The Mike Moffat (#2 at Schiit) Blog

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  1. Darren G

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    I have barely posted in the last few months, but that's because Yggdrasil with A2 board, and Mojo 2 with the Tesla tubes just sounds like music to me, and I have been enjoying music. There is nothing annoying, just sounds like music. You will put yourself out of business ;)

    And gads I hate believing in magic, but the tubes in the MJ2 path make a difference to me. It's what I was missing with my old SS gear. That warmth, the sense of liquid sound, smooth, well no words, but yea gonna keep using this gear until the next round of magic happens.
     
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    Now that's the essence of the hobby.
    You are one happy person.
    (What headphones are you using?)
     
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    ColtMrFire Writes better fan fics than you

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    When I owned the Lyr2 the Teslas were a breakthrough. By far my favorite sound. My T3 is better in technicalities, but the Lyr 2 with Tesla tubes is the best tone/timbre I've ever heard in an amp, bar none.
     
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    Lately I have been using the Focal Utopias. They are sort of harsh (aka truthful), but with Yggdrasil A2 A2 and Mojo 2 and tubes of choice, the balance is about right. I cannot recommend these headphones if the backend gear is not working, because they will reveal every annoyance, but with right gear behind them, pretty amazing.
     
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    For whatever it is worth, I can write, tubes do NOT make the sound mushy like it did a few decades ago (aka the Heathkit days). The MJ2 is as lively as any SS amp, every bit as clear, it's just not sterile (aka sucky). LIkewise, Yggdrasil with the newer A2 board, nothing wrong at all. Every detail is there, but Baldr has succeeded, what an amazing DAC. It just sounds like music. Smooth, musical. Like I wrote earlier, Schiit may put themselves out of business, this gear is just that good there is not much motivation to buy anything else.
     
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    Thought you sold your Utopias? (https://superbestaudiofriends.org/index.php?threads/fs-focal-utopia.6792/)
     
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    @zonto - I put them up for sale, nobody bought them, I've revisited them and finding them to be more enjoyable then when I first got them. They are still hard for me to recommend because they are potentially brutal too, but maybe they've gotten to be more tolerable due to break in or I maybe I have just adjusted. They do a lot well, but if there is any annoyance behind them, well you'll hear it all.
     
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    Totally agree.

    It's about how the internal components are designed around the tubes. Even the Vahalla 2 is by no means "mushy" or euphonic.

    I just heard the new PrimaLuna tube DAC. It's pretty damn good. $3k good? Not sure.
     
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    @baldr congrats to you, Jason and your team on the new Bifrost 2. Seems like an epic product for the price, and setting up good things to come for Gungnir Multibit and Yggdrasil. Honestly, the amount of value (not to mention sound quality) packed into your creations is truly amazing.

    Also hope that your health is doing ok these days. All the best.
     
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    +1 And mostly wishing you good health.
     
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    baldr Schiit-sterer

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    So here I am again. No Schiit. More coming soon (days) as I catch up with forums. Thanks for putting up with my absence! I have been busy getting much better.



    Mike
     
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    Good to see you Mike
     
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    Health > New toys to play with.
     
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    Glad to have you back!
     
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    Good News! Welcome back! It's been a while, so I guess you must have had a tough time: glad to see you winning.
     
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    Good to have you back Mike. Glad you’re doing better!
     
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    What they said!
     
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    Great news Mike! You have been missed.
     
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    That's great news! Welcome back! Looking forward to more of your insights.

    Cheers!
     
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    Prologue: When I was eighteen years old and my dad was in his fifties, it was customary for a Doctor to deliver a cancer diagnosis to not only the patient, but to another family member as well. Well, my dad was the patient and I was the family member and we went to see Dr. Virgil Crawley. Funny how you remember some details from over 50 years ago. Now my father was of very few words and never, never swore. I think I remember one or two times hearing him utter “Damn”. When Dr. Crawley told him he had lymph cancer and maybe a year to live my Dad said “Bullshit!” almost solemnly, as if it were a creed. He died in his early 80’s over thirty years later of heart failure. It was a lesson I applied in Vietnam, and several times over the last couple of years.

    The Main Text: Now for complete disclosure of what was going on with me health-wise lately. I believe I previously mentioned that I had some neurological issues going on; minor ones like it was difficult for me to walk without falling down; it was also challenging for me to talk when I absolutely couldn’t or grunt or sound drunk at best. The brain trust or neurologists up here in Santa Clarita assured me in turn I must have suffered strokes, yet the MRIs all came back clean. No one has persistence quite like Rosie my wife, who arranged to have me fixed up with a neuro-muscular professor/super specialist at the UCLA teaching hospital. I always refer to him as Dr. Alphabet because of the complex nature of his last name. Anything over two syllables and 8 letters I find challenging. His diagnosis was that I must have an auto-immune disorder which was statistically uncommon.

    Thus Dr. Alphabet (Soltanzedeh) embarked on a year long mission to find exactly what auto-immune disorder I had. The finally on a subsequent visit came out to the UCLA neuro-muscular waiting area to pick me up with a knowing look on his face for the first time. He enthusiastically exclaimed he knew exactly what was wrong. When I asked him to clarify, he went on for several incomprehensible sentences – Crmp something. The only understandable portion for me was there were several hundred other cases. “In LA?”, I ask. No, he says – in the world. Nothing like rarefied company.

    His face gradually took on a serious look as he told me he was going to turn me over to a thoracic surgeon, a pulmonologist, and sundry other specialists. I pressed him for further clarification – he went on to explain that all several hundred of my fellow Crmp travelers all either had, or soon would have lung cancer. I protested that I just a year or so before that I had surgery due to prostate cancer and was tired of cancer - Was he sure? He was and he was right.

    After 3 or so months of chest scans, an anomaly appeared. The many more appointments to make sure the surgery wouldn’t kill me only brought the “Bullshit!” creed taught by my dad very much to mind. Then, just 3 months ago, I went in to get the deed done. All seemed fine in my recovery until ten days later when all of a sudden I couldn’t breathe until I got up and threw myself back down on the bed. They sent me down for more scans which indicated a pair of pulmonary embolisms. Soon, Dr. Alphabet appeared to deliver the news that I was lucky. It seems the first symptom of many/most pulmonary embolisms is death – two of them quadruples the odds. Time for the “Bullshit!” creed again.

    Five days later I was home right in time for Christmas with a nurse coming to see me every other day or so for health checkups. I thought it was to make sure I wasn’t sneaking off to my MMA practice again. I finally was released from the nursing at home care early February and back to work (slowly) 2-4 weeks later, after my clearance to drive. Here I am today, with an ability to walk (albeit with a cane) and I can talk to cops without fear of getting arrested for drunkenness. Life gets better. I seem to have prostate and lung cancers and a pair of pulmonary embolisms in the rear view mirror – the unpronounceable multiple sentence auto-immune disease remains improves.

    Epilogue: The “Bullshit!” creed continues to work for me – for example when I am told I will probably die or told I need 2 months extra recovery time in a rehab, or told driving after my surgery will be at least at least 6 months. The worst was when they told me what and how I could work. Sorry – I am back at work on my terms, I still have waaaay too much to do on this ride I am really enjoying, My wife says I am a fighter – maybe so. It is not as simple as it’s my way or the highway. It is more that the senior expert on what is good for me and those connected to me as family, friend, or client is --- me! Therefore, you are all stuck with me for a while longer. Thanks to all of you! Special thanks to the physicians on these sites who pointed me in the right directions.

    Postscript: This my last multiple post – next will be tecchie schiit - I promise,
     
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