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rhythmdevils

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Why are the cheapest, least resolving DACs the only ones to support DSD/high res/MQA? Gimmick! Dec 4, 2021 at 6:57 AM

    1. rhythmdevils
      rhythmdevils
      Why are the cheapest, least resolving DACs the only ones to support DSD/high res/MQA? Gimmick!
      1. Cellist88
        Cellist88
        Gotta get that bang for the Buck
        Dec 4, 2021 at 10:30 AM
    2. rhythmdevils
      rhythmdevils
      Suddenly every time I buy something online I get a review request email after I receive it. What’s with this? It’s so damn annoying.
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      3. Lyander
        Lyander
        Always been the case but they've been asking for feedback months after the fact lately. Guess the e-retailer landscape got much more competitive is all.
        Dec 2, 2021 at 4:49 AM
      4. ogodei
        ogodei
        I had electrical work in my house done in 2018. About 6 months ago the provider must have implemented feedback request software, now I get email every two weeks asking for a review. I think this has gone beyond e-retailers unfortunately.
        Dec 4, 2021 at 3:01 PM
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      5. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        I don’t understand the logic of asking for a review while annoying your customers. Not smart at all.
        Dec 4, 2021 at 3:49 PM
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    3. rhythmdevils
      rhythmdevils
      I'm talking to Shanling about getting an M3X DAP loaner. What do you all think about waiting to start the Zen and Zen Pro iem loaners...
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      3. Cellist88
        Cellist88
        Actually, just tried out the jvc fd-01 on Phonitor. There is very little hiss unless I crank it up to max. if you need more volume lower in the pot, you can put it on high gain, but with no added noise.
        Nov 26, 2021
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      4. jexby
        jexby
        i want no DAPs. ever. if a dongle or Gryphon with iPhone doesn’t pair well i move on.
        Nov 26, 2021
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      5. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        Thank you for the feedback! No DAP it is.
        Nov 26, 2021
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    4. rhythmdevils
      rhythmdevils
      Happy white people were too ignorant, disgusting and foolish to survive a Winter here and…
      1. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        … luckily the local Native American tribe took pity on us and helped us survive and we thanked them only to turn around and use diseases born out of the same disgusting culture that almost killed us to wage bio warfare and commit mass genocide killing almost all of them, moving the rest to the most barren land in the country where they still are suffering from a collapsed and destroyed culture day.
        Nov 25, 2021
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      2. Claritas
        Claritas
        Ah,... thank you M. Rousseau. For my part, I am in accord with the wise Locke, who had rather be a common English yeoman than a king amongst them; and with a celebrated Virginian, who plainly wrote of "the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions."
        Nov 26, 2021
      3. penguins
        penguins
        ***dirty communist hippies noted and reported to cia headquarters*** :)
        Nov 28, 2021
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    5. rhythmdevils
      rhythmdevils
      When I’m exhausted but can’t sleep, the only thing I can listen to is free jazz. I don’t know why. But it soothes me.
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      3. dubharmonic
        dubharmonic
        George Lucas directors commentary will put you to sleep, I guarantee it!
        Nov 24, 2021
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      4. DigMe
        DigMe
        I have fallen asleep to some jazz at times, even free jazz as well. More recently it is more ambientish music such as Johann Johannsson, Slow Meadow etc.. I also find myself really relaxed by sounds of rain with crisp lightning, I’ve enjoyed this website a lot. You can combine sounds. https://defonic.com/
        Nov 24, 2021
      5. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        I’m not talking about falling asleep to it. I’m talking a night when you are really exhausted but wired and can’t sleep. It’s a specific state of mind that for me just loves free jazz. The more chaotic the better.
        Nov 24, 2021
    6. rhythmdevils
      rhythmdevils
      Anyone else have a MacBook Air M1 and find the clicking mechanism of the trackpad almost unusable? I'm dropping shit all over the place.
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      2. Scott Kramer
        Scott Kramer
        3-finger drag is now buried in 'accessibility'
        Nov 22, 2021
      3. dubharmonic
        dubharmonic
        It's not actually clicking, they don't move at all!
        Nov 22, 2021
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      4. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        Well that’s the problem then. The older ones clicked and worked so much better.
        Nov 22, 2021
    7. rhythmdevils
      rhythmdevils
      HOLY FUCK. The Dunu Zen Pro iems are incredible. This is the iem we have all been waiting for.
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      2. nishan99
        nishan99
        Is it true that they got softer macrodynamics and transients than the OG Zen?.
        Nov 19, 2021
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      3. crenca
        crenca
        I too WANT TO BELIEVE... If it just reaches HD6XX level of microdetail I would be more than happy.
        Nov 19, 2021
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      4. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        I think they’re more resolving than HD6XX but then I’ve never found them very resolved. They are fast they almost sound like orthos to me.

        @nishan99 i will have to listen to the og zen but these don’t have soft attacks at all.
        Nov 19, 2021
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    8. rhythmdevils
      rhythmdevils
      I finally finished my modded Audeze LCD-X and want to share it with you all. Sign up for the loaner tour here!
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      3. jexby
        jexby
        edited my posts there. is this headphone going to be bundled somehow with the existing Cavalier LAuX amp tour or?
        Nov 16, 2021
      4. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        Maybe at first, but I'l do a separate loaner with just the headphone. So you can have both the amp and headphones or just the headphones. Up to you.
        Nov 16, 2021
    9. rhythmdevils
      rhythmdevils
      I’m so excited about headphones I wake up after 4 hours of sleep and want to get up and listen to music. I have serious issues.
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      2. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        LCD-4 is probably the best. Resolution and very low distortion giving them a clean, smooth presentation. LCD-R is next, with a unique presentation of detail and tube iike tonality. Detail is almost pushed to the front with the LCD-R. But they're not as refined as the LCD-4 and I don't think they're more resolving, just that details are more obvious.
        Nov 14, 2021
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      3. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        Then LCD-X which is not that far behind either. I think my modded LCD-X is the best for price/performance.

        Then probably my modded vintage Yamaha HP-1 Anistropic. Then My YH-3

        Then my modded HE6se. I think some people would place this higher on the list, I'm just not a fan of the Hifiman tonality which can only be changed so much with mods.
        Nov 14, 2021
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      4. deafenears
        deafenears
        There's a 4z b-stock listed on Audeze's BF sale page, it has your name on it @rhythmdevils . Maybe you can use to figure out how to mod the Audeze variants using the MG chassis?
        Nov 18, 2021
    10. rhythmdevils
      rhythmdevils
      Says a lot about a person whether they say PM or DM.
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      3. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        I do look at (occasionally post on) Instagram, and now realise that DM is the parlance there. I think I might even have done it once or twice!
        Nov 10, 2021
      4. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        It used to always be PM (Private Message) on forums. On social media it’s DM (Direct Message). It just says that you’re social media saavy and haven’t been around audio forums for that long if you say DM.
        Nov 10, 2021
      5. Claritas
        Claritas
        I had no idea off-hand what DM meant. Digging deep in my memory, I finally exclaimed, "Dungeon Master!"
        Nov 13, 2021
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    11. rhythmdevils
      rhythmdevils
      How am I supposed to get any sleep when my headphones sound this good?
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      3. YMO
        YMO
        Just invite me over
        Nov 5, 2021
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      4. murphythecat
        murphythecat
        weed men!
        Nov 5, 2021
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      5. yotacowboy
        yotacowboy
        Who are these "weed men" of which you speak? Does this have something to do with Dune? I never read those books.
        Nov 5, 2021
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    12. rhythmdevils
      rhythmdevils
      How do you run balanced and SE amps from a DAC with gimped SE outputs?
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      2. Armaegis
        Armaegis
        (cont) then you can connect anything to anything and it will be fine; it will remain "balanced" (but not shielded), and whenever your switch points to an amp with SE only it will automatically ground itself
        Nov 3, 2021
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      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        This is definitely something that active preamps are useful for.
        Nov 3, 2021
      4. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        The switcher with a built in transformer is an awesome idea, and likely the most transparent option I imagine. Now I just need to find someone in the US who wants to wire one together. :)
        Nov 3, 2021
    13. rhythmdevils
      rhythmdevils
      Damn, people are willing to pay so much for used MacBooks. Like 100-200$ less than retail. Ridiculous.
      1. señorhifi and dematted like this.
      2. Bill-P
        Bill-P
        Yeah, these things hold value like crazy.
        Nov 1, 2021
      3. Vtory
        Vtory
        Sometimes sniper bid at ebay works. Particularly models nobody cares.
        Nov 1, 2021
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      4. señorhifi
        señorhifi
        Heard a guy once say, MACs are like digital gold: easy sell, easy money.
        Nov 1, 2021
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    14. rhythmdevils
      rhythmdevils
      The awesomeness of Big Red Machine's new album and Matt Berninger's solo album combined with the break being taken by The National worries..
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      3. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        Yes, I definitely agree I would rather them stop now than fade into shiftiness like so many bands who keep going (Phish *cough*). But they seem like they have a lot of creative energy left.

        The last Big Red Machine album reminds me of The National's sound a lot, but just missing other elements that add complexity to the sound.
        Oct 24, 2021
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      4. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        I assume if they did make another album it wouldn't' be for a while since the individual members have to tour their solo projects. Sad for music lovers but a reality.

        I feel like they were still expanding their sound though. Room for more creative growth.
        Oct 24, 2021
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      5. jaker782
        jaker782
        TN are probably my favorite current band as well... in fact it isn't even close for me. Discovered them after they released Boxer when they opened for REM.

        I thoroughly enjoyed BRM and Berninger's solo record. They are not done yet! The Dessner bros are killing it with their creativity and as long as Matt and his wife don't run dry with those signature lyrics, the quality will still be there for the next record.
        Oct 24, 2021
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    15. rhythmdevils
      rhythmdevils
      Firefighters across California are praising the Gods right now for the rain. So grateful for their tireless thankless work.
      1. Qildail, Cryptowolf, Jinxy245 and 6 others like this.
      2. nishan99
        nishan99
        Thank god.
        Oct 22, 2021
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      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        CA prisoners too
        Oct 22, 2021
    16. rhythmdevils
      rhythmdevils
      I just accidentally signed up for a family subscription for Microsoft 365 which gives me 5 accounts for100$/yr. Anyone want to go in on it?
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      2. Lyander
        Lyander
        I'm on the same plan and use two of the accounts for cloud storage because the rest of my family couldn't be arsed to make MS accounts. GLWS haha.
        Oct 20, 2021
      3. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Devil's semen...
        Oct 20, 2021
      4. rott
        rott
        Quite generous of you. I'd bite if not for already being enrolled via employer discount, and only thing I dislike is the upload speed to OneDrive for multi-GB directories with hundreds of large files.
        Oct 20, 2021
    17. rhythmdevils
      rhythmdevils
      I’m starting to prefer good recordings. Time to sell all my gear.
      1. Qildail, Cryptowolf, nishan99 and 4 others like this.
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    19. rhythmdevils
      rhythmdevils
      I’d like to ask that you all sign up for loaner tours when they’re offered even if you don’t know the gear. Take a chance.
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      3. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        I think I am on 5 currently. Not counting personal loaners.
        Oct 13, 2021
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      4. Armaegis
        Armaegis
        I've mentioned this before: there's a few of us in Winnipeg who would like to participate, but the customs office here is brutal and will slap too many fees on import. If someone else can get it into Canada, we'd ideally be last on the Canadian tour and we can ship back to the US or overseas when we're finished.
        Oct 13, 2021
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      5. lagadu
        lagadu
        EU tours are so rare :(
        Oct 14, 2021
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    20. SoupRKnowva
      SoupRKnowva
      If you've got one, I think a multimeter and some continuity testing could solve this LCD-R cable weirdness mystery
      1. Cryptowolf, Riotvan and rhythmdevils like this.
      2. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        Thanks! I don’t unfortunately and don’t have the knowledge to figure it out. I’m thinking of maybe sending the stoco cable in to Matt at Forza Audioworks and having him figure out what is going on and copy it. It’s a long way to ship the cable (Poland) but I’m not sure what else to do. Then he could write down how to wire a replacement LCD-R cable and everyone would benefit.
        Oct 9, 2021
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      3. atomicbob
        atomicbob
        @rhythmdevils - do you have a DMM? if so I could talk you through diagnostics with a zoom session. Alternatively you could send the cable to me (Seattle area) for diagnostics. Would save the cost of shipping to Poland and I would be happy to repay Matt's kindness in my cable situation.
        Oct 9, 2021
      4. SoupRKnowva
        SoupRKnowva
        My guess is one channel is out of phase or maybe even that the phases are mixed up between the channels. This could happen if there was no inquiry if the pinout of the connector on the amp end. I assume you had forza use the same pinout as standard for xlr4, but they probably changed it
        Oct 9, 2021
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    Gender:
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    Birthday:
    Oct 3, 1983 (Age: 38)
    Location:
    Bay Area
    Gear List:
    WANTED:
    LCD-4
    Cavalli Liquid Crimson

    —Source—

    Pi2AES with NoiseNuke -> Yggdrasil A2 ->

    —iem rig—

    Schiit Loki -> Drop THX 789 with Sigma11 LPS ->

    og Solaris
    Andromeda 2020
    Andromeda MW10

    —Ortho rig—

    -AMPS-

    Cavalli Liquid Glass
    Cavalli Liquid Fire
    Cavalli Liquid Gold X
    @fallenangel Cavalli SOHA1
    Schiit Magni 3+
    Jottenheim A

    -HEADPHONES-

    All orthos are modded

    Audeze LCD-4
    Audeze LCD-R
    Audeze LCD-MX4
    Audeze LCD-X
    Audeze LCD-2F
    Audeze LCD-2 Classic
    Hifiman HE6se V1 and V2
    Hifiman HE560 V4
    Fostex T50rp (very involved mod, one of my best orthos)
    Aiwa HP-500
    2 NAD RP-18 Kapton
    3 TDS-15
    TDS-5
    TDS-7
    TDS-16
    Fostex T20v2
    Fostex T20v1
    FostexT10
    3 Yamaha HP-1 Anistropic
    4 Yamaha YH-3

    —Speaker rig—

    Pi2AES -> Gungnir A1 -> Khozmo Passive Preamp -> Mackie HR624 mk1 active monitors
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