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Piety is f’ing punchy on high gain. Really didn’t expect that, or at least not this much. Nov 28, 2022 at 9:42 AM

    1. rlow
      rlow
      Piety is f’ing punchy on high gain. Really didn’t expect that, or at least not this much.
      1. Jinxy245, Cryptowolf, zottel and 5 others like this.
    2. rlow
      rlow
      Not sure what’s keeping me away from vinyl more: The high cost of albums, or having to wade into another category of gear/nervousa.
      1. Soups, zottel, HouseOfTheEd and 2 others like this.
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      3. GuySmiley'sMonkey
        GuySmiley'sMonkey
        @Thad E Ginathom I too have a vinyl allergy that causes me to sneeze. That's what you were getting at re the tissues, wasn't it?
        Nov 23, 2022
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      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Actually, it is the vinyl that is allergic to me. It gets all spotty and crackly the moment I touch it.

        But still, I prefer some of my rips with imperfections, to cleaner copies, especially some of these later "remasters." My rips have soul. Vinyl reincarnation?
        Nov 23, 2022
      5. JayC
        JayC
        I started collecting a handful of albums without a system when I was finishing my Master study.. Then went with a budget system and upgraded one component at a time based on a prio list I made. Now I dont spend on upgrades anymore and buy an album a month or so, and it feels easy (until I start calculating the total costs..)
        Nov 24, 2022
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    3. rlow
      rlow
      Is Musk actually this stupid/deranged, or is he just trying to destroy Twitter?
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      3. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        "be a billionaire and buy a newspaper"
        "starting a race team"

        Disclosure: Whilst this joke has provided laughs in the past, future performance may vary. Other versions of this joke are available. Please consult a registered comic.
        Nov 13, 2022
      4. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        The way to make a small fortune in the commodities market is to start with a large fortune
        Nov 13, 2022
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      5. Josh83
        Josh83
        Research shows social media use makes us miserable, so Elon buying Twitter just to destroy it is actually Effective Altruism.
        Nov 14, 2022
        Thad E Ginathom, Cspirou and Lyander like this.
    4. rlow
      rlow
      Pretty psyched about Andrew Jones’s new MoFi speaker. 10” paper cone with concentric soft dome tweeter. Sweeeeeet.
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      2. wbass
        wbass
        Saw that earlier. Very interesting. Sort of like a Tannoy monitor with fancier baffling. But, yeah, slight shame about the rear port.
        Nov 10, 2022
      3. rlow
        rlow
        @HotRatSalad it seems fairly high on thoughtful, modern speaker engineering and custom drivers, not just a box with generic drivers and a network. And is it that crazy in a world of $4-5k+ headphones that some don’t seem to bat an eye at?
        Nov 10, 2022
        nishan99 and wbass like this.
      4. HotRatSalad
        HotRatSalad
        It's not as crazy as 4-5k headphones but just south of it.
        Nov 10, 2022
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    5. rlow
      rlow
      Been running my HD650s recently (on SW51+) sans the front foam. I think I actually prefer it this way…
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      2. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        Weirdo /s
        Oct 26, 2022
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      3. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        The front foam on my HD600s disintegrated.
        Oct 27, 2022
    6. rlow
      rlow
      Whole home surge protector installed. Glad to have a bit of extra protection for my gear.
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      2. atomicbob
        atomicbob
        @dasman66 - transformers tend to slow down transients unless catastrophic arc-over occurs such as from a direct hit by lightning at the power feed to the main panel.
        Oct 24, 2022
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      3. dasman66
        dasman66
        @atomicbob... So if I read that correctly, that means the iso transformers won't sacrifice themselves to a lightning strike... time to look at getting the whole home surge protector installed...
        Oct 25, 2022
      4. atomicbob
        atomicbob
        @dasman66 - transformers are good for suppressing noisy low energy transients providing clean output. Lightning strikes require a shunt to earth such as a lightning arrester.
        Oct 26, 2022
    7. rlow
      rlow
      I had essentially concluded that unmodded HD650 were definitely not my thing. At all. Kept them around in case I decided to mod someday…
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      3. Biodegraded
        Biodegraded
        Oct 13, 2022
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      4. rlow
        rlow
        @Qildail the Jot 2 didn’t really do it for me with the 650s. Not sure what kind of magic this SW51+ has but it seems to lift a lot of the veil. But it doesn’t really match up nearly as well with the Elex. Lyr 3 is a much better match for the Elex.
        Oct 13, 2022
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      5. JayC
        JayC
        @Inoculator what does it cost to get the mod done? and/or who do i contact for it?
        Oct 14, 2022
    8. rlow
      rlow
      Oh shit. SW51+ with HD650…Wtf!??
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      3. YMO
        YMO
        Sep 24, 2022
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      4. Cooper32
        Cooper32
        @edd, that T-shirt says it all. I still have the old version with a Modi MB and Vali 2. Maybe I should upgrade to the new one...
        Sep 24, 2022
        rlow, Mdkaler and edd like this.
      5. ColdsnapBry
        ColdsnapBry
        Yep, this combo has destroyed a lot of stuff for me. Lately I've been using LSN800 and SW51+ as my go to also.
        Sep 24, 2022
    9. rlow
      rlow
      Really would love to just go all single-ended in my rig. If it weren’t for those less-than-optimal SE outs from Yggdrasil…
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      2. RestoredSparda
        RestoredSparda
        For real. LIM is staying simply for its great SE out. My amp is SE as well so IDGAF
        Sep 20, 2022
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      3. ufospls2
        ufospls2
        could you maybe use a transformer of some sort for the XLR outputs. I seem to remember marv had a thread about doing something similar with the yggdrasil but I can't find it. Not sure it would be worth it though?
        Sep 20, 2022
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      4. Gazny
        Gazny
        I have a tvc that can act as a summer for xlr if you are interested. It has its own color but it was quite musical to my ears.
        Sep 20, 2022
    10. rlow
      rlow
      Excited to finally get my ears on a SW51+ (arriving next week from @jnak00).
      1. Justin S, Azimuth, FlySweep and 15 others like this.
    11. rlow
      rlow
      Thinking about buying a GR Research LGK 2.0 kit and set of cabs for nearfield use, plus a small sub. Anyone else have or considering these?
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      2. k4rstar
        k4rstar
        No, a friend of mine has them. I am happy with my Vanatoos
        Jun 22, 2022
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      3. ergopower
        ergopower
        I've been looking at the X-LS Encore, but saw those as well. Dannie has a new video up with some additional speakers based on that driver that are interesting
        Jun 22, 2022
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      4. rlow
        rlow
        @ergopower saw that, but I think the smaller LGK would be all I would need for nearfield, but will have to check out some more reviews before pulling the trigger. Amir’s measurements did show some pretty major distortion issues in the bass. Could be Amir just borked something or got a borked pair, but need to read more.
        Jun 22, 2022
    12. rlow
      rlow
      Nearfields too large and too close to wall = muddy, mushy, boomy bass and mids. Roon’s high-pass PEQ filter to the rescue! Much better.
    13. rlow
      rlow
      The new Arcade Fire album seems to have gotten a lukewarm reception from critics, but I’m loving it.
      1. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        ....and somehow the critics all loved Reflector, which was God awful. At least Arcade Fired ditched the disco rock and went back to making actual rock music.
        May 20, 2022
      2. yotacowboy
        yotacowboy
        I'm still building the courage to hit play on that one. I saw them in Asheville in 2005 and it was epic. Everything after has been milquetoast.
        May 21, 2022
      3. rlow
        rlow
        @yotacowboy, it doesn’t compete or sound anything like their early albums, not at all. Those are basically modern classics IMO. But set expectations at something a bit more down to earth (and closer to their last few albums sound wise, but way better than the last one) and hopefully you’ll enjoy it. It does have an 80s vibe (which I typically dislike, but in this case I’m kinda digging it).
        May 21, 2022
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    14. rlow
      rlow
      OG Ragnarok has some impressive attributes, but some things not quite ideal and/or suited to my preference, paired with Focal Elex.
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      3. roshambo123
        roshambo123
        I couldn't handle the microdynamic losses on Rag 2 even vs. MJ2. Eventually felt lifeless to me, which is why I returned it.
        Apr 28, 2022
      4. rlow
        rlow
        Thanks @roshambo123, good to know. Unfortunately leaves me rethinking my approach of one unit for speakers and headphones…
        Apr 28, 2022
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      5. roshambo123
        roshambo123
        My DAC at the time was Gungnir A1 which wasn't ideal either. With Yggdrasil A2 injecting some organic texture and detail the situation probably would have been better.
        Apr 28, 2022
    15. rlow
      rlow
      Wow Ragnarok 1.5 is really not what I expected. I assumed it would tilt heavily toward Jot 1. Actually kind of the opposite!
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      3. zonto
        zonto
        I can't stand anything but low gain using Focal Utopia. With HD600, the amp just isn't a good match (shoutiness in the midrange emphasized). Best match I've found was the JAR HD650 when I had that loaner in. I usually try to cap average listening level between 70-75 dB, with peaks above that of course, using NIOSH iPhone app. Not really a high volume listener.
        Apr 11, 2022
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      4. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        Rag 1.5 is almost too much amp for 600/650, although it is nicer with 650’s. Such a polite (but not laid back) and effortless amp. On speakers in high gain is the best.
        Apr 11, 2022
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      5. rlow
        rlow
        Have you guys tried Freya with Rag? Just tried hooking my Freya+ up between the Yggdrasil and Rag for Schiits and giggles (maxed the volume on the Rag on low gain) and it might be giving me exactly what I’m looking for…need more time though.
        Apr 14, 2022
    16. rlow
      rlow
      Been trying to pull the trigger buying an OG Ragnarok for like 3 days. This is the slowest used purchase ever!
      1. Cryptowolf, Justin S, zonto and 3 others like this.
      2. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        Anchoring your new 2 channel nearfield setup around a Ragnarok 1.5? Still going to run the LS6?
        Mar 28, 2022
      3. rlow
        rlow
        Going to give it a shot at least. Don’t know if it’s a 1.5 unit but will see. Was a good deal so thought I’d try it anyhow. Hoping it can also do double duty with headphones and replace the Lyr 3 as well, but will see. As far as the LS6, it’s doubtful they’re going to work nearfield unfortunately- too big :’(
        Mar 28, 2022
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      4. Justin S
        Justin S
        What speakers will you be using with the Ragnarok? Also, how you like the Lyr 3.
        Mar 28, 2022
    17. rlow
      rlow
      I wish Gungnir was as resolving as Yggdrasil - it just too darn big for my new setup. (ya, ya, I know, that’s what she said).
      1. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        Full line of Schiit components in the freya/Gungnir Multibit chassis size please. Would be killer to have a rack/stack of separates all that size (new Gungnir Multibit, phono, loki max, headphone amp, power amp, Freya)
        Mar 24, 2022
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      2. Qildail
        Qildail
        Cheap seats observation: Gungnir feels behind the refresh curve now after the value-performance-ratio play in Bifrost 2 and the pure performance play of Yggdrasil flavors.

        The way parts are going right now I don't see it changing soon, sadly.
        Mar 24, 2022
      3. rlow
        rlow
        @Inoculator power amp in that size unlikely unless @schiit have managed to come up with an alternative to class D (efficient/low heat).
        Mar 24, 2022
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    18. rlow
      rlow
      The Decware Zen Taboo MkIII is as quirky as fuck and looks like it came out of a WW2 submarine, but damn it sounds good!
      1. wbass, Cryptowolf, zach915m and 7 others like this.
    19. rlow
      rlow
      Wow Zelensky has signed an official request to join the EU. Tantamount to spitting in Putin’s face.
      1. Justin S, JellyRhino, Sqveak and 12 others like this.
      2. SoupRKnowva
        SoupRKnowva
        woulda been a bigger loogie if it was an official request to join NATO. fuck Putin
        Feb 28, 2022
        Kunlun, FlySweep, Justin S and 7 others like this.
    20. rlow
      rlow
      Everybody seems to praise Sonos for its amazing UI. Honestly I think Roon stomps it thoroughly. If only it intergrated with more music svcs.
      1. Qildail, Cryptowolf, dematted and 2 others like this.
      2. Qildail
        Qildail
        I know it’s blasphemy to some audiophiles, but I do like our Sonos setup. The integration with nearly every music service and simple room correction are killer features.
        Feb 12, 2022
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    Gender:
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    Speakers: Graham Chartwell LS6

    Headphones: HD650

    Amps: Schiit Vidar x 2, Lyr 3

    Preamps: Schiit Freya+, Schiit SYS

    DACs: Schiit Yggdrasil A2, Modi Multibit

    Streamers: SoTM SMS-200Ultra Neo, Pi2AES

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