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Any recommendations for erhu (Chinese 2-string instrument) music? Preferably melancholy, sad, or relaxing music. Dec 29, 2020

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    1. penguins
      penguins
      Any recommendations for erhu (Chinese 2-string instrument) music? Preferably melancholy, sad, or relaxing music.
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      3. atomicbob
        atomicbob
        Thank-you @Gaspasser I didn't know about this Bela Fleck collaboration. On my list now.
        Dec 30, 2020
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      4. penguins
        penguins
        Interesting instrument combo in that collab

        Leo - it seems like even most Chinese people I've met in China (much less elsewhere) don't know much about erhu music.
        Dec 30, 2020
      5. Ti_Leo
        Ti_Leo
        Dec 30, 2020
        penguins likes this.
    2. penguins
      penguins
      Dream last night that an ex came over and smashed all my vacuum tubes 1 by 1 with a baseball bat *shrudders*
      1. Jinxy245, dubharmonic and Gazny like this.
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      3. penguins
        penguins
        @spawth wimenz angery time not big brain logic time /s
        Dec 22, 2020
      4. atomicbob
        atomicbob
        Nightmare, not dream.
        Dec 23, 2020
      5. Claritas
        Claritas
        If that's not symbolic, I don't know what is. Sorry. The good news is the word "ex." Some people never get there. Good on you mate!
        Dec 24, 2020
    3. penguins
      penguins
      Why do I randomly want another oreo milkshake right now?
      1. Jinxy245 likes this.
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      3. Jinxy245
        Jinxy245
        Because they're yummy?
        Dec 18, 2020
      4. penguins
        penguins
        Random for me yes considering I almost never want to eat after dinner time, much less midnight munchies etc.

        Was this close to driving to grocery to buy oreo milkshake stuff until I realized the blender would wake everyone up at ~3AM.
        Dec 18, 2020
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      5. imackler
        imackler
        I have a half-off Sonic coupon for a shake in the app. Been saving it for when I really need it.
        Dec 18, 2020
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    4. penguins
      penguins
      Either computer networking stuff occasionally makes my brain go boomer mode OR stuff could JUST WORK OUT OF THE BOX like everything else now
      1. Lyander and Enigmatic like this.
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      3. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        @Thad E Ginathom - Yeah, there was sort of sweet spot with how things worked. Earlier versions weren't great but each generation got better to where you could just turn something on and it worked. Not just analog too. The NES and SNES were great in their simplicity too.

        Now there is kind of an expectation that digital electronics should always be on.
        Dec 10, 2020
      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Deeply engrained in me as a child: stuff was not left on. My dad even preferred to pull plugs out at the end of the day or when going out. And he was nowhere near OCD: this was just being careful.

        So none of that warm-up-for-3-months, even if it is really for real, will ever be for me. I don't even leave the modem/router on when we both go out...
        Dec 10, 2020
      5. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        ...And yes... I do expect it all to just work when I turn it back on. And I'm thankful that, for the past forty-plus years, it mostly has.
        Dec 10, 2020
    5. penguins
      penguins
      Dozed off and had a dream of cats dancing to multiple songs... was a pretty awesome dream. Listening to said songs now.
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      2. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Vitamin B6 for more-vivid dreams!

        (Disclaimer: all the usual I am not a doctor stuff)
        Dec 8, 2020
      3. Ringingears
        Ringingears
        Got anything for less vivid dreams? :)
        Dec 9, 2020
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      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        If I had, I would avoid it!

        Some people find that eating cheese just before bedtime stimulates dreaming too.
        Dec 10, 2020
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    6. penguins
      penguins
      Bricasti M3 DAC (non-SBAF) loaner is in... will hopefully post impressions soon if anyone is interested.
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      2. penguins
        penguins
        No formal impressions yet as it's too soon but so far (1hr) what I read elsewhere is true - about on par with Yggdrasil and Wavelight.

        In terms of absolute performance (ignoring R2R vs DS, OS vs NOS, individual preferences, etc.) - I would say Yggdrasil < M3 < Wavelight. Talking small or tiny overall improvements here though. Synergy and preferences >> any overall increases I have heard here. Also dollar value, etc.
        Dec 6, 2020
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      3. GoodEnoughGear
        GoodEnoughGear
        Does this have the headamp module?
        Dec 7, 2020
      4. penguins
        penguins
        ^ This one does not but it is available as an option.
        Dec 7, 2020
    7. penguins
      1. EagleWings and Jinxy245 like this.
      2. fraggler
        fraggler
        Awesome. That's some great design thinking. I do wonder what the value is of the diamonds that they produce outside of novelty. I suppose anything that offsets the cost helps.
        Dec 1, 2020
      3. penguins
        penguins
        The diamond part came across to me as the typical "semi-smug need-to-feel-good about social causes modern European approach"** to things that seems to be shoehorned into most innovations like this. Or yeah, Occam's Razor = "let's make money". Cool either way though.

        **No offense Europeans, I could rag on US approaches to things too.
        Dec 1, 2020
    8. penguins
      penguins
      Prius-es: ~5-10% max of the cars I see, ~50% of the bad drivers and major accidents that I see. From ~2008 until today. Why?
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      2. penguins
        penguins
        ... not driving 60 in a 30 neighborhood and then proceeding to drive 40 in 75 flow of traffic on the freeway, not randomly stopping in the middle of the road w/o obstacles present, making only one single turn in the intersection, turning left and not right from the left lane (or vice versa), etc... these are all things I've seen in only the last few years from Prius drivers. More in the past.
        Nov 19, 2020
      3. skem
        skem
        I think @ChaChaRealSmooth nailed it: The Prius appeals to people who don’t like cars or driving. These are the people who will one day buy a self-driving car. Now for me, I like driving, I just don’t like other drivers.
        Nov 19, 2020
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      4. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        As a cyclist and moped rider: it is handy to hear a vehicle coming near you so you can determine what its action may be. Those hybrids and electric vehicles are fucking scary because you do not hear them. Second: people who do not use their blinkers.
        Nov 20, 2020
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    9. penguins
      penguins
      Does Qobuz consistently open up on it's own for anyone else when certain other apps are in use (Android)?
      1. zerodeefex
        zerodeefex
        Nope
        Nov 19, 2020
    10. penguins
      penguins
      Can health insurance cap payment to a provider 1-2 years after the fact and have the provider bill you? Got a potentially fake medical bill?
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      2. crenca
        crenca
        Call your insurance company with dates of service in hand and ask them what happened. The provider will probably be less useful (depending upon the competency of the person you are asking), but ask them as well. Assuming it's not "fake" they are just trying to collect a legitimate bill and such actions by the insurance company are almost always legal
        Nov 18, 2020
      3. crenca
        crenca
        Remember you can always negotiate with the provider. Say the bill is $1000, explain to them that you don't have it, you lost your job due to Covid, your cat died, etc. and that if they will take $350 (and send you a reciept with "paid in full") you will give them your CC over the phone
        Nov 18, 2020
      4. penguins
        penguins
        First one explains a lot. Thanks. Problem is I actually have a copy of my plan from dates in question and no where in the plan are the services I received capped (and especially are not capped at the numbers they came up with).

        Called insurance during normal business hours mult times only for the automated system to say "outside of normal business hours"... wtf...
        Nov 18, 2020
    11. penguins
      penguins
      Still sad about 2 pairs of 2A3 tubes going bad in 1 night this week.
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      3. Boops
        Boops
        Ouch
        Nov 13, 2020
      4. penguins
        penguins
        Both were in my AF. Both pairs of tubes were old and I'm having no issues with the last pair. 1st pair was Sylvania, 2nd pair was modern prod JJ. 3rd pair w/o issue is also Sylvania.
        Nov 13, 2020
      5. penguins
        penguins
        Nov 13, 2020
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    12. penguins
      penguins
      Me: Why are the last 10lbs so hard to lose?? Also Me: Devour burrito + sides for lunch, pass out via food coma for next hour.
      1. aamefford, Jinxy245, Cakecake and 4 others like this.
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      3. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        Focus on eating just enough. Make sure you have enough energy to get things done and train your endurance. It takes time but the gains really toughen you up.
        Nov 6, 2020
      4. penguins
        penguins
        Yeah definitely going to need some new eating habits to get the last 10 off. Main worry is the last 10 will come off w/ "a diet" but come back when "eat normally" again.

        First 35 came off via minor lifestyle changes + eating a little less.
        Nov 6, 2020
      5. dubharmonic
        dubharmonic
        Well now I want a burrito too!
        Nov 6, 2020
    13. penguins
      penguins
      Revisited Utopias again (thank you @ChaChaRealSmooth) for the 6th or so time... finally found a setup that makes them "do-able" for me :)
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      2. penguins
        penguins
        Yggdrasil A2 (still not ideal) > Stellaris (rolled to warmer tubes) > thicker copper cable (idk if this made a big difference) > Utopia.

        Tried Utopia in past with Stellaris, various Woo amps, Phonitor amps, a $20k+ amp I don't remember the name of (but made other stuff sound very good), and short listens at last meet on popular SBAF amps such as EC AF, 3F, etc.
        Oct 31, 2020
      3. penguins
        penguins
        Also applied about -1dB of software EQ around 5.5k - 6.5k (any more software EQ I feel messes up other stuff).

        Same issues still exist for me, mainly the treble spike and the "sharper" sort of sound I hear, but it's definitely enjoyable now. Still prefer the overall sound signature of the Clear but it's nice to go to the next level of technicalities etc with Utopia.
        Oct 31, 2020
      4. gixxerwimp
        gixxerwimp
        Try Stellia if you get a chance. Tonality is a bit more laid back than Clear, bass more extended, way better technicalities, but feels closed.
        Nov 2, 2020
    14. penguins
      penguins
      HE6se modding - still driving me crazy after several weeks of almost daily modding. Fix or improve one thing and mess up another.
      1. tommytakis and E_Schaaf like this.
      2. penguins
        penguins
        Heh literally hours after I complain I have a breakthrough and I think I'm about 90%+ there now. Just need to fine tune and tweak one of the filter layers and the wood cups now.
        Oct 16, 2020
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      2. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        ROFLMAO there's no way that's possible

        More likely is that they published a mundane result and the journal is wildly misinterpreting it.
        Oct 4, 2020
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      3. penguins
        penguins
        I suspected this too... But on the flip side I know they've been able to do pretty interesting things with graphene before.
        Oct 4, 2020
      4. Tachikoma
        Tachikoma
        Can't blame the journal when there are a bunch of direct quotes from the authors. Anyway, it shouldn't take too long for someone to try to disprove this result.
        Oct 5, 2020
    16. bixby
      bixby
      PM me if you need that little square of dynamat
      1. Gazny, penguins and Jinxy245 like this.
    17. penguins
      penguins
      Scalp massage - amazing but often forgotten and under-rated.
      1. dubharmonic
    18. penguins
      penguins
      Borrowing Code X from Chacha - not what I was expecting, but whoa, a lot of bass, goes deeper than any other headphone I've heard before.
      1. Wilson likes this.
      2. penguins
        penguins
        A lot of slam in the bass too.

        It also illustrates how (competent) modding and tuning is not necessarily making something better/worse, but is often trade-offs and differences more than anything.
        Sep 26, 2020
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      2. gixxerwimp
        gixxerwimp
        I think it's because kids aren't getting enough dirt in their diet nowadays.
        Sep 20, 2020
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    20. penguins
      penguins
      Funny - I'll do more destructive, difficult, $, and potentially slightly dangerous mods for other hobbies but am a pansy with headphones.
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      3. penguins
        penguins
        HE6se mods are slow b/c I'm too scared to mess something up... Considered opening up the HD6xx for mods once but stopped before I even got the cups off the band due to creaking/groaning and part felt like could break (granted I wasn't that motivated to mod). etc...

        Forcing myself through HE6se mods at last though.
        Sep 20, 2020
      4. penguins
        penguins
        Most of my hobbies are outdoors and/or can potentially go bad in <1 sec (like riding a liter bike fast margins of error) but I don't mind mods if I know what they are, how they work, etc. Or even if we remove personal risk w/ a PC - I don't mind tweaking speeds, voltages, timings, etc. at risk of slightly to completely damaging parts that each cost more than HD6xx, etc.
        Sep 20, 2020
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      5. gixxerwimp
        gixxerwimp
        It's pretty hard to break a Senn. Watch a video. They come apart really easily.
        Sep 20, 2020
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    Gender:
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    Birthday:
    Mar 1, 1990 (Age: 30)
    Location:
    SouthernCA
    Gear List:
    PC or Macbook Pro to:
    DAC: Yggdrasil A2
    Amps: DNA Stellaris // EC Aficionado // Cavalli Liquid Crimson, Vali2+ or Arcam rHead for CIEMs
    Headphones: (Bocote) Auteur // Clear // HD6xx // modded HE6se
    CIEMS: UERR, UERM
    Portable: UE5 w/ Shanling M0

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