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I am on the Holo Red hype train. It really is as good as they say. Jul 12, 2024

    1. Azimuth
      Azimuth
      I am on the Holo Red hype train. It really is as good as they say.
      1. Pocomo, zottel, Cryptowolf and 7 others like this.
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      3. joch
        joch
        Dang I don’t need to know.
        Jul 12, 2024
      4. JK47
        JK47
        Linn... it's even better!!!
        Jul 12, 2024
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      5. zottel
        zottel
        I never wanted to believe that streamers can make so much of a difference (although I had a Zen Stream myself). Now I’d like to test DSD512 upsampling which is more than the Zen Stream can handle and find that I can’t, because the Pi 4 as source by itself makes more difference towards worse than the difference between DSD256 and DSD512, even with a power bank. I fear I’ll have to buy a Holo Red, too, once …
        Jul 16, 2024
    2. Azimuth
      Azimuth
      I love learning how to play new songs on guitar, but then it also takes some of mystery out of the song.
      1. Claritas
        Claritas
        Jul 3, 2024
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      2. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        Certain instruments do demand a certain way of playing them.
        Jul 3, 2024
      3. Kernel Kurtz
        Kernel Kurtz
        Especially the ones that are 3 chords.
        Jul 3, 2024
    3. Azimuth
      Azimuth
      Add me to the waiting list for a Holo Red.
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      3. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        The Holo build time @crenca. I kind of wished they would take half up front and half on delivery. 6 - 8 weeks is quite a long ways to wait.
        Jun 20, 2024
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      4. Cellist88
        Cellist88
        Get @famish99 to write a guide on the holo red with all the good tweak stuff. Get a headache even thinking about it.
        Jun 20, 2024
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      5. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        @famish99 is using Gentoo Player and Diretta, a whole package that will cost you 169€, on top of the Red + shipping. Not quite sure I want to go that route.
        Jun 20, 2024
    4. Azimuth
      Azimuth
      Test all your Schiit before shipping.
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      2. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        Jun 11, 2024
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      3. internethandle
        internethandle
        Fun aside that demonstrates I'm a crazy person: once, with the chassis off and the front board resting on some cardboard, I was playing music with Yggdrasil LIM and decided to see what would happen if you disconnected the ribbon cable after signal lock. The answer: no sound, but if I re-connected the cable even without resetting the Yggdrasil, it would re-establish signal lock and play music again.
        Jun 11, 2024
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      4. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        The front panel definitely has something to do with telling the DSP board what input to “listen” to.
        Jun 11, 2024
    5. Azimuth
      Azimuth
      Sometimes I wonder why I even bother visiting here.
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      3. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        I'm good on advice. Again, I'm fine.
        May 9, 2024
      4. Erroneous
        Erroneous
        Dawg I love you and this is a terrible take.
        We have all learned so much from here and it has advanced us in our journey in one way or another. Be well and continue to contribute. Love is the answer.
        May 9, 2024
        pure5152, Joshvar, zottel and 4 others like this.
      5. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        Love is all you need.
        May 10, 2024
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    6. Azimuth
      Azimuth
      UPDATE: putting in LIM cards in your A1 Yggdrasil without the proper BIOS/ROM will NOT brick your Yggdrasil.
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      2. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        Yeah, I dunno what happened then. Mysterious failure. Thanks for the clarification.
        Mar 15, 2024
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      3. Abhishek Chowdhary
        Abhishek Chowdhary
        @Arun Kumar Did the same on his A1. Replaced the A1 boards with LIM but not the ROM. It made distorted sound. It did not brick the A1.
        Mar 15, 2024
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      4. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        For me, I think the ribbon cable for the front panel must have messed with the regulators that are kind of in the way there and caused some voltage failure. That is my best guess - so be careful out there.
        Mar 18, 2024
    7. Azimuth
      Azimuth
      Ever had Yggdrasil just not have output after swapping cards?
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      2. dirtyunderwear
        dirtyunderwear
        @RestoredSparda , damn that's not too encouraging. My Yggdrasil is OG (not +). Interesting theory about possibility of the MIB cards not working with the old chassis. I still find it hard to believe that I so easily "damaged" something during the swap attempt.
        @Azimuth , your Yggdrasil is totally dead in the water then? No boards/chips make sound?
        Mar 4, 2024
      3. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        Correct @dirtyunderwear. Both the A1 and LIM cards will "lock" to the incoming signal, but no analog output whatsoever. That goes for the upgraded firmware chip and the original firmware chip. My guess is that something is wrong with the muting relay circuit. I bet if I measured output from the card, it would be there. But it is boxed up and I am sending it back to Schiit.
        Mar 4, 2024
      4. RestoredSparda
        RestoredSparda
        I would email Schiit @dirtyunderwear. They got back to me and finally stated the non-plus chassis needs a slightly different chip for the MIB cards as the firware is different on the front panel. They are sending that now to me.
        Mar 4, 2024
    8. Azimuth
      Azimuth
      Man, I love the ignore button sometimes.
    9. Azimuth
      Azimuth
      Special shot out to @sheldaze for the MJ3 loaner for my review! It goes to one other person and back to him, so don’t ask. :)
      1. JK47
        JK47
        Strange flex
        Oct 9, 2023
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    10. Azimuth
      Azimuth
      Not a sexy purchase, but new DMM here I come. Goodbye Fluke 77 after 26 years. Hello Fluke 117.
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      2. Armaegis
        Armaegis
        there's a local classified with a guy selling a 179 which seems like a step up from the 117, but I'm having trouble seeing what all the extra money gets me?
        Oct 25, 2023
      3. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        @Armaegis Accuracy, speed, and TrueRMS. True RMS is more accurate voltage for AC voltages. As well as durability and longevity. My 117 is also smaller and lighter weight than my old 77.
        Oct 26, 2023
      4. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        I was talking to my uncle who was an electrician at a factory that made UL listed products (water pumps). And he had to send his meter every so often to get calibrated so when the UL inspectors showed up they asked to see his calibration sticker on his meter.
        Oct 26, 2023
    11. Azimuth
      Azimuth
      Don't ship UPS Shure Post. All UPS does is just hand it off to USPS. So get better shipping or just use USPS.
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      3. netforce
        netforce
        For UPS Shure Post, times I have gotten shipments with that option, its like I can guarantee whatever my package was, its going to take like an extra week to arrive. Feel like that option is, "Whenever your post office feels like delivery"
        Sep 13, 2023
      4. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        USPS has always been near flawless for me. For larger packages though, UPS is usually better, but Ground is slow AF, but not nearly as slow as FedEx Ground.
        Sep 13, 2023
      5. bobboxbody
        bobboxbody
        I have a package from the UK which was lost by USPS in Mid-May, still can't even make a claim because it's international, and whenever the undefined waiting period ends, I have to go argue with my local branch manager. No phone service allowed.
        Sep 16, 2023
    12. Azimuth
      Azimuth
      Everyone going crazy for the MJ3 and here I go backwards again for the MJ2.
      1. sheldaze, joch, Qildail and 3 others like this.
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      3. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        TBH - it fits what I was looking for more than (>) what MJ3 is.
        Sep 8, 2023
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      4. Claritas
        Claritas
        Sep 8, 2023
      5. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        @Claritas Tubes. Did not read reports of much fondness with LISST, and those are actually hard to find now.
        Sep 8, 2023
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    13. Azimuth
      Azimuth
      Freya N's keep showing up on Schiit's B-sock list for $599. A helluva deal.
    14. Azimuth
      Azimuth
      So the devbrada site is down?
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      2. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        @Armaegis If they tried to block it then it would just turn up no searches. It wouldn’t turn up 404 errors. It seems the whole domain is down and he had more than just that on his site.
        Aug 6, 2023
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      3. penguins
        penguins
        Most likely... but possible that HF sent an angry letter saying "shut it down"?

        Anyways, don't care to speculate too much more... but ya, this sucks. Used it every time I bought used gear.
        Aug 7, 2023
      4. Tchoupitoulas
        Tchoupitoulas
        I'm not so sure. Devbrada is mainly a "catalog of game studio jobs around the world," and the head-fi classifieds is separate to that, but the entire site is down.
        Aug 7, 2023
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    15. Azimuth
      Azimuth
      I did not think SBAF would be the one to force me to finally install an ad blocker browser extension, but here we are.
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      2. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        I'm always here @Claritas, just more of a lurker these days. And yes @Vansen, it was for non-users. Once you logged it it would go away.
        Jun 1, 2023
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      3. gixxerwimp
        gixxerwimp
        Logged in I still get tons of ads.
        Jun 1, 2023
      4. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        Yes @gixxerwimp, they used to go away, now they are all over the place.
        Jun 2, 2023
    16. Azimuth
      Azimuth
      Vertical bi-amping is the way to go. Screw monoblocks!
      1. Syzygy and ergopower like this.
      2. ergopower
        ergopower
        line-level or active analog crossover, or digital?
        Apr 19, 2023
      3. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        I am just using passive vertical bi-amping. One stereo amp for L, one for R. One channel for woofer, other channel for mids and highs.
        Apr 19, 2023
    17. Azimuth
      Azimuth
      Don't ever get old and have back issues.
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      2. Claritas
        Claritas
        Some things that might help: TENS machine with the large pads, menthol patches (Walmart's are very strong; I like the weak Salonpas ones), lidocaine patches. Hope you feel better.
        Apr 5, 2023
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      3. HotRatSalad
        HotRatSalad
        I feel your pain @Azimuth I'm having issues with my lower back, hip and leg on my right side. Goes slightly painful where I can get by on some ibuprofen and muscle relaxers, to the worse pain I've ever felt in my life and can't even get around. Had x-rays looked normal. Next step Friday MRI with orthopaedist. Hopefully nothing bad or long term.
        Apr 6, 2023
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      4. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        That is not goo @HotRatSalad. But I take it that they would be able to tell a bulging disc on an X-Ray. I hope you get some relief soon. For me, I am finally back to 90-95%. Still just the littest bit of pain down low, but nothing serious. I have finally put away the heating pads for now thankfully.
        Apr 6, 2023
    18. Azimuth
      Azimuth
      Mostly back to normal. Being sick still sucks. Thanks everybody!
      1. sheldaze, Deep Funk, Pocomo and 25 others like this.
      2. YMO
        YMO
        Eat some hot chicken
        Jan 31, 2023
        Qildail, Lyander, joch and 4 others like this.
      3. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        Guess we're sick buddies together man. Let's both eat good food and get better soon!
        Jan 31, 2023
    19. Azimuth
      Azimuth
      COVID still sucks.
      1. caute, Cryptowolf, Josh83 and 10 others like this.
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      3. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        Day 3 and sinus symptoms trailing way off, but still a low grade fever and wooziness. Ugh.
        Jan 29, 2023
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      4. atomicbob
        atomicbob
        Wishing you all a speedy recovery. Virus are no fun, no matter the type or variant.
        Jan 30, 2023
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      5. rfernand
        rfernand
        It’ll be over soon. Best wishes!
        Jan 30, 2023
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    20. Azimuth
      Azimuth
      Having issues paying for an item on Gumtree in Australia with PayPal. Such a maddening experience.
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      2. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        Thanks @jowls. Some sort of block beyPayPal and Gumtree. I think there are so many scams that PayPal is overprotective here and it’s blocking my transaction. Even CS tried to clear it and it just came back.
        Jan 15, 2023
      3. jowls
        jowls
        If you are confident with the seller I would be happy to act as an intermediary. Let me know by PM.
        Jan 15, 2023
      4. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        Finally settled through PayPal invoice. Thanks for @jowls for offering to step in!
        Jan 15, 2023
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    Gender:
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    Home Page:
    https://youtube.com/@stereoazimuth
    Location:
    Nashville, TN
    Occupation:
    IT Pro and Recording/HiFi Nerd
    Gear List:
    Headphones: HD650/600, HD800, JAR660, ETA Genesis-G, LCD-2, AH-D2000 (modded)

    Amps: DNA Starlett, Schitt Mjolnir 1, NITCH Piety, Schitt Vali 1, Dynalo (DIY)

    Sources:
    HP: Metrum Ambre > Yggdrasil A2 > Khozmo DIY passive
    2Ch: Metrum Ambre > AES > Yggdrasil A1 > Freya +

    Technics SL-1200 M3D -> 2m Blue -> Darlington MP-7

    Portable Rig: Fiio X5 II, A3,7Hz Timeless, Moondrop Starfield

    Other cool gear -
    Speakers: JBL LSR32
    Amp: QSC RMX1450 x 2 (vertical bi-amped)
    Subs: JBL Sub 550P x2 in stereo config
    Turntable: Technics SL-1200 M3D w/Rega RB250 tonearm
    Phono Premap: Schiit Skoll
    Reel-to-Real: Ampex AX-300
    FM Receiver: Onkyo T-9090 II
    Cassette: JVC TD-V711
    CD Player/Transport: Maganvox CDB650
    "Subjective impressions are great, really. Without them, what's the point..." This only means I try not to listen to the gear rather listen to the music.

    An audio enthusiast with a recording degree. I became an audiophile in college in studying recording to become a mastering engineer. Although I was an intern for Glenn Meadows and also was acquaintances with Ray Kennedy, the stars never quite aligned for me. However I never left pursuing high-end audio.

    I grew up in a radio station as my dad was in radio. My first job was a board op at the talk station where I had to use analog reel to reels, carts, cassettes, and DAT's.

    And yes, I like to tinker with gear. I am an audiophile on a budget. Working IT Instructional Designer only gets you so much income with two kids around. Have you seen how much day care costs these days? Anyways, there are I guess some gains to some gear that can be tweaked to improve the performance. This is no different than car types changing differentials or beefing up the suspension or engine. Some of us can't afford a BMW, but rather have to take a Civic and beef it up with aftermarket parts.

    Tinkering also helps with repairing gear. I have restored some KEF C75 speakers, a Technics SP-10, built guitar tube amps, and even modde mics. I have also fixed, soldered, suped up, many other things from crossovers, to cap replacement, to op-amp replacement, etc. I fixed and rebuilt a non-working Dynalo as well as a Black Widow amp. I took electronics and studio maintenance in college, but I am still learning.

    Signature

    HP: HD650/600, HD800, ETA Gen-G, LCD-2, JAR660
    Amps: DNA Starlett, Schiit MJ1, Piety, Vali 1
    Source: Yggdrasil A2, Theta DS ProBasic II, Modi Multibit 2
    Portable: iBasso DX50, 7Hz Timeless or MD Starfield
    Have a nice day.