Inoculator
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Looking for an Eitr alternative. I need to convert USB to some other digital out for work laptop connection to May DAC. Suggestions? Jun 18, 2022

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    1. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      Looking for an Eitr alternative. I need to convert USB to some other digital out for work laptop connection to May DAC. Suggestions?
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      2. kee7a
        kee7a
        @Woland I didn't know the Pi4 could could take USB input. Are there any writeups for setting this up? Also can you comment on sound quality?
        Jun 22, 2022
      3. Woland
        Woland
        @kee7a The input is via the "Raspberry Pi 4 USB Gadget" so you'll find writeups by googling for that. Sound was as good as any other cabled connection and it was an easy way to upsample the regular sources (flac, tidal) with the addition of less friendly sources (spotify, youtube, games..)
        Jun 22, 2022
      4. Woland
        Woland
        By friendly, I mostly mean compatible with DSP on Roon, Audirvana etc.
        Jun 22, 2022
    2. jowls
      jowls
      Misfire, sorry.
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    3. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      I flip flop on whether I am a source first or an amp first guy in order of importance. Holo May has reaffirmed source first approach to me.
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      2. purr1n
        purr1n
        What does "first" mean? Does it mean spend the most money on it, be the most "stable" on it, or be the least "stable" putting most energy into finding the "one".
        Jun 21, 2022
      3. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        @purr1n I suppose I was getting at what overall can have the largest impact on how your chain sounds and its overall character, and in turns what it makes sense to invest in and build around. That being said, obviously synergy of the chain is actually what matters most.
        Jun 21, 2022
      4. purr1n
        purr1n
        That's both easy and hard to answer, and it depends upon where you are at.
        Jun 21, 2022
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    4. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      Holy shit. 3 month long application process, 5 interviews...and I just got the job offer. First new gig in a decade, here we go.
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      2. Jinxy245
        Jinxy245
        Indeed congrats and best of luck!
        Jun 13, 2022
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      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        Mazel tov!
        Jun 14, 2022
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      4. Ksorota
        Ksorota
        Congratulations! Have fun with it.
        Jun 14, 2022
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    5. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      Love the transparency of the Freya+ JFET buffer...is the Saga S implementation comparable? Considering for work setup.
      1. crenca
        crenca
        Marv does not think so, and I read most others agreeing on the comparison thread(s).
        Jun 9, 2022
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      2. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        @crenca Thanks! I need to re-read those threads. Guess Sys it is
        Jun 9, 2022
    6. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      I think I am going back to the Sugden A21SE over the First Watt F7. Some sort of special synergy the F7 just doesn't quite achieve.
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      2. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        @rhythmdevils I will try to check it out. F7 is no tone slouch, and technically very proficient, but with the LS3/5A it just lacks the heft/body of the Sugden.
        Jun 7, 2022
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      3. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        Ahh, yeah I don't know about that and if it would be better than the F7 but I much preferred the Aleph J to the F7 I heard. Both DIY versions, but still. The Aleph J is maybe the best solid state amp I've ever heard, just gorgeous in every way.
        Jun 7, 2022
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      4. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        I think the official versions are quite rare, even the DIY versions are hard to come by, but if you can find a good build they're not too expensive.
        Jun 7, 2022
    7. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      Despite the rough price, I am very interested in the Devore micr/o if it actually lives up to sounding good stuck in a bookshelf.
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      3. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        May 31, 2022
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      4. Boops
        Boops
        Wow. I guess I am not buying a pair of these just to try out on a lark. That price puts them in kind of a no-mans-land for what they are and who they are for no?
        May 31, 2022
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      5. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        JBL L19 is a really good sounding cheap smallish bookshelf, but maybe wouldn't fit into a shelf
        May 31, 2022
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    8. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      Having some electrical work done at my house so having a dedicated 20A circuit installed for my reference system.
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      3. ColdsnapBry
        ColdsnapBry
        I did this, costs about $400 and I put a surge protector at my power box so I can go straight into the outlets. Well worth the cash.
        May 23, 2022
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      4. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        @ColdsnapBry good call. I scored and because there is a subpanel right nearby, so dude said no problem, throwing it in for free. Granted, spending quite a bit with him for backyard remodel circuits.
        May 23, 2022
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      5. Priidik
        Priidik
        Throw in a big isolation transformer while you are at it.
        May 23, 2022
    9. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      DNA Starlett officially a gateway drug, putting in a deposit on a Stratus.
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      2. insidious meme
        insidious meme
        So what's the wait on the Stratus?
        May 20, 2022
      3. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        @insidious meme 12-15 months, so I figured I better jump in line. Have lots more time to enjoy the Starlett.
        May 20, 2022
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      4. HotRatSalad
        HotRatSalad
        Want a starlett still bad. Best thing I ever heard with just my moldy HD6xx stock. That 120 ohm output is magic stuff.
        May 20, 2022
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    10. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      Has been an exhausting couple of weeks, and while end is not in sight, treating myself to a few albums via HD580+DNA Starlett this evening.
      1. MellowVelo, Ksorota, Jinxy245 and 5 others like this.
      2. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        HD580 (this one being a black paper/flat plate) is quickly becoming a very special headphone to me, and has replaced HD 600 marble/silver screen as my reference. Paired with the Starlett it is truly remarkable. I look forward to listening to this pairing more than just about any of my other gear.
        May 9, 2022
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      3. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        Look at DG recordings. There will be some lovely renditions.
        May 10, 2022
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    11. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      Why are 43" ultrawides not a thing anymore? Best size for my desk, finally ready to upgrade and seems that size has gone out of fashion.
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      3. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        @SoupRKnowva I had wanted the Lenovo P44w or Y44w, but seems everything is 49" these days. At one point lenovo/samsung/Asus all had some out (probably all variations of the same samsung panel). Will have to settle for a used one I guess.
        Apr 30, 2022
      4. Wobbletits
        Wobbletits
        There is an acer (aopen?) 43" uw and a spectre one on amazon idk about others ;/ 43XV1C PWMIIPHX or E448B-FSN168 both 3840x1080 samsung C43J890 is 3840x1280
        May 1, 2022
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      5. zonto
        zonto
        I ran a 34” but switched over to a 38” and am very happy. If this is for work, the 38” is nice because the extra vertical resolution really matters with documents up side by side (1600px vs 1440px). I use a Dell U3818DW.
        May 1, 2022
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    12. Inoculator
      Inoculator
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      3. rlow
        rlow
        What’s the price of it? Doesn’t seem to be listed on the website…
        Apr 28, 2022
      4. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        @rlow I think the Starlett is still $2k, I bought used for a bit less than that. Current wait time is a year for a new one.
        Apr 28, 2022
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      5. roshambo123
        roshambo123
        One of the best amps I've demoed. Maybe best
        Apr 28, 2022
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    13. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      So much for my hiatus from high end headphone gear...DNA Starlett headed my way. So excited to finally hear a DNA amp.
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      3. Ksorota
        Ksorota
        The Senn bros club is growing every day!
        Apr 21, 2022
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      4. HotRatSalad
        HotRatSalad
        I got to hear this amp for a while still my plan to own one. Loved every second of it.
        Apr 21, 2022
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      5. Riotvan
        Riotvan
        The flesh is weak but the ears are happy.
        Apr 22, 2022
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    14. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      Appreciate all the folks that recommended Forza Audioworks. Love this cable right off the bat, flexible/lightweight but burly. Sounds great.
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      3. loadexfa
        loadexfa
        Yeah, they're my current favorite.
        Apr 12, 2022
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      4. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        I've bought OCC copper cables from every non rip off artist I can think of and his Claire HPC mk2 is the best sounding cable on the market IMO. Actually better than his Noir and with better ergonomics too (no big splitter). You should try a Claire! I've got so many of them around, one for every Audeze...
        Apr 12, 2022
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      5. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        I appreciate the tip on the Claire @rhythmdevils! I will give that a try for the next cable purchase. Was just about to get an order going for a recently acquired HD 800.
        Apr 12, 2022
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    15. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      Schiity day for me, Vali2+ and MJ1 both arriving today. Perfect timing to try out with ETA mini loaner.
    16. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      Buddy very kindly loaned me a SMSL SP400 amp as THX stuff is a blind spot in my experience...wow I hate this amp.
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      2. Vtory
        Vtory
        Haha that mirrors my exp with SP200. Indeed quite consistent throughout all THX-moduled amps even up to Bench hpa4. I may not hate them that much tho, maybe because I secretly enjoy some such characters..
        Mar 30, 2022
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      3. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        @Vtory I for sure see how with a different DAC (I am using Yggdrasil LIM) and cans could bring something together here that works. As is I could not wait to stop listening.
        Mar 30, 2022
      4. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        Try it with IEM’s.
        Mar 30, 2022
    17. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      Have to wear a suit and actually go do work/networking in-person tonight, the first time in 2 years. Actually feels pretty good/exciting.
      1. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        I have to admit was a bit nervous to put the suit on with a few extra pandemic lbs on me, but it still fit and I felt like a million bucks once it was on. Maybe getting back to normal won't be too bad.
        Mar 25, 2022
      2. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        A suit? weird! Not for over twenty years.

        Went to an elder relative's funeral in England three years ago. I made myself decent, in jacket and smart trousers, and abstained from my usual open sandals but... All the guys were wearing ties! I'd completely forgotten about ties!

        Good luck with the work. :)
        Mar 25, 2022
    18. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      The tube stress/inflation is real. Asked Schiit about some quad 6SN7 for my Freya+ I purchased within the past month, quoted $320 for JJs
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      2. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        I don't blame Schiit, they need to be sure they have enough to keep selling the Freya+. More kicking myself I cheaped out on the $100 difference when ordering my Freya+. Would have been nice to have a new production backup to my NOS stuff.
        Mar 24, 2022
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      3. yotacowboy
        yotacowboy
        holy moses' sandals. word on the street is that WE has first production article 6SN7s out for beta testing. supposedly $650-ish/pair. Sure, painful, but a quad from Schiit plus backup = quad from WE (assuming they sound good) + 5 year warranty? Pick your poison.
        Mar 24, 2022
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    19. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      I am having trouble keeping track of all the tube/Schiit stuff. I want to buy a Vali2+ to stack with modded Modi Multibit. Buy now or wait?
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      2. imackler
        imackler
        Buy now. And wait. This is the way.
        Mar 17, 2022
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      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        Get one now now now
        Mar 17, 2022
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      4. Vansen
        Vansen
        Supply chains for electronics are very fluid right now. If you can get your hands on something today, do it.
        Mar 17, 2022
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    20. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      Have the week off of work so continuing to tweak Forte IVs. Herbies Fat Dot Gliders more pronounced difference/improvement than DIRAC.
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      3. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        Mar 15, 2022
      4. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        I do think the changes these gave was a bit extra dramatic because I have engineered/fake wood floors. Really cleaned up the sound of these a ton though. All makes me wonder how these could sound removing the afterthought pedestal and putting on stands. Upscale recommended isoacoustics which I suppose you could get big huge threaded feet and unscrew the pedestal, would be super ugly though.
        Mar 15, 2022
      5. Boops
        Boops
        I've thought about the possibility of replacing the stock "stand" with something much more isolating. But I wouldn't want it to be ugly ;-) Thanks for the pic!
        Mar 16, 2022
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