Cspirou
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Cspirou

They call me Sparky, Male, from Northwest France

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I just found out Jeff Bagby died. RIP Mar 25, 2020

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    1. Cspirou
      Cspirou
      I just found out Jeff Bagby died. RIP
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      2. JustAnotherRando
        JustAnotherRando
        Woah. That is sad to hear.
        Mar 25, 2020
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      3. fraggler
        fraggler
        Wow. That is sad.
        Mar 25, 2020
      4. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        Yes. He was battling pneumonia after a kidney transplant the past week or so. I have been following on the DIY Loudspeaker page. Very sad.
        Mar 25, 2020
    2. Cspirou
      Cspirou
      Montblanc has headphones?!
      1. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        Fun fact - the guys at RAD helped design them. Not branded as RAD of course, and none of the tech, but we were consulted about the tuning and visual aesthetic. The last tuning I heard wasn't great but Alex asked for my feedback and hopefully they made some adjustments between then and now.
        Mar 16, 2020
      2. Lyander
        Lyander
        Randomly came across a What Hi-Fi article about these just as you posted, shared it with some friends in the FP hobby and they all claimed it looked a lot like Sony's new WH cans.

        LOL, Sony have certainly left their mark.
        Mar 17, 2020
    3. Cspirou
      Cspirou
      I bought some 99.9% isopropyl for soldering. Now looking like I can use it as disinfectant.
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      3. JK47
        JK47
        JK47's hot tip... Aftershave as hand sanitizer...
        Mar 13, 2020
      4. drgumbybrain
        drgumbybrain
        please don't use it as "listerine"
        Mar 13, 2020
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      5. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        @Cspirou "The disinfectant thing was a joke"

        I keep a bottle on my desk. Originally, it was the vinyl-cleaning solution, but it is a long time since I played records. Now it is used as a general purpose cleaner, eg for spectacles, but I do use it as a disinfectant. If, for example, I kill a mosquito on my skin, I spray and wipe off. Also, cleaning clinical thermometers etc.
        Mar 14, 2020
    4. Cspirou
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      3. bixby
        bixby
        "Return to a better digital sound." Are these folks on crack? There is no way I would ever go back to an iPod.
        Mar 3, 2020
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      4. scblock
        scblock
        I have a 5.5g iPod with a big SD card that lives in my Jeep. Unlike any of the several Chinese DAPs I’ve tried it works perfectly with the garbage Chrysler head unit.
        Mar 3, 2020
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      5. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        Upgraded my 20G iPod Photo to 32 Micro SD until it died. It used 2 adapters (Flash card/SD/Micro SD). Such a waste of space, but good battery life.
        Mar 3, 2020
    5. Cspirou
      Cspirou
      I have 2lbs of scotch bonnet peppers.
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      3. GoodEnoughGear
        GoodEnoughGear
        I've been thinking about fermenting peppers and then drying them to see what fermented pepper flakes are like. I reckon you want Jalapenos for flakes probably, but it couldn't hurt (hahaha) to try it out if you have an abundance of scotch bonnets.
        Feb 14, 2020
      4. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        Jalapeños are hard to come by in France. Which is too bad since I consider them ideal for whole fermentation. Quite spicy, but just mild enough where they can be eaten whole.
        Feb 14, 2020
      5. DigMe
        DigMe
        I love jalapeños. I always have some pickled jalapeños in my fridge (because I can't really find them fresh in China).
        Feb 14, 2020
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    6. Cspirou
      Cspirou
      I found another audiophile religious war. Ported vs sealed subs.
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      2. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        Waterproof, nuclear or diesel?
        Feb 7, 2020
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      3. zonto
        zonto
        What are your thoughts? I assume it's the implementation and quality of the driver/amp that matters more. For what it's worth, in my office system the Rhythmik L12 spanks the Dayton SUB-1200, but that's probably not a fair fight. :)
        Feb 7, 2020
      4. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        @zonto - I figure proper design is what matters. If JBL is producing a +$20k speaker that's ported, I assume they aren't doing it for cost cutting.

        Someone tried telling me that ALL ported speakers are just them trying to cheap out of adding an additional driver and are inherently flawed.
        Feb 7, 2020
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    7. Cspirou
      Cspirou
      1. fraggler
        fraggler
        I met a few guys who were heavy into stats at the last ZMFestivus and one of these was available. They were probably more proud and excited about these than the Stax they had. Unfortunately, the amp these were supposed to be attached to had to have the bias switched or something so I missed my chance to hear them. They were reasonably comfortable and normal on the head which is a first for estats.
        Jan 23, 2020
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    8. Cspirou
      Cspirou
      Whoa, forum is totally different
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      3. Lyander
        Lyander
        Thought I was having an episode when I checked in a while back, haha. "Click here" in orange text up top links back to classic mode but I don't hate this, honestly. Would like option for both.
        Jan 15, 2020
      4. Riotvan
        Riotvan
        Yeah looks cool! Can't click on "new profile posts" though from the new page. Also was thinking just the other day that the 5 year anniversary is coming up!
        Jan 15, 2020
      5. Jinxy245
        Jinxy245
        I think it's a work in progress still...things changing & availability sporadic while it's being worked on
        Jan 15, 2020
    9. Cspirou
      Cspirou
      Partied too hard on Dec 24th and ended up barfing and bed ridden on Christmas day.
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      2. Lyander
        Lyander
        Overdoing it each in our own special way. Seems like your family had a blast though, which more than makes up for it haha. Happy holidays dude.
        Dec 25, 2019
      3. Biodegraded
        Biodegraded
        The spirits of Christmas!
        Dec 25, 2019
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      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Goodness, that reminds me of my misspent youth!

        And I'm in the flu club, too, but, thankfully, not stomach.

        Wishing us all well!
        Dec 26, 2019
    10. Cspirou
      Cspirou
      Unpopular opinion. Music at work is like reading in the bathroom.
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      2. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        @SoupRKnowva - just feel like both use the medium as a distraction rather than treating music/literature the focus it deserves.

        I mean to each their own, but still
        Dec 19, 2019
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      3. SoupRKnowva
        SoupRKnowva
        I guess that depends, with reading in the bathroom, what are you distracting yourself from? youre just sitting there, reading seems reasonable. with music at work I can agree, it depends on your usage, for me I cant listen to music with alot of what I do, but sometimes I do something relatively mindless and listen to music as the main event
        Dec 19, 2019
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      4. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        True story - I had a friend in high school that took War & Peace to the bathroom with him and didn't leave until 4 hours later
        Dec 19, 2019
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    11. Cspirou
      Cspirou
      I like classical music and rock music. But I can't stand progressive rock.
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      3. murray
        murray
        Maybe try Gentle Giant. Clasically trained players with complex arrangements but also rock too.
        Dec 8, 2019
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      4. DigMe
        DigMe
        I almost recommended Gentle Giant earlier. But of a mixed bag at time but check out Octopus. There is a Steven Wilson remix out there.
        Dec 8, 2019
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      5. Superexchanger
        Superexchanger
        Tons of good options already, but I'll second Jupiter by Cave In. That's just a great fucking rock album.
        Tilts more metal, but Cynic's Focus might be worthwhile. Perhaps the first two Mars Volta records if you're feeling adventurous and want some Afro-Cuban influence mixed in.
        Dec 9, 2019
    12. Cspirou
      Cspirou
      Oh shit! Steph Curry broke his hand! Out indefinitely!
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      3. sphinxvc
        sphinxvc
        For sure, they done
        Oct 31, 2019
      4. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        Rockets might actually make the finals this time
        Oct 31, 2019
      5. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        Not if the Clippers bandwagon has anything to say about it.
        Nov 1, 2019
    13. Cspirou
      Cspirou
      Going out in the bay to get scallops myself
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      3. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        Okay, second attempt today
        Oct 27, 2019
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      4. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        Goddamn it. Another bust. Lots of people out today and probably scooped everything before I could.
        Oct 27, 2019
      5. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Sorry to hear that.

        The British South-coast spring tides, iirc, are two or three days after the full and new moon --- so, if it is the same on your side of the Channel, you may yet have a better chance.
        Oct 27, 2019
    14. Cspirou
      Cspirou
      Goddamn sub 2 hour marathon
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      3. DigMe
        DigMe
        Ultramarathoners are total freaks as well. I’ve got a friend who set an age 60-64 record by running 220 miles in 48 hours.
        Oct 12, 2019
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      4. Skyline
        Skyline
        For anyone who enjoys this sort of thing, I recommend Endure by Alex Hutchinson. It'll be required reading for my cross team once I start coaching again.
        Oct 12, 2019
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      5. dubharmonic
        dubharmonic
        On first read I thought you’d been cranking your subwoofer for 2 hours.
        Oct 13, 2019
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    15. Cspirou
      Cspirou
      I'm appreciating keeping speakers unfinished with kids around
    16. Cspirou
      Cspirou
      Seems like a good time to take a break
      1. Syzygy, Ash1412, ufospls2 and 6 others like this.
      2. Kunlun
        Kunlun
        Ojneg got banned if that helps.
        You'll be missed while you're away and welcomed when you're back.
        Aug 23, 2019
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      3. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        Shanks

        Need to finish projects anyway. PMs are the one email notifications i get, open to everyone
        Aug 23, 2019
      4. mitochondrium
        mitochondrium
        I hope those projects include preparing delicious food and sharing pictures once you are back
        Aug 23, 2019
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    17. Cspirou
      Cspirou
      Been going to small live shows every Tuesday. I noticed this week they sound much better then last week.
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      3. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        Also next to a thousand year old church. I don't know how much more burn in it needs
        Aug 13, 2019
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      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Check out Notre Damme.
        Aug 13, 2019
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      5. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        Ice cold
        Aug 13, 2019
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    18. Cspirou
      Cspirou
      Going to other forums annoys me to hell. It's too often that I see 20 threads on the exact same topic.
      1. JustAnotherRando
        JustAnotherRando
        Or one thread which is 600 pages of irrelevant drivel and material better suited to PMs.
        Jul 27, 2019
    19. Cspirou
    20. Cspirou
      Cspirou
      I've been looking at mech keyboards. This might cost more than my audio hobby
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      2. philipmorgan
        philipmorgan
        I'm digging low-profile mech keyboards these days. Is there a Topre low-profile option? I had a Realforce some years ago but I think it would feel too high profile for my current preferences.
        Jul 12, 2019
      3. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        I've looking at low-profile switches too. Mainly for a personal project for a portable typewriter.

        The Cherry switches don't seem available for DIY use yet, so I'll need to go with the Kailh switches.
        Jul 12, 2019
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      4. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        The additional expense for a premium keyboard doesn't seem like a waste either. Keyboards are probably the one piece of hardware that can last for decades. IBM keyboards from the 80s can still find use today
        Jul 12, 2019
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    Gender:
    Male
    Birthday:
    September 12
    Location:
    Northwest France
    Occupation:
    Scientist
    Gear List:
    Open Headphones:
    Sennheiser HD 600
    Audiotechnica AD-700
    Sennheiser Massdrop HD 6xx

    Closed headphones:
    HD 201
    Koss MV1

    IEM:
    Hifiman RE-400
    Skullcandy whatever
    NuForce HEM 4

    Amplifiers:
    Topping TP-21
    LJM HA-PRO
    Schiit Magni 2 Uber

    DAC:
    Schiit Modi 1
    Schiit Modi MB
    FiiO Taishan D03K

    Dongle DAC/Amp:
    Centrance DACPort HD Slim

    Speakers:
    DIY fe83en bookshelf speakers
    DIY TABAQ floorstanders

    Unfinished projects:
    DIY Aren van Waarde OTL 6080 amp
    Dynalo SS mk2
    Dynalo SS mini (so close)
    LJM HA-Pro enclosure
    CD transport
    digital transport
    fe103-sol speakers
    Folsom TDA7297
    Various speaker amps

    Misc:
    Raspberry Pi B+, 2, zero, 3
    Arduino
    Hifiberry Digi+
    iPod touch 3rd gen

    Wishlist:

    Vmoda BoomPro Mic
    Headphones with 3.5mm jack (ATH-M50x, Noontec Hammo Philips SHP9500, etc.)
    CIEM - Alcair Reference
    IEM - Massdrop Plus
    Closed Headphone - Fostex TH-X00 or Oppo PM3
    Open Planar magnetic - Hifiman HE-400i, HE-400s or Fostex T50RP
    On ear travel headphones - Sennheiser Urbanite, Noontec Zoro II
    Schiit Jotunheim + Phono
    MQA DAC - Meridian Explorer 2
    Balanced R2R - Schiit Gungnir MB
    Dynalo Mk2 - DIY
    Turntable - Pro-Ject Debut Carbon
    Phono preamp - Hagerman Labs Bugle 2 or Schiit Mani or Millett LR phono
    I want to pursue audio from a DIY perspective although I am not blind to a good value.

    Signature

    Home: Modi MB > DIY Dynalo SuSy Mini > 4-pin XLR > Massdrop HD 6xx
    Laptop: Meridian Explorer² > Massdrop Plus
    Nearfield: Modi MB > Lepai > Micca MB42x
    Portable: Cayin N5 > Massdrop Plus