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Stratus vs ZDS? Trying to find something to move up from my Sonett 2. Aficionado MIGHT be a bit too much after tube cost is factored in. Aug 17, 2017 at 2:59 PM

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    1. Mystic
      Mystic
      Stratus vs ZDS? Trying to find something to move up from my Sonett 2. Aficionado MIGHT be a bit too much after tube cost is factored in.
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      3. Mystic
        Mystic
        Was probably going to find a pair of the RCAs Marv recommended. Looks like matched pair are a couple hundred. The cheapest look to be the Sovteks at around $130 a pair. If the Aficionado is really quite the step up above both the ZDS and Stratus, I might as well go for it. If I'm already okay with spending $3k, what's an extra $4-500.
        Aug 17, 2017 at 4:58 PM
      4. JK47
        JK47
        I've got a pair of the Sovteks that I picked up for $100 and a pair of Marconi Canada RCA clones for $200. It will interesting to compare. Got a few WE 396A and GE 5 star triple mica to try as well.
        Aug 17, 2017 at 5:07 PM
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      5. JK47
        JK47
        Have to pick up my tube tester from @shaizada in the near future to test those 2A3's.
        Aug 17, 2017 at 5:09 PM
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    2. Mystic
      Mystic
      Weird thing happened with my Gumby tonight, unused cable causing the problem? More info in comments.
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      2. Mystic
        Mystic
        Getting nasty echo like feedback in my music from my Black Widow. I unplug the shitty cables going to my receiver (which is turned off) and suddenly it's fine. Wtf?
        Aug 16, 2017 at 11:10 PM
      3. kevnin
        kevnin
        Is the black widow fine if the receiver is turned on? Some receivers ground their inputs when turned off, which is not good if you're trying to use the other gumby SE out. I had same problem, used a sys to break the connection when not using receiver.
        Aug 16, 2017 at 11:46 PM
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      4. Mystic
        Mystic
        I believe it was fine when my receiver was on, will have to test later. Interesting, I bet that is it. Thanks!
        Aug 17, 2017 at 12:44 AM
    3. Mystic
      Mystic
      Just got Living Stereo vol 1. Now to figure out how I'm going to catalog 60 CDs! Decided to dive head first into classical history.
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    4. Mystic
      Mystic
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      2. Mystic
        Mystic
        That is how I'm selling it to my wife later. (or try too anyways)
        Jul 27, 2017
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      3. Riotvan
        Riotvan
        Good luck, i'm sure we can help you with some ideas for persuasion. That being said karma is a good one.
        Jul 27, 2017
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      4. pedalhead
        pedalhead
        Will you ship international? ;-)
        Jul 27, 2017
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    5. Mystic
      Mystic
      If your planning to see Dunkirk, bring hearing protection. Much louder than your average movie.
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      2. zonto
        zonto
        Volume was fine except for flyovers and strafing runs, etc. aka all the action scenes were too loud. Earplugs were a lifesaver.

        Thought the movie itself was just OK.
        Jul 28, 2017
      3. Mystic
        Mystic
        Some of the best aerial combat scenes I've seen in a movie that I can remember.
        Jul 28, 2017
      4. TheIceman93
        TheIceman93
        I've asked some friends who still work for Arclight and word around town is that Warner Bros is telling the theaters to adjust the volume for Dunkirk at their discretion. Apparently, the studio got many complaints from theater chains about the volume level of the the copies they received.
        Jul 28, 2017
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    6. Mystic
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      2. Griffon
        Griffon
        I'm laughing my ass off so hard
        Jul 21, 2017
    7. Mystic
      Mystic
      Looks like HF trying to get in on some of that Jeff Bezos money.
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      2. imackler
        imackler
        It's actually sad. I wonder if their revenue crashed after the website transfer. It's not like I'm surprised headfi went there... But it doesn't feel like headfi.
        Jul 11, 2017
      3. ogodei
        ogodei
        Head-fi was purchased with the intent to make money off the audience. That's what it does now: sells advertising.
        Jul 11, 2017
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      4. landroni
        landroni
        I may be wrong, but I would expect the opposite. Notwithstanding the public outcry, traffic has most likely barely dropped from its expected trends. While we've seen some increase in population on SBAF that coincided with the HF revamp, most users are still very likely very happy with the platform and sticking to it. The increase in ads per inch though would likely mean an increase in revenue.
        Jul 11, 2017
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    8. Mystic
      Mystic
      My HD580 cable R/L are stuck in the sockets, any tips? Don't want to break anything.
      1. Mystic
        Mystic
        Pulling on them pretty damn hard already.
        Jul 9, 2017
      2. ultrabike
        ultrabike
        Be careful. But if I recall correctly, the original cables get stuck pretty hard indeed. I had to pull really hard and was also afraid to break something. Not sure what to recommend. In the end I was able to release them.
        Jul 9, 2017
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      3. Dino
        Dino
        I ended up gripping one earphone connector with pliers and pulling (hard) straight out. It was scary, but it worked for me. I don't know, maybe I just got lucky. (The other connector didn't need that much force and I pulled it out with my hand.)
        Jul 10, 2017
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    9. Mystic
      Mystic
      Classic Nintendo. Making me stay up all night hitting F5.
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      2. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        First the NES Classic Mini now the SNES version. I just want a Switch with the old games and a few new ones.

        Nintendo keeps messing with people who love their old IPs. The Switch is now the best option if you do not have the old consoles...
        Jun 27, 2017
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      3. Mystic
        Mystic
        My Switch gets the most game time from me these days. I honestly have zero hope for a fleshed out virtual console on the Switch though. For some reason Nintendo seems to think nobody wants to play their classic games.
        Jul 2, 2017
      4. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        Then my wallet stays in my pocket. If I get lucky I might still get a NES/SNES Classic Mini. Otherwise a Gameboy Advanced or Color is the way to go.
        Jul 3, 2017
    10. Mystic
      Mystic
      Thinking about selling my expensive gear to afford some traveling while I'm still sort of young. Rash decision?
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      3. imackler
        imackler
        You're getting closer. But to really embrace rash decisions... you need to stop worrying what your wife thinks.
        Jun 20, 2017
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      4. Mystic
        Mystic
        LOL I think that's a step far beyond rash.
        Jun 20, 2017
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      5. ButtUglyJeff
        ButtUglyJeff
        Dunno, sounds like what 20% of young IT pros in San Francisco are currently doing. Just trade your Sonnet 2 for a van...
        Jun 20, 2017
    11. Mystic
      Mystic
      LGB baby!!!
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      2. Vansen
        Vansen
        When I used to roast coffee for a living, all of our coffees had three letter SKUs in our roasting software. One of our crap* coffees was called LGB. Way to bring that all back.
        *i didn't like it
        May 5, 2017
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      3. take
        take
        LGB = Least Good Beans? :)
        May 5, 2017
      4. cizx.6
        cizx.6
        don't forget the T and the Q...let your new baby have all the options available.
        May 5, 2017
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    12. Mystic
      Mystic
      I didn't think HF could fit more ads on a page, I was wrong. :O
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      2. Merrick
        Merrick
        Someone got paid a nice chunk of change to make that site worse for everyone except the advertisers.
        Apr 26, 2017
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      3. imackler
        imackler
        The grocery store ads in my mailbox are less visually offensive. And about as easy to figure out what in the world I'm looking at.
        Apr 26, 2017
      4. Vansen
        Vansen
        No mobile version. Loads super slow right now. Produces HTTPS certicate errors. WTF? This better be temporary.
        Apr 26, 2017
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    13. Mystic
      Mystic
      Gumby arrived a day early, woot!
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      3. Mystic
        Mystic
        I'll post some impressions at some point, just got the Gumby hooked up so going to give it a few days to warm up before comparisons.
        Apr 18, 2017
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      4. brencho
        brencho
        enjoy it amigo! i kept it on and cooking for like many months, only shutting it off to go to a meet or to move to SoCal. should be nicely burned in :)
        Apr 18, 2017
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      5. Ray
        Ray
        Congrats dan
        Apr 19, 2017
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    14. Mystic
      Mystic
      Eikons are in, but dammit I can't stop playing Zelda. Must...put...controller...down.
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      2. zerodeefex
        zerodeefex
        Don't stop. Zelda in the living room. Zelda on the toilet. Zelda on the bus. Zelda hiding in the bushes of your neighbor's yard. It's ridiculous.
        Mar 6, 2017
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      3. Sqveak
        Sqveak
        Combine the two. This is my solution to the problem of new game vs. new headphones. Works every time if you can hook it up.
        Mar 7, 2017
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    15. Mystic
      Mystic
      Growing up I always stayed away from live recordings. Now I cannot get enough of it!
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      3. Dino
        Dino
        Favorite live album of all time: Hendrix - Band of Gypsys.
        Jan 25, 2017
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      4. Cryptowolf
        Cryptowolf
        Sonata Arctica also has some good live recordings if you are into this style of music.
        Jan 25, 2017
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      5. Mystic
        Mystic
        I was going to be seeing Sonata Arctica (along with Delain and Nightwish) play live last year but got sick and couldn't make it. I'll check it out.
        Jan 25, 2017
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    16. Mystic
      Mystic
      Everytime I open up my browser and begin typing superb... Google starts auto finishing it for me to Superbowl 2017. So annoying.
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      3. DigMe
        DigMe
        Lol
        Jan 15, 2017
      4. Mystic
        Mystic
        Lol.

        No bookmarks at work when browsing.
        Jan 15, 2017
      5. landroni
        landroni
        In that case I simply disable the annoying auto-suggest / auto-think features: I can think and type by myself, thank you.
        Jan 15, 2017
    17. Mystic
      Mystic
      Finally saw Rogue One. Improvement over FA. Solid and 100% believable lead ;)
      1. Mystic
        Mystic
        Character development was just average, as with most of the star wars movies. 3rd best film though behind ESB and ANH.
        Dec 29, 2016
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    18. Mystic
      Mystic
      People weren't kidding around with Campfire Orion sensitivity. Getting hiss on my Fiio X3ii and Cowon S9.
      1. Mystic
        Mystic
        Sounds good though with foam tips. Will need a good matching player though.
        Dec 16, 2016
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      2. Cryptowolf
        Cryptowolf
        Dec 16, 2016
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      3. Mystic
        Mystic
        Would be very interested in your findings. This is the loaner pair so it will be gone by then, but if I decide to buy a pair for myself that would be really helpful.
        Dec 16, 2016
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    19. Kattefjaes
      Kattefjaes
      I'm at least a bit sorry for leading you astray with a new Jot. Be sure to post a pic when you get it, though- it probably looks sleek as hell in black :)
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      2. Mystic
        Mystic
        Ended up cancelling this morning. I cannot be spending $400 just so I can get a Jot in black, need to save for a bigger DNA amp.

        The temptress will have to try again some other time.
        Dec 5, 2016
    20. Mystic
      Mystic
      Finally trying out Discogs. Suddenly all the out of print albums I've been looking for are here and at reasonable prices.
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      3. sfoclt
        sfoclt
        Yeah, I'm not buying anything again through discogs. Bought some mint and near mint and even sealed LP's that were mostly horrible condition. I'll stick to new (which are also often awful condition though!).
        Nov 30, 2016
      4. bazelio
        bazelio
        You guys having issues with NM or M records from 100% high feedback sellers?
        Nov 30, 2016
      5. Mystic
        Mystic
        Forgot to post an update. Ended up getting the album I was looking for and it came brand new/sealed! $13 for an out of print album that goes for 4x that price elsewhere.
        Dec 13, 2016
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    Location:
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    Gear List:
    Headphones:

    HD800S
    HD650
    HD600
    HD580
    AKG Sextett (MP)
    DT880/600
    DT150
    Noble X


    Amp/Dac:

    DNA Sonett 2
    EC Black Widow 2
    Vali 2
    Gumby
    Fulla 2
    Cowon PD
    DX90

    Eitr

    Sierra-1 speakers

    Signature

    Eitr -> Gumby -> Sonett 2 / Black Widow -> 650/800S