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Today’s lesson: Do not pick your nose after getting Tabasco on fingers. I can NOT recommend. Dec 11, 2019 at 6:18 PM

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    1. skem
      skem
      Today’s lesson: Do not pick your nose after getting Tabasco on fingers. I can NOT recommend.
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      2. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        Lemon juice might be sour, it works sweetly...
        Dec 12, 2019 at 3:18 AM
      3. crazychile
        crazychile
        Yep, must wash hands after handling raw chiles, or pee time soundtrack is hunka hunka burnin love.
        Dec 12, 2019 at 5:19 AM
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      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        @Hands's avatar could be a portrait of a chilli/anus interaction?
        Dec 12, 2019 at 11:06 AM
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    2. skem
      skem
      I have been listening to my system for 11 straight hours. This may be a new personal record.
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    3. skem
      skem
      F**k Mondays.
      1. obsiCO, Wilson, Deep Funk and 11 others like this.
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      3. Roman
        Roman
        It is chilly and dark today in Seattle, so I agree.
        Oct 21, 2019
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      4. Phantaminum
        Phantaminum
        I have three projects i’m working on and the deliverables are this month. The person in charge of one portion of the project had one job to do and he’s now out on leave. I just got dumped two days worth of extra work when this project is supposed to go live this week. Woosah...
        Oct 21, 2019
      5. monacelli
        monacelli
        Preach!
        Oct 21, 2019
    4. skem
      skem
      For those with M22, I will be doing a second round of retrofits next month, A/B’ing resistors, diodes, and transistors.
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    5. skem
      skem
      Ok. I’m seriously impressed by XA25. Works great on HD800, HEK. Makes HE6 muddy, though.
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      2. Thenewerguy009
        Thenewerguy009
        What preamp are you using?
        Sep 15, 2019
      3. bazelio
        bazelio
        "One of the best amps I've heard" is a common reaction to the XA25. It's very capable and pairs well with modern nimble sounding speakers.
        Sep 15, 2019
      4. skem
        skem
        Preamp is via Adagio. Main speakers are 801 series 3. But I’ve tested on four headphones and also my Walsh Fs. Writing a review now.
        Sep 15, 2019
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    6. skem
      skem
      Initial impression of XA25 (20m warmup): sweet and delicate midrange, but congested in complex music.
      1. DigMe
        DigMe
        You've had this on for 20 mins and already sharing impressions?
        Sep 11, 2019
      2. skem
        skem
        This was really wrong. I had speakers out of phase. Totally the opposite of congested when hooked up properly!!
        Sep 15, 2019
    7. skem
      skem
      Any thoughts on Schiit JIL?
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      2. skem
        skem
        My thoughts are: what’s the clock implementation? Jitter? USB as USB audio or something else?
        Aug 31, 2019
      3. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        Knowing Schiit, I'd put it up against any Focusrite or PreSonus interface. I'd use it, but I like having inputs and outputs as well as ASIO drivers.
        Sep 1, 2019
    8. skem
      skem
      Using @purr1n’s 37Hz bass note in Doin’ it Right for testing. Great tip!
      1. Lyander
        Lyander
        Great tip indeed, the fact that it's a song I love listening to helps. For something more "violent", I've been using Billie Eilish's xanny lately; 30/31Hz at its lowest, hahaha
        Aug 26, 2019
    9. skem
      skem
      Sad(?) Fact: I enjoy figuring out what I consider to be ideal audio reproduction more than I enjoy listening to music.
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      2. Lyander
        Lyander
        I fall somewhere between I think. I don't necessarily chase perfect reproduction of source material, but do have fun seeing how much "better" the listening experience can get. Shame 90% of my library is crud haha.
        Aug 22, 2019
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      3. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        I've always thought that the difference between an audiophile and a normal music consumer is that, to the audiophile, all recorded music is acousmatic to some extent. Audiophiles are keenly aware that changing the manner of reproduction can dramatically affect the way the content is perceived.
        Aug 22, 2019
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      4. Senorx12562
        Senorx12562
        I am exactly the opposite. Don't think there is any "wrong" though.
        Aug 22, 2019
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    10. skem
      skem
      I’m Bored. Feel like picking a fight... where’s Psal when you need him. :)
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      3. skem
        skem
        Whereas our beloved Psal finds peace of mind listening to Iron Maiden.

        But yes. I’m not a stoic in practice (can there be any other kind?), but I am an admirer of Seneca.
        Aug 15, 2019
      4. Psalmanazar
        Psalmanazar
        I’m out of the headphone hobby forever. I sold my Sennheisers and just use a Porta Pro and HD 25. The Porta Pro is just as far from speakers if you get a 6.3mm adaptor and plug it into something real.
        Aug 16, 2019
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      5. skem
        skem
        I’m working on a DIY speaker using all the physics and psychoacoustic knowledge I have and Troels’ experience. Maybe you’ll like what comes of it.
        Aug 16, 2019
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    11. skem
      skem
      Does anybody have a Hilo they want to sell (or lend)? I want to do some A2D work.
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      2. Lou Casadonte
        Lou Casadonte
        Its a coincidence that I'm in providence for the summer but I have my hilo with me using it as a headphone amp/dac. Please feel free to pm me to discuss your needs.
        Jun 2, 2019
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    12. skem
      skem
      I’m going to Seoul. Any must visit audio places there?
      1. SoupRKnowva
        SoupRKnowva
        There was a headphone store I liked in Apgujeong Rodeo, but there’s better things to do in Seoul than investigate audio equipment :P
        Apr 19, 2019
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      2. FallingObjects
        FallingObjects
        I think karaoke counts as audio places in this regards.
        Apr 19, 2019
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      3. SoupRKnowva
        SoupRKnowva
        That’s true, take someone who knows korean to a 노래방 and have a good time
        Apr 19, 2019
    13. skem
      skem
      Just read specs on newish Pass XA25. 50uV noise floor. Looks like it could be a good headamp for planers.
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      2. skem
        skem
        Got one of these coming Monday.
        Sep 3, 2019
    14. skem
      skem
      Anybody have a Krell w/ high damping factor they want to loan me? :-)
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      2. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        You mean the headphone amp?
        Apr 15, 2019
      3. skem
        skem
        Well, actually I want something for a loudspeaker test.
        Apr 15, 2019
    15. skem
      skem
      Just drove by the Lamborghini place off Parkway Calabasas. Didn’t see @purr1n as expected. Hanging out at the burned-out ExpressLube now?
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      2. purr1n
        purr1n
        You missed me by a few minutes. I take the onramp and offramp there half the time.
        Feb 15, 2019
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    16. famish99
      famish99
      Sounds like a keeper
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      2. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        I thought it was another of those song-lyric posts!
        Feb 13, 2019
      3. famish99
        famish99
        It's what I get for posting while checking out groceries.
        Feb 13, 2019
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      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        It has taken me all day to identify the melody that my brain was setting your "lyric" to:

        I shot the Sheriff!
        (But I did not keep the tangerines)
        Feb 13, 2019
    17. skem
      skem
      DigiOne Signature in the house. Thus far, solves many problems. Improves every DAC I've tried it on thus far, imo.
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      2. skem
        skem
        Spouse: Why does your iPad (JRemote) say it’s 5pm?

        Me: because it is 5pm.

        Spouse: You mean we’ve been doing this all day? Oh. Where was that track for hearing jitter again...
        Feb 12, 2019
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      3. Raicorl
        Raicorl
        I read through Allo impressions and most of them dont like 5v iFI, even prefer stock power. Don't know why though. Your impressiom might change as you roll batteries/psu.
        Feb 12, 2019
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      4. skem
        skem
        I compared using the most sensitive-to-jitter track I’ve found and I can’t hear any difference between ifi and batteries when listening with speakers (headphones are often more resolving but not really to jitter). FWIW, my wall warts are far away from DigiOne
        Feb 12, 2019
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    18. skem
      skem
      Crane Song Solaris in the house. Stage is great, timbre is mushy (AKM?). Has a gray background. Taste good, but not juicy.
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      3. JK47
        JK47
        Got that AKM Velveeta sound?
        Feb 9, 2019
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      4. skem
        skem
        Will try with external analog volume control off the line-level out, but I’m not holding out a lot of hope.
        Feb 9, 2019
      5. skem
        skem
        Seems timbre is not so mushy now. But still sounds compressed in the macro dynamics. Volume control was not at issue.
        Feb 12, 2019
    19. skem
      skem
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        Feb 8, 2019
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    20. skem
      skem
      Convert-2 is much better than I had anticipated. I’m frankly kinda pissed off about it.
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      2. skem
        skem
        It has a moderately bad noise floor that goes up with the volume trim, limiting the total dynamic range. I can *always* hear it regardless of volume. I’ll measure it later. It’s not as bad as PSAudio DirectStream, however. EDIT: on the bench the noise measures way below audible levels. Yet I do hear noise with Convert that I don’t hear with other DACs I don’t here it. SNR = -80 to -113 dB according to QA401.
        Feb 7, 2019
      3. skem
        skem
        It is also bright. Universally, regardless of transducer or program material, It sounds tipped up at the end. It sounds flat elsewhere.
        Feb 7, 2019
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    Location:
    Cambridge, MA
    Gear List:
    System 1
    Metrum Adagio -> Pass Labs XA25 -> B&W 801 Series III

    System 2
    Metrum Adagio-> Ayre MX-R -> HHR Exotics TLS-1 Walsh F remake

    Headphone rig
    (Source)->Pioneer M-22 (custom) -> HiFi Man HE1000 version 1

    Have also had (owned or long-term demo)
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    Lavry Black DA-11
    Crane Song Solaris
    Dangerous Music Convert-2
    Hugo TT (uggh!)
    NAD M51 DAC
    Soekris 1541
    PS Audio PerfectWave DAC
    PS Audio DirectStream
    Benchmark DAC3 HGC
    Schiit Yggdrasil A1 DAC early
    Schiit Gungnir Multibit A2 DAC early
    Schitt Modi Multibit DAC
    NAD D1050 DAC/Amp
    Theta DS Pro Gen V R2R DAC
    Mytek DAC
    Mark Levinson Model 39 DAC
    Antelope Zodiac Gold + Voltikus

    Pass Labs XA30.8
    First Watt F5 Turbo
    Benchmark AHB2 Amp
    NAD - M22 Class D
    B&O ICEpower 125ASX2 Class D
    Schiit Asgard2 Amp
    Dragon Inspire IHA-1
    Eddie Current Zana Deux
    AURALiC Taurus MkII Amp
    Woo WA3 Amp

    HE-6 unmodded
    HE6 felt mod
    Focal Elear
    HE-560
    HD660s
    HD650
    LCD2C
    Sundara
    HD800 sdr mod
    Verum 1
    I like a detailed/textured sound that accurate timbre. 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 and imgaging too much.

    Signature

    DigiOne → Metrum AdagioPioneer M22HEK