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Hmpf, I guess I’m getting fatter around the thumbs. Just hit dislike instead of like two times within 5 minutes. Sep 25, 2022 at 9:44 AM

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    1. zottel
      zottel
      Hmpf, I guess I’m getting fatter around the thumbs. Just hit dislike instead of like two times within 5 minutes.
      1. Qildail
        Qildail
        I do this more often than I care to admit. Then I get into a silly panic trying to undo it before it becomes a thing.
        Sep 25, 2022 at 2:50 PM
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    2. zottel
      zottel
      Hm, it seems I need the Jot 2 colouration to really like any source with Clear Mg. Currently testing Bolt as DAC, and it sounds wonderful.
      1. zottel
        zottel
        I must admit that it sounds better than the RU6. Similar tonality, but clearer and more resolving.
        Am I biased by the bad reviews here or would I have felt the same without them?
        Anyway, I like it!
        Sep 23, 2022 at 9:21 AM
      2. zottel
        zottel
        And I definitely like both much better than the Schiit ESS card in my Jot 2, which sounds too digital and harsh in comparison.
        Sep 23, 2022 at 9:22 AM
      3. zottel
        zottel
        Today, I like the RU6 better than the Bolt again. After some time, detail is on a similar level, and there’s much more plankton in instruments and especially voices.
        Sep 26, 2022 at 3:17 AM
    3. zottel
      zottel
      Damn, my Dynaudio Music 5 sounds so good at its new placement. That’s lowest tier Dynaudio. How good must the new Focus series sound?
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      2. zottel
        zottel
        Also: The difference between it in the stonewalled living room and up here in the attic with its very dry acoustics is HUGE, even with this relatively modest gear. Must be a nightmare to try to get really expensive gear to sound even moderately good in a room like our living room.
        Sep 17, 2022
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    4. zottel
      zottel
      Why did I never hear of Jockstrap before? Seriously great.
      1. ilikebananafudge_ and E_Schaaf like this.
    5. zottel
      zottel
      I just put my HD650 behind my upsampled NOS RU6 > Jot2 chain for the first time. Wow! Classical music never sounded so good before.
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      3. zottel
        zottel
        The HD650 is great for classical music, but for everything where rhythm and drums play a roll, or bass extension (think organ), I like the Clear Mg much better.
        Just tested with Disquiet, one of my favourite Hidden Orchestra tracks. That loud part in the end so much more engaging with the Focal! But I guess I’ll use the HD650 for classical from now on.
        Sep 10, 2022
      4. yotacowboy
        yotacowboy
        On my list to dick around with this week at work: RU6 Bal out to Jot2 Bal in + JAR650, HD600, HD800, Andro, Solaris, 7HZ.
        Sep 11, 2022
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      5. zottel
        zottel
        @yotacowboy If you have the software to do so, also try NOS with external upsampling to 352.8/384 kHz (I use Roon for that). It makes an audible difference at least for material below 96 kHz, and IMO it really makes the RU6 shine.
        Sep 11, 2022
    6. zottel
      zottel
      Back from vacation. Relieved to find out that I can still immensely enjoy the RU6 in my “big” chain without thinking it must be bad. :)
      1. nishan99
    7. zottel
      zottel
      Does anybody have a recommendation for a good hifi store in Berlin, especially regarding headphones and headamps?
      1. zottel
        zottel
        I’ll be there for a few days in September and thought I might do some test listening.
        Aug 21, 2022
    8. zottel
      zottel
      Refurnished my attic due to home office needs. Side effect: I now have a much better place for my Dynaudio Music 5. And it sounds SO good!
    9. zottel
      zottel
      RU6 bal > Jot 2 low gain bal > Clear Mg. So fucking good that I’m once again convinced it can’t possibly get any better. :)
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      3. roshambo123
        roshambo123
        Jot 2 + Clear Mg is one of my favorite combos.
        Aug 5, 2022
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      4. crenca
      5. zottel
        zottel
        @crenca No. Of course, the end game will actually live up to it’s name, this time. Who in their right mind would expect anything else?
        Aug 5, 2022
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    10. zottel
      zottel
      Suddenly realised that lots of Hidden Orchestra’s drums are played with brushes. Seems my chain has become better. :)
      1. zottel
        zottel
        I could have heard that without the RU6/bal, too, definitely. But it wasn’t obvious before, that’s the difference.
        Aug 4, 2022
      2. Lyander
        Lyander
        One fun thing I've noticed is that once I hear some fine detail on a good chain, it likewise becomes pretty evident on chains where the same was previously inaudible to me. Makes comparing gear directly a bit weird.
        Aug 4, 2022
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    11. zottel
      zottel
      RU6 balanced out is a completely different animal. Not sure, though, if it’s the RU6 or other parts of the chain that make the difference.
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      3. zottel
        zottel
        I’ll try without the Jot in between later or tomorrow.
        Jul 23, 2022
      4. zottel
        zottel
        Instrument separation on balanced out is so good that I’m not sure yet if it actually is good. :) It’s great to be able to dissect the music, to hear every detail separately, but it’s on the verge of sounding unnatural.
        Jul 23, 2022
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      5. zottel
        zottel
        Ok, currently listening to Timeless on RU6 balanced vs. SE.
        Yes, there is a difference: Balanced is a bit cleaner overall, and there’s more bass on SE. The difference is smaller than on the Jot, and the cable might play a role, too. Not sure yet which I like better.
        Jul 24, 2022
    12. zottel
      zottel
      Covid positive now, too.
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      2. zottel
        zottel
        It seems the choir on Thursday evening was where I got it. 10 others are ill, too, not all of them positive in tests yet, but most.
        Which leaves hope that I might not have been contagious on Saturday morning. I’m vaccinated 3x, my parents 4x … Let’s see. No symptoms or positive tests in the family yet, either.
        Jul 11, 2022
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      3. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        The Omicron BA4 and BA5 have more breakthrough cases and vaccines seem to do nothing. Booster supposed to be out by the fall. Be well!
        Jul 11, 2022
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      4. Wilson
        Wilson
        Get well soon!
        Jul 11, 2022
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    13. zottel
      zottel
      I usually don’t use high gain on my Jot 2, but with the RU6 as DAC it makes things special.
    14. zottel
      zottel
      Nervosa is bad.
      1. Qildail, Jinxy245, Gazny and 2 others like this.
      2. zottel
        zottel
        Spent the whole afternoon yesterday trying to figure out if RU6 NOS + external upsampling is really so good or not, and how it compares to other devices and if it depends on the gear I’m using, yadda yadda.
        Should have just listened to music.
        Jul 7, 2022
    15. zottel
      zottel
      Best A/B setup I had yet: Jot 2’s ESS input on one USB port of my Pi4, RU6 on another, going into the Jot’s SE input, grouped in Roon.
      1. zottel
        zottel
        Flicking the input switch on the Jot 2 switches seamlessly between ESS card and RU6. Perfect.
        Jul 6, 2022
      2. zottel
        zottel
        The two are remarkably similar. I didn’t think it would be so hard to tell the difference.
        The ESS card is a little, little bit brighter, and I think I hear a bit more smoothness in voices with the RU6, but that might well be expectation bias.
        Jul 6, 2022
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      3. zottel
        zottel
        Headphones directly from RU6 vs. from Jot 2, that’s a different story, that difference is easily recognisable.
        Jul 6, 2022
    16. zottel
      zottel
      The RU6 is finally here! Currently listening with Clear Mg, and the first impression is really wonderful! \o/
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      3. YMO
        YMO
        RU6 is like my GF = It is heavenly with anything I throw at it.
        Jul 6, 2022
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      4. zottel
        zottel
        Oh my god, I’m still unable to pick up my jaw from the floor. RU6 NOS + external upsampling is so much better than anything I’ve heard before! Plankton galore.
        Jul 6, 2022
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      5. Merrick
        Merrick
        I had never considered using RU6 in NOS with external upsampling, would be a cheap way to get into that game.
        Jul 6, 2022
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    17. zottel
      zottel
      Ah! Now I think I’m beginning to understand synergy.
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      2. Biodegraded
        Biodegraded
        How about the *texture* of the mid-bass? Timeless mid-bass is somewhat "soft/pillowy/floppy" and lowest mids a bit lean; I'm interested in sources that minimize the perceived disconnect between.
        Jul 6, 2022
      3. zottel
        zottel
        I hear no disconnection with the RU6 (don’t have the Bolt at hand right now). But, TBH, I’m not sure if I would hear it even from a source that is known to sound disconnected.
        Jul 6, 2022
      4. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        In management studies you define synergy as: 1 + 1 = 3. I think they forgot about something...
        Jul 7, 2022
    18. zottel
      zottel
      Timeless are here! Listening now.
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      2. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        And????
        Jul 2, 2022
      3. zottel
        zottel
        Hehe, didn’t post at first because I was strongly underwhelmed and considered returning them. Not much detail from the Bolt, better from Jot 2, mushy bass and too much of it, tinny treble, recessed mids.
        Now I’m finally convinced that break-in is really a thing, at least during the first few hours. And not only mental break-in. The sound has completely changed since the beginning, fortunately. :)
        Jul 2, 2022
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      4. zottel
        zottel
        Listening from the Bolt now, getting wonderful detail, especially in the bass. This can’t be mental break-in.
        The rest might be, though: The treble is becoming less and less tinny, instruments sound less plasticky, mids are more pronounced. I’m thoroughly enjoying them now. \o/
        Jul 2, 2022
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    19. zottel
      zottel
      EDIT: Gah, I always post a new status when I want to comment my status. Second time already.
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      2. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Easily done!
        Jul 2, 2022
    20. zottel
      zottel
      Ordered a 7Hz Timeless and a Cayin RU6 this morning. Much looking forward to the delivery. :) Thanks again @Iagadu for the tip.
      1. zottel
        zottel
        Neither Amazon nor Cayin have confirmed shipment, though, although I ordered around 9am already. :(
        Jun 30, 2022
      2. jexby
        jexby
        for 7Hz, should have ordered a iFi GO bar instead of that RU6
        Jun 30, 2022
      3. zottel
        zottel
        They won’t necessarily be played together, though I’m still intrigued what sound they’ll produce as a team. :)
        Jun 30, 2022
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    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Franconia, Germany
    Gear List:
    Jot2/ESS, RU6, Bolt, HD650, Clear Mg
    Dynaudio Music 5