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I hate music after tube rolling. May 9, 2023

    1. atomicbob
      atomicbob
      Please know that you are on the minds of many here as we hope for the best for you.
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    2. rhythmdevils
      rhythmdevils
      I hate music after tube rolling.
      1. RestoredSparda, JayC, Grattle and 5 others like this.
      2. Senorx12562
        Senorx12562
        Thus the paucity of tubes in my audio life.
        May 9, 2023
      3. HotRatSalad
        HotRatSalad
        I kind of don't want to deal with tubes anymore myself.
        May 9, 2023
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      4. Grattle
        Grattle
        First world problems right?
        May 9, 2023
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    3. rhythmdevils
      rhythmdevils
      What's your preferred audio codec? ie in what format do you download your purchases from Bandcamp, etc? And why? :)
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      3. Boops
        Boops
        ALAC for me. I don’t see myself ever not using a Mac so it works. @joch makes a good point too: dbPowerAmp, for example, has a format converter.
        May 4, 2023
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      4. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        @Gazny do AIFF files downloaded from Bandcamp come with metadata in the files?
        May 4, 2023
      5. Cryptowolf
        Cryptowolf
        ALAC and FLAC, generally at Redbook or higher bitdepth; I figure I can always find a player that supports and Room handles both.
        May 4, 2023
    4. rhythmdevils
      rhythmdevils
      I wish iPhones supported LDAC. I wonder what percentage of Apple Music subscribers are listening to "lossless music" with AAC bluetooth?
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      3. bixby
        bixby
        98.6%
        May 3, 2023
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      4. DigMe
        DigMe
        Those dummies. I just hold the iPhone speaker to my ear for full lossless bliss
        May 3, 2023
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      5. bixby
        bixby
        @DigMe - Yea, why do people do that, do they not know there is a earpiece built into the top of the phone, like those old things people used to use in their homes?
        May 3, 2023
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    6. rhythmdevils
      rhythmdevils
      I can’t hear a difference between a blue jeans AES cable and an expensive audiophile AES cable and I really want to hear a difference. :(
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      2. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        I hear huge differences between headphone/iem cables and interconnects. I've got 2 different OCC copper interconnects here that sound very very different. And I prefer the cheaper one just based on sound.
        Apr 21, 2023
      3. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        I'm struggling to hear a difference with the BJC AES and the OCC coipper AES though. But my Pi2AES is in a tough place to get to and by the time I do the 5 jumping jacks required to change the cables it's' hard to tell anymore. So I'm not sure. If there is a difference it's more subtle than other cables.
        Apr 21, 2023
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      4. crazychile
        crazychile
        When it comes to balanced cables, analog or digital, I have a VERY hard time hearing differences. My experience with unbalanced RCA is that it can be all over the place with analog, but digital is still pretty subtle.
        Apr 22, 2023
    7. rhythmdevils
      rhythmdevils
      Have you ever found a great album by misspelling something in a streaming service search field and accidentally clicking on something random
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      2. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        then this random song plays and you immediately go "fuck you, no, stop" but then you realize you like it? Kind of awesome. It's like the internet version of random record store finds. Like I bought Sigur Ros's "Takk" because I simply thought the album cover was so awesome it must be good.
        Apr 8, 2023
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      3. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        I just found this cool super weird folk album because Tidal didn't have what I was actually searching for in their catalog and I accidentally clicked on the one song that came up from my search.
        Apr 8, 2023
      4. YMO
        YMO
        No but I found good porn that way
        Apr 8, 2023
    8. rhythmdevils
      rhythmdevils
      What’s the difference between Phillips and Phillips ECG tubes?
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      2. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        What about late Amperex USA production? That always makes me scratch my head too
        Apr 2, 2023
      3. gurubhai
        gurubhai
        Amperex e88cc US production are very good on par with holland made philips e88cc.
        Apr 2, 2023
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      4. Walderstorn
        Walderstorn
        Forgot about Amperex. I have 2 of those and they work perfectly well.
        Apr 2, 2023
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    9. rhythmdevils
      rhythmdevils
      Is there a nice strain relief that can be added to thin iem cables after the fact? Maybe something made of spring metal? I can't find much
      1. ergopower
        ergopower
        Can you pull shrink tubing over the connectors? You could make it stiffer if you split a piece of rubber/plastic tubing and put that on first.
        Mar 25, 2023
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      2. Armaegis
        Armaegis
        sugru? very careful application of hot glue? swipe the spring from a cheap ballpoint pen?
        Mar 25, 2023
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      3. penguins
        penguins
        Sugru and low temp hot glue have worked for me for other applications. Sugru is a bit easier to work with but messier to clean up. Hot glue is messier but very easily removed with rubbing alcohol.
        Mar 25, 2023
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    10. Merrick
      Merrick
      You weren’t kidding about the modded S-12, these sound fantastic!
      1. dBel84, Inoculator, JayC and 4 others like this.
      2. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        thank you! <3
        Mar 22, 2023
      3. JayC
        JayC
        no doubt about it, the S12 with just micropore is already _really_ good.

        I would like to hear a modded pair to justify the effort and costs (especially when living in another country, with shipping and customs on top). Until then, i'm happy enough as is
        Mar 23, 2023
    11. rhythmdevils
      rhythmdevils
      I’m sick of balanced out on portable devices. What are the chances that being balanced sounds better than all the space 4.4mm takes up?
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      3. EagleWings
        EagleWings
        There were other brands that had their balanced out as well even prior to that. But it was AK’s 2.5mm Bal that really started the Balanced movement in the portable audio.
        Mar 21, 2023
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      4. Gazny
        Gazny
        Reduce electrical noise for thermal noise
        Mar 22, 2023
      5. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        At least we got passed the RSA balanced connector :-0
        Apr 24, 2023
    12. rhythmdevils
      rhythmdevils
      The dreaded “click” from the Yggdrasil / Gungnir when a great album ends. One more song! :-/
      1. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Don't forget that vinyl goes click .... .... click ... ... click .... .... click ... ... click .... .... every time any album ends.

        ;)
        Mar 10, 2023
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      2. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        Also sad! I’m not bothered by the noise itself, I’m just often wanting another song and that click is a definitive end to the album.
        Mar 10, 2023
      3. internethandle
        internethandle
        Just use a regular non-bit perfect OS mixer and force the signal lock into whatever sample rate/bit depth setting you choose and voila! No clicking. ;) (just kidding, of course…)
        Mar 10, 2023
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    13. rhythmdevils
      rhythmdevils
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      3. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Does the valve (errm, tube) actually do anything?

        Is this a joke?
        Mar 10, 2023
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      4. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        Yeah it's probably just a broken tube he bought in bulk on ebay to look cute. it's kind of cool actually, but after seeing @atomicbob 's USB measurements I wouldn't even hook that thing up to a laser printer.
        Mar 10, 2023
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      5. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Now you're talking!

        Printers can be very sensitive. Definitely use only the /best/ cables!

        /hahaha /semi-serious ;)
        Mar 10, 2023
    14. rhythmdevils
      rhythmdevils
      I hate stepped attenuators so much! I don't want to iisten that loud, or that quiet! Fuck you!
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      2. Claritas
        Claritas
        I don't mind the clicks. What I mind *a lot!* is that so many headphone amps have such little volume range, particularly in high gain. It's as if manufacturers decided to build them for HE-6 (which they're almost always inadequate for anyway) instead of for normal headphones, such as HD-6, T50RP mods, &c.
        Feb 25, 2023
      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        I personally have never had an issue with the amount of steps on the Saga or the Freya but if I were getting a Goldpoint I’d opt for the upgrade with more steps. IIRC their base is 24 steps.
        Feb 25, 2023
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      4. Armaegis
        Armaegis
        And then you've got the oddball Bottlehead preamp which has TWO rotary switches for volume, course steps at 9dB each and then a fine knob with 1.5dB steps.
        Feb 25, 2023
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    15. rhythmdevils
      rhythmdevils
      It’s (not) funny how often I open sponsored playlists on music services and know every band. Come on! “Curators” gotta know more than me.
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      3. Tchoupitoulas
        Tchoupitoulas
        Feb 9, 2023
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      4. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        Yeah BANDCAMP is great. I go through my feed everyday.
        Feb 9, 2023
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      5. caute
        caute
        My DREAM job is to curate music for HBO productions. every time I see an HBO show, I know almost all the songs and sometimes the vibe is off, and I think of a track that would have fit better, but on the whole most of them do a p good job. I don't even know what job title that actually is lol.
        Feb 9, 2023
    16. rhythmdevils
      rhythmdevils
      How are the Sigma11 LPS on eBay? Anyone try them or know juicy deets?
      1. atomicbob
        atomicbob
        Feb 4, 2023
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    17. rhythmdevils
      rhythmdevils
      USaudiomart or Audiogon for selling stuff that doesn't sell here? I'm an MOT so can't use the FS forums on HF.
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      2. AdvanTech
        AdvanTech
        I’ve bought and sold plenty on USAM. It works well enough and hifishark trawls it.
        Feb 1, 2023
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      3. ufospls2
        ufospls2
        I've used USAM's sister website for Canada (CAM) and its great. Feedback system etc...

        With that being said do be careful and follow advice for scams and stuff.
        Feb 2, 2023
      4. jaker782
        jaker782
        Have you considered Reddit's AVExchange sub? I've bought and sold plenty on there with no issues. Seems to get more traffic than USAM as well.
        Feb 2, 2023
    18. rhythmdevils
      rhythmdevils
      “Deoxit is apparently NOT recommended for tube pin cleaning (their regular 5 product), as it is not able to stand up to heat.”
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      3. M3NTAL
        M3NTAL
        I literally just got a new tube adapter today for my Vali 2+ to sample my 5670/396A/2C51 as a mock Vali 2++. I have the ECC84 adapter for the tube @Azimuth recommended (RFT) I just sprayed the JAN 5670 and stuck it in the adapter. I gave the pins a quick cotton rub off before going in. Yummy
        Jan 31, 2023
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      4. Vansen
        Vansen
        I’ve always used anhydrous isopropyl alcohol with a brass brush, Scotch Brite, or one of the toothbrushes my dentist gives me that I never use.
        Jan 31, 2023
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      5. M3NTAL
        M3NTAL
        Welp, I thought I put a 5670 in there, but it was a 5687 - It let out some magic smoke until I shut'er down. It seems to be working fine with the stock 6N1P in there. I sorta like the stock 6N1P over the ECC84 RFT. I have no idea the brand on the 6N1P, but it is very balance. Almost chucked the Vali 2+, I was sad and upset with myself. I do have an actual 2C51, just requires a little more work.
        Feb 1, 2023
    19. rhythmdevils
      rhythmdevils
      Added Studio B and Elekit 8200 to my amps for sale post! come and get 'em!
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      2. HotRatSalad
        HotRatSalad
        How much would decent tubes set someone back on the elekit ?
        Jan 24, 2023
      3. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        @HotRatSalad it takes KT88’s or 6L6G power tubes. KT88’s are expensive but my favorite was RCA 6L6GB tubes which are not expensive and a pair of 12au7’s don’t need to be expensive. $50? But you could spend $150-200 with nice 12au7’s like Mullards or $500 with KT88’s and nice 12au7’s.
        Jan 25, 2023
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      4. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        Jan 25, 2023
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    20. rhythmdevils
      rhythmdevils
      The only thing that gives me tube nervosa is when I use 1 tube from a matched pair for an amp that only takes 1. Tube usage imbalance!!!!!!
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      3. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        I currently have 3 amps that take only one 12au7. My 12au7 stash is ruined :(…
        Jan 21, 2023
      4. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        Many audio tubes are dual triode, so in some amps, one side gets hit harder than others. I know in some guitar amps, the other side might not even used.
        Jan 22, 2023
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      5. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        @Azimuth are you trying to make me have a nervous breakdown? :D
        Jan 22, 2023
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    Gender:
    Male
    Birthday:
    Oct 3, 1983 (Age: 39)
    Home Page:
    https://www.rhythmdevilsaudio.com
    Location:
    Bay Area, CA
    Occupation:
    Photographer and Headphone Sound Sculptor
    Gear List:
    WANTED:
    Cavalli Liquid Crimson

    ALL ORTHOS ARE MODDED....

    —Source—

    Pi2AES with Sigma11 LPS -> Yggdrasil A2/og ->

    —iem rig—

    Yggdrasil -> EC Studio B -> RD-S12 (modded Shouer S12 ortho iem's)


    —ORTHO RIG #1--

    Minimax tube preamp -> First Watt F4 -> RD-4 (modified LCD-4)


    --ORTHO RIG #2--

    Jottenheim A -> RD-R (modded LCD-R)


    --ORTHO RIG #3--

    Liquid Gold X -> Various modded Audeze's below


    ----ORTHO RIG #4--

    Cavalli SOHA1 maxed out by @fallenangel -> modded Hifiman HE6SEv1


    -AMPS-

    EC Studio B
    Cavalli Liquid Glass
    Cavalli Liquid Gold X
    og Cavalli Liquid Gold
    Jottenheim A
    @fallenangel Cavalli SOHA1
    Vali 2+
    Schiit Magni 3+
    Nitsch Piety


    -HEADPHONES-

    All orthos are modded or in the queue to be modded...

    Audeze LCD-5
    Audeze LCD-4
    Audeze LCD-R
    Audeze LCD-MX4
    Audeze LCD- 4z
    Audeze LCD-3
    Audeze LCD-X
    Audeze LCD-2F
    Audeze LCD-2 Classic
    Hifiman HE6se V1 and V2
    Hifiman HE560 V4
    Fostex T50rp (very involved mod, one of my best orthos)

    --Vintage Orthos--

    Aiwa HP-500
    2 NAD RP-18 Kapton
    3 TDS-15
    TDS-5
    TDS-7
    TDS-16
    Fostex T20v2
    Fostex T20v1
    FostexT10
    3 Yamaha HP-1 Anistropic
    4 Yamaha YH-3
    Yamaha YHD-1


    —SPEAKER RIG—

    Pi2AES -> Gungnir A1 -> Khozmo Passive Preamp -> Mackie HR624 mk1 active reference monitors (not the 824 or MK2 version)
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    When I'm not listening to music I'm a Photographer & Filmmaker