Inoculator
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Props to Ohm for their 120 day return window, hype worn off, and these are not for me and are going back. Just couldn't quit the LS6f. Nov 30, 2021 at 2:18 PM

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    1. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      Props to Ohm for their 120 day return window, hype worn off, and these are not for me and are going back. Just couldn't quit the LS6f.
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      3. EagleWings
        EagleWings
        My friend is getting a Sugden for a home demo and he is praying for it to work well with his Spendor 1/2. Because we don’t have that many good options here in India. Yea, I was eyeing the M33 for that very reason. A simple, all-in-one solution.
        Dec 1, 2021 at 9:23 AM
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      4. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        Yeah I need to eventually do a write up on the M33, I have been waiting to get my turntable in (yay COVID shipping delays) before I do a final write up. Is it perfect? No. Is it an incredible and versatile all-in-one? Yes. If someone needs a streamlined setup it has relatively few compromises and an overall musical pleasing presentation. Overall like it more than the Naim Uniti Nova.
        Dec 1, 2021 at 9:31 AM
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      5. EagleWings
        EagleWings
        Great. I look forward to your impressions. If time allows, please share some thoughts on the Grahams and the Sugden too. Hardly any reliable impressions of these gear out there.
        Dec 1, 2021 at 10:44 AM
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    2. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      New Adele album is a gem. Loving the mastering, so seductive/intimate. Sucking me right into my system this morning.
      1. Merrick
        Merrick
        Just disappointing to see the DR numbers are between 4 and 7, ugh.
        Nov 19, 2021
      2. bixby
        bixby
        I thought the recording sucked pretty hard.
        Nov 30, 2021 at 5:46 PM
      3. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        I am bound to be wrong sometimes @bixby, maybe the Yggdrasil LIM just makes everything sound pretty good. Vocals and how they were layered did it for me via the LS3/5a
        Nov 30, 2021 at 7:58 PM
    3. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      Hate to say it, but there is something to Herbie's Tenderfeet. Replaced stock Sugden A21SE feet, fuller sound and better separation/depth.
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      3. Riotvan
        Riotvan
        I’m a big proponent of decoupling speakers and subs so I’m not at all surprised at your findings! Going to have another look on that site, like you said it’s all priced very reasonably. Just shipping and import duties are something to consider for me…
        Nov 18, 2021
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      4. zonto
        zonto
        I've used Herbie's products for years. Tenderfeet under disc players and DAC, and baby booties under lighter game consoles, Apple TV, and now Pi2AES even. I haven't added anything to my Coda amp yet, but that thing weighs 110 lbs so not sure Tenderfeet are the best choice. :)
        Nov 18, 2021
      5. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        @zonto They make firm tenderfeet for components up to 200lb! I stuck with the soft tall for my Sugden since just 35 lbs. Glad to hear other folks around here have enjoyed. I have not tried the baby booties, will have to check that out for pi2aes/rega PSU.
        Nov 18, 2021
    4. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      When Ohm Walsh omnidirectional speakers arrived my wife said "it is like listening to headphones" and that has held very true.
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      2. Gazny
        Gazny
        Good thing I hope.
        Nov 17, 2021
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      3. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        I didn't realize just how right she was until something clicked for me recently. Yeah the omni effect is like walking around with headphones, but they also stage like headphones. More of a headstage than a soundstage if that makes sense.
        Nov 17, 2021
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      4. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        @Gazny mostly at least, just a bit bizarre to get used to. Positioning right is very fine line between really nice bass slam and fuller/more textured mids closer to wall and nice air to the sound further from wall. Finding that sweet spot is tough. Going to test out DIRAC for final refinement sometime next week, as things a bit boomy where I landed on.
        Nov 17, 2021
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      Inoculator
      1. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        Long story short, this is my 2nd Khozmo product, and does not disappoint. Very well constructed/designed passive that removes my nervosa over transparency, while also giving me new functionality. Remote on my Sugden A21SE did nothing but volume, Khozmo has standby, mute, controls display brightness, and is a joy to use. A+ stuff. All electronics removed from signal path and external PSU.
        Nov 12, 2021
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      2. Garns
        Garns
        Is that rack made out of gigantic pieces of Ikea bamboo?
        Nov 13, 2021
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      3. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        @Garns yep! I had a post in the audio racks thread about the build, but that thread seems to not be available right now either. It is a Salamander/threaded rod style rack, and I just drilled the corners of ikea bamboo countertops. Worked great!
        Nov 13, 2021
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    6. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      New Beach House is so good...how do they keep doing it?
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      3. Wilson
        Wilson
        Nov 11, 2021
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      4. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        @Wilson I got the chance to see them at Red Rocks when they were opening for Fleet Foxes/touring their B sides album the year before that video, amazing stuff. Sun setting, lightning storm brewing in the distance, truly unforgettable.
        Nov 11, 2021
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      5. jaker782
        jaker782
        Yes, indeed! They are mesmerizing live as well! Hoping to catch them on tour next Spring. Think tix go onsale soon.
        Nov 12, 2021
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    7. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      Every new iFi product announcement I get excited that it might be a portable DAC/amp with wi-fi Roon endpoint support. I will keep dreaming.
    8. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      1. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        Initial impressions all overwhelming positive. Midrange feels maybe a little sucked out/muddy, but need to mess with positioning and get them broken in. I bought them to confidently fill a large open concept space, and for a wide sweet spot, and on those two counts boy do they deliver. If you have never heard an omni (which I had not), it is trip. Stage/imaging stays perfectly locked in as you pace the room.
        Nov 4, 2021
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      2. Soups
        Soups
        Great looking room. I also no longer believe you have any children. ;)
        Nov 4, 2021
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      3. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        @Soups haha right? Got to splurge on setting this space up after moving/selling our old house. Taking a lot of work to get them to respect this space, toy storage and room to sprawl out at the back of the room. Have sacrificed whole downstairs rec room to play room space. I actually chose the Ohms partially for kid safety though. No driver they can poke!
        Nov 4, 2021
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    9. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      Curious about any of the Zu model speakers? Check out Guttenberg's new Soul review. Really tracks what I thought of the Dirty Weekends
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      3. yotacowboy
        yotacowboy
        Granted my time with Zu's have been limited to audio shows, but the same recipe, even with some additional salt or garlic usually nets a similar flavor. Sorta like how Zu prefers to show their speakers: DJ on the 1's and 2's, kinda crap gear, played too loud in a space too big for the speakers.
        Nov 1, 2021
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      4. yotacowboy
        yotacowboy
        FFS Zu, just commit to the branding that they're ragged-sounding PA speakers in car-color painted cabs, and you can't make them sound demonstrably better no matter how much superglue you dope the cones with. There's nothing "hi-fi" (or even natural) about the sound.
        Nov 1, 2021
      5. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        @yotacowboy I do have some old notes from when I had them and found some redeeming quality, but yeah, not sure why they have such a devoted following. I will do a write up in the coming weeks. I will give it to Zu, their mod of the denon cartridges is superb at least.
        Nov 1, 2021
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    10. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      Ohm Walsh Tall 4000 finally on the way after 6 months wait, I am buzzing. 95lbs each, RIP the UPS guy next week.
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      3. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        Oct 29, 2021
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      4. yotacowboy
        yotacowboy
        based on Bosch, they seem to work best when there aren't any wires connected to your vintage MC225 amp.
        Oct 29, 2021
      5. Biodegraded
        Biodegraded
        ^Haha. And his amps don't seem to be switched on very often. Also, I wonder how much that show has contributed to the ridiculous prices now being asked for 6300 TTs.
        Oct 30, 2021
    11. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      Moondrop Kato arriving today! Pretty excited, has been a couple years since I gave an IEM a whirl.
      1. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        Gorgeous presentation on these, just a really well thought out package/product. Great comfort. Wasn't love at first listen...but I think getting used to IEMS again. Went to the biggest silicon tips as most folks seem to, and that was the ticket, wasn't getting a good seal before clearly. I was Medium-Small tips in JVC spiral dots during my last go at IEMS, so I was surprised.
        Oct 28, 2021
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      Inoculator
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      3. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        @loadexfa yeah I agree, I have found lots of folks don't want to risk USPS these days though so embraced FedEx. Maybe I need to try changing back. Being able to schedule free pickup was a godsend during the start of the pandemic when I was selling tons and taking care of of my one year old.
        Oct 13, 2021
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      4. NationOfLaws
        NationOfLaws
        We ordered caviar that was shipped through FedEx. It showed up four days late. Caviar was still good, though.

        Just kidding, it was room temp when it arrived so I binned $200 in caviar.
        Oct 13, 2021
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      5. Syzygy
        Syzygy
        "When it absolutely positively has to be there overnight"
        Oct 14, 2021
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    13. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      ESX900 and ETA GenG test day!
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      2. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        This is really an open vs closed compliment of the same headphone sort of deal (like Auteur - Ekon, etc). You can pick apart that they are different drivers but really enjoying the complimentary tuning.
        Oct 12, 2021
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    14. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      About to have to leave my first ever negative Audio Mart feedback... Why are people the way they are sometimes?
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      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        Oct 11, 2021
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      4. dubharmonic
        dubharmonic
        Not cool, man.
        Oct 11, 2021
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      5. bixby
        bixby
        Some people are just born dicks. I once got neg feedback on ebay after a guy kept low balling me on another site. When I listed the item on ebay and he won the auction at a higher price than his lowball offers, he left neg feedback saying I was hard to deal with even though that was on another forum.
        Oct 11, 2021
    15. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      Head over heels for the Sugden A21SE, holy moly.
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      2. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        @yotacowboy I hate myself for continuing my descent into brit-fi snobbery...but guilty as charged. Something to it for sure.
        Oct 8, 2021
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      3. Qildail
        Qildail
        I feel bad after watching you put all that effort into the Schiit stack, but good that you found something to replace (parts of) it in relatively short order.
        Oct 9, 2021
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      4. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        @Qildail the life of a perpetual gear swapper...don't be like me. I am sure I will own the full Schiit stack again someday, really killer value setup. I am just always chasing the perfect synergy with the LS3/5A, I just may never find it, but thrill of the chase and all that. Going to be going back to trying some el34 push pull stuff soon also
        Oct 9, 2021
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    16. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      I have no self control. Sugden A21SE vs monoblock Aegir impressions incoming.
      1. famish99
        famish99
        Any early thoughts?
        Oct 5, 2021
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      2. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        @famish99 my phrasing may have been a bit off. Pulled the trigger on a used Sugden A21SE, waiting on shipping for Canada, arriving next week. I have heard the sugden at a local shop before with my same model speakers and was impressed, but will really see once I have it in my space what I think.
        Oct 5, 2021
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      3. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        @famish99 some quick follow-up now that I have had some time with it (going to spend a few weeks before writing long impressions). This is the most dynamic amp I have ever driven my LS3/5A with, hands down. Kind of surprising as I expected a bit more of a lush laid back sort of vibe. Instead this is a grab the edge of your seat/buckle up sort of experience. Very lively but still supremely musical and effortless.
        Oct 13, 2021
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    17. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      Rocking NOS RCA Clear Tops (buffer) and NOS KenRad (gain) in Freya+ today. Superb. Thanks @Maven86 for the hookup.
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      2. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        Tube rolling in the Freya+ is pretty funny. Never like a massive swing in the character of the preamp, but just enough to push your chain into the sweet spot. Going to experiment a bit more still probably, but things feeling very dialed in.
        Oct 1, 2021
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      Inoculator
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      3. DigMe
        DigMe
        I use my drop.com portapros with inline mic for gaming.
        Sep 23, 2021
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      4. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        Sep 23, 2021
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      5. Cryptowolf
        Cryptowolf
        to each their own. I have a setup with dark woods, black, and copper. Beige may work great for others.
        Sep 23, 2021
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    19. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      Upgraded to a Pi2AES with display. Necessary? No. Does it bring me joy every time I look at my audio rack? Absolutely.
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      3. gaspasser
        gaspasser
        Sep 21, 2021
      4. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        @yotacowboy Late, but here is a photo of the setup! https://i.imgur.com/Cbt9E2J.jpg Not the most stylish or sophisticated, but better than nothing, I hope RoPiee continues to iterate on the design. In the past with roon I have just setup roon on a tablet and kept next to my system for visual feedback and as a big remote control, but a bit overkill for this personal/nearfield setup.
        Sep 21, 2021
      5. DigMe
        DigMe
        That’s looks great, man!
        Sep 22, 2021
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    20. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      I'm a complete room treatment novice. Bass is super boomy only in back corner when I sit there, means I should put a bass trap there right?
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      2. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        A guy goes to the doctor, pokes himself in the chest, says, "Doc, it hurts when I do this."

        Doc: "well, don't do it, then!"

        I love that joke. But seriously... Is it worth what might be a lot of effort to tune that corner, rather than move your reading chair? Given that you have good sound in other places, and the effort/side-effect is unknown quantity, I'd take the easy obvious answer here.
        Sep 17, 2021
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      3. Biodegraded
        Biodegraded
        Don't put the baby in that corner or you'll be responsible for raising yet another basshead :)
        Sep 17, 2021
      4. bixby
        bixby
        Very nice looking room. I would not waste time on a trap if you listen on the couch. I would be more inclined to place that plant behind the couch over by the windows to diffuse that first reflection. Or you could put an absorbing panel there, but it would mess up the look.
        Sep 17, 2021
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