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Mystic

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If I ever need to rappel out a third story window I'll have to make sure I have some Focal Utopia cables close by. Apr 8, 2019

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    1. Mystic
      Mystic
      If I ever need to rappel out a third story window I'll have to make sure I have some Focal Utopia cables close by.
      1. ButtUglyJeff, ufospls2 and Jinxy245 like this.
      2. JustAnotherRando
        JustAnotherRando
        Knowing Focal, probably the most expensive rope in the history of mankind.
        Apr 8, 2019
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      3. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        It would make a good storey!


        (My hobby: catching everybody else's spelling mistakes!)
        Apr 9, 2019
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      4. ufospls2
        ufospls2
        Apr 10, 2019
    2. Mystic
      Mystic
      Are all modern big speaker builds under $1500 DIY these days or do some companies still sell them already made?
      1. Mystic
        Mystic
        Was looking at the Phillharmonic BMR but all this big speaker talk has me looking for other options.
        Feb 27, 2019
      2. ergopower
        ergopower
        Klipsch, JBL
        Feb 27, 2019
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    3. Mystic
      Mystic
      I've always thought I just hated iems, turns out balanced armatures were the problem. CA Lyra 2 and Vega sound great.
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      3. zerodeefex
        zerodeefex
        The JVCs are excellent with the mods. I actually use them every day now.
        Jan 5, 2019
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      4. Mystic
        Mystic
        I forgot about those. Read that thread awhile back, will have to check it out again.
        Jan 5, 2019
      5. Taverius
        Taverius
        Ya I appreciate the technicalities ba can get, but that timbre is just ugh. Hardly every use them though so I'm happy with my james micropore'd A&D D6, more than good enough for hotel rooms.
        Jan 6, 2019
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    4. Mystic
      Mystic
      Joined the Dad club! My wife and I just had our first child last week. It has been awesome, despite the little time left for music.
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      2. atomicbob
        atomicbob
        A precious new beginning ... and ending. Say goodbye to sleep (and many other things) for the duration. But well worth it in the long run.
        Dec 20, 2018
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      3. ButtUglyJeff
        ButtUglyJeff
        I was never more afraid, then when those evil people made us leave the maternity ward, and go home. At least that was the feeling with our first...
        Dec 22, 2018
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      4. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        I hear you @ButtUglyJeff. We were finally resting in the hospital right after, and we were sound asleep at 2am....then they wheel in this loud wailing crying baby we have to now take care of. It was a rude awakening for sure.
        Dec 22, 2018
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    5. Mystic
      Mystic
      I forgot how fun it is to un-tangle tape in cassettes...
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      3. Mystic
        Mystic
        Oh this one was royally fucked. I had the pleasure of opening the cassette up and having to painstakingly sort out the tape by hand.
        Nov 16, 2018
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      4. Jinxy245
        Jinxy245
        I remember doing that... I don't envy you.
        Nov 16, 2018
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      5. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Oh god, there were good reasons for leaving those days behind!

        But... Bic pen was the perfect tool.
        Nov 16, 2018
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    6. Mystic
      Mystic
      Is it normal for a tube to sometimes have a rattle when shaking it? Sounds fine when playing music. 6SL7 tube.
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      2. bixby
        bixby
        Sometimes small bead of glass breaks off inside and can float around like a bean in a maracha
        Aug 11, 2018
      3. Hands
        Hands
        I've seen it before. Doesn't seem to affect anything. Just keep an ear out for sonic anomalies or excess microphonics and EMI sensitivity. But also don't come back to me if I'm wrong and something blows up. :)
        Aug 11, 2018
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      4. Mystic
        Mystic
        Inspected the tube this morning again. Nothing is loose pinging around inside that I can see. It almost sounds like an excessive "tingggg" sound when shaking or tapping the tube. Rattle may of been the wrong descriptor. Lightly tapping the tube when music is playing doesn't bring about any microphonics or other anomalies. Probably still safe not to use the tube though. Don't want it destroying my ZDS.
        Aug 11, 2018
    7. Mystic
      Mystic
      Buying a new car. Do I take the logical route and get a Taurus or have some fun and buy a Mustang. Hmmm
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      2. ergopower
        ergopower
        Focus ST is not a bad car. GTI is nicer IMO, but if you want to stay in Ford family...
        Fiesta ST is a much better car for hooning, but it's pretty damned small
        Aug 1, 2018
      3. Mystic
        Mystic
        Ended up buying a Buick Regal Premium II. I did take the Mustang out on some back roads for a couple hours though, that was fun.
        Aug 3, 2018
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      4. ButtUglyJeff
        ButtUglyJeff
        Cool, I've been getting a bit of a boner for the Regal Wagon, so I know I'm getting really old...
        Aug 4, 2018
    8. EagleWings
      EagleWings
      Hey man, thanks for the BW2. Arrived safe and sound and is in 'Minty' condition as described. Loving the sound. Really appreciate the easy transaction..
      1. DigMe
        DigMe
        Bruddah you got a gem.
        Jul 24, 2018
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    9. Mystic
      Mystic
      Calling vinyl junkies, I would really appreciate some advice to get this right. I want to rid the shackles of digital. See link:
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      2. monacelli
        monacelli
        I have my fingers crossed that Mike is going to come out with a new phono stage when they release the Sol, and refresh the Mani too
        Jul 18, 2018
      3. Mystic
        Mystic
        I'm going to be buying a Tavish Vintage 6sl7 pre from another member here soon, so MC is covered. I've been leaning towards the Denon or the Hana SL if I go big. I was planning to get the regular (original?) 103, should I instead get the 103r? I was thinking about eventually sending the 103 in to get the Paradox or Zu treatment.
        Jul 18, 2018
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      4. JK47
        JK47
        May as well get the latest and greatest 103R, and never look back, but get that body upgrade whether it be Zu or Paradox.
        Jul 18, 2018
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    10. Mystic
      Mystic
      Yggdrasil v2 in the house and warmed up over the last week. This is quite the jump from Gungnir Multibit.
      1. Gaspasser
        Gaspasser
        Just when I think I’m happy you go and say this. Seriously though, congrats!
        Apr 17, 2018
        rtaylor76, Lyer25, dmckean44 and 2 others like this.
      2. Ray
        Ray
        Congrats Dan! Waiting on mine to arrive & compare to Gungnir Multibit
        Apr 17, 2018
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    11. Mystic
      Mystic
      Need some advice for cleaning tube pins. All 6SL7 types. I'm using 70% Ethyl alcohol and Q tips but doesn't seem to be working well.
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      2. Taverius
        Taverius
        I wouldn't worry about it melting the base off or anything, but depending on the material it might crawl its way up the gaps between pins and base, if you get those wet.

        Not an issue for alcohol, not sure I'd want deoxit hanging round in there indefinitely! :)
        Mar 22, 2018
      3. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        If you have busted tubes you can test that first
        Mar 22, 2018
      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        @Taverius "not sure I'd want deoxit hanging round in there indefinitely"

        I thought that Deoxit made /everything/ better. The only stuff in the world that actually does contain unicorn urine! No, I'm not saying anything sounds better, but a heap of things work better.
        Mar 23, 2018
    12. Mystic
      Mystic
      Stephen Hawking finished his final theory on the multiverse and how we could possibly detect it shortly before he passed.
      1. A1Gear, Don Miller, Dino and 3 others like this.
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      3. Ringingears
        Ringingears
        This is fucking awesome! Thanks Dr. Hawking for leaving us one last great idea. Multiverse communication next??? Makes you wonder what other more advanced civilizations have discovered. We just have to get past this pre-school phase we are in. Without self-extinction.
        Mar 18, 2018
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      4. MLegend
    13. Mystic
      Mystic
      Is a 10ft USB cable too long (or not recommended) for audio? (From PC to Gen5 USB)
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      2. Mystic
        Mystic
        May just move my computer and use my short PYST usb cable I got from Schiit a few years back. I think it's 3ish feet.
        Feb 18, 2018
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      3. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        XLR is for long cable runs so what would make the most sense would be the keep the DAC close and then have extra long XLR cables. Of course then you need 2 x 10ft cables over using one digital cable of the same length.
        Feb 18, 2018
      4. cskippy
        cskippy
        I use a 10ft Audioquest Forest USB cable. Works fine.
        Feb 18, 2018
    14. Mystic
      Mystic
      Black Panther enters into the top 3 Marvel films to date.
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      2. spwath
        spwath
        Next, most of the jokes were not really funny. And that one car chase when the girl driving the car that gets blown up just slides down the road still in the seat, still holding the steering wheel? Not funny, and just seems like a poor excuse for a way she survived that. It was too long too. I could never feel emotionally for any character, except possible the antagonist. I thought it was OK, but not great. 6/10.
        Feb 18, 2018
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      3. %20 Oddity
        %20 Oddity
        holy shit those comments here
        Feb 18, 2018
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      4. spwath
        spwath
        Yeah I kinda made a lot of them...
        Feb 18, 2018
    15. Mystic
      Mystic
      For those with multiple tubes, what's a good/safe way to store them?
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      2. Hands
        Hands
        Wrap tube in bubble wrap. Put wrapped tube in box. Fill box with wrapped tubes. Hide box so you can pretend you didn't buy so many tubes.
        Jan 22, 2018
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      3. JK47
        JK47
        After boxing/wrapping, store in Pelican/Monoprice case.
        Jan 22, 2018
      4. Pyruvate
        Pyruvate
        Jan 28, 2018
    16. Mystic
      Mystic
      Our giant rock we live on has hurtled millions of miles through the cold vacuum of space at ~67,000 mph since 1 year ago. Pretty amazing.
      1. Ringingears
        Ringingears
        Pretty cool huh. We’ve moved 19 miles in just one second. Or 124 miles around the center of the galaxy. I love relative motion!
        Jan 1, 2018
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    17. Mystic
      Mystic
      What is a good price for the Mullard ECC35 brown base? Prices seem kinda ridiculous on eBay.
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      2. Melvillian
        Melvillian
        Not sure what a good price is. It’s one of those things where you wait to get lucky on eBay
        Dec 30, 2017
      3. RiddleyWalker
        RiddleyWalker
        If it’s the one I sent you with the ZDS, I got it for ~$140 on eBay about a year ago so $99ish seems solid.
        Dec 30, 2017
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      4. Mystic
        Mystic
        Yes it is, thanks!
        Dec 30, 2017
    18. Mystic
      Mystic
      Finally bought Random Access Memories. Holy shit. What Daft Punk album should be next on my list?
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      3. Mystic
        Mystic
        I never understand complaints about not finding new music anymore. IME most of the music we will discover is stuff that has already released. Last month was a collection of some of the best classical recordings in history, this month is Daft Punk, next month can be anything.
        Dec 26, 2017
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      4. Pyruvate
        Pyruvate
        If you got all four albums in vinyl, you made the correct decision.
        Dec 26, 2017
      5. Mystic
        Mystic
        Unfortunately no, CD. No vinyl player at the moment. Waiting to see how the Sol turns out. Just my CDP for now (and digital if I'm feeling lazy).
        Dec 26, 2017
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    19. Mystic
      Mystic
      Tired of trying to find the perfect dedicated portable player. Oppo HA-2SE good? Will use with Android.
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      3. imackler
        imackler
        I'll look forward to hearing what you think, @Mystic I've got a Pixel as well.
        Dec 18, 2017
      4. Hrodulf
        Hrodulf
        Oppo HA-2 is decent. Between Sine and PM-3 I chose the latter.
        Dec 18, 2017
      5. Mystic
        Mystic
        Think I'm going to pick up a Moto E4 for super cheap to use as a transport for the HA2se. This should work right? USB OTG is supported on the Moto and I think that's all I need.
        Dec 31, 2017
    20. Mystic
      Mystic
      First time hearing the Andromeda. I never thought iems could sound this good.
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      2. brencho
        brencho
        worked really well out of @Bill-P AK 120 (the wolfson chip one not the new gen ones)
        Nov 27, 2017
      3. Mystic
        Mystic
        Welp. No Andromeda for me. $799 B stock switched over to sold out literally under 5 minutes from when I refreshed the page and tried adding to cart. That's frustrating as hell.
        Nov 27, 2017
      4. Merrick
        Merrick
        Put out a WTB ad here. Several people bought b-stock Andros and I’m willing to bet one or two will end up offloading them at some point.
        Nov 27, 2017
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    Gear List:
    Headphones:
    Verite
    Auteur
    HD800S
    HD650
    HD600
    HD580
    DT880/600
    DT770/80
    Audeze Sine

    Amp/Dac:
    EC ZDS
    Yggdrasil analog 2
    Fulla 2

    Portable:
    Cowon Plenue D
    Cowon Plenue 1
    CA Vega

    CD Players:
    Arcam CD73
    Toshiba SD 9200

    Cassette decks:
    Nakamichi BX-100
    Technics M205 Tape Deck

    LSR30X speakers

    EM2100 power conditioner

    Signature

    CDP -> Yggdrasil A2 -> ZDS -> HD800S/Auteur/Verite
    Cowon Plenue 1 -> CA Vega