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Installed a new cartridge tonight. Every time I ask myself why I’m doing this after an age trying to get it just so. Jan 19, 2022 at 6:07 PM

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    1. scblock
      scblock
      Installed a new cartridge tonight. Every time I ask myself why I’m doing this after an age trying to get it just so.
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      3. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Probably getting deeper blacks now? Oh wait... he isn't talking about laser printers!

        I used to say, "A house without a turntable is not a home." Now... I don't.
        Jan 20, 2022 at 4:32 AM
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      4. Qildail
        Qildail
        Might be the number one reason I don't roll different cartridges. I would gladly ship and pay to have someone else do that nonsense.
        Jan 20, 2022 at 8:06 AM
      5. scblock
        scblock
        Rechecked everything this afternoon with fresh eyes and it all looks good. Then I did it all over again, putting the old cartridge on the original (beta) Sol tonearm I had sitting in a box.
        Jan 20, 2022 at 3:22 PM
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    2. scblock
      scblock
      Tonight I am enjoying Modi Multibit, Crack w/Speedball, HD650, a glass of wine, and good music. It’s a good combo.
      1. Qildail, Azimuth, sheldaze and 11 others like this.
      2. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        I never have a bad time listening to the modi multibit
        Jan 9, 2022
        Qildail, Biodegraded, YMO and 2 others like this.
    3. scblock
      scblock
      I just want to get to Iowa tomorrow. Why is there an entire Nebraska between Colorado and there?
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      2. bixby
        bixby
        To remind you to never take the mountains for granted. I know the feeling, I used to drive from south of Denver to Minneapolis on numerous occasions. Good listening time.
        Dec 19, 2021
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      3. crazychile
        crazychile
        Ha ha. Today gym bud mentioned he’s driving to Denver to see family. We made jokes about i80 through Nebraska. Man that drive sucks.
        Dec 20, 2021
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      4. scblock
        scblock
        Did the opposite for the same reason. Made it ok, dismal as ever, especially 76 through eastern Colorado which I always seem to block out from my memory.
        Dec 20, 2021
    4. scblock
      scblock
      An old Fulla 2 sounds way better than this brand new laptop's headphone port.
      1. Wilson, Azimuth, Qildail and 4 others like this.
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      3. Tchoupitoulas
        Tchoupitoulas
        I likewise ordered mine right after it came out. I've used it with my Andros, too! That's too funny. I used it to burn in a pair of Vérité the other week. I gave it a quick lesson, to make sure the volume was not too loud, and the sound was much better than I'd expected.
        Dec 15, 2021
      4. Cryptowolf
        Cryptowolf
        until it died, my headroom amp from ‘99 sounded bettter than most laptop outs.
        Dec 15, 2021
      5. Qildail
        Qildail
        Still have my Fulla 2 as well. It was my work desk volume control for the longest time.
        Dec 15, 2021
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    5. scblock
      scblock
      1. shotgunshane and Gazny like this.
      2. scblock
        scblock
        Can't find any proper archive links for that site unfortunately, they had some cool Lego scans a little while back.
        Dec 6, 2021
      3. imackler
        imackler
        bwahaha. I thought it said "scam of the month." Which would be an interesting website as well. Anyways, I kept scrolling, skimming the description, waiting for the revelation of the scam. I'm a dork.
        Dec 6, 2021
    6. scblock
      scblock
      2100 words drafted in some impressions I'm working on, and I haven't actually gotten to the impressions yet. May need some editing yet.
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      2. scblock
        scblock
        Realistically I think it maybe should just be a blog post at this point.
        Nov 28, 2021
    7. scblock
      scblock
      Making mixtapes and demoing Yggdrasil LIM on this Sunday morning. Upstream resampling and volume leveling don’t do the music any favors.
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      2. scblock
        scblock
        Both are necessary while recording the tape to avoid drop outs during sample rate switching on the DAC and wild volume swings between tracks.
        Nov 28, 2021
    8. scblock
      scblock
      I have Taylor Swift playing on my cheap surround system while I’m cooking. Sounds like ass if I really listen, but Folklore is still good.
    9. scblock
      scblock
      I sincerely regret ripping this CD I lost decades ago as a 160 kbps MP3. It does not sound good.
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      3. Qildail
        Qildail
        Same regrets over a handful of albums; lost my entire CD collection to a house flood in 2014 and have been painfully rebuilding it since. Some of those out-of-print or foreign-press albums are painful to replace.
        Oct 27, 2021
      4. Cryptowolf
        Cryptowolf
        @Qildail another good push to continue to rip my rare CDs to my Roon Core. That loss must be frustrating.
        Oct 27, 2021
      5. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        Ew.
        Oct 27, 2021
    10. scblock
      scblock
      The unexpected and unrecognized USPS shipping notice was just my copy of the new Sleigh Bells CD, so that's all good.
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      2. scblock
        scblock
        Bandcamp just send me the email saying this shipped about an hour ago. USPS is faster than email?
        Oct 18, 2021
    11. scblock
      scblock
      I don’t find much value in gear impressions given after 5, 10, or even 15 minutes of listening. It’s OK to give it more time before writing.
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      3. zerodeefex
        zerodeefex
        I know if something will be wrong for me on a known chain within the first couple of minutes tops. I think the longer you're in the hobby and the more set in your ways you are, you can reject headphones much faster. I know @purr1n will pull shit off almost immediately if he doesn't like it.
        Oct 13, 2021
        Lyander, Jinxy245, Merrick and 3 others like this.
      4. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        Depends on the gear and type of review you’re writing. It sometimes only takes me a few minutes with a pair of problematic headphones. But to write a full review I force myself to listen for other things other than those problems and spend more time with it. I didn’t need anymore than a minute with the HD8XX to write the brief review I wrote.
        Oct 13, 2021
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      5. Merrick
        Merrick
        I agree that on a chain you know intimately, bad gear or poorly synergizing gear in particular is easier to rule out. Good gear I generally need more time with to evaluate WHY it's good, even if I've already had the emotional reaction and can tell it's good.
        Oct 13, 2021
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    12. scblock
      scblock
      Swapping in the unused Modi MB for the Modi 3 in my living room Bottlehead Crack setup.
      1. Merrick, Sqveak and Cryptowolf like this.
    13. scblock
      scblock
      I fired up the Lyr 3 today for the first time in a while. Really is a great amp.
    14. scblock
      scblock
      Back to RoPieee. It's not perfect but has the best overall experience. HiFiBerryOS is prettier, but local display support isn't great.
      1. jexby and Inoculator like this.
    15. scblock
      scblock
      Ugh, Linux. Quod Libet developer has refused to follow the lead of EVERYONE ELSE and interpret the ID3 TPE2 tag as Album Artist for MP3s.
      1. scblock
        scblock
        Sep 1, 2021
      2. SoupRKnowva
        SoupRKnowva
        that seems like a super weird hill to die on
        Sep 1, 2021
    16. scblock
      scblock
      It's time to angry listen to Muse again.
    17. scblock
      scblock
      I'm not a big fan of recordings that are so distorted I'm stopping to check my gear for problems. And I'm a huge Sleigh Bells fan.
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      2. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        Some Nora Jones tracks..cough..cough.
        Aug 4, 2021
      3. bixby
        bixby
        lots and lots of current recordings are full of distorted crap
        Aug 4, 2021
      4. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        Listen on tape, embrace the fuzz
        Aug 4, 2021
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    18. scblock
      scblock
      The SW51+ sounds great, but if you're in the mood to light your headphones on fire it's not the best choice. Lyr 3 or LP push harder.
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      2. scblock
        scblock
        Excellent timing
        Jul 29, 2021
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      3. YMO
        YMO
        I never like hard pushing amps, because they tired me out. I never had that problem when I had my cat-haired SW51+.
        Jul 30, 2021
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      4. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        Agreed. Clarity is best at mid to low volume. It is not a gain pusher.
        Aug 1, 2021
    19. scblock
      scblock
      Chasing ground loops today. Killed the bad hum from the turntable but half my gear is still unplugged.
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      2. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Basics: turntable should always be earthed to pre-amp, and both should be earthed to amp. I expect you got that covered already, but, just in case.
        Jul 19, 2021
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      3. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        ... and make sure that at least one of those things /has/ a three-pin mains connection with earth connected!

        Oh, and I used to have to separately earth my system to house piping, which got rid of the remaining hum.
        Jul 19, 2021
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      4. Gazny
        Gazny
        2 prong in a 3 prong world
        Jul 19, 2021
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    20. scblock
      scblock
      Friend wants to play games online. Thought I'd get a Fulla 4 to upgrade from earbuds plugged into a PS4 controller. Holy lead times, Batman!
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    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Denver
    Occupation:
    Wind and Solar Performance Lead
    Gear List:
    Listening Room
    DACs
    Schiit Modi Multibit
    Schiit Bifrost Multibit

    CD Player
    Parasound C/DP-1000

    Cassette Player
    Sony TC-WE475

    Turntables
    U-Turn Orbit Plus / Ortofon OM5E
    Schiit Sol / Nagaoka MP-110
    Schiit Mani (later generation)
    U-Turn Pluto (integrated into the table)

    Preamp
    Schiit Saga / Russian Tung Sol 6SN7

    Amplifier
    Schiit Vidar

    Speakers
    Vandersteen 2c (sequential serial nos, purchased new in Denver circa 1984, purchased used by me late 2000s)


    Living Room
    Schiit Modi 3
    Schiit Asgard 2
    Bottlehead Crack w/Speedball


    Desktop/Near Field
    DAC
    Schiit Modius

    Headphone Amps
    Schiit Lyr 3 / Russian Tung Sol 6SN7
    Cavalli Liquid Platinum / Stock Tubes
    Shortest Way SW51+

    Headphone/Speaker Amplifier
    Bottlehead S.E.X. 3.0 w/C4S boards

    Speakers
    Klipsch R-51M


    Portable Players
    iPod 5.5g (retrofitted with 200 GB SD card)
    FiiO M6 (mostly retired)
    FiiO X5 Mk III (mostly retired)
    Sony A50 Series w/MrWalkman Firmware (to replace FiiO M6)
    Sony WM1A (to replace FiiO X5)


    Headphones
    Sennheiser HD650
    Drop/Sennheiser HD58x
    Drop/Beyerdynamic DT 177x Go
    Focal Elegia
    HiFiMan HE-400i
    Beyerdynamic DT 990 Edition/Premium 600 Ohm
    Drop/Meze M99 Noir
    Sennheiser HD569
    Koss Porta Pro
    Apple Airpods Max

    IEMs
    Brainwavz B400
    Massdrop/Noble X
    Drop/JVC HA-FDX1
    Etymotic ER4XR
    Apple Airpods Pro