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Are there any trusted builders making KG Carbon 'stat amps for reasonable prices? Couldn't find an obvious existing thread on this. May 19, 2024

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    1. wbass
      wbass
      Are there any trusted builders making KG Carbon 'stat amps for reasonable prices? Couldn't find an obvious existing thread on this.
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      2. MellowVelo
        MellowVelo
        Although I haven't used an electrostatic amp, I bought a Dynalo from Birgir and had a very positive experience. We had a lengthy email exchange prior to purchase, and he took care of me a couple of years later when the volume pot started having issues. Birgir sells a bunch of used amps on his site, including Tyll's old amp, which @Rthomas mentioned. That might be a place to start without breaking the bank.
        May 21, 2024
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      3. wbass
        wbass
        I visit Mjolnir's used amp page often and have been mighty tempted. Still a fair spend over there. I think I got starry-eyed visions of a cheap DIY Carbon and a used pair of 007 for under $3k, which has gotten me tempted again. In my big TOTL-ish audition last year, including a visit to HeadAmp in C-Ville, I ended up not being sure if stats are for me.
        May 21, 2024
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      4. wbass
        wbass
        But I do see plenty of reports that 007 and 009(S) properly amped hang in there with or beat the Sus. And the X9000, in a brief audition, were just a detail monster. Basically, in casting around for something "different," I've got curious about stats again.
        May 21, 2024
    2. wbass
      wbass
      Chatting w/ front desk person at gym and got onto LPs. Her: "Players are $400!" And I'm just about to spend way more than on a LP *cleaner.*
      1. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        I wondered at using the word "players." We never did. But I did an Oh-wait: we did call them "record players."
        Apr 21, 2024
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    3. wbass
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      2. SoupRKnowva
        SoupRKnowva
        yeah mscaler + Dave. HQP also offers a lot of tweaking potential to find the exact sound you want if you're into that
        Apr 2, 2024
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      3. wbass
        wbass
        Yeah, just started experimenting with HQP. Solid results thus far. Dave + M Scaler prolly not in reach tho.
        Apr 2, 2024
      4. SoupRKnowva
        SoupRKnowva
        it might be interesting for me to compare just Dave vs the HQP'd May next time since the price there is more similar if you include the cost of the high end pc needed for the HQP
        Apr 2, 2024
    4. wbass
      wbass
      Man, scammers everywhere these days, and they can be hard to spot. I got my money back via PayPal G&S, but it wasted a ton of time.
      1. joch
        joch
        The PayPal tax is for your safety. Friends don’t ask friends to do friends.
        Mar 30, 2024
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      2. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        Yes, and yes. They have your money tied up for a month.
        Apr 1, 2024
    5. wbass
      wbass
      Think I might have been scammed. Saw a Chord TT2 for a v good price on Kijiji (Canadian classifieds site). Did my due diligence, by asking
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      2. Tchoupitoulas
        Tchoupitoulas
        I dealt with a dodgy dude on US Audio Mart not long ago and disputed the payment with PayPal after he ghosted me. I think I may have pdf'd email correspondence and included it in my dispute, not sure, but keep documentation, inc. the email bounce back.

        I got my money back fine, but it took 10 days after they gave him time to ship/respond. Sorry this is happening to you
        Mar 19, 2024
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      3. wbass
        wbass
        Thanks for sharing that experience. I feel this is definite confirmation to always use PayPal G&S, even with the people who seem to get all huffy when you even mention it. If this breaks my unbroken run of solid internet purchases, I'll be annoyed, but it's probably worth it for future gut checks.
        Mar 19, 2024
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      4. wbass
        wbass
        It's just weird to me this this guy would bother to carry on a detailed, enthusiast-level conversation if he always attended to ghost me. Just odd.
        Mar 19, 2024
    6. wbass
      wbass
      Well, I think I found a suitable flat here in London. It has an attic (loft they call it here) that can be converted to a room, and I think
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      3. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Forest Gate has some lovely areas. Manor Park and Forest Gate overground are only about twenty minutes from Liverpool Street.

        The lizzie line is, I think, after my time.

        the North London Line, and it's eastern branch, used to be a little-used gem: it is now better known and offers all sorts of connectivity.
        Mar 12, 2024
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      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        I haven't set foot on Britain since 2019. And it's some years since I had the London tube network embroidered in my head. Now I stand with the other tourists, looking, puzzled, at the map
        Mar 12, 2024
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      5. zottel
        zottel
        Slanted walls should actually be great as the waves are reflected into different directions and cannot as easily build up resonances. I think. :) Anyway, my attic is the best room I have, acoustically, by far. Rather too dry than prone to resonance.
        Mar 12, 2024
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    7. wbass
      wbass
      Finally pulled the trigger on an LP boxset of the Complete Paul Desmond/Jim Hall RCA albums. A bunch of those sides are weirdly hard to find
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      3. wbass
        wbass
        Lately, it's been Glad to Be Unhappy. That and Bossa Antigua seem really hard to find on LP and are also $$. And the old RCA discs can be noisy. So, I picked up a Mosaic LP boxset as a compromise. I have a contemporary reissue of First Place Again and a couple copies of Desmond Blue (also great). It's too bad not to get the original covers with the Mosaic set, but they're usually good pressings.
        Mar 9, 2024
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      4. wbass
        wbass
        It's funny b/c, as a recovering drummer, I usually like to hear more active rhythm section interplay, and Connie Kay, especially, just holds it down and rarely anything more than that. But I like Desmond and his tone and his effortless lines so much, it scarcely seems to matter.
        Mar 9, 2024
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      5. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        Desmond is my absolute favorite. I used to think I love Brubeck, but I love Desmond.
        Mar 15, 2024
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    8. wbass
      wbass
      R26->Amp 23-R->Susvara sounding damn good the last few days. Few complaints. Particularly great on the last couple Alice Phoebe Lou records.
    9. wbass
      wbass
      Would it be interesting to have a thread like "Your dream components... within reason"? Aspirational but not ORFAS.... Some of mine wd be:
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      3. wbass
        wbass
        How about instead of “Amplifier Porn,” we do “ The Amplifier Next Door”?
        Mar 7, 2024
      4. yotacowboy
        yotacowboy
        "Look but don't touch. Touch, but don't taste. Taste, don't swallow."
        Mar 7, 2024
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      5. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        @wbass what makes this difficult is that it's easy to go through someone's A-list and throw a system together. The question is if the system would have any synergy.
        Mar 7, 2024
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    10. wbass
      wbass
      "God shits in my dinner once again." Castlevania anime is far better than it needed to be.
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    11. wbass
      wbass
      What do folks think are the closest to TOTL HPs that can be driven well from an under $1k DAP? Utopia? Clear? Anything else to consider?
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      3. Lyander
        Lyander
        Grados are efficient, but yeah idiosyncrasies may not suit you. I love Fostex, but the voicing on a lot of them can be weird (the TH-909 seems a step in the right direction).

        +1 what @Ksaurav402 said, IEMs make more sense, but I understand the form factor doesn't work for everyone.
        Feb 21, 2024
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      4. wbass
        wbass
        Oh, yeah, I've got a pair of Andromeda and JVC FDX-01 (or whatever they are) and a few other IEMs, but I don't use them, b/c I don't like the feeling of stuff in my ears. I've never gotten along with the Grados I've tried, comfort or sound-wise, but I haven't heard many models. Thanks for the suggestions tho.
        Feb 21, 2024
      5. Vansen
        Vansen
        If the ETA stuff is your thing, those pair well with DAPs. I had great luck with the HD660S from the 4.4mm out on the WM1A.
        Feb 21, 2024
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    12. wbass
      wbass
      Apropos of nothing, stuff I've been drooling over lately: Ikeda 407, ASR Emitter, Quad 57, Accuphase C-27, Lab12 Melto2, vintage MM carts.
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      2. wbass
        wbass
        The Ikeda is one beautiful arm. Never read a bad word about them or Fidelity Research. But I'm more likely to get an SME Series 2 Improved or Series III for monkeying around with low-compliance vintage MM carts.
        Feb 18, 2024
      3. Tchoupitoulas
        Tchoupitoulas
        You've reminded me that I'll be heading back to the UK this year and have those two pairs of Quad 57 to sell
        Feb 19, 2024
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      4. wbass
        wbass
        Oh, right! I'll send you a PM on that.
        Feb 19, 2024
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    13. wbass
      wbass
      Reached out to seller on US Audio Mart today. Am I crazy to ask for a photo with the date written on a scrap of paper and to use PayPal G&S?
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      2. wbass
        wbass
        One thing I dislike about the maleness of this hobby is the weirdly arrogant/dickish behavior out of nowhere. I get that tire kickers abound, and I've kicked my share no doubt. But I've equally had dealers, etc. say, "Make me an offer," and then when I do, they basically chew me out for even bothering. It's enough to make you fed up with the whole audio world.
        Feb 7, 2024
      3. internethandle
        internethandle
        I’m with you there, all the dick swinging can get pretty old.
        Feb 7, 2024
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      4. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        I ask people for a photo with a handwritten note all the time. It's pretty standard procedure to confirm ownership over the internet

        That being said AI has gotten pretty good at faking these photos so it's not a guarantee
        Feb 7, 2024
    14. wbass
      wbass
      Looking forward to the upcoming kaiju wedding comedy: Godzilla Plus One.
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    15. wbass
      wbass
      I've been in recording studios and have a general sense of how good-sounding records sound good, but how about mostly electronic albums?
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      2. wbass
        wbass
        Is it all down to quality of patches and sources? Recording interface? Scrupulous attention paid to mixing and mastering?

        I always find Junior Boys albums great sounding. And Daft Punk. But, presumably, almost anyone should be able to achieve great sound if it's all "in the box"?
        Nov 29, 2023
      3. wbass
        wbass
        Btw, Junior Boys, Begone Dull Care is a great album for layering.
        Nov 29, 2023
      4. yotacowboy
        yotacowboy
        I've wondered similarly; if most of the music I listen to is never actually live, i.e., an actual musical event, does that mean it's a better or worse "fabricated" event when I listen to it on my speakers or headphones? Does my favorite DJ mix on crappy headphones?
        Nov 29, 2023
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    16. wbass
      wbass
      ECM: greatest record label ever? Every time I think I'm bored of them, I discover something totally new and weird and immaculately recorded.
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      2. wbass
        wbass
        ECM goes so deep, I'm not even sure what's deep or shallow!

        A few off the top of my head, but maybe these are known....

        Anouar Brahem: Le Pas du Chat Noir

        Bengt Berger Bitter Funeral Beer Band

        Eivind Aarset/Jan Bang: Dream Logic

        Jakob Bro: Returnings

        Jon Hassell: Last Night the Moon...
        Nov 25, 2023
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      3. wbass
        wbass
        Generally, if there's no soprano sax on an ECM record, I'll at the very least be curious about it. Jan Garabek ruins so many otherwise great records with his shitty, smoothed over tone.
        Nov 25, 2023
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      4. Boops
        Boops
        Love this label also. Check out the Prism series of albums by Danish String Quartet if you like that sort of thing. Hafla by Siwan is also great. Many others…
        Nov 25, 2023
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    17. wbass
      wbass
      Finally getting a chance to AB Enleum Amp-23R and Ferrum stack with Susvara and LCD-4. Prelim conclusions are Sus is better match with 23R.
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      2. wbass
        wbass
        Nov 7, 2023
      3. wbass
        wbass
        LCD-4/Ferrum and Susvara/Enleum a nice study in contrast. First is close/tightly staged, very immediate, with strong slam and heft. Second is slightly pushed back, a touch mellower, low fatigue, but very detailed and still with solid bass.
        Nov 7, 2023
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      4. Armaegis
        Armaegis
        I'm always intrigued by "unique tech" as it were. The Bakoon/Enleum stuff interests me, and I've read good things. I do also have an OG HE-6 (4 screw) and have always wondered if I could find something satisfying that wasn't a full blown speaker amp.
        Nov 7, 2023
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    18. wbass
      wbass
      Kinda wild how a different transducer can transform an album. Tonight it's Eivind Aarset's Dream Logic.
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      2. wbass
        wbass
        For the last few weeks, I've been listening via HD58X, but I just got my Susvara set back up, and it's a totally different listen. The Sus presents a lot more detail, but it's the wider stage and better layering that also helps all of the subtle atmospheric stuff come out and also the surprising melodic coherence of such an ambient album.
        Oct 21, 2023
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      3. Justin S
        Justin S
        Totally. It is a reframing of the material. I feel like the whole chain can change how you meet the music.
        Oct 21, 2023
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    19. wbass
      wbass
      London Jazz Festival is pretty stacked. And well programed. A lot of left-field stuff. I'm impressed.
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    20. wbass
      wbass
      Since Pyrates are talking HD800 rigs, what were the choice set-ups back in the Changstar days?
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      3. Claritas
        Claritas
        There were three camps, and then there were people who went their own way (LFF, Hands), and some people (like me) who were still finding their way. The largest camp, by far, was Yggdrasil A1, EC/DNA, modded HD-800. There was speaker amp, HE-6. The smallest group was HeadAmp, Stax. People used to debate the sonic pros and cons of different headphone technologies. There was a thread about it.
        Oct 14, 2023
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      4. wbass
        wbass
        That's a good summary @Claritas thanks. Hmm, so it seems like the big changes in HP-land are 1) Raal (seems to have somewhat faded in popularity) 2) higher-end planars (not hugely popular on here) 3) Utopia (still pretty popular but with some dissenters).
        Oct 14, 2023
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      5. Claritas
        Claritas
        I know only about SBAF. I agree with you about Utopia (and other Focals). SBAF has had a big emphasis on modded HD-6x0's. First, the KISS HD-650. Lately, the JAR HD-600. ZMF and, more recently, ETA have also been deservedly popular. But the other big change is a much greater interest in IEMs, which started with the OG Andro. Great UIEMs have been a blessing. CFA has done very impressive work.
        Oct 15, 2023
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