rhythmdevils
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rhythmdevils

Best SBAF member of all time, Male, 37, from Bay Area

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If anyone feels insulted or bothered by me could you please send me a pm instead of complaining to Marv so we can work it out. Thank you Sep 27, 2021 at 12:15 PM

    1. rhythmdevils
      rhythmdevils
      I currently own 3 different versions of the CA Solaris. I think it’s time for an intervention.
      1. YMO and Tchoupitoulas like this.
      2. Tchoupitoulas
        Tchoupitoulas
        That's like, what, 3/4 of them?

        Please keep out of the reach of an intervention until you've posted some impressions of them all! (At least there are only two versions of the Dorado for you next, if the intervention fails).
        Jan 28, 2021
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      3. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        Yes and I’ve had the other one in house during the loaner program. Review has been written just letting it simmer... :)
        Jan 28, 2021
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      4. Azteca
        Azteca
        Ship one to me immediately.
        Jan 28, 2021
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    2. rhythmdevils
      rhythmdevils
      Huge storm predicted in CA tonight. Should I turn off my amps in case of a power outage?
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      2. atomicbob
        atomicbob
        @rhythmdevils - NO! Never tandem connect power conditioners, surge protectors, UPS. The surge suppression circuits can interact in negative ways. The UPS linked is a stepped approximation sine type. Not something I would use for audio. You want true sine output. See APC Smart UPS for comparison. Also much more expensive.
        Jan 27, 2021
      3. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        Nice save! I thought doubling them up wouldn’t be a good idea but now I know! I’ll probably wait to get one conditioner to rule them all
        Jan 27, 2021
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      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        How about protecting yourself? Jump up and down: at least it reduces the chances that you are connected to earth through your feet.
        Jan 27, 2021
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    3. rhythmdevils
      rhythmdevils
      Anyone else notice Super Smokey Litz cables get much stiffer after a few months?
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      2. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        Yes I meant the regular Smokey Litz . I just got a new one and the contrast to my 2-3 month old ones is stark. The old ones are about 5x stiffer or something. Smokey Litz boners.
        Jan 24, 2021
      3. Mystic
        Mystic
        Maybe contact CA? The one that came with my Andros is over a year old and still supple.
        Jan 25, 2021
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      4. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        All 4 of my 2-3 month old Smokey Litz cables have become much stiffer compared to the new one so I doubt it could be bad cables. :(
        Jan 25, 2021
    4. rhythmdevils
      rhythmdevils
      Can someone explain why BNC cables sound better than SPDIF? they use the same cables the only difference is the connectors.
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      2. atomicbob
        atomicbob
        BNC is a precision designed connecting system intended for RF use. RCA was originally designed as a cheap way to send unbalanced audio between audio components. Focus on cheap. It was never intended to handle RF signals. BTW spdif is a data format designator.
        Jan 19, 2021
      3. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        I get the terms for SPDIF/coaxial mixed up they are used pretty interchangeably all over the internet. SPDIF is the data signal format and coaxial is the kind of cable?
        Jan 19, 2021
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      4. atomicbob
        atomicbob
        The problem is that many (myself included) get sloppy with terminology. AES vs spdif vs Opt typically refers to AES/EBU on 110R shielded twisted pair with XLR connectors. Spdif is typically 75R coax with BNC, RCA or (shudder) F connectors. Opt is typically Toslink. AES and spdif are nearly the same logical data stream with slight differences.
        Jan 19, 2021
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    5. rhythmdevils
      rhythmdevils
      Solaris 2020 Limited Edition is in the house! Along with the ALO Pilot
      1. Jinxy245, Cryptowolf, Gazny and 3 others like this.
    6. JK47
      JK47
      where's the ignore button for you?
      1. OJneg and Elnrik like this.
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      3. rhythmdevils
        Jan 11, 2021
      4. zerodeefex
        zerodeefex
        That being said, @purr1n and I are exploring how we add ignore to everyone because that's just a sane feature to have. As our community grows, we'll have more diversity of thought and opinions and it's just an expected thing to have in 2020
        Jan 11, 2021
      5. mitochondrium
        mitochondrium
        might also be valid for 2021 ;) don't wanna be a smartass just thought we need some lighthearted comment here, too
        Jan 11, 2021
    7. rhythmdevils
      rhythmdevils
      Wooos I meant to reply not comment. Duh
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      2. Melvillian
        Melvillian
        If the bitrate changes between tracks it will click.
        Jan 9, 2021
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    8. rhythmdevils
      rhythmdevils
      Why do Schitt DACs click whenever a source input starts or stops?
      1. JK47 and scblock like this.
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      3. gixxerwimp
        gixxerwimp
        My BF2 often clicks when I power on/off upstream devices (digital EQ), as well as downstream (SW51+).
        Jan 9, 2021
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      4. Hrodulf
        Hrodulf
        This depends on how the data transmission is organized. On digital silence the system can interrupt transmission or transmit zeroes. In the latter scenario there shouldn't be any clicks unless transmission parameters change - i.e. you start playing something with a different Fs.
        Jan 10, 2021
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      5. CEE TEE
        CEE TEE
        PS Audio PWD DAC also does this...also depends on the source. USB can maintain a continuous connection when direct to computer, but through Pi2AES it disconnects when no audio is playing (through COAX SPIDF connection).
        Jan 10, 2021
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    9. rhythmdevils
      rhythmdevils
      Mother: “It’s a passive preamp? So you pay a bunch of money and it just sits there passively and does nothing?”
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      2. Biodegraded
        Biodegraded
        ^ Then tell her the next one you buy is a passive-aggressive preamp. She'll approve.
        Jan 8, 2021
      3. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        It could be a pacifist preamp.
        Jan 8, 2021
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      4. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        "Passive" is kind of funny because a preamp is the audio component you interact with the most. Amps and DACs are just there
        Jan 8, 2021
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    10. rhythmdevils
      rhythmdevils
      I’m going to put two of these on every cable in my system, take off my clothes, wrap myself in Saran Wrap and just feel the glory.
      1. rhythmdevils
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    12. rhythmdevils
      rhythmdevils
      Is there an iOS app or web service that lets you input dimensions in one unit and convert to another unit for all 3 dimensions at once?
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      2. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        Only one dimension at a time though. I’d love to find something that will take for example

        250 x 205 x 40 mm

        And convert it into

        9.8 x 8 x 1.5 in

        In one go. Seems like something that would exist.
        Dec 26, 2020
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      3. Syzygy
        Syzygy
        250 x 205 x 40 mm = 25 x 20.5 x 4 cm.

        You're welcome.

        I'm sick of imperial, wish everything was in metric.
        Dec 27, 2020
      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        I'm surprised that Google doesn't recognise a * b * c as dimensions and convert accordingly. But it doesn't.
        Dec 28, 2020
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    13. rhythmdevils
      rhythmdevils
      Can someone in the UK do me a quick favor just checking to see if videos play there on a website I made? ...thanks
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      2. nishan99
        nishan99
        I have a VPN, send the link.
        Dec 20, 2020
      3. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        Thanks!
        Dec 20, 2020
      4. DigMe
        DigMe
        Sorry, all media is under quarantine in the UK.
        Dec 20, 2020
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    14. rhythmdevils
      rhythmdevils
      Ordering from AliExpress is funny. You order 8 different things and receive 2 copies of 4 different things.
      1. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        I need the Aliexpress app for sure when ordering because I don't get vendor messages otherwise
        Dec 19, 2020
      2. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        The time I ordered the most eartips from them duplicate copies of one pair kept trickling in for 2 whole months
        Dec 19, 2020
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    15. rhythmdevils
      rhythmdevils
      Love. Love will tear us apart. Again.
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      2. mitochondrium
        mitochondrium
        I like the raw power of Swans and the icy cold in Joy Division’s music, too
        Dec 15, 2020
        Cryptowolf and rhythmdevils like this.
      3. jexby
        jexby
        SWANS have been amazing since day 1. great memories trying to track down their albums in the mid 80s.
        Dec 15, 2020
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      4. Syzygy
        Syzygy
        Interesting to me, since I never listened to Joy Division.

        The lyric is a play on "Love Will Keep Us Together" by Neil Sedaka, most notably performed by Captain & Tennille, a huge hit in the 70's.

        That's what I thought was being quoted.
        Dec 16, 2020
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    16. rhythmdevils
      rhythmdevils
      1. Syzygy
        Syzygy
        hahahahaha, just wait.
        Dec 13, 2020
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      2. atomicbob
        atomicbob
        You are a loooong way from acquiring your geezer badge.
        Dec 13, 2020
        Syzygy, JK47, Jinxy245 and 1 other person like this.
      3. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        There were so many age blocks before mine! That’s kind of new for me I guess I haven’t done one of those in a while.
        Dec 13, 2020
    17. rhythmdevils
      rhythmdevils
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      3. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        It says, "we only sell new, unopened, unused products that order us directly from the manufacturer."
        Dec 11, 2020
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      4. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        I forgot to mention I checked the site with a few fraudulent website checkers. UrlVoid gives it a clean report across the board but the domain was registered 2 months ago! There’s a red flag.

        https://www.urlvoid.com/scan/sawtacka.com/
        Dec 11, 2020
    18. rhythmdevils
      rhythmdevils
      I’m having a 385$ Sigma 11 linear power supply built for my 300$ 789 (I paid less though). This thing is going to sing! It better....
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      2. Poleepkwa
        Poleepkwa
        This is going to be interesting.
        Dec 11, 2020
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    19. rhythmdevils
      rhythmdevils
      I’ve bought like 30 pairs of earpads for my T50rp and still can’t find one that sounds right. I need to make my own.
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      3. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        Nahh! The T50rp is awesome. But earpads have a huge effect on the sound. Most commercially produced headphones experiment with the earpads extensively. I’m not sure how I can do that but I need to figure out a way. I still have a whole bunch of pads coming from AliExpress though maybe I’ll luck out.
        Nov 28, 2020
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      4. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        I had a pair of Tx0 modded to Argon. Just tried the BM5 angled pads and it was super tight fit and caused a slight tear...They sound fantastic. I am finally getting all the bass.
        Nov 28, 2020
      5. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        I have every brainwavz pads they make (a lot!) and none of them are perfect but I’m working on accommidating my mod for one of them. I don’t like the angled or regular pleather/leather but hope to find a way to make them work. I have no idea how to have custom pads made but many modders have done it - zmf, mr speakers, etc so there must be a secret I’m not privy to
        Nov 28, 2020
    20. Lyander
      Lyander
      Stop making people want to spend money on vintage orthos, the conditions of which can't be easily discerned via eBay listings! D:<
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      3. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        @E_Schaaf my posts in the he5xx thread weren’t directed at you. I’d love to hear your modded electrodynamic Fostex someday they sound good by your descriptions. But I didn’t sign up for the loaner because I can’t really use full size headphones right now and you’re better off with people who know the competition and market and might buy one. Or write a meaningful review.
        Oct 29, 2020
      4. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        It's ok, learning is collaborative! We are on the same team not loving neo planars (despite the ridiculous amount of effort I put into modding many of them). Maybe it's not fair for me to write off the general tech so quickly. I did love my Maggie 3.6R's when I had them... I'm glad the story aspect of planar design is finally coming forward, I really do value the context you've provided.
        Oct 29, 2020
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      5. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        I should have waited and started a thread about it instead of responding to your post. A lot of people say the same I just read your post at a time when I felt like writing about it. Definitely on the same team! I can tell you’ve spent a lot of time trying to fix/improve headphones and I respect that. Someday I’m sure I’ll hear one of your creations.
        Oct 29, 2020
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    Gender:
    Male
    Birthday:
    Oct 3, 1983 (Age: 37)
    Location:
    Bay Area
    Gear List:
    WANTED:
    CA Solaris SE (abalone inlay)

    —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 Gold X
    modded Eddie Current Super 7
    @fallenangel Cavalli SOHA1
    Schiit Magni 3+
    Jottenheim A

    -HEADPHONES-

    All orthos are modded

    Audeze LCD-R
    Audeze LCD-X
    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 -> Bifrost 2 -> Khozmo Passive Preamp -> Mackie HR624 mk1 active monitors
    Photographer | Filmmaker

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    Past their prime, smoked cigarettes and drank whiskey for decades, doesn't wash the area between legs and crotch, hairy chested, hairy backed, untrained, hungover, hoarse, thrice divorced, off key male vocals.