Vtory
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Vtory

Audiophile™, from East Coast

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Wow, raal ca1a is more interesting than anticipated. I should have heard them before the recent steal deal popped up.. Jul 22, 2024 at 12:45 PM

    1. Vtory
      Vtory
      Wow, raal ca1a is more interesting than anticipated. I should have heard them before the recent steal deal popped up..
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      2. Vtory
        Vtory
        A few quick observations

        1) Sorta weird fit, but quickly adaptable. Comfort is rather on the better side.
        2) Not nit-picky with upstream but decently sensitive. Thought the transformer block "equates"..
        3) Sonically better to me than SR1a regarding complete package
        Jul 22, 2024 at 12:51 PM
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      3. Rustin Cohle
        Rustin Cohle
        I had the same reaction after moving from the SR1a to the CA1a. Whatever was lost in resolution really paled in comparison to what was gained in bass and comfort/fit. Of course, I'm semi-salivating over the Immanis now, but that's an order of magnitude beyond my bank account.
        Jul 22, 2024 at 1:09 PM
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    2. Vtory
      Vtory
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      2. Walderstorn
        Walderstorn
        Whoever was reading and answering those emails was so high up on rage that they cannot have read the answers properly at all. You claim to love your company and then you shoot yourself in the foot in this manner.

        Even Linus got a wif of this...what a dumb move.
        Jul 14, 2024
      3. YMO
        YMO
        Lawyers are serious business when their DACs got too much profit margin. Good riddance.
        Jul 14, 2024
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      4. neogeosnk
        neogeosnk
        DCS has always just been just ok. I understand they sponsor canjam and other events but their audio equipment is overpriced by 10x, but it looks nice (if ur into that).
        Jul 14, 2024
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    3. Vtory
      Vtory
      Recently built 2 75% keebs:1) Hi75 and WS Morandi (linear); 2) SK75 Akko Lavender (tactile). Love them both, but gravitating more toward #2!
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      3. Cellist88
        Cellist88
        Which is the point of a “mechanical” keyboard. But them smooth linears. lol. I with the hobby and sold all my boards after realizing…I hardly use my comp lol
        Jul 12, 2024
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      4. Vtory
        Vtory
        Your last point is critical lol. Joke aside, stroke feeling and sound will be two major dimensions (either eventually comes down to preference), I believe. Often confounded by typing amounts and contexts. Whatever, the hobby is much cheaper than audio haha.. = feels less guilty!
        Jul 12, 2024
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      5. joch
        joch
        There is joy in the tactility of using mechanical keyboards, even if you’re not a power user.

        I wish I can use one in the office, but the nice touchy ones are loud.
        Jul 12, 2024
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    4. Vtory
      Vtory
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      2. joch
        joch
        The sheet shows UC (Berkeley?)
        Jul 8, 2024
      3. Vtory
        Vtory
        Oops, typo. Good catch!
        Jul 8, 2024
      4. Case
        Case
        Eichmann in Jerusalem is a stylistic masterpiece, a lot easier read than Origins.
        Jul 10, 2024
    5. Vtory
      Vtory
    6. Vtory
      Vtory
      1. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        Very nice.
        Jul 7, 2024
    7. Vtory
      Vtory
      Grell OAE1 incoming.
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      2. purr1n
        purr1n
        @CEE TEE is no longer there. Anything is a crapshoot at Drop these days. Christian used to agonize over little details, little tunings, get feedback from a lot of trusted ears.
        Jul 3, 2024
      3. dubharmonic
        dubharmonic
        Don't get too excited
        Jul 3, 2024
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      4. Vtory
        Vtory
        I do agree that Drop nowadays acts like a mixture of Ali and Kickstarter in bad ways. Presumably lower expected quality. Its return policy got more generous though (the only better thing than old massdrop days) .. enough for me to enter gambling.
        Jul 3, 2024
    8. Vtory
      Vtory
      In 2024, I almost feel like China dominates the realm of mechanical kbds (particularly std row-staggered ones)..
      1. Ti_Leo
        Ti_Leo
        Would White House propose tariff on keyboards?

        But yes... I just bought a crappy 65% wireless (BT + 2.4G) keyboard on 2nd-hand market here, for 50 CNY, which was... $7. And if I want to buy a new one, it's just 99 CNY, so $14. How do you compete with that?!!
        Jun 26, 2024
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      2. netforce
        netforce
        Basically everything major component for KBD is made within China so probably makes sense they would be the best at it now. Have a weird and different design you want to do? Probably much easier and faster to make a prototype there to test out.
        Jun 26, 2024
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      3. netforce
        netforce
        I got into keeb building in 2021 back when supply chains were still all mucked up and everything was taking forever. Hypebeast and reseller market were going wild with prices. Glad to see that is deflated a lot now and its a lot of enthusiasts driven again.
        Jun 26, 2024
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    9. Vtory
      Vtory
      1. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        The OG Susvara doesn't have any outer damping either AFAIK, you can see the diaphragm through the girlls. Those grills don't do much damping likely except cause resonance. So their removal is a good choice. The brown earpads that look fake... maybe not.
        Jun 3, 2024
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      2. Ti_Leo
        Ti_Leo
        Jun 4, 2024
      3. Cellist88
        Cellist88
        Build quality looks shoddy
        Jun 4, 2024
    10. Vtory
      Vtory
      Large orchestration + Susvara is still undeniably hella good to me. What a synergy.
    11. Vtory
      Vtory
      Very satisfied with two recent keeb parts purchases: akko lavender v3 and kailh white v2. I thought was a linear gang, but I may not.
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      2. Cellist88
        Cellist88
        damn...do they beat the jade greens? That was sort of the thing in clicky land. I want to get off linears, but I can't really get off the smoothness of the L&F tangerines I have
        May 18, 2024
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      3. Vtory
        Vtory
        You seem to refer to Wuche one right? I also like their Morandi very much. No doubt they make fantastic linear switches. Nonetheless I value fun factor these days. Joyful feedback to finger is sorta addictive. Especially whey they are done right.
        May 18, 2024
    12. Vtory
      Vtory
      Ada vs. O2: I begin to suspect if I am just a biodyna hater.. (like some are ortho haters)
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      2. ilikebananafudge_
        ilikebananafudge_
        Interesting! I am the opposite, I think. I've liked all biodyna headphones that I've heard.
        Apr 21, 2024
      3. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        Tag me and call me out! Proud ortho hater here :P
        Apr 21, 2024
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      4. Merrick
        Merrick
        BA hater 4 lyfe.
        Apr 22, 2024
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    13. Vtory
      Vtory
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      2. Vtory
        Vtory
        for reference, it's currently with akko fairly silent switches and womier xvx low profile keycaps
        Apr 6, 2024
      3. roshambo123
        roshambo123
        How does one use this?
        Apr 7, 2024
      4. Vtory
        Vtory
        @roshambo123 by using multiple layers (3 layers in my case) and programming layers to assign keys (or combos) that are not shown in the keycaps.
        Apr 7, 2024
    14. Vtory
      Vtory
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      2. crenca
        crenca
        Does one need to take HS typing class again to use that :)
        Mar 29, 2024
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      3. Soups
        Soups
        a journey away from carpal tunnel i hope
        Mar 30, 2024
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    15. Vtory
      Vtory
      I always feel ambivalent whenever seeing end-game items in one hobby are priced lower than entry/budget ones in another hobby..
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      3. Gazny
        Gazny
        Yea, hopping hobbies is "fun". The exploration and ignorance(naivety ?) can be refreshing, but man people can still be wrong. Difficult to find a trusted opinion.
        Mar 22, 2024
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      4. Sqveak
        Sqveak
        Makes sense. I was looking into the costs of getting into motorbikes recently. A good entry level sports bike lines up with the cost of some top tier, but not orfas-priced audio gear. Honestly, I'd rather the bike. Entry and mid-tier audio gear got stupid good anyway.
        Mar 22, 2024
      5. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        What I always feel weird about is dropping money on my cars without blinking, and balking at an audio cable that's $100. Later on I wonder if I'm touched in the head
        Mar 22, 2024
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    16. Vtory
      Vtory
      Susvara (+AHB2) sounds so lovely tonight..
      1. Armaegis
        Armaegis
        I had monoblock AHB2's for my HE-6 at one point. I miss that rig.
        Mar 16, 2024
    17. Vtory
      Vtory
      Thought vi/vim was outdated and obsolete enough by any means. In 2024, I use neo-vim and love it. Damn.
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      2. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        I loved vi, and was quite fluent in it twenty or thirty years ago. I went from a manual typewriter to vi!
        Mar 5, 2024
      3. SoupRKnowva
        SoupRKnowva
        I use Sublime as my main text editor, mostly cause it's on every platform and is native. but I am kinda jealous of my coworkers that are vim gurus. I can and do use vim, but only for minor edits to individual files
        Mar 5, 2024
      4. zottel
        zottel
        Even vim itself still is wonderful editor. The efficiency of all those keyboard commands has never been surpassed.
        Of course, there is stuff that a modern IDE does better, but for most single file editing, I still use vim.
        Mar 5, 2024
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    18. Vtory
      Vtory
      There have been things I knew were great but couldn't work up the courage to jump in. This yr began two of them: Latex and Rust. Good for me
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      3. Vtory
        Vtory
        @Cspirou Was frustrated with MS Word for decades. I feel like to gain a better control over my document. Also gets along with Git well! Eye opening.

        @MisterRogers To GC-addict like me, Rust encouraged low-level thinking, but not like C++ but rather much more elegant and motivating.

        @Thad E Ginathom Thoroughly enjoying to separate markup and content. But still need pdf preview as a noob!
        Feb 27, 2024
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      4. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        I actually started my dissertation with MS Word and I was getting overwhelmed with all the formatting that I switched to a LyX template one of my grad school friends made. It might have annoyed my advisor not being able to have revisions on an MS Word doc but it saved me an immense amount of time and stress.

        Now I try to make docs with LaTeX/LyX all the time. I’m currently working on a recipe layout
        Feb 27, 2024
      5. Biodegraded
        Biodegraded
        Feb 28, 2024
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    19. Vtory
      Vtory
      Even after many months, Caldera and O2 are still my favorite planar and electro-dynamic respectively. Really unmotivated to move on..
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      2. Vtory
        Vtory
        Feb 25, 2024
      3. SoupRKnowva
        SoupRKnowva
        do you have a comparison of all three somewhere on the forum?
        Feb 25, 2024
      4. Vtory
        Vtory
        @SoupRKnowva I haven't updated/posted thoughts (particularly with the current system) recently, but I did have a few posts on them in both Caldera review/measurement and/or music appreciation threads.
        Feb 25, 2024
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    20. Vtory
      Vtory
      Really surprised how well my smaller-than-macmini AMD(7940HS/780m) Win11 pc performs with surprisingly low heat/noise/power consumption..
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      2. Ti_Leo
        Ti_Leo
        Yes, I've been using a mini PC using AMD 5500U chip as my eh... mini PC, and this thing really works well! And I do remember there were performance leaps from Zen 2 to Zen 4. When people talk about how great Apple's new chips are, actually AMD ones are quite close
        Jan 28, 2024
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    Location:
    East Coast
    Gear List:
    Headphones: HFM Susvara (mod), Sivga SV023 / Amps: Topping LA90, SMSL HO200 / Dacs: Gustard X18, SMSL M500.3
    Team Susvara : Can't find anything sounding better than Susvara under 5k new yet.
    Team NFB: I realized a strong global NFB made me happier eventually.
    Team Delta-Sigma: I gave up R2R because anything below Spring 3 did not give me enough clarity/articulation in ways I wanted to hear. Moderately implemented 903 was pretty much good enough for my taste..

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