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Spotify Hifi with lossless is coming! So excited Feb 23, 2021

    1. saint.panda
      saint.panda
      Spotify Hifi with lossless is coming! So excited
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      2. crenca
        crenca
        Will Spotify, Deezer, etc. (Amazon is probably the odd man out) have to play with demands of the new user market, example being myself who wants better interoperability with other UI such as Roon, etc.?
        Feb 23, 2021
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      3. crenca
        crenca
        If Spotify insists on their own walled garden ecosystem like Deezer, they won't get my business...but perhaps that's "ok" with them, who knows.
        Feb 23, 2021
      4. saint.panda
        saint.panda
        Spotify has made my music discovery 10 times easier. Kind of locked in now with my playlists but don't mind (yet).
        Feb 23, 2021
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    2. saint.panda
      saint.panda
      Found a cheap, used pair of RS1e. But wow, I don't remember the sound being so weird. Will need to give it more time.
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    3. saint.panda
      saint.panda
      So far still preferring Valhalla 2 over Jot 2 for HD650. Slam & clean but with a touch of tube sweetness.
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      3. Syzygy
        Syzygy
        Hmm, I love my Val2, but the Jot2 has such a wider, bigger stage, and clarity and layering.

        Maybe I need new tubes. Also need to go back & listen to Val2 again, now I'm used to Jot2 & 3F+Ni.
        Feb 3, 2021
      4. saint.panda
        saint.panda
        Agreed on layering, wide soundstage & clarity. I just like the bit of tube sweetness the Val 2 adds, especially with the HD6xxx, but also need more time with the Jot 2.
        Feb 3, 2021
      5. Syzygy
        Syzygy
        Yeah I'm using HD6xx KISS modded. But I've been off Val 2 for a couple of weeks at this point.

        I know when I first compared it to the 3F it seemed much more laid back, and veiled. But I haven't compared it since the Jot 2 showed up on Thursday or Friday last.
        Feb 3, 2021
    4. saint.panda
      saint.panda
      Honestly, BF2 via USB + Valhalla 2 + HD6xx is all one needs.
      1. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        I personally need Rockna Wavedream! But I’m happy with my RDAC or Gungnir
        Jan 27, 2021
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    5. saint.panda
      saint.panda
      Does anyone know what the best way is to get hold of a HE90 besides watching ebay and HF? What are going prices these days?
      1. ogodei
        ogodei
        1) Use Hifishark to find past \ current sales. Remember the posted ask price is almost always higher than the sell-through price 2) Determine which past sales were by dealers; contact those dealers directly. I regularly drill through ebay ads to get to foreign dealers of products.
        Jan 22, 2021
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      2. saint.panda
        saint.panda
        Thanks, amazing tip! [edit: removed, hehe]
        Jan 22, 2021
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      3. ogodei
        ogodei
        Shhh, its a secret ! And of course standard due diligence on buying expensive gear from individuals in foreign countries. I'm always a little leery of those smaller foreign marketplaces.
        Jan 22, 2021
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    6. saint.panda
      saint.panda
      Impressed by Buchardt A700. Incredible simplicity: no cables, dac, pre- and power amp needed. App room correction. Sounds pretty great, too.
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      2. rlow
        rlow
        Yep agreed. The main problem is for the audio obsessed, being locked into 1 DAC and 1 amp (and class D at that) can be too restrictive. But if you love the sound and happy with the various sound profiles they offer, it certainly simplifies things.
        Jan 7, 2021
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      3. JayC
        JayC
        I'd heard of bass distortion being too high and some other minor things so I stayed away from the A500. Curious how the A700 fares there
        Jan 8, 2021
      4. saint.panda
        saint.panda
        No bass issues, especially post room correction. Actually find the bass integration to be one of its strengths. Weakness is slight lack of midrange richness, probably due to DAC and class D
        Jan 22, 2021
    7. saint.panda
      saint.panda
      Modded new HD6xx with KISS after listening to stock for a week. Beautiful reminder of what a difference a $20 mod can make vs. $1k on tubes
      1. Syzygy, obsiCO, famish99 and 8 others like this.
    8. saint.panda
      saint.panda
      1 week with Utopia. Great clarity & details. Knew soundstage was gonna be small but it's really small. Prefer the Verite Closed, more fun.
      1. obsiCO, jexby, Jinxy245 and 8 others like this.
      2. zerodeefex
        zerodeefex
        I'll trade you my donmodded HP1000 and you can go back to VC, hah.
        Oct 12, 2020
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      3. dark_energy
        dark_energy
        It seems ZMF fnatics were right(including me), I need to hear the new ZMFs otherwise I am lost in the HPs world. Id like to know I want a pair of HPs
        Oct 12, 2020
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      4. saint.panda
        saint.panda
        The Verite is really special. Haven't had this much consistent joy since getting the HD650 14 years ago. Will give the Utopia another 3 weeks, especially with the DEQ2496 arriving in a few days. It's special on some tracks.
        Oct 12, 2020
    9. saint.panda
      saint.panda
      Neighbors complain when I turn up the speakers at home to replicate the "distortion"/artefacts I'm hearing with the Wavedream at work
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      2. Huhnkopf
        Huhnkopf
        Lad sie zum Kaffee ein und erklär' ihnen die Hintergründe. Lass dabei ihre Lieblingslieder spielen und schmachte theatralisch vor dich hin während dein DAC sie in nie geahnte Sphären verführt. Sie werden dich lieben und bei dir einziehen.
        Jul 20, 2020
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      3. famish99
        famish99
        Shame you took the Wavedream to work lol
        Jul 20, 2020
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      4. Jinxy245
        Jinxy245
        @Golmang Google translate butchered it of course, but it's a wonderful sentiment IMO.
        Jul 20, 2020
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    10. saint.panda
      saint.panda
      After getting used to an ok speaker setup like Vidar/P3ESR, switching back to Stellaris/Verite feels like a step down on many levels
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      3. saint.panda
        saint.panda
        Yes, positively surprised by how well the Harbeths' strengths in resolution and imaging scaled with the better source. Too bad they're too inefficient for something like an Aegir or XA25. Need to look into other amp options.
        Jun 15, 2020
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      4. EagleWings
        EagleWings
        @saint.panda , have you considered the Accuphase amps? Even their class-AB Integrateds apparently are very good.
        Jun 15, 2020
      5. famish99
        famish99
        Can always look for other speakers too ;)
        Jun 16, 2020
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    11. saint.panda
      saint.panda
      Did some extended comparisons between itunes and spotify. Spotify is a lot more 2D.
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      2. crenca
        crenca
        It's 256 AAC (Apple) vs. 320 Ogg Vorbis (Spotify - if you are paying for highest bit rates), assuming everything else is apples to apples, which is probably too much to assume...
        Jun 12, 2020
      3. dark_energy
        dark_energy
        It might be. I would try to A B this a lot to rule out confirmation bias.
        Jun 12, 2020
    12. saint.panda
      saint.panda
      Wavedream in the house and it's 100% what I was hoping for. Shows me everything I was missing after switching from Yggdrasil to Morpheus
      1. Phantaminum, Xecuter, 9suns and 8 others like this.
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      3. saint.panda
        saint.panda
        Thanks. Awesome club to be in. Still honeymoon period but right now I'd pick the Rockna over Stellaris if I could only make one major hifi purchase
        Jun 10, 2020
      4. purr1n
        purr1n
        Ahh, source first. You should get into vinyl. It's a headache though.
        Jun 10, 2020
      5. saint.panda
        saint.panda
        Colleagues already think I'm from another planet with my Rednet/Rockna/Stellaris setup. Might be fun to see their reactions when I show up with a turntable.
        Jun 10, 2020
    13. saint.panda
      saint.panda
      Just ordered a Wavedream Signature Balanced. Corona not helpful for audio addiction.
      1. Xecuter, purr1n, Zhanming057 and 3 others like this.
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      3. Hrodulf
        Hrodulf
        Your Yggdrasil is giving a lot of joy!
        Apr 22, 2020
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      4. saint.panda
        saint.panda
        The dealer just cancelled my demo unit order while at the same time offering me a new unit at 50% off. Weird but I'll take it. Anyone interested in a similar deal in Germany, PM me. Speaks volumes about the margins though.
        Apr 22, 2020
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      5. famish99
        famish99
        Pretty much the world of hifi for you there.
        Apr 22, 2020
    14. saint.panda
      saint.panda
      Corona home office >> bought speakers for first time in 15 years. Harbeth P3ESR / Aegir. Not bad but I really miss my Verite C / Stellaris
      1. Thad E Ginathom, raif, wbass and 3 others like this.
      2. raif
        raif
        I know the Harbeth are supposed to be scooped, but man do I have a special place in my heart for the "bbc" sound. Congrats!
        Mar 26, 2020
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    15. saint.panda
      saint.panda
      Sonnet Morpheus tonality reminds of the Ray Samuels SR71. Honeymoon phase going strong.
      1. jexby, famish99, MisterRogers and 2 others like this.
    16. saint.panda
      saint.panda
      Macbook > Rednet > AES Yggdrasil vs. Macbook > USB Yggdrasil makes a bigger difference than swapping tubes on Stellaris at similar investment levels
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      2. saint.panda
        saint.panda
        Rednet 3
        Feb 11, 2020
      3. Koth Ganesh
        Koth Ganesh
        Thanks. Are these things still available? I thought Focusrite discontinued the 3 line.
        Feb 11, 2020
      4. saint.panda
        Feb 12, 2020
    17. saint.panda
      saint.panda
      Just got my HD820. Not impressed
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      2. saint.panda
        saint.panda
        14 day return policy. Will let it burn in for 50h to check but very sceptical.
        Jul 5, 2018
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      3. Riotvan
        Riotvan
        Well you have gear we are familiar with, post some impressions and comparisons :)
        Jul 5, 2018
      4. Lyander
        Lyander
        Looking forward to your comparing them! I've always been a tad curious about the HD820, haha.
        Jul 5, 2018
    18. saint.panda
      saint.panda
      Just put in an order for a Stellaris to stop myself from reading forums. Expensive internet control, maybe
      1. drgumbybrain
        drgumbybrain
        Already done that with a psaudio directstream junior. Didn’t worked for me. Lol
        May 1, 2018
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      2. m17xr2b
        m17xr2b
        It's just beginning, Don't go too far down the tube hole
        May 1, 2018
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      3. Thenewerguy009
        Thenewerguy009
        Don't worry, you'll still be reading the forums for awhile, until the long wait times for the amp is finished :)
        May 1, 2018
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    19. saint.panda
      saint.panda
      Gungnir Multibit Gen 5 > BW2 > HD650M / Grado PS-1 / ZMF Eikon / ZMF Atticus
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      2. dark_energy
        dark_energy
        Not bad for a panda
        Jan 30, 2018
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    Gender:
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    Birthday:
    Jan 17, 1985 (Age: 36)
    Location:
    Berlin, Germany

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    Work: Rednet 3 > DEQ2496 > Wavedream Signature XLR > Stellaris > Utopia / Verite Closed / RS1e
    Home Office: Bifrost 2 > Jotunheim 2 / Valhalla 2 > Auteur / HD 6xxM / Grado HF-2 // Vidar > Harbeth P3ESR + Rel T/7i
    Home: Buchardt A700 & lots of Sonos