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It’s been a year since I last dug through crates at the record store. Mar 1, 2021 at 4:38 PM

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    1. scblock
      scblock
      It’s been a year since I last dug through crates at the record store.
    2. scblock
      scblock
      Lowest hum setup with the Darlington Labs MM-5 loaner and my Schiit Sol seems to be with no ground wire.
      1. shredical and Gazny like this.
      2. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        That is odd. I wonder if the RCA connectors on the Sol are connected to ground somewhere.
        Feb 17, 2021
    3. scblock
      scblock
      My current go to setup is Modius to Liquid Platinum to Focal Elegia, played probably too loud. Very eager, physical combination.
      1. Skyline
        Skyline
        Yeah, the Modius actually does some good things for the LP. I thought "downgrading" from the BF2 would be a substantial hit, but that hasn't really been the case.
        Feb 16, 2021
    4. scblock
      scblock
      Schiit LEDs too bright, Liquid Platinum LED too dim. There must be something in the middle!
      1. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        Schiit with LightDims is that perfect middle ground.
        Feb 12, 2021
    5. scblock
      scblock
      Why on earth is Drop emailing me about cheap garbage receivers? I expect that from Meh.
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      2. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        Gibson never should have bought Pioneer/Onkyo. Glad Henry is gone.
        Feb 11, 2021
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      3. netforce
        netforce
        Gibson really ran all their companies into the ground and into bankruptcy. Such a shame though Gibson has seemingly gone back to its roots and rebuilt while it seems like the companies it was forced to sell have been struggling.
        Feb 11, 2021
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      4. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        I blame Henry J. The board if directors finally forced him into retirement in that bankruptcy because none of zhis dilusions paid off. The new CEO is doing fairly well thus far. I used to work there...was a silly place back then.
        Feb 11, 2021
    6. scblock
      scblock
      It's a little funny to me that Ratatat has some of the best sounding "real instrument" recordings in my collection.
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    7. scblock
      scblock
      The promotional copy on the Drop DarkVoice amp page is pretty funny.
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      2. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        "... the DarkVoice 335SE OTL Headphone Amp gives you a blank backdrop to properly broadcast your favorite jams." ugh
        Feb 1, 2021
      3. scblock
        scblock
        "Headphone amplifiers come in a variety of circuit designs, each with its own advantages and drawbacks, but there’s one main determining faction: distortion level."
        Feb 1, 2021
      4. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        LOL. The Darkvoice 336 is still around? It was FOTM on head-fi like 14 years ago. And it sucked then.
        Feb 2, 2021
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    8. scblock
      scblock
      piCorePlayer documentation is... limited. Took a while to figure out why squeezelite crashed every time I tried to play Apple Lossless.
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      2. scblock
        scblock
        Then it took a while to figure out how to install the ffmpeg extensions. I felt dumb for a while.
        Jan 28, 2021
      3. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        It is confusing as all get out. It actually sounds damn good though. It is almost worth the trouble.
        Jan 28, 2021
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    9. scblock
      scblock
      After some recent time with Volumio I'm trying other RPI OS options. Lots of SD image writes. Trying piCorePlayer now, with Jivelite.
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      3. scblock
        scblock
        So far pretty much everything I try drives me back towards continuing to use and pay for Roon. If I needed a fully standalone zero network setup again (AKA back in the office) I'd probably go for Moode or Volumio right now.
        Jan 26, 2021
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      4. gixxerwimp
        gixxerwimp
        Why Jive over Squeeze?
        Jan 26, 2021
      5. scblock
        scblock
        It's the default/easy frontend to enable from the piCorePlayer menus for the official touchscreen.
        Jan 26, 2021
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    10. scblock
      scblock
      Right, I'm listening to an LP rip. The distortion is probably in the surface of the 40 year old piece of plastic.
      1. bixby
        bixby
        right, isn't vinyl great!

        In all seriousness, you can say that about a digital source as well and I have.
        Jan 18, 2021
    11. scblock
      scblock
      Moved the Pi2AES loaner to the Modius/Liquid Platinum rig. Comparing USB, coax, and optical. AES cable on the way.
      1. jexby
        jexby
        dang man, could have loaned ya an AES.
        Jan 16, 2021
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      2. scblock
        scblock
        It cost all of 5 bucks. Figured I might as well.
        Jan 16, 2021
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    12. scblock
      scblock
      Yes had so many personnel changes I wondered if they made records with completely different bands. I think No, Chris Squire was a constant.
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      3. Senorx12562
        Senorx12562
        Shows what I know.
        Jan 12, 2021
      4. scblock
        scblock
        Drama and ABWH only share Steve Howe, if you consider ABWH to be "Yes".
        Jan 12, 2021
      5. Jinxy245
        Jinxy245
        I thought he wasn't on Drama too, but he was on every Yes album it seems...I think he was the only one too.
        Jan 12, 2021
    13. scblock
      scblock
      Is the cover of Gulag Orkestar "work appropriate"? Clicked over to Roon trying to find the right window in a meeting with a client today.
      1. scblock
        scblock
        Posting this mostly in fun. The only non-project comment I got was envy at how open my calendar looked.
        Jan 11, 2021
      2. Biodegraded
        Biodegraded
        Nothing involving a Lada could in any context be described as 'safe'.
        Jan 11, 2021
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    14. scblock
      scblock
      I fixed the quiet but annoying buzzing in my Bottlehead Crack by rotating the WiFi router on the other side of the room 45 degrees.
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      2. scblock
        scblock
        May be worth a shot. I have a couple ferrite cores somewhere around here.
        Jan 9, 2021
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      3. FallingObjects
        FallingObjects
        Jan 9, 2021
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      4. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        Sounds like your crack might need a cage. Which actually isn't a bad idea as you wouldn't accidentally touch hot tubes
        Jan 10, 2021
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    15. scblock
      scblock
      Put headphones on, start an album. Wow, remarkable speaker-like soundstage! 30 seconds later "it's playing from the speakers, dumbass".
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      2. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        lol... my wife came from her bed, made rude signs at me having disturbed her. I took off the headphones to find the speakers playing.
        Jan 8, 2021
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    16. scblock
      scblock
      Oh god I can hear a difference between USB and SPDIF now I'm going to have to care. This is a disaster.
      1. Syzygy
        Syzygy
        Wait til you hear the difference with a cable swap. Marv just heard the difference from the electric between CA and TX!

        Don't fret…realise that it's not that big of a difference in most cases. No reason to let the nervosa get the better of you.
        Dec 31, 2020
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    17. scblock
      scblock
      It's supposed to be for guests and special occasions, but I poured a bit of the JW Blue Port Ellen anyways. Don't always need a good reason.
      1. GoodEnoughGear
        GoodEnoughGear
        I approve your strategy of drinking excellent whisky when it's the right time and you can enjoy it properly. Often guests and special occasions can detract from that experience.
        Dec 30, 2020
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    18. scblock
      scblock
      The vacuum is so loud when I use my record washer that I think it would damage my hearing if I didn't wear earplugs.
    19. scblock
      scblock
      I'm giving HiFiBerry OS a shot on my desktop streamer. Quick setup, looks prettier than RoPieee, less flexible. We'll see if it sticks.
      1. scblock
        scblock
        No direct brightness support for the official touchscreen in the interface. I had to do some ssh garbage to drop it from blinding to normal, which isn't ideal.
        Dec 10, 2020
      2. StageOne
        StageOne
        The UI looks good, but too bad it won't work with my Allo DigiOne
        Dec 10, 2020
      3. scblock
        scblock
        No automatic screen off after idle that I can see, and seemingly no way to turn it off manually (this box is in my bedroom). Not sure whether I want to set up a development environment to poke at this, or just put the other SD card back in.
        Dec 10, 2020
    20. scblock
      scblock
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      3. Ksaurav402
        Ksaurav402
        They are priced $800+ in India in local currency
        Dec 8, 2020
      4. Dr. Higgs
        Dr. Higgs
        I'll probably end up picking up a pair eventually. I'm curious how well they will seal with that gimbal mechanism. I've had issues getting a good seal at my jawline with any headphones that pivot directly at the top of the cups. If they come out with an Apple TV that supports spatial audio, these would be killer for a home theater setup.
        Dec 8, 2020
      5. Biodegraded
        Biodegraded
        The case looks like some kind of fetish bra.
        Dec 8, 2020
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    Gender:
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    Location:
    Denver
    Occupation:
    Wind Energy Developer/Consultant
    Gear List:
    Listening Room
    DACs
    Schiit Modi Multibit
    Schiit Bifrost Multibit

    CD Player
    Parasound C/DP-1000

    Cassette Player
    Sony TC-WE475

    Turntables
    U-Turn Orbit Plus / Ortofon OM5E
    Schiit Sol / Nagaoka MP-110
    Schiit Mani (later generation)
    U-Turn Pluto (integrated into the table)

    Preamp
    Schiit Saga / Russian Tung Sol 6SN7

    Amplifiers (Speaker/Headphone)
    Schiit Vidar
    Bottlehead S.E.X. 3.0 w/C4S boards
    Bottlehead Crack w/Speedball

    Speakers
    Vandersteen 2c (sequential serial nos, purchased new in Denver circa 1984, purchased used by me late 2000s)


    Living Room
    Schiit Modi 3
    Schiit Asgard 2


    Desktop/Near Field
    DAC
    Schiit Modius

    Headphone Amps
    Schiit Lyr 3 / Russian Tung Sol 6SN7
    Cavalli Liquid Platinum / Stock Tubes

    Speaker Amplifier
    Nobsound NS-020 (Chinesium JL Hood 1969 Class A)

    Speakers
    Klipsch R-51M


    Portable Players
    iPod 5.5g (retrofitted with 200 GB SD card)
    FiiO M6 (mostly retired)
    FiiO X5 Mk III (mostly retired)
    Sony A50 Series w/MrWalkman Firmware (to replace FiiO M6)
    Sony WM1A (to replace FiiO X5)


    Headphones
    Sennheiser HD650
    Drop/Sennheiser HD58x
    Drop/Beyerdynamic DT 177x Go
    Focal Elegia
    HiFiMan HE-400i
    Beyerdynamic DT 990 Edition/Premium 600 Ohm
    Drop/Meze M99 Noir
    Sennheiser HD569
    Brainwavz B400 IEMs
    Koss Porta Pro