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Mouser has OPA1656’s in stock in SOIC for you DIY modders. 2156’s in stock on TI.com. Nov 27, 2022

    1. Azimuth
      Azimuth
      Mouser has OPA1656’s in stock in SOIC for you DIY modders. 2156’s in stock on TI.com.
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    2. Azimuth
      Azimuth
      Am I free to change my avatar now, or no?
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      2. Lyander
        Lyander
        Whatever moats your goat, rtaylor76
        Nov 9, 2022
      3. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        Just pay $8 for a verified account first
        Nov 9, 2022
        zottel, Cryptowolf, obsiCO and 10 others like this.
      4. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        Nov 9, 2022
    3. Azimuth
      Azimuth
      I forget how good Moondrop Starfield is sometimes. It is certainly Golden Schlong worthy IMO.
      1. YMO
        YMO
        I did rep it last year. It is quite good with some fat music. Still I like the cheaper Aria a little better for the price.
        Oct 1, 2022
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      2. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        The Aria’s are heavier and case is bigger. I like the size, fit, look, and feel of the Starfields.
        Oct 1, 2022
        RestoredSparda and YMO like this.
    4. Azimuth
      Azimuth
      Official member of the HD800 club now. All my other stuff is flawed. I'm ruined.
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      2. internethandle
        internethandle
        Enjoying the 800 talk around here lately. Feels like belonging to the dark side sometimes, ha. I really, really like mine.

        Used especially (usually pretty well south of 1k now pretty regularly) it’s a pretty fantastic value proposition, as long as your chain is in order/to your liking.
        Aug 4, 2022
        pure5152 and Azimuth like this.
      3. PoochZag
        PoochZag
        Landmark headphone and reference point in the hobby. Was my main headphone for years and still use it since grabbing a Utopia
        Aug 4, 2022
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      4. loadexfa
        loadexfa
        I’ve never found better for classical despite more resolution with the Utopia and LCD-4. Enjoy!
        Aug 4, 2022
        caute and rhythmdevils like this.
    5. Azimuth
    6. Azimuth
      Azimuth
      It feels good to fix your own stuff. Crisis averted. Whew!
    7. Azimuth
      Azimuth
      Whoever was lucky enough to pick up an iFi Gold Bar, you are in for a treat!
      1. Cryptowolf and Jinxy245 like this.
      2. brencho
        brencho
        Is the gold different than the plebeian lead or whatever in more than just the finish? Never heard one of these doodads but as things open up I could imagine getting a dongle thingy one day.
        Jul 30, 2022
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      3. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        Yes it is different that the normal Go Bar. Better internals.
        Jul 30, 2022
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    8. Azimuth
      Azimuth
      Be curious, not judgmental.
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      2. Armaegis
        Armaegis
        I would rather die from curiosity than ignorance.
        Jun 19, 2022
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      3. gixxerwimp
      4. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        Thanks @gixxerwimp. I did get the quote from Ted Lasso, but it’s is still sage advice.
        Jun 20, 2022
    9. Azimuth
      Azimuth
      I am starting to get aches in my index finger and I think it is from the mouse. Any trackball users out there? Kensington maybe?
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      2. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Maybe you just need to meet the right mouse?

        Seriously: using one that is too small could strain the finger, for instance. Having a mouse whose body comfortably accommodates the relaxed hand, requiring little or no effort click, on the other hand?

        Unless you are gamer, or some other kind of manic clicker?
        May 29, 2022
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      3. Pocomo
        Pocomo
        I've been using trackballs for many years for work (currently a logitech wireless model). I switched due to mouse-related RSI, but that mainly showed up as wrist and elbow pain. Since the trackball doesn't move that stress is completely eliminated. Not sure it would help with finger pain, as you still have buttons to click. I still use a mouse for gaming btw; trackballs suck for that purpose.
        Jun 13, 2022
      4. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        I have started regular finger stretching and that has helped. Will likely pick up a cheap wired trackball to see how it goes. Although I think I already know I will probably prefer the big ball one.
        Jun 13, 2022
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    10. Azimuth
      Azimuth
      New washer and dryer not a super sexy purchase, but it had to be done.
      1. atomicbob, Merrick, hikergrl and 5 others like this.
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      3. Soups
        Soups
        Recently had a $1K washer that was only a few years old fail, and the repairman sang the praises of a brand called Speed Queen. We ended up writing the old washer off and buying the TC5, and we're really happy with it. Has its tradeoffs (like everything) but our clothes have never been cleaner & it's built like a tank with a pretty great warranty.
        Apr 28, 2022
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      4. atomicbob
        atomicbob
        After too many rounds with consumer crap we invested in commercial laundry equipment. Best investment ever. Works fine, lasts long time. Only change would be to add the coin operation metering for one of my sons that does all his laundry at our house.
        Apr 28, 2022
        penguins, Azimuth, Soups and 2 others like this.
      5. penguins
        penguins
        ^ Seems like people either need a new one every 2-3 years or they last 15+ years...
        Apr 29, 2022
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    11. Azimuth
      Azimuth
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      2. Merrick
        Merrick
        UMD was the format the original PSP used. Basically a disc in a plastic housing. Was a pretty decent solution to getting console style 3D gaming in a portable.
        Apr 1, 2022
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      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        My favorite obsolete format remains laserdisc.
        Apr 1, 2022
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      4. Cryptowolf
        Cryptowolf
        @atomicbob I do, as that’s how I learned a “bit bucket” is a physical thing.
        Apr 1, 2022
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    12. Azimuth
      Azimuth
      Dammit Taylor Hawkins!
      1. Deep Funk, rlow, Kernel Kurtz and 6 others like this.
      2. Senorx12562
        Senorx12562
        I've been hoping against hope for years that he would find peace. I guess he has.
        Mar 26, 2022
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    13. Azimuth
      Azimuth
      I know I am late to the party, but modded JVC HA-FD01’s are super fantastic. I’m addicted.
      1. señorhifi
        señorhifi
        Mine arrive today! I am coming from a set of ER4XRs. They are good (really good actually), but I miss engagement from them (no slam, no soundstage depth). Also BA timbre... I expect these to sound more normal in this sense.
        Mar 24, 2022
      2. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        You have to mod them to get out of the 4k peak.
        Mar 24, 2022
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    14. Azimuth
      Azimuth
      Just ordered iPhone 13 Pro Max. I feel like such an Androd betrayer.
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      3. BenjaminBore
        BenjaminBore
        I've recently moved over to Android for the first time. It's caught up in most ways, and doesn't prevent you using your phone the way you want to. Plus it is 4x cheaper to get a phone with a large screen. The Samsung Galaxy "A52s" is tremendous value. Even so I'd still recommend iPhone to anyone non technical, budget aside.
        Mar 1, 2022
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      4. Skyline
        Skyline
        My disappointment runs high. *shakes head accusingly*
        Mar 1, 2022
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      5. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        I think mostly Apple now has some of the features I liked about Android and the differences are much smaller than ever before. My work is Apple only for email, so that too was part of it.
        Mar 1, 2022
    15. Azimuth
      Azimuth
      Of all three loaners here: FD7, HA-FWX1, 3DT...if I had to keep one, it would be the FD7. I can't ship off the other two fast enough.
    16. Azimuth
      Azimuth
      So now 7Hz Timeless has a competitor...the LETSHUOER S12. Looks very interesting.
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      3. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        14.2mm driver in Timeless. 14.8mm driver in the S12, with more traditional IEM fit. Two prong plug though. Only two reviews on YT so far just posted in the last week.
        Jan 18, 2022
      4. DigMe
        DigMe
        @gixxerwimp XD I was already thinking that was the chinesiest brand name. Now the classic ad copy. Shuo er - without the hanzi guessing “shining ears”
        Jan 18, 2022
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      5. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        SBAF will be getting an S12 loaner :)
        Jan 19, 2022
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    17. Azimuth
      Azimuth
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      2. Qildail
        Qildail
        Good lord... Looks like the opening shot of a dystopian disaster movie. I'm struggling to find other words to describe it.
        Jan 3, 2022
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    18. Azimuth
      Azimuth
      Getting pops and clicks on my Helm Bolt on Windows, but no issues on Android. Any ideas? Is mine busted?
      1. Gazny
        Gazny
        Don't see any drivers online for it. are you operating at a redbook?
        Dec 22, 2021
      2. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        Redbook? You mean 16/44.1? It happens anytime in Windows 10 no matter what application.
        Dec 22, 2021
      3. ogodei
        ogodei
        Dec 22, 2021
    19. Azimuth
      Azimuth
      Alright, Eric Clapton is a certified knuklehead now.
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      3. Lyander
        Lyander
        @Elnrik AND the deputy... oh yeah wait that was a cover too.
        Dec 17, 2021
      4. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        Bob Marley shot the sheriff.
        Dec 18, 2021
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      5. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        @Soups "I prefer to know less and less about musicians' real™ lives."

        Always have felt the same. Only recently looked into the history of some of my favourite music. One can wish one hadn't. Case: CSN. Sang some of my favourite songs. Better not to find out what they ended up thinking of each other.
        Dec 18, 2021
    20. Azimuth
      Azimuth
      Just got back from Ghostbusters Afterlife. It is okay. Better than the last one.
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    Gender:
    Male
    Home Page:
    https://youtube.com/@stereoazimuth
    Location:
    Nashville, TN
    Occupation:
    IT Pro and Recording/HiFi Nerd
    Gear List:
    Headphones:
    PMx2
    ETA Genesis-G
    HD650
    HD600
    AH-D2000 (modded)
    PM -3

    Amps:
    Schiit Ragnarok
    Eddie Current Black Widow
    ECP Torpedo 1
    Dynalo (DIY)
    Vali 2+

    Sources:
    Theta DS Pro Basic II
    Metrum Ambre
    Technics SL-1200 M3D -> 2m Blue -> Darlington MM-6
    Schiit Etir


    Portable Rig:
    Fiio X5 II
    7Hz Timeless
    Moondrop Starfield


    2ch Setup:
    Speakers: JBL LSR32
    Amp: Adcom 5800
    Receiver: Emotiva UMC-200
    Subs: Atlantic Technology 212B
    Turntable: Technics SL-1200 M3D
    Phono Preamp: Darlington MM-6
    Reel-to-Real: Ampex AX-300
    Cassette: Denon DRM-550
    CD Player: Adcom GCD-575
    "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 Technical Trainer 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, an Elac Miracord 50H. I have also fixed, soldered, suped up, many other things from crossovers, to cap replacement, to op-amp replacement, etc. I most recently fixed and rebuilt a non-working Dynalo. I took electronics and studio maintenance in college, but I am still learning.

    I have also built: guitar tube amps, guitars, and drums. I love DIY.

    Signature

    HP: HD650/600, ETA Gen-G, PMx2, AH-D2000 (modded)
    Amps: Ragnarok, Black Widow, Hagerman Tuba, Gilmore Dynalo clone, Vali 2+
    Source: Theta DS Pro Basic II, Bifrost Mutibit (modded)- Portable: FiiO X5 II, 7Hz Timeless or MD Starfield
    Have a nice day.