rfernand
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rfernand

Almost "Made", Male, from Kirkland, WA

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Alright Yggdrasil+ GS2. Warm up and show me what you’ve got. Jun 6, 2024

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Jun 16, 2024 at 7:12 PM
    1. rfernand
      rfernand
      MJ3 in silver now…
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      2. roshambo123
        roshambo123
        Geralt: How do you like that silver?
        Sep 25, 2023
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    2. rfernand
      rfernand
      Professional Series no longer listed in 4ourears.com -> imminent x driver upgrade coming?
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      3. joch
        joch
        I just saw that when rfernand mentioned the site. I’d jump on those if I had known.
        Sep 21, 2023
      4. rfernand
        rfernand
        “Sony guts, it’s good”
        Sep 21, 2023
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      5. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        seems overdue
        Sep 22, 2023
    3. rfernand
      rfernand
      The MHA200 is either under-rated, ignored, or neglected. This thing is bonkers.
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      3. zonto
        zonto
        No matter how good it sounds, I don't know if I could ever buy McIntosh gear. It looks so gaudy to me. Same with Chord.
        Sep 18, 2023
      4. rfernand
        rfernand
        This thing does not have VU meters, if that's what you're reacting to. Just green LED-lit tubes.
        Sep 18, 2023
      5. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        I mean is Mc-amp. It better knock your socks off...and your wallet.
        Sep 20, 2023
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    4. rfernand
      rfernand
      Traveling. Just discovered the Bathys use the mimi hearing test now. Interesting (sounded good - on a plane anyway). Any other users?
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      2. Qildail
        Qildail
        I haven’t updated mine yet. @zottel is another Bathys user. He wrote about it extensively a bit further down.
        Sep 17, 2023
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      2. Riotvan
        Riotvan
        Well increase the resolution, refreshrate and or length of the cable and you start running into problems. I've bought 4k 120hz cables that couldn't even do 4k at 60hz. Lot's shit out there that doesn't meet spec. LTT and others did some video's on it. Once you run into limitations fibre optic is not bollocks, go over 5m with 4k@120hz and you pretty much need these.
        Sep 10, 2023
      3. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Sorry, didn't mean to imply that! Fibre is totally not bollocks. I used to have 8Mb/sec broadband: along came fibre and now it is 200.

        And maybe it is the case that case that html, as it is now, needs to be history. And a fibre-based system would be so much better.

        My cynicism kicked in due to the super-marketing-language talk.

        ...
        Sep 10, 2023
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      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        "The THX mission is to empower high-fidelity entertainment"

        Eh? What? Funny, though, that the guy's name is Jason Fiber!

        So I probably missed out on learning about a good thing because of... my prejudices.

        It happens.
        Sep 10, 2023
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    6. rfernand
      rfernand
      MHA 150 is discontinued? Is there an SS replacement coming up? Does anybody know?
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      2. jexby
        jexby
        what 1% of ORFAS used the MHA 150 as a headphone amp?
        Sep 7, 2023
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      3. netforce
        netforce
        Back when I was at TSAV, usually the clientele ordering the MHA150 skewed older and their use-case was getting the unit to work with their headphones and 2 channel setup. Friends with used MHA100 I know liked using speaker taps with their planars. At msrp, I wouldn't cop MHA150, half off? Better price
        Sep 8, 2023
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      4. rfernand
        rfernand
        If they sell one without a dac at mha200 price , maybe.
        Sep 8, 2023
    7. rfernand
      rfernand
      KANN CUBE. Stuck in pre-Android 6 with no updates. Services like Qobuz impossible to update. Still, good to travel with. Plenty of power.
      1. rfernand
        rfernand
        Don't take me wrong, very frustrated. I wish they just updated it. Seems like expensive abandonware at this point.
        Sep 4, 2023
      2. scblock
        scblock
        This is the fate of any Android based player. I bought more than one. Seemed great at first and now I wish I hadn't.
        Sep 4, 2023
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    8. rfernand
      rfernand
      Farewell, MIL. You looked great on paper. #thunderdome
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      2. caute
        caute
        rip, and my condolences, your mother in law im sure will be missed.
        Sep 1, 2023
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      3. Riotvan
        Riotvan
        Long live the MIL-F god damn we really are a bunch of 7 year olds.
        Sep 1, 2023
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        Sep 1, 2023
    9. rfernand
      rfernand
      Rumor mill says Giles Martin's latest Beatles remaster will be announced this week. Rubber Soul?
      1. Inoculator likes this.
      2. Qildail
        Qildail
        Quite likely. He's hinted as much in previous interviews. It's the one the critics will eat up, but I secretly hope he gets Magical Mystery Tour done at some point soon.
        Aug 26, 2023
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      3. rfernand
        rfernand
        Well, the week came and went… so maybe no Beatles record this holiday season.
        Sep 2, 2023
    10. rfernand
      rfernand
      In tube heaven. Urd + Folkvangr + PS500e present: The Beatles in Mono.
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      3. rfernand
        rfernand
        What the hell drug are you on? It’s sarcasm. f**k off.
        Aug 25, 2023
      4. caute
        caute
        it's a speech from good will hunting lol, chill, my man, it was supposed to be funny...
        Aug 25, 2023
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      5. rfernand
        rfernand
        How do YOU like ‘em apples?
        Aug 26, 2023
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    12. rfernand
      rfernand
      Rooners: Do you use Volume Leveling? Hearing good results at -14 LUFS on remasters from the mid 2000s onward. Seems it isn't dropping bits.
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      2. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        I do not, but that is just nervosa. It can be handy and seems Roon handles it well. I have put it on during parties when playing playlists for background music. I do know of some folks I have chatted with that used it religiously though, but when they actually sat down to compare they heard the difference and ditched it. That being said, if it sounds good to you and it is handy, rock on and keep using it.
        Aug 24, 2023
      3. rfernand
        rfernand
        “Death Magnetic” CD and the current streaming master sound the same to me with VL, which surprised me. I thought the CD was beyond salvation.

        Will keep listening…
        Aug 24, 2023
      4. scblock
        scblock
        It's important when recording mixtapes so your mix volume doesn't jump around. Similar when letting a system play or shuffle tracks automatically. I don't use it when listening to single albums. -14 LUFS is a reasonable compromise.
        Aug 24, 2023
    13. rfernand
      rfernand
      Still unsure about Urd? Consider this: you will rediscover your CD collection and say “I don’t remember it sounding this great!”. Promise.
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      3. rfernand
        rfernand
        We also hear different things - I can’t say I like LCD-X with the Kann Cube (the ESS brightness kills me!) but 325x and 6xx overcompensate just enough.

        Amps, same thing. Eddie Current Studio B (I think) was so surgical and sterile and super black… and I loved it with DCA Stealth. But Focal Utopia nope, I got to the pain threshold very quickly…
        Aug 22, 2023
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      4. Claritas
        Claritas
        Thank you for telling me your experiences. I'd guess that's synergy. I know from experience that synergy can improve the sound of a set of equipment. But I've also seen synergy used to supplement the defects of the equipment. I think every piece of equipment should sound accurate on its own. And synergy should be sought only to augment that, if possible—to "tie the room together," like the Dude's rug.
        Aug 23, 2023
      5. rfernand
        rfernand
        I’ve come to terms with the fact nothing sounds accurate. Everything (DAC, amp, speakers, etc.) has an opinion on the sound (distortion).

        To me the hobby is about putting together the things that reproduce sound the way I like it (and instruments I know in a “realistic way”).

        Alas, like The Beatles sang… nothing is real and nothing to get hung about :D

        (Unless it sounds like ass)
        Aug 23, 2023
    14. rfernand
      rfernand
      Gungnir + goldpoint SA1X + Genelec 8010As (on pedestals) = near field nirvana. I can work here all day.
      1. Cryptowolf, Qildail and Justin S like this.
      2. Justin S
        Justin S
        Those 8010As are beauty and image like a laser. If you add the little 7040 sub it makes a big big picture.
        Aug 19, 2023
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      3. rfernand
        rfernand
        @Justin S : I’ve never owned a sub for music! Maybe it’s my choice of genres? But I will keep the 7040 in mind.
        Aug 21, 2023
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      4. Justin S
        Justin S
        The 7040 is a nice small sub. It really changes the staging (deeper) and reenforces the bottom end.
        Aug 22, 2023
    15. rfernand
      rfernand
      Super Best Audio Friends - Error This action is available via POST only. Please press the back button and try again.
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      2. shotgunshane
        shotgunshane
        Try to make posts now and reply back here with results.
        Aug 18, 2023
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      3. rfernand
        rfernand
        ۜ\(סּںסּَ` )/ۜ. woohoo
        Aug 18, 2023
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      4. Kernel Kurtz
        Kernel Kurtz
        Works now. Thanks for your assistance!
        Aug 18, 2023
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    16. rfernand
      rfernand
      Diversity is a beautiful thing. Mjolnir 3 is out, looks great on paper. Alas, with a Folkvangr and a Mjolnir 2 at home, not for me.
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      2. rfernand
        rfernand
        But dying to know what people think about its sound - extravagant choices made, to say the least!
        Aug 17, 2023
      3. gsanger
        gsanger
        I placed my order this AM. My interest was piqued ever since it was first teased months ago.
        Aug 17, 2023
    17. rfernand
      rfernand
      Folkvangr + HD 660S2 is a crazy, crazy good pairing. Low gain, no impedance multiplier.
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      3. rfernand
        rfernand
        It's surprising how well this thing drives a lot of headphones. I thought it would struggle a bit with the Stealth, but at high gain it proved to be a lot of fun.

        Peak Folkvangr is achieved with the PS500e :D
        Aug 13, 2023
      4. Qildail
        Qildail
        I love the amp with almost everything except Focal Clear. I just don't like tubes with Focals in general, and even the mighty Folkvangr can't seem to help that.
        Aug 15, 2023
      5. rfernand
        rfernand
        @Qildail : The Utopia, on the other hand, eats it up with gusto
        Aug 15, 2023
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    18. rfernand
      rfernand
      TIL: Don’t post in the Twilight Zone. You’re not on a mission to civilize.
    19. rfernand
      rfernand
      We are never, ever, ever, getting back together. (Yggdrasil to PiAES SPDIF after Urd).
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      3. rfernand
        rfernand
        @Michael Kelly : I did notice that simultaneously testing Pi USB output and the AES Hat SPDIF output proved hard due to volume matching (USB is louder). Not a problem, but curious as to why. (Or if it could be tamed without losing bits)
        Jul 31, 2023
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      4. Michael Kelly
        Michael Kelly
        Most likely due to the DAC. I am not sure how USB output handles the volume, but I do know that AES is bit for bit what comes out of the Pi I2S port. Perhaps MPD (the underlying audio handler in Linux) does some changes. You should ask this on the PI2AES thread.
        Jul 31, 2023
      5. rfernand
        rfernand
        Will do! I can rule out the dac, because I also tried Urd spdif output into the dac, and the volume was the same as Urd usb into the same dac.
        Jul 31, 2023
    20. rfernand
      rfernand
      About to see and listen to Taylor Swift. I’m sure the stadium will sound like loud ass and I don’t care.
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      3. DigMe
        DigMe
        I'm not a huge U2 fan, they're OK, but I've seen them in concert twice. Once at the old Houston Rockets arena because the Pixies opened and once at Cowboys stadium because wife and friends wanted to go. Cowboys stadium audio was beyond bad. Insanely bad. Arena was OK but hard to remember since it was like 1992 or '93.
        Jul 25, 2023
      4. DigMe
        DigMe
        Capacity of Cowboys stadium is ~100,000 if fully utilized but it was not sold out.
        Jul 25, 2023
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      5. rfernand
        rfernand
        Best sound quality I remember was the national auditorium in Mexico City, when Peter Gabriel was promoting “Up”. Yeah, that was 21 years ago and “i/o” was almost ready. 21 years waiting for a studio album. #letmetellyouhowifeelrightnow
        Jul 25, 2023
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    Gender:
    Male
    Birthday:
    February 15
    Location:
    Kirkland, WA
    Occupation:
    Staring at screens in disbelief
    Gear List:
    Audeze LCD-X, Dan Clark Audio ÆON 2 Noire, Dan Clark Audio Stealth, Focal Utopia ‘22, Grado 325x, Grado PS500e, Grado GS1000e, Massdrop HD6xx, Sennheiser HD600, Sennheiser HD 600S2, Schiit Folkvangr, Schiit Jotunheim 2, Schiit Mjolnir 2 (Phillips Miniwatt), Astell & Kern KANN Cube, Meridian Explorer2, Schiit Bifrost 2, Schiit Gungnir Multibit, Schiit Yggdrasil A2, Bowers & Wilkins 606, Genelec 8010A, Klipsch Heresy IV, Nucleus, Pro Ject Essential III (Grado Timbre Master3), Pro Ject Stream Box S2 Ultra, Rega Brio, Schiit Aegir, Schiit Freya+, Schiit Mani 2, Schiit Ragnarok 2.
    I read the news today, oh boy…

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    A species that can produce The Beatles and Beethoven is a species worth saving.