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    1. Pyruvate
      Pyruvate
      In remission from upgradeitis; feels damn liberating. Wish I could say the wallet is happier, except I keep buying physical media now.
      1. FlySweep, Merrick, Cryptowolf and 3 others like this.
      2. pedalhead
        pedalhead
        Surely the ultimate end game...money only spent on the music. Well, until you have ALL the music, but that may take some time.
        Feb 22, 2017
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      3. Pyruvate
        Pyruvate
        CD lots on eBay and online vinyl deals are totally eating me alive right now, halp!
        Feb 22, 2017
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    2. Pyruvate
      Pyruvate
      LOL. HFM has just reported that the Shangri-La, the "pinnacle of headphone technology", was stolen this morning at CES.
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      2. brencho
        brencho
        Can't get the image of @No_One411 in a bikini out of my head.......
        Jan 6, 2017
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      3. knerian
        knerian
        Jan 6, 2017
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      4. brencho
        brencho
        Dammit now what am I gonna do with this semi, thanks @knerian
        Jan 6, 2017
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    3. Pyruvate
      Pyruvate
      Finally got the Ascend Sierra1's hooked up! Thanks @RKML0007 for the amazing opportunity, they sound phenomenal!!
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      2. RKML0007
        RKML0007
        It was my pleasure... enjoy my friend!
        Jan 2, 2017
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    4. Pyruvate
      Pyruvate
      Threw together a cheap open baffle using old bookshelf speaker drivers. Sounds unreal, can't wait to get real FR drivers and big woofers.
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      3. Pyruvate
        Pyruvate
        Any recommendations regarding drivers for a beginner's build? Trying to be as cheap as possible so I can get a feel for this before committing to pricier parts.
        Dec 20, 2016
      4. Pyruvate
        Dec 20, 2016
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      5. Serious
        Serious
        Holy hell, 1.54 Qts on that woofer. Efficiency is very low so I would try to get at least two woofers per speaker.
        Dec 20, 2016
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    5. Pyruvate
      Pyruvate
      After two long weeks away from home, I'm finally coming back. Can't wait to fire up the rig for a well-deserved listen.
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    6. Pyruvate
      Pyruvate
      Splendid day; reunited with an old flame, the Mad Dog 3.2, and using it to listen to an Amy Winehouse LP. How does it sound? Delicious.
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      3. Pyruvate
        Pyruvate
        Nothing wrong with that, the MDPro is an exceptional closed can and you would have to spend a lot more to do a lot better. And yeah, both the alphas were uninspiring. Haha.
        Oct 26, 2016
      4. aufmerksam
        aufmerksam
        CAUTION: if an old flame puts out right away after you reunite, make sure it doesn't have serious debt problems or a crazy recent ex. It sounds like you have a good handle on things, but old flames can still burn.
        Oct 27, 2016
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      5. Pyruvate
        Pyruvate
        Thanks @aufmerksam for the wisdom. I'm trusting Dan enough that these don't randomly blowup on my head.
        Oct 27, 2016
    7. Pyruvate
      Pyruvate
      Amazing gains from replacing the AV receiver with a power amp. Freaking comical seeing the SYS being used as a preamp for this beast!
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      2. sphinxvc
        sphinxvc
        Sep 17, 2016
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      3. Pyruvate
        Pyruvate
        For a sec I thought you were dissing on my SYS, then I saw the pic and it all made sense! I don't have any other experiences with other pres, but this little fella works great; hardly any channel imbalances, no distortion. I'm sure I'll learn to appreciate it even more if I ever listen to other pres.
        Sep 17, 2016
      4. sphinxvc
        sphinxvc
        Damn right. I prefer it to the Rag and Valhalla 2 for pre duty. Only thing I would prefer is a bit more play on the dial, but then again it is $50. =P Having tried a couple of different power amps with it, I think it's more transparent than those other two I mentioned.
        Sep 17, 2016
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    8. Pyruvate
      Pyruvate
      Finally back home with the speakers. Anyone who hasn't tried their multibit DAC on a 2 channel rig is seriously missing out.
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      3. Pyruvate
        Pyruvate
        @spwath I've been following Jason's posts on both HF and SBAF like a hawk. He mentioned that it'll be over $500. I have no doubt that it'll punch well above whatever they price it at. That isn't to say there'll be cheaper options in the future. Needless to say, the 2 channel world is well overdue for a good shakeup.
        Sep 5, 2016
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      4. Merrick
        Merrick
        I'm not going to buy a power amp until I have a chance to see/hear what Schiit does, unless I get some ridiculous deal.
        Sep 5, 2016
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      5. insidious meme
        insidious meme
        I have an AV receiver (harman kardon AVR5) pushing a pair of Paradigm Mini Monitors. I have an RCA switch box that switches between the Black Widow and AVR5 coming from the Gumby.
        Sep 5, 2016
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    9. Pyruvate
      Pyruvate
      I left my girl alone for a couple minutes to demo my gear. I come back to her watching YouTube documentaries. U WOT M8
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      2. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        So how many cat videos did she watch?
        Aug 20, 2016
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      3. Huxleigh
        Huxleigh
        Depressingly similar to my own past experience, man. Ladies do not much enjoy this thing we do. But to be fair, neither do many guys.
        Aug 21, 2016
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    10. Pyruvate
      Pyruvate
      F$&K. I'm not getting any work done. I hate how everything sounds amazing. I hate how I own this work of art. I friggin' hate you Mimby.
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      2. Huxleigh
        Huxleigh
        He he he... da Bimby's even bettah. ;P
        Aug 20, 2016
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      3. Pyruvate
        Pyruvate
        @Huxleigh lol had to say bye to frosty because: 1) no more temptations to upgrade, 2) Mimby being at least 90% there, at a fraction of the cost, and most importantly, 3) saving up for Gumby (the real goal)
        Aug 20, 2016
      4. Pyruvate
        Pyruvate
        I also had the Bimby on loan when it first came out and after one day with the Mimby... Zero regrets :)
        Aug 20, 2016
    11. Pyruvate
      Pyruvate
      Wyrd/Modi/Vali proves to be the last one standing again... saving for new schiit. Mm Mimby? Secret product? Speaker amp? Manhattan Project?
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      2. swamp
        swamp
        What did you test them against?
        Aug 15, 2016
      3. Pyruvate
        Pyruvate
        haha, let's see. I've sold the Asgard 2, Bifrost 4490, Bottlehead Mainline. The Modi Vali is what I always go back to, it's the girl next door who always makes you feel at home. Don't get me wrong, the higher end stuff wins in excitement and sounds phenomenal, but performance:price ratio doesn't come close to the Modi Vali.
        Aug 15, 2016
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      4. Pyruvate
        Pyruvate
        Yes, it's diminishing returns, but it's nice to see that the "budget stuff" can still kick some serious ass. I'm not one to hoard gear, so I like to free up equipment before I make purchases. And I'm all about value, getting the most bang for my buck. Right now, the Modi is simply killing it on some speakers, and I'm second guessing myself about buying a Mimby.
        Aug 15, 2016
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    12. Pyruvate
      Pyruvate
      Thanks @OJneg for spoiling me this weekend. Both the BH Reduction loaner and modded TC750 arrived today! Ahhh
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    13. Pyruvate
      Pyruvate
      Currently grooving to Steely Dan. Old timers and/or fans, any recommendations as to what I should listen to next?
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      2. Merrick
        Merrick
        To me, Katy Lied, The Royal Scam, and Aja are the pinnacle of their work. Countdown to Ecstasy and Two Against Nature are also superb. Pretzel Logic and Gaucho are both very good but a little uneven. Their debut album, Can't Buy A Thrill, isn't worth your time outside of the single "Do It Again" which can be heard easily by turning on virtually any classic rock station.
        Jun 23, 2016
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      3. Pyruvate
        Pyruvate
        Thanks @Merrick! Any artists/groups that you'd recommend that sound similar?
        Jun 24, 2016
      4. Merrick
        Merrick
        Steely Dan are pretty unique. Maybe you'd enjoy some jazz fusion records if you like their stuff. Check out Headhunters by Herbie Hancock and see if you dig that.
        Jun 24, 2016
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    14. Pyruvate
      Pyruvate
      Got a taste of endgame feels at ampandsound via a VPI. Nowhere near that right now, but good knowing I'm in the right direction!
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    15. liamstrain
      liamstrain
      Not that I'm too worried, but I am curious - what about my vinyl post earned the dislike?
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      2. liamstrain
        liamstrain
        Hah! thanks. I had hoped it was a mistake. :D
        Jun 1, 2016
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      3. PoochZag
        PoochZag
        Lol @Pyruvate I did that once and then immediately lost service, was panicking until I was able to correct it. Also, just fyi @liamstrain this is a public profile post to Pyruvate, private messages are called "conversations" for whatever reason
        Jun 1, 2016
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      4. liamstrain
        liamstrain
        @PoochZag - ah! thank you... still getting used to this forum.
        Jun 1, 2016
    16. Pyruvate
      Pyruvate
      1. brencho
        brencho
        looks like it's an auction now with ~6d remaining
        May 30, 2016
      2. Pyruvate
        Pyruvate
        Ah it's gone. He had a special condition where he was willing to let it go for $1100.
        May 30, 2016
    17. Pyruvate
      Pyruvate
      Just lost my vinyl-virginity. I'm in the damn rabbit hole now.
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      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        Details, man!
        May 10, 2016
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      4. Pyruvate
        Pyruvate
        @Merrick, I'll write some quick impressions in a bit! Thank you for giving me the final push!
        May 10, 2016
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      5. Merrick
        Merrick
        Looking forward to it! Enjoy!
        May 10, 2016
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    18. Pyruvate
      Pyruvate
      Never thought I'd say this, but really considering going full analog. Thanks guys. brb researching.
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    19. Pyruvate
      Pyruvate
      Finally made the leap into speaker world. Why didn't I do this sooner?! Special thanks to the 650 for paving the way.
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      3. Pyruvate
        Pyruvate
        ELAC B6s coming tomorrow. Will be driving them with an old Sony receiver with my friend's Theta Progeny as the DAC. Thought it would be a good start and I'll be waiting for Schiit's upcoming speaker amp.

        I spent most of the weekend rearranging a room to optimize speaker placement. Amazing what an old pair of Sony speakers can sound like when positioned correctly. Can't wait for the new speakers tomorrow.
        Apr 17, 2016
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      4. Mikoss
        Mikoss
        Awesome... excited for you! I find it to be a different experience... but ultimately very rewarding. Hope you have many enjoyable sessions with them.
        Apr 17, 2016
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      5. Merrick
        Merrick
        I'm hearing amazing things out of Axpona about the ELAC UB5, $499 a pair. That may be my next purchase.
        Apr 19, 2016
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    20. Pyruvate
      Pyruvate
      brb purging my HF subs + unsubbing from r/headphones; I'm in a good place right now, and other interests in my life need exploring.
      1. Eric_C
        Eric_C
        Welcome to the club, brother.
        Feb 28, 2016
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        Feb 29, 2016
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    Occupation:
    budget audiophile
    Gear List:
    Sources:
    analog - Ortofon OM5e cart > U-Turn Orbit Plus TT > modded TC-750 phono

    digital - PC / Toshiba DVD player > Mimby

    2 channel setup:
    > Parasound P/LD-1100 preamp > Parasound HCA-1000a power amp > Ascend Acoustics Sierra-1

    Headphone setup:
    > Parasound P/LD-1100 > modded HD650