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Perseverance has landed! Feb 18, 2021

    1. rlow
      rlow
      Perseverance has landed!
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    2. rlow
      rlow
      Moved to a more appropriate place/thread :)
    3. rlow
      rlow
      Currently running through Van Halen’s 1st 6 David Lee Roth albums while I work. My god, each one of them is a virtual masterpiece. Stunning.
      1. Syzygy, JellyRhino, Jinxy245 and 4 others like this.
      2. rlow
        rlow
        Save maybe Diver Down, but even that one. EVH’s other-worldly guitar work and tone (brown sound), Alex’s crazy drumming, DLRs range defying vocals, all gives me shivers. So good.
        Feb 11, 2021
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    4. rlow
      rlow
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      2. wbass
        wbass
        Yeah, it's amazing. "Judge, I object! ... to hairballs." And/or insert cat pun here.
        Feb 9, 2021
      3. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        I wish I could say "I am not a cat" with equal conviction.
        Feb 10, 2021
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    5. rlow
      rlow
      Late 2020, there were barely any Focal Clear for sale on Canuck Audio Mart. Now there are 8!!! Obviously word of the new version has spread.
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      2. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        About 40% of NIB Clear sales have ended up in a customer return from what I have seen personally. And not because the owner had a bad front-end. They're just not selling, NIB or open box. Re- Celestee, sure you'll get a sonic update by partially venting the cups of a closed back. Still seems like a lazy half-assed attempt at actual R&D / product development.
        Feb 9, 2021
      3. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        I'm willing to bet there will be almost no change, if any. Not necessarily a bad thing; I like the Clear.
        Feb 9, 2021
      4. boomer
        boomer
        Atleast its more interesting than Celestee. Magnesium should be better from mids to treble. Plus they didn't raise price from regular Clear. Focals are still the kings of milking you dry. Just wait when they will increase driver size, there's gonna be 10x more models.
        Feb 10, 2021
    6. rlow
      rlow
      For anyone interested in the new Klipsch Forte IV that was announced recently, Klipsch is doing a live stream about it on Youtube.
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      2. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        @E_Schaaf for people not super well versed in Klispch...what makes the Fortes stand out over the Heresys/Cornwalls? Does the passive radiator make that big of a difference? Having only heard Heresy IIIs in person, I am just having trouble imagining how different they sound.
        Feb 4, 2021
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      3. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        I feel like the cabinet resonance is a bit better controlled and the passive radiator seems to give a nice blending effect between the drivers. Cornwalls and Heresy always have me feeling like I'm listening to 3 separate drivers in each box. Forte's most cohesive though bass doesn't extend that much further down than Heresy.
        Feb 4, 2021
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      4. nishan99
        nishan99
        @inculator The Forte are a legit towers. The Heresy were originally designed to be a floor sitting center channels for 3 channels audio for better center imaging at that time. And people sayed to Paul Klipsch it is a Heresy! and he basically gave them the middle finger and done it and named them that.

        For stero application they are better raised by something to sound right.
        Feb 5, 2021
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    7. rlow
      rlow
      Bezos stepping down??? Since when did the Devil ever quit? Gotta be a scandal waiting in the wings on this one.
      1. Syzygy
        Syzygy
        Just moving on to be chair of the board and concentrate on "new initiatives".

        Never fear, the devil's still well in control.
        Feb 2, 2021
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      2. rlow
        rlow
        Dammit.
        Feb 2, 2021
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      3. rott
        rott
        Hopefully to divert more attention to Blue Origin. More competition for SpaceX is a good thing.
        Feb 2, 2021
    8. rlow
      rlow
      To Elex or not to Elex? Only real “grown up” headphones I’ve owned are HD650, and not really interested in owning multiples at this point...
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      3. rlow
        rlow
        Cool, SW51+ is the other amp I’ve been contemplating as well. I do like the Lyr quite a bit though, but curiosity of course. There’s a used LP for sale up here in Canada for ~$430 USD I’m eyeing ATM.
        Jan 27, 2021
      4. Merrick
        Merrick
        If you’re planning on sticking with high ohm dynamics, I’d go for the SW51. I haven’t heard it but all reports say it has a truly special synergy with high ohm dynamic cans. And tube rolling for it will be much cheaper than for the LP.
        Jan 27, 2021
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      5. philipmorgan
        philipmorgan
        For me, the reason to use the Elex over the 650 (I have both) is superior bass on the Elex, and a bit more dynamics on the Elex at low volume. These attributes make it better for desk listening while working, where ultimate technicalities aren't important (to me, anyway).
        Jan 27, 2021
    9. rlow
      rlow
      Sometimes when listening to music I feel like quitting everything, learning piano, and playing in moody nighttime jazz clubs whenever I want
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      2. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        My attempt at being a music student was fun, but success very limited. And with the moody clubs, it's when /they/ want, not when you want. Except, of course, the club called home :)
        Jan 22, 2021
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      3. atomicbob
        atomicbob
        One upon a time I played jazz trumpet. Wasn't great but serviceable. My calling was on a different path but it gives me great appreciation for musicians with stellar abilities. Learning even a little is worthwhile.
        Jan 23, 2021
      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Strongly agree! And learning just for fun is worthwhile.
        Jan 23, 2021
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    10. rlow
      rlow
      Congratulations to my American friends on a successful and peaceful transition.
      1. Syzygy
        Syzygy
        Honestly, there was never any possibility of it being another way. Despite the media hyperbole.
        Jan 20, 2021
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      2. rlow
        rlow
        @Syzygy perhaps this time. However peace and democracy are not guaranteed. I think a lot of people forget this or take it for granted. So when it happens, it’s important to celebrate and to remind people so they continue to be vigilant.

        What might have happened if the rally had been held today and not on Jan 6?
        Jan 20, 2021
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      3. Syzygy
        Syzygy
        There would've been no point in a rally today, since the counting and acceptance of the electoral college votes is the final step in the election.

        There's always tight security during an inauguration, so I expect nothing would've happened had one been assembled.
        Jan 20, 2021
    11. rlow
      rlow
      Metallica’s catalog now available on Tidal! I thought I checked not too long ago and it still wasn’t there, but it’s there now. Sweet!!
      1. Ksaurav402
        Ksaurav402
        It came to Qobuz few months back so coming to Tidal was Imminent
        Jan 7, 2021
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      2. e.schell
        e.schell
        What's this? Hell has frozen over? Who knew! haha Maybe lars died...
        Jan 7, 2021
    12. rlow
      rlow
      ‘In Search of the Lost City of the Monkey God’, by The Sorcerers. Wow, what a wicked “soundtrack” for a fictional film!
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      2. rlow
        rlow
        Sounds more like a game soundtrack to me though - like a fun jungle adventure romp. I can’t stop bobbing my head to this thing!
        Jan 6, 2021
      3. neogeosnk
        neogeosnk
        I've been looking for the documentary for 2 years. Can't find it anywhere.
        Jan 6, 2021
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      4. Jinxy245
        Jinxy245
        I read the book (just "Lost City of the Monkey God") which was pretty good, maybe inspired by that?
        Jan 6, 2021
    13. rlow
      rlow
      Yes! Lyr 3 (Multibit) incoming. Hoping this will be a direct upgrade to Vali 2. Jotunheim doesn’t seem like my cup o tea.
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      2. ufospls2
        ufospls2
        sweet. Hope you enjoy dude
        Nov 20, 2020
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      3. EagleWings
        EagleWings
        Lyr3 in low gain is my favorite of all schiit amps. I’m curious to see what you think of it.
        Nov 20, 2020
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      4. Biodegraded
        Biodegraded
        Not sure about the Lyr->Jot card swap, the product pics show the Lyr card mounts sideways & the Jot vertically. Likely just a different mount plate though - might be able to get one from @schiit .
        Nov 21, 2020
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    14. rlow
      rlow
      Interesting point. For speakers with a 4Ω nominal impedance, take 3dB off it’s sensitivity number compared to 8Ω (since 2x amp power needed)
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      3. monacelli
        monacelli
        In general I feel like there aren't enough high-ish sensitivity designs on the market, especially that aren't physically huge. It's basically Tekton, Zu, some Klipsch, and DIY. Would love to see more offerings that are happy with <25 wpc amps.
        Nov 20, 2020
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      4. rlow
        rlow
        Oh I totally agree. Honestly, I would definitely give up some bass extension for higher sensitivity in many cases. Subs can do the rest.
        Nov 20, 2020
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      5. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        @monacelli Correct. Unless you go DIY with some diysoundgroup.com speakers, but I think they are all clearance stuff only now and/or paired down to the most poplar stuff. HTM-12's look nice, but I still wished they had the Jeff Bagby Fusion-12's.
        Nov 20, 2020
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    15. rlow
      rlow
      Every time I see “Gaudio Nair” I think of some Italian dude shaving his legs. *shudders*
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      2. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        hawt
        Nov 18, 2020
      3. rlow
        rlow
        nawt
        Nov 18, 2020
      4. YMO
        YMO
        I shaved my legs once, it was overrated.
        Nov 18, 2020
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    16. rlow
      rlow
      So far, I prefer Vali 2 over Jotunheim with HD650 (stock) and Modi Multibit.
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      2. rlow
        rlow
        Jot (bal out) is clearer, more precise, but less smooth and more 1-dimensional compared to Vali. Vali is a bit softer and more rounded, esp in the bass, but overall it’s just way more engaging and expressive and emotionally involving, at least for the types of music I generally listen to. There’s just more dimension and atmospherics and natural tone. Tubes FTW.
        Nov 16, 2020
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      3. fraggler
        fraggler
        Is this the new + or the regular one?
        Nov 16, 2020
      4. rlow
        rlow
        Regular Vali 2. Been considering the + and whether it would be worth it, or try Lyr 3 (which is a big leap in price obviously).
        Nov 16, 2020
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    17. rlow
      rlow
      Never been a fan of Diana Krall, but Live in Paris is not bad. Some tracks actually fairly brilliant.
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      2. rlow
        rlow
        There’s just a lot more of the band’s performance on display - they sound pretty tight.
        Nov 12, 2020
      3. Soups
        Soups
        she won me over for life after attending a small workshop she gave to a bunch of snot nosed high-school kids at a local jazz festival. i had no idea then she was 'famous' - she was just really kind, cool - obviously super talented - but zero pretense.
        Nov 12, 2020
    18. rlow
      rlow
      I hate Google’s AMP pages. They suck.
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      2. SoupRKnowva
        SoupRKnowva
        the sentiment behind them is also bogus, websites should just not be so shit so they load fast by default
        Nov 9, 2020
      3. rlow
        rlow
        They try to fix one thing (speed) but then they are glitchy as hell and you can’t navigate around. And when you share the page, it shares the damn AMP URL, etc. Half the time when I use one, part of it doesn’t load, or it scrolls weird or some part of it doesn’t work. Companies have a hard enough time with one damn website and managing its mobile design, let alone two.
        Nov 9, 2020
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      4. rlow
        rlow
        The real motivation behind this is more data and more knowledge about you to sell more ads or other shit you don’t need. That’s all Google and Facebook and Amazon are motivated by. Everything they do is to this end.
        Nov 9, 2020
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      2. ufospls2
        ufospls2
        You're right man. I took that one a bit too seriously.
        Nov 6, 2020
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      3. rlow
        rlow
        No worries. The concept of Biden lifting Mjolnir is hilarious though you’re right.
        Nov 6, 2020
      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        I watched that twice :)
        Nov 7, 2020
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    20. rlow
      rlow
      Starting to realize that I might always need/prefer tubes in my chain. Something kind of dead/lifeless/artificial about all SS chains.
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      2. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        In my experience the perception of tightness in the bass is also tied to how the energy 10khz and above is rendered. The opposite is also true. Bass waves modulate high frequency waves after all. More D2 in the bass can also give a thicker texture too. Modded Super 7 kills my First Watt F7 in low end slam though.
        Nov 2, 2020
      3. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        more grain, presence, and complex distortion in the highs indicative of many SS designs give bass more 'crunch' with transients. I bet if you ran a low pass filter, perception of tightness and bass quality would change quite a bit.
        Nov 2, 2020
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      4. crenca
        crenca
        "I bet if you ran a low pass filter, perception of tightness and bass quality would change quite a bit." I will have to try this soon - Starlett vs Asgard 3 nad/or Jot. Right now however I am enjoying the music too much to bother ;)
        Nov 2, 2020
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    Gender:
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    Location:
    Canada
    Gear List:
    Speakers: Graham Chartwell LS6, Buchardt S400

    Headphones: HD650

    Amps: Schiit Vidar x 2, Vali 2

    Preamps: Schiit Freya, Schiit SYS

    DACs: Schiit Yggdrasil A2, Modi Multibit

    Streamers: SoTM SMS-200Ultra Neo, Pi2AES

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