Phantaminum
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I was curious about the new silver amorphous cores for the TU-8600s. $4,000 each! I'm all out of kidneys to sell... Oct 7, 2021

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    1. Phantaminum
      Phantaminum
      I was curious about the new silver amorphous cores for the TU-8600s. $4,000 each! I'm all out of kidneys to sell...
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      2. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        When I was a hobby jeweller, silver was about 3 GBP an ounce, now I think it is about 16GBP. A bit more for pure silver.

        I love silver. I think it is so beautiful, even though one can make nice things out of copper too. I don't believe electrons share my preferences, so count me dissenting, but hey, it's your cash, guys!
        Oct 8, 2021
      3. pure5152
        pure5152
        again, the pull of silver is its 200% sensitivity to magnetic flux, not so much its slightly lower resistance. that's why silver transformers >> copper transformers, whereas silver wire >= copper wire
        Oct 8, 2021
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      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Ahhh! Many thanks. I had no idea.

        Sometimes, putting one's foot in it can lead to learning :)
        Oct 8, 2021
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    2. Phantaminum
      Phantaminum
      Still unpacking but decided to bring out the Elekit TU-8600. Hooked it up to the Matrix Sabre Pro and something was off. No buzzing noise!
      1. Phantaminum
        Phantaminum
        What a good ground can do for audio equipment. The previous location had too much noise in the electrical grid. Now I'm just cracking a smile not having to deal with it in games or compressing video.
        Sep 21, 2021
    3. Phantaminum
      Phantaminum
      Finally won a bid on a house. Still have a bit to go for the closing but thank goodness we finally got one.
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      3. Syzygy
        Syzygy
        Staying in the Dallas area?
        Aug 6, 2021
      4. Phantaminum
        Phantaminum
        North of Dallas. We got a place in The Colony but it's 30 minutes away from my job and about 45 minutes away for my wife. We almost bought a house that was an hour out for me and 1 1/2 hours out for her but luckily won the bid on this one.
        Aug 6, 2021
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      5. Syzygy
        Syzygy
        Oh, it's nice there neighbor! I'm in McK.

        I used to commute to uptown Dallas, but went in at 6am to miss traffic. It was actually longer to go to DNT/NW Hwy for me going down 75. Don't miss those days.

        Now my commute is from my bedroom upstairs to my office down. I wish everyone could do that.
        Aug 6, 2021
    4. Phantaminum
      Phantaminum
      Housing market has gone bonkers in Dallas. Buyers bidding over 50k, waiving inspection, and site unseen bids. Jeez.
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      3. Phantaminum
        Phantaminum
        It still blows though. 15 offers, all mostly 20-25k over the sale price, and still being rejected because buyer are skipping home inspections, or paying the sellers closing cost, or allowing them to live there free for a month or two while they relocate. Bananas! And yes, investors buying any house on the market also doesn't help.
        Jun 12, 2021
      4. YMO
        YMO
        It is going to get worse before it gets better. Housing market is nuts in FL and we have people just walking away and saying forget it. The waiving inspection + overbidding is going to get old quick considering the wages aren't keeping up with the increases.
        Jun 12, 2021
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      5. gixxerwimp
        gixxerwimp
        Been like this for a long time in major Canadian cities.
        Jun 12, 2021
    5. Phantaminum
      Phantaminum
      Octopath Traveler is a huge shot into the arm of nostalgia. It reminds me of the good old SNES RPGs from Square. Really charming! :)
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      2. ckhirnigs
        ckhirnigs
        Does it hold up when compared to a classic like Chrono Trigger?
        May 10, 2021
      3. Phantaminum
        Phantaminum
        Chrono Trigger is just one of those perfect games that any other game would have a tough time being compared to it. I’m 15 hours in and I feel the story is more gripping in the first hours of CT than Octopath. Octopath looks to be a slow burn at first (hoping) and then it takes off after. The fighting system in this is real deep.
        May 11, 2021
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    6. Phantaminum
      Phantaminum
      Finally went live on our companies new ERP that we’ve worked on for the last 2 years. Hope to have a semblance of normalcy after a month.
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      3. Phantaminum
        Phantaminum
        We've been on a wild ride since we started doing development work, data imports, and moving invoices from SQL to FO and have it communicate back to CE. Job security I guess? lol
        Apr 18, 2021
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      4. m17xr2b
        m17xr2b
        Don't let it get the better of you, it can be exceedingly demanding but pays of. Going independent with this ERP was the best decision of my carer.
        Apr 18, 2021
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      5. Syzygy
        Syzygy
        There is never the semblance of normalcy in IT…only the next sprint!

        Congrats, I hope it serves you well, and you get a well-deserved lull after a lot of work.
        Apr 18, 2021
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    7. Phantaminum
      Phantaminum
      Giving the Clear Mgs a few more days to let the drivers "burn in" but I find I'm enjoying the Focal Elex with the extra treble energy more.
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      2. Vtory
        Vtory
        Haha I kinda predicted it. My suggestion is to throw in tracks you thought painful with elex. But maybe you'd end up returning it.
        Mar 31, 2021
      3. Phantaminum
        Phantaminum
        @nishan99 They're very similar. The Clear Mgs have tighter and better textured. It's not by a lot but it may matter to some. @Vtory These are great for sitting back and relaxing. Almost HD650 like quality to them. On some tracks it's amazing on other I just want that last bit of treble sparkle.
        Mar 31, 2021
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      4. Vtory
        Vtory
        Yup, agreed. And I believe that's (fr-wise) the most important tradeoff potential buyers should consider.
        Mar 31, 2021
    8. Phantaminum
      Phantaminum
      First thought when I plugged Focal Clear Mg into the SW51+, “These really remind me of the ZMF Atticus”
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      2. Vtory
        Vtory
        A petit blast from the past! You reminded me of good old days with Atticus (I liked them a bit better over Eikon) half a decade ago. I remember I used to desire a souped-up Elear with Atticus.
        Mar 28, 2021
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      3. Vtory
        Vtory
        Btw did SW work well? I didn't quite like any low Z with that amp. And lower registers (<40hz) were never solid regardless of Z. Additionally, CMG has an impedance peak around 40-60hz, which makes the problem a little trickier.
        Mar 28, 2021
      4. Phantaminum
        Phantaminum
        I really enjoy the Elex from the SW51+. The low-z out from that amp helps with the brighter nature of that headphone. It think it’s too much with the Clear Mg. Sounds better out of the Jotunheim 2 and Bifrost 2.
        Mar 28, 2021
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    9. Phantaminum
      Phantaminum
      Focal Elex, SW51+, and Bifrost 2 back in my bedroom. I’ve missed this fantastic combination.
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    10. crenca
      crenca
      Phantaminum, do you like the Matrix X-Sabre with your EC Studio 300b > Verite? I am wondering if it would sharpen transients up out of my DNA Starlett over the Schiit MB dacs
      1. tommytakis
        tommytakis
        Not Phantaminum, but Matrix DAC does sharpen the transients for Starlett. I think they balance each other very well
        Jan 25, 2021
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      2. Phantaminum
        Phantaminum
        I preferred the MSP much more when paired with the EC Studio Jr because of the rounded off nature of the sound than the BF2. MSP adds more snap and crunch and I agree with @tommytakis that they synergize better. BF2 was a bit too much.
        Jan 25, 2021
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      3. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        It would. I ran this pairing (XSP + Starlett) for a while.
        Jan 25, 2021
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    11. Phantaminum
      Phantaminum
      Enjoying the heck out of the Jot 2 + Bifrost 2 and Auteurs. It's party on the ears.
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    12. Phantaminum
      Phantaminum
      Careful with the Electro Harmonix 300B tubes. Looks like they have bad batches. Preferable to go with JJ 300Bs for a cheap tube.
    13. Phantaminum
      Phantaminum
      Happy New Years everyone!
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    14. Phantaminum
      Phantaminum
      I've been looking for a low priced (relative speaking) solid state amp. Welp, the Jot 2 should be coming in after the holidays.
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      2. Phantaminum
        Phantaminum
        Yep. That’s why I keep losing money on new gear, lol. Who knows, if Jason has replaced the Lyr 3 with the Jot 2 the I’m looking forward to it.
        Dec 21, 2020
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      3. gaspasser
        gaspasser
        I’m hoping Jot 2 will be a cleaner betterer Asgard 3
        Dec 21, 2020
      4. HotRatSalad
        HotRatSalad
        Mine should be here today. Looking for super Asgard 3 experience. That amp is killer for $199.
        Dec 21, 2020
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    16. Phantaminum
      Phantaminum
      It’s been 10 years since I soldered anything. First thing soldered was a hot mess but now i’m right back into the swing of things.
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      3. Phantaminum
        Phantaminum
        Oops meant to put that last comment here:
        Same group project that Famish and Yota worked on. :)
        Oct 3, 2020
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      4. gixxerwimp
        gixxerwimp
        Oct 3, 2020
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      5. gixxerwimp
        gixxerwimp
        I just priced it out here:
        - basic kit TU-8600R, no tubes: $1,088
        - with Lundahl upgrade: $1,693
        - EH Gold tube set: $273
        What's this thing supposed to sound like? Just found the thread ... will read.
        Oct 3, 2020
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    17. Phantaminum
      Phantaminum
      Missing the Focal Utopia. Comfort killed me. Even the Aurorus Audio with the seatbelt strap is more comfortable.
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      3. Phantaminum
        Phantaminum
        It is. I think one of the main reasons I found the Utopia uncomfortable was the clamping pressure on my ears. The rest of my stable don't clamp as hard. I didn't want to try to bend the headband since I've horror stories about them breaking. The headband didn't help either but that puppy is heavy as well.
        Sep 30, 2020
      4. Vtory
        Vtory
        Agreed. Among the same weight class, focals feel much heavier than the rest. And that's also my reason why I let elex go in the end.
        Sep 30, 2020
      5. Phantaminum
        Phantaminum
        Strangely enough, I didn't find the Elex uncomfortable. I did find them on the heavy side but it was bearable. Too bad because I really enjoyed them.
        Sep 30, 2020
    18. Phantaminum
      Phantaminum
      The Focal Utopia I ordered seem to be taking a trip to the East coast. From Cali to Texas and now Louisiana. Tomorrow Boston?
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      3. Phantaminum
        Phantaminum
        @crenca I’m shaking my head since I live in Texas, it was at the right sorting facility by me, and now it’s in Louisiana. I have a feeling @Vtory diverted the package to his address. >_>
        Aug 6, 2020
      4. crenca
        crenca
        By the way, I have been sporting the Utopia's now for a week and sometimes, like right now listening to the first Rage Against the Machine album (not my usual genre) they just F#$%ing rock. They are always special, but even beyond this sometimes RROOCCKKK! ;)
        Aug 6, 2020
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      5. crenca
        crenca
        And just now the RAtM album ended and Elgar's Violin concerto B minor (Hilary Hahn featured) was cued and I can still say RRROOCCCKKK!! Believe it or not, I have not been drinking ;)
        Aug 6, 2020
    19. Phantaminum
      Phantaminum
      Focal Utopia incoming. I’m becoming a sheep hoarder.
      1. Vtory
        Vtory
        The Show Must Go On. Looking forward to your impressions!
        Aug 1, 2020
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      2. crenca
        crenca
        getting ready to write a paragraph or so on my impressions as my came in 48 hours ago. I expected it to be more hd800 than hd650 tonally, I was wrong...
        Aug 1, 2020
    20. Phantaminum
      Phantaminum
      Is La Felix - I Wanna Know the Aldi's version of Daft Punk's - Something About Us?
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    Gender:
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    Birthday:
    Sep 24, 1980 (Age: 41)
    Location:
    Dallas, TX
    Occupation:
    IT
    Gear List:
    Source: PC | Schiit Eitr | Schiit Gungnir Multibit
    Amp: Glenn OTL | Liquid Platinum | MTCH
    Headphones: ZMF Verite | ZMF Auteurs | Ananda | Senn HD650 | Philips Fidelio X2

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    Source: PC | Bifrost 2 | Matrix X-Sabre Pro | Saga +
    Amp: Elekit TU-8600 | Shortest Way 51+
    Headphones: ZMF Verite | ZMF Auteur | Focal Elex | Senn HD650 | Philips Fidelio X2