Gear List:
    Chromebook > Schiit Bifrost 2 > THX AAA 887 > Nightowl
    Musical tastes

    Broad but not all inclusive; varies with mood. Currently exploring Prog Rock and Technical Metal, but I often go back to Industrial/EBM, post jazz-age Jazz, all shades of the Blues, Pop that is sufficiently dark and different, post Romantic era Classical


    Extended Gear List for what it's worth

    Home System (full time for GF, weekends for me)—Squeezebox 3 | Bluesound Node 2i > AVA DAC MK 5 > AVA FET Valve Preamp > AVA FET Valve AMP > Odyssey Audio Meadowlark + Adire Audio Rava > challenging room

    Apartment Desktop (weeknights)—Linux Laptop > Schiit Gungnir Multi > Schiit Freya > Focal Shape Twin Monitors

    Office System (weekdays)—Chromebook > Schiit Bifrost 2 > Monoprice THX AAA 887 (ECP T4 Pre-Ordered, in production, waiting for wood?) > Audioquest Nightowl (ZMF Verite Closed, Sanding and Finishing)

    Portable (kind of) System—Samsung S8 > ifi micro iDSD BL > Empire Ears Bravado