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Any recs on good price:performance RCA interconnect cables? Jan 26, 2023 at 1:41 PM

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    1. caute
      caute
      Any recs on good price:performance RCA interconnect cables?
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      3. caute
        caute
        Jan 27, 2023 at 11:01 AM
      4. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        @caute I am not the best authority on that above budget tier as I have gone DIY past that. I source DIY stuff from VHAudio, and have landed on KLE RCA connectors with either Furutech FA-aS22 or VHAudio Pulsar CU II (the former being a tad warmer, the latter being a tad more detailed). Let me know if you need a DIY hookup.
        Jan 27, 2023 at 11:46 AM
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      5. M3NTAL
        M3NTAL
        My BJC cables (RCA) started developing a short at the connectors. I switched to WBC, saved money and feel like I got a superior product. Too many options with WBC though and not all are in stock.
        Jan 27, 2023 at 2:26 PM
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    2. caute
      caute
      Bored wfh posting hours: if SBAF were a band/artist, which would it be and why?
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      2. JK47
        Jan 26, 2023 at 4:46 PM
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        Jan 26, 2023 at 5:35 PM
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      4. Jinxy245
        Jinxy245
        Zappa. Intricate, irreverent, relevant, doesn't try to "get it right" but keeps trying.
        Jan 27, 2023 at 1:52 PM
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    3. caute
      caute
      Would anyone like to trade a Yggdrasil (any one but MIL) for an Gungnir MB A1 for a couple weeks? Or have a Yggdrasil & willing to loan?
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      2. caute
        caute
        understand if no one wants to loan me, a rando Friend, a 25 lbs. $2.7K TOTL DAC or an amp that has a shit ton of breakable valves, mostly posted this on a lark, don't expect anyone to reply honestly, but you never know, and even if you just thought about it and decided against it, thank you for your consideration!
        Jan 24, 2023 at 2:39 PM
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      3. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        I know of a LIM for sale for $1600 if you’re interested
        Jan 24, 2023 at 4:21 PM
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      4. caute
        caute
        @rhythmdevils thanks for the heads up! That's not a bad deal. Wish I had the money to blind buy—just want to know which Yggdrasil is right for me then save up for it, rather than play the buy-and-sell game. Plus I have a distinct feeling the OG/A2 is probably where my preferences lie... now just need to know for sure!
        Jan 25, 2023 at 8:34 AM
    4. caute
      caute
      "The timber of this AMP is absolutely euphoric!"
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      3. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Literally is the opposite of figuratively. Literally. ;)

        And I go with the literal here: I think that timbre caused euphoria. But hey, was the quantum of euphoria inversely proportional to SINAD?

        Excuse me while I have an organism.
        Jan 26, 2023 at 3:37 AM
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      4. Claritas
        Claritas
        I get things wrong on purpose (in speech—not in writing) because everyone's in on it. For example, telling someone, "Uh, that's, uh,... ungrammarical." But what really makes me laugh is making up mixaphors.
        Jan 26, 2023 at 11:11 PM
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      5. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Me too.

        Once wrote a whole essay in mixed metaphors. That was a bit naughty: We were "helping out" a temporary colleague from abroad with her English Language homework!

        But hey, them that bakes last...
        Jan 27, 2023 at 4:03 AM
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    5. caute
      caute
      Ambien posting hours: Damascus steel, colossal pyramid-building & (Islamic-inspired) gothic cathedral construction are all lost arts…
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      3. Lunk_Wray
        Jan 23, 2023 at 9:37 AM
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      4. Armaegis
        Armaegis
        Damascus was kinda more of a "brand" name thing. Pattern welding in different forms and styles blah blah has existed in various forms through history and is still an active thing these days.
        Jan 23, 2023 at 7:28 PM
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      5. caute
        caute
        @Armaegis I think it's the wootz base, that no longer exists, that made ancient Damascus steel "Damascene", but you're right that with high-carbon steel and pattern-welding, it's p much the same thing today if you're looking for a cool kitchen knife.
        Jan 24, 2023 at 10:42 AM
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    6. caute
      caute
      "ethereal" done right can be haunting, but if done wrong--which it mostly is, imo--it sounds thin, compromised and diffuse (in a bad way)
      1. rott, Philimon, FlySweep and 5 others like this.
      2. caute
        caute
        just not a fan of most entry-level estats, I guess. Or HFM.
        Jan 18, 2023
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      3. rott
        rott
        I appreciated that quality of the HE1000 but not enough to keep them due to its overall shortcomings (to my ears).
        Jan 20, 2023
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    7. caute
      caute
      Can someone explain "round" vs "square" sound to me? I think I can sort of intuitively gesture at it, but not actually explain it
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      2. Gazny
        Gazny
        Bees knees
        Jan 17, 2023
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      3. Vtory
        Vtory
        I personally define square/round as hearing overshoot/undershoot when each note starts to develop from zero stimulus. Or which side reproduction is closer.
        Jan 17, 2023
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      4. Armaegis
        Armaegis
        It could also be a direct reference to sine waves vs square waves. If you've ever heard a square wave, there's a distinct feel to it. Music that hard clips also comes out kinda square-ish.
        Jan 17, 2023
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    8. caute
      caute
      Whoa, just hit post and then saw a blue badge appear under my avi & got confused. Thank you SBAF!!! It's truly an honor to be considered...
      1. caute
        caute
        a "known quantity" here! It truly and *actually* means a lot to me to be a Friend of SBAF, so thank you so, so, so much to all those who made it happen! Feeling very grateful right about now... :)))))
        Jan 16, 2023
      2. Gazny
        Gazny
        thanks for being part of the community.
        Jan 16, 2023
      3. joch
        joch
        Jan 16, 2023
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    9. caute
      caute
      What DACs syngergize well with the Quicksilver? Making a list, I have: my current DAC, Gungnir A1, YA2, SFD2mkII & maybe something crazy?
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      2. Kashalott
        Kashalott
        If you want to go really crazy with abbas, he has some offers on his website now - 2.4SE for ~2300, or his prototype for 1300 (no case, bring your own chip)
        Jan 16, 2023
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      3. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        @caute what you need to do is calm down and try it with what you have first. Make a decision from there
        Jan 16, 2023
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      4. caute
        caute
        Jan 17, 2023
    10. caute
      caute
      Are a Noise Nuke & Cinemag 1:1 transformer worth building/buying used if all I have is a Pi2AES, Gungnir A1 and a Piety?
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      3. yotacowboy
        yotacowboy
        I'd submit that having a Cinemag bal to SE box is something that's just very useful to have around as your system(s) progresses, or when you'd like to audition gear that doesn't fit perfectly in a chain optimized for entirely balanced or SE.
        Jan 16, 2023
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      4. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        Echoing a bit what @yotacowboy says, don’t ONLY get one for the Piety. But if you have a lot of gear then it does come in handy. Especially if you are in the pro space and you need some conversion or to eliminate a ground loop
        Jan 17, 2023
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      5. Woland
        Woland
        Looking at your config again, @caute , the Gungnir A1 has reclocking circuitry that should correct any noise from the Pi2AES, and sync the audio stream to its own very precise VCXO clock. Consider that problem solved -- you won't get any benefit from NoiseNuke or LPS on the Pi2AES.
        Jan 17, 2023
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    11. caute
      caute
      @rlow begins a thread with "Starting this thread again after the hacker’s mass destruction spree." Can any sr member give the lore on this?
      1. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        We had a hacker who was able to take over an admin’s account for an hour or so and delete entire threads in swaths. Did a bunch of damage.
        Jan 11, 2023
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      2. Claritas
        Claritas
        I kinda wonder who the hell would bother hacking us, but...
        Jan 11, 2023
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    12. caute
      caute
      Really don't know what to make of the 660S, JARing them is an improvement, yes, but idk what it's trying to do (the base hp, I get the mods)
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      2. caute
        caute
        What they did to my boy, my sweet, sweet midrange is truly devastating. All wonky and timbrally not as correct, relatively; loses a lot of what made the 6X0 magical. Makes the highs annoyingly peaky too, even on the JAR model.
        Jan 12, 2023
      3. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        The pads are SO worn down. It really makes the stock 660S sound way worse.
        Jan 12, 2023
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      4. caute
        caute
        I noticed! That's definitely a factor!!
        Jan 12, 2023
    13. caute
      caute
      Welp, it happened. A very kind Friend offered me his BSJAR600B that are currently being modded by ext1, so I am returning my LCD-X and…
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      3. Claritas
        Claritas
        Jan 9, 2023
      4. joch
        joch
        I don't know about abandoning orthos, or even estats. Good stuff comes along or you have an itch for something, and you're sucked right back in.
        Jan 9, 2023
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      5. Erroneous
        Erroneous
        Dynamics are named that for a reason. The One True Path.
        Jan 9, 2023
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    14. caute
      caute
      What’s your TOTL for raw emotionality? Mostly looking for hp, but amps and DACs are welcome too
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      2. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        @Merrick "Vinyl"

        For the biggest raw hit of emotion: vinyl when you scratch or warp it beyond playability. Not nice, though.

        It's a hard taskmaster.
        Jan 10, 2023
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      3. Cryptowolf
        Cryptowolf
        Whiskey to take the edge off my tendency to micro-tweak equipment, then HQPlayer->DSD64 upsampling->Spring3->Ovation amp
        Jan 10, 2023
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      4. Cryptowolf
        Cryptowolf
        The above chain is my preference after literal years of working on system synergy and figuring out what I like: bass slam, holographic stage, and micro-control of chain settings
        Jan 10, 2023
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    15. caute
      caute
      What’s a solid pick in between a Piety and Starlett for JAR-modded hp? A SW51+? Or just save up for a DNA, EC?
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      3. Kashalott
        Kashalott
        I've had the SW51, downsized to piety and now I am happy to save for a big boy tube amp. If I were in US I would probably try to get one of the older EC, but being in EU/UK I decided to go the full DIY route
        Jan 7, 2023
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      4. caute
        caute
        Really is remarkable that @CEE TEE made an amp that is so compelling that there are votes to just stay with the $150 amp rather than go for a ~$1K one. Lmao, amazing.
        Jan 7, 2023
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      5. Claritas
        Claritas
        Jan 8, 2023
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    16. caute
      caute
      Can someone who has heard both a BSJAR600B and a BSJAR650B post in one of the JAR impression threads (or here) compare these two hp?
    17. caute
      caute
      Wearing my unicorn LCD-2s (they literally have horns glued on the band) over my AirPods to blend in with all the cool audiophiles
      1. joch, Entropy and Gazny like this.
      2. Entropy
        Entropy
        Good idea! I'll ask meze for the empyreans minus the drivers and fit some earpods underneath
        Jan 4, 2023
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      3. joch
        joch
        Parallel thought: I always wonder if wearing IEMs under OSHA approved circumaural protection would be better than those wonky sounding ANC crap. (Not a big fan of ANC phones)
        Jan 4, 2023
    18. caute
      caute
      Can someone please diagram out very simply as I am a fool, how I would use a Piety as a preamp for a Liquid Gold X?
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      3. caute
        caute
        Noob must learn why double amping is bad, but also what the fuck a preamp actually does
        Jan 3, 2023
      4. rlow
        rlow
        In this case you are double preamping, which is bad because you are going through 2 preamp circuits including 2 gain stages and 2 potentiometers (volume controls) where you should only be going through one. This cannot possibly improve things objectively in any way, although the additional preamp in the chain may sometimes color the sound in a way that is more to your preference.
        Jan 3, 2023
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      5. caute
        caute
        See, I am learning already haha. Cunningham's Law in effect unbeknownst to the OP (me, in this case lol)
        Jan 3, 2023
    19. caute
      caute
      Welp, finally crossed the last frontier, dreamt I got a modi multibit 2 last night. Wtf. I don’t even want one, or do I…?
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      2. joch
        joch
        “Dreams are messages from the deep.”
        Jan 1, 2023
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      3. HotRatSalad
        HotRatSalad
        I don't know if I am an audiophile but I always dreamed of a dac that sounded analog. My dream came true when I bought my first multibit dac 5 years ago.
        Jan 2, 2023
      4. Claritas
        Claritas
        I remember only one dream about audio equipment. I dreamt that Mojo [1] and MEE Pinnacle had wonderful synergy. But I never followed up on the suggestion.
        Jan 2, 2023
    20. caute
      caute
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      2. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        Dec 31, 2022
        Qildail, Jinxy245, Mdkaler and 6 others like this.
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    Gear List:
    Pi2AES > [BNC] > Gungnir A1 > [XLR] > Liquid Gold X > [XLR out] LCD-X
    4 years after n+1 magazine's Mark Grief autopsied the dead specter of the hipster, in Lana del Rey’s satirical-autobiographical “Brooklyn Baby” there’s an easy mondegreen when she sings “my jazz collections rare”—she could just as easily be singing “my jazz collections real” —either way, this liberal postmodern obsession with “authenticity” and nostalgia-as-radical-chic cred fetishizes and amasses cultural capital, bc that’s all it can do: see and be seen as countercultural, taking revolutionary symbols of the not-so-distant past as fashion icons, as totems, as fetish objects, all the while caching sprezzatura as reified capital. It’s the same move when the hippies turned into the pioneers of Silicon Valley.

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    Primary: Pi2AES > Gungnir A1 > LauX > LCD-X (soon to be RD-X)
    Secondary: ibid. > ibid. > Piety > (soon: JAR600B)