m17xr2b
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m17xr2b

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Watching Lord of the Rings on bluray. Never knew how much I was missing without proper audio quality. Dec 9, 2018

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    1. m17xr2b
      m17xr2b
      Watching Lord of the Rings on bluray. Never knew how much I was missing without proper audio quality.
      1. Poleepkwa
        Poleepkwa
        It's has some very well made sound designs, especially in the caves.
        Dec 9, 2018
      2. m17xr2b
        m17xr2b
        That's for sure, there are so many spacial cues that make for an incredible experience. Prefer HD650 to the HD800 on the Teton.
        Dec 9, 2018
      3. m17xr2b
        m17xr2b
        Throw it into the fire god dammit!
        Dec 9, 2018
    2. m17xr2b
      m17xr2b
      2A3 prices have gone insane. Used to get a good nos pair for 150$ a few years ago.
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      3. m17xr2b
        m17xr2b
        Not to worry I have 4 pairs of my favourites, 2 of my second, 1 of my third, 1 of my fourth and 2 of my fifth. Good chance my grandchildren will have a taste.
        Dec 7, 2018
        jexby, cskippy and BenjaminBore like this.
      4. jexby
        jexby
        when my pairs blow up, i'm going to @m17xr2b house for thievery.
        Dec 7, 2018
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      5. brencho
        brencho
        The value and satisfaction of the theft would pay for a transatlantic flight many times over
        Dec 7, 2018
        Merrick, BenjaminBore and jexby like this.
    3. m17xr2b
      m17xr2b
      1. famish99
        famish99
        Yeah I heard them in Japan, they make the 650 sound like a bass cannon. I didn't enjoy it too much.
        Dec 2, 2018
        m17xr2b likes this.
      2. DigMe
        DigMe
        Negative tonality change seems to be the standard for aftermarket 650 pads.
        Dec 2, 2018
        m17xr2b likes this.
    4. m17xr2b
      m17xr2b
      Feel the need to go to war...Sabaton
      1. Erikdayo likes this.
    5. m17xr2b
      m17xr2b
      Owning the HD650 feels like having a subscription to sennheiser. I have to buy pads twice a year.
      1. FlySweep and JK47 like this.
    6. m17xr2b
      m17xr2b
      Needed an office setup with no spending. WM1A->Project Ember->HD250 II.Great tone,spacious and decent isolation. Plankton kinda missing tho.
      1. Psalmanazar, bengo and Jinxy245 like this.
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      3. m17xr2b
        m17xr2b
        I keep the ember at full volume no attenuation and control volume from the dap. Running at around 70 low gain. And I can roll my neglected small tubes.
        Nov 12, 2018
      4. ButtUglyJeff
        ButtUglyJeff
        Does the WM1A have DAC mode like the ZX300?
        Nov 12, 2018
      5. obsiCO
        obsiCO
        Nov 12, 2018
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    7. m17xr2b
      m17xr2b
      Serious question, I'm at a crossroad:
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      2. zonto
        zonto
        There's also job security to think about too. If economic downturn hits, will the contract work still come in at the same pace? I'd bet not, as companies would likely tighten purse strings. I bet once you factor in healthcare, equity compensation, taxes, etc. that the management job likely is much less than half the pay cut.

        Think you also sold me with "life long dream."
        Oct 29, 2018
      3. neogeosnk
        neogeosnk
        You sound like someone from our erp team. Do experience, because everyone in the manufacturing industry is going to erp (dynamics 365 for us) and are stuck on old legacy systems. Plus u can parlay it into another position when you get bored.
        Oct 29, 2018
      4. m17xr2b
        m17xr2b
        Took the management position in the end. Let my reign of terror begin.
        Nov 4, 2018
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    8. m17xr2b
      m17xr2b
      Haha, from HF:I tallied up the $$$ I've spent on tubes and I could have damn near bought a Gungnir Multibit. And I've only had a tube amp since May
      1. direstraitsfan98
        direstraitsfan98
        There are a few souls around here that have spent enough on tubes to buy a Jbl Everest o_O
        Oct 25, 2018
      2. m17xr2b
        m17xr2b
        Could be but hopefully not for a <500$ amp.
        Oct 25, 2018
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      3. famish99
        famish99
        The 2359glenn amp thread is the worst about this kind of behavior... I've never seen so much tube rolling circlejerking.
        Oct 25, 2018
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    9. m17xr2b
      m17xr2b
      The uber HD650 cable is alive, four wywires platinum litz and two duelund 26AWG solid core wire per channel.
      1. Thenewerguy009
        Oct 18, 2018
      2. m17xr2b
        m17xr2b
        Oct 18, 2018
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    10. m17xr2b
      m17xr2b
      Today I got asked if I want to sponsor gay dogs.... aaa guide dogs, yeah that makes much more sense.
    11. m17xr2b
      m17xr2b
      Got an ebay tube that tested well beyond failure at 4mA. Sounds great, no hum. WTF
      1. Lyer25
        Lyer25
        Proof that the tube lottery can be insanely kind at times? :))
        Oct 11, 2018
      2. Biodegraded
        Biodegraded
        Hey - that must be the one I ordered in August and still haven't received!
        Oct 11, 2018
    12. m17xr2b
      m17xr2b
      Coffee bitterness and OTL sweetness, my favourite morning combo.
      1. Whoartie, Wilson, Jinxy245 and 2 others like this.
    13. m17xr2b
      m17xr2b
      A horrible day, the peak is left channel only.
      1. direstraitsfan98
        direstraitsfan98
        What do you mean?
        Oct 5, 2018
      2. famish99
        famish99
        blown tube or worse?
        Oct 5, 2018
      3. m17xr2b
        m17xr2b
        Tried everything but it's the peak itself that's blown the right channel, possibly the output stage.
        Thankfully Pete will help me out, great support even if it's 8 years old.
        Oct 5, 2018
    14. m17xr2b
      m17xr2b
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      2. BillOhio
        BillOhio
        my 2A3s don't glow :(
        Sep 23, 2018
      3. m17xr2b
        Sep 23, 2018
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    15. m17xr2b
      m17xr2b
      Relaxing on a remote island in the middle of nowhere with my HD650.Wasting cash on gear seems so stupid when you can go all out on cocktails
      1. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        Cocktails and company make life better.
        Sep 17, 2018
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    16. m17xr2b
      m17xr2b
      Today I finished my first contract as an interdependent dev. I'll miss the lazy, uninformed crazy bastards.
      1. obsiCO, Wilson, Erikdayo and 3 others like this.
      2. BillOhio
        BillOhio
        What are you interdependently deving?
        Sep 7, 2018
      3. m17xr2b
        m17xr2b
        customising microsoft dynamics AX.
        Sep 8, 2018
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    17. m17xr2b
      m17xr2b
      Anyone commuted to another country for work?
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      3. Vansen
        Vansen
        If you don’t already, get your travel setup down to just a backpack and a carryon. No checked bags. That makes a huge difference.
        Aug 30, 2018
      4. Vansen
        Vansen
        You’ll stillspend a lot of time in airports, which is mostly unavoidable.
        Aug 30, 2018
      5. JK47
        JK47
        I commuted to work for 7 years on a 22 days on and 11 days off shift. Definitely avoid checking bags if possible, it makes crossing borders, zipping through airports, and catching tight connecting flights much easier.
        Aug 30, 2018
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    18. m17xr2b
      m17xr2b
      Got my hands on the 13D2 tube. It's so smooth.
      1. BenjaminBore
        BenjaminBore
        This sounds somewhat erotic, how are you conducting this smoothness test?
        Aug 29, 2018
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      2. m17xr2b
        m17xr2b
        I don't need coconut oil for complete insertion. On a more serious note, this has one of the best forward mids of the 6SN7 family but doesn't quite match the best in other aspects. Still happy to own such a rare piece of history. EgoSize+=1
        Aug 29, 2018
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      3. BenjaminBore
        BenjaminBore
        It’s surprising the sorts of differences tubes can make. I have a pair of Simens Halske CCa Late 50s, loved them until I got the Utopias. Settled on the WE396a.

        I’m told the CCa is like a unicorn, can’t say I have enough context to appreciate their history though.
        Aug 29, 2018
    19. m17xr2b
      m17xr2b
      In case anyone was wondering, HD58X/Stellaris doesn't really work.
      1. atomicbob and geniekid like this.
      2. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        What about HD600/HD650?
        Aug 13, 2018
      3. RiddleyWalker
        RiddleyWalker
        I really like the Sonett 2 -> HD58X pairing but haven’t had a chance to hear it with Stratus or Stellaris yet.
        Aug 13, 2018
      4. m17xr2b
        m17xr2b
        They sound fine but don't scale at all. On a low/mid fi setup the 58X has punchier bass but Stellaris/HD650M completely trounces it
        Aug 14, 2018
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    20. m17xr2b
      m17xr2b
      some HF threads look like bad genetic algorithms that always stray from the point
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      3. David De Lucena
        David De Lucena
        Very good comparison
        Aug 9, 2018
      4. 9suns
        9suns
        Noise-fi
        Aug 9, 2018
      5. BillOhio
        BillOhio
        I need to go to the grocery store tonight.
        Aug 9, 2018
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    Gender:
    Male
    Birthday:
    Sep 21, 1989 (Age: 29)
    Location:
    United kingdomland of fish and chips
    Occupation:
    Something between IT and do it all guy.
    Gear List:
    Power:
    PS Audio DirectStream P12 to power everything with wywires silver and DIY power cables.

    Transport:
    Lynx E22 from PC and AES16 with HDPlex LPS in remote PC for transport.
    DIY DH Labs Silver Sonic D-110 AES cables

    Dac:
    Metrum Pavane with DAC TWO modules

    Don Audio Switch box to switch single ended output from Pavane to Teton,Peak and Saga working as a preamp for speakers. Stellaris is using Wywires Platinum balanced.

    Amps:
    Apex Peak with Volcano power supply(Wywires Silver IC).
    Used as a daily amp for youtube and random music. Currenty roling 6SN7 tubes. Will run 6J5 with adaptor.Tube list:
    Sylvania 6SN7W short and tall bottle
    Sylvania 6SN7GT Bad Boys
    Sylvania VT231
    Sylvania Chrome dome
    Sylvania 6F8G flat plate
    Sylvania 6SN7GTB
    Tung Sol BGRP
    Tung Sol 6F8G flat plate
    ECC32
    Ken Rad VT231
    Fivre Staggered plate side getter
    CBS 5682
    MELZ 1578
    CV181-Z 50 years treasure

    Apex Teton(Wywires Silver IC)
    Amazing sounding amp, just below the stellaris. Running with WE422A, GEC 6080 and ECC32. Other tubes to roll but I really don't:
    U52 MOV and Blackburn
    VT244 Sylvania,National Union,Ken Rad
    6080 Sylvania GB,Mullard,Bendix slotted and solid plate
    5998
    GEC 6AS7G
    TI 6528A 60W monster.
    Chatham 6336
    All 6SN7 tubes

    DNA Stellaris(Wywires platinum balanced)
    My big gun only for proper sessions, maybe a nice bourbon.
    Running only for HD650 config, the HD800 and AKG K1000 need a darker input tube for their best.
    WE422A with custom switch for indirect heater setting
    AVVT 2A3 Mesh
    6N1P-E

    Other tubes that are in storage
    2A3 Silverstone single plate
    KR 2A3(when they were good)
    2A3 Sylvania dual flat plate
    2A3 Ken Rad black glass
    2A3 Silvania S plate fishing pole
    All 6N1P variants and half of 6BQ7A
    There are two 6N1P-E variants with dual flat plates. One has smaller length between the two top micas and is brigter, perfect for HD650. The other one has twice or three times as much distance, made by a different factory and is darker, perfect for HD800 and K1K. Exactly the same sound otherwise.

    Headphones:
    HD650 modded
    HD650 stock
    HD800SRD hardwired with DHC complement 4
    AKG K1000 bass heavy with Wywired Red cable

    I roll Wywires platinum/red and norne zoetic between the HD650s. Each cable has it's own synergy with either headphones on different amps with different tubes.
    HD800 and K1K(except for hot days) are rarely used.

    Speakers:
    From Saga or Peak Preamp to amp only side of Harman Kardon 3490. The preamp section of it is crap but you can bypass it by removing the bridge and it's effectively a good power amp.

    Harbeth P3ESR main speakers on output A
    Q Acoustics 3020 for desktop on output B for youtube and stuff


    Other random stuff:
    Bottlehead BeePre with upgrades
    TBI Millenia x2
    Project ember
    HK 3390
    Heir Audio 8.0
    Bottlehead Quickie
    Various tubes like 12AU7,12AX7,6B4G,6DJ8,300B,274A and others

    Got in order, kept for a while and sold when thinning the heard for the next round of gear.
    HD598
    Creative Xfi Titanium
    HD700
    Bottlehead Crack
    AD Labs RD26
    Bottlehead Quickie
    LCD-3PF
    TBI Millenia used as HP amp at first
    LH Labs geek 1000
    Heir Audio 8.0
    Project Ember 2.1
    HEK
    HD650
    HD800SDR
    Yggdrasil
    Q Acoustics 2020i
    DNA Stratus
    GSX-MK2
    Norne Zoetic(reterminated many many times)
    Abyss
    Moon 600i as amp for Abyss
    DXIO PRO3Z
    Bottlehead BeePre
    ZMF Eikon
    HD800SDR again
    LCD-3F
    HD650M
    LCD-4
    Lynx E22
    DH Labs D110 transport cable
    Woo WA5LE
    Trilogy 931
    DHC Complement 4 10feet cable for hardwire HD800SDR
    Metrum Pavane Level 2
    Harbeth P3ESR
    WyWires Platinum IC
    Abyss again
    PS Audio P5
    HD650M V2(never sold original HD650M V1)
    Schiit Saga
    AKG K1000
    WyWires red and platinum HD650 cables
    Yggdrasil A2
    WyWires Silver mains cables
    PS Audio P12
    Jensen PC-2XR
    Lynx AES16 with LPS
    Apex Teton
    Cavalli Liquid Glass
    DNA Stellaris
    Don Audio Phoenix Switch-Box
    Apex Peak/Teton
    Sennheiser HD250 Linear I 600ohm
    Sennheiser HD58X
    I like things and stuff.

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