atomicbob
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Funeral and virtual memorial service went well. Challenging playing recording engineer and active service participant, including pallbearer. Sep 11, 2020

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    1. atomicbob
      atomicbob
      Funeral and virtual memorial service went well. Challenging playing recording engineer and active service participant, including pallbearer.
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      3. Ringingears
        Ringingears
        My sincere condolences Bob. Been there twice. Hardest thing I’ve had to do. When my mom passed I threw myself in to playing music.
        Sep 11, 2020
      4. Superexchanger
        Superexchanger
        Condolences, Bob. Happy to hear you captured her story in her own words. I did the same thing with my grandmother early in her dementia, before her passing. I listen to that recording often. Best to you.
        Sep 11, 2020
      5. atomicbob
        atomicbob
        @Superexchanger : very wise. Like you I find comfort in hearing stories in my mother's own voice. If I have any regrets it is that I didn't plan additional sessions to capture more.
        Sep 13, 2020
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    2. Wilson
      Wilson
      Hey Bob, just checking in and sending out the good thoughts to you.
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      2. gixxerwimp
        gixxerwimp
        Somehow missed your earlier status update. Hope you're well, Bob
        Sep 9, 2020
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      3. Brian D
        Brian D
        I too hope all is well with you and your family Bob. My condolences for your loss.
        Sep 9, 2020
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      4. Ringingears
        Ringingears
        Sending my best wishes to you and your family Bob.
        Sep 9, 2020
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    3. atomicbob
      atomicbob
      My forum participation will be spotty for awhile. My century old mother is in her final hours or days. She has had an amazing life.
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      3. atomicbob
        atomicbob
        Thank you all for your thoughts and condolences. She made the great transition peacefully today surrounded by loved ones. It was expected but still is an emotionally charged time for family and friends.
        Aug 17, 2020
      4. Wilson
        Wilson
        My condolences, Bob. I hope that peace will soon replace grief.
        Aug 17, 2020
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      5. Cryptowolf
        Cryptowolf
        My condolences. Take care.
        Sep 9, 2020
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    4. atomicbob
      atomicbob
      So I bought a Magnius. I don't need another amp for the lab. I want to support Jason & Mike who dare to excel in the face of adversity.
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      2. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        For the measurement bench?
        Aug 12, 2020
      3. atomicbob
        atomicbob
        Measurements likely but not immediately forthcoming. See next status above.
        Aug 15, 2020
    5. atomicbob
      atomicbob
      Relecting on the past, Contemplating the future, Breathing for the present, Weary is the road ...
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      2. hikergrl
        hikergrl
        @atomicbob Hope that life is treating you well - peace.
        So much chaos and hurt in the world. Just trying to be kind and create small, local ripples of joy. Please, be safe, keep well, don't lose yourself in the chaos.
        Jul 17, 2020
      3. atomicbob
        atomicbob
        Thank-you everyone for thoughts and concerns. Well put @hikergrl Have been overwhelmed recently; C19 blues, 100yo mother with dementia, possible C19 exposure, and Morpheus USB crashing dScope measurements continually was the final straw. Fully manual measurements for the last three days interspersed among other responsibilities.
        Jul 19, 2020
      4. atomicbob
        atomicbob
        Some full immersion diversion might provide temporary relief this coming week. Peace to all, be well.
        Jul 19, 2020
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    6. hollis
      hollis
      Hello! I read one of your threads and downloaded a great doc titled 20170218 Immersion Virtualizer Parameters.pdf by anychance is there a new one. I am about to double down on my DSP chain :)
      1. atomicbob
        atomicbob
        That document is a more generalized starting point. My most recent refinements are HD800-Jmod specific and likely won't apply as well. If I get some time (insert much laughter here) I may fetch the stock HD800 and do some checking. The main thing is once you have it all running, then tweak for your personal preference.
        Jul 4, 2020
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    7. atomicbob
      atomicbob
      modius maximus + Bachelor pass the Santana test exceptionally well.
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      3. mitochondrium
        mitochondrium
        I also like the intro to Singing wins, Crying beasts to check gear out. La Bohème from Aznavour in order to check the goosebump factor and Beethoven‘s fifth forthe capacity to blow me away.
        Jun 28, 2020
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      4. RatSalad
        RatSalad
        @atomicbob what is your preferred version/mastering of that santana album out of curiosity ?
        Jun 29, 2020
      5. atomicbob
        atomicbob
        I only have two versions, the original release and a best of album. The original version is greatly favored over the best of album collection.
        Jun 29, 2020
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      1. GoodEnoughGear
        GoodEnoughGear
        Epic indeed. You are the man, atomicbob!
        Jun 24, 2020
      2. atomicbob
        atomicbob
        Thank-you. Measurements, data vetting, organizing, graph annotations, write-up took approximately 34 hrs, another 40 hrs spent listening, and final post was 2 hrs of effort even with everything organized in advance.
        Jun 25, 2020
    9. atomicbob
      atomicbob
      After an intense corporate week I have some time off to audition (and measure) new items ...
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      3. atomicbob
        atomicbob
        @Luckbad - no, I've been quite satisfied with my ADI-2 Pro for work use, though now augmented with Motu UltraLite-mk4, also for work as well as recreational listening.
        Jun 19, 2020
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      4. Boops
        Boops
        Any interest in measuring an EC BW2? Mine is collecting dust in my office while I work from home due to COVID. I'd be willing to ship it to you in the name of science.
        Jun 19, 2020
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      5. atomicbob
        atomicbob
        @Boops give me a couple of weeks to slog through the backlog and I may have some time to do a proper evaluation.
        Jun 19, 2020
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    10. atomicbob
      atomicbob
      Dropped by after some intense corporate sessions only to find the buffet table kicked over, shit in the punch bowl, lots of drama ...
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      2. DigMe
        DigMe
        Is “shit” a verb or an object in that sentence?
        Jun 16, 2020
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        OldDude04
        Jun 17, 2020
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      4. atomicbob
        atomicbob
        Jun 17, 2020
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    11. atomicbob
      atomicbob
      Temporarily un-retired - completed a 14 hr day hitting med device issues hard. Feeling my age today.
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    12. atomicbob
      atomicbob
      Sally Simpson
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    14. atomicbob
      atomicbob
      I just realized I titled the UltraLite-mk4 technical measurements Moto instead of Motu - could some kind admin please correct? thank-you.
    15. atomicbob
      atomicbob
      How many have discovered the pdf reports attached to technical measurements have hot links in the test index? Click on the green check mark.
    16. atomicbob
      atomicbob
      I've been holed up in the lab attempting to catch up with a serious backlog. Doesn't help to have outrageous current events in the US.
      1. Biodegraded
        Biodegraded
        My first thought was that by 'outrageous current events' you were alluding to power spikes. On reflection - same :(
        Jun 4, 2020
      2. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        "alluding to power spikes." Me too <Blush>
        Jun 5, 2020
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      3. atomicbob
        atomicbob
        I realize I could have worded that better. Not happy seeing protesters flash bombed and tear gassed so a yellow belly can have a photo op in a situation so far removed from the truth.
        Jun 5, 2020
    17. atomicbob
      atomicbob
      Our younger cat, Thomas, 1.14 stone and muscular, has begun bringing us bigger presents: rabbits.
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      2. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        Cherish that cat. Happy cats do that and that means you have been good for your cat. Good job.
        May 25, 2020
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      3. atomicbob
        atomicbob
        It was disturbing but now a humorous memory. The bird was carefully brought to us without damage. I think Thomas wanted us experience the joy of hunting a bird. After release, he positioned himself where he could enjoy the show. Incredibly we were able to corral the bird and have it fly out an open window while two cats were sequestered. Both cats are my lab assistants, often sleeping near while I work.
        May 25, 2020
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      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Whoa! I can do that kind of lab work. Even in highly-technical, specialist labs. I can send you my CV: I have slept in numerous roles from unskilled factory floor to IT management.

        But I do lack other cat-specific skills. Also no tail or fur.
        May 26, 2020
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    18. atomicbob
      atomicbob
      Towering Delight: a Topping free zone.
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      2. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        So no chocolate sprinkles? Guess I'm going elsewhere
        May 22, 2020
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      3. atomicbob
        atomicbob
        No sprinkles and no irritating sound either.
        May 23, 2020
    19. atomicbob
      atomicbob
      Testing and posting DAC measurements is putting me way behind on my drinking. Must fix that for a bit.
      1. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        A toast to you good sir as well
        May 19, 2020
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      2. atomicbob
        atomicbob
        Continuing to enjoy a break with my best friend and our two cats while enjoying some modest but tasty red wines.
        May 19, 2020
    20. atomicbob
      atomicbob
      And if the band your in starts playing different tunes, I'll see you on the dark side of the moon.
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      2. Josh83
        Josh83
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    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
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    Occupation:
    acoustic research scientist
    Gear List:
    See about section for my opinions
    My enjoyment of particular recreational music systems is inextricably intertwined with my personal preferences. The following lists are representations of my tastes in music, components and listening levels. The section on music is only a sample of my library but should provide sufficient insight into my musical preferences. I am rigorous and exacting with component measurements. That doesn’t automatically make my opinions worth anything without context. Use the following information to decide how well your own preferences converge or diverge with mine when I make comments about equipment in the forum. DO NOT blindly assume a positive comment from me about some component or headphone will automatically translate to auditory happiness on your part. Likewise you may find yourself enjoying something that I don’t. Consider (learning) your own personal preference.

    Music
    50s, 60s & 70s jazz
    Louis Armstrong, Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Cannonball Adderly, Les McCann & Eddie Harris
    Recorded by Columbia (Frank Laico, Fred Plaut), Bluenote (Rudy Van Gelder), Contemporary Records (Roy DuNann)

    More recent jazz artists
    Wynton Marsalis
    Dave Grusin
    Dave Brubeck
    Bela Fleck
    Chick Corea
    Christian McBride
    Wycliffe Gordon
    Ingrid Jensen
    Steve Treseler
    Terell Stafford
    Ronnie Earl
    Steve Gadd Band
    Charlie Haden
    Brad Mehldau

    Medeski, Martin & Wood
    Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood
    Ill Considered
    Snarky Puppy
    Pat Metheny

    Artfully deviant
    Steve’n’Seagulls - Thunderstruck
    Two Cellos - Thunderstruck

    A class by himself
    Santana

    60s & 70s rock
    Emerson Lake & Palmer
    Blood Sweat & Tears
    Pink Floyd
    Jethro Tull
    JJ Cale
    Little Feat
    Dave Matthews Band
    Chicago
    Queen
    Cat Steven – Tea for the Tillerman
    Grateful Dead
    Lead Zeppelin

    Tangerine Dream
    Bruce Becvar
    Gary Stroutsos

    Classical composers
    Mozart
    Bach
    Beethoven
    Respighi
    Vivaldi

    Special
    Canadian Brass

    Listening Levels dBSPL
    60~70 quiet, background listening
    70~80 recreational and critical listening
    80~90 rocking out, often with libations at hand
    90~100 Santana Black Magic Woman / Gypsy Queen, ELP Tank - drum solo

    I tend to listen at quieter levels where electroacoustic transducers exhibit greater linearity. Higher levels are more likely to have greater distortion and require higher power amplification. The result is substantial deviation in opinions by listeners attempting to compare headphones when they are listening at different levels.

    DACs
    Treasured
    Holo Audio KTE Spring2
    Schiit Bifrost2
    Matrix Audio X-Sabre Pro
    Lavry DA11

    Enjoy
    Schiit Yggdrasil A2
    Schiit Gungnir MB A2
    Soekris 1421

    Work (recording, editing, acoustic measurements)
    Lavry DA11, AD11
    RME ADI-2 Pro

    Rather not listen
    Auralec Vega
    Resonessence Labs Concero
    Topping D30
    Objective DAC

    Universal Turd
    Audio-gd S19

    Amps
    Treasured
    Eddie Current Zana Deux SE
    ECP Audio DSHA-3F
    ECP Audio T4
    Shortest Way 51+
    Cavalli Liquid Crimson

    Enjoy
    Cavalli Liquid Platinum
    Schiit Lyr3 with PSVane 6SN7
    EC ZDT Jr after hum reduction modifications
    BottleHead Crack (PS modified, no speedball, e80cc driver)
    Cavalli MCTH
    Schiit Magni3+
    Schiit Vali2 with 6CG7
    Project Sunrise with 12BH7 and Linear Power Supply

    Rather not listen
    Objective 2
    Topping anything

    Headphones

    Treasured
    Sennheiser HD800-Jmod
    Focal Stellia
    Sennheiser HD600

    Enjoy
    Sennheiser HD650
    Focal Clear
    HiFiMan HE-500

    Rather not listen
    Most anything planar except for the HE-500

    System
    I developed a VST chain dubbed Immersion Virtualization System which I employ for my recreational listening. This has a substantial influence on my perception of component performance. See the IVS descriptions in the following links:

    https://www.superbestaudiofriends.o...-synergy-special-sound.54/page-14#post-129407

    https://www.superbestaudiofriends.o...-synergy-special-sound.54/page-29#post-221217

    Signature

    Organizing chaos for nearly seven decades.