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Listening to DSD on my SACD player while watching MLB.tv (Braves vs. Brewers) and NBCSN (Blues vs. Sharks). May 17, 2019 at 5:41 PM

    1. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Might... MIGHT purchase a Stellar Gain Cell Preamplifier/DAC. Just for shits and giggles.
      1. Mithrandir41
        Mithrandir41
        They use an old school Sabre chip in that one. I think it's pre-9018, which is bad enough...
        Nov 9, 2018
      2. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        That's correct. Choice may have been driven by cost, but they are pretty fussy over there, so perhaps the implementation is good. Haven't pulled trigger yet.
        Nov 9, 2018
    2. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      16+ yo Polk Audio PSW250 sub died. Ordered replacement: Klipsch R-110SW. Quantitatively, an upgrade - larger woofer; MOAR POWR.
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      2. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        New sub is quite a bit larger than old sub... fortunately, adequate room exists. Sounds better. Cleaner. Less boomy/flabby/distorted.
        Nov 3, 2018
      3. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        With my bookshelf speakers, I never realized how much the subwoofer contributed to the experience until I was without a sub.
        Nov 3, 2018
    3. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      SL-1210GR VTA adjustment doesn't go down low enough for my cartridge. Mat is very thin - maybe a little over 3mm. Need to shim or 2x mat
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      2. Biodegraded
        Biodegraded
        Ah - you no doubt meant a shim under the cart, whereas stupid Rega owner automatically thought arm base. Ignore me.
        Oct 27, 2018
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      3. Biodegraded
        Biodegraded
        Another thought strikes, hopefully more helpful than the last one: shimming the cart will increase arm/cart effective mass in a way that might not agree with the cart's compliance. And doing the mat would avoid having to do the alignment palaver all over again.
        Oct 28, 2018
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      4. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        I agree. I opted for mat, but I do have a 15mm Shure cart in addition to the AT and Ortofon, so I think I'll have to shim that one. I'm careful about VTF, so hopefully shimming won't be a problem.
        Oct 28, 2018
    4. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Set up the new TT. Pitch & wow/flutter dead nuts on. Sounds great. Doing comparative needle drops because I'm a dork.
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    5. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Ordered new TT - SL-1210GR. Delivery expected Thursday. Old TT having issues maintaining speed - will try to fix & save as back-up.
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    6. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Chinese pork, spicy anchovies, kim-chee, and rice. Listening to Beck's "Sea Change" while streaming the Rams-Broncos game. Life is good.
      1. BillOhio, Cryptowolf, Cspirou and 3 others like this.
      2. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        I would like your recipe
        Oct 14, 2018
      3. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        LOL... my wife and I just picked some stuff up from the Asian grocery store. She did make legit chicken adobo last night, though. :-)
        Oct 14, 2018
    7. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      LOL... Just realized I accidentally purchased two copies of Elvis Costello's "Blood And Chocolate" - Mobile Fidelity vinyl version...
      1. Merrick
        Merrick
        This is why I track my physical music catalog on discogs. Too often I forget what’s already in my collection and have to double check it.
        Oct 12, 2018
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      2. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        My mouse must have double-clicked "add to cart" on amazon. I, along with my mouse, have an issue with accidental double-clicks. I usually catch them, though!
        Oct 13, 2018
    8. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Discovered rumble, hum, & hiss filters in VinylStudio. Re-doing prior needle drops to incorporate those & lighter touch w/click removal.
    9. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Just doing some comparative needle drops with my new AT VM750SH cartridge.
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      2. JK47
        JK47
        ...and
        Sep 13, 2018
      3. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        One thing jumped out at me with "Living In Paradise" by Elvis Costello: better bass - more defined; more extension - vs. Ortofon 2M Red. Will keep listening.
        Sep 14, 2018
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      4. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        FWIW, my needle drops are 96,000/24 to FLAC via PS Audio NuWave Converter. I let VinylStudio handle the click and pop removal. I notice the difference between the AT VM750SH and the Ortofon 2M Red more when I am in purely analog mode (no conversion to digital and running from PS Audio NPC through Gungnir Multibit) - TT -> Phono Stage -> Integrated Amp -> Speakers
        Sep 14, 2018
    10. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Just purchased an Audio-Technica VM750SH Shibata Nude Stereo Turntable Cartridge. Upgrade to Ortofon 2M Red and vintage Shure V15 Type III.
    11. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      I had to order it from the label's web store, but at least I finally got a copy of "Icky Thump" by White Stripes. :-)
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    12. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Tom Petty, John Mellencamp, or Bruce Springsteen? Pick only one!
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      3. ergopower
        ergopower
        Yeah, I'm also in the camp that one of those things is not like the others.
        Narrowly Petty over Springsteen. The Boss has produced some brilliant stuff, but it is overall more melancholy than Petty. But Rosalita, damn
        Aug 28, 2018
      4. jexby
        jexby
        Thurston Moore.
        Aug 28, 2018
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      5. Merrick
        Merrick
        Most compulsively listenable: Tom Petty
        Deepest emotions: Bruce Springsteen
        Worst ever: John Mellencamp
        Aug 28, 2018
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    13. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      One thing I learned from SBAF is to avoid lateral "upgrades" and avoid mid-fi purgatory. Thanks, SBAF!
      1. a44100Hz, obsiCO, BillOhio and 7 others like this.
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      3. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        Keep a spare HD600. Thank us later. Purgatory can be a luxury...
        Aug 21, 2018
      4. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        Hi-fi, mid-fi... hard to define - so many influences: personal taste, available funds, etc. My hi-fi is something I purchased that doesn't leave me wanting an upgrade shortly after purchase. My Gungnir Multibit is "hi-fi," because it was the best I could afford after doing research, and I don't feel as though I shorted myself. :-)
        Aug 21, 2018
      5. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        When I started getting into nicer audio things, HD600 was pretty upscale! I splurged on an HD650 when they were about $500. That was... a decade or so ago?
        Aug 21, 2018
    14. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Picked up Steve Hoffman-mastered "Stadium Arcadium" on vinyl. 2016 pressing. Best I've ever heard the RHCP, for sure.
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      2. SoupRKnowva
        SoupRKnowva
        Stadium Arcadium was one of the main reasons I got a turntable several years ago. If only the cd sounded so good
        Jul 10, 2018
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      3. Lyer25
        Lyer25
        *If only CDs were mastered with as much care as most their vinyl counterparts :/
        Jul 10, 2018
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      4. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        Guys, guys...I have Mother's Milk MFSL on CD.
        Jul 10, 2018
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    15. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Spinning the new Gorillaz album "The Now Now."
      1. a44100Hz and slankoe like this.
      2. Vansen
        Vansen
        SBAF policy says you must post an Imgur link when talking about new products or it didn’t happen.
        Jun 29, 2018
      3. luckybaer
        Jun 29, 2018
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      4. a44100Hz
        a44100Hz
        Album kinda reminds me of downtempo Daft Punk.
        Jun 30, 2018
    16. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      My Gungnir Multibit is a workhorse...
      1. fraggler
        fraggler
        Wouldn't that be Pokey?
        Jun 28, 2018
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    17. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      After years of listening to music 99% of the time via headphones, I finally set up my old speakers. Not bad.
    18. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Couldn't sleep, so I went downstairs and completed a needle drop of New Order's "Blue Monday" - my 12" single version (re-issued in 1985).
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    19. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      The Spin-Clean Record Washer is a product I really like. Just got mine yesterday, washed a over a dozen LPs. Easy to use. Effective.
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    20. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      For the vinyl folks: If you have multiple cartridges, does each cartridge fill a specific need, or do you just like trying different carts?
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      3. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        I saw a survey at another site, and most had <=5 carts, but a number had 10-20. I thought, "My God... carts can't be like headphones, can they?!"
        Jun 12, 2018
      4. monacelli
        monacelli
        It's easier if you have a tonearm with a removable headshell like the SL-1200 or its clones. One use case where I think it makes sense is if you listen to a lot of early mono records. Some Audio Technica guys also like to run a given cartridge body and swap styli. In general I'm also in the find something good and stick with it camp
        Jun 12, 2018
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      5. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        I can swap headshells easily with my unit. I have 2 carts: Ortofon 2M Red and Shure V15 Type III.
        Jun 13, 2018
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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