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Lofi sounds best on hi-fi gear. P.s. Fuck Corona. Jun 28, 2020

    1. skem
      skem
      Lofi sounds best on hi-fi gear. P.s. Fuck Corona.
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      3. skem
        skem
        even Dos Equis
        Jun 28, 2020
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      4. YMO
        YMO
        Drunk is best on $$$$ equipment.
        Jun 28, 2020
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      5. LetMeBeFrank
        LetMeBeFrank
        Modelo Negra for me.
        Jun 28, 2020
        JK47 and fraggler like this.
    2. skem
      skem
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      3. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        60,000 components?
        Jun 26, 2020
      4. Melvillian
        Melvillian
        That’s what I meant earlier when I said I kind of like It. It’s an interesting looking PC. I mean it’s total BS. They put two random duelund caps to say there’s duelund caps inside and charge a premium, but it’s more interesting than a $50,000 rack or speaker cables
        Jun 26, 2020
      5. spwath
        spwath
        9 shelves, $60k, but actually was on sale for more like $10k. Big discount due to low sales with covid. Solid aluminum though, and very heavy.
        Jun 26, 2020
    3. skem
      skem
      Has anybody heard JTR Noesis line speakers?
    4. skem
      skem
      Want some cheap vintage pioneer gear... see the for sale forums. Limited time offer.
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      2. spwath
        spwath
        I was thinking about it, but on other side of the country. If its not gone by later tomorrow I may have to hop on that offer...
        Apr 27, 2020
      3. Lyander
        Lyander
        Tempting, but logistics and quarantine haha. Good luck!
        Apr 27, 2020
    5. skem
      skem
      *Wonders how many DAC designs have been intentionally gimped in order to compensate for the jittery digital transports of consumers.*
    6. skem
      skem
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      3. Lou Casadonte
        Lou Casadonte
        Your famous! The double link causes 1 extra click for everyone that visits. Thats probably good for the income for the site.
        Jan 16, 2020
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      4. skem
        skem
        Ahhhhhh. My ego has been soothed. All is well now. :)
        Jan 16, 2020
      5. ufospls2
        ufospls2
        "Skems bane." huehuehue. I love this place.
        Jan 16, 2020
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    7. skem
      skem
      spouse: “Your amplifier is working?” Me: “Yes.” Spouse: *listens* “Oh my god. Too detailed, too much information!”
      1. Priidik
        Priidik
        Yesteryear's Sabre dac --> GS-X mk2 feeding HD800?
        Dec 26, 2019
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      2. famish99
        famish99
        XA25?
        Dec 26, 2019
      3. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        @skem, reassure Mrs skem that her brain will adjust and tune out the information that it feels is excess. That is one of the things that the digital processing system between our ears does.
        Dec 26, 2019
    8. skem
      skem
      It’s called Boxing Day because you get to return all those unwanted gifts to Amazon.
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    9. skem
      skem
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      2. dubharmonic
        dubharmonic
        Gets me every time.
        Dec 18, 2019
    10. skem
      skem
      Rise of Skywalker. Discuss...
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      2. BillOhio
        BillOhio
        Mando has no over-arching theme, there's no White Walkers or Daeneris and her destiny, no mystery of John Snow... something happens one week, something happens the following week, each week is a nice little episode, but not feeling anything epic like I would have hoped for from Favreau and Star Wars
        Dec 18, 2019
      3. Mithrandir41
        Mithrandir41
        I'm willing to bet they are planting seeds right now for post - season 1. Point taken on GOT foreshadowing, but all that was for shit in the end. Huge fumble.
        Dec 18, 2019
      4. BillOhio
        BillOhio
        For Sure on how GoT ended, but the show was at its best when those overarching themes were in full play. Other than Baby Yoda, who doesn't really represent much in terms of story so far, aside from ep 2, I feel like Mando is one self contained episode at a time. Hopefully you're right about the seeds but with all of the SW universe to work with, I'd have thought they'd already have plenty to work with.
        Dec 18, 2019
    11. skem
      skem
      Today’s lesson: Do not pick your nose after getting Tabasco on fingers. I can NOT recommend.
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      2. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        Lemon juice might be sour, it works sweetly...
        Dec 12, 2019
      3. crazychile
        crazychile
        Yep, must wash hands after handling raw chiles, or pee time soundtrack is hunka hunka burnin love.
        Dec 12, 2019
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      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        @Hands's avatar could be a portrait of a chilli/anus interaction?
        Dec 12, 2019
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    12. skem
      skem
      I have been listening to my system for 11 straight hours. This may be a new personal record.
      1. atomicbob, Serious, Deep Funk and 4 others like this.
    13. skem
      skem
      F**k Mondays.
      1. obsiCO, Wilson, Deep Funk and 11 others like this.
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      3. Roman
        Roman
        It is chilly and dark today in Seattle, so I agree.
        Oct 21, 2019
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      4. Phantaminum
        Phantaminum
        I have three projects i’m working on and the deliverables are this month. The person in charge of one portion of the project had one job to do and he’s now out on leave. I just got dumped two days worth of extra work when this project is supposed to go live this week. Woosah...
        Oct 21, 2019
      5. monacelli
        monacelli
        Preach!
        Oct 21, 2019
    14. skem
      skem
      For those with M22, I will be doing a second round of retrofits next month, A/B’ing resistors, diodes, and transistors.
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    15. skem
      skem
      Ok. I’m seriously impressed by XA25. Works great on HD800, HEK. Makes HE6 muddy, though.
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      2. Thenewerguy009
        Thenewerguy009
        What preamp are you using?
        Sep 15, 2019
      3. bazelio
        bazelio
        "One of the best amps I've heard" is a common reaction to the XA25. It's very capable and pairs well with modern nimble sounding speakers.
        Sep 15, 2019
      4. skem
        skem
        Preamp is via Adagio. Main speakers are 801 series 3. But I’ve tested on four headphones and also my Walsh Fs. Writing a review now.
        Sep 15, 2019
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    16. skem
      skem
      Initial impression of XA25 (20m warmup): sweet and delicate midrange
      1. DigMe
        DigMe
        You've had this on for 20 mins and already sharing impressions?
        Sep 11, 2019
      2. skem
    17. skem
      skem
      Any thoughts on Schiit JIL?
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      2. skem
        skem
        My thoughts are: what’s the clock implementation? Jitter? USB as USB audio or something else?
        Aug 31, 2019
      3. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        Knowing Schiit, I'd put it up against any Focusrite or PreSonus interface. I'd use it, but I like having inputs and outputs as well as ASIO drivers.
        Sep 1, 2019
    18. skem
      skem
      Using @purr1n’s 37Hz bass note in Doin’ it Right for testing. Great tip!
      1. Lyander
        Lyander
        Great tip indeed, the fact that it's a song I love listening to helps. For something more "violent", I've been using Billie Eilish's xanny lately; 30/31Hz at its lowest, hahaha
        Aug 26, 2019
    19. skem
      skem
      Sad(?) Fact: I enjoy figuring out what I consider to be ideal audio reproduction more than I enjoy listening to music.
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      2. Lyander
        Lyander
        I fall somewhere between I think. I don't necessarily chase perfect reproduction of source material, but do have fun seeing how much "better" the listening experience can get. Shame 90% of my library is crud haha.
        Aug 22, 2019
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      3. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        I've always thought that the difference between an audiophile and a normal music consumer is that, to the audiophile, all recorded music is acousmatic to some extent. Audiophiles are keenly aware that changing the manner of reproduction can dramatically affect the way the content is perceived.
        Aug 22, 2019
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      4. Senorx12562
        Senorx12562
        I am exactly the opposite. Don't think there is any "wrong" though.
        Aug 22, 2019
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    20. skem
      skem
      I’m Bored. Feel like picking a fight... where’s Psal when you need him. :)
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      3. skem
        skem
        Whereas our beloved Psal finds peace of mind listening to Iron Maiden.

        But yes. I’m not a stoic in practice (can there be any other kind?), but I am an admirer of Seneca.
        Aug 15, 2019
      4. Psalmanazar
        Psalmanazar
        I’m out of the headphone hobby forever. I sold my Sennheisers and just use a Porta Pro and HD 25. The Porta Pro is just as far from speakers if you get a 6.3mm adaptor and plug it into something real.
        Aug 16, 2019
        Thad E Ginathom and skem like this.
      5. skem
        skem
        I’m working on a DIY speaker using all the physics and psychoacoustic knowledge I have and Troels’ experience. Maybe you’ll like what comes of it.
        Aug 16, 2019
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    Location:
    People’s Republic of Cambridge
    Gear List:
    System 1
    Metrum Adagio -> Pass Labs XA25 -> B&W 801 Series III

    System 2
    Metrum Adagio-> Ayre MX-R -> HHR Exotics TLS-1 Walsh F remake

    Headphone rig
    (Source)->Pioneer M-22 (custom) -> HiFi Man HE1000 version 1

    Have also had (owned or long-term demo)
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    Lavry Black DA-11
    Crane Song Solaris
    Dangerous Music Convert-2
    Hugo TT (uggh!)
    NAD M51 DAC
    Soekris 1541
    PS Audio PerfectWave DAC
    PS Audio DirectStream
    Benchmark DAC3 HGC
    Schiit Yggdrasil A1 DAC early
    Schiit Gungnir Multibit A2 DAC early
    Schitt Modi Multibit DAC
    NAD D1050 DAC/Amp
    Theta DS Pro Gen V R2R DAC
    Mytek DAC
    Mark Levinson Model 39 DAC
    Antelope Zodiac Gold + Voltikus

    Pass Labs XA30.8
    First Watt F5 Turbo
    Benchmark AHB2 Amp
    NAD - M22 Class D
    B&O ICEpower 125ASX2 Class D
    Schiit Asgard2 Amp
    Dragon Inspire IHA-1
    Eddie Current Zana Deux
    AURALiC Taurus MkII Amp
    Woo WA3 Amp

    HE-6 unmodded
    HE6 felt mod
    Focal Elear
    HE-560
    HD660s
    HD650
    LCD2C
    Sundara
    HD800 sdr mod
    Verum 1
    I don’t know squat. I’m only here for the free beer.

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    DigiOne → Metrum AdagioPioneer M22HEK