Merrick
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The Talk Talk 2012 remasters. Beautifully done. Jun 15, 2017

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    1. Merrick
      Merrick
      The Talk Talk 2012 remasters. Beautifully done.
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      2. Merrick
        Merrick
        And Asides Besides/Missing Pieces have had no remasters.
        Jun 15, 2017
      3. Garns
        Garns
        That first discogs Spirit of Eden is the exact CD (same barcode) that I have which says "digital remaster (C) 1997" and then "(C) 2012". I think the second one, the LP+DVD, might be a different mastering though. According to this it's the same one that's available on HDTracks and Qobuz: http://goo.gl/TbNXon. Now I just need to mess around with proxy servers to try and get HDTracks to sell it to me...
        Jun 15, 2017
      4. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        I might pick the albums up then.
        Jun 15, 2017
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    2. Merrick
      Merrick
      Got my hands on several Blue Note albums in hi-res. Some really terrific stuff. I'm really digging "Introducing The 3 Sounds" among others.
      1. msommers
        msommers
        Blue Note has some incredible albums in their arsenal! Which others are you listening to?
        Jun 12, 2017
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      2. Cryptowolf
        Cryptowolf
        I'd also like to know what albums you're enjoying. Thanks,
        Jun 12, 2017
      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        Aside from The 3 Sounds I've also listened to Total Eclipse by Bobby Hutcherson and am working through three Wayne Shorter albums (Speak No Evil, The All Seeing Eye, Schizophrenia). I got but have yet to listen to some Dexter Gordon albums, some Herbie Hancock, Thelonious Monk, McCoy Tyner, many Coltrane records, and a lot more besides. Got a lot of listening to do!
        Jun 13, 2017
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    3. Merrick
      Merrick
      Instead of upgrading my current rig in my home office my next project will be a whole new, totally different type of rig in the living room.
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      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        Here's what I envision: Floorstanders that do justice to the entire FR, a powerhouse amp, a flexible digital streamer, likely a Gumby or Yggy for digital, two turntables with totally different sounds (a modern and refurbished vintage would be nice for visual contrast as well), and both a tube phono pre and preamp (most likely a Freya for the latter).
        Jun 11, 2017
      4. Merrick
        Merrick
        I'm thinking a GEM PolyTable Super 12 for the modern table and either a refurbished Thorens or Empire for the vintage. No clue on brand of speakers or amps yet.
        Jun 11, 2017
      5. zonto
        zonto
        I support your quest for a great living room rig. That's what I run (equipment list in my profile, including the headphone rig). Being a living room listener is why I love the Utopia's stock cable so much! :)
        Jun 12, 2017
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    4. Merrick
      Merrick
      If you need relief from upgraditis, don't listen to your gear for a week. When you come back, it will sound fresh and impressive again.
      1. Changeling
        Changeling
        @Merrick It's one of the biggest treats with traveling a lot for work. Back in the office after a couple of days out my jaw often drops.
        It's the most cost efficient upgrade existing today :)
        Jun 4, 2017
      2. Kattefjaes
        Kattefjaes
        ..or revisit some music that you loved many years ago, when your gear was basic teenage fare. It's amazing how much was there that you just couldn't hear. Often catches me out.
        Jun 4, 2017
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    5. philipmorgan
      philipmorgan
      I think I saw a post where you preferred ZX2 to Pono w/Andromedas. Is that still the case? What's the sonic diff?
      1. Merrick
        Merrick
        The ZX2 with all the sound processing turned off is hands down the best match for the Andros I've ever heard. The Pono has a ridiculously high OI and the Andros don't engage for me with that. It's been so long since I've tried the pairing that I would hesitate to describe it from memory.
        Jun 4, 2017
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      2. philipmorgan
        philipmorgan
        @Merrick Thank you :) Seems like there's just no avoiding the ZX2/ZX100 if I want the best out of the Andros.
        Jun 4, 2017
      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        @philipmorgan It's some of the best synergy in the headphone space.
        Jun 4, 2017
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    6. Merrick
      Merrick
      Sorry I haven't been around lately. Too caught up with politics, need more music in my life.
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      2. Claritas
        Claritas
        "Don't let anyone steal that disgust from your heart. It is a precious thing." — Michael Brendan Dougherty
        May 28, 2017
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      3. bazelio
        bazelio
        "Fuck politics. Welcome back." -- Bazelio
        May 28, 2017
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      4. a44100Hz
        a44100Hz
        I feel you.
        May 30, 2017
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    7. Merrick
      Merrick
      U2 in Seattle tonight! Full performance of The Joshua Tree, oh yeah.
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      2. zonto
        zonto
        Have fun and let us know how it goes!
        May 14, 2017
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      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        Amazing show. Surprisingly emotional, and The Joshua Tree is such a monster album that it was really a treat to hear it performed in its entirety.
        May 15, 2017
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      4. bazelio
        bazelio
        Was at the Bay Area show. Agree, agree, agree.
        May 28, 2017
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    8. Merrick
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      3. DigMe
        DigMe
        Interested to hear it. Hopefully they got someone truly
        skilled in mastering. Maybe they'll improve on the DR a bit too.
        May 2, 2017
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      4. imackler
        imackler
        Curious to hear how the mastering is!
        May 2, 2017
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      5. Merrick
        Merrick
        Yep, I'm waiting to hear reports on the mastering before I buy anything. I currently use a needle drop of a U.K. first vinyl pressing as my go to digital version.
        May 2, 2017
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    9. Merrick
      Merrick
      Listening to '80s Bowie WG and Japanese CDs makes me happy. Hunky Dory never sounded so good!
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      2. Dino
        Dino
        You must be listening to the WG Hunky Dory.
        Apr 26, 2017
      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        I believe so, yes. I have a mix of WG and Japan for Japan/Japan for US masterings.
        Apr 26, 2017
      4. take
        take
        It really is insane how much of a difference there is for early Bowie albums on CD.
        Apr 26, 2017
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    10. Merrick
      Merrick
      Threw my back out exercising...but at least I was able to reach my portable rig to keep me occupied while this ice pack does its work.
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      3. jowls
        jowls
        The jury is out on that one. Whatever works I guess... Get well!
        Apr 18, 2017
      4. Merrick
        Merrick
        Thanks!
        Apr 18, 2017
      5. DigMe
        DigMe
        There is disagreement even among physicians about whether to do ice or heat. I prefer heat for pulled muscles (which is often the case when you have "thrown your back out" unless you have a herniated disc or something). Ultimately do what gives you the most relief.
        Apr 18, 2017
    11. Merrick
      Merrick
      At an AirBnb on the Oregon coast and they have a turntable and Supremes records! They're getting a top notch review.
      1. powermatic
        powermatic
        Where on the coast? I've been going to Neskowin for many, many years...
        Apr 13, 2017
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      2. Merrick
        Merrick
        Newport
        Apr 13, 2017
    12. Merrick
      Merrick
      Seeing Radiohead in about two hours!
      1. Wilson
        Wilson
        The reviews of this tour have been excellent, enjoy!
        Apr 9, 2017
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    13. Merrick
      Merrick
      These days my Andro+ZX2 combo is getting more listening than even my speaker rig. A truly addicting one-two punch.
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      2. Merrick
        Merrick
        Listening to late '80s Japanese masterings of classic Clash albums and being blown away by the sound.
        Mar 28, 2017
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      3. landroni
        landroni
        Mar 28, 2017
      4. Poleepkwa
        Poleepkwa
        I have noticed too that I listen a lot more on the go than at home. Which means I should invest my more money to mobile.
        Mar 28, 2017
    14. Merrick
      Merrick
      Listening to some Grateful Dead albums that were put through the Plangent process. Really impressive sound.
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      3. Wilson
        Wilson
        It's good to talk and learn about the music. Sometimes the equipment eclipses that.
        Mar 22, 2017
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      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        My understanding is that the Dead really cared about sound, both live and recorded.

        Sadly, they were not very keen on London, so I only saw them a couple of times...
        Mar 23, 2017
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      5. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        ...The last time, I was already near 40, and even wondering why, as I don't like crowds or noise, I was going to a rock concert! It was actually amazing. The sound quality was wonderful, and the only time my ears hurt was when the crowd (10-15 thousand, a modest-size auditorium) joined in.
        Mar 23, 2017
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    15. Merrick
      Merrick
      At this point my Orcas are definitely burned in, and the mids are so goddamn sweet that it makes me melt.
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      2. Rockin_Zombie
        Rockin_Zombie
        single driver midrange is truly a work of wonder. Love My Omega midrange, nearfield sounds so sweet.
        Mar 21, 2017
      3. PoochZag
        PoochZag
        @Merrick Screw it, as they say YCOBOLO (You Can Only Buy Orcas Locally Once)
        Mar 21, 2017
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      4. Merrick
        Merrick
        Yeah boyee!
        Mar 21, 2017
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    16. Merrick
      Merrick
      The vinyl mono reissues really opened my eyes to what makes Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band so special. Wasn't a huge fan before.
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      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        @Wilson I've only heard The Velvet Underground and Nico in mono on CD. I've yet to hear it in mono on vinyl. One of my favorite albums. I do have a US first White Light/White Heat, also stereo.
        Mar 7, 2017
      4. Wilson
        Wilson
        Ahhh, I was vague. I've only heard it on CD. What I meant was I was surprised, growing up believing stereo was always superior. I think that changed when reading about Brian Wilson talking about Pet Sounds and how he wanted to make hybrid instruments, like piano/kazoo or something like that.
        Mar 7, 2017
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      5. Dino
        Dino
        John Lennon said something like "You haven't heard Sgt. Pepper's until you have heard it in Mono.".
        Mar 20, 2017
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    17. Merrick
      Merrick
      I no longer own full sized headphones or headphone amps, now it's just the Andros, ZX2, and GOV2+ Inf. Funny where our audio journeys lead.
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      3. TRex
        TRex
        @Merrick I heard Vali 2 + iFi IEM match sounds fun.
        Mar 1, 2017
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      4. Merrick
        Merrick
        Does the Vali 2 really push the Andros to their full potential though?
        Mar 1, 2017
      5. Muse Wanderer
        Muse Wanderer
        You could try the Rag SE out. At 3ohm it is only a bit lean but great sounding with Andros, and it's excellent for most speakers and headphones too.
        Mar 1, 2017
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    18. Merrick
      Merrick
      What's the minimum two-channel setup you would need to match the quality of the Andromedas with a good source like the ZX2?
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      2. philipmorgan
        philipmorgan
        I am waiting with BATED breath for an answer to this! Come on, #Team2Channel! Represent!
        Feb 28, 2017
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      3. Cellist88
        Cellist88
        Eve SC204's with TS107
        Feb 28, 2017
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      4. Merrick
        Merrick
        Fair enough, I probably should have specified nothing self-powered and no class D amplification.
        Feb 28, 2017
    19. Merrick
      Merrick
      Insanity is listening to five different masterings of Dark Side of the Moon to figure out which one to keep.
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      2. Merrick
        Merrick
        If you want to go the safe route you could always download the Doug Sax remasters from 1994, those all sound very good. I can point out individual releases that may sound better but as a general rule the Doug Sax remasters do all the albums justice.
        Feb 24, 2017
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      3. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Careful with that axe, Merrick!
        Feb 24, 2017
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      4. k4rstar
        k4rstar
        Yep, couldn't sleep so I got up and downloaded the non-TO Sony master CD. I agree with your comments on the depth and smoothness, lovely issue. It's like all the benefits of a vinyl rip with none of the negatives.
        Feb 24, 2017
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    20. Merrick
      Merrick
      Sometimes all you can do is put on Odyssey and Oracle in mono and forget everything else.
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    Gender:
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    Location:
    Portland, OR
    Gear List:
    Sources: Technics SL-1800, Raspberry Pi 2 with 502DAC board, Sony ZX2

    DAC: Schiit Modi Multibit, Geek Out V2+ Infinity

    Headphone Amp: ALO Rx Mk.III-B

    Headphones: Campfire Audio Andromeda

    Speakers: Blumenstein Orcas

    Power amp: Fleawatt while I figure out what tube amp to get