Torq
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Torq

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Things I am in the mood to buy do not seem to be for sale ... Jul 22, 2017 at 10:01 PM

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    1. Torq
      Torq
      Things I am in the mood to buy do not seem to be for sale ...
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      2. insidious meme
        insidious meme
        Tough to find anyone that carries blue colored blow up dolls.
        Jul 23, 2017 at 5:28 AM
        DigMe likes this.
      3. DigMe
        DigMe
        Jul 23, 2017 at 6:54 AM
      4. insidious meme
        insidious meme
        Probably because someone didn't pay their site registration fee.
        Jul 23, 2017 at 7:30 AM
    2. Torq
      Torq
      1. brencho likes this.
    3. Torq
      Torq
      Ditch the nervosa, save the questions, if you're using USB just buy Eitr or the USB Gen 5 board ...
      1. Kattefjaes
        Kattefjaes
        Wait. what about the Dickbutt Pro Music Plus Extreme 5000? I heard that if I chain that with antique carriage clocks and the blood of a highwayman, my USB will sound NEXT LEVEL, it's NIGHT AND DAY.
        Jul 18, 2017
    4. Torq
      Torq
      ZMF woodwork on a Decware Taboo IV ... now that's rather tempting ... and would probably prompt me to pull the trigger on some Eikon's ...
      1. Mshenay likes this.
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      3. zonto
        zonto
        I'd demo the Eikons first if you haven't. Not my cup of tea, despite being the best closed headphone I've heard.
        Jul 14, 2017
      4. FlySweep
        FlySweep
        @zonto how was it off the TIII?
        Jul 14, 2017
      5. zonto
        zonto
        @FlySweep My only other amp is in my Peachtree integrated, so the T3 was a much better match. I just didn't love the sound of the Eikon myself, though I preferred it to Atticus. I'd take HD600 over either for overall SQ. Will post impressions to the thread at some point.
        Jul 14, 2017
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    5. Torq
      Torq
      Between the bastard who's UPS won't stop screaming, and the office AC not being on yet, I might yet make the 11:00 news today ...
      1. atomicbob, Scott Kramer, Dino and 2 others like this.
      2. Vansen
        Vansen
        I hate UPS at people's desk. As the person who manages the IT infrastructure for my facility, I removed them from everything except the MDF/ IDF infrastructure shortly after I started.
        Jul 10, 2017
        DigMe likes this.
      3. atomicbob
        atomicbob
        I prefer UPS with ability to shut off audibles and controlled self shut down options. Imagine the joy of DAC and DDC hot transports with UPS constantly alarming, as an example.
        Jul 10, 2017
    6. Torq
      Torq
      Contemplating giving electrostatic cans another try with the iFi Pro iESL ...
      1. pedalhead likes this.
      2. pedalhead
        pedalhead
        MrSpeakers electrostatic is looking & sounding rather promising.
        Jul 9, 2017
    7. Torq
      Torq
      Inconsistencies in Friend/Contributor and Friend+Contributor tags are irritating my OCD.
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      3. Torq
        Torq
        It's not about me, or my status. It's a pattern recognition/OCD thing. The inconsistency irritates me. Fuck it, never mind.
        Jun 29, 2017
      4. a44100Hz
        a44100Hz
        Lol, I get it. That pattern recognition is part of what makes you a good reviewer.
        Jun 29, 2017
      5. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        All those flags are too big and too bright. Need to be more subtle.
        Jun 30, 2017
        Mshenay and landroni like this.
    8. Torq
      Torq
      Pending rants: "Shift-Key Mastery: A Practical Guide to Capitalization" & "Applied Carriage Returns: An Illustrated Guide to Paragraphing".
      1. landroni, Garns, atomicbob and 7 others like this.
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      3. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        @atomicbob, Carriage returns as in...

        *Ding* ... reach out left hand, push lever to right as far as it goes, carry on typing.

        And two spaces after a, ahem, full stop. That takes me back to those days of manual typewriters. I'd completely forgotten about it!
        Jun 16, 2017
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      4. ButtUglyJeff
        ButtUglyJeff
        Did anybody here take a typing class in high school, so you could be in a room full of girls..... errrrrr, improve your typing skills?
        Jun 16, 2017
        Cryptowolf, Thad E Ginathom and Dino like this.
      5. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        I started to type pretty-much as soon as I could read and write, so my fingers have known their way, roughly, around a keyboard since I was six or younger. I did attempt touch typing, and unlearning the bad habits was impossible. So I used to take the machines apart in class.
        Jun 18, 2017
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    9. Torq
      Torq
      Someone sell me something fun ...
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      2. Torq
        Torq
        There's more than one?

        .45 ACP will do nicely.

        I might be a Brit, with Euro sensitivities, but we'll start the bidding at 230 gr and .45 cal. After that, maybe a .40 S&W, and then maybe .38 Super (for my race-gun).
        Jun 14, 2017
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      3. TeaWrex
        TeaWrex
        Jun 14, 2017
      4. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        @Torq You must have large displacement. Are you a diesel or a petrol V8?
        Jun 15, 2017
    10. Torq
      Torq
      For those that think I care what you run/spend ... you're misguided. But don't ask me questions you don't want my honest answer too ...
      1. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        Is that avatar your cat?
        Jun 15, 2017
    11. Torq
      Torq
      Spur-of-the-moment cruise + super-hot fiancé + sale @ Agent Provocateur means audio is ... wait ... audio what?
      1. mscott58, DigMe, Wilson and 1 other person like this.
    12. Big D Design
      Big D Design
      My other Big Reveal.... Weddings... Photography and Video... the whole banana for the client... even pictures in Frames for the Fireplace...
      4K Ultra Blu-Ray Discs.... And only Weddings for the Elite... The finest of Materials and the Best Layouts of Blu-Ray Ultra with Extras the Industry has ever seen....
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      2. DigMe
        DigMe
        Please don't offer your banana to clients.
        Jun 8, 2017
      3. brencho
        brencho
        bro i just called kanye and he says he doesn't know you
        Jun 8, 2017
      4. ButtUglyJeff
        ButtUglyJeff
        Finally a dislike button I can get behind...
        Jun 9, 2017
    13. Big D Design
      Big D Design
      Audio Alchemy DDP-1 with P5 Power Supply Upgrade. I bought from Wayne, the Owner of Audio Advisor. Sounds real good. I'm driving to Miami to get a Krell KSA-250 and having the Caps replaced. Ought to be a good amp. I have more cables in XLR being built by Morrow Audio in Reference 5 Level. And last but not least. I am moving up to 4 REL S3 Subs in my System with Martin Logan Montis with DSP chip Speakers.
    14. Torq
      Torq
      What happens if I push *this* button?
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      2. bengo
        bengo
        Jun 9, 2017
      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        Let's see what this so-called "button" does...
        Jun 9, 2017
      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        That button? BA's system goes down and everyone gets stuck at Heathrow.

        Please don't do it again!
        Jun 10, 2017
    15. Torq
      Torq
      Here we go again ...
      1. bazelio
        bazelio
        On our own. Going down the only road we've ever known. Like a drifter we were born to walk alone....
        Jun 7, 2017
    16. Torq
      Torq
      "The geese are in the road." - Repeat - "The GEESE are in the ROAD."
      1. Vansen, landroni and Dino like this.
      2. Torq
        Torq
        If you're wondering ... that was a call in Renton, WA via their 911 Dispatch. Apparently there are as many fuckwits in Renton as there are road-bound water-foul.
        Jun 2, 2017
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      3. Claritas
      4. Vansen
    17. Torq
      Torq
      Why do I suspect that the FCC only posts updates to their database/grants at 02:00 ...
      1. Dino
        Dino
        At one house I lived in, my preamp would pick up preaching on the phono from time to time. I figured it was from a radio broadcast or the Voice of God. I didn't think God would be asking me for money though.
        Jun 3, 2017
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      2. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Why? God's gotta buy cars, hifi, gold medallions, winches...

        Hasn't he?
        Jun 4, 2017
    18. Torq
      Torq
      I'm sorry, I'd love to, but I spent all my money on wine, women and amateur radio ...
      1. Dino
        Dino
        When I first saw this thought there may be a Big D style "Big Reveal" upcoming. I see from subsequent posts that is not the case.

        If I'm wrong, Big D has dibs on Bill O'Reilly. Glenn Beck is still up for grabs.
        Jun 3, 2017
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      2. landroni
        landroni
        @Dino Yeah, D's alt-universe can be funny when it's not grating. I love with these types what is being defined as "fake" and what is being presented as a reliable "yeah, I've read that!".
        Jun 3, 2017
        Wilson and Dino like this.
    19. Torq
      Torq
      Music off. Scanners on. Already an interesting, and busy, night in Seattle.
      1. JK47
        JK47
        What's goin' down in the Emerald City?
        Jun 1, 2017
    20. Torq
      Torq
      The sheer amount of incoherent, completely illogical, woo-woo, voodoo nonsense and outright, obvious, snake oil in this hobby staggers me.
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      2. zerodeefex
        zerodeefex
        Or that you can buy a used SOLAHD industrial power conditioner for like $300-400 that weighs 150lbs and outperforms audiophile conditioners with series mode surge protection that cost many many thousands of dollars?
        May 31, 2017
        Thad E Ginathom and Torq like this.
      3. Kattefjaes
        Kattefjaes
        I'm not sure if I hate the snake oil sellers, or the people who very seriously and self-importantly debate the impossible imaginary differences. The punters are often self-victimising, more or less.
        Jun 1, 2017
        Thad E Ginathom, Torq and Cryptowolf like this.
      4. Cryptowolf
        Cryptowolf
        As a college educated former scientist, nothing in audio gets me wound up faster than crystals placed in a room to improve sound. The continued existence of these "products" boggles my mind.
        Jun 1, 2017
        zonto and Torq like this.
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    Gender:
    Male
    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) & Zeus R (non 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, FiiO X5 (3rd gen)

    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