rtaylor76
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Shine on, you crazy diamonds. Jan 22, 2019 at 8:11 PM

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    1. rtaylor76
      rtaylor76
      So I can now re-route a FedEx package to a Walgreen's location? Who knew?
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      rtaylor76
      Is the site messing up again? You guys have the DNS's set correctly?
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    3. rtaylor76
      rtaylor76
      Just realized I sent my Bifrost 4490 in for an MB upgrade and did not put the RA # on it. fawk!
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      rtaylor76
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    5. rtaylor76
      rtaylor76
      I am safe. Hopefully things calmed down. Thanks everyone for your support. Now just enjoying my new to me T-X0's. Wow, these are good!
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    6. rtaylor76
      rtaylor76
      Anyone know how long it takes to do a Schiit DAC upgrade? Looks like it is finally time to send my 4490 off for an upgrade.
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      3. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        I just put my house on the market...I hope I am in the same house. Lol.

        Serirously though, I was #79 on Friday, so Schiit must have just received a schiitload of Bifrost Multibit boards from their vendor. I'll be okay.
        Sep 5, 2018
      4. zonto
        zonto
        I was told today an average of two weeks in the factory for Yggdrasil upgrades. Not counting shipping either way.

        Had a similar jump in the queue. Probably 100 slots in a few weeks. 47 in one week!!
        Sep 5, 2018
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      5. FallingObjects
        FallingObjects
        If your queue number didn't go down much might be that they don't work through on the weekends? Would make sense to me, at least.
        Sep 5, 2018
    7. rtaylor76
      rtaylor76
      Finally found a good op amp combo in my vintage Denon DAC. I'm floored by the performance of the AD827 for in I/V & buffer. Nerd mode off.
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      rtaylor76
      For you 2 channel fans, KEF Q300's are the real deal. Holy cow!
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      3. LetMeBeFrank
        LetMeBeFrank
        Only kefs I've heard are mid 90s Reference Model Threes, which will be mine in April next year. They blew my mind with the soundstage and bass impact.
        Aug 21, 2018
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      4. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        @Cellist88 I run dual subs - one on each side. Although they hardly need it. For 6.5" bookshelves, they pack a low end punch. I still run a crossover an subs because clarity.
        Aug 21, 2018
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        rtaylor76
        Aug 21, 2018
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    9. 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
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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
      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
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      rtaylor76
      KEF Q300's or wait for some good vintage JBL's?
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      3. 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
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      4. 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
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      5. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        Went for the Q300's. Considered the LSR308's though.
        Aug 15, 2018
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      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
    12. 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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    13. 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!
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      2. 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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    14. rtaylor76
      rtaylor76
      Technics SL-1200 M3D purchased. Not much wrong with it. Whew...I can rest now.
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      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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      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. 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
      5. 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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      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
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      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 Yggdrasil. 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 Yggdrasil 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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      rtaylor76
      Got my Pi Nintento emulator working. Those old Nintendo games are not nearly as cool as I remember.
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      3. geniekid
        geniekid
        I spent a ton of money on the Wii's Virtual Console before coming to the same conclusion.
        Jul 6, 2018
      4. 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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      5. 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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      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.
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    Gender:
    Male
    Home Page:
    https://www.video-culture.com
    Location:
    Nashville, TN
    Occupation:
    IT Pro and Recording/HiFi Nerd
    Gear List:
    Main Rig:
    Raspberry Pi3 running moOde wi/HfFi Digi+
    Schiit Bifrost Multibit
    Denon DA-500 (modded) (PCM1702 chips)
    Adcom GCD-575 (TDA1541 chip)

    Main Amp"
    Dynalo (DIY Build)

    Main Headphones:
    Sennheiser HD650
    Fostex T-X0 (modded)
    Fostex T-20 V2 (modded)


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


    HT Setup:
    Receiver: Denon AVR-3805
    Speakers: KEF Q300
    Subs: Atlantic Technology 212B (x2)
    Turntable: Technics SL-1200 M3D
    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.

    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 most recently fixed and rebuilt a non-working Dynalo. 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.

    Signature

    Cans: HD650, HE-500, T-50RP, Auclair Reference, PortaPros
    Amps: Dynalo, LiquidSpark, Fiio A3
    Sources: Bifrost Multibit, SMSL Sanskrit 10th, Fiio X3 II
    A/V: Denon AVR3805, KEF Q300, dual 10" sealed subs, SL-1200, Adcom GCD-575