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Last stream of consciousness thought on the Naim Nova. Biggest weakness is it does not do spooky holographic realism you get from tubes/r2r Apr 16, 2021 at 10:21 AM

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Viewing thread Gen G and Gen P Impressions Thread, Apr 20, 2021 at 12:43 PM
    1. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      Is there a worse aesthetic design in Hi-fi than Chord products? I just don't get it. Mojo looks like something my toddler would play with.
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      2. Syzygy
        Syzygy
        apparently they're $200k new; that was for a used pair.
        Jan 12, 2021
      3. spwath
        spwath
        That's around where I expected honestly. Machined from a big block of aluminum like that...
        I mean the top priced speakers at yg were like 250k I think
        Jan 12, 2021
      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Haven't even thought about Chord for ages. Checked out their website. Yes... still ugly. Reflect on the cost of those cases, and how much less of one's money is going on electronics. But audiophools think stuff like that sounds better!
        Jan 12, 2021
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    2. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      I like to daydream about $ is no object systems, and am a huge fan of the Yamaha aesthetic.. I would love to hear the 5000 series system.
      1. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        $43k for speakers, turntable, pre, and amp... How good can it sound? As a not rich man, guess I will never know.
        Jan 4, 2021
      2. dubharmonic
        dubharmonic
        I love that aesthetic too! In my limited experience Yamaha gear leans toward the lifeless side of the spectrum, even with musical instruments.
        Jan 4, 2021
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      3. zonto
        zonto
        Lots of folks love Yamaha integrateds on Steve Hoffman Forum. I'm not a big fan of the aesthetic so haven't looked into much. Think some stuff was differential and used some version of a circlotron?
        Jan 4, 2021
    3. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      Just got in my Akitika PR-102 preamp, very impressive unit. Headamp module is no slouch for an opamp design, more than serviceable add-on.
      1. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        Overall very cohesive-sounding headamp driving the HD 600. Compared to the SW51+: A little more direct and sterile, a little etch to female vocals, less holographic and has less sense of musical flow....but overall a great SS option to have in the stack. Nicely dynamic, very clear/authoritative without being fatiguing, and has a good sense of drive/punch.
        Dec 30, 2020
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    4. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      I need to buy headsets for a few interns to use for answering virtual phone calls and zoom meetings. Drop + Koss GMR-54X-ISO reliable?
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      2. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        In my first call with them one of them spotted my HD 600 and I found out he is rocking an Asgard 3+DT-990 combo, so may see if he would rather just get a dedicated microphone.
        Dec 22, 2020
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      3. insidious meme
        insidious meme
        Neumann U87 for him then.
        Dec 22, 2020
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      4. philipmorgan
        philipmorgan
        And $5k in room treatments to make it sound good. :)
        Dec 22, 2020
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    5. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      Do people find they prefer high-z or low-z from the SW51+? Probably headphone dependent but just curious what people have landed on.
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      3. HotRatSalad
        HotRatSalad
        I used low Z pretty much all the time. My amp had hum which was worse on high Z. Ultimately it made me not enjoy the amp and sell it. Recently got a ZDT jr that doesn't hum and enjoy it as much if not more.
        Dec 19, 2020
      4. Lasollor
        Lasollor
        For me low output=no hum or minimal hum with most phones high=minumal hum to pretty bad hum depending on the headphone (koss porta pro hums very badly) But my SW51 has a custom transformer made one for japanese 100V so it might be different from the others. Also I had hum problem in the past with Jotunheim, WA6-SE, Vali2,Elekit tu-8200 but no hum at all with Magni 3+. Headanp gilmore lite MK2, DNA Stratus
        Dec 19, 2020
      5. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        @gixxerwimp Late reply, but mine is definitely a very very subtle hum from high Z with HD 600, but it is there for sure. Noticeable with nothing playing. I wanted to test today to make sure I was not just having an off day or something as I did not notice the first day I had it, but sure enough still noticing it this morning. Maybe my tubes are just a bit noisier or something
        Dec 22, 2020
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    6. Inoculator
      Inoculator
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      3. gaspasser
        gaspasser
        SW51 BF2 HD6X0 best combo evar
        Dec 16, 2020
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      4. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        @Gaspasser I have seen the light. Easily the best HD 600 has ever sounded. I expected the SW51+ to be a bit more technical/analytical sounding, but it might be the most emotional sounding amp I have ever heard...without sacrificing technicality. I realize I am gushing, but like a tear came to my eye listening to Cat Power.
        Dec 16, 2020
      5. Roman
        Roman
        I've recently sold my Sonnet Morpheus and Hermes because I needed funds for other things. Now I have BF2 as my only DAC and SW51/3F amps. Mostly listen BF2-SW51 combo and it is good! I can't say I lost a lot when I sold Morpheus, music is still enjoyable.
        Dec 18, 2020
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    7. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      Wenge Auteur in the house...man I missed this headphone. No disrespect to the Verite lovers, but this is the one for me.
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      2. Elmer Danilovich
        Elmer Danilovich
        It's not as detailed nor "technical" but I like Auteur a bit more for it's tone than Verite, happy to hear your enjoying it man!! Looks stunning
        Dec 9, 2020
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      3. tommytakis
        tommytakis
        Auteur > Verite all day every day. I don't mind losing a bit of detail for that natural biocell timbre and 6x0-esque tuning. Auteur's slightly weak macrodyna can also be ameliorated w/ better amps like SW51+ and 3F. Wenge Auteur + ESX900 should be a pretty kick ass combo @Inoculator :)
        Dec 9, 2020
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      4. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        Y'all are weirdos. Verite all the way.

        Just kidding. There's a reason why the Auteur has a Golden Schlong (I kind of miss mine sometimes)
        Dec 10, 2020
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    8. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      Swapping lots of gear at the moment, so rocking just LG Quad DAC -> Vali 1 -> HD 600 at work today...and man does it sound great.
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      2. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        Easy to forget in this hobby how satisfying a simple little rig can be. Thinking I better pair a Modi 3/Multibit with this for a little extra stack.
        Dec 8, 2020
      3. bixby
        bixby
        I wouldn't. As good as my LG thinq G7 is as a source is, my computer smokes it as a source. And I use Senn 600s. Phone to amp though is good idea.
        Dec 8, 2020
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      4. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        @bixby oh for sure, LG dac was just being used out of desperation today due to no dac currently in the house (everything on loan to friends currently). Was just surprised how good the whole setup sounded. Makes me think the Vali 1 warrants a proper dac pairing
        Dec 8, 2020
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    9. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      Getting to the toddler stage where no audio equipment is safe. Learned he could reach my phono cartridge the hard way...
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      2. Soups
        Soups
        I've had nightmares about just this. Thankfully hasn't happened (yet) and all my kids love rocking out with Dad... which is priceless.
        Dec 1, 2020
      3. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        I have not tested the cartridge yet, but I think I lucked out. Despite both his hands manhandling it, stylus/cantilever still look straight. When he ran into my office to visit while I was working and he ran straight for the PrimaLuna tube amp...that is when I knew it was time for a change there as well, haha.
        Dec 1, 2020
      4. Merrick
        Merrick
        This is when you spend more money than should be necessary to get a cover for your turntable that’s really just a big plastic box.
        Dec 4, 2020
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      1. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        I always assumed these were akin to like a stereophile April Fools prank or something. These are real?!
        Nov 27, 2020
        Jinxy245, hikergrl, dematted and 2 others like this.
      2. spwath
        spwath
        I thought they were a real product, but just bullshit. Surprised someone like vpi makes them...
        Nov 27, 2020
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      3. Melvillian
        Melvillian
        Get them while supplies last!!!!
        Nov 28, 2020
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    11. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      For anyone looking for a stabilized ZMF, a ton more photos up ahead of the release this afternoon. I bet these move quick.
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      2. DJ XtAzY
        DJ XtAzY
        I resisted myself. Was gonna try to snatch the purple VCs, but I think I'd rather use use the money for more clothing and other tech lol. Didn't want to go through the hassle of reselling my existing VC.
        Nov 27, 2020
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      3. Senorx12562
        Senorx12562
        I could sell everything I own and still not be able to afford them.
        Nov 27, 2020
      4. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        ZMF is too expensive for my blood. But they are quite special.
        Nov 27, 2020
    12. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      Can't help but feel the BF2 might be a better tonal match than Gung. Mul. A2 for my setup. Scored a used to try out head to head.
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      2. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        Especially once the SW51+ gets here, but also for my LS3/5a (although hoping bass doesn't get too bloated).
        Nov 23, 2020
      3. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        @dematted yeah, I mainly have trouble with that incisiveness with the LS3/5a. Plus hoping BF2 is a good match so I can just take my whole setup SE at this point so not always having to use Freya s/Nexus to convert.
        Nov 23, 2020
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      4. neogeosnk
        neogeosnk
        I came to the same conclusion.
        Nov 23, 2020
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    13. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      AAA vinyl pressings just hit different.
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      2. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        This annoying/random thought brought to you by me being too distracted to work as I listen to a AAA pressing of Buena Vista Social Club.
        Nov 19, 2020
      3. HotRatSalad
        HotRatSalad
        I'm listening to a needledrop of classic records pressing of Led Zep 4 right now. Best version I've ever heard.
        Nov 19, 2020
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    14. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      All these props for the Soundsmith MCP-2 in the GS nominee thread...apparently I have been asleep at the wheel, I need to check that out.
    15. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      My kids daycare just had to close through the end of the year due to some positive COVID case... Long couple of months ahead
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      2. jnak00
        jnak00
        To the end of the year? That sucks...our daycare had to close today because of a positive case, but "only" for two weeks.
        Nov 16, 2020
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      3. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        @jnak00 that is how our closure started, one case, shut down just that classroom. Within 5 days more teachers tested positive and they shut down the whole facility. WA Gov. just put in additional restrictions for a month, so they figured with that and holiday break they would just call it for 2020
        Nov 16, 2020
      4. GoodEnoughGear
        GoodEnoughGear
        Yeah looks like things are rampant out there. Home schooling ain't no party either. Good luck!
        Nov 16, 2020
    16. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      Just when I start to question whether I am sane to believe in cable differences I make a cable swap that leaves me absolutely gobsmacked.
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      2. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        For sure more detailed and resolving. Actually a bit fuller sounding. Overall more holographic, deeper stage, more air, cleaner/natural bass (bass could border on a bit crunchy with the BJC). Maybe makes the LS3/5A even a bit more mid-forward, might have to mess with toe-in a bit because they are almost a bit too engaging now.
        Nov 12, 2020
      3. PTS
        PTS
        Would you consider doing this and reporting back? Get someone else to swap the cables a number of times without you looking. See if you correctly guess (say out of 5 or 10) which are the BJC and which are the Tellurium.
        Nov 12, 2020
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      4. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        @PTS in an ideally world I would, but changing cables on my setup is a pain, and with startup/shutdown of a tube amp, it would just be a logistics nightmare. I did pull my whole rack out for the swap and test half a dozen tracks with BJC, then swapped (both 4 and 8ohm taps), and then swapped back.
        Nov 12, 2020
    17. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      Stock TH900 is a boomy, screechy, incohesive mess. @E_Schaaf mods must truly be magic to salvage this disaster.
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      2. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        Nov 10, 2020
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      3. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        Nov 10, 2020
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      4. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        Yeah, I went into stock TH900 blind (hadn't read impressions or looked at FR). Yikes....
        Nov 10, 2020
    18. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      Scored an Emerald TH900 mk2 just in time to compare to the ESX900 loaner and then ship off to @E_Schaaf for modding.
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      2. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        @Lyander Yeah I figure if I can't get over the ugly Fostex branding right in the middle of the gorgeous green cup, I can always sell them and use the funds for some custom cups. Would be a shame to not keep them with the serial #2 unit for a LTD run though.
        Nov 5, 2020
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      3. dncnexus
        dncnexus
        Very jealous! Hope they are as pretty in person as photos
        Nov 5, 2020
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      4. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        I'm so glad these 548843 drivers are getting a second chance. I can't get over how bad the TH900 implementation / tuning is stock. I remember hearing them at RMAF last year and just feeling heartbroken by the dope AF bass and shitty everything else. Maxed out at like 70db before fatigue set in lol
        Nov 5, 2020
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    19. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      Asgard 3 + Verite synergy really starting to click for me. Really enjoying the cozier staging/imaging.
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      2. DJ XtAzY
        DJ XtAzY
        That was my pairing before too. It sounds great for such an inexpensive amp. Did you pair the Verite to something else before? I also noticed that you're also trying to find ways to make it less dark and better vocal presence.
        Oct 29, 2020
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      3. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        @DJ XtAzY Since having the Verite I have cycled through the Liquid Platinum, Modded Liquid Platinum, and MJ2. Overall definitely enjoying the vocals best from the Asgard 3. SW51+ on the way, eyeing a Pendant/Starlett/3F for the future. Got the Asgard 3 as a stopgap, but digging it enough I may have to keep around for a future budget stack.
        Oct 29, 2020
    20. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      Hate to admit it to myself, but my desire to spin/purchase vinyl has rapidly decreased since setting up Roon.
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      3. Cakecake
        Cakecake
        When I'm old and blind I'll go digital
        Oct 27, 2020
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      4. Merrick
        Merrick
        Same, but instead of Roon for me it’s the Gungnir Multibit.
        Oct 27, 2020
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      5. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        @Merrick yep, Pi2AES+Gungnir Multibit+Roon has been hard to beat. I still enjoy my vinyl setup more assuming it is a good pressing, but my wallet appreciates that I am starting to slow vinyl purchasing as I spend more time in the digital space lately.
        Oct 28, 2020
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