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New stylus for the old Empire cart was the right call. Reduced tracking force to 1.0g and anti-skate to 0.25. Think I have it dialed in now. Oct 27, 2021 at 6:15 PM

    1. Qildail
      Qildail
      New stylus for the old Empire cart was the right call. Reduced tracking force to 1.0g and anti-skate to 0.25. Think I have it dialed in now.
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    2. Qildail
      Qildail
      That time of year again with morning temps around freezing; but if I turn the heater on the house will be the sunside of Mercury in an hour.
      1. crazychile
        crazychile
        I had to cover up the basil, sage and rosemary on the porch. Temp at 4:30am said 36F, so it was close but no frost.
        Oct 22, 2021 at 9:47 AM
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      2. Qildail
        Qildail
        @crazychile We brought in our still-potted replacement trees where they will spend the next five months under an assortment of growing lamps. I may end up stealing one of those lamps for my work office before it's over.
        Oct 22, 2021 at 1:19 PM
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    3. Qildail
      Qildail
      Panasonic built these old Technics tables like tanks. Nice to have one again.
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      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        I use an SL-1800 too! Mk1 for me, bought it before I learned how much of an improvement Mk2 was.
        Oct 14, 2021
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      4. Qildail
        Qildail
        Yea I thought about that. But for the shape it was in, with that cart, and a run through a technician already, I knew it wasn’t going to stay up long at the price.

        The stylus is not long for this world, so that’ll be another bit, but I justify it by saying I saved five times the total price by not buying a new 1500C for Christmas.

        Audiophile math at its finest, eh?
        Oct 14, 2021
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      5. Merrick
        Merrick
        Oh, I've done the "convince myself I'm going to buy super expensive thing" then I don't so I buy something else that I shouldn't but is way cheaper than the super expensive thing I had convinced myself I was going to buy in the first place haha
        Oct 14, 2021
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    4. Qildail
      Qildail
      I had always hated bass-heavy tuning, but now I think it was just *bad* bass-heavy tuning I hated. This SVS blends very well.
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    5. Qildail
      Qildail
      Sometimes the best "new piece of gear" comes from just cleaning up the desk.
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      3. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        "What is this desk cleaning you speak of?"

        I vaguely remember that there might be one under the heap of crud in front of me.
        Oct 5, 2021
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      4. DigMe
        DigMe
        Oct 5, 2021
      5. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        LOL *sweeps up the dust: suddenly everything collapses, the dust was holding it all up*
        Oct 5, 2021
    6. Qildail
      Qildail
      Took a flyer on the HE5XX at $160. I think I might actually like them. Not better than my 650s, but these are not... awful... at this price.
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    7. Qildail
      Qildail
      The neat thing about playing video games with my adult children is that they still find it neat to play them with me.
    8. Qildail
      Qildail
      I'm going to need another headphone stand...
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    9. Qildail
      Qildail
      SVS Micro 3000 arrived today. Normally I'd be up all night tinkering; but I am so tired it's just going to sit on the floor until tomorrow.
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      2. zerodeefex
        zerodeefex
        Any comments? I want to cop before the price increase but the reviews all seem to be written by untrusted sources.
        Sep 30, 2021
      3. Qildail
        Qildail
        @zerodeefex I just got around to set up tonight. Still have a lot of tuning I think (there is a serious bass null in my room), but it passed the "two hour test".
        Sep 30, 2021
      4. zerodeefex
        zerodeefex
        Bought a return/like new from an authorized dealer for $650. Figured I'd cop before the price increase goes in. Given the size and high WAF, seemed like a good move.
        Oct 2, 2021
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    10. Qildail
      Qildail
      SVS prices going up on 4 October. If you were thinking about that new sub, now's probably the time.
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      3. jnak00
        jnak00
        @Qildail I ordered the SB1000 Pro after your warning yesterday. I checked today and the price has already gone up $130 (in Canada)!
        Sep 24, 2021
      4. Qildail
        Qildail
        @jnak00 Ack! Hopefully you got your order in before the hike?
        Sep 24, 2021
      5. jnak00
        jnak00
        Yes, I did - thanks to you
        Sep 24, 2021
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    11. Qildail
      Qildail
      Vali 2+ so far: Not so great with the 650s, but it might have saved a different pair of headphones from being consigned to a box.
    12. Qildail
      Qildail
      Some days are diamonds; some days are rocks…
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    13. Qildail
      Qildail
      All this Yggdrasil talk actually has me looking again at Bifrost and/or/versus add-on MB-card for the second desk Asgard 3.
    14. Qildail
      Qildail
      Spouse expressed extreme concern that I hadn't replaced my dead HD280s from last week. I'm pretty amused by this. How the turns have tabled.
    15. Qildail
      Qildail
      Consolidated my paid services. Apple Music for the family (simplicity over performance); Qobuz/Roon for me; Amazon and Tidal out for now.
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      3. DigMe
        DigMe
        I’ve been pretty happy with Apple’s lossless quality.
        Sep 6, 2021
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      4. bixby
        bixby
        For me Qobuz sounded better than Tidal. Amazon soundly beat up Apple Music (neither lossless at the time) for sound on the phone apps when listening to 1 track of Beck's Sea Change album. But maybe apple gimped the Android version of their app.
        Sep 6, 2021
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      5. Qildail
        Qildail
        Now that I have the family plan sorted, I'm interested in getting Apple Lossless hooked up to the DAC(s) to see if I notice any appreciable differences. I suspect probably not much with mid-fi gear, if any.
        Sep 6, 2021
    16. Qildail
      Qildail
      Browsing eBay: Some of this gear looks like it was dragged across a parking lot in a bag full of sand that was on fire. Good lord.
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      3. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        The DACMagic does not look too bad. The speakers look mighty scratched up. You should see some pro PA amps I see sometimes.
        Sep 4, 2021
      4. Qildail
        Qildail
        I can only imagine.
        Sep 4, 2021
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      5. Armaegis
        Armaegis
        When I used to shuffle around more frequently with used pro gear that was used in touring or bar bands, I was pretty much happy with it if it was functional and didn't smell like an ashtray. Your standards go down real fast in that realm lol.
        Sep 4, 2021
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    17. Qildail
      Qildail
      I'm probably the minority, but I miss my work office -- I'm somewhat looking forward to going back. I'm on calls all day either way.
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      2. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        I don't miss my office. Or my work. Last seen, 2003.
        Sep 3, 2021
      3. Qildail
        Qildail
        Definitely a love-hate thing going on here. It has its perks, but some days...
        Sep 3, 2021
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      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        It's true that there was a social side to work, and that I valued many of the relationships. Unfortunately, there was a work side too.
        Sep 3, 2021
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    18. Qildail
      Qildail
      So long to my first pair of Sennheiser HD280s, which threw the left tweeter tonight after 17 years of faithful service.
      1. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Condolences. Loss of an old friend.
        Aug 30, 2021
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    19. Qildail
      Qildail
      Nice moment of sheer unadulterated panic when I powered up the Asgard and got nothing. Flip the gain down and back and it's fine. Weird.
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      2. bixby
        bixby
        Sounds like me with a "vintage" Yammy R-500 receiver I borrowed. Seemed every time I checked, the wiring the was correct but channels reversed....Duh... operator error.
        Aug 28, 2021
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      Qildail
      I had to explain to the roofers today that the very large check I wrote them was for the "non-leaking" model of roof...
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      2. DigMe
        DigMe
        My parents moved to a new house last year and paid some contractors to build them a patio cover that is attached to the house. Thing leaked like a sieve.
        Aug 27, 2021
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      3. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Oh dear, I do sympathise. After some bad kitchen woodwork: "You didn't tell us you wanted it done *properly*"
        Aug 27, 2021
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        Qildail
        Aug 27, 2021
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    Gender:
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    Birthday:
    November 29
    Location:
    Iowa
    Gear List:
    Main: Cambridge CXC+CXN-v2 -> Cambridge AXR100 -> ELAC DBR-62

    Desk 1: Schiit Asgard 3 -> Sennheiser HD650

    Desk 2: Schiit Asgard 3 + AKM DAC -> Sennheiser HD280

    Desk 3: Work in progress...

    Vinyl: Audio Technica AT-LP120USB (Gen 1) + AT440MLB

    Other: Philips SHP9500, Sennheiser HD558, Sennheiser HD598, Sennheiser Momentum 3, Schiit Magni Heresy, Schiit Fulla 2