Vtory
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Vtory

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F*** Soncoz. How do you guys do even worse than Topping? *facepalm* (UX/UI perspective) Jun 9, 2021

    1. Vtory
      Vtory
      Thought vinyl for kinda hardcore enthusiasts only. Now it exceeded cd in revenue (both US and UK). In UK it even beat streaming revenue wow.
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      3. mkozlows
        mkozlows
        That's just because CDs are dying, and streaming revenue is low. Vinyl is still super niche. I mean, the number one album in vinyl was Fleetwood Mac. That's not exactly a top 40 smash hit album in 2020.
        Dec 29, 2020
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      4. Boops
        Boops
        This doesn’t disprove your point about vinyl being niche, but Fleetwood Mac got a significant bump in interest across the board this year because of that guy dogface on tik tok.
        Dec 29, 2020
      5. Boops
        Boops
        He was skating on a longboard, listening to them and singing along drinking from a jug of cranberry juice. It was viral. So very 2020.
        Dec 29, 2020
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    2. Vtory
      Vtory
      Finished Tomb Raider (2013) w 100% collectibles. Love most compo of this reboot. Very well balanced 3d-platformer adv. Thoroughly enjoyed!
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      2. Vtory
        Vtory
        Cinematic experience of the main scenario was great, however I could be easily and happily distracted by lots of puzzles (not a hardcore puzzle lover btw). The game really nailed in balancing funs from these two aspects. Engagement damn well maintained for the entire hours I spent.

        It too much reminded me of the Uncharted played quite a few years ago though.
        Dec 29, 2020
      3. Vtory
        Vtory
        Lala's character also successfully re-defined imo (wasn't a big fan of the original series). The plot in this work seems rather a characterization than a progression though. Nevertheless, Lala's transformation (young archeologist to mass destroying fighter) felt impressively cohesive between plots and in-game ability progress.
        Dec 29, 2020
      4. Poleepkwa
        Poleepkwa
        A modern classic.
        Dec 29, 2020
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    3. Vtory
      Vtory
      Finished Life is Strange (2015). How beautiful. Eloquent presentation of juvenile psycho-drama with well-thought visuals, songs, and plots.
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      2. scblock
        scblock
        The part with the Mogwai song. I love that song and it worked so well.
        Dec 27, 2020
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    4. Vtory
      Vtory
      Enjoying my dynamics rig (bf2-erish-verite). Failed to find any component to sacrifice for my upgrade itches.
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      3. Vtory
        Vtory
        For the record, I don't think VO almighty. But stuffs better than VO in some ways annihilated by Hive to my preference.
        Dec 20, 2020
      4. Merrick
        Merrick
        You feel the ifi Zen is a comparable side grade to the Bifrost 2?
        Dec 20, 2020
      5. Vtory
        Vtory
        Yeah.

        Zen signature (not non-signature which is leagues below) had less dark presentation, a little crispier attacks, and tad more delineation not losing BF2's beauties much, which all synergize with musical contexts I listen to mostly.

        Actually subtle delta. Not enough for me to deal with drop.com hassles.
        Dec 20, 2020
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      3. nishan99
        nishan99
        I agree. ZMF is the only headphones brand I can think of that has such a big flat out collectors. Not good for us normal customers :(.
        Dec 18, 2020
      4. jnak00
        jnak00
        Those stabilized sets border on works of art. I'm wrestling with the idea of getting a stabilized Aeolus when they come up for sale again.
        Dec 18, 2020
      5. yotacowboy
        yotacowboy
        what would happen if Zach decided to do a $750 "high" volume, not bespoke wood cup HP? Would it kill the brand or build the brand?
        Dec 18, 2020
    6. Vtory
      Vtory
      Hives still sound f**king great after two months, complementing Verite very well.
    7. Vtory
      Vtory
      Nvidia turns out evil. So does Cdpr. What an awesome way of finalizing an year!
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      3. YMO
        YMO
        I don't get why people are jizzing on this Cyberpunk game. First time I heard about it was last month. Also weird reading it in the WSJ.
        Dec 14, 2020
      4. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        I heard about this. nVidia was quite quick to walk it back, but it does set a very worrying precedent.

        What makes this weirder is that none of the claims they made in the email are actually remotely true.
        Dec 14, 2020
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      5. scapeinator1
        scapeinator1
        The Nvidia thing isn't too surprising, but I honestly didn't think CDPR would lie that much about base console performance.
        Dec 14, 2020
    8. Vtory
      Vtory
      Got switch in. Conceptualization damn smart. How clever not to compete against hardcore consoles (ps,xb).
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      2. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        Hook it up to a big screen, add multiple controllers and invite your friends. The moment you start that Smash Bros tournament X-Box version whatever and PS version which ever are forgotten. Nintendo knows this...
        Dec 12, 2020
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      3. JK47
        JK47
        Mario Party for the win!!!
        Dec 12, 2020
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    9. Vtory
      Vtory
      Always feeling guilty when benefitting from steam deals..
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    10. Vtory
      Vtory
      Evo 970 plus (2tb, m.2 nvme) I snagged on BF is pretty awesome. Much faster than the previous ssd.
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      2. spwath
        spwath
        Yeah I need to get a new ssd at some point. My 1tb m.2 is getting pretty full, and was a cheap one so probably not that fast
        Dec 4, 2020
    11. Vtory
      Vtory
      I happened to read "community blahblah" as "communist blahblah". Oh well. May need some sleep..
      1. Claritas
        Claritas
        When I learned to read, I learned whole words; not the "phonics" method. So I occasionally substitute words when I'm tired. I remember reading "Oculists are prosperous" as "Ocultists are preposterous."
        Dec 3, 2020
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      2. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        As I started to loose high-frequency hearing, I increasingly misheard stuff (it starts with confusing the hard consonants, p/b, d/t and so on). Some of the ridiculous things I thought I heard were genuine mishearing, but my brain soon got in the habit of "preposturising" stuff, which made me laugh, but soon bored my friends...
        Dec 4, 2020
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      3. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        ... It must have set up neurological paths, because, after some years, I started to mis*read* stuff along similar lines.
        Dec 4, 2020
    12. Vtory
      Vtory
      What do you guys think of RGB lighting on your coms? At first I thought it somewhat childish but nowadays come to consider it kinda cool.
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      2. Vtory
        Vtory
        Lol I just realized the tower placed fairly distant (5-6ft) to the desk and sitting position for acoustic purposes (love inverse-square law), which might make me less sensitive for this matter.
        Nov 29, 2020
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      3. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Look, chips can work in the dark. Let it be so. Computers don't need lighting any more than the undersides of cars do. Especially funky lighting. For either.

        I have one fan that has a white light: well, it tells me that it is power, I can more easily see it spinning, and know that my hard disks are getting some nice draught. I have never purposely bought lights or a device with lights, for a PC. And never will.
        Nov 29, 2020
      4. LetMeBeFrank
        LetMeBeFrank
        My motherboard and RAM have rgb but I just set them to white. My first computer I built had all blue LED lights, including stripper-heel clear fans. That was pretty much your only option back then. I've also had red themed and green themed PCs, but now I like the neutrality of white.
        Nov 29, 2020
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      2. zach915m
        zach915m
        They basically sound like a harder wood because there's no pores anymore, so they lack decay, but they sound like a wood and sand and finish like one. The extra cost is all cost for the custom large pieces of stabilized wood we have to buy that end up costing around 200+ usd per board foot and takes a long time to prepare.
        Nov 28, 2020
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      3. fraggler
        fraggler
        @zach915m Does the coloration come during the resin in fill stage (colored resin), or is it still a surface treatment like traditional stain?
        Nov 28, 2020
      4. zach915m
        zach915m
        It's actually in the wood! (which is why the depth and chatoyance is so insane) They use this stuff called "cactus juice" after the wood is at 0% humidity to penetrate the entire thing in a vacuum chamber. it's really wild during machining because of the burl and color throughout the entirety of the wood were always holding our breath to see what the final look of each set will be based on how it cuts.
        Nov 28, 2020
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    14. Vtory
      Vtory
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    15. Vtory
      Vtory
      I always think TG/BF/CyMon are the top three days on which most of people upgrade their computers. lol.
      1. Vtory
        Vtory
        I found myself buying displays and/or storages exclusively those days every year.
        Nov 26, 2020
      2. YMO
        YMO
        And some of the worst deals too.
        Nov 27, 2020
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      3. Vtory
        Vtory
        @YMO You must be right. Personally less sensitive to such BS as I only look at specific clusters though.
        Nov 27, 2020
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    16. Vtory
      Vtory
      Happy Turkey-is-Great day!
      1. jexby
        jexby
        grew so sick of T-bird meat year after year. our Thanksgiving meals are now: tacos and tamales. Or, homemade red posole which is on the stove now! remember #PieFirst !
        Nov 26, 2020
    17. Vtory
      Vtory
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      3. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        What I find hard to resist is the Ironwood Verite. This is even though I'm very happy with my Cocobolo Verite...
        Nov 25, 2020
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      4. insidious meme
        insidious meme
        I resisted. So could you.
        Nov 25, 2020
      5. Josh83
        Josh83
        I have a closed ironwood, and it’s fantastic. Slightly snappier transients than stock wood and much prettier, IMHO.
        Nov 28, 2020
    18. Vtory
      Vtory
      Enjoying 560S loaner quite a bit. They do lack (some) audiophile performance but seem very appealing for what they are.
    19. Vtory
      Vtory
      Thought to replace bf2 with ifi zen sig. But.. screw massdrop, they don't f/u at all regarding shipping delay. Order cancelled. Bf2 survived
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      2. monacelli
        monacelli
        Maybe iFi felt like they weren't getting anything out of the partnership with Drop, and are kind of dragging their feet as a result. It seemed weird to me anyway. If you have a good product, why not just sell direct?
        Nov 19, 2020
      3. Raimei Templar
        Raimei Templar
        They just posted a update about it, seems like Ifi shipped everything on time but their warehouse dropped the ball completely. They say their warehouse has recieved the units but they dont yet know when they are shipping them. Assuming covid has their warehouse in disarray but certainly not a good look for Drop, seems like they are pretty poorly managed these days.
        Nov 19, 2020
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      4. YMO
        YMO
        I did the same thing on my end. I already told my grievances to @iFi audio for HQ feedback about this mess.
        Nov 20, 2020
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    20. Vtory
      Vtory
      Early hand-on impressions commonly suggest apple silicon m1 is no joke from day 1. Rosetta 2 seems to deserve its hype as claimed, too.
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      3. GoodEnoughGear
        GoodEnoughGear
        Seeing really good feedback from friends too. Seems legit (at least right now).
        Nov 19, 2020
      4. MisterRogers
        MisterRogers
        I ordered a mini to check it out. Definitely curious to see how it holds up with development workflows.
        Nov 19, 2020
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      5. Boops
        Boops
        Good to know! I am still rocking a trash can Mac Pro so mini is tempting. I wish Apple would release a new display for under $6K.
        Nov 19, 2020
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