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I've read, commented on and liked loads of sbaf messages, and my hearing still seems mediocre. Am I doing this audio thing wrong? Sep 23, 2021 at 2:49 AM

    1. Woland
      Woland
      I've read, commented on and liked loads of sbaf messages, and my hearing still seems mediocre. Am I doing this audio thing wrong?
      1. Qildail, Gazny, Biodegraded and 5 others like this.
      2. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Maybe its the shitposts that would improve your hearing?
        Sep 23, 2021 at 3:39 AM
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    2. Woland
      Woland
      You Don't Need to Try Food. Just learn how to imagine it from instagram.
      1. Huhnkopf
        Huhnkopf
        Or do it like Miraculix. Grab a slice of bread, inhale your neighbours cooking smell while taking a bite. Save both money and time.
        Sep 21, 2021 at 3:52 AM
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      2. nishan99
        nishan99
        *opening Alexandra Daddario Instagram*
        Sep 21, 2021 at 5:15 AM
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    3. Woland
      Woland
      Spent a while thinking how to upgrade DT-1350s. No good options. Happier now.
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      2. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        Cool! I thought they had a lot of potential if the FR was right. Snappy driver. I don't remember resonance being an issue, but I could send you some material to try damping the cups if you want. I have some excellent absorbing materials. Taken a lot of buying various things and trying and learning. If they. have empty cups as is which is likely, it would probably help.
        Sep 20, 2021
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      3. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        I would actually be willing to do this for you for free if you want to send them to me.
        Sep 20, 2021
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      4. Woland
        Woland
        PMed you.
        Sep 21, 2021 at 3:53 PM
    4. Woland
      Woland
      Cancelled my HD8XX and bought a stand up paddle board instead. One of the better decisions of my life.
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      2. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        @penguins - Either you shop for outrageously expensive tubes or you spent your vacation on a Wal-Mart parking lot
        Sep 16, 2021
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      3. penguins
        penguins
        4 days in tulum, but partially paid for by airline and CC points vs 2 pairs of vintage 2A3 tubes (from not ebay)
        Sep 17, 2021
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      4. Woland
        Woland
        The HD8xx refund was enough for the SUP + a a bunch of other minor treats, including audio gear @rhythmdevils. The $9 pair of '77 Voskhod 6N23P's that just arrived are very pleasant indeed.
        Sep 17, 2021
    5. Woland
      Woland
      Is Spotify lossless still happening? It's been quite a while since the announcements..
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      3. neogeosnk
        neogeosnk
        Just as long as it works with roon I'm all in. Would probably keep qobouz though cause it's been good to me.
        Sep 15, 2021
      4. Merrick
        Merrick
        @imackler I am certain Spotify was going to charge more for lossless, and Apple undercut them.
        Sep 15, 2021
      5. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        I also dislike the library limits imposed by all streaming services for unexplained reasons. The Tidal app stops working well after a certain number of songs are added but it works great via bubbleupnp
        Sep 16, 2021
    6. Woland
      Woland
      On-ear headphones might be out of fashion, but omg they're so much more practical.
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      3. spwath
        spwath
        Since when do on ears have better noise isolation?
        Sep 10, 2021
      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        All my headphones are open-back anyway. I never liked the closed-back isolation feeling. In fact, it put me off headphones for decades
        Sep 10, 2021
      5. GoodEnoughGear
        GoodEnoughGear
        I still dig my Kef M500s for this. Light, unintrusive, don't fuck with my glasses, easy to take off and on at work.
        Sep 11, 2021
    7. Woland
      Woland
      SBAF have a MJ review on the landing page; Head-Fi now have one for MJ2
      1. Azimuth and rhythmdevils like this.
      2. purr1n
        purr1n
        Must be Head-Fi sponsorship renewal time.
        Sep 8, 2021
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      3. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        Copycats.
        Sep 8, 2021
      4. penguins
        penguins
        hue hue hue hue hue hue hue
        Sep 8, 2021
    8. Woland
      Woland
      A tube mystery for you. A very old Soviet tube sounds amazing, but behaves oddly. (continues)
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      2. m17xr2b
        m17xr2b
        Probably oscilating like mad if the amp wasn't built with it in mind. Only a scope would tell you more.
        Sep 5, 2021
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      3. Gazny
        Gazny
        I don't think 2c51 is compatible without a proper adapter?
        Sep 6, 2021
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      4. Woland
        Woland
        They're in adapters, @Gazny ! Thats why they're so tall in the video.
        Sep 6, 2021
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    9. Woland
      Woland
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      3. Psalmanazar
        Psalmanazar
        *Low pass filter. And that’s a well-intended video with some misleading explanations. Higher frequency processing prevents aliasing! Those extra harmonics can lead to extra imd though from non-band limited non-linear processing. That itself is not aliasing where moire images reflect off dc and the upper nyquist limit.
        Sep 5, 2021
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      4. Woland
        Woland
        I don't claim expertise... but was puzzled by the discussion of producing or hearing a square wave at all. Square waves are surely a limiting case, like a frictionless surface or a benevolent government.
        Sep 5, 2021
      5. yotacowboy
        yotacowboy
        @Gazny similarly, 15kHz lowpass on all U.S. FM radio. But still sounds acceptable to most!
        Sep 6, 2021
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    10. Woland
      Woland
      Another week arrives, another headphone gets hyped on head-fi..
      1. Gazny
        Gazny
        I want it. Silver looks kinda cool.

        but the marketing 1db more efficiency or 1hz/khz longer extension is nothing to me
        Sep 1, 2021
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    11. Woland
      Woland
      Is ASR visible simply because Amir spent the $$$ on SEO, and others did not? It's the Google ranking, not the content.
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      2. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        SEO is easily manipulated. Google keeps changing the rules, but there are ways around the system.
        Aug 30, 2021
      3. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        Also I would not be surprised one bit that Amir games the Google algo. He makes his presence known on multiple sites to argue his case and isn't just limited to ASR. I've seen him on Head-fi, Computer Audiophile, (Mass)Drop, etc. It's not just about being 'right' but he wants attention.

        Even on youtube now. I was looking for a general video on grounding and his vid came up at the top.
        Sep 1, 2021
      4. Woland
        Woland
        SEO is the term for professional gaming/manipulation or Search Engines including Google and YouTube's.. that's what the O stands for.
        Sep 1, 2021
    12. Woland
      Woland
      Tube too noisy in MJ2? Then it's time to retire it to Vali2. They're complementary amps.
      1. DigMe and Gazny like this.
      2. Woland
        Woland
        MJ2 consumes their souls. Vali2 coaxes a little magic out of their frail husks.
        Aug 26, 2021
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      3. Qildail
        Qildail
        Comments like this keep nudging me toward buying a Vali. I get the impression it punches way above its (price) class.
        Aug 28, 2021
      4. Woland
        Woland
        It's a fun amp rather than a great amp. Currawong described it as sounding a bit drunk (intoxicated). He was less positive on the Vali 2+ because it has been cleaned up to sound more like the solid state ones.
        Aug 28, 2021
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    13. Woland
      Woland
      I hate Paypal so much.. Sometimes I like it. Today I hate it.
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      2. Woland
        Woland
        Just spent an hour trying to pay for a US purchase with a US card. Gave up eventually, and used a HK one.
        Aug 25, 2021
      3. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        My Paypal account is in suspense. They want to use an OTP to confirm my login and the registered card has expired. They wouldn't get far with that, as the number they have for me is a British landline phone. Which I haven't had for nearly 20 years. And I know they'll tell me I can't use that account from the country I now live in, so not taking it further.
        Aug 26, 2021
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    14. Woland
      Woland
      Hunting for free FLACs that are most improved by upsampling.. subjects for experimentation.
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      2. Woland
        Woland
        Thanks - I appreciate the pointer. I downloaded free music from a few sites, but the 'free' licensing is often unclear. I would prefer to be able to create files with variations on upsampling and share them directly, but pointing others to downloads for free music and letting them replicate is a fallback.
        Aug 13, 2021
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      3. Ti_Leo
        Ti_Leo
        Want something pirate? You can try to download FLAC files from Chinese music apps, there's an instruction on YouTube about how to do it, and I found NetEase's got some upsampled files.
        Aug 14, 2021
      4. Woland
        Woland
        @Ti_Leo Nonono.. I want something I can share in posts on SBAF in original and processed format with no concerns.
        Aug 14, 2021
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    15. Woland
      Woland
      I'm tying myself in knots over whether to keep or cancel the HD8xx preorder.
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      2. yotacowboy
        yotacowboy
        I'm with @Merrick. I've felt a hole in my existence ever since I sold my HD800SDRs. only halfway joking. Been itching to have 800s to pair with the Elekit - I feel like the pairing will be sublime given performance with HD600s.
        Aug 13, 2021
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      3. Woland
        Woland
        Return is not so easy from overseas. Drop are not accepting non-US orders anymore, so maybe there will be demand to flip.
        Aug 13, 2021
      4. loadexfa
        loadexfa
        Yeah, unless many people hate them, you should be able to flip at a small loss. Considering the impressions so far I doubt that will be the case.
        Aug 13, 2021
    16. Woland
      Woland
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      3. Woland
        Woland
        Deleted.
        Aug 5, 2021
      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        If we are talking about the same thread, looks like my post was quietly deleted. Good.

        No: it was in another thread. Have edited.
        Aug 5, 2021
      5. Woland
        Woland
        I'm still dwelling on this experience. It's been a life lesson.
        Aug 7, 2021
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    17. Woland
      Woland
      "I didn't change my number" had me scrambling for my phone and confused why no call was showing.
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      2. Woland
        Woland
        Damn you HQPlayer for your uncanny enhanced audio realism. Accidents will happen!
        Aug 2, 2021
    18. Woland
      Woland
      A classical musician visited this evening and blind tested some music configurations.. findings follow:
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      3. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        @Cellist88, I was telling myself off for the generalisation, which I readily accept. Of course, there are two circles: of musicians and audiophiles, which I have squished together, when they are overlapping. Of course there are those that belong in both
        Jul 30, 2021
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      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        What I won't do is assume that because someone is an musician they are a good reference for hifi listening. They need to be an audiophile (or maybe a sound pro) as well. And they may very well not be. No offence intended to musicians. Or audiophiles.
        Jul 30, 2021
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      5. Claritas
        Claritas
        "The Grass is Always Greener in the Outtakes: An Experiment in Listening" in The Glenn Gould Reader, pp. 357–368 (originally published in High Fidelity, August 1975).
        Jul 31, 2021
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    19. Woland
      Woland
      Shouldn't type before coffee.
      1. Cryptowolf
        Cryptowolf
        Given that coffee makes me cranky, I shouldn’t type after either. I’ll raise my tea cup to you though. Cheers.
        Jul 29, 2021
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    20. Woland
      Woland
      If Tidal fails, what happens to Roon? It'll become almost useless for me unless they can find a replacement service.
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      3. loadexfa
        loadexfa
        @Woland For my home setup I gave up and just installed Ropiee. I still plan to use Volumio at an office if that ever happens again. In that case I will avoid UPnP and use Volumio to play Qobuz. The UI for that is wonky but still better than UPnP regularly fucking up.
        Jul 28, 2021
      4. loadexfa
        loadexfa
        I think the answer to your question is "yes", I was trying to clarify that I didn't use the Volumio plug-in and went with a different distribution.
        Jul 28, 2021
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      5. Woland
        Woland
        Thanks @loadexfa . I tried Ropieee recently because it works as an endpoint (NAA) for HQPlayer. I was very impressed.
        Jul 28, 2021
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