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Picked up a pair of Infinity Crescendo CS-3009s for $40 tonight. They’re going to be the anchor of my main system. Oct 4, 2017

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    1. Merrick
      Merrick
      Picked up a pair of Infinity Crescendo CS-3009s for $40 tonight. They’re going to be the anchor of my main system.
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      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        @insidious meme They need new foam around the drivers for sure. I’m going to take them to a shop to be serviced, might be a few hundred but still not a bad deal (and might just be the cost of replacing the foam). The guy was selling them because his wife objected to their looks, not for any deficiencies in the speakers.
        Oct 5, 2017
      4. DigMe
        DigMe
        now you can drown out the sounds of your wife going berserk on her punching bag.
        Oct 5, 2017
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      5. Merrick
        Merrick
        Doing a listening test now, there appear to be no broken or damaged drivers. Still going to get it serviced but these sound very good!
        Oct 5, 2017
    2. Merrick
      Merrick
      Goddamn, first we invite always listening mics into our homes and on our person, and now Google wants us to use always watching cameras? Ew.
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      2. shotgunshane
        shotgunshane
        You should read the book, The Circle. They made a movie but haven’t scene it.
        Oct 4, 2017
      3. philipmorgan
        philipmorgan
        That movie was a garbage barge :)
        Oct 4, 2017
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      4. shotgunshane
        shotgunshane
        Haha, I read it was bad. But garbage barge puts it in perspective!
        Oct 5, 2017
    3. Merrick
      Merrick
      Annoyed at the poor mastering and obvious errors on the new Bowie box set. The Lodger remix is poor as well. Glad I didn’t buy the box.
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      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        For vinyl the Ziggy Stardust remaster is the 2012 AAA reissue and everyone should own a copy, as it is superb.
        Oct 1, 2017
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      4. Dino
        Dino
        I forgot about Pin-Ups. The LP is actually an improvement (not as bright) over the original US LP. I still prefer the WG RCA CD but that is debatable. I prefer the WG RCA STS to the 2010. I prefer the 2010 to the Japan for US RCA STS (which really sucks). Yes, the Ziggy LP is superb! (To bad about the CD mastering.)
        Oct 1, 2017
      5. Dino
        Dino
        I took a look at the DR for 'A New Career In A New Town' 24-96 download. 1 album is DR10 the rest are DR8 and DR9!
        Oct 1, 2017
    4. pavi
      pavi
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      2. Merrick
        Merrick
        Thank you! I don't use Tidal but if I do in the future I'll check that one out.
        Sep 9, 2017
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    5. Merrick
      Merrick
      I recall someone here posting a link to a Spotify playlist of audiophile test tracks, but I can't find it. Does anyone still have the link?
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        Sep 9, 2017
      4. Merrick
        Merrick
        Thanks guys!
        Sep 9, 2017
    6. Merrick
      Merrick
      The Wetton era will always be my first and best King Crimson love, but there’s a very special place in my heart for Discipline.
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      3. DigMe
        DigMe
        Sep 7, 2017
      4. Merrick
        Merrick
        Yeah! To be honest I still haven't made it through all of the 13 disc Larks set, and then there's the Starless and Discipline era ones on my list, so it will be awhile before I get to the new set, although I do like that era a lot. It's amazing how much diversity of music Fripp oversaw in such a short period of time.
        Sep 7, 2017
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      5. Merrick
        Merrick
        I forgot the Road to Red set too! Oy vey!
        Sep 8, 2017
    7. Merrick
      Merrick
      Thumbs up on the new LCD Soundsystem!
      1. philipmorgan
        philipmorgan
        Just listened. Worth the wait! new Destroyer single is intriguing too.
        Sep 1, 2017
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    8. Merrick
      Merrick
      Recommendation: 1986 MCA CD release of Elton John's Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy. One of the best masterings I've ever heard.
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      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        @Boops I'm really glad to hear you like it! It's an exceptional mastering. Recordings like that make being an audiophile so rewarding.
        Sep 6, 2017
      4. Boops
        Boops
        The mastering is exceptional. Beyond that, I'd never heard this album before and I'm loving it. I don't consider myself an Elton John superfan -- I know his hits but don't even own any of his music. This album is so good.

        If you have any other recommendations for CD masters that are this good, Elton John or no, I'd be interested in hearing them.
        Sep 6, 2017
      5. Merrick
        Merrick
        I'll have to go through my collection and see what else is worth recommending. That mastering really is exceptional in every way, it's hard to match. Also the songwriting and performances are so top notch. It's always been my favorite Elton John album.
        Sep 6, 2017
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    9. Merrick
      Merrick
      I feel like I could make good money opening a record label that only reissues popular albums from the last 15 years with dynamics restored.
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      3. Ringingears
        Ringingears
        Limiting during mixing might be a question for LFF. They might. My understanding is it occurs most often during mastering as vinyl has made a come back.
        Aug 27, 2017
      4. Merrick
        Merrick
        Some amount of limiting/compression isn't also necessarily the end of the world. It's just when they squash it so bad that all the dynamics are gone that it's really a problem.
        Aug 27, 2017
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      5. Ringingears
        Ringingears
        From what I have read it has use in getting the drums and bass not to overpower the other instruments and vocals.
        Aug 27, 2017
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    10. Merrick
      Merrick
      Just received the remastered Broken and The Downward Spiral records I ordered almost a year ago. Good things come to those who wait!
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      3. Mr.Sneis
        Mr.Sneis
        The new fulfillment company is much better than the old, hopefully they can get you a new jacket. I want broken and fragile real bad. Pressed at Pallas now!!
        Aug 25, 2017
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      4. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        I remember NiN released an audiophile version of some album once, but it still had a disappointing dynamic range score. DR isn't everything but I wonder what the improvements were.
        Aug 25, 2017
      5. Merrick
        Merrick
        Hesitation Marks had the "audiophile" release. TDS has had a SACD release that I think is 5.1?
        Aug 25, 2017
    11. Merrick
      Merrick
      TFW you replace vinyl rips of unknown provenance with excellent '80s digital masterings of catalog staples.
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    12. Merrick
      Merrick
      Hearing a great mastering of great music on great gear makes you forget all about analog vs digital, 16 big vs 24 bit, D/S vs multibit.
      1. Cryptowolf
        Cryptowolf
        Please share the name of the recording. I'm always open to listening to more well-mastered albums.
        Aug 15, 2017
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      2. Merrick
        Merrick
        It's an '80s release of The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway by Genesis. Not sure who mastered it, might have been Barry Diament. Tons of detail, excellent tonality, dynamic AF.
        Aug 16, 2017
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    13. Merrick
      Merrick
      There's something about Brainwashed, George Harrison's final album, that calls me back time and again. If only the mastering didn't suck.
      1. brencho
        brencho
        oh man i've only really listened to all things must pass... should probably listen to more of his stuff.
        Aug 11, 2017
      2. Merrick
        Merrick
        ATMP is amazing, I'm also a big fan of Living in the Material World and Cloud Nine. Brainwashed is my favorite Harrison album. Check them out!
        Aug 11, 2017
    14. Merrick
      Merrick
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    15. Merrick
      Merrick
      Eitr and Gen 5 boards are making my Raspberry Pi's days numbered.
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      2. Lasollor
        Lasollor
        Same here too, I'd been using my Pi as a Roon endpoint for the past few months, but finally replaced the Pi+board with a cheap headless mini PC and Eitr on my main system. Much more flexible. Moved the Pi to the kitchen with a small powered speaker.
        Aug 7, 2017
      3. philipmorgan
        philipmorgan
        Maybe somebody else will have an opinion on this. I haven't done any back to back comparisons. My speaker setup is more fun than headphones but less resolving so I wouldn't trust it for comparisons, and so I have just trusted others that the Eitr is a 99% good enough solution even for highly critical listening.
        Aug 7, 2017
      4. Lasollor
        Lasollor
        I can't really tell the difference between Pi+502DAC RCA and the USB to Eitr on my system. Eitr is more flexible, you can use it with Atomicbob's IVS or Roon+Sonarworks sytemwide etc.
        Aug 7, 2017
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    16. Merrick
      Merrick
      Hanging by the beach this weekend. Sweet breezes!
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      2. FlySweep
        FlySweep
        How fuckin' gorgeous was the North coast, man? I was delirious with joy running around the beach with my 3 yo.
        Aug 6, 2017
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      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        @FlySweep I wish I could be there for a month! So beautiful and the temperature was just perfect!
        Aug 6, 2017
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    17. Merrick
      Merrick
      104 in Portland right now and we don't have A/C. If I die, I'm donating my Andromedas to the loaner program.
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      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        We bought ice blocks and have cut holes into coolers and placed them behind box fans as DIY A/C. My vinyl is in a room with heavy drapes that stay closed, I hope nothing happens to the records but I can't help them now. We're going to install A/C before next summer but can't afford it now.
        Aug 2, 2017
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      4. Merrick
        Merrick
        @FlySweep We're going to Astoria this weekend!
        Aug 2, 2017
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      5. ButtUglyJeff
        ButtUglyJeff
        That might be hot enough to get all the hipsters there to shave off their beards...
        Aug 3, 2017
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    18. Merrick
      Merrick
      I was lost in a valley of pleasure. I was lost in the infinite sea. I was lost, and measure for measure, Love spewed from the heart of me.
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      2. brencho
        brencho
        man i was pretty jelly when my wife got to hang with patti smith she's so fucking awesome
        Jul 21, 2017
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      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        The closest I can claim is that I saw her open for Morrissey, your wife has me beat!
        Jul 21, 2017
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    19. Merrick
      Merrick
      Hello Jodie!
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      2. Merrick
        Merrick
        She's terrific in Broadchurch, which also stars Tennant and that show's creator is the new show runner after Moffat leaves.
        Jul 16, 2017
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      3. insidious meme
        insidious meme
        Yeah, I still have to go through the original Broadchurch. Arthur Darvill is also there and Olivia Coleman had a cup of tea moment in Matt Smith's real first episode.
        Jul 18, 2017
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      4. Merrick
        Merrick
        Yeah, the original Broadchurch is the one I meant. I forgot there was a remake.
        Jul 18, 2017
    20. Merrick
      Merrick
      Digging this Purple Rain deluxe release. The concert disc alone is worth the cost of the set, plus a whole disc of unreleased material.
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      2. Merrick
        Merrick
        @DigMe I think you have Prince confused with Radiohead. :)
        Jun 24, 2017
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      3. DigMe
        DigMe
        Ahhhhh.. haha! Wow... I'm becoming my grandmother. What just happened?

        Is this the toaster?
        Jun 24, 2017
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      4. DigMe
        DigMe
        My first comment actually was about Prince!
        Jun 24, 2017
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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