Merrick
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All mobile audio needs to be is good enough. The true high end stuff lives on a rack at home. Nov 24, 2021 at 8:23 PM

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Viewing thread Best complete albums, Nov 28, 2021 at 5:27 PM
    1. Merrick
      Merrick
      All mobile audio needs to be is good enough. The true high end stuff lives on a rack at home.
      1. Jinxy245, Qildail, wormcycle and 6 others like this.
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      3. Tachikoma
        Tachikoma
        Head agrees but heart lusts for a Woo WA8
        Nov 24, 2021 at 10:45 PM
        Soups, wormcycle and Merrick like this.
      4. wormcycle
        wormcycle
        except for long air travel, where the difference between good enough and really good may define the level of suffering
        Nov 25, 2021 at 6:08 AM
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      5. Merrick
        Merrick
        @wormcycle All the more reason for me to favor something with active noise canceling, IMO.
        Nov 25, 2021 at 6:19 AM
    2. Merrick
      Merrick
      Seriously tempted to just sell what I have left, get an AirPods Max, and call it a day.
      1. YMO, Qildail and Lyander like this.
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      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        Some wise words here, thank you all for the perspective!
        Nov 19, 2021
        Jinxy245, Cryptowolf and Riotvan like this.
      4. YMO
        YMO
        Why not both?
        Nov 19, 2021
      5. jexby
        jexby
        owning AirPods Max and a full sized rig, um. not close to equal quality levels. YMMV as I understand convenience + simplicity can exceed the $.
        Nov 19, 2021
    3. Merrick
      Merrick
      These re-recordings have made me an out and out Taylor Swift fan.
      1. Cryptowolf, zonto, Lyander and 3 others like this.
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      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        @Azimuth I don't care what the story is, I meant the music on the re-recordings made me a fan, not the drama surrounding them.
        Nov 15, 2021
        Cryptowolf, zonto and Azimuth like this.
      4. zonto
        zonto
        She certainly has been more open about the process than other artists, but when it comes down to it she did not agree to the 1 new for 1 old master stipulations, but also took it personally when her label sold the masters to someone who she alleges has bulled her for years. When she tried to strike a deal with Scooter, he would not entertain any discussions unless she signed a broad NDA with offmarket terms.
        Nov 15, 2021
      5. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        @zonto, I kind of don't blame Scooter for the NDA. He does not want the Swifties after him or be dragged through the mud.
        Nov 15, 2021
    4. Merrick
      Merrick
      Shit, my turntable has crapped out. Speed is all over the place no matter how minutely I adjust it.
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      2. Qildail
        Qildail
        Oh no. I’m quite sad to hear this.
        Nov 11, 2021
      3. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        This is a common problem with those type of turntables. Clean the speed adjustment pots with Detoxit. Both the ones on top and the fine adjustment ones on the circuit board.
        Nov 11, 2021
      4. Merrick
        Merrick
        @tommytakis Thanks for the offer! I know you didn’t want to ship it so let me try @Azimuth’s solution and if that doesn’t work I’ll let you know.
        Nov 11, 2021
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    5. Merrick
      Merrick
      I forgot how good Ace Frehley's Kiss solo album is. Better than any single Kiss album frankly.
      1. dasman66, Syzygy and rlow like this.
      2. rlow
        rlow
        New York Groove has been a favorite of mine forever.
        Nov 9, 2021
        jexby, Syzygy and Merrick like this.
      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        The whole album is fantastic, Frehley is so into it.
        Nov 9, 2021
        Syzygy and rlow like this.
      4. mk801
        mk801
        It is a great album. Not one dud on it.
        Nov 9, 2021
    6. Merrick
      Merrick
      Listening to New York and missing Lou Reed. We need his voice right now.
    7. Merrick
      Merrick
      Tom Petty kind of day.
      1. Jinxy245, Cryptowolf, Azimuth and 2 others like this.
    8. Merrick
      Merrick
      It's a Magma kind of afternoon.
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      3. Biodegraded
      4. Syzygy
        Syzygy
        The floor is lava.
        Oct 26, 2021
      5. insidious meme
        insidious meme
        Attahk! Attahk! Attahk!
        Oct 26, 2021
        Merrick likes this.
    9. Merrick
      Merrick
      I may be biased as a longtime fan of the book series, but while Dune hewed closely to the text, to me it was missing something vital.
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      3. purr1n
        purr1n
        Denis Villenenveue Dune sucks balls for true Sci-Fi fans.
        Oct 22, 2021
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      4. Merrick
        Merrick
        @Senorx12562 My wife, who has not read the books, said she had no trouble following it, but the movie also leaves out a ton to make that happen.
        Oct 22, 2021
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      5. Merrick
        Merrick
        I’m not sure what the right balance is, Lynch didn’t get it right either but at least his version had color, everything in this was so monochrome and minimalist.
        Oct 22, 2021
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    10. Merrick
      Merrick
      Pink Floyd’s catalog is now available in hi-res from your favorite hi-res merchant. 2011 masterings without any limiting applied.
      1. FlySweep, Qildail, Jinxy245 and 3 others like this.
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      3. Qildail
        Qildail
        About time they got to hi-res, but I'll wait until the streamers pick them up. Quadruple-dipping on an album is just a bit much even for me...
        Oct 20, 2021
      4. Merrick
        Merrick
        @Qildail They’re on the streaming services too.
        Oct 20, 2021
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      5. Qildail
        Qildail
        @Merrick They are indeed. Roon's metadata at the album level were still listed at 44.1/16, but when played the DACs gets 96/24. Thanks for setting me square on that.
        Oct 21, 2021
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    11. Merrick
      Merrick
      Gungnir Multibit A1/Ragnarok 1.5 sounding especially good today. Funny how the same system can sound so different from session to session.
      1. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        But the Yggdrasil is so much bigger :)
        Oct 18, 2021
        Qildail likes this.
      2. Merrick
        Merrick
        @rhythmdevils If you want to donate your LiM to my "not able to afford any upgrades for the foreseeable future" charity, I will be able to confirm that statement :)
        Oct 18, 2021
        Azimuth, Cryptowolf and rhythmdevils like this.
      3. Qildail
        Qildail
        I'm convinced it's state of mind as much if not more than state of environment. Definitely both in play though. Everything from how this morning's coffee was to how much pollen is in the air plays its little part.
        Oct 18, 2021
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    12. Merrick
      Merrick
      The Velvet Underground documentary is achingly good. What a tremendous intersection of talent.
      1. Jinxy245, Cryptowolf, Wilson and 4 others like this.
      2. spwath
        spwath
        I'll have to check it out, I don't know that much about the velvet underground. Like a year ago I was listening to them and thought "wow this guy really sounds little Lou Reed"
        Oct 15, 2021
      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        @spwath that's amazing. "Little Lou Reed"!
        Oct 15, 2021
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      4. Wilson
        Wilson
        @Dino loved him some Velvets.
        Oct 15, 2021
        Jinxy245 and Merrick like this.
    13. Merrick
      Merrick
      Let It Be Super Deluxe is deluxe but not terribly super. The 2009 remaster is all you need.
      1. Lyander, Azimuth and Qildail like this.
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      3. Qildail
        Qildail
        I said the 2009 CD box set was the last Beatles anything I was going to buy. I'm still clinging to that mantra. There's only so many ways to tweak those originals.
        Oct 15, 2021
      4. Merrick
        Merrick
        I think The White Album deluxe is a real gem from start to finish. So much good stuff in there.
        Oct 15, 2021
        Qildail likes this.
      5. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        The "Naked" Let it Be is the best Let it Be. The Phil Spector stuff needed to go.
        Oct 15, 2021
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    14. Merrick
      Merrick
      1. LetMeBeFrank, edd, Cryptowolf and 4 others like this.
      2. Merrick
        Merrick
        I will say I am so stoked for Schiit to move to ESS, the Fulla sounds better than the Modi 3+ at the moment.
        Oct 7, 2021
    15. Merrick
      Merrick
      Rag 1.5 replacing multiple components in my main system…this thing has a fat bottom!
      1. MellowVelo, FlySweep, brencho and 7 others like this.
      2. Merrick
        Merrick
        Shit, I thought the Mjolnir was good, this is another level.
        Oct 5, 2021
      3. MellowVelo
        MellowVelo
        I've been thinking about doing the same with a Ragnarok 2. More than ever, I'm craving simplicity. Is this a long-term or temporary change for your system?
        Oct 6, 2021
      4. Merrick
        Merrick
        @MellowVelo Long term for this system, which has relatively efficient single driver speakers. I have floor standers with dual woofers in the other room and that will require its own dedicated high power amp. I do think the Rag was a good addition/replacement for my system.
        Oct 6, 2021
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    16. Merrick
      Merrick
      Modi MB with modded I/V opamp sounds really good! Clear, sense of air and space, excellent timbre.
      1. Cryptowolf, dasman66, Azimuth and 5 others like this.
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      3. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        I still love my modi multibit, but it has been gathering dust lately. I need to look into this.
        Sep 22, 2021
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      4. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        Is the bloby low end improved? This is my biggest question.
        Sep 22, 2021
      5. Merrick
        Merrick
        @Azimuth Its been a few years since I’ve heard a stock one but the bass sounded quite good to me with Gen G.
        Sep 22, 2021
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    17. Merrick
      Merrick
      GAIN I MFSL discs->Moffat designed DAC = Sonic bliss.
      1. Gazny likes this.
      2. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        we need to trace what happened to that moffat designed ADC
        Sep 21, 2021
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      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        I'm really curious too! It was custom designed for MoFi and they dumped it just a few years later for the DSD based GAIN II system which, IMO, doesn't sound as good for CD (obviously it works great for SACD). I hope they didn't just sell GAIN I off for parts. :(
        Sep 21, 2021
      4. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        Moffat designed ADC brought back by Schiit for vinyl rips pretty please
        Sep 21, 2021
        Gazny and Merrick like this.
    18. Merrick
      Merrick
      Freya S now installed in the system! Time to do some listening.
      1. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        Just when you start to feel things in a track are sounding bass lite, hit that 4x Nexus switch. Always did the trick with HD600 & LS3/5A for me
        Sep 13, 2021
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      2. Qildail
        Qildail
        Well, as you want to hear about my Vali experience, I want to hear about this one.
        Sep 13, 2021
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      3. lagadu
        lagadu
        Nexus 4x for life! (assuming your chain isn't too bassy).
        Sep 14, 2021
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    19. Merrick
      Merrick
      After over a year of not being able to easily listen to vinyl, I finally have my table set up in my home office and it's glorious.
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      2. scapeinator1
        scapeinator1
        Also, I like vinyl because I have to commit to listening to something. Rather than being able to click away to another song.
        Sep 10, 2021
        Qildail and Merrick like this.
      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        @scapeinator1 I know what you mean! Although I tend to listen to whole albums digitally anyway, but the temptation is always there.
        Sep 10, 2021
      4. Qildail
        Qildail
        My Gen1 AT-120 is still kicking (it’s a tank) with a cartridge upgrade from a few years back. I keep thinking about upgrading, but I think I’m too vested in digital now to justify the cost just for the sake of upgrading as long as this is still working.
        Sep 10, 2021
    20. Merrick
      Merrick
      Easy come, easy go. Of course on the same day I sell enough to get an Yggdrasil the IRS unexpectedly is asking for about the same amount from us.
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      3. shambles
        shambles
        Know how you feel! Was planning to pick up some new gear when I head back to the UK next month, but just got hit with a £4k vets bill... in hindsight pet insurance would have been money well spent
        Sep 9, 2021
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      4. Merrick
        Merrick
        @shambles I’m so sorry! Take it from someone who’s worked in the pet industry, pet insurance is a total scam. Instead better to put aside a small amount each paycheck into a savings account you can dip into for pet emergencies.
        Sep 10, 2021
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      5. shambles
        shambles
        @Merrick Thanks! Also good to know re pet insurance. We were lucky that we could cover it using cash from our house fund - not the end of the world to have to rent for an extra few months to save her. Problem will be if it reoccurs (quite likely) it will be surgery and then it's gonna be twice as much again...
        Sep 10, 2021
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    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Portland, OR
    Gear List:
    Source: Pi2AES
    DAC: Schiit Modi Multibit (opamp modded)
    Headphone Amp: Schiit Vali 2+
    Headphones: ETA Gen G, JVC FD-X1, UM 3DT
    Speakers: Blumenstein Orcas
    Power amp: Fleawatt custom amp
    Portable: Sony ZX300 (Mr. Walkman firmware)

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    HP/IEM: ETA Gen G | UM 3DT
    AMP: Vali 2+
    DAC: Modi Multibit (opamp modded)