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I dug an ancient 2006 era Mac Mini out of storage to record and archive a few minidiscs using its optical input. This was probably stupid. Aug 10, 2022

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    1. scblock
      scblock
      I dug an ancient 2006 era Mac Mini out of storage to record and archive a few minidiscs using its optical input. This was probably stupid.
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      3. scblock
        scblock
        Nothing wrong with recording them for backup/archiving. The stupid bit was digging out the ancient Mac and a monitor that it could connect to so I could stay in the digital domain. It would have been far simpler to use my normal audio interface and just recorded the line level output.
        Aug 11, 2022
      4. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        Aug 11, 2022
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      5. Cspirou
        Aug 16, 2022 at 5:30 AM
    2. scblock
      scblock
      RD modded LCD-X seems to pair really nicely with my Bottlehead S.E.X. so far.
      1. atomicbob, Soups, FlySweep and 8 others like this.
    3. scblock
      scblock
      Last Night in Soho is really excellent
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      2. Qildail
        Qildail
        I liked it. The last third seemed to wander a bit. One too many plot twists, maybe? I really noticed the camera work though; it was excellent.
        Jul 1, 2022
    4. scblock
      scblock
      Roon decided to replace my Invisible Touch album cover with some generic "special remix version" cover. Stop fucking with the metadata.
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      3. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        This happened to me years ago with MediaMonkey when I was busy ripping my music collection. Even WMP would sometimes change things. At one point I would just rip, check everything by hand and put it in a folder, on a separate drive. Yup...
        Jun 30, 2022
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      4. MellowVelo
        MellowVelo
        @YMO but which Abacab cover?
        Jun 30, 2022
      5. YMO
        Jun 30, 2022
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    5. scblock
      scblock
      Spent a couple hours at Gold Sound in Denver today. Crazy a place like that is still with us. Was looking at a couple old Nakamichi decks.
      1. Senorx12562
        Senorx12562
        I used to love wandering around that place. Bought my last (really, forever) phono pre there.
        Jun 19, 2022
    6. scblock
      scblock
      Love it when a friend sends you a link to his new unreleased EP straight from mastering.
      1. Cryptowolf and Qildail like this.
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    7. scblock
      scblock
      Gosh I wish I could remember what track I had stuck on repeat the other day. It must have been good.
      1. scblock
        scblock
        I found it! Simulation Swarm by Big Thief, and yes it's very good.
        May 25, 2022
      2. GoodEnoughGear
        GoodEnoughGear
        +1 - I've had the album on rotation for a bit now: Dragon new warm mountain I believe in you.
        May 25, 2022
    8. scblock
      scblock
      Here comes snow, and a temporary end to the perfect weather we've been having. Might be a good weekend to settle in with the stereo.
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      2. jexby
        jexby
        "perfect weather" <> the 4th driest April in history. Colorado will burn all summer without Spring moisture. Let. It. Snow.
        May 20, 2022
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      3. scblock
        scblock
        Fair. Good for being outside, but we can definitely use moisture.
        May 21, 2022
      4. scblock
        scblock
        A lot of branches down out there though. It's tough on the trees.
        May 21, 2022
    9. scblock
      scblock
      Will a new Fulla E improve my PC gaming? Probably not but we'll try it anyways.
    10. scblock
      scblock
      I’ve taken this trip to Phoenix with no audio equipment other than AirPods Pro and an iPhone. Not typical behavior.
      1. wbass, Merrick, StageOne and 2 others like this.
      2. StageOne
        StageOne
        That’s been my travel setup for 2.5 years now. For me, foam tips made a big improvement. Simplicity and decent sound gets two thumbs up.
        Apr 13, 2022
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      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        Even if I were to take my next level up portable setup (RU6+Timeless), I still would be using AirPods Pro when in transit.
        Apr 13, 2022
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    11. scblock
      scblock
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      3. purr1n
        purr1n
        Android is fine, just that Sony doesn't know how to use it and won't maintain it, so we have to buy another Sony DAP in two years.
        Feb 9, 2022
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      4. Cellist88
        Cellist88
        I mean if it sounds good, it sounds good. Just dunno if its really worth the price seeing the market is far more saturated than ever.
        Feb 9, 2022
      5. scblock
        scblock
        On the plus side I can stick with my WM1A without worrying that I'm missing out.
        Feb 9, 2022
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    12. scblock
      scblock
      Installed a new cartridge tonight. Every time I ask myself why I’m doing this after an age trying to get it just so.
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      3. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Probably getting deeper blacks now? Oh wait... he isn't talking about laser printers!

        I used to say, "A house without a turntable is not a home." Now... I don't.
        Jan 20, 2022
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      4. Qildail
        Qildail
        Might be the number one reason I don't roll different cartridges. I would gladly ship and pay to have someone else do that nonsense.
        Jan 20, 2022
      5. scblock
        scblock
        Rechecked everything this afternoon with fresh eyes and it all looks good. Then I did it all over again, putting the old cartridge on the original (beta) Sol tonearm I had sitting in a box.
        Jan 20, 2022
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    13. scblock
      scblock
      Tonight I am enjoying Modi Multibit, Crack w/Speedball, HD650, a glass of wine, and good music. It’s a good combo.
      1. Qildail, Azimuth, sheldaze and 11 others like this.
      2. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        I never have a bad time listening to the modi multibit
        Jan 9, 2022
        Qildail, Biodegraded, YMO and 2 others like this.
    14. scblock
      scblock
      I just want to get to Iowa tomorrow. Why is there an entire Nebraska between Colorado and there?
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      2. bixby
        bixby
        To remind you to never take the mountains for granted. I know the feeling, I used to drive from south of Denver to Minneapolis on numerous occasions. Good listening time.
        Dec 19, 2021
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      3. crazychile
        crazychile
        Ha ha. Today gym bud mentioned he’s driving to Denver to see family. We made jokes about i80 through Nebraska. Man that drive sucks.
        Dec 20, 2021
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      4. scblock
        scblock
        Did the opposite for the same reason. Made it ok, dismal as ever, especially 76 through eastern Colorado which I always seem to block out from my memory.
        Dec 20, 2021
    15. scblock
      scblock
      An old Fulla 2 sounds way better than this brand new laptop's headphone port.
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      3. Tchoupitoulas
        Tchoupitoulas
        I likewise ordered mine right after it came out. I've used it with my Andros, too! That's too funny. I used it to burn in a pair of Vérité the other week. I gave it a quick lesson, to make sure the volume was not too loud, and the sound was much better than I'd expected.
        Dec 15, 2021
      4. Cryptowolf
        Cryptowolf
        until it died, my headroom amp from ‘99 sounded bettter than most laptop outs.
        Dec 15, 2021
      5. Qildail
        Qildail
        Still have my Fulla 2 as well. It was my work desk volume control for the longest time.
        Dec 15, 2021
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    16. scblock
      scblock
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      2. scblock
        scblock
        Can't find any proper archive links for that site unfortunately, they had some cool Lego scans a little while back.
        Dec 6, 2021
      3. imackler
        imackler
        bwahaha. I thought it said "scam of the month." Which would be an interesting website as well. Anyways, I kept scrolling, skimming the description, waiting for the revelation of the scam. I'm a dork.
        Dec 6, 2021
    17. scblock
      scblock
      2100 words drafted in some impressions I'm working on, and I haven't actually gotten to the impressions yet. May need some editing yet.
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      2. scblock
        scblock
        Realistically I think it maybe should just be a blog post at this point.
        Nov 28, 2021
    18. scblock
      scblock
      Making mixtapes and demoing Yggdrasil LIM on this Sunday morning. Upstream resampling and volume leveling don’t do the music any favors.
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      2. scblock
        scblock
        Both are necessary while recording the tape to avoid drop outs during sample rate switching on the DAC and wild volume swings between tracks.
        Nov 28, 2021
    19. scblock
      scblock
      I have Taylor Swift playing on my cheap surround system while I’m cooking. Sounds like ass if I really listen, but Folklore is still good.
    20. scblock
      scblock
      I sincerely regret ripping this CD I lost decades ago as a 160 kbps MP3. It does not sound good.
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      3. Qildail
        Qildail
        Same regrets over a handful of albums; lost my entire CD collection to a house flood in 2014 and have been painfully rebuilding it since. Some of those out-of-print or foreign-press albums are painful to replace.
        Oct 27, 2021
      4. Cryptowolf
        Cryptowolf
        @Qildail another good push to continue to rip my rare CDs to my Roon Core. That loss must be frustrating.
        Oct 27, 2021
      5. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        Ew.
        Oct 27, 2021
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    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Denver
    Occupation:
    Wind and Solar Performance Lead
    Gear List:
    Listening Room
    DACs
    Schiit Bifrost Multibit

    CD Player
    Parasound C/DP-1000

    MD Player
    Sony MDS-JE530

    Cassette Player
    Sony TC-WE475

    Transport
    Pi2AES on a Raspberry Pi 3

    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

    Amplifier
    Schiit Vidar

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

    Headphone Amp
    Schiit Folkvangr


    Living Room
    Schiit Modi Multibit
    Schiit Asgard 2
    Bottlehead Crack w/Speedball


    Desktop/Near Field
    DAC
    Schiit Modius

    Headphone Amps
    Schiit Lyr 3 / Russian Tung Sol 6SN7
    Cavalli Liquid Platinum / Stock Tubes
    Shortest Way SW51+

    Headphone/Speaker Amplifier
    Bottlehead S.E.X. 3.0 w/C4S boards

    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
    Koss Porta Pro
    Apple Airpods Max

    IEMs
    Brainwavz B400
    Massdrop/Noble X
    Drop/JVC HA-FDX1
    Etymotic ER4XR
    Apple Airpods Pro
    I like music and music equipment. I also make mixtapes.

    Mixtapes: https://steveblock.com/mixtapes/