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Noooooo! My 1-of-2-of-a-kind Verite Closed Blackwood is about to be 1-of-102-of-a-kind :( Nov 12, 2021

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Dec 7, 2021 at 8:18 PM
    1. fraggler
      fraggler
      Noooooo! My 1-of-2-of-a-kind Verite Closed Blackwood is about to be 1-of-102-of-a-kind :(
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      2. Mystic
        Mystic
        How do you like them? Not too heavy on the head? Thinking of grabbing a pair to complement my Blackwood Auteurs.
        Nov 12, 2021
      3. fraggler
        fraggler
        If you are used to heavier wooded ZMF headphones already, it shouldn't be too bad. Coming from Senn headphones it was an adjustment and they never quite disappear.
        Nov 13, 2021
      4. fraggler
        fraggler
        That said, I have never really struggled with heavier headphones. I find them comfy enough that I have gone nearly a whole work day with them on. Oh and I love how they sound. I was down to the Auteur and the VC and so happy I went VC.
        Nov 13, 2021
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    2. fraggler
      fraggler
      Any recommendations for reasonably priced dry bags for keeping camera gear safe inside a backpack if it storms?
      1. fraggler
        fraggler
        Osprey is my normal go to, but their dry bags look awfully flimsy.
        Sep 14, 2021
      2. thegunner100
        thegunner100
        Check out the Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Dry Sack. There's a new nano version that's even lighter. I've been considering a waterproof hip pack like the HMG Versa or Summit Bum as well to carry my camera, in addition to my backpack.
        Sep 14, 2021
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    3. fraggler
      fraggler
      My GF actually encouraged me to YOLO my speakers and I ordered the fully upgraded CCS Criton 1TDX kit along with a 2TDX for my center.
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      2. fraggler
        fraggler
        @Cspirou The Jantzen package. Along with the upgraded tweeter, it was supposed to help with soundstage, separation of instruments, and smoothness of treble.
        Sep 2, 2021
      3. fraggler
        fraggler
        I'll leave it to others to judge me, but most of the comparisons of these speakers to other moderately expensive speakers had the upgraded crossovers, so I went all in.
        Sep 2, 2021
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      4. Walderstorn
        Walderstorn
        She deserves "that" ring.
        Sep 2, 2021
        Cryptowolf, dubharmonic and fraggler like this.
    4. fraggler
      fraggler
      Super surprised to see my SW51+ in the country and out for delivery in less than 2 weeks! Thought to myself, no way USPS delivers properly.
      1. Azimuth, sheldaze, FlySweep and 3 others like this.
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      3. Riotvan
        Riotvan
        Was about to warn you for the impending jinx... Hope you get it sorted soon!
        Aug 3, 2021
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      4. Boops
        Boops
        That sucks :-(
        Aug 3, 2021
      5. gixxerwimp
        gixxerwimp
        Fingers crossed! Home stretch ...
        Aug 4, 2021
    5. fraggler
      fraggler
      R.I.P. Biz Markie
      1. Melvillian
        Melvillian
        Just a Friend is one of the catchiest song ever written, and it’ll always be fresh.
        Jul 17, 2021
        Azimuth and fraggler like this.
      2. ogodei
        ogodei
        "The Energy Blues" from Schoolhouse Rock! Rocks is a favorite
        Jul 17, 2021
      3. Soups
        Soups
        Too many classic emcees dying in their 50's... so sad.
        Jul 17, 2021
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    6. fraggler
      fraggler
      My SW51+ is ready to ship! Hopefully I can get it by my birthday in September.
      1. Imraan, gixxerwimp, Azimuth and 15 others like this.
      2. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        I would say yes, but then again, it took nearly 6 weeks just to get a couple of tubes from Russia from ebay. I just ordered a couple from Austria, so we will see how soon those get here.
        Jul 14, 2021
      3. fraggler
        fraggler
        I've been waiting this long, so it really doesn't matter too much to me, but since a convenient "event" is coming up somewhere around a reasonable shipping time, it is some fun anticipation.
        Jul 14, 2021
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    7. fraggler
      fraggler
      Just ordered a Loki Mini +. Looking forward to @purr1n 's upgrade kit and custom tops.
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    10. fraggler
      fraggler
      Any budgetish DAPs with fitness tracking? Or conversely decent fitness trackers with onboard storage and bluetooth?
      1. crenca
        crenca
        Don't many (most?) big name smartwatches (e.g. Fitbit, Applewatch, etc.) do both of these?
        Jun 2, 2021
      2. fraggler
        fraggler
        Yes. I wasn't looking to go full on smartwatch, as most of the big names are out of the range I wanted to spend ($200 or less). Leaves only a couple options at the moment as most fitness trackers and even some lower end smartwatches don't have onboard storage for offline playback, only pass through controls for a phone (I want to leave it behind for exercise).
        Jun 2, 2021
      3. edd
        edd
        I know you mentioned you don't want to lug your phone around, but when I run outside, I just stick it in a SPIbelt ($20) & let my Fitbit Charge do the fitness tracking ($100). I prefer the Fitbit to smartwatches since it weighs so little (and, I don't have a need for the other bells & whistles of a smartwatch).
        Jun 2, 2021
    11. fraggler
      fraggler
      Downloading Mass Effect Legendary. Should finish right about when my last meeting for the day ends...
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      2. fraggler
        fraggler
        Very pleased. So nice to see ME1 with a proper lighting engine. The texture mods I had on my original were great, but MEL is definitely better for me so far. Aiming isn't completely broken anymore and the Mako is sooo much better.
        May 14, 2021
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      3. Schopenhauer
        Schopenhauer
        I got the PS4 disc in the mail today. My vacation starts Monday. So stoked. Really excited to see the improvements to ME1.
        May 14, 2021
      4. Melvillian
        Melvillian
        May 15, 2021
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    12. fraggler
      fraggler
      Anyone here turn wood?
      1. Syzygy
        Syzygy
        Only when my wife asks me to.
        Apr 19, 2021
      2. Cellist88
        Cellist88
        I wish I could.... Lol that youtube cup making video....
        Apr 19, 2021
      3. Accrued
        Accrued
        Does watching it count?
        Apr 19, 2021
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    13. fraggler
      fraggler
      Sony WH-1000XM4 worth $200 for background music? Or use ES100 with a normal pair of headphones? I can't have a cable when working leather.
      1. edd
        edd
        If you don’t need the ANC, there are plenty of other headphones that don’t sound as overly bassy & muffled. But if you need ANC, then it’s probably a good choice for the price.
        Apr 11, 2021
      2. aamefford
        aamefford
        I have the XM3. It needs serious eq from the app to sound decent. I like them though. Good for travel and isolation. Ok for sq.
        Apr 12, 2021
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    14. fraggler
      fraggler
      So what did I play as soon as I got my PS5 set up? PS2 game Kingdom Hearts 1...
      1. Gazny and Walderstorn like this.
      2. Walderstorn
        Walderstorn
        Some classics never get old.
        Mar 27, 2021
      3. Skyline
        Skyline
        Ha! Like a boss.

        I think my first game will probably be The Last of Us 2. I've already played it to death, but I want to see it in all its glory.
        Mar 28, 2021
    15. fraggler
      fraggler
      I am sure it is just coincidence, but every single one of my absolute favorite musical artists has died before their time (or broke up).
      1. Jinxy245, Cryptowolf and Imraan like this.
      2. fraggler
        fraggler
        Mozart, Freddie, Bowie, Tupac, and now Daft Punk. I like plenty more who are still alive or lived out expectedly, but can't think of anyone else that I truly grieved or would grieve.
        Feb 22, 2021
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    16. fraggler
      fraggler
      Any recommendations for inexpensive but not awful in ceiling speakers? Just needed for Atmos height channel.
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    17. fraggler
      fraggler
      Is Schiit Loki the best way to get bigger booty bass from my HD800s? I love BF2 > Jot 2, but miss the bass boost from iFi sometimes.
      1. Cryptowolf and luckybaer like this.
      2. philipmorgan
        philipmorgan
        I use it for that exact job with Elex. The leftmost knob phattens it right up
        Feb 7, 2021
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      3. gixxerwimp
        gixxerwimp
        Can't remember what your source is, but if you can get AES/SPDIF into a DEQ2496, you can pretty much do whatever you want to the HD800 sound sig.
        Feb 8, 2021
    18. fraggler
      fraggler
      Still trying to figure out if I am $60-pre-order-excited for ME Legendary. Looks like a decent amount of improvements, but...
      1. luckybaer, scblock and Schopenhauer like this.
      2. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        After the semi-bummer that was CP2077 (on PC), I'm intrigued. I loved the ME Trilogy.
        Feb 3, 2021
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    19. fraggler
      fraggler
      Still getting used to using Moode through my browser instead of Foobar to listen to my music.
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      2. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        PS - You can also add the moOde bookmark to your smartphone home screen. I did this with iOS and Android. Android actually has the moOde logo as the icon. Note, you have to use the IP, as phones don't know what do do with the .local (ie. moode.local)
        Jan 28, 2021
      3. Friday
        Friday
        If you're using Android phone, I found MALP quite painless, since it connects directly to mpd, though you still have to go back to Moode browser for EQ etc
        Jan 28, 2021
      4. edd
        edd
        I don’t use streaming services either and access my music from my pi via networked or local drives. As such, I like using Rune. The GUI is nice enough and not laggy like moode. I prefer the Rune+R version. The only quirk I’ve had is that local drives need to be formatted to NTFS instead of exfat. https://www.runeaudio.com/forum/runeaudio-r-e6-t7141.html
        Jan 28, 2021
    20. fraggler
      fraggler
      New system part 1 up and running: Moode > RPi3+502DAC > Bifrost 2 > Jotunheim 2. Not too shabby.
      1. Michael Kelly, bixby, mroneto and 5 others like this.
      2. fraggler
        fraggler
        SW51+ and a Verite Closed are ordered, but probably a ways out still.
        Jan 27, 2021
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    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Chicago, IL
    Occupation:
    www.egwoode.com
    Gear List:
    Transducers:

    Bose QC15 modded
    Carmody S2000 + Dayton SUB-800
    Fostex T50RP modded
    Sennheiser HD650M
    Sennheiser HD800 SBAFSDR
    Shure SE215
    Sony W-1000XM3
    ZMF Verite Closed African Blackwood

    DACs:

    iFi Micro iDSD Black
    Motu M2
    Schiit Fulla 2
    Schiit Bifrost 2


    Amps:

    Adcom GFA-5200
    iFi Micro iDSD Black
    Schiit Jotunheim 2
    Schiit Fulla 2
    Zampotech Shortest Way 51+

    Gadgets:
    RPi3 + 502DACPRO
    Schiit Loki+

    Signature

    Moode > RPi3+502DAC > Bifrost 2 > Loki+ > Jotunheim 2/SW51+ > HD800SDRSBAF, HD650M, VC Blackwood
    My work: www.egwoode.com