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Focal Clear + GS-X Mini is singing tonight. Aug 9, 2020 at 12:28 AM

    1. TheIceman93
      TheIceman93
      Focal Clear + GS-X Mini is singing tonight.
      1. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        ^this tells me the GS-X Mini > GS-X mk2, the latter of which to me is an abomination.
        Aug 9, 2020 at 12:47 AM
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    2. TheIceman93
      TheIceman93
      Nervosa question of the day. Any concerns with leaving an amp power switch "On" and turning it off and on at the power strip?
      1. TheIceman93
        TheIceman93
        My new amp arrived today and in my excitement, I plugged it in and turned on the power strip, not realizing that the amp switch was in the "on" position from the factory.
        Jul 28, 2020
      2. skem
        skem
        depends on the amp design. For Ayre MX-R, it makes amp unhappy, but probably harmless. Most will be just fine.
        Jul 28, 2020
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      3. Sqveak
        Sqveak
        It's bad for the (mass)drop & monolith Cavalli amps as they have an internal start up and power down procedure that can be interrupted by externally powering them on and off.
        Jul 28, 2020
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    3. TheIceman93
      TheIceman93
      Fuck, my HeadAmp GS-X Mini has been lost by FedEx. Well this sucks.
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      3. Melvillian
        Melvillian
        Sorry to hear that. Left a profile post recently about how much of a mess FedEx seems to be lately.
        Jul 23, 2020
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      4. TheIceman93
        TheIceman93
        @k4rstar How long did it take Justin to throw in the towel on FedEx finding it before he shipped out a replacement?
        Jul 23, 2020
      5. k4rstar
        k4rstar
        this was back in 2018, he contacted Fedex and they said they couldn't find it, he sent me another amp with the next batch he built 20 days later. granted that was a much less expensive amp.
        Jul 23, 2020
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    4. TheIceman93
      TheIceman93
      Yep, the Focal Clear is a keeper. I think the thing I love most is how satisfying it is at lower volumes. My ears will thank me.
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      2. philipmorgan
        philipmorgan
        That’s what I love about the Elex as well. Crank the leftmost knob on the Loki and enjoy low-volume listening while working.
        Jul 15, 2020
      3. TheIceman93
        TheIceman93
        @zonto - The headphone does begin to fatigue at higher volumes. It's like Focal is forcing me to not exceed safe listening levels.
        Jul 15, 2020
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      4. zonto
        zonto
        @TheIceman93 Agreed. Haven't used mine in a while, but when I measured Utopia at normal listening volumes on Ragnarok 1, anything above 80dB average on rock/punk was too much. Could go a little bit higher with Ragnarok 2. Need to get a new headphone amp...
        Jul 15, 2020
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      3. k4rstar
        k4rstar
        mike sanders from quicksilver has been making tube amps since the 80s. his stuff is legit but not mainstream because he's always been against giving review units to the big mags. this amp looks good, he winds his own transformers and I have never heard an EL-84/6BQ5 amp I disliked.
        Jul 11, 2020
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      4. TheIceman93
        TheIceman93
        Even if Mike says no to a loaner tour, I might be tempted to give this amp a shot. There seems to be a very strong following for his speaker amps.
        Jul 12, 2020
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      5. m17xr2b
        m17xr2b
        Lol, that looks like any other DIY project, simple psu with electrolitics for convenience. I woudn't pay 100$ for that messy wiring.
        Jul 12, 2020
    6. TheIceman93
      TheIceman93
      Question for Roon users. Is there a way to adjust left/right balance for headphones in Roon? I don't see any settings in DSP for this.
      1. TheIceman93
        TheIceman93
        I just started playing with Roon today. I have a slight hearing imbalance so I was wondering if there is a way to correct this in Roon.
        Jul 8, 2020
      2. crenca
        crenca
        in DSP add the filter 'Speaker Setup' and then - dB of channel of your choice
        Jul 8, 2020
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      3. TheIceman93
        TheIceman93
        Boom, thank you. Totally missed that because of its name.
        Jul 8, 2020
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    7. TheIceman93
      TheIceman93
      Does anyone have 3 pin female XLR connectors that have an internal part that rattles?
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      2. fraggler
        fraggler
        Could be the ground tab if you have one.
        Jul 3, 2020
      3. TheIceman93
        TheIceman93
        Found it. Its pin #1. It looks like it's designed to move a little forward and back while the other two pins are stationary. Interesting.
        Jul 3, 2020
      4. Claritas
        Claritas
        Sounds like that's question for a gynaecologist.
        Jul 8, 2020
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    8. TheIceman93
      TheIceman93
      The Bifrost 2 is an incredible accomplishment. Well worth the wait. My hats off to the entire Schiit team.
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    9. TheIceman93
      TheIceman93
      I've gotta say, a properly EQ'd LCD-2F is a spectacular headphone. I'm sure some will disagree but wow, these rock.
      1. TheIceman93
        TheIceman93
        My EQ geek brother has made his 2 fazors sing. I'm jealous. I might have to buy a pair. They are not neutral but they crazy fun to listen to. Addictive bass for days, good detail, upper midrange recession is mostly fixed. Ugh, I miss my Classic's.
        May 30, 2020
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      2. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        Did you try the EQ profile from Audeze? I thought it was a substantial step-up
        May 30, 2020
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      3. TheIceman93
        TheIceman93
        No, he's running Equalizer APO. I've heard good things about Reveal as well.
        May 30, 2020
    10. TheIceman93
      TheIceman93
      Does anyone have experience with Goodhertz Can Opener or other crossfeed programs? Any recommendations?
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      2. Azteca
        Azteca
        Yes, I do. If you use the super search you’ll find threads where it comes up. Atomic bob likes Waves NX, I think it shifts timbre way too much. Can opener 3 is great. I use the Mix Engineer presets, HQ mode on, crossfeed on “most realistic.” Right width will vary with the can, esp. open or closed.
        May 28, 2020
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    11. TheIceman93
      TheIceman93
      Lesson learned. Don't sell a crucial part of your chain to fund an upgrade. Feeling pretty dumb right about now.
      1. hikergrl, Vtory, tommytakis and 2 others like this.
      2. Hrodulf
        Hrodulf
        Sold headphones to buy an amp?
        May 23, 2020
      3. TheIceman93
        TheIceman93
        Sold my 1541 to fund a Bifrost 2 which unfortunately is stuck in backorder hell due to Covid. Now I can't listen to anything. I should have checked on the Bifrost stock before I sold my Soekris.
        May 23, 2020
      4. famish99
        famish99
        If you can't buy it twice, don't buy it once
        May 25, 2020
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    12. TheIceman93
      TheIceman93
      I've missed this place. Sold most of my gear because I'm a starving student now but I'm looking to get back into the hobby.
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      2. brencho
        brencho
        Might I tempt you with a pair of Auteurs (friend priced)?
        Apr 13, 2020
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      3. TheIceman93
        TheIceman93
        @brencho Thank you for the offer buts it’s probably out of my price range. I’m trying to keep my whole kit under $1500, which leaves about $700-$900 for the cans. Keeping my eye on the Borealis thread. Although the unbeatable comfort of the Aeon 2O is tempting me even if I’m not totally in love with the staging. I’m placing greater importance on comfort and portability now.
        Apr 13, 2020
      4. JK47
        JK47
        Apr 13, 2020
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    13. TheIceman93
      TheIceman93
      Any analogue hardware recommendations for fixing sensitivity differences in ears? My left ear is more sensitive than the right side.
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      2. TheIceman93
        TheIceman93
        I guess I would need to see an audiologist to know for sure but everything seems slightly off center, pushed to the left.
        Sep 6, 2019
      3. TheIceman93
        TheIceman93
        I use a CD player as a source so I require an analogue balance control
        Sep 6, 2019
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      4. Superexchanger
        Superexchanger
        Ah, understood. I was thinking you could use some sort of digital tool to estimate the loudness imbalance, then attenuate one channel to the level you'd need. I guess that's complicated vs. just a balance control off the shelf.
        Are there audiophile balance controls?
        Actually, don't answer that.
        Sep 6, 2019
    14. TheIceman93
      TheIceman93
      Still not sure about Fear Inoculum. Something seems off. Some good tracks but overall, kinda flat.
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      2. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        Lyrics used to be Tool's strength. I hope that will return at least partially.
        Sep 6, 2019
      3. GoodEnoughGear
        GoodEnoughGear
        I guess different strokes for different folks, but I always found Tool's lyrics a bit of a weak point. Of course based on my tastes and sensitivities. YMMV.
        Sep 6, 2019
      4. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        Lyrics can keep songs and albums coherent. Instrumentally the album can be awesome but sometimes lyrics add a dimension that make the music more memorable. Fear Inoculum lacks some coherency for me. You can go Rush, you can go Journey (yes Journey) but a story of some kind helps.
        Sep 6, 2019
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      TheIceman93
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      2. TheIceman93
        TheIceman93
        You seem to have a bone to pick with this company. I imagine that it is difficult for Chinese companies to establish a good dealer network outside of their home turf, especially when hifi retailers are struggling to stay afloat and only want big brands they know will sell.
        Aug 15, 2019
      3. TheIceman93
        TheIceman93
        From a dealer perspective, the margins are probably too thin on cheaper gear. Outside of the Kinki dealers changing hands once or twice, the Kinki stuff seems to be very well built and performs well above its price range. I'd say the HP amp is at least worth a listen.
        Aug 15, 2019
      4. TheIceman93
        TheIceman93
        I asked Powell about the Kinki situation. He still recommends their products but doesn’t want to support the Chinese government so he’s sticking to US/ Euro companies.
        Aug 16, 2019
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      TheIceman93
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      3. DigMe
        DigMe
        Uh oh.. it says “Made in the USA” clearly he hasn’t had a convo with Jason’s friend
        Jul 27, 2019
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      4. DigMe
        DigMe
        I gotta confess - I know this is crazy stupid but when I saw the name of this I thought it was a play on words making fun of stereotypical Japanese or Korean accent. I read it like, “Fide lice.” I was like, “wow, that’s not cool.”
        Jul 27, 2019
      5. purr1n
        purr1n
        Fancy Focusrite?
        Jul 28, 2019
    17. TheIceman93
      TheIceman93
      Loving my SBAF shirt. The custom printed tag is a nice touch as well. Very classy.
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    18. TheIceman93
      TheIceman93
      LA's only Classic Rock station is going off the air in a week. Fuck off. Its like this city was designed to make you miserable.
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      2. TheIceman93
        TheIceman93
        I guess KLOS is a classic rock station but they also play a lot of other stuff from the 90's and their classic rock selection was not as deep as 100.3. KLOS also trims songs which pisses me off to no end. 100.3 never trimmed.
        Oct 14, 2017
      3. GoodEnoughGear
        GoodEnoughGear
        Fuckin' HeadSets with Jim Ladd - that takes me back! KLSX if I recall, at least the later incarnation.
        Sep 6, 2019
      4. GoodEnoughGear
        GoodEnoughGear
        Classic rock stations in L.A. are kind of like someone slowly drowning, they disappear, pop up for a last gasp, disappear again..no wait, there it is again, kick motherfucker kick!
        Sep 6, 2019
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    20. TheIceman93
      TheIceman93
      Excited to see what Schiit announces today.
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      2. zonto
        zonto
        I just remembered this, checked their site, and see nothing. Is there no satisfaction? I want my Rag + remote announcement dangit! :)
        Oct 6, 2017
      3. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        I have a feeling I know what this is...
        Oct 6, 2017
      4. Merrick
        Merrick
        Perhaps not today after all?
        Oct 6, 2017
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    Tascam CD-200 / MacBook Air --> Schiit Bifrost 2 --> HeadAmp GS-X Mini --> DCA Aeon 2 Open / Focal Clear