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MOT: rhythmdevils audio, Male, 40, from Bay Area, CA

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What's up with the used market? Everything I bought used 1 year ago is worth 70% of what it was then. Apr 9, 2024 at 5:24 PM

    1. rhythmdevils
      rhythmdevils
      What's up with the used market? Everything I bought used 1 year ago is worth 70% of what it was then.
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      2. Kernel Kurtz
        Kernel Kurtz
        Maybe it is like cars. Supply chain issues pushed up the price of new, and so made used command a premium. Now the supply chain is fixed and used cars no longer have that premium anymore.
        Apr 9, 2024 at 7:57 PM
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      3. bixby
        bixby
        @rhythmdevils - Not saying you are chasing new toys, rather that those now buying are, hence the lack of demand price for your really good slightly older stuff. Peeps often chase new even when new is not better.
        Apr 9, 2024 at 9:05 PM
      4. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        @bixby oh cheers! Yeah I'm buying some new amps but a lot of older or obscure stuff that's definitely not FOTM! haha. I wish I could go to meets, it would free me from most of these purchases and the loss from resale. And then I could buy more orthos to modify! :D
        Apr 12, 2024 at 2:53 PM
    2. rhythmdevils
      rhythmdevils
      Initial Impressions: Vali 3 is a significant upgrade over Vali2++., better in every way. Not as good as the Drop TA-84 but half the price.
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      3. joch
        joch
        Apr 7, 2024
      4. yotacowboy
        yotacowboy
        Stock tube is serviceable, but a bit flat. granted, i didn't put more than 8-10 hours on the stock tube, but unless there are more than the normal sonic gains associated with a tube burning in, the stock Russian tube is safe, if a bit boring.
        Apr 7, 2024
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      5. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        @joch no the WE369a in the Vali 3 I haven’t tried the stock tube because I have a big bag of NOS 2C51 tubes. :)
        The Drop TA-84 is such a great amp for the price I’m going to get a review sample for SBAF as soon as possible.
        Apr 7, 2024
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    3. rhythmdevils
      rhythmdevils
      eBay seller: “Lets pray like all hell that your tubes make it to your address in one piece and functioning correctly.” :D
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      2. crenca
        crenca
        @Thad E Ginathom , sorry to hear about your gods missing hands...I can pray about that.
        Apr 7, 2024
      3. Slade01
        Slade01
        @rhythmdevils as soon as I saw the note, I was 99% sure it was him, that tone is so him, unmistakable! I’ve been buying tubes from him for years. A great seller. He’s funny, but with an old school feel to his character.
        Apr 7, 2024
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      4. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        I didn't know if he was being serious or not but either way it gave me a good laugh :D
        Apr 7, 2024
    4. rhythmdevils
      rhythmdevils
      Anyone use Text to Speech services and can make a recommendation? Looking at Speechify and NaturalReaders right now to make voiceovers
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      2. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        I'd like to use Google, but the process is really cumbersome AFAIK
        Apr 1, 2024
      3. Lyander
        Lyander
        Depending on the volume of work you could get away finding someone to record audio for cheaper than the cost of one of those TTS services. That's ignoring the whole "using robots when you can pay a (voice) artist" debacle, but I will readily point out that a lot of folks' audio is just outright bad.
        Apr 1, 2024
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      4. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        @Lyander id love to have a human record my writing but I don’t have time. I’m tweaking my writing right up to when I post it. It would take a few days to organize someone recording a voice recording for me. Unfortunately
        Apr 1, 2024
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    5. rhythmdevils
      rhythmdevils
      I hope someone finds a Shangri-La hidden in the bushes in their backyard this morning :)
      1. Tchoupitoulas
        Tchoupitoulas
        They are egg-shaped headphones!
        Mar 31, 2024
      2. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        A hidden city is the last thing I want in my bushes.

        Hmmm... Wait... OK, maybe!
        Mar 31, 2024
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    6. rhythmdevils
      rhythmdevils
      Paypal payment holds are such bs. They don't cover the buyer they just save PayPal money. But I've been with Paypal for 25 yrs WTF.
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      2. penguins
        penguins
        ^ hence why I think this is yet another way for IRS / gov to try to control us.

        OTOH we also cannot underestimate some of the stupid things that companies will do to "make money" ... even if they do not actually make money from it.
        Mar 26, 2024
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      3. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        @penguins well PayPal makes money off this because they don’t pay sellers until the item is confirmed to have arrived. So if there is a problem they just don’t give the seller the money. Rather than paying the seller upfront in a possible scam where the seller makes out with it and PayPal has to pay themselves to make it right with the buyer.
        Mar 26, 2024
      4. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        But that’s soooo unlikely with a user who has zero questionable incidents over 25 years.
        Mar 26, 2024
    7. rhythmdevils
      rhythmdevils
      With all the advances in AI, why isn't text correction better? I think Apple doesn't care about improving iOS bc they don't make $ off it
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      3. Boops
        Boops
        L(yander)LM
        Mar 22, 2024
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      4. Lyander
        Lyander
        ROFL. If there ends up being a language learning model patterened after MY writing the internet's gonna run out of space just from all the purple prose that ends up churning out /s
        Mar 22, 2024
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      5. Serious
        Serious
        LOL, would probably end up being true for me, though.
        Then again those LLMs already generate way too long texts with lots of disclaimers. But in this case it's best to ask a professional who can better judge how long a text a LLM would create. Whether the internet would run out of space depends not only on the amount of content being written, but also based on the compression and total storage space available.
        Mar 22, 2024
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    8. rhythmdevils
      rhythmdevils
      Can the "balanced" trend in portable devices be over? No one needs bal when on the go, and the space used would make the SE out much better
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      3. Cellist88
        Cellist88
        Balanced hd800 sounded better from the phonitor vs Se he 800 when using stock cables for both. I guess ymmv.
        Mar 20, 2024
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      4. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        @Cellist88 well the Phonitor has tons of space to make a balanced design. Potables sacrifice a ton of needed internal space for the huge 4.4mm female plug. I’m just curious if that space was used in an SE circuit if it would sound better. But the Phonitor can just make the amp bigger to accommodate bal connections and circuits so it’s not quite the same situation. <3
        Mar 20, 2024
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      5. joch
        joch
        The problem with most implementation of balance plugs is that they’re not even truly balanced. It’s a waste. It’s for convenience and marketing as suggested above. If they’re gonna do true balance, I think XLR4 or miniXLR4 should be the way to go. Straight 4-5 poles are not really good designs for balance. If you need small…go wireless :P
        Mar 20, 2024
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    9. rhythmdevils
      rhythmdevils
      I have a broken Studio B and ZDS and Edwin Villareal isn't responding to my emails. Is there any other way to get these amps repaired?
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      3. yotacowboy
        yotacowboy
        Would it be too sacrilegious to reach out to someone like steve deckert head honcho at decware?
        Mar 16, 2024
      4. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        @yotacowboy i can’t imagine him being interested in trying to fix someone else’s design instead of making his own amps. I guess I could try though. There has to be a way this is like 5-6k invested here. Not to mention precious works of art.
        Mar 16, 2024
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      5. archer88
        archer88
        Maybe its worth contacting a custom amp builder like Oliver Sayes, James Burgess or Ming Yang and ask if they would be willing to repair?
        Mar 17, 2024
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    10. rhythmdevils
      rhythmdevils
      Does anyone know where I could buy a 105mm metal ring for magnetic pad attachment? I have a new Chifi ortho that is missing the ring.
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      3. fraggler
        fraggler
        Outside of trawling Aliexpress or a custom metal shop, you could see if there are any magnetic step up rings for lens filters that would work. I see some in the 105mm range but no idea if the polarity would be right.
        Mar 12, 2024
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        Mar 12, 2024
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    11. rhythmdevils
      rhythmdevils
      What’s the deal with RAAL 1995 and RAAL-requisite? New Ribbon headphones coming but I’m pretty confused.
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      2. Soups
        Soups
        Feels a little bit like when Toyota makes luxury cars under the Lexus brand. But here you have to keep the RAAL brand upfront, as it's synonymous with ribbons.
        Mar 8, 2024
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      3. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        The email I got about it is just very all over the place, but there's no webpage version so I can't link to it.
        Mar 8, 2024
      4. zottel
        zottel
        Not sure why he chose to create a new brand, but: I listened to the Immanis at the World of Headphones in Heidelberg (see thread), and they were the most impressive headphones I ever listened to. Too expensive, though.
        Mar 8, 2024
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    12. rhythmdevils
      rhythmdevils
      Lots of people leaving the hobby lately. Hopefully not leaving music though!
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      3. HotRatSalad
        HotRatSalad
        @mitochondrium 100 % today I plugged my JAR650 into my measly jot 2 and BF2 with a cheap gran via cable and I want nothing ! Well except for maybe a pair of clears lol
        Feb 29, 2024
      4. roshambo123
        roshambo123
        Nothing good comes of it. It's all hedonic treadmill and paradox of choice. The pursuit is corrupting from the start. The only way to win is never play.
        Feb 29, 2024
      5. Case
        Case
        music will never abandon you
        Mar 3, 2024
    13. rhythmdevils
      rhythmdevils
      I hate it when streaming services only have the "Deluxe" version of an album. What if I don’t want to listen to the album 6 times in a row?
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      3. bixby
        bixby
        You could try sliding the tracks that were on the original album into a playlist of one and title it with the album name.
        Feb 25, 2024
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      4. zottel
        zottel
        Solutions for Roon users: Only add the disc with the original version to the library. Or always select Disc 1 before playing. Not sure if similar solutions are possible with the streaming service clients/other players. And even with Roon, it’s a nuisance.
        Feb 25, 2024
      5. james444
        james444
        Feb 26, 2024
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    14. Serious
      Serious
      Got the S12 IEM. Man, they are BRIGHT (IMO U shaped) stock. Tried the micropore mod and then some other mods and there's definitely potential. Gotta compare against the RE-272 and UERM on the Rag XLR output.
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      3. Serious
        Serious
        Yeah, I really haven't found anything better for my preferences for single DD and multi BA IEMs. I haven't been on the lookout much, though.
        Didn't like the newer HFM IEMs or the UERR, for example. Sennheiser IEMs are too bassy, etc...

        Even the Rag is old-school by now :P
        Feb 14, 2024
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      4. Serious
        Serious
        I wanted to see what a good ortho IEM could do, so that's why I bought it.
        Feb 14, 2024
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      5. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        I may have found a way to open up the new version of the S12 to mod them. It would be fun to see what you think of my modded version. I'll contact you if I can make a pair.
        Feb 14, 2024
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    15. rhythmdevils
      rhythmdevils
      Bangybangy tubes has to be the worst tube seller on ebay. Pages of tubes that cost $20 and there's Bangy selling the same thing for $150
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      3. Woland
        Woland
        Feb 4, 2024
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      4. crenca
        crenca
        Google is doing significant behind the scenes commercial and political scrubbing of search.
        Feb 5, 2024
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      5. Phantaminum
        Phantaminum
        Yep, they've always sold tubes at a higher price than what most people sell on eBay. 6SN7 RCA tubes going for $200 for a pair or something ridiculous. I've received very noisy tubes from them several times. There's another seller I think called greengirls tubes. Several of them were noisy (2c51s, e88ccs, WE396). They have a high score since they allow returns and then put those tubes back up for sale.
        Feb 5, 2024
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    16. rhythmdevils
      rhythmdevils
      Blue LED’s have no place on tube amps. WTF are people thinking. They should ALWAYS be amber to match the glow of the tubes.
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      2. nishan99
        nishan99
        idk, green LEDs are the best.
        Jan 31, 2024
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      3. roshambo123
        roshambo123
        Feb 1, 2024
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      4. Merrick
        Merrick
        Purple LEDs only please.
        Feb 1, 2024
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    17. rhythmdevils
      rhythmdevils
      I'm all for experimentation but can The Flaming Lips please just write some simple pretty pop songs again? Yoshimi is so good.
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      2. ilikebananafudge_
        ilikebananafudge_
        Yoshimi and Soft Bulletin are so good. I also have a soft spot for The Terror, actually. Totally different vibe, though.
        Jan 28, 2024
      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        Jan 28, 2024
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    18. rhythmdevils
      rhythmdevils
      Anyone in the Bay Area, CA want to loan me an HD650 variant for a few days to compare them on the Mjolner 3 vs the new Drop TA-84?
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      3. YMO
        YMO
        I can mail you some body hair if you give me your address
        Jan 14, 2024
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      4. purr1n
        purr1n
        The Drop TA-84 sucked balls with every single one of my dynamic headphones.
        Jan 14, 2024
      5. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        @purr1n did you hear the prototype a year ago (amber LED and tube cage) or the production unit recently (red LED, no tube cage)? They sound really different, I'm using very different sounding tubes in each to get a similar sound but they still sound different, The production unit can handle a wider variety of headphones also.
        Jan 15, 2024
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    19. rhythmdevils
      rhythmdevils
      Wow, respect to YouTuber Joshua Valour I just wached the first YouTube headphone review that was really good and also very negative.
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      2. zottel
        zottel
        Jan 14, 2024
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      3. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        @zottel I’m new to YouTube reviews (and always will be). Goldendound’s review was WAY better done and I trust it much more than the guy who says “tambre” and likes the DT990 and “as much bass as possible while the quality is still good”. Josh’s review was just the first I’ve seen that I could watch and wasn’t complete nonsense. Goldendounds review was actually very good.
        Jan 14, 2024
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      4. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        I don’t like the hype of YouTube reviews so I just don’t watch them. They’re all hypey so you subscribe to their channel.
        Jan 14, 2024
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      rhythmdevils
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        rhythmdevils
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    Gender:
    Male
    Birthday:
    Oct 3, 1983 (Age: 40)
    Home Page:
    https://www.rhythmdevilsaudio.com
    Location:
    Bay Area, CA
    Occupation:
    Photographer and Headphone Sound Sculptor
    Gear List:
    WANTED:
    Cavalli Liquid Crimson

    ALL ORTHOS ARE MODDED....

    —Source—

    Pi2AES with Sigma11 LPS -> Yggdrasil A2/og ->

    —iem rig—

    Yggdrasil -> EC Studio B -> RD-S12 (modded Shouer S12 ortho iem's)


    —ORTHO RIG #1--

    Minimax tube preamp -> First Watt F4 -> RD-4 (modified LCD-4)


    --ORTHO RIG #2--

    Jottenheim A -> RD-R (modded LCD-R)


    --ORTHO RIG #3--

    Liquid Gold X -> Various modded Audeze's below


    ----ORTHO RIG #4--

    Cavalli SOHA1 maxed out by @fallenangel -> modded Hifiman HE6SEv1


    -AMPS-

    EC Studio B
    Cavalli Liquid Glass
    Cavalli Liquid Gold X
    og Cavalli Liquid Gold
    Jottenheim A
    @fallenangel Cavalli SOHA1
    Vali 2+
    Schiit Magni 3+
    Nitsch Piety


    -HEADPHONES-

    All orthos are modded or in the queue to be modded...

    Audeze LCD-5
    Audeze LCD-4
    Audeze LCD-R
    Audeze LCD-MX4
    Audeze LCD- 4z
    Audeze LCD-3
    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)

    --Vintage 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
    Yamaha YHD-1


    —SPEAKER RIG—

    Pi2AES -> Gungnir A1 -> Khozmo Passive Preamp -> Mackie HR624 mk1 active reference monitors (not the 824 or MK2 version)
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    When I'm not listening to music I'm a Photographer & Filmmaker