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One last vacation before all the grass I can touch around here turns brown. Have an easy week, gang. Enjoy the music. Sep 25, 2022 at 8:11 PM

    1. Qildail
      Qildail
      One last vacation before all the grass I can touch around here turns brown. Have an easy week, gang. Enjoy the music.
    2. Qildail
      Qildail
      Focal Clear with Mjolnir 1 is just the kick in the ass I needed after a rough few days. Slam! Pow! Smack! Blam!
      1. Maven86, zottel, Jinxy245 and 5 others like this.
      2. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        Addictive right?
        Sep 21, 2022
      3. Qildail
        Qildail
        @Azimuth Highly. This is one of my favorite combos right now, especially when I need a jolt of mental energy.
        Sep 22, 2022
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      4. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        It certainly demands your attention. I never tried it with Focals, but I can only imagine.
        Sep 22, 2022
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    3. Qildail
      Qildail
      “Less than one minute remaining” may be the greatest lie of modern technology.
      1. zottel, Deep Funk, Cryptowolf and 7 others like this.
      2. Cryptowolf
        Cryptowolf
        Computer status messages: proof that time is a construct because if that was 1 minute?
        Sep 20, 2022
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    4. Qildail
      Qildail
      Maybe having a shouting match with your ex over your kid’s friends could be done somewhere other than the sushi restaurant. Ye gods.
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      2. Claritas
        Claritas
        Was it an interesting argument at least, or redeeming in any way? (Doubtful.) We had these neighbors across the driveway in Chicago who would argue in clichés. "If I've told you once, I've told you a thousand times!" It was hilarious.
        Sep 17, 2022
      3. Claritas
        Claritas
        The worst that ever happened to me in a restaurant was a very pretty, very smart girl at a dinner party who was offended by something (unclear what). Out of nowhere, she exploded, "Oh, fuck you!!! I am *not* talking to you anymore!" I rolled my eyes purposely for the whole table to see, and drily said, "If any of you gentlemen needs me, I'll be at the bar." And casually walked away.
        Sep 17, 2022
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      4. crazychile
        crazychile
        Given our proximity to one another I've probably been at that sushi place. But some of the other places I've been, i'd imagine an old angry asian woman coming out from the kitchen to give the offenders a verbal beating and large dose of shame.
        Sep 18, 2022
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    5. Qildail
      Qildail
      Life is funny moment: In the last two months the money spent at the mechanic and the money spent at ZMF are within $10 of each other.
      1. Claritas
        Claritas
        In enough ways, that's a blessed life.
        Sep 16, 2022
      2. Qildail
        Qildail
        Sep 16, 2022
    6. Qildail
      Qildail
      These Focal Clear ear pads seem to only last a hot minute...
      1. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        I'm curious about the ZMF ones; I wonder if they'll be suitable replacements that will actually last longer than 1 listening session (and also not cost a billion dollars)
        Sep 13, 2022
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      2. insidious meme
        insidious meme
        The lambskin they have up look like $80/pair.
        Sep 13, 2022
      3. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        @insidious meme yeah not cheap, but if they last for a long time I'd consider it worth the spend.
        Sep 14, 2022
    7. Qildail
      Qildail
      Not my quote, but worth reminding (myself, mostly): Today's new shiny doesn't magically turn what you loved yesterday into crap.
      1. Joshvar, atomicbob, zottel and 11 others like this.
      2. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Unless you eat it?

        Sorry... I've been reading too much @YMO!
        Sep 12, 2022
        Joshvar, rott, Riotvan and 10 others like this.
      3. YMO
        YMO
        Life is like tossing salad, you need a really strong flavor to mask the realities of real tastes.
        Sep 12, 2022
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    8. Qildail
      Qildail
      Any Twin Cities area friends about? Looking for a "shouldn't miss" local restaurant near MSP for a mid-week dinner in a couple weeks.
    9. Qildail
      Qildail
      Totally unscientific laser thermometer measured 250F (121C) off the back tubes in Valhalla 2. I knew they run hot, but yikes…
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      3. Priidik
        Priidik
        Laser thermometer? Unlikely. You probably have IR thermometer with laser pointer. It will measure everything emitting infrared spectra. That can be the filament itself behind the glass envelope. When you see metal glow red it usually means more than 400 deg C.
        Sep 8, 2022
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      5. Qildail
        Qildail
        @atomicbob That is great work there, sir. Very interesting that 15-20m seems to be a round equilibrium time.
        Sep 8, 2022
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    10. Qildail
      Qildail
      Thirty minutes flailing around like a goddamn idiot because I plugged Freya output into Jot's pre-amp output... /headdesk/
      1. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        I didn’t this was possible because of how XLR cables are configured with one end female and the other male. Why would you have a female - female XLR cable?
        Sep 4, 2022
      2. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        Unless you are using the RCA output/input. But then what is the point of a balanced preamp and balanced amp if you aren’t using balanced cables?
        Sep 4, 2022
      3. Qildail
        Qildail
        @Cspirou Short version of that story is the Freya balanced out is tied up by Mjolnir now; so I’ve got Jot a bit out of place as an SE-only amp for the moment.
        Sep 4, 2022
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    11. Qildail
      Qildail
      It only took four insurance checks, two construction companies, one lawyer, and two years to finally get my roof fixed from the storm.
      1. Azimuth, Jinxy245, crazychile and 3 others like this.
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      3. Kernel Kurtz
        Kernel Kurtz
        He was pretty stressed out the first couple years, but he is just resigned now. Him, the insurance company, and various (sub)contractors (and their insurers) all have lawyers, and the city is involved too for code issues. Makes me shake my head.
        Sep 2, 2022
      4. penguins
        penguins
        ^ gubbamins!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        Also, I wonder how much the lawyers are colluding to stretch this case out.
        Sep 2, 2022
      5. Kernel Kurtz
        Kernel Kurtz
        Speaking with him we are both very sure far more money has been spent in the legal system than the entire repair job would have cost even if they did it twice. Nobody wants to take any blame though, and that appears to be worth more money than anything else.
        Sep 2, 2022
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    12. Qildail
      Qildail
      Have any gear you got such a deal on you wouldn’t imagine selling it? Mine is my CD Transport. I barely use it, but I got it for a steal.
      1. wbass
        wbass
        I have an Audio Research pre and a Kuzma tonearm that I got such ridiculous deals on, I don't think I'll ever part with them. And both are amazing performers.
        Aug 31, 2022
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      2. Biodegraded
        Biodegraded
        My old stuff - turntable (since incrementally upgraded) & CD player (now transport) bought in the mid 90s. Even at my budget there are better of both out there but with inflation and with the value I've had out of them, it'd be silly to sell.
        Aug 31, 2022
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      3. Claritas
        Claritas
        "Too Jewish."
        Sep 1, 2022
    13. Qildail
      Qildail
      Back to back weekend days in the ER. Grateful my insurance keeps this from being a real nightmare.
      1. Qildail
        Qildail
        (everyone is fine - just a series of klutzy moments with the women of my immediate family)
        Aug 28, 2022
      2. atomicbob
        atomicbob
        No one really wants to hang out at the ER. Even though my day job involved observing prehospital transport, ER and OR for medical device research, it is emotionally draining. People ranging from mildly frustrated to really scared. Lives saved and lives lost.
        Aug 28, 2022
    14. Qildail
      Qildail
      I know loss prevention is a thing, but the nonsense I go through for just basic use of my debit card is sending me back to cash.
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      2. YMO
        YMO
        @Qildail now thinking about it, how about using your debit card as an ATM card for cash withdraws? That's how I been using mine. I use my Credit Union's Co-Op ATM Network, which gives me better ATM locations than the big banks. I normally carry $40-$60 on me. Only time Socialism works IMO.
        Aug 25, 2022
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      3. Qildail
        Qildail
        @YMO Yep; that's pretty much the direction I'm heading. Use the card for the ATM, then put it back in the home wallet.

        Thanks for the tips and hints, gang.
        Aug 25, 2022
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      4. Claritas
        Claritas
        Aug 25, 2022
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    15. Qildail
      Qildail
      I really don't care about cables -- until I have to untangle the damn things.
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      2. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        I don't mind untangling cables. I don't mind untangling rope.

        I do mind untangling cheap, fine chain in necklaces etc. Sometimes it can be teased apart using a couple of needles, but generally it beats me.
        Aug 18, 2022
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      3. Qildail
        Qildail
        @Thad E Ginathom Too many flashbacks of untangling my wife's jewelry with two toothpicks. The incense burner and chicken bones were just for backup.
        Aug 18, 2022
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      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Because I was a hobby jeweller once (whoa, nearly 40 years ago!) people tend to give me those tasks.

        Because I was a hobby sailor too, I take a pride in untangling rope --- and a bigger pride in not tangling it in the first place! LOL
        Aug 18, 2022
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    16. Qildail
      Qildail
      Popcorn with a glass of moscato. Don’t laugh; the salty/sweet thing works.
      1. Syzygy, atomicbob, CEE TEE and 5 others like this.
      2. Vansen
        Vansen
        That's more of a love triangle than duo in my eyes: the diacetyl compounds are probably a large part of the show.
        Aug 16, 2022
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      3. CEE TEE
        CEE TEE
        Popcorn with Champagne is an enophile classic.
        Aug 17, 2022
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      4. CEE TEE
        CEE TEE
        (Also Foie Gras and Sauternes)
        Aug 18, 2022
    17. Qildail
      Qildail
      I did this totally backward, but Atrium and Focal Clear are my new 1A/1B. Still love my Irish HD650, but it's now the second tier.
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      2. Woland
        Woland
        Except on weight.
        Aug 14, 2022
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    18. Qildail
      Qildail
      One year registered. Thank you, SBAF. It’s been an interesting, informative, and amusing last twelve months.
      1. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        It feels like you were always here!
        Aug 6, 2022
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      2. YMO
        YMO
        Hug me
        Aug 6, 2022
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      3. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        You wait your turn. I'm hugging Qildail!
        Aug 7, 2022
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    19. Qildail
      Qildail
      One thing about this hobby I was not at all prepared for: the number of literal empty boxes I would end up managing.
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      2. Tchoupitoulas
        Tchoupitoulas
        Yeah, I get teased for being a box hoarder.

        "Why don't you you at least fold them down flat so they don't take up so much damn space?"

        "Because I need to keep the foam inserts to protect the items if I ship them."

        "So, you're now hoarding foam thingies as well?"
        Aug 3, 2022
      3. loadexfa
        loadexfa
        One of the reasons I purge, I'm sick of having so many damn boxes!!
        Aug 3, 2022
      4. brencho
        brencho
        You should see my attic…
        Aug 3, 2022
    20. Qildail
      Qildail
      My wife has absconded with my Asgard 3 + AKM. Now deciding if I want to move Jot 2 or Valhalla 2 to the second desk...
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      2. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        Time to upgrade to Lyr 3+ + MB.
        Aug 3, 2022
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      3. roshambo123
        roshambo123
        Jot 2 is my work amp. If I was listening for engagement though, Valh 2 would be my choice.
        Aug 3, 2022
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      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        This talk is all well and good, but what are you replacing the *wife* with?

        Are you upgrading? Or sidegrading? Or, perhaps, waiting for some new model, which might, or might not, be released?
        Aug 3, 2022
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    Gender:
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    Location:
    Iowa
    Gear List:
    Main: Cambridge CXC+CXNv2 -> Cambridge AXR100 -> ELAC DBR-62

    Desk 1: Cambridge CXNv2 -> Schiit Freya S -> Schiit Mjolnir 1 -> ZMF Atrium/Focal Clear OG

    Desk 2: Schiit Modius E -> Schiit Valhalla 2 -> Sennheiser HD650

    Vinyl: Technics SL-1800 Mk I + Empire 2000E/III -> Schiit Mani 2