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Great news! The batteries for the Sony WF-1000xm3 are simply replaced. Bad news! The led is part of the circuit and I have a dead bud now May 26, 2022 at 1:01 PM

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    1. fraggler
      fraggler
      Great news! The batteries for the Sony WF-1000xm3 are simply replaced. Bad news! The led is part of the circuit and I have a dead bud now
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      2. fraggler
        fraggler
        Maybe I should stop trying to save money with DIY...
        May 26, 2022 at 1:03 PM
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      3. gixxerwimp
        gixxerwimp
        Which one died? I think I borked the ANC mic on one of mine by dropping it. Squeals occasionally and no bass with ANC, works fine passive. Wonder if 2 units from different sets can be paired.
        May 26, 2022 at 6:09 PM
    2. fraggler
      fraggler
      Hmm, so after I jinxed myself with my celebration, I get about 40 minutes out of the ESS card in my Jot 2 before it does an electronic fade.
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      3. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        With the card module or the whole amp itself?
        May 26, 2022 at 11:29 AM
      4. fraggler
        fraggler
        The card disappears from Windows, so I was assuming just the card. Have to move it back to where I have offboard DACs before I can isolate. Good suggestion. I might have killed the whole thing!
        May 26, 2022 at 11:39 AM
      5. yotacowboy
        yotacowboy
        "electronic fade." is this some kind of haircut or a way to wear your pants like the cool kids do?
        May 26, 2022 at 4:44 PM
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    3. fraggler
      fraggler
      Does anyone else's Schiit gear randomly click? I am assuming it is some sort of protection. Even off, it happens.
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      2. jnak00
        jnak00
        Jot 2 will click a couple times about a minute after shutdown
        May 23, 2022 at 7:53 PM
      3. gixxerwimp
        gixxerwimp
        I think @fraggler is referring to random clicks not due to bitrate change. I get clicks when other stuff is turned on/off, both up/downstream. Not fully random, but not standard behaviour.
        May 23, 2022 at 9:04 PM
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      4. Woland
        Woland
        The Mjolnir 2 case 'clicks' while warming up and cooling down.
        May 23, 2022 at 11:41 PM
    4. fraggler
      fraggler
      Blade Runner soundtrack by Vangelis almost evokes tears. As a nerdy child of the 80's, so much hope and emotion tied to it.
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      2. fraggler
        fraggler
        @insidious meme It is pretty wild reading about the soundtrack. I'd love to track down a lossless copy of one of the bootleg compilations, but for now, just enjoying the 3 disc set that came out on one of the anniversaries.
        May 23, 2022 at 8:26 AM
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      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        @fraggler I have a FLAC copy of the Esper Retirement Edition from 2007, five CDs worth. Let me know if you want a copy!
        May 23, 2022 at 12:16 PM
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      4. dubharmonic
        dubharmonic
        Let me tell you about my mother.
        May 24, 2022 at 11:23 AM
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    5. fraggler
      fraggler
      Way too early impressions: Sony WH-1000XM5 are very comfortable, ANC is insane, with the Android app used to EQ slightly, excellent sounding
      1. fraggler
        fraggler
        Un-eq'd a touch muddy/muted. Just a little boost in upper mids and treble and pretty darn good. I don't look for the technicalities I can get with a real setup since I am looking at all the non-SQ benefits of a set like this.
        May 21, 2022
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    6. fraggler
      fraggler
      Quite out of character, I pre-ordered a Sony WH-1000XM5. Hopefully good enough to allow me to get rid of a bunch of gear in the office.
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      2. fraggler
        fraggler
        Will happily share, but my only BT references are an ancient set of Bose QC15 with an adapter and my Sony WF-1000XM3 in ears. I don't intend to commute with these so the added size isn't too big a deal as long as they are comfortable. Mainly, I need something competent for background listening while doing other things with no cable encumberments.
        May 20, 2022
      3. fraggler
        fraggler
        I have almost wrecked my nice headphones while doing leather work because I forgot I was tethered and bent down to pick something up. I will also be moving my office into a larger room, but shared with my fiancee so the noise cancelling will be more important than fidelity as well.
        May 20, 2022
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      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        @fraggler "...shared with my fiancee so the noise cancelling will be more important than fidelity as well."

        I just don't know where to start getting my head around that!
        May 22, 2022
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    7. fraggler
      fraggler
      Installed the ESS card in my Jot 2 and it works! Yay not losing $500 trying to save $50.
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      2. gixxerwimp
        gixxerwimp
        So you decided to go this route over Vali2+ with Modi3E?
        May 18, 2022
      3. fraggler
        fraggler
        @gixxerwimp yes, for now. Purely for single box ergonomics. I may still grab a Modi3e if one pops up here, but given my current tendencies might just sell everything but main rig and go bluetooth.
        May 19, 2022
    8. fraggler
      fraggler
      Anyone want to invest in a Baiju bar in Chicago? Just as I am burning out, got hit with an 8th wind of entrepreneurial spirit.
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    9. fraggler
      fraggler
      Vali2+ with Modi3E or Jot2 with ES card? Already have the amps but don't really want to buy both DACs...
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      2. fraggler
        fraggler
        More about minimizing stuff. Jot2 as a single box appeals more than a baby stack since fewer cables are involved. I might end up with both depending on if I want more than BT at all my workstations.
        May 11, 2022
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      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        Have you heard a modded Modi Multibit? That would justify the separate box IMO.
        May 11, 2022
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      4. fraggler
        fraggler
        I have not, but liked the Modi Multibit when I had it (twice) that I was tempted to go that route. For a secondary/tertiary system, not sure if it is worth it. Looking for something for more background listening while working or hobbying. BT headphones might be good enough for that. Still keeping Bifrost 2 + SW51 for main listening.
        May 11, 2022
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    10. fraggler
      fraggler
      Cedric Diggory as Batman not too shabby. He is a wooden spoon, but overall I like this version of realism. Tim Burton forever, though.
      1. Armaegis
        Armaegis
        I mean... a child traumatized and likely suffering from PTSD witnessing the gruesome murder of his parents, then spent the next two decades focusing on revenge... wooden spoon is probably the right way to portray him.
        Apr 24, 2022
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    11. fraggler
      fraggler
      Just came back from a little over a week river cruising around the Netherlands and a little of Belgium. NGL, kind of want to move now.
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      2. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        Nice!
        Apr 16, 2022
      3. Tekker
        Tekker
        The taxes are gonna bite you so hard in the Netherlands, it’s not even funny
        Apr 16, 2022
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      4. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        Cycling culture there is amazing
        Apr 17, 2022
    12. fraggler
    13. fraggler
      fraggler
      Bruh. Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35. Never get tired of it, especially when Perlman is involved.
      1. GanGreinke
        GanGreinke
        The Tchaik was the concerto that pushed me to practice violin as a kid so that I could learn it one day. I grew up loving Heifetz’s interpretation. So unique!
        Mar 11, 2022
    14. fraggler
      fraggler
      Lord help me, I want the new iPad Air. I have happily been Apple free for decades, but the Samsung S8 doesn't appeal as much without 5G.
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      3. Ksaurav402
        Ksaurav402
        I for one love iPad as a product. I use it for browsing, reading, movie, flipboard, watching family albums. Basically for everything except work. Infact I have started using it with MS Teams to share whiteboard and explain things by Visual means using apple pencil.
        Mar 8, 2022
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      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Have banished Microsoft and was never even tempted by Apple, but also recognise Android is far from perfect.

        The only thing I ever do with music, now, is listen to it, and seldom on a portable device. If I was into making, playing, or even fooling around, with music, it seems it would have to be iPad, /not/ Android. It's a pity it doesn't compete on audio function.
        Mar 9, 2022
      5. Qildail
        Qildail
        I'm still rocking an older iPad Pro 2016 with 4G. I keep kicking the upgrade can down the road until we have better/actual 5G where we live. I imagine it'll go out of support here soon though.
        Mar 9, 2022
    15. fraggler
      fraggler
      Super niche question: what BT transmitters do you use on a plane to use BT headphones? Looking for sub-$50 solutions.
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      2. Vansen
        Vansen
        Look at stuff from Avantree: TC417, Oasis B, Oasis Plus.
        Mar 2, 2022
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      4. fraggler
        fraggler
        I ended up with a Taotronics cheapie for $20 due to an Amazon lightning deal. After some fiddling about pairing (make sure all BT devices nearby are off), it works! And it doesn't sound horrible. However, I have to max out volume to get it listenable. Last time I flew, the volume was crazy loud, so maybe it won't be an issue? I fly again early April so will test and report back.
        Mar 3, 2022
    16. fraggler
      fraggler
      Holiday best to everyone!
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    17. fraggler
      fraggler
      Finally had to get a phone without a 3.5mm jack. Mostly OK with it since bluetooth has gotten decent and wireless buds are pretty freeing.
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      2. Jinxy245
        Jinxy245
        I think this is part of what's fueling the recent dongle explosion.
        Dec 14, 2021
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      3. fraggler
        fraggler
        There was something very simple and good enough about plugging in my Shure IEMs to my phone for so many years when on the go. Working from home for the last 5-6 years has kind of killed that use case so I am ok, it is just really weird to have a phone without one.
        Dec 14, 2021
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      4. gixxerwimp
        gixxerwimp
        Galaxy A series and Pixel 5 still have one. Lots of considerations before the next "up"grade.
        Dec 14, 2021
    18. 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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    19. 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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    20. 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
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    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Chicago, IL
    Occupation:
    www.egwoode.com
    Gear List:
    Transducers:

    Audeze LCD2 Classic
    Bose QC15 modded
    Carmody S2000
    Fostex T50RP modded
    Sennheiser HD650M
    Sennheiser x JAR HD650
    Sennheiser HD800 SBAFSDR
    Shure SE215
    Sony W-1000XM3
    ZMF Verite Closed African Blackwood

    DACs:

    iFi Micro iDSD Black
    iFi Zen DAC v1
    Motu M2
    Schiit Fulla 2
    Schiit Bifrost 2


    Amps:

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

    Gadgets:
    RPi3 + 502DACPRO
    Schiit Eitr
    Schiit Loki+
    Schiit Lokius

    Signature

    Moode > RPi3+502DAC > Bifrost 2 > Lokius > Jotunheim 2/SW51+ > LCD-2 Classic, HD800SDRSBAF, HD650M, JAR650, VC Blackwood
    My work: www.egwoode.com