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Torq

Prob should liquidate and live on a sailboat, Male, from Seattle, WA

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Denafrips Ares write-up complete: https://goo.gl/TG82i1 Aug 19, 2017 at 10:00 AM

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    1. Torq
      Torq
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    2. Torq
      Torq
      Ares review/impressions will be later this weekend/Monday. Writing when I'm cranky does no one any favors.
      1. Ringingears
        Ringingears
        I agree. I was cranky when I posted my impressions of the M1060. I'll try again when I am in the mood.
        Aug 18, 2017 at 5:41 PM
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    3. TwoEars
      TwoEars
      Anyone who considers liquidating and living on a sailboat is all right in my book. Just wanted to get that off my chest.
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    4. Torq
      Torq
      Can't find specs anywhere, but if this AudioFuse thing isn't using AKM chipsets on both AD and DA sides I'll eat ... well ... not my hat.
    5. Torq
      Torq
      Halfway through a major post and one realizes that, well, I just don't care anymore.
      1. Lasollor, Luckbad and Scott Kramer like this.
      2. Scott Kramer
        Scott Kramer
        Where's my dislike button? ;)
        Aug 18, 2017 at 4:45 PM
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      3. Luckbad
        Luckbad
        Maybe worth just doing a concise review. You don't owe us thousands of words or, frankly, anything.
        Aug 18, 2017 at 4:55 PM
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      4. Torq
        Torq
        Oh, it's not about writing a proper review.

        I'm just tired of endless, ill-informed, hype-cycles and the resultant nonsense when it can't be sustained. This does no one any good ... not customers and not vendors/manufacturers.

        I don't have "golden ears" ... but I'm still increasingly of the opinion that half of what I read, at least on other sites, is posted by people that are, and I mean this, clinically deaf.
        Aug 18, 2017 at 5:25 PM
        dmckean44, jayeshrc, a44100Hz and 3 others like this.
    6. Torq
      Torq
      Auditioning DACs is *much* easier (and more fun) than the resultant review/write-up process ...
      1. bengo
        bengo
        You should try @Hands style photo review, for the bad stuff at least :D
        Aug 18, 2017 at 2:34 PM
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      2. Torq
        Torq
        If I ever have another experience like that I had with the S19, then I'm sending someone a bill ...

        And I might need $12M for my sprained ears ...
        Aug 18, 2017 at 2:48 PM
      3. msommers
        msommers
        I always look forward to reading your reviews on dacs. Just a no-bullshit approach that's enjoyable!
        Aug 18, 2017 at 4:04 PM
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    7. bixby
      bixby
      Or just not as experienced. Lots of stuff out there to hear. The more you hear, rather than read, the more knowledge you gain.
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      3. Melvillian
        Melvillian
        If they lack the experience, then they should have some humility and accept it. The problem is that they dont know or don't care, and that leads to creating hype for crap that ends up costing people a lot of money. I don't get how they can live with that.
        Aug 18, 2017 at 12:31 PM
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      4. GanGreinke
        GanGreinke
        My dad's favorite phrase seems to fit perfectly here: people don't know what they don't know. I feel like someone with a wealth of knowledge and experience often understands well what he or she knows and also how much more there is to learn, while someone who has a little bit of experience often thinks he or she has it all figured out.
        Aug 18, 2017 at 1:28 PM
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      5. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Duning and Krugger.

        And I say that as a guy who is top class at spelling names. First rate. *Never* been known to make a mistake.
        Aug 19, 2017 at 1:11 PM
    8. Torq
      Torq
      The more gear I review, and the more I read impressions on other sites, the more I'm convinced that "they" are just deafies. Or delusional.
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    9. Torq
      Torq
      Denafrips Ares formal listening begins.
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    10. Torq
      Torq
      Quite impressed with the AudioFuse. Ton of functionality/connectivity in a box taking less space than a Scarlett 2i2 - sounds decent too.
      1. Torq
        Torq
        (Just something I'm playing around with while I give the Ares and Pontus my standard 72-hour warm-up period).
        Aug 14, 2017 at 8:26 PM
      2. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Even includes phono preamp!

        This is the sort of thing that makes me wish I still made odd noises into a microphone ...or even digitised LPs.
        Aug 15, 2017 at 8:52 AM
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      3. Torq
        Torq
        It's very feature rich. The compactness is appreciated. It's a shade warmer than some interfaces I've used. Wouldn't be surprised to find an AKM AD/DA chipset in the thing. Will be interested to use it for some basic measurement tests and compare it against a 2i2 and the ADI-2 Pro.
        Aug 15, 2017 at 10:48 AM
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    11. Torq
      Torq
      Not sure where to put threads on things like the AudioFuse (if there's interest) and RME ADI-2 Pro ... since they're ADCs + DACs + HPA etc.
      1. insidious meme
      2. insidious meme
        insidious meme
        The Audiofuse would interest me as a usb audio interface if the windows drivers were more advanced.
        Aug 13, 2017
      3. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        @insidious meme
        Haha... the only thing I look for is works with Linux :). And it is there.

        But is there any problem with the Windows drivers?
        Aug 15, 2017 at 11:07 AM
    12. Torq
      Torq
      Arturia AudioFuse just landed. RME ADI-2 Pro also on its way. Going to be a very busy few weeks ... (Ares & Pontus are still up next).
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    13. Torq
      Torq
      Denafrips Ares & Pontus in hand.
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      2. Grahad2
        Grahad2
        Planning a SoC style or more final impressions dump style?
        Aug 13, 2017
      3. Torq
        Torq
        My initial plan is to just do them as the "final review" entries for "Life after Yggdrasil". The SoC I did for the Soekris was partly because it's a DAC/amp and partly because there was a short-term discount available that I wanted to get impressions out ahead of.
        Aug 13, 2017
    14. Torq
      Torq
      Abyss AB-1266 vs. Abyss AB-1266 Phi direct, side-by-side, comparison coming in the next few days ...
      1. Torq
        Torq
        ... would be rude to do the upgrade without actually hearing the new units next to my originals.
        Aug 11, 2017
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    15. Torq
      Torq
      Someone sell me something GOOD (and, preferably, interesting) ...
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      2. Luckbad
        Luckbad
        At some point I'll probably send you an MHDT DAC to try out but I ain't currently sellin' it.
        Aug 8, 2017
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      3. Torq
        Torq
        I had a Stockholm V2 for a while. In fact you sold me a set of nice tubes for it (which I think was my first Head-Fi trade). I like their stuff.
        Aug 8, 2017
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      4. Luckbad
        Luckbad
        That explains why I knew your name. About 1.5 years ago you bought a bunch o' tubes!
        Aug 8, 2017
    16. Torq
      Torq
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    17. Torq
      Torq
      Can hear the Blue Angels. Can't SEE them. Bloody smoke.
      1. Pilsnerpunk
        Pilsnerpunk
        The smoke is becoming a driving hazard. Air quality health index was 18 out of 10 here yesterday.
        Aug 3, 2017
    18. Torq
      Torq
      Tempting things ... Arturia AudioFuse, RME ADI-2 Pro, SR-009/7, KEF LS50 (W), EC Studio ...
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      2. bengo
        bengo
        @Torq I assumed from "tempting" you found a keenly priced Studio :) Maybe some other Friend could loan you one...
        Aug 7, 2017
      3. Torq
        Torq
        Nope, more just me wittering on things that I'm tempted to buy "just because". The lead time and/or logistics involved for some of them mean that they'll conflict with my impatience and won't ever happen. Other's just have to be in stock at the point I'm paying attention, can have it next-day, and that both those coincide with me being available to do anything with it when it does arrive.
        Aug 7, 2017
      4. bengo
        bengo
        ... and I thought I had a problem with my "impulse buy threshold" ;)

        @Marvey, we need an AA sub-forum
        Aug 7, 2017
    19. Torq
      Torq
      20 ft "protester" dinghy (either "Greenpeace" or some "Pro Disarmament" wussies) vs. ~$2BN warship ... Seafair is so much fun.
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      3. Torq
        Torq
        Even just watching it, it's quite comical. But there is no scenario in which there's a BFW in port and I'm harassing it on a 20 foot plastic-coated plywood "boat" no matter what my beliefs or motivations were!
        Aug 2, 2017
      4. Torq
        Torq
        Not that you can see shit right now, with all the smoke from the wild fires.
        Aug 2, 2017
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      5. jowls
        jowls
        Aug 2, 2017
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    20. mscott58
      mscott58
      Have to admit, I'm having a hard time adjusting to your new avatar. Was so used to seeing the cat!!!
      1. Torq
        Torq
        New one is temporary ... just embracing my new title (shot is coming into Roche Harbor on Sunday morning).
        Aug 2, 2017
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      2. mscott58
        mscott58
        Embrace it for sure! Very cool pic
        Aug 2, 2017
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    Gender:
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    Location:
    Seattle, WA
    Gear List:
    Headphones:

    Abyss AB-1266, Focal Utopia, Audeze LCD-4, Sennheiser HD800S, Audeze LCD-2.2c, Sennheiser HD650

    IEMs (etc):

    Empire Ears Zeus XR (ADEL), Shure SE846, Etymotic ER4-S, Bose QC20i

    Wireless:

    Sony MDR-1000X, Jaybird BlueBuds X


    Headphone Amps:

    Woo Audio WA5LE Mk2 (w/ parts upgrade) [Takatsuki 300B/274B, Sylvania 6SN7GT], Schiit Ragnarok, iFi Audio Pro iCAN

    Sources:

    Linn Akurate DSM/1, Schiit Yggdrasil, Schiit Gungnir MB, Holo Audio Spring DAC (L3/KTE), Meridian Explorer 2, AudioQuest Dragonfly Red, Sony NW-WM1Z

    Streamers/Audio Interfaces:

    Auralic Aries, Sonore Sonicorbiter SE, Raspberry Pi w/ Digi+

    Speaker & Vinyl Rig:

    Linn Akurate DSM/1, Project RPM 9.2 Evo w/ Dynavector 10x5, Linn Exakt Akudorik speakers, JL-Audio Dominion D108

    Office Turntable:

    Rega Planar 3 (2016)/Elys 2

    Cables/Power:

    AudioQuest Colorado, Synergistic Research Alpha Sterling, Maze Audio Ref4 Carbon Alloy AC Power Cord (10 Ga/Furutech), Emotiva CMX-2, Furutech E-TP60 Audiophile Power Distribution Block, Akiko Mk2 AC Tuning Stick*

    Retired & Sold (but familiar with for reference):

    Linn Akurate DS/1, Linn Akurate Kontrol/1, Linn Majik Isobarik (Aktiv), Linn Akurate 4200, Peachtree iDecco, Meridian 506.20, Schiit Bifrost "4490", Schiit Bifrost MB, Schiit Modi MB, MHDT Stockholm 2, ALO Audio International+ Optical Edition, RSA Intruder, Schiit Lyr, Schiit Lyr 2, Schiit Vali 2, Schiit Jotunheim (w/ phono board), Schiit Saga, Woo Audio WA6, iFi Audio Micro iDSD Black Label, LH Labs GOV2+ Infinity, Chord Mojo, AK120, HiFiMAN HE-500, AKG Q701, AKG K7XX, Etymotic ER-6, Etymotic HF-2, Fostex TH-X00 Purpleheart, HeadRoom Supreme, HeadRoom AirHead, Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 - Circumnaural, Focusrite RedNet 3, Focusrite RedNet D16AES, Sony WM1A, FiiO X5 (3rd gen), Empire Ears Zeus R (non ADEL)