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OG Ragnarok has some impressive attributes, but some things not quite ideal and/or suited to my preference, paired with Focal Elex. Apr 21, 2022

    1. rlow
      rlow
      OG Ragnarok has some impressive attributes, but some things not quite ideal and/or suited to my preference, paired with Focal Elex.
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      3. roshambo123
        roshambo123
        I couldn't handle the microdynamic losses on Rag 2 even vs. MJ2. Eventually felt lifeless to me, which is why I returned it.
        Apr 28, 2022
      4. rlow
        rlow
        Thanks @roshambo123, good to know. Unfortunately leaves me rethinking my approach of one unit for speakers and headphones…
        Apr 28, 2022
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      5. roshambo123
        roshambo123
        My DAC at the time was Gungnir A1 which wasn't ideal either. With Yggdrasil A2 injecting some organic texture and detail the situation probably would have been better.
        Apr 28, 2022
    2. rlow
      rlow
      Wow Ragnarok 1.5 is really not what I expected. I assumed it would tilt heavily toward Jot 1. Actually kind of the opposite!
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      3. zonto
        zonto
        I can't stand anything but low gain using Focal Utopia. With HD600, the amp just isn't a good match (shoutiness in the midrange emphasized). Best match I've found was the JAR HD650 when I had that loaner in. I usually try to cap average listening level between 70-75 dB, with peaks above that of course, using NIOSH iPhone app. Not really a high volume listener.
        Apr 11, 2022
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      4. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        Rag 1.5 is almost too much amp for 600/650, although it is nicer with 650’s. Such a polite (but not laid back) and effortless amp. On speakers in high gain is the best.
        Apr 11, 2022
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      5. rlow
        rlow
        Have you guys tried Freya with Rag? Just tried hooking my Freya+ up between the Yggdrasil and Rag for Schiits and giggles (maxed the volume on the Rag on low gain) and it might be giving me exactly what I’m looking for…need more time though.
        Apr 14, 2022
    3. rlow
      rlow
      Been trying to pull the trigger buying an OG Ragnarok for like 3 days. This is the slowest used purchase ever!
      1. Cryptowolf, Justin S, zonto and 3 others like this.
      2. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        Anchoring your new 2 channel nearfield setup around a Ragnarok 1.5? Still going to run the LS6?
        Mar 28, 2022
      3. rlow
        rlow
        Going to give it a shot at least. Don’t know if it’s a 1.5 unit but will see. Was a good deal so thought I’d try it anyhow. Hoping it can also do double duty with headphones and replace the Lyr 3 as well, but will see. As far as the LS6, it’s doubtful they’re going to work nearfield unfortunately- too big :’(
        Mar 28, 2022
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      4. Justin S
        Justin S
        What speakers will you be using with the Ragnarok? Also, how you like the Lyr 3.
        Mar 28, 2022
    4. rlow
      rlow
      I wish Gungnir was as resolving as Yggdrasil - it just too darn big for my new setup. (ya, ya, I know, that’s what she said).
      1. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        Full line of Schiit components in the freya/Gungnir Multibit chassis size please. Would be killer to have a rack/stack of separates all that size (new Gungnir Multibit, phono, loki max, headphone amp, power amp, Freya)
        Mar 24, 2022
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      2. Qildail
        Qildail
        Cheap seats observation: Gungnir feels behind the refresh curve now after the value-performance-ratio play in Bifrost 2 and the pure performance play of Yggdrasil flavors.

        The way parts are going right now I don't see it changing soon, sadly.
        Mar 24, 2022
      3. rlow
        rlow
        @Inoculator power amp in that size unlikely unless @schiit have managed to come up with an alternative to class D (efficient/low heat).
        Mar 24, 2022
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    5. rlow
      rlow
      The Decware Zen Taboo MkIII is as quirky as fuck and looks like it came out of a WW2 submarine, but damn it sounds good!
      1. wbass, Cryptowolf, zach915m and 7 others like this.
    6. rlow
      rlow
      Wow Zelensky has signed an official request to join the EU. Tantamount to spitting in Putin’s face.
      1. Justin S, JellyRhino, Sqveak and 12 others like this.
      2. SoupRKnowva
        SoupRKnowva
        woulda been a bigger loogie if it was an official request to join NATO. fuck Putin
        Feb 28, 2022
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    7. rlow
      rlow
      Everybody seems to praise Sonos for its amazing UI. Honestly I think Roon stomps it thoroughly. If only it intergrated with more music svcs.
      1. Qildail, Cryptowolf, dematted and 2 others like this.
      2. Qildail
        Qildail
        I know it’s blasphemy to some audiophiles, but I do like our Sonos setup. The integration with nearly every music service and simple room correction are killer features.
        Feb 12, 2022
    8. rlow
      rlow
      Actually haven’t seen the ban hammer come out in a while. Was thinking that one was probably coming soon though…
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      4. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        Well that was weird
        Feb 8, 2022
        Cryptowolf, obsiCO, Sqveak and 3 others like this.
      5. RestoredSparda
        RestoredSparda
        What the what.
        Feb 8, 2022
    9. rlow
      rlow
      Just kinda had a major impulse and bought a used Decware Zen Taboo MkIII! Thought it might be able to do double duty with cans & nearfelds.
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      2. EagleWings
        EagleWings
        They do run well on tubes. But you need at least 8w or so to get them going decently. The Zen is a flea watt amp and just can’t push the crossover and 2 drivers in a 3/5.
        Feb 1, 2022
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      3. yotacowboy
        yotacowboy
        I can only speak to the prototype/pre-production Veri-Fi Vanguards, but with ~8W of SET 300B they we're at their (lower) limit, IMHO. They sounded hungry for current (like, iirc, Inoculator's Sugden).
        Feb 1, 2022
      4. rlow
        rlow
        I don’t have a ton of confidence that the Taboo can run much for speakers, but figured I’d try it for a lark. Was mainly looking to hear it with cans - going to try grabbing a set of orthos at some point soon which apparently it was designed for. Of course, if it sucks with the HD650 and Elex, it may get flipped pretty quickly. That’s the great thing about the used market.
        Feb 1, 2022
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    10. rlow
      rlow
      Crikey, first Meatloaf, now Louis Anderson. RIP.
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    11. rlow
      rlow
      Rhetorical question: Now that I'm planning to get rid of my dedicated 2-channel system, why does it sound better than ever? :’(
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      2. zonto
        zonto
        My wife wanted us to sell our Maggies when we had our daughter. Instead, even as a baby I would take her on tours around the house and tell her what things were, what they did, and whether she could touch them. Worst we’ve had is touching the TV glass as a young toddler. Is this your first kid?
        Jan 18, 2022
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      3. nishan99
        nishan99
        Same with my 2ch system but when I am about to travel :)
        Jan 18, 2022
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      4. Ksaurav402
        Ksaurav402
        Haha…making sacrifice is what parents do. This is first chapter of parenting. Welcome to the club
        Jan 18, 2022
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    12. rlow
      rlow
      Made the decision to sell my dedicated 2-channel system and look at a desk/nearfield setup. Plus, bonus of going deeper into headphones too!
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      3. k4rstar
        k4rstar
        I listen to my vanatoos at my desk (supported by mpingo feet and shamwow grills) for a few hours a day almost every day. I do wonder why I put thousands and thousands of $ into another system I hardly listen to
        Jan 12, 2022
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      4. zonto
        zonto
        @k4rstar pics or it didn't happen. Gotta see the shamwow grills. :)
        Jan 12, 2022
      5. k4rstar
        k4rstar
        https://i.imgur.com/MnCpefE.jpg
        this was step 4 towards transforming the sound of the vanatoos from 'computer speakers' to 'legendary music makers'. I will write an article on it when the journey is complete.
        Jan 12, 2022
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    13. rlow
      rlow
      Ok I totally missed that Tidal’s Hi-Fi CD-quality tier price was just cut in half, and they just auto moved me to their “Hi-Fi Plus” tier.
      1. rlow
        rlow
        Hi-Fi Plus has MQA (nope) and some direct artist payment scheme. I think I’ll just keep my $10/month and buy something on Bandcamp instead to support the artists I prefer. And no way in hell I’m paying for MQA (although I’m sure even their HiFi tier is probably just CD quality wrapped in MQA anyhow, but at least I’m not paying extra for it.). Plan is now “downgraded” to Hi-Fi.

        Hoping Qobuz will come to Canada soon.
        Nov 18, 2021
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      2. ufospls2
        ufospls2
        I've had the feeling for a while that Tidals days are numbered, and this may be further evidence suggesting that. I don't wish tidal itself any ill will, but MQA can gtfo imo. I've been using apple lossless, and whilst the interface bugs out sometimes, its been overall a solid experience. When spotify lossless happens, I might migrate back to it simply for its music discovery.
        Nov 18, 2021
    14. rlow
      rlow
      Weird thing, I went to check how many dislikes I had (per mrfibble below) and noticed that I think my “likes” have decreased quite a bit.
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      2. Gazny
        Gazny
        If I could give you more likes for the first piece of advice you gave me I would <3
        Nov 12, 2021
      3. rlow
        rlow
        @Gazny what was that? I don’t recall. Was it, don’t care about likes or dislikes?? Lol
        Nov 12, 2021
      4. Claritas
        Claritas
        Likewise.
        Nov 13, 2021
    15. rlow
      rlow
      So my neck has been pretty sore and stiff the last few days, but didn’t really figure out why….
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      2. atomicbob
        atomicbob
        450g vs 260g. Neck loading increased by nearly 100%. If using the original cables that also is a heavy neck load. Switch to something like Custom Cans to relieve the load.
        Nov 9, 2021
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      3. LetMeBeFrank
        LetMeBeFrank
        Yep, I used to wear my HD6XX for 7+ hours at work, then come home and wear my HD650 for a couple more and never had a problem, despite having neck pain issues in general.
        Nov 10, 2021
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      4. rlow
        rlow
        I’m hoping I will eventually build up some strength in my neck muscles to handle it, because at this point I am finding the Elex far more engaging and to my taste than the 650s (stock).
        Nov 10, 2021
    16. rlow
      rlow
      Why is it that my favourite Lyr 3 tube pairing with the Focal Elex just so happens to be the noisiest damn tube I own?
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      2. Cryptowolf
        Cryptowolf
        For the same season a 2C52 is the best sounding in my Kenzie Ovation; you can’t get low noise floor and dynamics due to gain at the same time in tubes?
        Nov 4, 2021
    17. rlow
      rlow
      If you’re a fan of The Verve, the recent “Acoustic Hymns, Vol. 1” by Richard Ashcroft is great.
      1. Wilson likes this.
      2. rlow
        rlow
        Somewhat pop-y and overproduced, but still enjoyable.
        Nov 1, 2021
    18. rlow
      rlow
      Wow, Focal Elex is more different from the HD650 than I envisioned. Lyr 3 tube rolling engaged.
      1. Jinxy245, Qildail, Cryptowolf and 2 others like this.
      2. Mithrandir41
        Mithrandir41
        Yeah, those are definitely two different sounding cans.
        Oct 30, 2021
      3. Senorx12562
        Senorx12562
        In terms of FR, I think they are more like the hd600 than the 650, with bonus freqs at each end.
        Oct 30, 2021
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    19. rlow
      rlow
      Updated question: Does anyone like to listen to film soundtracks before watching the actual movie?
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      3. Mithrandir41
        Mithrandir41
        @spwath, his over use of ululating female voices has always bugged me, and when it comes to actual themes, he's vastly inferior to Williams and Horner. On the positive side I think he comes up with some epic musical sound effects.
        Oct 28, 2021
      4. crenca
        crenca
        Yes @Mithrandir41 but is he trying to be a Williams or Horner? He's sort of like a blues man, who plays the same 12 bar progression over and over and over...but is good at it.
        Oct 28, 2021
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      5. Mithrandir41
        Mithrandir41
        @crenca, I just think he's overrated in general. If others like him, it's all good.
        Oct 28, 2021
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    20. rlow
      rlow
      Bought used Focal Elex. These will be only the 2nd over-ear cans I’ve owned, other than HD650. Hoping for an alternative to the Senn veil.
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      2. rlow
        rlow
        Will be used with Lyr 3, Modi Multibit and Pi2AES.
        Oct 25, 2021
      3. Erroneous
        Erroneous
        Elex are good cans. In the right system though, "Senn veil" doesn't exist.
        Oct 26, 2021
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    Speakers: Graham Chartwell LS6

    Headphones: HD650

    Amps: Schiit Vidar x 2, Lyr 3

    Preamps: Schiit Freya+, Schiit SYS

    DACs: Schiit Yggdrasil A2, Modi Multibit

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