rtaylor76
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rtaylor76

Can't wipe his tag, Male, 42, from Nashville, TN

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Shopping for houses like, "where is my stereo going to go? and what about a workshop area?", while my wife is excited about a laundry room. Aug 19, 2018 at 2:33 PM

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    1. rtaylor76
      rtaylor76
      Shopping for houses like, "where is my stereo going to go? and what about a workshop area?", while my wife is excited about a laundry room.
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      3. Ringingears
        Ringingears
        Yes. Or it gets rusty.
        Aug 19, 2018 at 3:50 PM
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      4. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        @zerodeefex, because of the housing market we are in and what we can afford in the area we want to be in.
        Aug 19, 2018 at 5:04 PM
      5. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        And I also mean a separate laundry room meaning the washer and dryer are not just in a hallway or just off the kitchen. Commando...lol.
        Aug 19, 2018 at 9:07 PM
    2. rtaylor76
      rtaylor76
      KEF Q300's or wait for some good vintage JBL's?
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      2. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        And @bengo, I used to sell the BM15A's and they blew most everything else we had out of the water, but didn't sell much too that hefty price tag. I think they had Bryston amps in them.
        Aug 14, 2018 at 4:43 PM
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      3. bengo
        bengo
        Considering what you get, I thought the price was pretty reasonable (also, mine are ex-demo at £1.5k rather than £2k IIRC)
        Aug 14, 2018 at 5:50 PM
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      4. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        Went for the Q300's. Considered the LSR308's though.
        Aug 15, 2018 at 1:20 PM
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    3. rtaylor76
      rtaylor76
      Contemplating some JBL L26's.
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      3. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        A pair for sale in my local for decent price, but the woofers need reconing.
        Aug 9, 2018
      4. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        Don't know if I am smart or stupid, but I am picking them up later today. Been watching re-coning video's on YouTube...does not seem that bad.
        Aug 13, 2018
      5. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        No go the L26's. They needed too much work.
        Aug 13, 2018
    4. rtaylor76
      rtaylor76
      Darn network guys...stop messing up the Merakis! The VPN can't take it! You guys in IT know what I mean.
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    5. rtaylor76
      rtaylor76
      Funny how we think "my cartridge or my preamp needs upgrading." Then you do a cartridge alignment and realize everything was off! No wonder!
      1. Gaspasser
        Gaspasser
        Hell, @powermatic just helped me through the same deal. Except I think my Phono pre has an issue, so I just ordered a b-stock Mani (hopefully it is better than the last time I owned it!)
        Jul 24, 2018
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    6. rtaylor76
      rtaylor76
      Technics SL-1200 M3D purchased. Not much wrong with it. Whew...I can rest now.
    7. rtaylor76
      rtaylor76
      I have the worst luck with turntables. All the used ones I have had either broke or had issues. Last time I had a working table was 2010.
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      2. powermatic
        powermatic
        @rtaylor76 if the platter is turning at a costant and correct speed, think about replacing the arm with another, probably better arm. You will need an adapter armboard, such as this one for a rega rb250/300, which are readily available used:

        https://www.originlive.com/shop/technics-armboard.html

        Of course, not everyone likes fucking with this stuff to that degree, which is understandable!(-:
        Jul 19, 2018
      3. powermatic
        powermatic
        @rtaylor76 if the platter is turning at a costant and correct speed, think about replacing the arm with another, probably better arm. You will need an adapter armboard, such as this one for a rega rb250/300, which are readily available used:

        https://www.originlive.com/shop/technics-armboard.html

        Of course, not everyone likes fucking with this stuff to that degree, which is understandable!(-:
        Jul 19, 2018
      4. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        @powermatic Thanks for the suggestion. Another table for sale in better condition locally for $75 more. Although the motor runs fine on the one I have. Just don't want to have to spend $200 more + extra work at the moment.
        Jul 19, 2018
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    8. rtaylor76
      rtaylor76
      It seems I'm not suited to turntable repair. I think it is time for an SL-1200 MK2 and call it day.
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      2. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        Technics SL-1200 MK2 ordered. I feel better already.
        Jul 8, 2018
    9. rtaylor76
      rtaylor76
      So I'm 193 out of 193 on the list for Bifrost MB upgrade. Hopefully they work through their queue quickly.
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      2. zonto
        zonto
        It’s one large queue for all upgrades. I’m 154 for my Yggy. Moved one spot in 3+ weeks so far...
        Jul 6, 2018
      3. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        Already 180 out of 184 in just one day. I know the Yggy upgrade is much more involved.
        Jul 6, 2018
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      4. zonto
        zonto
        Dang, didn’t know it was product-specific. Might as well just buy a new one at this point. Oh wait, they’re backordered! :)
        Jul 6, 2018
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    10. rtaylor76
      rtaylor76
      Got my Pi Nintento emulator working. Those old Nintendo games are not nearly as cool as I remember.
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      2. geniekid
        geniekid
        I spent a ton of money on the Wii's Virtual Console before coming to the same conclusion.
        Jul 6, 2018
      3. Dr. Higgs
        Dr. Higgs
        I built one with Recalbox recently and have been playing it a lot. A lot of older NES games are hit or miss, but I still think SNES holds up great.
        Jul 6, 2018
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      4. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        SNES are certainly better and still 16-bit but more "enhanced". N64 games are great, but can't really be played on the Pi Zero...on the Pi 3+ they play fine with the right emulator and configurations.
        Jul 6, 2018
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    12. rtaylor76
      rtaylor76
      Had to order a replacement for my Mani. I misplaced mine while fixing my turntable. Now I am ready for vinyl and got no power to my preamp.
    13. rtaylor76
      rtaylor76
      Don't go swimming with your phone this summer. Unless it is waterproof. An LG V20 is not. Oops.
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      2. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        I dried it out for in rice all weekend. It was working last night and this morning. Today it froze at 11:04am and could not be revived. RIP.

        And @FallingObjects, yes. Under those conditions, a V30 likely would have survived in my case.
        Jun 18, 2018
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      3. FallingObjects
        FallingObjects
        Can your computer pick it up at all when its plugged in? If it's still being detected, you might be able to salvage it somehow.
        Jun 18, 2018
      4. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        No @FallingObjects. I tried everything. No power, nothing. Just dead. A total brick.

        I just ordered a refurbished replacement and a battery wall charger, so I can always he a charged battery around.
        Jun 18, 2018
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    14. rtaylor76
      rtaylor76
      Today, dislikes were used in a healthy way. I still can't wipe my tag.
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      3. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Which drama did I miss today? Zbells insisting we become hydrogenaudio was yesterday's news, right?
        Jun 7, 2018
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      4. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        Umm...I might have missed that. I was referring to the ABX discussion that was carved out of the Massdrop RDAC thread.
        Jun 7, 2018
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      5. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        ok, we're thinking about the same drama, I think.
        Yes, I disliked at least one post too. Not so much disagreement as being out of place.
        Jun 8, 2018
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    15. rtaylor76
      rtaylor76
      If you find yourself like me and have a hard time understanding indy bands like Vampire Weekend, just listen to Paul Simon's Graceland.
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      3. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        I guess I am way behind just realizing this. I didn't listen to Graceland when I was younger.
        May 31, 2018
      4. Lyer25
        Lyer25
        I first listened to Graceland... last week, actually. Seen it brought up multiple times here and figured I'd see how good a test track it really is.

        Reminds me, @L'Orfeo has a CD for sale. Hmm.
        May 31, 2018
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      5. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        I think that my first copy of Graceland was a cassette copy of her LP that a colleague made for me.
        Jun 1, 2018
    16. rtaylor76
      rtaylor76
      MSR7's are not bad. Sterile sounding at first, but when your brain adjusts they are quite revealing.
    17. rtaylor76
      rtaylor76
      Transistor matching is tedious work. I now understand that part in Chapter 1 of Stoddard's book.
    18. rtaylor76
      rtaylor76
      Needed some closed cans for production and general closed use. Jut ordered some MSR7's. I hope I made the right decision.
      1. Hands
        Hands
        They are very bright and forward in mids.
        May 24, 2018
      2. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        I guess as long as they are not as bright as Ultrasones or 7506's.
        May 25, 2018
    19. rtaylor76
      rtaylor76
      Dammit, he is saying Laurel!
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      3. spwath
        spwath
        My parents hear yanny. I don't get how. It is 100% Laurel. Only when the yanny part is amplified a lot do I hear it.
        May 16, 2018
      4. fraggler
        fraggler
        Yeah, I don't understand how wrong people are. Just like the dress from a while back. I guess I discern reality better than others?
        May 17, 2018
      5. DigMe
    20. rtaylor76
      rtaylor76
      I'm pretty sure my left driver on my AH-D2000's died. Sigh...sigh.
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      2. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        Dude! That would be fantastic!
        May 12, 2018
      3. Hammy
        Hammy
        The main thing is to make sure my D2000 and your D2000 are the same drivers. Fostex/Denon changed something in the D2000 in 2012. I don't know if the driver is exactly the same for the early D2000 and post 2012 D2000. InnerFidelity has graphs of the early D2000 and post 2012 D2000. I replaced my blown D2000 with a TH-X00. Been keeping the old D2000 just for headband parts.
        May 12, 2018
      4. Ringingears
        Ringingears
        This is what this place is all about.
        May 12, 2018
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    Gender:
    Male
    Birthday:
    Aug 16, 1976 (Age: 42)
    Location:
    Nashville, TN
    Occupation:
    IT Pro and Recording/HiFi Nerd
    Gear List:
    Main Rig:
    Raspberry Pi3 running moOde wi/HfFi Digi+
    Schiit Bifrost 4490
    Denon DA-500 (modded) (PCM1702 chips)
    Magnavox CDB465 (TDA1541 chip)

    Main Amps:
    Schiit Valhalla 2
    Dynalo (DIY Build)

    Main Headphones:
    Sennheiser HD650
    Fostex T20 V2
    Denon AH-D2000

    Portable Rig:
    Fiio X3 II
    Fiio A3
    Auclair Reference CIEM's


    HT Setup:
    Receiver: Denon AVR-3805
    Speakers: KEF C75 (restored)
    Turntable: Kenwood KP-5022A
    Adcom GCD-575 (TDA1541 chip)
    Reel-to-Real: Ampex AX-300
    Cassette: Denon DRM-550

    Oddball stuffs:
    Muse TDA1543x4 DAC
    Sony MDR-7506
    "Subjective impressions are great, really. Without them, what's the point..." This only means I try not to listen to the gear rather than hearing the music.

    An audio enthusiast with a recording degree. I became an audiophile in college in studying recording to become a mastering engineer. Although I was an intern for Glenn Meadows and also was acquaintances with Ray Kennedy, the stars never quite aligned for me. However I never left pursuing high-end audio.

    I grew up in a radio station as my dad was in radio. My first job was a board op at the talk station where I had to use analog reel to reels, carts, cassettes, and DAT's.

    I enjoy my vinyl collection almost as much as my digital collection and almost as much as my Tidal subscription.

    And yes, I like to tinker with gear. I am an audiophile on a budget. Working IT Support only gets you so much income with two kids around. Have you seen how much day care costs these days? Anyways, there are I guess some gains to some gear that can be tweaked to improve the performance. This is no different than car types changing differentials or beefing up the suspension or engine. Some of us can't afford a BMW, but rather have to take a Civic and beef it up with aftermarket parts.

    Tinkering also helps with repairing gear. I have restored some KEF C75 speakers, an Elac Miracord 50H. I have also fixed, soldered, suped up, many other things from crossovers, to cap replacement, to op-amp replacement, etc. I took electronics and studio maintenance in college, but I am still learning.

    I have also built: guitar tube amps, guitars, and drums. I love DIY.

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    Home: MoOde -> RPi 3 -> HiFi Digi+ -> Bifrost 4490 - > Valhalla 2 / MTCH -> HD650 / D2000 / T20 v2
    Portable: Fiio X3 II -> A3 -> Auclair Reference