Small Milwaukee gathering

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  1. dBel84

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    Had a few folk over to the house today to listen to some gear and generally hang out.

    @sodacose; @fraggler; @Ishcabible along with 2 other local musically minded friends got together and spent some time in 2 channel and headphone geekdom. The Orca's are aptly named, and Orc cry is exactly what came to mind . As with most meets we spent more time chatting than actually listening but had a ball switching out amps, speakers and I made a point of at least trying to listen to most of the headphones there as I feel like I have left the general scene behind for quite some time.

    @ sodacose brought a DIY hybrid which sounded particularly sweet , hopefully he will chime in with more details about the design as well as his Broskie tube amp which is the first time I have heard any of the aikido variations.

    The Klipsch HD3 were particularly pleasant and the new LCDC were not.

    Obligatory pics - I took some as an afterthought

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    I big thanks to my wife who treated us all to some great food and treats

    ..dB
     
  2. fraggler

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    I can expand my thought more later, but here are a few observations:

    1. Donald is a generous and enthusiastic host and I am grateful for the opportunity to visit.
    2. The Orcas are definitely not for me. I don't know if they deserve a horrible death, but I now understand why some believe so.
    3. I might be a Magnepan guy now.
    4. The Riva Turbo X is as amazing as reported.
     
  3. Ishcabible

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    I agree with all this.

    I’ve looked up to Donald since I was a teen modding vintage orthos and it’s awesome he’s just as nice, if not nicer, in person.

    I thought the Orcas sounded real fatiguing but it’d be a shame for the beautiful cabinets to be destroyed.

    The last time I heard Magnepans was so long ago I didn’t remember how they sound but now I’m definitely a fan for intended use.

    I legitimately think I prefer the Rivas tonally to the LS50.

    I wish I tried @sodacose’s diy stuff. I didn’t think to try to hook them up but from what I’ve seen from him, he seems incredibly knowledgeable and I’m sure it was great.

    I’ve also got to pick up some of that Suntory Toki. I’ve never been that into whisky but that might get me in.
     
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    I'm in love with the Maggie sound now. One of my most memorable listening experiences was a pair of Heils handling 2khz+ and the 0.7s threw a really similar presentation up for us. Measuring my living room now...

    @Ishcabible Sorry I had to cut out early! The amp @dBel84 is referring to is this one:

    https://wtfamps.com/el-estudiante-headphone-amp/

    Simple, class a, direct coupled, 48V. The 7370 tube is a nice sleeper (a 5687 with 20/40V heaters).

    The TubeCAD amp is an Aikido board configured with the WCF output (6N1p and 6N6 tubes). The power supply is a simple MOSFET with 0D3 reference and the Aikido on-board CRC filter. Broskie's boards are Top Notch and the documentation is exhaustive. If anything they're too flexible in how they can be used. I'll review the kit but I've been procrastinating addressing the low-level ground buzz you might have heard (I think it's the pot).

    Hearing all the Cavalli amps and designs (many built by Donald) was a huge treat.
     
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    Pretty cool seeing this happen in my own back yard! I've been meaning to find out who else was in the area. Looks like you guys had a blast.
     
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