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In La Jolla / SD for a week. Any good audio destinations around here? Jun 17, 2018

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    1. skem
      skem
      In La Jolla / SD for a week. Any good audio destinations around here?
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      2. skem
        skem
        Lol. I’m sure he appreciates the suggestion. Though....if I brought White Russians he might not complain.
        Jun 17, 2018
      3. dmckean44
        dmckean44
        lol

        Go to Stereo Unlimited in Point Loma and tour the Taylor guitar factory and the Deering banjo factory.
        Jun 17, 2018
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      4. ufospls2
        ufospls2
        I loved La Jolla when I was there. Enjoy dude!
        Jun 18, 2018
    2. skem
      skem
      The most unworthy.
      1. bengo
        bengo
        A hotly contested title!
        Jun 14, 2018
    3. skem
      skem
      Had to post 15 substantive things on HF in order to use their for-sale forum. Thanks to the HF Troll population, that turned out to be easy
      1. bengo, Thad E Ginathom and Jinxy245 like this.
      2. JustAnotherRando
        JustAnotherRando
        Oh, that's hat you have to do to post there?

        Reading that site is so painful that my account has only managed to make it to 3 posts after two months. Don't even bother checking the sales forum there anymore.
        Jun 4, 2018
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      3. skem
        skem
        Yup. But since the trolls just challenge you on every point, it's easy to just reply to them with some factual information. I even managed to saturate my troll to the point where it shut up. Small victories.
        Jun 4, 2018
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      4. jexby
        jexby
        the inter webs would like to know what you posted to make Currawongdong shut up?
        Jun 4, 2018
    4. skem
      skem
      Semi-refurbished M-22 now operating in my primary system.
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      2. JK47
        JK47
        Maybe whoever set it got confused with the DC balance, which is 80mV
        Jun 3, 2018
      3. bengo
        bengo
        Welcome to the club. I recommend to try it with headphones too (carefully...)
        Jun 3, 2018
      4. skem
        skem
        Yes, sounds delightful with headphones, even at low bias.
        Jun 4, 2018
    5. skem
      skem
    6. skem
      skem
      Music is just wiggling air.
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      3. cskippy
        cskippy
        That's probably why I don't mind my farts.
        May 4, 2018
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      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        wiggling air is dancing air.
        May 5, 2018
      5. Vent
        Vent
        No one wants @cskippy music in their eye.
        May 5, 2018
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    7. skem
      skem
      Don’t make excuses.
      1. L'Orfeo
        L'Orfeo
        Sorry. I wasn't feeling well.
        Apr 16, 2018
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      2. JustAnotherRando
        JustAnotherRando
        I was gonna say my dog ate it, but I don't have a dog.
        Apr 17, 2018
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      3. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        I just wish I had an excuse.
        May 5, 2018
    8. skem
      skem
      Found myself saying the “the HiFi” like some octagenarian today.
      1. Thad E Ginathom and DigMe like this.
    9. skem
      skem
      Just returned iPhone X to Apple. Thing is designed to break. Sexy display, though.
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      3. skem
        skem
        Yeah, I wanted to keep it but I *know* I’ll be dropping it. My SE has survived over a dozen drops. I seriously think the X & 8 designs are a scam by Apple to extract revenue.
        Apr 7, 2018
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      4. Lyer25
        Lyer25
        With you there. I'm an Android fan but my sisters and mum are all rocking iPhones.Those things need babying like no other phone I've seen. Good sound and cameras though.
        Apr 7, 2018
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      5. SoupRKnowva
        SoupRKnowva
        The thing is that the back glass is so much grippier than the aluminum is. I never got used to the size of the 6 and the instant the SE came out I switched, had that till the X launched. Even though the C is bigger than the six was, it’s size never bothers me
        Apr 7, 2018
    10. skem
      skem
      Send me your Susvara to demo and you will have a long life.
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    11. skem
      skem
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      2. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        All people who talk in punctuation are bad. Period.
        May 5, 2018
      3. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Wait... How did I find myself in a conversation that happened in February?
        May 5, 2018
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      4. Lyer25
        Lyer25
        May 5, 2018
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    12. skem
      skem
    13. skem
      skem
      LCD2c not keepers for me. I like them more than HD800sdr and HD650 but HEK wins for me. Many notes taken. Can share if there’s interest.
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      2. SoupRKnowva
        SoupRKnowva
        I chose to keep the HEKs over the 2Cs as well. the comfort was good, though not HEK good, but the staging was atrocious and the FR wasn't for me. not what I would call neutral at all
        Feb 4, 2018
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      3. Vansen
        Vansen
        Do share!
        Feb 5, 2018
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    14. skem
      skem
      Testing the LCD2c tonight.
      1. Jokko and brencho like this.
      2. Ringingears
        Ringingears
        I really hope you enjoy them. Ignore my rant yesterday. Audeze is like that girlfriend you keep forgiving, then you finally have enough.
        Feb 4, 2018
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      3. skem
        skem
        LCD2c are hard to fault. Working on it.
        Feb 4, 2018
      4. skem
        skem
        And.... rejected
        Feb 4, 2018
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    16. skem
      skem
      Happy
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      2. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Great. Did you open it up and shake the loose bits into a bin?

        ... Or just tighten up a few loose things?
        Jan 26, 2018
      3. skem
      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Jan 26, 2018
    17. skem
      skem
      Amp arrived despite my not being home to sign for it! Problem: loose parts inside. :-(. No silver lining without cloud.
      1. RiddleyWalker
        RiddleyWalker
        If this is the ZDS, mine arrived with a similar issue. I reached out to EC and they had me unscrew the rubber feet, unscrew the screws underneath, and then make sure all of the components were secured. There were a few loose screws.
        Jan 23, 2018
      2. skem
        skem
        Yup. Did that and in mine there are two resistors whose leads snapped in shipping and a third that was never soldered. Awaiting guidance
        Jan 23, 2018
      3. RiddleyWalker
        RiddleyWalker
        Ah, that sucks. Sorry to hear that man. Hopefully it's not too hard to get fixed up!
        Jan 23, 2018
    18. skem
      skem
      “On FedEx vehicle out for delivery” — Such sweet words, a message majesty, an other Eden demi-paradise.
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      2. SoupRKnowva
        SoupRKnowva
        Me too :P
        Jan 23, 2018
      3. Skyline
        Skyline
        Until later in the day when you get a message that says "Delivery Exception. Customer or business was closed or not available". And, of course, you've been sitting by the front window all day...waiting...waiting...
        Jan 23, 2018
      4. SoupRKnowva
        SoupRKnowva
        Skipped that by having it dropped off at a fedex store so I could grab it on the way home from school
        Jan 23, 2018
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    19. skem
      skem
      FedEx has fucking delayed the delivery of my ZDS 3 times! A plague upon their house.
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      3. Dino
        Dino
        Jan 22, 2018
      4. skem
        skem
        To be honest, I do think FedEx are, on average, much more careful with packages than UPS. Plus my local UPS guy has a grudge against me for getting too many heavy boxes. He’ll skip delivery attempts on signature items and mark them as nobody home when indeed I took the day off and was home all day. Sometimes multiple days in a row.
        Jan 22, 2018
      5. Dino
        Dino
        Yeah. I think one's local people are probably key. I looked at mine on-line after I had the recent incident. 1 and 2 star ratings depending on the site I looked at.
        Jan 22, 2018
    20. skem
      skem
      Tolerated and tax deductible.
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    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Cambridge, MA
    Occupation:
    Engineer
    Gear List:
    PS Audio DirectStream -> Pass Labs XA30.8 -> B&W 801 Series III

    Benchmark DAC3 -> Ayre MX-R -> HHR Exotics TLS-1 Walsh F remake

    Pioneer M-22 (repair in the works) -> HiFi Man HE1000 version 1

    Have also had (owned or long-term demo)
    ================================
    NAD M51 DAC
    Soekris1541 - power supply sucks.
    PS Audio PerfectWave DAC
    PS Audio DirectStream Jr. - this thing has the worst noise floor!
    Schiit Yggdrasil DAC - lifeless IMO
    Schitt Modi Multibit DAC
    NAD D1050 DAC/Amp
    Theta DS Pro Gen V R2R DAC
    Mytek DAC (original)
    Mark Levinson Model 39 DAC

    Schiit Asgard2 Amp
    Dragon Inspire IHA-1 (loaner)
    AURALiC Taurus MkII Amp
    Woo WA3 Amp - detail destroying.
    Benchmark AHB2 Amp - too harsh, unforgiving.
    NAD - M22 Class D
    B&O ICEpower 125ASX2 Class D

    Focal Elear
    Hifiman HE-560
    HD660s
    HD650
    LCD2C
    Sundara
    HD800sdr
    I like a laid back, detailed/textured sound that is not fatiguing. I listen primarily to older jazz, piano trio, bebop, and classical. Sucker for a bit of warm tonality provided it doesn’t screw up timbre too much.