rtaylor76
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Cavalli Liquid Carbon V1 died today. RIP. Ugh. On to the next I guess. Sep 8, 2020

    1. rtaylor76
      rtaylor76
      Cavalli Liquid Carbon V1 died today. RIP. Ugh. On to the next I guess.
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      3. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        @Hammy Damn straight. Best not to use it at all if it causes so much trouble.
        Sep 9, 2020
      4. Hammy
        Hammy
        In hindsight it would have been best to not have included the TRS jack on that amp. Caused more problems than benefit. The SE output doesn't sound worthy of the amp. No sonic reason for it to be there given the customers the amp was marketed for.
        Sep 9, 2020
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        gixxerwimp
        Sep 9, 2020
    2. rtaylor76
      rtaylor76
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      3. YMO
        YMO
        Inside joke.
        Sep 4, 2020
      4. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        America just has a love/hate relationship with Chick-fil-A.
        Sep 4, 2020
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      5. gixxerwimp
        gixxerwimp
        Never tried it. Will have to next time I'm over there, whenever that is ...
        Sep 4, 2020
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    3. rtaylor76
      rtaylor76
      This weekend I watched a Bruce Springsteen concert and realized where The Killers got a lot of their sound.
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      2. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        No love for The Boss?
        Aug 20, 2020
      3. YMO
        YMO
        NY > NJ Back in the day we use his LPs for clay pigeons. Also only good Boss album is Nebraska.
        Aug 20, 2020
      4. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        ^ Dislike.
        Naw, it's cool. ;) I am not a huge fan, but just listening to all the songs was reminiscent of The Killers, whom I am more familiar.
        Aug 20, 2020
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    4. rtaylor76
      rtaylor76
      In past two months ordered Argon, Bachelor amp, Pi2AES....eventually, I will be in audio bliss. Until then, still waiting. :)
      1. imackler
        imackler
        Enjoy the audio bliss of today! I know what you mean, of course. I've been awed by new gear. But I've only missed out on enjoying music when I don't listen to the gear I have.
        Aug 19, 2020
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      2. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        I don't mind too much, other than it is not just one thing I am waiting on, but now three. :) I just image they will all arrive at the same time a month from now, lol.
        Aug 19, 2020
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    5. rtaylor76
      rtaylor76
      All this talk of BWC prompted me to change my avatar to my speakers.
      1. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        Join the animal club instead
        Aug 8, 2020
      2. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        We are animal free at the moment. It has been a couple of years since our last cat passed. Might be time for a new addition.
        Aug 8, 2020
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      3. philipmorgan
        philipmorgan
        me too :)
        Aug 8, 2020
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    6. rtaylor76
      rtaylor76
      Theta DS Pro Basic II is for legit. Vintage 30+ year old DAC ftw!
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    7. rtaylor76
      rtaylor76
      Vacation over. Florida may have taken my phone, but it gave me a sunburn.
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      2. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        Seriously though, we had a great time.
        Aug 2, 2020
      3. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        At least the sun is not on strike there when it is grumpy. In NL after a few good days of sun, the rain and thunder come down again.
        Aug 2, 2020
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    8. rtaylor76
      rtaylor76
      The ocean killed my phone. Time for a replacement. Ugh.
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      3. DigMe
        DigMe
        The ocean, man... so salty.
        Jul 31, 2020
      4. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        Did the phone wear a life jacket? That could have helped. If it was smart phone, well it should have been aware of that fact.
        Jul 31, 2020
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        Jul 31, 2020
    9. rtaylor76
      rtaylor76
      Of course the week we pick to go the the beach there is a 60% chance of rain everyday. I am sure the weather will change quickly in Florida.
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      2. Pogo
        Pogo
        Where in Florida? Big state with several different weather zones.
        Jul 26, 2020
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      3. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        Panhandle. Destin/Miramar Beach area.
        Jul 26, 2020
      4. Pogo
        Pogo
        Typical gulf coast summer pattern,you'll be fine. Check weather underground.com for reliable daily hourly forecasts and plan your beach time accordingly. Melanoma is nothing to fuck with.
        Enjoy, I'll be retiring up that way soon.
        Jul 26, 2020
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    10. rtaylor76
      rtaylor76
      Ashley Furniture store finally delivered my last piece of furniture...at 10:45pm last night! And they still had one more delivery!!
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      2. netforce
        netforce
        Feels bad for the delivery guys who have to likely are delivering to the late hours in the night. I was talking to my UPS driver who said his route has double to triple the amount of packages he used to have.
        Jul 25, 2020
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      3. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        I did feel bad for them. I only hope they were second shift. I will only add this was the third time I was promised a delivery on a certain day. Third time's the charm. Crazy times.
        Jul 25, 2020
    11. rtaylor76
      rtaylor76
      Don't ever buy anything from Ashley Furniture online. Totally not worth the hassle.
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      2. DigMe
        DigMe
        Never heard of her.
        Jul 16, 2020
      3. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        Well...they won't show up to deliver the rest of my furniture that I ordered 2 months ago, so I don't think they have heard of me, lol.
        Jul 17, 2020
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      3. Taverius
        Taverius
        Fixed cable right? For that much cash.
        Jul 15, 2020
      4. YMO
        YMO
        Can I smoke it?
        Jul 15, 2020
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      5. m17xr2b
        m17xr2b
        With a speaker amp sure.
        Jul 15, 2020
    13. rtaylor76
      rtaylor76
      They just made masks mandatory in my county. Just made a few purchases on ETSY. I am still WFH, but I like options when I go out.
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      2. Melvillian
        Melvillian
        I carry one with me on dog walks and wear it if we run into other people, which is rare.
        Jun 28, 2020
      3. Skyline
        Skyline
        Jun 29, 2020
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      4. Boops
        Boops
        If you have a bunch of old t-shirts or bedsheets, this is an easy pattern to sew yourself: http://www.ragmask.com. Hand sewing these got me through the early weeks here in NYC. Very meditative.
        Jun 29, 2020
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    14. rtaylor76
      rtaylor76
      Audeze headbands are just the worst design. It's like a DIY headband.
      1. TheIceman93
        TheIceman93
        Funny because some Borealis owners are using them to replace the seatbelt headband. I don't think the headband on my LCD2C is that bad. The suspension strap on my Aeon 2 is superior though. The best has to be the Emperyan strap.
        Jun 24, 2020
      2. dark_energy
        dark_energy
        @rtaylor76 This is not an industrial product. This is art.
        Jun 25, 2020
      3. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        It reminds me of steampunk.
        Jun 25, 2020
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    15. rtaylor76
      rtaylor76
      Just got some KZ KSN Pro IEM's (hybrid 1BA + Dyn) on a whim for $25 on Amazon...these things are surprisingly good.
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      2. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        Decent bottom end, top end slightly harsh in the high-mids, might be missing some body in the low-mids. Good space and details though. For $25 it is a win IMO. $20 if you don't want the mic.
        Jun 8, 2020
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    16. rtaylor76
      rtaylor76
      SM7B wins over the MD421 for voice overs. So clean and smooth. I guess I can always use the presence boost if I want that MD421 sound.
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    17. mokobigbro
      mokobigbro
      My pick is RE20. I have sm7b, re20 and md421.
      Can't go wrong with all of the above though.
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      2. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        Thanks. All are classic mics. I used to hate the MD421 and thought I wanted an RE20, but after hearing VO samples I bought an MD421. I guess I can sell it quick if it does not work out.
        May 17, 2020
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      3. mokobigbro
        mokobigbro
        can't go wrong with either one of those. Since you are in the US, I think Heil PR40 is worth trying as well.
        May 17, 2020
    18. rtaylor76
      rtaylor76
      MD421, SM7B, RE20, RE320...my mind has been occupied on evaluating something on the other end of headphones.
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      2. atomicbob
        atomicbob
        Having both the TLM103 and AT4033 I can say each has its pros and cons. But the match between voice and microphone is important to gain best overall sound. That is why my studio had so many microphones in the locker. RE20 is always a safe bet, but may not provide spectacular match as other possibilities.
        May 17, 2020
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      3. mokobigbro
        mokobigbro
        I love the MD441 and RE20. My voice is too raspy with the SM7b.
        May 17, 2020
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      4. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        I forgot about the MD421 presence. Still sounds good though.
        May 20, 2020
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    19. rtaylor76
      rtaylor76
      Nurse wife and the family still safe - no symptoms. It has been 10+ days since her contact with other nurses who tested positive.
    20. rtaylor76
      rtaylor76
      My wife is an RN and three nurses she works with tested positive for COVID-19 last week. Still keeping our fingers crossed and being safe.
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      2. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        My wife thinks the nurse who contracted it went to Thailand in late February and came back and was supposed to be in self-quarrintine for 10 days and did not really follow it. SMH
        Apr 2, 2020
      3. JK47
        JK47
        Stay safe
        Apr 2, 2020
      4. DigMe
        DigMe
        Thailand didn't seem bad at all in Late February. I was there for most of February though we did isolate for 14 days when we got back to the states just to be safe. I was out and about quite a bit while I was there though.
        Apr 2, 2020
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    Gender:
    Male
    Home Page:
    https://video-culture.com
    Location:
    Nashville, TN
    Occupation:
    IT Pro and Recording/HiFi Nerd
    Gear List:
    Headphones:
    LCD-2C
    HD650
    ModHouse Argon

    Amps:
    Cavalli Liquid Carbon
    Dynalo (DIY)
    SW Bachelor
    Vali 2

    Sources:
    Theta DS Pro Basic II
    Schiit Bifrost Multibit
    Schiit Modius
    Denon DA-500
    Raspberry Pi3 running moOde wi/HfFi Digi+
    Schiit Etir

    Portable Rig:
    Fiio X3 II
    Fiio A3
    Auclair Reference


    HT Setup:
    Receiver: Denon AVR-3805
    Speakers: JBL LSR32
    Amp: Adcom 5800
    Subs: Atlantic Technology 212B (x2)
    Turntable: Technics SL-1200 M3D
    Reel-to-Real: Ampex AX-300
    Cassette: Denon DRM-550
    CD Player: Adcom GCD-575
    "Subjective impressions are great, really. Without them, what's the point..." This only means I try not to listen to the gear rather than hearing the music.

    An audio enthusiast with a recording degree. I became an audiophile in college in studying recording to become a mastering engineer. Although I was an intern for Glenn Meadows and also was acquaintances with Ray Kennedy, the stars never quite aligned for me. However I never left pursuing high-end audio.

    I grew up in a radio station as my dad was in radio. My first job was a board op at the talk station where I had to use analog reel to reels, carts, cassettes, and DAT's.

    And yes, I like to tinker with gear. I am an audiophile on a budget. Working IT Support only gets you so much income with two kids around. Have you seen how much day care costs these days? Anyways, there are I guess some gains to some gear that can be tweaked to improve the performance. This is no different than car types changing differentials or beefing up the suspension or engine. Some of us can't afford a BMW, but rather have to take a Civic and beef it up with aftermarket parts.

    Tinkering also helps with repairing gear. I have restored some KEF C75 speakers, an Elac Miracord 50H. I have also fixed, soldered, suped up, many other things from crossovers, to cap replacement, to op-amp replacement, etc. I most recently fixed and rebuilt a non-working Dynalo. I took electronics and studio maintenance in college, but I am still learning.

    I have also built: guitar tube amps, guitars, and drums. I love DIY.

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