Torq
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Despite the *ridiculous* amounts of money here, Seattle is NOT a hot-bed of high-end-audio-officiancos ... Sep 29, 2017

    1. David De Lucena
      David De Lucena
      Man, what happened to Torq?
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      2. David De Lucena
        David De Lucena
        Well, that’s a lifestyle for sure
        Oct 1, 2017
      3. Dino
        Dino
        He'll be back. There is only so much sailing & beautiful fiance & lingerie & whatever that a guy can take before becoming bored.
        Oct 2, 2017
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      4. David De Lucena
        David De Lucena
        Oct 2, 2017
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    2. jowls
      jowls
      Retired?
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      2. jowls
        jowls
        DAC floozy* and master of the asterix**
        Sep 30, 2017
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      3. jowls
        jowls
        *or maybe gonzo
        Sep 30, 2017
      4. jowls
        jowls
        **we are all doing it now
        Sep 30, 2017
    3. Torq
      Torq
      Despite the *ridiculous* amounts of money here, Seattle is NOT a hot-bed of high-end-audio-officiancos ...
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      3. Ringingears
        Ringingears
        Maybe now. But it has always been a center for good music. And mostly good gear and cool salespeople. The $$$. Is more recent.
        Sep 29, 2017
      4. Dino
        Dino
        It makes me realize how niche the hobby is when I visit an area with the money, but little to nothing as far as good audio stores go.
        Sep 30, 2017
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      5. Ringingears
        Ringingears
        Sure isn't like even the 90's. I remember going on vacation and looking for the local audio shops. Even found a few deals on demo models. That's mostly gone now. Only place where I can still window shop nearby is the Bay Area.
        Sep 30, 2017
    4. Torq
      Torq
      And I thought I was confused *BEFORE* I started typing ...
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    5. Torq
      Torq
      "PulseLocker" has become something of a guilty pleasure. Not to mention a veritable cash-sink.
    6. Torq
      Torq
      In Seattle? Got an EC Studio, PSA-DSD (native, not a PWD that's been upgraded), DAVE or TOTL STAX rig you want to unload, ping me *now*.
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      2. Torq
        Torq
        If you have STAX cans to go with it, and can do it in the next 24 hours, locally, sure.
        Sep 29, 2017
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      3. jacq
        jacq
        Oh no, I’m letting my sr007 age heh.
        Sep 29, 2017
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      4. Torq
        Torq
        Fuckin' tease! ;)
        Sep 29, 2017
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    7. Torq
      Torq
      DENAFRIPS should hire @Auditor, and then call their next DAC the "FIASCO".
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      2. Luckbad
        Luckbad
        The knowledge of his meltdown is likely confined largely within these virtual walls. With the thread rename most people will never find it. I assume people here don't associate that doof with Denafrips.
        Sep 19, 2017
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      3. Dino
        Dino
        Or hire @Auditor to 'not post' anything.
        Sep 19, 2017
      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        The customer every company *dreads*
        Sep 20, 2017
    8. Torq
      Torq
      Last US house sold ... travel delays ended ... 48 hours to go!
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      2. bazelio
        bazelio
        Makes me think I should sell the last of my yachts. It's currently docked at Port de Saint-Tropez, but I might have my captain bring it out to Sausalito, CA. Once I marry the Dutchess of York, we'll just use hers when we travel to Marina di Capri on her learjet for weekend getaways anyhow.
        Sep 8, 2017
      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        Let them eat cake, you say?
        Sep 8, 2017
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      4. JK47
        Sep 8, 2017
    9. Torq
      Torq
      WA234, WA33 Elite, Viva Egoista or EC Studio + DNA Stellaris ...
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      2. bengo
        bengo
        What I read is Studio is on the leaner side while Stellaris is a bit more tooby, so might be a good combo. Folks here don't seem to love the WA234. Or hey you could get a Silver Stellaris if you are patient enough... you lucky bugger ;)
        Sep 7, 2017
      3. Torq
        Torq
        Ordered WA33 Elite, WA234, can get an Egoista via a friend, looking for a used Studio, and will have to pass on the Stellaris as the lead time is way too long to be included in a back-to-back audition.

        Should have units about the time I am settled from my travels ... around the end of the year.
        Sep 8, 2017
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      4. bengo
        bengo
        Life After Ragnarok: WA23ring The Amps?
        Sep 8, 2017
    10. Torq
      Torq
      Fucks to Give: DEPLETED
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      3. Torq
        Torq
        Not that I can do that (contrary to common opinion, based on numerous PMs) ... I'm not a moderator or admin), but I have enough self-restraint to make that unnecessary.

        Off on another trip in just a bit, and don't expect to be around for the next month, so it's moot anyway.
        Sep 5, 2017
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      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Fucks to give? About one or two individuals on the internet?

        The answer is... none. Just don't give a damn. And never let one or two idiots spoil a good thing.

        Have a good trip :)
        Sep 6, 2017
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      5. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Well, I just caught up with where you are coming from on this. Marvey's comment is great. And... Bring on the spontaneous combustion!

        Have a good trip :)
        Sep 6, 2017
    11. Torq
      Torq
      Spending some time "dead" for "tax purposes" ...
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      3. DigMe
        DigMe
        What does this mean? You are really staying out of the country for a while because it helps with US taxes somehow or what?
        Sep 5, 2017
      4. Torq
        Torq
        No, the "dead for tax purposes" is a HHGTTG reference, and just supposed to be humorous. I'm just doing some late, extended, vacationing and won't be online much, if at all, for a while.
        Sep 5, 2017
      5. mscott58
        mscott58
        Totally got the HHGTTG reference. Well played!
        Sep 5, 2017
    12. Torq
      Torq
      PulseLocker, DDJ-RZX, MPK225 and something of a clue is a lot of fun.
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      2. Melvillian
        Melvillian
        That does sound like a good time. Didn't know about PulseLocker until your post. What a great service for DJ's. I remember paying $7 for domestic and $11 for import vinyl every Thursday (new release day)
        Aug 26, 2017
    13. Torq
      Torq
      DENAFRIPS Pontus listening complete.
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      2. BenjaminBore
        BenjaminBore
        You're a machine, Torq. A DAC listening mean machine of digital to analogue goodness.
        Aug 23, 2017
    14. Torq
      Torq
      Two pairs of Beyer DT770 Pro (LE) in a row with the badges peeling off the ear-cups; either piss-poor QC or a shitty product.
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      2. Torq
        Torq
        Not the vendor. They seem to have a bad batch of these. Many units with the same issue. So much for that experiment, back to Sennheisers and Shure for my closed, tracking, cans.
        Aug 22, 2017
    15. Torq
      Torq
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    16. 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
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    17. 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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      2. Lou Casadonte
        Lou Casadonte
        Aug 22, 2017
    18. 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.
    19. Torq
      Torq
      Halfway through a major post and one realizes that, well, I just don't care anymore.
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      2. Scott Kramer
        Scott Kramer
        Where's my dislike button? ;)
        Aug 18, 2017
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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
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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
    20. 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
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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
      3. msommers
        msommers
        I always look forward to reading your reviews on dacs. Just a no-bullshit approach that's enjoyable!
        Aug 18, 2017
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    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Seattle, WA
    Gear List:
    Headphones:

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

    IEMs (etc):

    Empire Ears Zeus XR (ADEL), AAW W900, Shure SE846, Etymotic ER4-S, Bose QC20i

    Wireless:

    Sony MDR-1000X, Jaybird BlueBuds X, Apple AirPods


    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+, RME ADI 2.0-Pro, Arturia AudioFuse, Schiit Eitr

    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)