Merrick
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Bifrost 2->Jot 2->RS2e hitting so sweetly today. Apr 19, 2021 at 11:57 AM

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    1. Merrick
      Merrick
      R.I.P. Hardy Fox, the man behind The Residents.
      1. DigMe and brencho like this.
      2. Biodegraded
        Biodegraded
        :-( Saw them twice, 1986 in NZ and 2012(?) here in Calgary. Very different, but excellent on both occasions.
        Oct 30, 2018
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    2. Merrick
      Merrick
      Can anyone recommend an iOS media player with the sound quality of Neutron but more user friendly?
      1. powermatic and Serious like this.
      2. powermatic
        powermatic
        Dear god yes.
        Oct 19, 2018
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      3. Cryptowolf
        Cryptowolf
        I wish. I love the sound quality of Neutron, but wonder if the developers are actively trying to have the worst UI of any IOS application.
        Oct 22, 2018
    3. Merrick
      Merrick
      My hi-fi dreams will have to be put hold for 18 years or so because I’m going to be a dad (and kids are expensive so I’m told)!
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      2. Jinxy245
        Jinxy245
        Congrats! Enjoy the ride, it can be amazing.
        Oct 16, 2018
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      3. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        I'm sure you'll get by quite nicely with whatever audio equipment you have at present. Chances are you bought it wisely.

        But... if there's anything else you *really* want, better to buy it right now before the bills really start coming in. Ahem, right now after the cot and nappies (diapers) and all that stuff, of course!
        Oct 16, 2018
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      4. Boops
        Boops
        Congratulations! Wonderful news.
        Oct 16, 2018
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    4. Merrick
      Merrick
      The re-recording of Never Let Me Down on the new Bowie box is actually enjoyable! This is a miracle.
      1. neogeosnk likes this.
    5. Merrick
      Merrick
      I’m late to this party but the 2015 hi-res Sisters of Mercy remasters are really good.
      1. Cryptowolf and Sqveak like this.
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      3. Kattefjaes
        Kattefjaes
        Wait, Sisters remasters? Is making it sound good allowed? I'm sure we all remember A Slight Case Of Overproduction and how it polished some tracks to a mush?
        Aug 29, 2018
      4. Kattefjaes
        Kattefjaes
        (I kid, mostly. If it's just remastered and done well, I am curious. How is Some Girls Wander By Mistake?)
        Aug 29, 2018
      5. Merrick
        Merrick
        @Kattefjaes Some Girls Wander sounds as good as that material can sound. It will never sound audiophile or even professional but it’s well presented for what it is.
        Aug 29, 2018
    6. Merrick
      Merrick
      Is it just me or is air travel designed to dehumanize travelers as much as possible?
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      2. fraggler
        fraggler
        And an amen to Asian (or any non-budget foreign carrier) being far, far better an experience flying abroad than US carriers.
        Aug 17, 2018
      3. Biodegraded
        Biodegraded
        Re. the comments on foreign vs US airline experiences: Air Canada often advertises itself as 'best North American airline', which I've always thought is like 'best North American cricket team'.
        Aug 17, 2018
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      4. bengo
        bengo
        @Merrick Pro pilot forums refer to passengers as SLF ("self-loading freight")
        Aug 19, 2018
    7. Merrick
      Merrick
      The deluxe Appetite For Destruction set is good.
      1. Soups, JK47 and Wilson like this.
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      3. Elnrik
        Elnrik
        Am I the only one who thinks Axl sounds like a half-dead bleating goat?
        Jun 29, 2018
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      4. Elnrik
        Elnrik
        Jun 29, 2018
      5. rott
        rott
        Interested to hear how it compares to mastering of initial CD release(s). Bit pricey on HD-Tracks for single album...
        Jun 29, 2018
    8. Merrick
      1. Jinxy245 and fraggler like this.
      2. fraggler
        fraggler
        It might be too much to ask for, but hopefully the releases won't be horribly compressed or otherwise messed up in whatever remastering they go through.
        Jun 27, 2018
      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        @fraggler I hope so too. Legacy is usually good about retaining dynamics so I have hope. I do have the now OOP hi-res flat transfers of his Warner albums from For You through Parade and they sound good, not compressed but the albums are due for a proper remastering.
        Jun 27, 2018
    9. Merrick
      Merrick
      Bad Witch is the best NIN album since Year Zero.
      1. BenjaminBore
        BenjaminBore
        That’s some big talk, warming up my system right now...
        Jun 26, 2018
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      2. Lyander
        Lyander
        ^Beat me to saying it, I'm checking Bad Witch out as soon as I can.
        Jun 26, 2018
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      3. BenjaminBore
        BenjaminBore
        6 track album with all the business in the first and last tracks.

        Nice to hear Reznor go in a fresher direction, not wildly so, but his output since YZ has largely blended together.
        Jun 26, 2018
    10. insidious meme
      insidious meme
      1. Merrick
        Merrick
        Thank you!
        Jun 18, 2018
    11. Merrick
      Merrick
      M0 is worth $100. This is my new player for on the go.
      1. Soups, Dr. Higgs, Cspirou and 5 others like this.
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      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        Jun 11, 2018
      4. DigMe
        DigMe
        Taobao. Forum sponsor SourceAV has them.
        Jun 11, 2018
      5. insidious meme
        insidious meme
        Thanks guys. Went with Source AV.
        Jun 13, 2018
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    12. Merrick
      Merrick
      Forgot how sterling the Andros are.
      1. DigMe and scapeinator1 like this.
    13. Merrick
      Merrick
      Anyone have some spare sorbothane they don’t need? I’m nodding a new set of Blitzwolf IEMs.
      1. skank
        skank
        If you live in the states PM me your address. You don't need much but there's some trial and error and sometimes they fall out but I'll give you enough to get started.

        It will probably get mailed Monday.

        Tom
        Apr 20, 2018
      2. Merrick
        Merrick
        @skank Thank you for the offer! @Biodegraded is sending me a small sheet already and if that’s not enough I will reach out to you. Much appreciated to both of you!
        Apr 20, 2018
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    14. Merrick
      Merrick
      If I like the FR of the Andro but want the timbre of a DD IEM, what are my best options these days?
      1. JayC, Taverius, Lyander and 2 others like this.
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      3. james444
        james444
        https://evossound.com/headphones/in-ear/palais/palais.html

        Mod is dead easy: just poke front-vent with thin needle and put criss-cross micropore tape on the nozzle.

        Edit: forgot to mention, I also did the tape + pinhole thing on the back-vent :) Anyway, stll easier and less risky than the Fostex and Blitzwolf mods...
        Apr 9, 2018
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      4. Merrick
        Merrick
        @james444 Thanks! How easy are these to drive? One of my favorite aspects of the Fostex is they sound terrific out of my phone.
        Apr 9, 2018
      5. james444
        james444
        They're a tad less efficient than the Fostex, but I can still drive them to ear-splitting volume with anything but quiet classical recordings out of my phone.
        Apr 9, 2018
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    15. Merrick
      Merrick
      I am going to drink tonight. Shee-it!
      1. dmckean44 likes this.
    16. Merrick
      Merrick
      After the dust all settles I think the james444 modded Fostex TE-02n’s are my favorite headphones.
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      3. JayC
        JayC
        I really liked the modded BW-ES1 too, and I use them a lot in general public but I definitely prefer listening to my MD + whenever I can.
        Apr 5, 2018
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      4. Merrick
        Merrick
        @Grahad2 the DD definitely plays a factor.
        Apr 5, 2018
      5. Merrick
        Merrick
        @jayeshrc The BW were always a bit uncomfortable for me to wear, unfortunately. I never tried the revised mods on those. The bass on those are insane though (in a good way).
        Apr 5, 2018
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    17. Merrick
      Merrick
      Did you never call? I waited for your call. These rivers of suggestion are driving me away
      1. Colgin
        Colgin
        Some of the only R.E.M. lyrics I actually know. Cannot really make out the rest too well. I know all these lyrics are available online these days, but I don't look them up. Would ruin the mystery. I have no idea what is being sung on "Murmur".
        Mar 28, 2018
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      2. Merrick
        Merrick
        On those early albums the lyrics can be something new each time.
        Mar 28, 2018
    18. Merrick
      Merrick
      Nothing like live music by some of my favorite artists. Tonight is Grant-Lee Phillips and Kristin Hersh.
      1. Wilson, james444 and Elnrik like this.
    19. Merrick
      Merrick
      Always a joy to listen to an all time favorite album. Tonight is Lifes Rich Pageant.
      1. Skyline and BillOhio like this.
    20. Merrick
      Merrick
      I’m out of step with the world. I thought Shape of Water was deeply disappointing and mother! was the best film of 2017.
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      2. Lyander
        Lyander
        Would be interested in talking over what TSoW could improve upon. I'm a fan, but I know all too well I've got trash taste sometimes :))

        Also, never heard of mother! before now and it looks to be really interesting. Gonna go check if any theatres here are screening!
        Mar 10, 2018
      3. SoupRKnowva
        SoupRKnowva
        I really need to watch Mother, but I’m also excited to watch Shape of Water.

        I watched Fantastic Beasts last night though, and thought it was better than most the other HP movies
        Mar 10, 2018
      4. purr1n
        purr1n
        There is always Black Panther
        Mar 10, 2018
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    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Portland, OR
    Gear List:
    Main system:
    Sources: Technics SL-1800, Raspberry Pi 3 with 502DAC board
    DAC: Gungnir Multibit A1
    Headphone Amp: Cavalli Liquid Platinum
    Headphones: Sennheiser HD580 (modded), Grado RS2e (TTVJ Deluxe Flat pads), JVC FD-X1
    Speakers: Infinity Crescendo CS3009
    Power amp: Denon AVR-X2500H

    Office system:
    Source: MacBook
    DAC: Bifrost 2
    Headphone Amp: Shortest Way 51+, Jotunheim 2
    Headphones: Sennheiser HD580 (modded), Grado RS2e (TTVJ Deluxe Flat pads), JVC FD-X1
    Speakers: Blumenstein Orcas
    Power amp: Custom built SS

    Bedside options:
    Sources: iPhone, Sony ZX300
    DAC: Sony ZX300
    Headphone amp: ALO Rx Mk.III-B, PPAS
    Headphones: JVC FD-X1 (balanced or unbalanced depending on upstream gear)

    Signature

    HP/IEM: HD 580 | RS2e | JVC FD-X1
    AMP: Liquid Platinum | Shortest Way 51+ | Jotunheim 2
    DAC: Gungnir Multibit | Bifrost 2