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Meier Corda Jazz ff + 7Hz Timeless is a delicious combination. The great blackground + microdetail of the amp really shine there. Nov 18, 2022

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    1. zottel
      zottel
      Meier Corda Jazz ff + 7Hz Timeless is a delicious combination. The great blackground + microdetail of the amp really shine there.
      1. zottel
        zottel
        I only wish I had a longer cable.
        Nov 18, 2022
      2. zottel
        zottel
        The amp’s probably not suitable for sensitive IEMs, though. Volume is controlled via discrete resistors at 32 levels + high/low gain, and the lowest level is probably too loud already. My preferred listening level with the Timeless is below 9 o’clock.
        Nov 18, 2022
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    2. zottel
      zottel
      Meier Corda Daccord ff + Jazz ff + Clear Mg is a breathtakingly good combination. Details galore, but not clinical at all.
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      3. shambles
        shambles
        I've liked all the Schiit stuff I've owned, but with strong USD and higher shipping costs it's nowhere near the value proposition it used to be for non-US buyers. Great to have some solid local alternatives - will keep the Jazz in mind!
        Nov 13, 2022
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      4. Biodegraded
        Biodegraded
        Nov 13, 2022
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      5. Emojiless
        Emojiless
        Wonder how it sounds compared to SW51+
        Nov 14, 2022
    3. zottel
      zottel
      Met Jan Meier today, listened to DACCORD-FF, JAZZ-FF and shortly to SOUL. Great stuff!
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      3. zottel
        zottel
        The Soul is incredibly good, but I kept listening to a few minutes on purpose, so I will only remember that “it was better at everything”. I don’t want to have it on mind for years until I can afford it. :)
        Nov 11, 2022
      4. GuySmiley'sMonkey
        GuySmiley'sMonkey
        FWIW, I think the Jazz ff is a bargain. Sorry I sold it.
        Nov 11, 2022
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      5. obsiCO
        obsiCO
        Meier's stuff is seriously nice. I find Corda Classic (discontinued) to be quite a bit better than Jot 1 for my tastes as well. (Plus, that crossfeed switch. Yum!)
        Nov 11, 2022
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    4. zottel
      zottel
      I contacted Jan Meier of Meier Audio via email this morning, asking if I could audition a few of his products.
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      2. zottel
        zottel
        90 minutes and a few pleasant emails (on a Sunday) later I have an appointment on next Friday.
        He even asked which color I preferred because he wanted to burn in the products before I come.
        Wow. Just wow.
        Nov 6, 2022
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    5. zottel
      zottel
      Unfortunately, hearing better after having earwax removed has made most of my gear worse, not better, with only one very notable exception.
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      3. zottel
        zottel
        Well, I see it this way: I can only now appreciate how great my main rig is. And how much better it is than the rest of my gear, which I use much less, anyway, and none of which was very expensive, too.
        I’ll try to have clean ears before auditioning new stuff from now on, though.
        Nov 2, 2022
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      4. Biodegraded
        Biodegraded
        Pro tip for ageing male audiophiles: every time you go for a prostate exam, get your ear-wax checked too. Remember to insist on fresh gloves after each procedure.
        Nov 2, 2022
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      5. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Urologists and ENT guys and never the twain shall meet.

        Ad least, I don't think mine know each other, but I haven't asked.
        Nov 2, 2022
    6. zottel
      zottel
      Interestingly, after my earwax surgery, I like the Jot 2 ESS card much better than before.
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      2. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        The ear is removed for cleaning, and re-attached afterwards.

        Seriously, though... no, I wouldn't call it surgery, as nothing gets cut, but:-

        In my experience, two basic ways of earwax removal.

        1. Low tech washing with warm water and syringing.
        2. Higher-tech vacuum suction and use of scraping tools.

        ...
        Oct 17, 2022
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      3. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        ... I've had my ears syringed by a nurse. The guy who does the poking and vacuum on me really is an actual ENT surgeon. It takes a steady, practised hand! So I suppose it might be filed under "surgery"
        Oct 17, 2022
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      4. zottel
        zottel
        @zonto Hehe, sorry, this was just an exaggeration I thought was funny, but as I'm not a native English speaker, this might have come across as more confusing than funny. It was just earwax removed as @Thad E Ginathom said.
        Oct 17, 2022
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    7. zottel
      zottel
      Just listened to Wagner’s Walküre. That last part when Wotan expels and bids farewell to Brünnhilde actually brought tears to my eyes.
    8. zottel
      zottel
      Looking forward to upgrading my ears again next Monday.
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      2. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        I need an ear-cleaning as much as twice a year.

        Sadly, the results are not as as dramatic as they used to be.

        I'm due for such a visit right now. And after that, getting the hearing aids turned up a bit.
        Oct 10, 2022
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      3. zottel
        zottel
        It’s amazing what the brain does there, too. Lots of sizzling and fizzling at first, but everything sounds normal again only a few hours later. But I hope I’ll still be able to hear even more micro detail then.
        Oct 10, 2022
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      4. crenca
        crenca
        Malteser vs. Whopper. Never had a Malteser, but I have a feeling I would choose the Whopper based on triangulation of reviews ;)
        Oct 10, 2022
    9. zottel
      zottel
      Hmpf, I guess I’m getting fatter around the thumbs. Just hit dislike instead of like two times within 5 minutes.
      1. Qildail
        Qildail
        I do this more often than I care to admit. Then I get into a silly panic trying to undo it before it becomes a thing.
        Sep 25, 2022
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    10. zottel
      zottel
      Hm, it seems I need the Jot 2 colouration to really like any source with Clear Mg. Currently testing Bolt as DAC, and it sounds wonderful.
      1. zottel
        zottel
        I must admit that it sounds better than the RU6. Similar tonality, but clearer and more resolving.
        Am I biased by the bad reviews here or would I have felt the same without them?
        Anyway, I like it!
        Sep 23, 2022
      2. zottel
        zottel
        And I definitely like both much better than the Schiit ESS card in my Jot 2, which sounds too digital and harsh in comparison.
        Sep 23, 2022
      3. zottel
        zottel
        Today, I like the RU6 better than the Bolt again. After some time, detail is on a similar level, and there’s much more plankton in instruments and especially voices.
        Sep 26, 2022
    11. zottel
      zottel
      Damn, my Dynaudio Music 5 sounds so good at its new placement. That’s lowest tier Dynaudio. How good must the new Focus series sound?
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      2. zottel
        zottel
        Also: The difference between it in the stonewalled living room and up here in the attic with its very dry acoustics is HUGE, even with this relatively modest gear. Must be a nightmare to try to get really expensive gear to sound even moderately good in a room like our living room.
        Sep 17, 2022
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    12. zottel
      zottel
      Why did I never hear of Jockstrap before? Seriously great.
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    13. zottel
      zottel
      I just put my HD650 behind my upsampled NOS RU6 > Jot2 chain for the first time. Wow! Classical music never sounded so good before.
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      3. zottel
        zottel
        The HD650 is great for classical music, but for everything where rhythm and drums play a roll, or bass extension (think organ), I like the Clear Mg much better.
        Just tested with Disquiet, one of my favourite Hidden Orchestra tracks. That loud part in the end so much more engaging with the Focal! But I guess I’ll use the HD650 for classical from now on.
        Sep 10, 2022
      4. yotacowboy
        yotacowboy
        On my list to dick around with this week at work: RU6 Bal out to Jot2 Bal in + JAR650, HD600, HD800, Andro, Solaris, 7HZ.
        Sep 11, 2022
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      5. zottel
        zottel
        @yotacowboy If you have the software to do so, also try NOS with external upsampling to 352.8/384 kHz (I use Roon for that). It makes an audible difference at least for material below 96 kHz, and IMO it really makes the RU6 shine.
        Sep 11, 2022
    14. zottel
      zottel
      Back from vacation. Relieved to find out that I can still immensely enjoy the RU6 in my “big” chain without thinking it must be bad. :)
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    15. zottel
      zottel
      Does anybody have a recommendation for a good hifi store in Berlin, especially regarding headphones and headamps?
      1. zottel
        zottel
        I’ll be there for a few days in September and thought I might do some test listening.
        Aug 21, 2022
    16. zottel
      zottel
      Refurnished my attic due to home office needs. Side effect: I now have a much better place for my Dynaudio Music 5. And it sounds SO good!
    17. zottel
      zottel
      RU6 bal > Jot 2 low gain bal > Clear Mg. So fucking good that I’m once again convinced it can’t possibly get any better. :)
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      3. roshambo123
        roshambo123
        Jot 2 + Clear Mg is one of my favorite combos.
        Aug 5, 2022
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      5. zottel
        zottel
        @crenca No. Of course, the end game will actually live up to it’s name, this time. Who in their right mind would expect anything else?
        Aug 5, 2022
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    18. zottel
      zottel
      Suddenly realised that lots of Hidden Orchestra’s drums are played with brushes. Seems my chain has become better. :)
      1. zottel
        zottel
        I could have heard that without the RU6/bal, too, definitely. But it wasn’t obvious before, that’s the difference.
        Aug 4, 2022
      2. Lyander
        Lyander
        One fun thing I've noticed is that once I hear some fine detail on a good chain, it likewise becomes pretty evident on chains where the same was previously inaudible to me. Makes comparing gear directly a bit weird.
        Aug 4, 2022
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    19. zottel
      zottel
      RU6 balanced out is a completely different animal. Not sure, though, if it’s the RU6 or other parts of the chain that make the difference.
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      3. zottel
        zottel
        I’ll try without the Jot in between later or tomorrow.
        Jul 23, 2022
      4. zottel
        zottel
        Instrument separation on balanced out is so good that I’m not sure yet if it actually is good. :) It’s great to be able to dissect the music, to hear every detail separately, but it’s on the verge of sounding unnatural.
        Jul 23, 2022
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      5. zottel
        zottel
        Ok, currently listening to Timeless on RU6 balanced vs. SE.
        Yes, there is a difference: Balanced is a bit cleaner overall, and there’s more bass on SE. The difference is smaller than on the Jot, and the cable might play a role, too. Not sure yet which I like better.
        Jul 24, 2022
    20. zottel
      zottel
      Covid positive now, too.
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      2. zottel
        zottel
        It seems the choir on Thursday evening was where I got it. 10 others are ill, too, not all of them positive in tests yet, but most.
        Which leaves hope that I might not have been contagious on Saturday morning. I’m vaccinated 3x, my parents 4x … Let’s see. No symptoms or positive tests in the family yet, either.
        Jul 11, 2022
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      3. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        The Omicron BA4 and BA5 have more breakthrough cases and vaccines seem to do nothing. Booster supposed to be out by the fall. Be well!
        Jul 11, 2022
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      4. Wilson
        Wilson
        Get well soon!
        Jul 11, 2022
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    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Franconia, Germany
    Gear List:
    Meier Corda Daccord ff, Jazz ff, Clear Mg
    RU6, Bolt, HD650
    Dynaudio Music 5