Merrick
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Merrick

A lidless ear, Male, from Portland, OR

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Shanah Tovah my friends! May this year be full of sweetness and blessings. Sep 26, 2022 at 11:01 AM

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    1. Merrick
      Merrick
      Shanah Tovah my friends! May this year be full of sweetness and blessings.
      1. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        U'metuka.
        Sep 27, 2022 at 2:37 PM
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    2. Merrick
      Merrick
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    3. Merrick
      Merrick
      14 Pro looks great, but doing a side by side features comparison between it and my 12 Pro, not much of a difference.
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      2. SoupRKnowva
        SoupRKnowva
        the biggest upgrade would be ProMotion, that's the only reason I upgraded to the 13 pro from my 11 pro
        Sep 7, 2022
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      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        @SoupRKnowva I played with a 13 Pro at an Apple Store and pro motion was nice but not a MUST HAVE feature for me personally.
        Sep 7, 2022
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      4. Boops
        Boops
        Love my 12 mini and bummed they only have biggie phones now. The “dynamic island” design and UI is very clever. Loved it. Still going to keep my 12 mini for another year at least.
        Sep 7, 2022
        obsiCO, Merrick, YMO and 1 other person like this.
    4. Merrick
      Merrick
      Strange New Worlds is the best Trek show since…DS9? Enterprise had some decent moments but this feels more consistent.
      1. purr1n
        purr1n
        It's got elements of TOS, some episodes felt they were taken from unused scripts or treatments from the likes of DC Fontana or Gene Coon.
        Aug 28, 2022
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      2. Qildail
        Qildail
        DS9 was always my personal favorite — a series that finally leaned into the idea that all the factions were not “good” or “evil” as a binary choice.
        Aug 28, 2022
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      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        @purr1n It’s taken them a long time to find the balance between old school Trek feel and ideas with the modern filmmaking/storytelling approach. I honestly wish they would make a clean break and say this is the reboot they wanted the movies to be.
        Aug 29, 2022
    5. Merrick
      Merrick
      The new Blondie: Against the Odds box set has superb mastering and excellent bonus tracks. 10/10 release.
      1. Qildail
        Qildail
        I might go CD on this one, but the vinyl box isn't bad (pricewise) for what it is.
        Aug 27, 2022
      2. Merrick
        Merrick
        @Qildail I’m hearing very positive things about the vinyl set, but it is digitally sourced.
        Aug 27, 2022
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      3. Qildail
        Qildail
        Well at least that part isn’t a surprise to anyone this time around…
        Aug 27, 2022
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    6. Merrick
      Merrick
      Congratulations...this is your Haitian divorce!
      1. Josh83 and YMO like this.
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      3. Vansen
        Vansen
        And here I am spinning Can’t Buy a Thrill in the corner all alone. jkjk… love it all.
        Aug 12, 2022
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      4. insidious meme
        insidious meme
        Aja was one of the first pieces of vinyl I bought. Has sentimental value but also a great album. Hell, even the Fagan solo stuff is good although I haven't heard his last one.
        Aug 12, 2022
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    7. Merrick
      Merrick
      Well, shit. Turns out a 650 on a great tube amp really is just about all you need (plus vinyl to play through them).
      1. Vansen, Erroneous, Qildail and 12 others like this.
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      3. gixxerwimp
        gixxerwimp
        According to profile, Bottlehead S.E.X., Schiit Vali 1?
        Aug 6, 2022
      4. Merrick
        Merrick
        I haven’t even tried it with the Vali actually!
        Aug 6, 2022
      5. ColdsnapBry
        ColdsnapBry
        Yes, essentially hd650 off a sw51+ has beat everything I have heard to this point.
        Aug 6, 2022
    8. Merrick
      Merrick
      MoFi confirmed they cut from 4x DSD transfers and have been since at least 2008.
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      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        @MellowVelo The vinyl and SACDs are definitely mastered separately, and by different people as well. They both start with the same 4x DSD source.
        Jul 21, 2022
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      4. wbass
        wbass
        I have to say, other than a few marquee jazz titles, the MoFi re-issue program, which heavily favors Boomer rock, isn't totally my bag. But I nearly picked up their Mingus, Ah, Um one-step back when. Probably wouldn't now.
        Jul 21, 2022
      5. MellowVelo
        MellowVelo
        Whatever the actual mastering chain, I’ve enjoyed a lot of MoFi titles over the years. I just hope that, moving forward, they strive for clarity in their marketing. Miles Showell at Abbey Road got a lot of shit for using a digital step. At least he was honest.
        Jul 22, 2022
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    9. Merrick
      Merrick
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      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        I have no problems with vinyl that uses a digital step, it's been happening since the late 70s. What I do mind is a company leading consumers to think their product is AAA when it isn't. It's not proven that's happening with MoFi yet, but if it is that's a big blow to their credibility.
        Jul 16, 2022
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      4. SoupRKnowva
        SoupRKnowva
        I’ve always said I don’t really care about vinyl cause like 99% of what I listen to is recorded/mixed/mastered digitally. If at any point it hits digital before it’s pressed, just give me _that_ version
        Jul 16, 2022
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      5. SoupRKnowva
        SoupRKnowva
        I guess to expand on my thought, if it was ever digital, I don’t see any reason to use a complicated mechanical system to attempt to recreate whatever dac was used to make the pressing, lemme use my own dac in the first place
        Jul 16, 2022
    10. Merrick
      Merrick
      Anyone else getting a 403 error when trying to view an unopened PM?
      1. loadexfa
        loadexfa
        That's happened to me before, I've sent a separate message to the person in question letting them know I can't read their PM for them to try again.
        Jul 14, 2022
        Lyander and Merrick like this.
      2. Armaegis
        Armaegis
        I believe it's an error that crops up if there are certain special characters in the subject header or body.
        Jul 14, 2022
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    11. Merrick
      Merrick
      Almost all of PJ Harvey’s albums on vinyl are currently on sale at Amazon.
      1. Justin S, Cryptowolf, purr1n and 4 others like this.
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      3. purr1n
        purr1n
        Bought three myself. Wish they had Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea in stock.
        Jul 12, 2022
        Qildail and Merrick like this.
      4. Merrick
        Merrick
        That’s a favorite of mine as well! The demos for that album are especially good, too.
        Jul 13, 2022
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      5. Riotvan
        Riotvan
        Now look at your wallets and play "This mess we're in"
        Jul 13, 2022
        Qildail, wbass, Biodegraded and 2 others like this.
    12. Merrick
      Merrick
      Doctor Strange 2 isn’t so much bad as it is incredibly lazy. Utter disappointment.
      1. joch, Qildail, Gazny and 2 others like this.
      2. ColtMrFire
        ColtMrFire
        Marvel has become the manilla envelope of studios... just as bland, boring and inoffensive as possible. They were always kind of like this, but got worse after Endgame.
        Jul 2, 2022
        Merrick and Qildail like this.
      3. BillOhio
        BillOhio
        Agreed. A disapointment but I'm not especially surprised. I'm not stoked about the direction the MCU is heading and may skip Thor.
        Jul 3, 2022
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    13. Merrick
      Merrick
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    14. Merrick
      Merrick
      It's a Whitesnake kind of day.
      1. Jinxy245, roshambo123 and Qildail like this.
      2. Mithrandir41
        Mithrandir41
        In the still of the niiiiiiight!
        Jun 27, 2022
        Jinxy245 and Merrick like this.
    15. Merrick
      Merrick
      Kenobi is one of the best Star Wars stories. Enriches the PT and the OT and Ewan and Hayden are both spectacular.
      1. sheldaze, Poleepkwa and Jinxy245 like this.
      2. purr1n
        purr1n
        So it does get better after the first two episodes? I shouldn't cancel Disney yet?
        Jun 22, 2022
      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        @purr1n Just to calibrate my tastes here, I love The Last Jedi and Kenobi is very The Last Jedi. I’d say try the third episode and if you’re not enjoying it after that, abandon ship.
        Jun 22, 2022
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      4. Boops
        Boops
        Love TLJ also but Kenobi is meh for me. It is getting better as it goes and it was a great seeing Hayden again. Story for me is not that great and I prefer when SW is expensive and they can go all out on production design.
        Jun 22, 2022
    16. Merrick
      Merrick
      The RSD release of Prince’s The Gold Experience sounds exceptional. Blows away my old CD, which I’ve listened to a million times.
      1. Qildail, Jinxy245 and GoldfishX like this.
      2. GoldfishX
        GoldfishX
        In general, I've noticed a lot of more modern remasters are well done. More instrument space, more 3D, peaks tamed, etc. It's like the recording engineers actually learned how to do it properly.
        Jun 21, 2022
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      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        Vinyl requires more care because there are physical limits to how far the sound can be compressed. I do think the vinyl resurgence has led to more care in mastering though.
        Jun 21, 2022
      4. GoldfishX
        GoldfishX
        Ah, I did not realize you were talking about a vinyl release. I was thinking the opposite: Better DAC's in cell phones, combined with streaming services that can output in hi-res, expose poor mastering and compressed/bad recordings to the masses. Queen's old CD's and their 40th anniversary editions are like night and day.
        Jun 22, 2022
    17. Merrick
      Merrick
      Forget Folkvangr, Urd is far and away the nicest looking product Schiit has yet produced.
      1. rlow
        rlow
        Is this being live-streamed somewhere? Don’t see it on YouTube…

        Oh I guess maybe it’s coming up shortly…Cool.
        Jun 16, 2022
    18. Merrick
      Merrick
      Why yes, I am listening to "Telegraph Road" over and over on repeat. Why aren't you??
      1. Erroneous
        Erroneous
        When you get into the MoFi shit it gets good, but expensive. Dude's fills are other people's solos. He's nuts.
        Jun 10, 2022
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      2. gixxerwimp
        gixxerwimp
        Track or album? The rest of the album doesn't really flow with the title track IMO.
        Jun 14, 2022
      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        @gixxerwimp Track. The rest of the album is good by that track is perfection.
        Jun 14, 2022
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    19. Merrick
      Merrick
      The Downward Spiral on vinyl tonight. Can’t believe we’re almost at 30 years on this album.
      1. LetMeBeFrank, Qildail, edd and 5 others like this.
      2. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        This is one of the albums I've spent a lot of hours listening to

        Also I way prefer the original over the Johnny Cash cover of Hurt
        Jun 5, 2022
        edd and Merrick like this.
      3. Boops
        Boops
        Time to move it over to the oldies radio station. The one that really blows my mind is Appetite for Destruction, which is 35 years old. Wild.
        Jun 6, 2022
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      4. Merrick
        Merrick
        @Cspirou I will always have special memories of the Cash cover of Hurt. I was in film school and on a shoot the day it was released and we all took a break to watch the video of it together and were just blown away by how good it was. I was one of the few NIN fans there, although I think everyone knew NIN did the original. It was kind of surreal and amazing to share it with so many people at once.
        Jun 7, 2022
    20. Merrick
      Merrick
      What is it about vinyl that just sucks me into the music effortlessly and completely?
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      3. Boops
        Boops
        Jun 6, 2022
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      4. Armaegis
        Armaegis
        bring your own jelly doughnuts, but the powder is already there...
        Jun 6, 2022
      5. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Was thinking more of the arts and crafts of cigarette paper :)
        Jun 11, 2022
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    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Portland, OR
    Gear List:
    Source: Pi2AES, Yamaha PX-3 with AT33ML/occ
    DAC: Schiit Bifrost Multibit (opamp modded)
    Headphone Amp: Bottlehead S.E.X., Schiit Vali 1
    Headphones: HD650, ETA Mini C, 7Hz Timeless, Koss Porta-Pro
    Speakers: Blumenstein Orcas
    Power amp: Bottlehead S.E.X.
    Portable: Shanling M0

    Signature

    HP/IEM: HD650 | ETA Mini C | 7Hz Timeless | PortaPro
    AMP: Bottlehead S.E.X. | Vali 1
    DAC: Modded Bifrost Multibit
    Turntable: Yamaha PX-3 w/AT33ML cart Portable: Shanling M0