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Is it normal for a tube to sometimes have a rattle when shaking it? Sounds fine when playing music. 6SL7 tube. Aug 10, 2018

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    1. Mystic
      Mystic
      Is it normal for a tube to sometimes have a rattle when shaking it? Sounds fine when playing music. 6SL7 tube.
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      2. bixby
        bixby
        Sometimes small bead of glass breaks off inside and can float around like a bean in a maracha
        Aug 11, 2018
      3. Hands
        Hands
        I've seen it before. Doesn't seem to affect anything. Just keep an ear out for sonic anomalies or excess microphonics and EMI sensitivity. But also don't come back to me if I'm wrong and something blows up. :)
        Aug 11, 2018
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      4. Mystic
        Mystic
        Inspected the tube this morning again. Nothing is loose pinging around inside that I can see. It almost sounds like an excessive "tingggg" sound when shaking or tapping the tube. Rattle may of been the wrong descriptor. Lightly tapping the tube when music is playing doesn't bring about any microphonics or other anomalies. Probably still safe not to use the tube though. Don't want it destroying my ZDS.
        Aug 11, 2018
    2. Mystic
      Mystic
      Buying a new car. Do I take the logical route and get a Taurus or have some fun and buy a Mustang. Hmmm
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      2. ergopower
        ergopower
        Focus ST is not a bad car. GTI is nicer IMO, but if you want to stay in Ford family...
        Fiesta ST is a much better car for hooning, but it's pretty damned small
        Aug 1, 2018
      3. Mystic
        Mystic
        Ended up buying a Buick Regal Premium II. I did take the Mustang out on some back roads for a couple hours though, that was fun.
        Aug 3, 2018
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      4. ButtUglyJeff
        ButtUglyJeff
        Cool, I've been getting a bit of a boner for the Regal Wagon, so I know I'm getting really old...
        Aug 4, 2018
    3. EagleWings
      EagleWings
      Hey man, thanks for the BW2. Arrived safe and sound and is in 'Minty' condition as described. Loving the sound. Really appreciate the easy transaction..
      1. DigMe
        DigMe
        Bruddah you got a gem.
        Jul 24, 2018
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    4. Mystic
      Mystic
      Calling vinyl junkies, I would really appreciate some advice to get this right. I want to rid the shackles of digital. See link:
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      2. monacelli
        monacelli
        I have my fingers crossed that Mike is going to come out with a new phono stage when they release the Sol, and refresh the Mani too
        Jul 18, 2018
      3. Mystic
        Mystic
        I'm going to be buying a Tavish Vintage 6sl7 pre from another member here soon, so MC is covered. I've been leaning towards the Denon or the Hana SL if I go big. I was planning to get the regular (original?) 103, should I instead get the 103r? I was thinking about eventually sending the 103 in to get the Paradox or Zu treatment.
        Jul 18, 2018
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      4. JK47
        JK47
        May as well get the latest and greatest 103R, and never look back, but get that body upgrade whether it be Zu or Paradox.
        Jul 18, 2018
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    5. Mystic
      Mystic
      Yggdrasil v2 in the house and warmed up over the last week. This is quite the jump from Gungnir Multibit.
      1. Gaspasser
        Gaspasser
        Just when I think I’m happy you go and say this. Seriously though, congrats!
        Apr 17, 2018
        rtaylor76, Lyer25, dmckean44 and 2 others like this.
      2. Ray
        Ray
        Congrats Dan! Waiting on mine to arrive & compare to Gungnir Multibit
        Apr 17, 2018
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    6. Mystic
      Mystic
      Need some advice for cleaning tube pins. All 6SL7 types. I'm using 70% Ethyl alcohol and Q tips but doesn't seem to be working well.
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      2. Taverius
        Taverius
        I wouldn't worry about it melting the base off or anything, but depending on the material it might crawl its way up the gaps between pins and base, if you get those wet.

        Not an issue for alcohol, not sure I'd want deoxit hanging round in there indefinitely! :)
        Mar 22, 2018
      3. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        If you have busted tubes you can test that first
        Mar 22, 2018
      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        @Taverius "not sure I'd want deoxit hanging round in there indefinitely"

        I thought that Deoxit made /everything/ better. The only stuff in the world that actually does contain unicorn urine! No, I'm not saying anything sounds better, but a heap of things work better.
        Mar 23, 2018
    7. Mystic
      Mystic
      Stephen Hawking finished his final theory on the multiverse and how we could possibly detect it shortly before he passed.
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      2. Mystic
      3. Ringingears
        Ringingears
        This is fucking awesome! Thanks Dr. Hawking for leaving us one last great idea. Multiverse communication next??? Makes you wonder what other more advanced civilizations have discovered. We just have to get past this pre-school phase we are in. Without self-extinction.
        Mar 18, 2018
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      4. MLegend
    8. Mystic
      Mystic
      Is a 10ft USB cable too long (or not recommended) for audio? (From PC to Gen5 USB)
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      2. Mystic
        Mystic
        May just move my computer and use my short PYST usb cable I got from Schiit a few years back. I think it's 3ish feet.
        Feb 18, 2018
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      3. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        XLR is for long cable runs so what would make the most sense would be the keep the DAC close and then have extra long XLR cables. Of course then you need 2 x 10ft cables over using one digital cable of the same length.
        Feb 18, 2018
      4. cskippy
        cskippy
        I use a 10ft Audioquest Forest USB cable. Works fine.
        Feb 18, 2018
    9. Mystic
      Mystic
      Black Panther enters into the top 3 Marvel films to date.
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      2. spwath
        spwath
        Next, most of the jokes were not really funny. And that one car chase when the girl driving the car that gets blown up just slides down the road still in the seat, still holding the steering wheel? Not funny, and just seems like a poor excuse for a way she survived that. It was too long too. I could never feel emotionally for any character, except possible the antagonist. I thought it was OK, but not great. 6/10.
        Feb 18, 2018
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      3. %20 Oddity
        %20 Oddity
        holy shit those comments here
        Feb 18, 2018
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      4. spwath
        spwath
        Yeah I kinda made a lot of them...
        Feb 18, 2018
    10. Mystic
      Mystic
      For those with multiple tubes, what's a good/safe way to store them?
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      2. Hands
        Hands
        Wrap tube in bubble wrap. Put wrapped tube in box. Fill box with wrapped tubes. Hide box so you can pretend you didn't buy so many tubes.
        Jan 22, 2018
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      3. JK47
        JK47
        After boxing/wrapping, store in Pelican/Monoprice case.
        Jan 22, 2018
      4. Pyruvate
        Pyruvate
        Jan 28, 2018
    11. Mystic
      Mystic
      Our giant rock we live on has hurtled millions of miles through the cold vacuum of space at ~67,000 mph since 1 year ago. Pretty amazing.
      1. Ringingears
        Ringingears
        Pretty cool huh. We’ve moved 19 miles in just one second. Or 124 miles around the center of the galaxy. I love relative motion!
        Jan 1, 2018
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      2. Kattefjaes
    12. Mystic
      Mystic
      What is a good price for the Mullard ECC35 brown base? Prices seem kinda ridiculous on eBay.
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      2. Melvillian
        Melvillian
        Not sure what a good price is. It’s one of those things where you wait to get lucky on eBay
        Dec 30, 2017
      3. RiddleyWalker
        RiddleyWalker
        If it’s the one I sent you with the ZDS, I got it for ~$140 on eBay about a year ago so $99ish seems solid.
        Dec 30, 2017
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      4. Mystic
        Mystic
        Yes it is, thanks!
        Dec 30, 2017
    13. Mystic
      Mystic
      Finally bought Random Access Memories. Holy shit. What Daft Punk album should be next on my list?
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      3. Mystic
        Mystic
        I never understand complaints about not finding new music anymore. IME most of the music we will discover is stuff that has already released. Last month was a collection of some of the best classical recordings in history, this month is Daft Punk, next month can be anything.
        Dec 26, 2017
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      4. Pyruvate
        Pyruvate
        If you got all four albums in vinyl, you made the correct decision.
        Dec 26, 2017
      5. Mystic
        Mystic
        Unfortunately no, CD. No vinyl player at the moment. Waiting to see how the Sol turns out. Just my CDP for now (and digital if I'm feeling lazy).
        Dec 26, 2017
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    14. Mystic
      Mystic
      Tired of trying to find the perfect dedicated portable player. Oppo HA-2SE good? Will use with Android.
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      3. imackler
        imackler
        I'll look forward to hearing what you think, @Mystic I've got a Pixel as well.
        Dec 18, 2017
      4. Hrodulf
        Hrodulf
        Oppo HA-2 is decent. Between Sine and PM-3 I chose the latter.
        Dec 18, 2017
      5. Mystic
        Mystic
        Think I'm going to pick up a Moto E4 for super cheap to use as a transport for the HA2se. This should work right? USB OTG is supported on the Moto and I think that's all I need.
        Dec 31, 2017
    15. Mystic
      Mystic
      First time hearing the Andromeda. I never thought iems could sound this good.
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      2. brencho
        brencho
        worked really well out of @Bill-P AK 120 (the wolfson chip one not the new gen ones)
        Nov 27, 2017
      3. Mystic
        Mystic
        Welp. No Andromeda for me. $799 B stock switched over to sold out literally under 5 minutes from when I refreshed the page and tried adding to cart. That's frustrating as hell.
        Nov 27, 2017
      4. Merrick
        Merrick
        Put out a WTB ad here. Several people bought b-stock Andros and I’m willing to bet one or two will end up offloading them at some point.
        Nov 27, 2017
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    16. Mystic
      Mystic
      Skyrim Switch edition, because who doesn't want to play Skyrim on the toilet.
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      3. Melvillian
        Melvillian
        I’d rather be reading SBAF
        Nov 20, 2017
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      4. ButtUglyJeff
        ButtUglyJeff
        You can also Skyrim in your listening chair...
        Nov 20, 2017
      5. WNovizar
        WNovizar
        You n'wah likes it while I rather walk even if you have fast travel
        Nov 20, 2017
    17. Mystic
      Mystic
      Nexus 6p just died. Need a new phone under $500. Thinking OnePlus 5. Anything else?
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      2. Mystic
        Mystic
        Any of you Pixel owners tried Project Fi?
        Oct 9, 2017
      3. ButtUglyJeff
        ButtUglyJeff
        My brother uses Fi and is very happy. My family is on Republic which is the same idea. If I traveled internationally, I'd switch to Fi in a heartbeat...
        Oct 9, 2017
      4. Luckbad
        Luckbad
        I have a Pixel XL and Project Fi. Works great. No complaints.
        Oct 9, 2017
    18. Mystic
      Mystic
      I'm pretty sure the outlets/power in my new house sucks. Need something on the cheap side to fix.
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      3. a44100Hz
        a44100Hz
        Haven't read this entire thread but the Emotiva CMX-2 got rid of my headaches using the Mjo 2. I didn't think my power was even that bad. Check out the thread on power conditioners.
        Sep 20, 2017
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      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        "I'm pretty sure the outlets/power in my new house sucks"

        What, sucks instead of... blowing?

        Weird.
        Sep 20, 2017
      5. Melvillian
        Melvillian
        I could hear hum through the crack because the house I live in is old and has very poor power. Bought a Hum X from Amazon and that solved the problem. Not sure how it impacts the sound, but the crack was very punchy and dynamic. I have a ZDS now and it’s super quiet so I skipped the Hum X and connected directly to the outlet.
        Sep 20, 2017
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    19. Mystic
      Mystic
      Gungnir Multibit > Stratus > HD800 is glorious.
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      3. A1Gear
        A1Gear
        Lucky you! :P
        I presume, you still need those two (bringing mid-range up a bit & 6kHz peak damping) usual Mods on your HD800?

        *Sigh* I wish I could afford DNA products!

        BTW, is the Stratus still being Manufactured / Sold-direct, or as Used/Second-Hand only?

        Edit: Oh! Demo Unit.
        Sep 17, 2017
      4. Mystic
        Mystic
        @Northwest
        I've only had it a week, but right away I noticed better extension on both ends, especially in the bass. Hits harder and deeper where the Sonett 2 was a bit more soft. This also plays into improved dynamics. I didn't really notice until now, but the Sonett 2 upper midrange is a bit more laid back while the Stratus has a bit more energy here.
        Sep 17, 2017
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      5. Mystic
        Mystic
        @A1Gear
        HD800S, so no mods. I found the trade off worth it for me, but generally I still recommend the 800 with SDR which I owned prior.
        Sep 17, 2017
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    20. Mystic
      Mystic
      My TV has optical out, my receiver analog in. Would putting a cheap D/A converter in between bypass the internal dac of my receiver?
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      2. Mystic
        Mystic
        You know, I'm going to double check that. I know next to nothing about home theater AV equipment, but yeah, it sounds like it wouldn't have a dac built in then.
        Sep 5, 2017
      3. mkozlows
        mkozlows
        If it has HDMI, that's a digital input, keep in mind.
        Sep 5, 2017
      4. Ringingears
        Ringingears
        If it's 5.1 surround sound type it probably has an optical and coax input for the multiple channels. Might only have analog outs.
        Sep 5, 2017
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    Gear List:
    Headphones:

    Auteur
    Atticus
    HD800S
    HD800
    HD650
    HD600
    HD580
    DT880/600
    Noble X


    Amp/Dac:

    EC ZDS
    Vali 2
    Yggdrasil analog 2
    Modi 2U
    Fulla 2
    Cowon PD

    CD Players:

    Arcam CD73
    Toshiba SD 9200

    Technics M205 Tape Deck


    LSR30X speakers


    EM2100 power conditioner

    Signature

    CDP -> Yggdrasil A2 -> ZDS -> HD800/Atticus/Auteur