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Ugh - Have been waking up between 2-4AM every time I fall asleep before 10PM recently. May 4, 2021 at 3:33 AM

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    1. penguins
      penguins
      Ugh - Have been waking up between 2-4AM every time I fall asleep before 10PM recently.
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      2. penguins
        penguins
        @EagleWings - That's rough. Hope it passes for you. I normally just browse random internet, work, or sometimes PC games before going back to bed.
        May 5, 2021 at 12:26 PM
      3. EagleWings
        EagleWings
        Thank you. I hope it passes for you too. I've had this for more than a decade now, so I've learnt to live with it by going to bed after 12. I'll probably visit a sleep clinic at some point.
        May 6, 2021 at 4:42 AM
      4. Claritas
        Claritas
        @penguins, I second @EagleWings' idea of doing a sleep study guided by a doctor in a sleep clinic. Most people moderately benefit from it. And for a smaller subset, the improvements are genuinely *life-changing*—so why haven't I done it yet?!
        May 6, 2021 at 7:19 AM
    2. penguins
      penguins
      Thinking of moving just b/c next year. Any recommendations? Will try to visit at least 4 or 5 places before making any kind of decision.
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      3. penguins
        penguins
        Lastly, no, I will not california-cate these places if I go. Or at least I'll try to not do so
        Apr 28, 2021
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      4. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        I just say it out for a cheap laugh. It seems the population growth is exploding everywhere here. You can tell by the pop up of new mattress stores here in every other shopping center. It is actually quite a fun city with plenty to do, it is just because of growth the housing prices keep going up and traffic seems to get worse and worse.
        Apr 29, 2021
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      5. gixxerwimp
        gixxerwimp
        Moving for the sake of moving?
        Moving house and finding a job are the worst two things IMO.
        Apr 29, 2021
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    3. penguins
      penguins
      Does Spotify Premium/paid have better recommendations vs free? All of my recommendations on free are just things I've already listened to...
      1. Lyander
        Lyander
        Curveball recommendation but YouTube Music has actually pointed me in the direction of a LOT of new-to-me tracks that I like. SQ is a step back from Spotify Extreme but I find that I care far less about that when I'm streaming things; it's "acceptable", but I may just have lower standards and worse ears XD
        Apr 18, 2021
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    4. penguins
      penguins
      It looks like the Holo Spring 2 LVL2/3 doesn't appear used very often and Holo USA is (expectedly) out of stock.
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      3. ogodei
        ogodei
        I've seen two pop up in the last few weeks. I will resist all temptation.
        Apr 13, 2021
      4. Erroneous
        Erroneous
        Since Spring 3 will be here in a month or so, some Spring 2s will likely hit the market.
        Apr 13, 2021
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      5. penguins
        penguins
        @Erroneous - Man I'm sad I missed your post now. That was a good deal.
        Apr 13, 2021
    5. penguins
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      3. ogodei
        ogodei
        I get your point. Three things I was thinking of: 1) Snark 2) The data listed appears to be several days old 3) most politicians at that level are "high net-worth individuals" who have handed off portfolio management to private 3d parties. Why not track those companies instead?
        Apr 7, 2021
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      4. ogodei
        ogodei
        BTW, Burr, the only Senator who was even looked at because of his Covid trades, was never charged with anything. DOH dropped the investigation in Jan. The only reason he was even looked at is because he didn't have a buffer between him and the trades. The fact that he was blatantly guilty of the charge has no bearing.
        Apr 7, 2021
      5. penguins
        penguins
        All 3 points are true, but it's more of a guiding rail.

        Would love to track said companies too, but most of the movements and data is too obscured or info is too delayed. Or, it's things that me and most other "joe plebs" just don't have access to.

        Yes, kind of annoyed Burr didn't get charged.
        Apr 7, 2021
    6. penguins
      penguins
      Is there a place to a get really good pineapple upside down cake in southern CA that's not ridiculously overpriced? Or just bake it?
      1. YMO
        YMO
        Bake it
        Mar 31, 2021
    7. penguins
      penguins
      Debating if I should sell one of my big boy amps... I really like all 3, but 2 of them don't get enough use time. OR - just go to sleep.
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      2. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        I ask myself this question with some of my gear sometimes, but then I listen to it exclusively for like a week and love it all over again. It's possible I'm just an idiot who hoards.
        Mar 24, 2021
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      3. HotRatSalad
        HotRatSalad
        I feel the same If gear sits around. I can't help it have a headphone amp fetish.
        Mar 24, 2021
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      4. Sqveak
        Sqveak
        So... what's a Crimson worth these days?
        Mar 24, 2021
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    8. penguins
      penguins
      Liquid Crimson + Audeze LCD2.1 = glorious flawed ridiculousness in a very fun way. Thanks @ChaChaRealSmooth !!
    9. penguins
      penguins
      Every time I listen to the Liquid Crimson I remember the Platinum and wonder "what happened?" Not that the LP is bad, but it's a big gap.
      1. obsiCO, Jerry, Walderstorn and 3 others like this.
      2. YMO
        YMO
        Indeed. But don't over think this...
        Mar 6, 2021
    10. penguins
      penguins
      Waking up and posting on SBAF in the middle of the night thanks to retainers... fun.
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      2. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        I’m doing the same but because I’m so excited to listen to music on my rig! Thanks SBAF
        Feb 27, 2021
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      3. YMO
        YMO
        I just got retainers for my teeth yesterday...hard to sleep too.....
        Feb 27, 2021
    11. penguins
      penguins
      Has anyone else had their Auteurs sound noticibly disjointed before?
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      2. Cryptowolf
        Cryptowolf
        Yes, when I accidentally reversed phase in a Audirvana audio plug-in. I’ve also made them sound awful with heavy handed EQ.
        Feb 24, 2021
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      3. gaspasser
        gaspasser
        Check that you don’t have mixed up ear pads on. They are very hard to tell the difference sometimes. Check R to L swap and make both pads same type.
        Feb 24, 2021
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      4. penguins
        penguins
        So it was only on some tracks and not others. Suspected phase as well but it phase reversal button on Yggdrasil didn't help. I try to avoid EQ whenever possible and confirmed it's still off.

        The pads haven't been touched for about 6+ months. I did check them though and didn't see any mix-ups or issues.

        I'm starting to wonder if the Burl B2 kind of "broke the mirror" for me to some degree with ZMFs...
        Feb 24, 2021
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    12. penguins
      penguins
      Anyone have significant experience with gel earpads? After some experimenting, I see some potential with some closed and a few open back HP.
      1. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        My experience has always been negative they don’t breath at all. But it would be cool if you got them to work.
        Feb 5, 2021
    13. penguins
      penguins
      Serious back pain for the first time ever this whole week - stuff is no joke.
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      2. Syzygy
        Syzygy
        Second the motion for a good chiropractor. Mine's amazing. In my mid 40's my body felt like I was 70. Then I found him. Now I feel as I did in my 30's again. Finding the good ones is hard, unless you can triangulate with several recommendations.

        A massage can also help a lot. And/or Tiger Balm.
        Jan 22, 2021
      3. penguins
        penguins
        It's upper back just below the neck. Mostly muscular tension. Thankfully X-rays didn't show anything odd. Wanted to go for massages but covid...
        Jan 22, 2021
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      4. Syzygy
        Syzygy
        I've still been getting my monthly massage. The place I go to has a touchless thermometer (to take your temp on arrival), has you sign an affidavit, and everyone wears masks. No problems at all.

        But this is TX, where businesses are open, though restaurants at reduced dine-in capacity still. If CA won't let them open…SOL.
        Jan 22, 2021
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    14. penguins
      penguins
      Any recommendations for erhu (Chinese 2-string instrument) music? Preferably melancholy, sad, or relaxing music.
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      3. atomicbob
        atomicbob
        Thank-you @Gaspasser I didn't know about this Bela Fleck collaboration. On my list now.
        Dec 30, 2020
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      4. penguins
        penguins
        Interesting instrument combo in that collab

        Leo - it seems like even most Chinese people I've met in China (much less elsewhere) don't know much about erhu music.
        Dec 30, 2020
      5. Ti_Leo
        Ti_Leo
        Dec 30, 2020
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    15. penguins
      penguins
      Dream last night that an ex came over and smashed all my vacuum tubes 1 by 1 with a baseball bat *shrudders*
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      3. penguins
        penguins
        @spawth wimenz angery time not big brain logic time /s
        Dec 22, 2020
      4. atomicbob
        atomicbob
        Nightmare, not dream.
        Dec 23, 2020
      5. Claritas
        Claritas
        If that's not symbolic, I don't know what is. Sorry. The good news is the word "ex." Some people never get there. Good on you mate!
        Dec 24, 2020
    16. penguins
      penguins
      Why do I randomly want another oreo milkshake right now?
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      3. Jinxy245
        Jinxy245
        Because they're yummy?
        Dec 18, 2020
      4. penguins
        penguins
        Random for me yes considering I almost never want to eat after dinner time, much less midnight munchies etc.

        Was this close to driving to grocery to buy oreo milkshake stuff until I realized the blender would wake everyone up at ~3AM.
        Dec 18, 2020
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      5. imackler
        imackler
        I have a half-off Sonic coupon for a shake in the app. Been saving it for when I really need it.
        Dec 18, 2020
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    17. penguins
      penguins
      Either computer networking stuff occasionally makes my brain go boomer mode OR stuff could JUST WORK OUT OF THE BOX like everything else now
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      3. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        @Thad E Ginathom - Yeah, there was sort of sweet spot with how things worked. Earlier versions weren't great but each generation got better to where you could just turn something on and it worked. Not just analog too. The NES and SNES were great in their simplicity too.

        Now there is kind of an expectation that digital electronics should always be on.
        Dec 10, 2020
      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Deeply engrained in me as a child: stuff was not left on. My dad even preferred to pull plugs out at the end of the day or when going out. And he was nowhere near OCD: this was just being careful.

        So none of that warm-up-for-3-months, even if it is really for real, will ever be for me. I don't even leave the modem/router on when we both go out...
        Dec 10, 2020
      5. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        ...And yes... I do expect it all to just work when I turn it back on. And I'm thankful that, for the past forty-plus years, it mostly has.
        Dec 10, 2020
    18. penguins
      penguins
      Dozed off and had a dream of cats dancing to multiple songs... was a pretty awesome dream. Listening to said songs now.
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      2. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Vitamin B6 for more-vivid dreams!

        (Disclaimer: all the usual I am not a doctor stuff)
        Dec 8, 2020
      3. Ringingears
        Ringingears
        Got anything for less vivid dreams? :)
        Dec 9, 2020
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      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        If I had, I would avoid it!

        Some people find that eating cheese just before bedtime stimulates dreaming too.
        Dec 10, 2020
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    19. penguins
      penguins
      Bricasti M3 DAC (non-SBAF) loaner is in... will hopefully post impressions soon if anyone is interested.
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      2. penguins
        penguins
        No formal impressions yet as it's too soon but so far (1hr) what I read elsewhere is true - about on par with Yggdrasil and Wavelight.

        In terms of absolute performance (ignoring R2R vs DS, OS vs NOS, individual preferences, etc.) - I would say Yggdrasil < M3 < Wavelight. Talking small or tiny overall improvements here though. Synergy and preferences >> any overall increases I have heard here. Also dollar value, etc.
        Dec 6, 2020
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      3. GoodEnoughGear
        GoodEnoughGear
        Does this have the headamp module?
        Dec 7, 2020
      4. penguins
        penguins
        ^ This one does not but it is available as an option.
        Dec 7, 2020
    20. penguins
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      2. fraggler
        fraggler
        Awesome. That's some great design thinking. I do wonder what the value is of the diamonds that they produce outside of novelty. I suppose anything that offsets the cost helps.
        Dec 1, 2020
      3. penguins
        penguins
        The diamond part came across to me as the typical "semi-smug need-to-feel-good about social causes modern European approach"** to things that seems to be shoehorned into most innovations like this. Or yeah, Occam's Razor = "let's make money". Cool either way though.

        **No offense Europeans, I could rag on US approaches to things too.
        Dec 1, 2020
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    Mar 1, 1990 (Age: 31)
    Location:
    SouthernCA
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    DAC: Yggdrasil A2 // Holo Spring 2 L2
    Amps: DNA Stellaris // EC Aficionado // Cavalli Liquid Crimson, Vali2+ for CIEMs
    Headphones: (Bocote) Auteur // Clear // HD6xx // modded HE6se
    CIEMS: UERR, UERM
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