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So far so good with used vinyl purchases. One LP has a bit of sibilence, but swapping carts minimized. Makes me want to recheck alignment! Jan 25, 2023 at 11:53 AM

    1. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year! I wanted to do this before I got busy and forgot.
    2. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      I was an idiot for ramping up my activity level so soon after being COVID fever free. I set my recovery back at least a week!!
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      3. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Whoa! slow down and take extra care of yourself.
        Dec 14, 2021
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      4. Jinxy245
        Jinxy245
        Indeed...take it easy, be good to yourself (and add any other appropriate cliches that suit your fancy)
        Dec 14, 2021
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      5. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @Jinxy245 @Thad E Ginathom I try to be physically active, so the inactivity and watching my cardio metrics decline is frustrating.
        Dec 14, 2021
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    3. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      I’m surprised I have no interest in purchasing audio gear this holiday season. There’s nothing in my gear that I want to replace!
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      2. SoupRKnowva
        SoupRKnowva
        No better feeling than just being happy with the gear you’ve already got.
        Dec 12, 2021
      3. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @YMO Haha… sorry, nephew… no pressing audio wants, but some other items. Although, new subwoofer is tempting.
        Dec 13, 2021
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      4. Qildail
        Qildail
        I picked up some nice deals this year, but almost nothing since the early fall. I do think I'm going to need a humidifier before it's over though, before something cherished dies a sparkly death.
        Dec 13, 2021
    4. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Could a pre-amp impact soundstage, placement, separation?!
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      2. SoupRKnowva
        SoupRKnowva
        I found the goldpoint to be a noticeable step down from the built in volume control of the wavedream. the icOn4 AVC was actually very close, different in some ways but overall at a similar level. Ive not heard a Khozmo though
        Nov 30, 2021
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      3. GoodEnoughGear
        GoodEnoughGear
        I notice very subtle differences between my Goldpoint, Soekris Digital and the MHA100 depending on usage and gain management. If I stay in the 'sweet spot' (ie: reducing impact of cable capacitance for the GoldPoint, minimal digital attenuation for Soekris, and MHA100 topping out at 60% for max volume) they are all excellent.
        Nov 30, 2021
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      4. GoodEnoughGear
        GoodEnoughGear
        "Gain Management" is using the trim pots on my monitors to put the upstream attenuator in its comfort zone.
        Nov 30, 2021
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    5. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      COVID is no fun. After 2 weeks, I finally felt like listening to music and doing a little exercise. Not 100% yet, but will get there.
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      3. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @DigMe My senses of taste/smell changed during COVID. Some things seemed muted, while others generated a more intense reaction. Mostly normal now!
        Nov 29, 2021
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      4. Cryptowolf
        Cryptowolf
        May you return to 100% soon.
        Nov 29, 2021
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      5. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        Hit the Concept 2 Rower for 15 min yesterday and walked 1.5 miles today. Going to ease myself back into things!
        Dec 1, 2021
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    6. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      I am being moderated on SHMF for questioning the efficacy of the vaccines and wondering if boosters 6-9 months is the new norm.
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      2. DigMe
        DigMe
        that is how it eventually went with the 1918 flu pandemic. Re: vaccine efficacy - the proof is in the pudding. I know so many doctors and they are all seeing the same thing - yes, the vaccinated can get it but the people dying and in the hospitals are overwhelmingly unvaccinated.
        Nov 29, 2021
      3. DigMe
        DigMe
        what is SHMF?
        Nov 29, 2021
      4. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @DigMe That’s what I’ve heard, too. Hopefully, I can convince my mom to get it - even though she lives isolated.
        Nov 29, 2021
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    7. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      My wife didn't appreciate the transition I just made from The Beatles to Siouxsie And The Banshees... :-)
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      3. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        You can't change gears like that. That is bad radio programming. Gotta throw in some David Bowie or The Clash in-between.
        Sep 21, 2021
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      4. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @Azimuth @mitochondrium I think I went from “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” to “Cities In Dust.” Quite jarring!
        Sep 21, 2021
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      5. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        My dad was a radio program director. He used to listen to other radio stations and cinrge sometimes at the transistions.
        Sep 21, 2021
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    8. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      USB from PC into Gungnir Multibit sounds a little crisp, brittle, and metallic tonight. Playing CD from CDP now. USB off night, I guess.
      1. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        Out of curiosity, what USB does your Gungnir have? Not saying this would be the cause; I have nights too where nothing sounds good.
        Sep 18, 2021
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      2. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        I don’t have Unison. What was before that? Gen5? I did have Gungnir Multibit off for a while. Wonder if that was it? @ChaChaRealSmooth
        Sep 18, 2021
    9. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Got the Shure V15 Type III with JICO SAS/R aligned on the Kenwood KD2070. Sounds great! Why is everything sounding so good today?
    10. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Perhaps due to my laying off vinyl while unit was being repaired, but my NPC sure sounds awesome after returning from the PS Audio Factory!
    11. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      RMA'd my NPC to PS Audio. Received repaired NPC today. Playing an LP now. Seems fine. $150 repair beats buying new gear.
      1. CEE TEE and Biodegraded like this.
      2. CEE TEE
        CEE TEE
        Got my PerfectWave Mk I > Mk II repaired for a reasonable sum last year, glad yours is working too!
        Aug 2, 2021
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    12. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      RMA'd my PS Audio NuWave Phono Converter to the factory for repairs. Fingers crossed!
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    13. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Might need phonostage w/XLR out and ADC (USB to PC). Any recommendations?
      1. ogodei
        ogodei
        Ive only seen cheapo all-in-one solutions (ART USB Phono Plus with RCA outs) or people using a good phono stage into an external sound card. The Parks Puffin will output digital SPDIF via RCA but I cant recommend the sound quality.
        Jul 7, 2021
      2. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        I'm going to open up my phonostage and replace the fuse. According to tech support, I need to try that before getting an RMA.
        Jul 7, 2021
    14. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      My PS Audio NuWave Phono Converter died. I've reached out to tech support to see what my options, if any, are. 4 mos out of warranty.
    15. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Doing some needle drops and putting them on CD. They sound great!
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      2. Gazny
        Gazny
        Be great to hear some of the rips
        May 9, 2021
      3. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        I know this is sacrilege, but a half decent rip should sound much the same as the LP playing through the same equipment. And I sometimes prefer my own rips to more recent digital releases, even with clicks and defects.
        May 10, 2021
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        May 10, 2021
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    16. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      It has been a grind, but I’m working on my form while running. I think it is paying dividends. Less pain; easier to maintain pace.
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      3. GoodEnoughGear
        GoodEnoughGear
        I've been running barefoot for the last 10 years after injuring my knees and looking to improve form. I've broken a toe, but that was playing tag with my daughter. Peak at 56km/week and sub 2hr half marathon. I won't go back unless forced to.
        May 1, 2021
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      4. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        @GoodEnoughGear - one of the things I've discovered is that going completely barefoot is actually better then just going minimalist because it really makes you change your form. I wouldn't even consider heel striking on concrete barefoot.
        May 1, 2021
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      5. GoodEnoughGear
        GoodEnoughGear
        Exactly! I advise anyone looking at barefooting to go full barefoot. Sure, use FiveFingers or whatever for unfriendly and/or hot surfaces when you need to, but going fully barefoot sets limits that prevent overuse injuries and encourages (to put it mildly) proper form.
        May 1, 2021
    17. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Khozmo’s remote controls match the color of the faceplate on the preamp. JIC anyone was wondering. ;-)
    18. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Nakamichi DR-2 -> Khozmo Passive Pre -> Parasound 2125v2 -> Polk RT25i + Klipsch Sub... good synergy here.
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    19. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      I'm going to send in my Gungnir MB (A2) for the Unison upgrade. Good upgrade, right?
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      3. Kolozub
        Kolozub
        In my case it sounded sharp and forward, ulcerate was WW2 to my ears. everything calmed down maybe after 120 hours.pi2aes is a little bit better compared to Allo usbridge to unison combo with Stock wallwart. Three days ago i almost bought pi2aes,but maybe it is better to wait for unison out:-) better streamer than usbridge could be on par or better compared to pi2aes.but for now, pi2aes is the best choice
        Apr 18, 2021
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      4. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        I'm lazy and cheap, so not sure when I'll get around to this. Likely, my laziness will be the defining issue, as $200 isn't TOO painful for a decent upgrade in this hobby.
        Apr 19, 2021
      5. Roman
        Roman
        BF2 with Unison USB is freaking good feeding from Aurender's USB audio. So yeah, it is going to be a good upgrade.
        Apr 20, 2021
    20. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Lots of unexpected Windoze shutdowns. Updated drivers and BIOS. Good for 1 wk. Problem back. Reinstalling Windoze.
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    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Missouri
    Gear List:
    DAC: Schiit Gungnir MB Gen 5, HeadRoom Micro DAC, Schiit Modi MB
    DDC: Singxer SU-6, Douk Audio U2 Pro, Schiit Eitr
    Head Amp: AURALiC Taurus MkII, Quicksilver HA, Vali 2 [assorted tubes], Magni 3, HeadRoom Micro
    Headphones: Elex, HD650, DT880, D2000, K601, TX-X00, HE-4XX, SR-80e, M220
    CD/SACD/Data Disc Hi-Res: Denon DCD-1600NE, Marantz CD5003
    Cassette: Nakamichi DR-2
    Pre-Amp: Schiit Freya OG [mothballed], Khozmo Passive Preamp (x2)
    Integrated Amp: Onkyo TX-8555 [mothballed]
    Amplifier: Rotel RB-1582 MkII, Parasound NewClassic 2125v2
    Turntable: Technics SL-1210GR, Kenwood KD-2070
    Cartridges: Ortofon 2M Red, Shure V15 Type III [JICO SAS/R], Audio-Technica VM750SH, Soundsmith Otello, Reloop Concorde w/STY10, Super OM-40
    Phonostage: PS Audio NuWave Phono Converter (also ADC), Parks Audio Puffin
    Speakers: Polk Audio RT25i [mothballed], Dynaudio Evoke 10, Polk Audio Legend L100
    I'm pretty happy

    Signature

    SL-1210GR, KD-2070 | SU-6 + Gungnir MB | DCD-1600NE, CD5003 | DR-2 | NPC, Puffin | Khozmo, Khozmo |
    RB-1582 MkII, 2125v2 | Taurus MkII, Quicksilver | Evoke 10, L100 | SB-1000, SB-1000