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nithhoggr

Author of the best selling novel Digital Jesus, from Boston area

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The 7hz Timeless loaner is really taking me out of my comfort zone in the best way. Nov 5, 2022

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    1. nithhoggr
      nithhoggr
      The 7hz Timeless loaner is really taking me out of my comfort zone in the best way.
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    2. nithhoggr
      nithhoggr
      Dear Reddit: "amp" is not a goddamn acronym. Just because it has the same number of letters as DAC doesn't mean you have to capitalize it.
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      3. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Not all acronyms are capitalised. By their very nature, they lead themselves to not being. But then... like I said, people don't know what acronyms are.

        Curious. DAC/dac is an acronym: ADC/adc is not.
        Oct 24, 2022
      4. CEE TEE
        CEE TEE
        It's AMP because...it's LOUD-er.
        Oct 25, 2022
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      5. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        GOOD POINT cee tee ;)
        Oct 26, 2022
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    3. nithhoggr
      nithhoggr
      Had to switch HQP from DSD to PCM just so I could hear my music over my struggling PC. Suddenly I understand why people have media servers.
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    4. nithhoggr
      nithhoggr
      I really wish Qobuz had a way to make lists of albums other than your favorites.
      1. nithhoggr
        nithhoggr
        Not having some kind of to-listen list means my favorites are a weird mix of "actual favorite recordings I've been listening to for years" and "weird recordings I've never heard of before but I'm curious about and saving for later".
        Oct 17, 2022
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      2. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        I really wish Qobuz and Tidal would allow users to put favorited/followed artists into folders to keep them organized. My list of followed/favorited artists is a complete mess that goes from metal to folk to reggae to world music to classic rock to blues etc all over the place it's almost impossible to navigate. I miss iTunes to be honest with the column browser and genres I could assign to every artist.
        Oct 17, 2022
      3. Tchoupitoulas
        Tchoupitoulas
        I have a decade-old MacBook Pro that I keep to have a copy of iTunes, a backup for my main system, and to rip CDs (its drive is very good). For all iTunes' faults, it really did have the best UI for my needs. Column browser FTW!
        Oct 18, 2022
    5. nithhoggr
      nithhoggr
      Are there any businesses or whatnot you can pay to re-terminate a pair of headphones? I haven't soldered in years (and have lost my iron).
      1. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        Custom Cans in the UK does that I’m sure

        If the issue is soldering you might be able to crimp a jack
        Oct 16, 2022
      2. atomicbob
        atomicbob
        what headphones are you wishing to have re-terminated?
        Oct 16, 2022
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      3. nithhoggr
        nithhoggr
        @atomicbob A vintage pair of Yamaha YH-1's that were pretty extensively modded before I bought them. I keep wishing I could use them balanced, but the previous owner used a normal 3.5mm jack when he recabled them.
        Oct 16, 2022
    6. nithhoggr
      nithhoggr
      I got a BHA-1 with my HD800 in mind, but damn if it doesn't sound great with my HE500.
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    7. nithhoggr
      nithhoggr
      Synergy is a funny thing. I still find myself reminiscing about how good a Millet MiniMax I used to have years ago sounded with my AKG K501.
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      2. Lyander
        Lyander
        I've got a contemporary-to-that amp on loan from a friend and it's got some things going for it despite not being what I'd call daily driver material by a long shot. Definitely fun to revisit old gear and see how they fare in modern contexts.
        Oct 12, 2022
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    8. nithhoggr
      nithhoggr
      Sharing an office with my gf, relegated to my one (kinda meh) closed hp. Verite Closed seems very tempting right now...maybe after Xmas...
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      2. crenca
        crenca
        In the end the bbc dip prompted me to sell mine, but the prices on the VC have been coming down and there always seems to be plenty of them for sale over on Head-Fi. I'm wondering how much the audio market will be impacted with the recession that will become obvious in the next few months...
        Oct 11, 2022
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      3. nithhoggr
        nithhoggr
        @GanGreinke @edd @Cryptowolf My big concern with the Mini C is soundstage...the main reason I got my current AKGs is that they have a pretty good soundstage for closed headphones, but they just kinda sound thin compared to my HD800's or my HE500's. IEMs might be a possibility despite the soundstage thing, though, since those could also come in handy when I'm doing chores or running errands.
        Oct 11, 2022
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      4. nithhoggr
        nithhoggr
        Although maybe the problem is the AKGs not synergizing with the BHA-1...I should try other amps I have around before throwing money at the problem.
        Oct 11, 2022
    9. nithhoggr
      nithhoggr
      I'm a little worried about the shofar player at the Zoom service I attended. He sounded like a dying elephant by the end.
      1. Claritas
        Claritas
        Poor fellow! People expect 100 blasts (or even 200 in some congregations), so he has to comply. But the law is 30 blasts, which I do at home easily enough. Shana tova u-metuqa!
        Sep 26, 2022
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    10. nithhoggr
      nithhoggr
      Even for telephone audio the CVS hold music is painfully low-fi.
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      2. DigMe
        DigMe
        It’s all you can afford with so much money going into receipt paper.
        Sep 24, 2022
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      3. Armaegis
        Armaegis
        Sep 24, 2022
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    11. nithhoggr
      nithhoggr
      A few weeks ago, I decided to listen to "Big Iron" on Youtube, and I'm still getting weird remixes of Big Iron constantly on my feed.
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      2. Kernel Kurtz
        Kernel Kurtz
        Yeah, I was new car shopping last year and am still getting lots of ads for new cars a year and a half later. You would think if they knew I was new car shopping that they would also know I already got one...
        Sep 20, 2022
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      3. gixxerwimp
        gixxerwimp
        What's creepier is when you talk about something but haven't searched for it yet, and a related ad pops up ...
        Sep 22, 2022
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      4. Erroneous
        Erroneous
        Sep 23, 2022
    12. nithhoggr
      nithhoggr
      Despite the audio quality, I really love radio.garden. It reminds me of playing around with a shortwave radio as a kid.
      1. DigMe
        DigMe
        Yeah, there is some cool stuff on there.
        Sep 19, 2022
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      2. CEE TEE
        CEE TEE
        Thanks for reminding me, I have the app
        Sep 19, 2022
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    13. nithhoggr
      nithhoggr
      Got an SU-1 for my Holo Spring 1. Ready to party like it's 2016.
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      2. nithhoggr
        nithhoggr
        @Justin S any filters / shapers you'd recommend? I'm just starting to explore the DSD side of HQPlayer.
        Sep 17, 2022
      3. Justin S
        Justin S
        Yes. Depending on your machine, the new EC modulators are amazing. I'm a linear phase guy and like xtr LP, ext-3 LP, and sync m LP. You'll only be able to do 256 with the EC modulators, but it is glorious.
        Sep 17, 2022
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      4. Justin S
        Justin S
        If I remember correctly, the Spring 1 does not do 48k DSD rates, so you'll need to uncheck that box.
        Sep 17, 2022
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    14. nithhoggr
      nithhoggr
      Not sure about other genres of popular music, but I've been noticing a lot of JPop "hi res" releases that are 24/48. Hardly seems worth it.
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      2. nithhoggr
        nithhoggr
        @SoupRKnowva That's a good point...I hadn't even considered the asynchronous downsampling issue.
        Sep 15, 2022
      3. Wilewarer
        Wilewarer
        I think "hi res" might just have more marketing cachet over there, since there's a Japanese standard for it. I remember Audio-Technica making a big deal about the MSR7 being "Hi-Res Certified" back when it was new. I also remember the standard maybe having nothing to do with resolution of any sort for headphones...
        Sep 15, 2022
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      4. Lyander
        Lyander
        Honestly with JPop the main draw of high res that I can see is that the high frequency needles are more prominent in listening. If it's not upper midrange aggression or "air" frequency shelves, it's both. Then again most of the JPop I know is anisong and city pop so not fully representative.
        Sep 15, 2022
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    15. nithhoggr
      nithhoggr
      Some days are for Bach on an HD800, others you need EDM and a pair of Grados with flat pads.
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      2. Claritas
        Claritas
        Believe it or not, there was a time when I listened to Bach's organ music only on a woodied SR80i (which I assembled after testing the whole I-series, still own, never use, and plan to turn into a SennGrado someday).
        Sep 16, 2022
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    16. nithhoggr
      nithhoggr
      Getting HQPlayer is now making me think about upgrading to a Spring 3...want that 1.536M PCM. Upgrades beget upgrades...gotta start saving.
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    17. nithhoggr
      nithhoggr
      Just subscribed to Qobuz...having that kid-in-a-candy-store feeling.
      1. Azimuth, zottel, nishan99 and 5 others like this.
      2. zottel
        zottel
        When I changed from Spotify to Qobuz, the big experience for me wasn’t sound quality, but sth completely different: Not being spoon fed “music I might like” by an algorithm. It felt like going to a record store: Some stuff on display, but not tailored to what a computer thinks is good for me, chosen by humans instead, the same for everyone who visits. It felt SO good.
        Sep 10, 2022
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      3. zottel
        zottel
        That was when I started listening to whole albums again, too.
        Sep 10, 2022
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      4. Cryptowolf
        Cryptowolf
        My partner still uses Spotify, but i’ve found Qobuz has better coverage for jazz and extreme metal.
        Sep 11, 2022
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    18. nithhoggr
      nithhoggr
      Trying out HQPlayer...didn't see what all the fuss was about till I tried sinc-M and LNS15. Might be hooked now.
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      2. MisterRogers
        MisterRogers
        You have to explore settings / options enough the find the optimal configurations for your dac, compute performance, etc.
        Sep 8, 2022
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      3. Cryptowolf
        Cryptowolf
        yep, it’s fidly as fock, but when you get it. . .
        Sep 9, 2022
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    19. nithhoggr
      nithhoggr
      Bought a used BHA-1, since I was looking for a balanced SS amp for my HD800...hopefully it really does have the synergy people say it does.
      1. Justin S
        Justin S
        I did the same recently. It's very good with the 800Ss. I did a back-to-back with the Jot 2. The results were mixed, with the BHA-1 presenting a better stage, greater clarity and detail. The JOT2 was more dynamic and "rocking". In the end the JOT 2 is up for sale again. (Roon->PI2AES->AES->Hilo->BAL->BHA-1->BAL>Headphones)
        Aug 30, 2022
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      2. nithhoggr
        nithhoggr
        @Justin S That's good to hear, especially since my HD800's are SDR modded, so they should get similar results to the HD800S. Stage, clarity, and detail sounds like just what I'm looking for.
        Aug 30, 2022
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      3. Justin S
        Justin S
        HD800S+BHA-1 is stunning with music-in-the-room-with-microphones recordings. I have found the BHA-1 also very good with the 600s, 650s and LCD-Xs. I am getting just a bit itchy to try out some ZMFs :-)
        Aug 30, 2022
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    20. nithhoggr
      nithhoggr
      Dug out my old Pono > Bal. HD650. Doesn't compare to my desktop rig of course, but makes for surprisingly satisfying lying-in-bed listening.
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    Location:
    Boston area
    Gear List:
    Desktop DAC: Schiit Bifrost Multibit, Holo Spring L2
    Desktop Amps: Decware Zen Taboo Mk3, Schiit Asgard, DIY Cavalli CTH
    Desktop Headphones: Senn HD800 w/ SDR mod, HD650, Grado GH1, SR225, AKG K701 65th Ann. Edn., K501, Hifiman HE-500, Yamaha YH-1,, ATH-AD900
    Random Stax: Taboo > SRD-7/SB > SR-X
    DAP: Pono
    Laptop DAC/Amp: Dragonfly 1.0
    Portable headphones: Grado GR8, Grado SR225, AKG K553 Pro

    Signature

    Desktop: HQPlayer > Singxer SU-1 > Holo Spring V1 L2 > Bryston BHA-1 / Decware Taboo Mk3
    Portable / Lounging around the house: UAPP > LG V60
    Headphones: HD800 SDR, HE500, K702 65th Annie, Yamaha YH-1, K501, GH-1, ATH-AD900, Grado SR225 (blu-tack dampened), K553 Pro