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WM1Z + Zeus XRA + Distiller's Edition Talisker + Depeche Mode + Seattle Sun/view over Elliot Bay = Nothing Productive is Getting Done today. May 25, 2017 at 6:27 PM

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    1. Torq
      Torq
      WM1Z + Zeus XRA + Distiller's Edition Talisker + Depeche Mode + Seattle Sun/view over Elliot Bay = Nothing Productive is Getting Done today.
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    2. Torq
      Torq
      Writing up my 4-way Schiit Multi-Bit DAC comparo. Finding I'd much rather listen to music than write about listening to music ...
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    3. Torq
      Torq
      Head says, "W900". Heart says, "tia Fourté". Ears say, "A18 Tzar". Wallet says, "Oh, fuck off!"
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      2. DigMe
        DigMe
        And now you're talking out of your ass.
        May 17, 2017
      3. DigMe
        DigMe
        BTW - that comment was totally tongue-in-cheek.. just to be clear. :)
        May 18, 2017
    4. Torq
      Torq
      Quick, initial impressions with FiiO X5iii w/ CA Andromeda: http://goo.gl/QdMWvN (will be more to come).
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    5. Torq
      Torq
    6. Torq
      Torq
      Initial thoughts on the tia Fourté are immediately impressive, which is not always a good thing in the long run ... more listening to do ...
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      2. Cellist88
        Cellist88
        when I heard them I really liked it....its just a shame its 3.5k for an iem....thought it sounded diferrent than the conventional DD/100 driver BA IEM, which I think is a win
        May 9, 2017
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    7. Torq
      Torq
      Always funny watching a shill get exposed. Especially when they start trying to justify their behavior (and explains some of their prior).
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      2. Kattefjaes
        Kattefjaes
        The thing is, the HF front page "reviews" are entirely dependent upon the shill economy. Is anyone really surprised?
        May 4, 2017
      3. landroni
        landroni
        When you're inside the echo-chamber, it may be hard to become aware of these things...
        May 4, 2017
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        May 4, 2017
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    8. Miguelito
      Miguelito
      Hello Torq, hope all is well,

      I sold my VEGA DAC and ham looking into the >HOLO SPRING Level3 or the T+A DAC8 DSD, have you hear the T+A?

      I am very interested on how do they compare in NOS mode (PCM & DSD) and upsampled in HQP (PCM & DSD)

      Thanks and kind regards

      Miguelito
      1. Torq
        Torq
        The thread here: http://goo.gl/7g40SL will let you see what I've auditioned. The 2nd post is what's been done, the third what's coming.
        Apr 28, 2017
    9. Torq
      Torq
      Finding that the WM1Z/Zeus R combination has me listening to entire albums more than not. Typically that's a vinyl/speaker thing for me.
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      3. Changeling
        Changeling
        What about the wireless Sony? Is that any good?
        Apr 28, 2017
      4. Torq
        Torq
        I like the MDR-1000X, but it's not my choice for travel - which is more about size than anything else. They'll give you better noise reduction (partly mechanical, partly the electronics) than the QC20i (which really just sort of rest in the ears and don't "seal" as such), but not enough for me to want to actually carry them on a flight.
        Apr 28, 2017
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      5. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        I'm *never* going to jump on the DAP train.

        Oh wait, I did already, back in about 2002 or 3. A Cowon thingy the size of half a brick. Expensive for back then. And yes, it did sound good too, but, in those days, phones sounded like *phones.*
        Apr 29, 2017
    10. Torq
      Torq
      For those of you that have yet to be seduced by the miracle that is DSD ... you're missing out on gems like this: http://goo.gl/39bnQ7
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      3. landroni
        landroni
        @DigMe Yup, you wouldn't want to realize the affects of lifelike recorders when they effect you...
        Apr 28, 2017
      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        I loved my recorder. Never learned to play it properly, but could mess around and learn tunes painstakingly working it out note by note. No musician, but I hope my tone was ok. I think it was.
        Apr 29, 2017
      5. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        ...
        School recorder bands, on the other hand... Actually, all they need to do is tune the damn things. Why do they *never* do that? At least, it would be a start.

        Serious recorder music is a different world. I'm almost tempted to get a DSD DAC!
        Apr 29, 2017
    11. Torq
      Torq
      A little Scotch, the Oxygene trilogy, a stunning view of Elliot Bay. Just going to sit until, well, the music stops or the glass is empty.
      1. Wilson
        Wilson
        Life can be a beautiful thing. Enjoy your evening!
        Apr 26, 2017
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    12. Torq
      Torq
      "44kHz recordings mastered to 48kHz/24bit" ... what the ... and more to the point WHY? (HD Tracks, Jarre, Electronica 1)
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      3. cizx.6
        cizx.6
        I agree. HDTracks should just rebrand as LosslessTracks and stop the bullshit marketing and digitally manipulating the music and customers.
        Apr 24, 2017
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      4. Azteca
        Azteca
        Properly done resampling (especially when upward) should really not effect things too much but it is dumb. Just give the source. I wonder if they made the 24/48 for a DVD-Audio release.
        Apr 24, 2017
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      5. Torq
        Torq
        Hard to say, but it's not going to improve anything either ... nor is it anything that I can't do myself if I want it, so I'd rather they leave it alone.

        As ever, when this shit crops up, I just order the CDs, rip them, bitch while doing it (which is more about having to store more physical crap), and then move on ... ;)
        Apr 24, 2017
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    13. Torq
      Torq
      Bleh ... "work" means no trip to 64 Audio today ...
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      2. zachchen1996
        zachchen1996
        U18 Tzar is probably out of the running for me because I'm a semi basshead and listen to way too much electronic music relative to other genres haha. I think Jack Vang of Empire Ears might be working on prototypes for a new flagship so that might be something to keep in mind as well.
        Apr 21, 2017
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      3. Torq
        Torq
        I hear ya! I wouldn't call myself a basshead (semi or otherwise) but there's something about the way the W900 does the lower registers that is just fantastic.

        My natural impatience means that I can barely deal with waiting for stuff that IS shipping ... let alone something that might be coming ... so the EE stuff will have to wait!
        Apr 21, 2017
      4. zachchen1996
        zachchen1996
        LOL I'm also an exceedingly impatient person! xD That's a huge reason why I just can't deal with CIEMs anymore, too long of a process and waiting time for reshelling / refits = big no no. I'm so glad there are so many totl universals to choose from these days.
        Apr 21, 2017
    14. Torq
      Torq
      Funny when changes in my regard for any given DAC seems to get a certain group all worked up (2 guesses which; you'll only need 1). IJARAWAO
    15. Torq
      Torq
      Phi upgrade: 14 weeks out. W900: 8 weeks out. A18/Tia: 4 weeks out. Nice glass of Scotch: 4 hours out.
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      2. jowls
        jowls
        W900 is totally worth it. I will be interested to hear your thoughts v. Tia.
        Apr 19, 2017
      3. mrweirdude
        mrweirdude
        Ima guessing the W900 HF loaner was that good for you to buy them off of that huh...
        Apr 19, 2017
      4. Torq
        Torq
        They're pretty impressive. Waiting until after I hear the A18/Tia tomorrow though, since it's going to be an 8-week wait once I order. Entirely possible I'll buy both.
        Apr 20, 2017
    16. Torq
      Torq
      Patience is so not my thing. I wonder if Amazon can ship me some same-day ...
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      3. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        @Kattefjaes --- "That's how the site works"

        Could have a whole conversation about Massdrop.

        But, in this instance, I am talking about the time from *despatch* to delivery; not the time from an order placed before the drop closes. And I'm making allowances for overseas, India, customs, stuff...
        Apr 18, 2017
      4. Kattefjaes
        Kattefjaes
        Oh don't get me started- my first order (the oh-so-pretty HD6xx) went fine, except the UK leg used Yodel, who lost the package for about a week, until I started going social media nuclear on their asses- and then it became mysteriously "unlost".

        Can't blame Massdrop for that bit, mind- most carriers seem to bite the wax-fattened tadpole. At least they used better carriers for the Noble-X.
        Apr 18, 2017
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      5. zerodeefex
        zerodeefex
        Apr 18, 2017
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    17. Torq
      Torq
      Looking like I'll have the AAW W900 and W500 IEMs on hand to play with starting tomorrow.
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      2. TRex
        TRex
        I wish you had access to Andros.
        Apr 13, 2017
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      3. Torq
        Torq
        At some point, they'll show up in stock, or I'll find a suitable used set, and I'll grab a pair.
        Apr 13, 2017
      4. jowls
        jowls
        Nice. W900 surplanted Andromeda for me.
        Apr 14, 2017
    18. Torq
      Torq
      I am not looking forward to my upcoming serious-listening sessions with the fully warmed-up Audio-GD Singularity 19 ... ("I don't wanna!").
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      3. Torq
        Torq
        I could skip it ... but not skipping it is mostly about "doing it properly" so if/when the fanboys get all upset, the methodology and consideration has been consistent.
        Apr 13, 2017
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      4. Marvey
        Marvey
        The fanboys will find something else wrong with your methodology. Then AGD will release Singularity 19.14159265
        Apr 13, 2017
      5. landroni
        landroni
        I still hope the S19 will make it to the loaner. We should have it proudly displayed at the museum, right next to a Mimby as excellent examples of how not to, and how to do things...
        Apr 13, 2017
    19. atomicbob
      atomicbob
      Let me know when you think I should schedule time for the S19 measurements.
      1. Torq
        Torq
        I expect to be done with the S19 by EOD Friday. Might be possible to drop it off this weekend, but certainly no later than Monday.
        Apr 12, 2017
      2. atomicbob
        atomicbob
        sounds good. Sun or Mon. Sat family will be celebrating multiple birthdays at our place.
        Apr 12, 2017
      3. Torq
        Torq
        Let's plan on Monday then, as I'll be tied up with family on Sunday!
        Apr 13, 2017
    20. Torq
      Torq
      Gungnir MB landed ... which completes the set ...
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      2. atomicbob
        atomicbob
        Welcome to the complete Schiit MB club.
        Apr 12, 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) & 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