westermac
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westermac

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Wandered away from social media, it's nice. The only people influencing my life are the ones who care to be a part of it, and vise-versa. Sep 12, 2019

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    1. westermac
      westermac
      Looking through my vinyl and found Rob Roy on laserdisc. Well shoot, now I have to get a laserdisc player.
      1. purr1n
        purr1n
        Most LDPs make GREAT CD transports with SPDIF out.
        Nov 1, 2018
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      2. westermac
        westermac
        I wasn't actually looking for an excuse to buy more stuff, but thanks a lot, Marv.
        Nov 1, 2018
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    2. westermac
      westermac
      Picked up a SL-1400 in great shape, can't wait to complete the bedroom setup and start listening. A new (old) saga begins...
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      2. Biodegraded
        Biodegraded
        That Stanton is a DJ cart so you could probably do better, but I don't know what carts are usually recommended for the 1200. Ask in the Phono Cartridges thread and the vinyl wizards will doubtless emerge...
        Oct 30, 2018
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      3. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        Well, it's a DJ cart with an elliptical stylus. But yes, it does not take much to best that old Stanton. It is based on the 500 II which was the most common of common of Stanton carts.
        Oct 30, 2018
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      4. Biodegraded
        Biodegraded
        Spoke too soon - 'entry level for playback' says the mfr website. But yeah, you'll do better.
        Oct 30, 2018
    3. westermac
      westermac
      Anyone have experience with the Pioneer PL-560? One for sale locally in good shape (minus cart) for $80. Looking to get my feet wet.
      1. ButtUglyJeff
        ButtUglyJeff
        I haven't touched one in 25 years, but its a fun table. The audiophiles with say its not audiophile, because of all the auto stuff. But so what, if the direct drive is fine, I say grab it for fun. Not much audio fun out there for $80...
        Oct 27, 2018
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    4. westermac
      westermac
      My wife once commented that young Leonard Cohen sounds like Jerry Seinfeld. I can't un-hear it. Curses.
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      2. GoodEnoughGear
        GoodEnoughGear
        LOL. Thanks for nothing!
        Oct 27, 2018
      3. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        "young Leonard Cohen" --- music to slash your wrists to. Dreadful stuff.

        Way back then, it was an unspoken house rule that nobody played the Leonard Cohen album in the pile. One day somebody did --- so the rest of us ritually destroyed it. With the agreement and participation of the person who actually owned it.
        Oct 28, 2018
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      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        PS... making an LP unplayable is horribly simple, and all too easily done by accident. But actually destroying vinyl? Very difficult!
        Oct 28, 2018
    5. westermac
      westermac
      Dammit. The more I get my speaker setup dialed in the more Google music sounds like garbage. Time to dust off the CDs I guess...
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      3. DigMe
        DigMe
        I buy a lot of CD's and FLAC downloads. I rip the CD's to FLAC. My lifestyle is not conducive to maintaining a physical CD collection and I'm happy with the setup. Oh and I also use Apple Music for discovery and for family.
        Oct 25, 2018
      4. Soups
        Soups
        and in case you haven't, check your local library for CD's. mine has been a treasure trove for music discovery since acquiring a cheap but solid Onkyo transport to feed the Gungnir Multibit.
        Oct 25, 2018
      5. direstraitsfan98
        direstraitsfan98
        Try Spotify premium I use it daily for 90% of my listening and I rarely found it compressed sounding. If a recording sounds bad, I figure it’s the master. CD rips or lossless or even better feeding your dac with quality cd transport ford give your music a more smooth analog experience, but personally, for me that is, I don’t find Spotify completely unlistenable like most people here.
        Oct 26, 2018
    6. westermac
      westermac
      Scored some battle scarred Dynaudio M1's for cheap. Didn't expect a horizontal driver layout to image so well. What in the heck.
    7. westermac
      westermac
      Does whiskey have an HD6X0 equivalent? Because that would be great.
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      3. westermac
        westermac
        Oct 12, 2018
      4. TwoEars
        TwoEars
        Caol Ila is a great choice and I might add Ardbeg 10 if you like smoky and Bowmore 15 for slightly less smoke.

        I have an even better one but I'm keeping it a secret...
        Oct 12, 2018
    8. westermac
      westermac
      Liquid Spark came with fun-sized snickers in the box. Any other companies looking to win my loyalty will be needing full-sized snickers.
      1. zonto, obsiCO, Sqveak and 3 others like this.
      2. Brad Tombaugh
        Brad Tombaugh
        oh, they are going to snicker, alright! ;-)
        Oct 10, 2018
      3. Jinxy245
        Jinxy245
        I think it's a Monoprice thing...I got them with a replacement cable I just got.
        Oct 10, 2018
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      4. Sqveak
        Sqveak
        I got mine melted flat from international post. Thankfully they do not leak out of their wrappers and still taste fine. American peanut butter flavour is oddly sweet; but the Spark is sweeter :p
        Oct 10, 2018
    9. westermac
      westermac
      Black Vidar incoming, very excitement.
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      2. DigMe
        DigMe
        We make-uh very excitement with the black vidar!
        Oct 6, 2018
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      3. westermac
        westermac
        Ha thanks @zonto. I do like Cardas for the HD6x0 but have a hard time paying for for the cable than the headphone. For interconnects I'm plenty happy with Mogami/Canare
        Oct 6, 2018
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      4. zonto
        zonto
        The Vidar I bought wouldn’t even get past protection when using Golden Ref speaker and interconnect. I’ve since moved to Rag and sold the Cardas cables in favor of Mogami as well. ;)
        Oct 6, 2018
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    10. westermac
      westermac
      First time watching Infinity War. First movie with JBL L112's in the system. First time experiencing "home theater". Awesome.
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      3. Lyander
        Lyander
        @DigMe I barely managed to get through a week avoiding major spoilers and even then yeah, it was easy to tell how things would end (in a general way) from memes.

        Memes are good but damn do they force you to see stuff asap at risk of getting spoiled. Haha.
        Oct 6, 2018
      4. Cellist88
        Cellist88
        can't live without that subbass. You realize you'll probably never get the same with any headphone Lol.
        Oct 6, 2018
      5. TwoEars
        TwoEars
        Oct 6, 2018
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    11. westermac
      westermac
      To anyone with a Gungnir Multibit that is not connected to speakers: I implore you to change your situation
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      2. Soups
        Soups
        just hooked up some old m-audio monitors to mine via lyr 3. enjoyed hints of multibit bliss, but also suffered some ear stabbing sibilance. hope to move on soon to some decent speakers and likely, room treatment.
        Oct 3, 2018
    12. westermac
      westermac
      Why have I waited this long to use separate DAC/speakers for video editing and music? Independent volume control is a game changer.
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      2. TwoEars
        TwoEars
        Yupp, once you get this setup I don't think you ever go back :)

        In general I'm a big fan of dialing in your computer peripherals, good desk, good chair, good posture, good screen, good mouse and mousepad, good keyboard, right lightning and of course the sound system. I spend a lot of time at my computer both working and for leisure so it's totally worth it.
        Oct 3, 2018
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    13. westermac
      westermac
      Screwed roasting coffee last night and had to abort before roast was complete. Ahh, nothing like a hot cup of grass in the morning.
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      2. DigMe
        DigMe
        I roasted for years and used a number of methods including the 2 mentioned above. Behmor is great. If you want to do it very cheaply it can be as simple as a wok and stove.
        Oct 2, 2018
      3. DigMe
        DigMe
        Chaff and smell can be an issue indoors though. I started on cheap air popcorn poppers from resale shops. Google it.
        Oct 2, 2018
      4. DigMe
        DigMe
        @westernmac I hate grassy coffee. In the US I probably would have just run to the grocery store and settled for something decent but not the freshest off the shelf. In China I’d just be screwed.
        Oct 2, 2018
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    14. westermac
      westermac
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    15. westermac
      westermac
      Why is it so much easier to find speakers with agreeable FR as opposed to headphones? Internal cup reflections? Effects of the pinna?
    16. westermac
      westermac
      1. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        It is like those small and cheap pencil eraser blocks for turn tables. Sometimes simple things do their jobs better than complex technology with multiple zero price tags...
        Sep 27, 2018
      2. Ardacer
        Ardacer
        It's not stupid. Looks nice.
        Sep 27, 2018
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    17. westermac
      westermac
      Sometimes I feel like an audiophile, until I browse Audiogon. Then I just feel poor.
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      2. westermac
        westermac
        True - it's free to identify as an audiophile; without friends or gear you'll just be a sad one. And yeah the industry is pretty screwed up. I don't know who Mark Levinson is, nor have I heard his gear, but I am inclined to disagree with his ideas about product valuation. If I saw one of his amps at a garage sale I'd totally pick it up though.
        Sep 25, 2018
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      3. netforce
        netforce
        The high end side of things for audio gets real interesting especially when it comes to 2 channel. Sky is the limit, literally. I get two reactions to headphones from the 2 channel guys, surprise a headphone can cost so much or they wondering if there is an even more expensive headphone.
        Sep 25, 2018
      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        I try to separate audiophile, as a positive thing, from audiophool, and all the ridiculous stuff that goes with being one.

        Any lover of music and at-least-half-decent sound is an audiophile.
        Sep 25, 2018
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    18. westermac
      westermac
      Somehow I ended up with more speakers than amps. It's OK though, my expectation bias is so advanced I don't really need amps anymore.
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      2. bengo
        bengo
        Arguably one amp is enough, since you only have two ears...
        Sep 18, 2018
      3. westermac
        westermac
        This is true, though I haven't had much luck finding a good speaker selector at a decent price ($100-200 range would be fine, but all the high quality ones I'm finding are $300-500+, at which point I'd rather just buy another amp).
        Sep 18, 2018
    19. westermac
      westermac
      Accuracy is nice, but sometimes a warm, fuzzy midbass blanket is nicer.
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      2. Jinxy245
        Jinxy245
        Hell yes.
        Watcha listening to?
        Sep 17, 2018
      3. westermac
        westermac
        Iron & Wine (Beast Epic) on some JBL 4412A's which I went to a bit of trouble to position well, so the reproduction is actually pretty accurate here... the midbass blanket just lies in the recording ha.
        Sep 17, 2018
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    20. westermac
      westermac
      Gear never sounds better than when you're about to sell it. "Go on, get! Get out of here! And don't come back!" *throws stick*
      1. David De Lucena
        David De Lucena
        Prozac resolved this suffering for me...
        Sep 7, 2018
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    Gender:
    Male
    Birthday:
    Mar 27, 1988 (Age: 31)
    Location:
    Milly-wau-kay
    Occupation:
    Video Production
    Gear List:
    [HD600 / HD6XX / PM3] [MCTH+LPS / Magni 3] [Gungnir Multibit]
    I love whisky, coffee, headphones, meat, songwriting, Sufjan Stevens, my wife and kids, and Jesus; in reverse order.