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In ways our lives are defined by certain events. Tonight I’m listening to a record that ties strongly into my personal story. Jan 10, 2023

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    1. scblock
      scblock
      In ways our lives are defined by certain events. Tonight I’m listening to a record that ties strongly into my personal story.
      1. caute, Cryptowolf, JayC and 5 others like this.
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      3. scblock
        scblock
        Now I’m listening to the same record, a vinyl copy. The friend who dragged me to KC in that fateful trip 20 years ago picked it up in NYC at the same time. I’m riding a huge wave of nostalgia right now.
        Jan 10, 2023
        yotacowboy, Questhate, caute and 7 others like this.
      4. Wilson
        Wilson
        Music, sweet music
        Jan 10, 2023
      5. yotacowboy
        yotacowboy
        RRAWWRRRR! that album kicks ass.
        Jan 11, 2023
    2. scblock
      scblock
      Streaming is crap in a lot of ways. I've had to edit several playlists on Qobuz because the tracks are still there but the old links aren't.
      1. HotRatSalad and rhythmdevils like this.
      2. SoupRKnowva
        SoupRKnowva
        every time I see friends of mine go through things like this, which isn't infrequent, Im happy I still maintain my own music library instead of streaming
        Jan 5, 2023
      3. scblock
        scblock
        Why not both? I can't easily (legally) share my library with others but I can make playlists on Qobuz and Apple Music and share those.
        Jan 5, 2023
        zottel and Qildail like this.
    3. scblock
      scblock
      Mixtape exchange and listening session tonight. I have two new mixes to add to the collection!
      1. Tchoupitoulas and Rustin Cohle like this.
      2. scblock
        scblock
        And a ratatat LP I have to figure out how to get safely back to Denver on a plane.
        Dec 29, 2022
        Rustin Cohle likes this.
    4. scblock
      scblock
      I'm wondering if I'll make it to Iowa tomorrow or not. If not, stuck in Phoenix with my sister is not terrible.
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      2. scblock
        scblock
        I'm having a good time here but would love to see my parents too. But if I get stuck I'll send you the BBQ bill.
        Dec 20, 2022
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      3. crazychile
        crazychile
        If you get into Iowa before Wed evening you should be good.
        Dec 21, 2022
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      4. scblock
        scblock
        Safe and sound, and cold
        Dec 22, 2022
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    5. scblock
      scblock
      LISST works, looks kind of goofy in a Lyr 3. Not sure when/if I'll get real impressions together.
      1. RestoredSparda likes this.
      2. scblock
        scblock
        After a few hours the amp is still broiling hot and the LISST can is even hotter. No running cool here.
        Dec 6, 2022
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    6. scblock
      scblock
      I recently wrote that I didn't think the the solid state stage in the Lyr+ was worth it with my preference for tubes and loss of the card.
      1. Cryptowolf and Qildail like this.
      2. scblock
        scblock
        And now I ordered a LISST for my Lyr 3 because it got me thinking anyways.
        Dec 4, 2022
      3. gixxerwimp
        gixxerwimp
        This hobby is insidious.
        Dec 5, 2022
        Qildail and Cryptowolf like this.
      4. Claritas
        Claritas
        @gixxerwimp I misread "hilarious" for "insidious." Insidious? Perhaps. Hilarious? Definitely.
        Dec 5, 2022
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    7. scblock
      scblock
      Running the Audeze IEM loaner out of my old MiniDisc Walkman. It seems a fair test, the WM has a decent (if bass emphasized) output.
      1. Merrick and Tchoupitoulas like this.
      2. Tchoupitoulas
        Tchoupitoulas
        Mine's on the warmer, bassier side, too
        Oct 26, 2022
    8. scblock
      scblock
      It took an embarrassing amount of time tonight to realize my Modi Multibit needed a reboot again.
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      2. scblock
        scblock
        Power cycling to reset systems to a known good state is a lot older than Microsoft. Even the Apollo missions had to do it.
        Oct 17, 2022
      3. DigMe
        DigMe
        @Vansen Me too. Since I moved I haven’t even been able to find my headphone stuff yet though.
        Oct 17, 2022
      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Well... I just keep stuff turned off when not in use anyway.
        Oct 17, 2022
    9. scblock
      scblock
      Roon has been crashing on me, which is particularly frustrating when it's in the middle of recording a playlist to a tape or MD.
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      3. Vansen
        Vansen
        For the hot mess that Roon is, I’m surprised that I never have issues with it - at least not like everyone seems to complain about. I’m usually the problem user.
        Oct 12, 2022
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      4. Vansen
        Vansen
        I suspect my setup for Roon is atypical though: (1) Roon core is running on a headless Ubuntu 22.04 device, (2) all endpoints are are Raspberry Pi running RoPieee
        Oct 12, 2022
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      5. yotacowboy
        yotacowboy
        weird, I've not had a single issue since the last update. MBP M1Pro core to RPi on Ropieee plus Pi2AES.
        Oct 12, 2022
        zottel and Michael Kelly like this.
    10. scblock
      scblock
      Most recent listening has either been Folkvangr with HD650 or portable MiniDisc MZ-N505 to Porta Pros. Both good.
      1. Jinxy245, jnak00, Qildail and 3 others like this.
    11. scblock
      scblock
      One of my favorite things about Kids Will Be Skeletons is all the music going on in the higher frequencies. Not all of which I can hear.
      1. Cryptowolf and Qildail like this.
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    12. scblock
      scblock
      Got tired of paying too much for "new" cassettes that are low quality. Thought I'd try old, used ones for a quarter the cost. Little to lose
      1. Cryptowolf, Azimuth and YMO like this.
      2. Qildail
        Qildail
        Curious if you hit any better luck than the used tube market I’ve wandered the shallow end of.
        Aug 31, 2022
      3. scblock
        scblock
        After visual inspection this batch is hit or miss. I tossed about a quarter of them for heat or mold damage. The rest look ok but not tested yet. This was all church recordings from the 90s and 2000s and were not carefully stored.
        Aug 31, 2022
    13. scblock
      scblock
      I dug an ancient 2006 era Mac Mini out of storage to record and archive a few minidiscs using its optical input. This was probably stupid.
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      3. scblock
        scblock
        Nothing wrong with recording them for backup/archiving. The stupid bit was digging out the ancient Mac and a monitor that it could connect to so I could stay in the digital domain. It would have been far simpler to use my normal audio interface and just recorded the line level output.
        Aug 11, 2022
      4. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        Aug 11, 2022
        Thad E Ginathom likes this.
      5. Cspirou
        Aug 16, 2022
    14. scblock
      scblock
      RD modded LCD-X seems to pair really nicely with my Bottlehead S.E.X. so far.
      1. atomicbob, Soups, FlySweep and 8 others like this.
    15. scblock
      scblock
      Last Night in Soho is really excellent
      1. Qildail likes this.
      2. Qildail
        Qildail
        I liked it. The last third seemed to wander a bit. One too many plot twists, maybe? I really noticed the camera work though; it was excellent.
        Jul 1, 2022
    16. scblock
      scblock
      Roon decided to replace my Invisible Touch album cover with some generic "special remix version" cover. Stop fucking with the metadata.
      1. MellowVelo and Deep Funk like this.
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      3. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        This happened to me years ago with MediaMonkey when I was busy ripping my music collection. Even WMP would sometimes change things. At one point I would just rip, check everything by hand and put it in a folder, on a separate drive. Yup...
        Jun 30, 2022
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      4. MellowVelo
        MellowVelo
        @YMO but which Abacab cover?
        Jun 30, 2022
      5. YMO
        Jun 30, 2022
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    17. scblock
      scblock
      Spent a couple hours at Gold Sound in Denver today. Crazy a place like that is still with us. Was looking at a couple old Nakamichi decks.
      1. Senorx12562
        Senorx12562
        I used to love wandering around that place. Bought my last (really, forever) phono pre there.
        Jun 19, 2022
    18. scblock
      scblock
      Love it when a friend sends you a link to his new unreleased EP straight from mastering.
      1. Cryptowolf and Qildail like this.
      2. scblock
    19. scblock
      scblock
      Gosh I wish I could remember what track I had stuck on repeat the other day. It must have been good.
      1. scblock
        scblock
        I found it! Simulation Swarm by Big Thief, and yes it's very good.
        May 25, 2022
      2. GoodEnoughGear
        GoodEnoughGear
        +1 - I've had the album on rotation for a bit now: Dragon new warm mountain I believe in you.
        May 25, 2022
    20. scblock
      scblock
      Here comes snow, and a temporary end to the perfect weather we've been having. Might be a good weekend to settle in with the stereo.
      1. Tchoupitoulas and zerodeefex like this.
      2. jexby
        jexby
        "perfect weather" <> the 4th driest April in history. Colorado will burn all summer without Spring moisture. Let. It. Snow.
        May 20, 2022
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      3. scblock
        scblock
        Fair. Good for being outside, but we can definitely use moisture.
        May 21, 2022
      4. scblock
        scblock
        A lot of branches down out there though. It's tough on the trees.
        May 21, 2022
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    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Denver
    Occupation:
    Wind and Solar Performance Lead
    Gear List:
    Listening Room
    DACs
    Schiit Bifrost Multibit

    CD Player
    Parasound C/DP-1000

    MD Player
    Sony MDS-JE530

    Cassette Player
    Sony TC-WE475

    Transport
    Pi2AES on a Raspberry Pi 3

    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)

    Headphone Amp
    Schiit Folkvangr


    Living Room
    Schiit Modi Multibit
    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
    I like music and music equipment. I also make mixtapes.

    Mixtapes: https://steveblock.com/mixtapes/