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I knew I'd get some interesting feedback if I asked for car advice here... :-) Feb 15, 2019 at 10:21 AM

    1. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      I knew I'd get some interesting feedback if I asked for car advice here... :-)
      1. Jinxy245
        Jinxy245
        Always.
        Feb 15, 2019 at 1:22 PM
    2. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      I'm still searching for a beer that goes as well with Bourbon as Budweiser.
      1. dark_energy
        dark_energy
        Tennents Whiskey Oak maybe..
        Feb 11, 2019
      2. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        Definitely darker stouts... Not Guiness stout.
        Feb 11, 2019
    3. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Thrown properly, Freya's remote is a serious weapon...
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    4. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      I'm needle dropping to DSD and copying the files to DVD. I'm so lazy, I'd pop a DVD into the player rather than get out vinyl. Haha
      1. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Too much hard work... Too much time waiting for drawers to open and close...

        Just click on a file name.

        (Damn, computers really /really/ have made me lazy!)
        Feb 10, 2019
    5. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      The only thing I didn't like about Gungnir Multibit was the clicking when I paused my CDP. New player... no clicking on pause! Hooray!!
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    6. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Happy Lunar New Year! Year of the Pig. Awesome!
    7. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      DORK OUT ALERT: I'm needle dropping: DSD, 24/96 FLAC, 16/44.1 WAV. Will I notice a difference? Using new CD/SACD player for playback.
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      3. Serious
        Serious
        Did a quick 3 minute blind test again... the difference between 24 and 20 bit is definitely there, even with the "19 bit" Gungnir Multibit.
        I got the first wrong so after that I simply reversed what I would've clicked otherwise. I also got the 2nd wrong and got the 6 after that right. I stopped after the 8th trial.
        Edit: Posted the wrong pic
        Feb 2, 2019
      4. Serious
        Serious
        Lost the pic, but I got an 8/9 now with the HD800.
        https://i.imgur.com/1z7zJUB.png

        Especially in terms of soundstage size, but also microdynamics and timbre there are big differences.
        Feb 2, 2019
      5. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        Hard to tell the difference between DSD and 24/96 FLAC, but a little easier to tell the difference between the hi-res files and 16/44.1. Space btwn instruments, timbre, decay, attack... all a little better.
        Feb 2, 2019
    8. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Lots of good music being dialed up - if "What Are You Listening To Now" thread is any indication!
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    9. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      I'm listening to SACD audio for the first time.
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      2. dubharmonic
        dubharmonic
        Any impressions?
        Jan 31, 2019
      3. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        I've only spent time with "Box Of Rain" off the Dead's AMERICAN BEAUTY classic. Sound is fuller, more separation, micro & macro detail improves, the way notes hit and fade... I like it.
        Jan 31, 2019
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    10. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      I just downloaded the weather app "Dark Sky" from the App Store. I like the layout better than Weather Channel's app. Downside: $3.99.
      1. Skyline
        Skyline
        It's pretty crap for forecasts (but then all apps are). But, it's nice during a rainstorm seeing how much longer you can expect it to last.
        Jan 29, 2019
      2. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        Just a lot quicker and easier to navigate than Weather Channel app. My co-worker swears by the forecasting. Lol...
        Jan 29, 2019
      3. Skyline
        Skyline
        Like I said, all apps are pretty bad. Forecasting is complex and relies on too many models to be summed up succinctly in a 7-day forecast. This is the only person I trust, locally: https://www.nashvillesevereweather.com/
        Jan 29, 2019
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    11. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      I had a post deleted at HF. Good grief.
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      2. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        Mbr wrote sarcastic response to my orig. post, so I replied by chastising Mbr for being insecure. That’s why it was deleted. Kinda wimpy, though. C’est là vie! :-)
        Jan 28, 2019
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      3. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        And that’s why I like this place. Kinda like ol’ time hockey. The players policed themselves. Didn’t rely on refs or league! :-)
        Jan 28, 2019
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      4. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        IRONY ALERT: my initial post, which led to a smart-ass reply by someone on HF, was liked by none other than Baldr. Ain’t that a kick?
        Jan 29, 2019
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    12. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      I transferred a 1980s era cassette to my HD, and I'm using Adobe Audition to normalize to -3dB, get rid of hum, minimize hiss. Works well.
    13. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Cooking chili w/11-yr old son. Basic Betty Crocker recipe from HIS cookbook. Lol...
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      2. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        Chili turned out well. Did not make it too spicy or add extra salt. One can always add to taste after serving oneself!
        Jan 26, 2019
      3. DigMe
        DigMe
        Chili’s pretty hard to mess up. Easy to make a solid pot. I like to add a good helping of straight ancho chili powder.
        Jan 26, 2019
      4. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        Anything is possible when an easily distracted 11-year old is in charge!
        Jan 26, 2019
    14. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      I'm thinking about Vidar. 1x or 2x... not sure yet. Pretty sure 1x will be more than adequate. UPDATE: Read Vidar thread. 1x! 1x!
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      2. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        L/R line-level inputs. My sub is a Klipsch R-110SW. Showstopper, or just not optimal?
        Jan 25, 2019
      3. captkirk
        captkirk
        Likely the latter based off my understanding, but still worth pursuing.
        Jan 25, 2019
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      4. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        Thanks for the heads up. Definitely got to keep it in mind.
        Jan 25, 2019
    15. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Nakamichi DR-2 in the house. Display is a little crooked, but it plays great. I'm playing cassettes I purchased in the 80's. :-)
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      2. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        Welcome to the SBAF Nak club! There should be a tag for those of us who actually like the "anti-audiophile" sound of cassettes. Are you hoping to record as well? If you find a good source for blanks LMK, maybe we'll exchange actual mixtapes sometime?
        Jan 25, 2019
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      3. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        "the "anti-audiophile" sound of cassettes"

        Back in the day, and obviously before the day of PCs, one of my best uses for cassette was playing scratched records. They still sounded bad, but the cassette could not reproduce the full dynamic range of the click --- and I did not have to worry about what the scratch was doing to my stylus.
        Jan 25, 2019
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      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Mind you, Real Audiophiles, back then, probably spliced tape. Or rearranged the magnetic dust with an eraser
        Jan 25, 2019
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    16. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Not that anyone cares, but Vali 2 is back in the system. He doesn’t seem intimidated by his surroundings!!
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      3. Gaspasser
        Gaspasser
        What HP’s? How does Elex sound through it? I’ve owned Vali 2 twice, real good amp
        Jan 24, 2019
      4. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        Elex sounds great. K601 sounded a little thin on Vali 2 as opposed to Taurus MkII. Note: Elex has Black Dragon cable. Takes the edge off.
        Jan 24, 2019
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      5. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        K601 sounds better on Vali 2 today. I was listening via USB PC to Gungnir Multibit last night. Maybe something was off. I've done CDP and TT today, and all is good with Vali 2 and K601.
        Jan 25, 2019
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    17. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Set up my new Freya tonight. Been listening for about an hour. It is, by far, the hottest [temperature] piece of gear in my system.
    18. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      For those of you with RCMs (e.g. Nitty Gritty, VPI Cyclone, Okki Nokki, etc.): How often do you clean an individual record?
      1. crazychile
        crazychile
        When I was into vinyl I used the VPI cleaner before every play about 85% of the time if it had gone back into the sleeve. Otherwise maybe every other play. I dont think you have to worry about doing it too much once you know how much fluid to use.
        Jan 23, 2019
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      2. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        Wow! That's quite a bit. How do you keep track?
        Jan 24, 2019
      3. crazychile
        crazychile
        I never kept track...It was just a routine of clean it every time. But sometimes I was lazy or didn't want to interrupt the flow of a spinning marathon and would skip the cleaning unless it was visibly dusty. I also rarely needed to clean my stylus. Of which I was a little paranoid anyway. Don't obsess about it, just know that you really can't clean the records too often.
        Jan 25, 2019
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    19. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Does anyone here use a Concept2 rowing machine regularly? At home or at the gym?
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      2. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        It is a good workout, and I can use it to keep my heart rate up while circuit training. Also, having one at home saves me a trip to the gym. I can see why some dislike it. They can be punishingly monotonous!
        Jan 20, 2019
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      3. JustAnotherRando
        JustAnotherRando
        Weirdest gift ever! Used one... they seem to be well regarded as rowing machines go, but damn are they boring to use. Also, they are great for leaving puddles of sweat all over the place.
        Jan 20, 2019
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      4. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        Yes, they can be boring. Fortunately, I can change things up - intervals, distance, time, etc. - for variety’s sake. Today I went to the gym, because I didn’t want to work the flywheel. :-)
        Jan 21, 2019
    20. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      What do you folk do to clean your CDs?
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      2. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        Get kimtech wipes on Amazon. Something I learned from my lab research days. I use them more for soldering electronics, but they are great for glasses and CDs.
        Jan 19, 2019
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      3. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        Do you use any liquid cleaner in combination w/Kimtech Wipes, or do you use them dry for CDs?
        Jan 21, 2019
      4. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        I just use the wipes. Some liquids are okay but avoid acetone for sure.
        Jan 21, 2019
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    Location:
    Missouri
    Gear List:
    DAC: Schiit Gungnir MB Gen 5
    Head Amp: AURALiC Taurus MkII, Vali 2 [assorted tubes]
    Headphones: Elex, HD650, DT880, D2000, K601, TX-X00, HE-4XX, SR-80e, M220
    CD/SACD/Data Disc Hi-Res: Denon DCD-1600NE
    Cassette: Nakamichi DR-2
    Pre-Amp: Schiit Freya [Tung-Sol]
    Integrated Amp: Onkyo TX-8555
    Turntable: Technics SL-1210GR
    Cartridges: Ortofon 2M Red, Shure V15 Type III [JICO VN35HE], Audio-Technica VM750SH, Soundsmith Otello
    Miscellaneous: PS Audio NuWave Phono Converter
    Speakers: Polk Audio RT25i

    Signature

    TT: SL-1210GR | DAC: Gungnir MB | CD/SACD: DCD-1600NE | Tape: DR-2
    Phonostage: NPC | Pre-Amp: Freya | Amp: TX-8555, Taurus MkII | Speakers: RT25i | HP: HD650, Elex