m17xr2b
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m17xr2b

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Today I got asked if I want to sponsor gay dogs.... aaa guide dogs, yeah that makes much more sense. Oct 12, 2018 at 9:58 AM

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Viewing thread Volume control, laziness and unemployment, Oct 17, 2018 at 7:53 AM
    1. m17xr2b
      m17xr2b
      Today I got asked if I want to sponsor gay dogs.... aaa guide dogs, yeah that makes much more sense.
    2. 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 at 5:12 AM
      2. Biodegraded
        Biodegraded
        Hey - that must be the one I ordered in August and still haven't received!
        Oct 11, 2018 at 10:03 PM
    3. m17xr2b
      m17xr2b
      Coffee bitterness and OTL sweetness, my favourite morning combo.
      1. Whoartie, Wilson, Jinxy245 and 2 others like this.
    4. 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
    5. 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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    6. 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
        m17xr2b likes this.
    7. 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
        BillOhio likes this.
    8. 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
        Vansen and m17xr2b like this.
    9. 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
    10. 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
        zonto and Gaspasser like this.
    11. m17xr2b
      m17xr2b
      some HF threads look like bad genetic algorithms that always stray from the point
      1. Jinxy245 and David De Lucena like this.
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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
    12. m17xr2b
      m17xr2b
      Just got a NOS HD250. Holy shit this is nice. Senn WTF are you doing, bring these back.
      1. Deep Funk likes this.
      2. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        Do you have the Linear mark II? Sennheiser could have improved this instead of releasing the HD700. Something went wrong at Sennheiser HQ...
        Jul 20, 2018
      3. m17xr2b
        m17xr2b
        I've got the Linear 1 600ohm. I'll get to hear the HD820 tomorrow so interesting to compare on bass alone. Still have to find the right pads, the HM-5 doesn't work, messes with the imaging.
        Jul 20, 2018
    13. m17xr2b
      m17xr2b
      Got scammed out of 400£ on a T1. Never use bank transfers. Shame on me.
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      2. m17xr2b
        m17xr2b
        Already done that, if nothing else I wanted to get that bank account flagged. The bank guy told me there's little chance of getting the money back but one can hope.
        Jul 9, 2018
      3. frenchbat
        frenchbat
        Don't trust the bank. Here they tell us we need to file a complaint with the police to get a refund but it's actually a lie. They have insurance
        Jul 9, 2018
      4. BenjaminBore
        BenjaminBore
        Ah, shit. Sorry to hear that, man. Fingers crossed on the bank being useful.
        Jul 9, 2018
    14. m17xr2b
      m17xr2b
      A new toy to play with, the Peak.
      1. m17xr2b
        m17xr2b
        And so far with the stock switching psu and a CV181-Z, I'm not impressed.
        Jul 8, 2018
    15. m17xr2b
      m17xr2b
      Want to compare my tube amps...not in this heat. The K1000 makes a great summer hp.
      1. BenjaminBore likes this.
    16. m17xr2b
      m17xr2b
      jet fuel can't melt steel beams but 28C can cripple the UK train network
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      2. Riotvan
        Riotvan
        It's the same in Holland; too hot, leaves on the tracks or too cold always something happening. Meanwhile they are handing out weather alerts left and right when nothing noteworthy is really happening, bunch of softies.
        Jun 26, 2018
      3. Abhishek Chowdhary
        Abhishek Chowdhary
        28c is a pleasant weather in Rajasthan(India), 42c is manageable, 45+ is bothersome
        Jun 26, 2018
        Imraan and 9suns like this.
      4. JustAnotherRando
        JustAnotherRando
        Are they still coming up with crazy excuses like the leaves are 20% fatter than normal?
        Jun 26, 2018
    17. m17xr2b
      m17xr2b
      Just as I've finished my end game setup I became a friend...so emotional. When do I get the golden Schlong badge and pin up poster?
      1. jayeshrc, Soups, powermatic and 11 others like this.
      2. bengo
        bengo
        Friend status is granted once the professional opinion of Dr @David De Lucena is that your posts indicate having a confirmed psychiatric disorder (Audiophilia Nervosa). Nothing more.
        Jun 24, 2018
        David De Lucena likes this.
      3. David De Lucena
        David De Lucena
        Oh yes, your nervosa it’s deep and chronic. Enjoy!!
        Jun 24, 2018
    18. m17xr2b
      m17xr2b
      Anyone else has a disorganised music library where you know you have great songs but forgot the name so they're nowhere to be found?
      1. rshuck, numbersixx, 9suns and 8 others like this.
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      3. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        I have to resume indexing again. When I started in this hobby I was obsessed by managing gear, music and software. Making copies of FLAC-rips and playlists always kept me busy. After a while you can do this without software and just keep lists and folders...
        Jun 22, 2018
      4. m17xr2b
        m17xr2b
        Found the song I was looking for yesterday,Richard Grieco & the Dunmore Band - Voice with No Name. One of my recent great songs discoveries. Every time I find a new song I really enjoy I'm reminded why I like this hobby so much, it's not about the gear.
        Jun 22, 2018
      5. pavi
        pavi
        i've really appreciated roon here...
        Jun 22, 2018
    19. m17xr2b
      m17xr2b
      LG sounds like a mid tier amp nest to the Stellaris
      1. sheldaze and slankoe like this.
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      3. slankoe
        slankoe
        Awesome man, I was also mega-curious about DNA amps! Almost went Stratus, too. Look forward to your thoughts...
        Jun 21, 2018
      4. bengo
        bengo
        If you saw the photos, it looked more like a magpie nest.. ooh, shiny!
        Jun 24, 2018
      5. bengo
        bengo
        If you saw the photos, it looked more like a magpie nest.. ooh, shiny!
        Jun 24, 2018
    20. m17xr2b
      m17xr2b
      Sorry clients, I have to go back home for an emergency. Meanwhile the Stellaris is delivered.
      1. slankoe, obsiCO, BillOhio and 8 others like this.
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    Gender:
    Male
    Birthday:
    Sep 21, 1989 (Age: 29)
    Location:
    United kingdomland of fish and chips
    Occupation:
    IT contractor
    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
    Yggy
    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
    Yaggy
    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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