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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. Jul 6, 2022 at 4:00 AM

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    1. 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 at 4:02 AM
      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 at 4:11 AM
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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 at 4:18 AM
    2. 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 at 11:28 AM
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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 at 12:01 PM
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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 at 1:04 PM
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    3. zottel
      zottel
      Ah! Now I think I’m beginning to understand synergy.
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      2. zottel
        zottel
        @Biodegraded The RU6 provides a good portion of extra sub bass for the Timeless compared to the Bolt. Very satisfyingly so, sounds totally great. Mid and upper bass are similar.
        I didn’t try the broken Sparrow yet, but I don’t think it will produce any meaningful sound, anyway.
        Jul 6, 2022 at 9:04 AM
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      3. 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 at 9:27 AM
      4. 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 at 11:11 AM
    4. zottel
      zottel
      Timeless are here! Listening now.
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      2. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        And????
        Jul 2, 2022 at 4:56 AM
      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 at 5:10 AM
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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 at 5:15 AM
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    5. 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 at 2:48 PM
    6. 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
    7. zottel
      zottel
      There’ll be some extra money at the end of the month. With a bit of luck, I might be able to spend some € 500,– on audio.
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      2. zottel
        zottel
        A used Mojo 2 would fit in the budget, too. Sigh. Too many options.
        Jun 27, 2022
      3. lagadu
        lagadu
        Timeless + cayin ru6 should be around that budget and fill in two of those three needs perhaps?
        Jun 27, 2022
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      4. zottel
        zottel
        Thanks for the tip with the RU6! It hadn’t been on my radar, and as I always wanted to dip my toes into R2R, this is a great idea. Another option. X-)
        Jun 27, 2022
    8. zottel
      zottel
      I had thought the sound in the large living room must be best in the house, but it’s very mushy. Walking around clapping was an eye opener.
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      3. DigMe
        DigMe
        About to move into a new house with hard floors. Gonna be echo city.
        Jun 2, 2022
      4. zottel
        zottel
        At least you can put rugs on floors. It’s the concrete ceiling I’d worry most about if I wanted to turn our living room into a listening room. I don’t, because the rest of the family don’t care about hifi and don’t like my music. :)
        Jun 2, 2022
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      5. DigMe
        DigMe
        Yeah, we are definitely getting some rugs.
        Jun 3, 2022
    9. zottel
      zottel
      Note to self after two wonderful hours of music: Quality time does not consist of trying to find out if cables make a difference or not.
    10. zottel
      zottel
      Deleted, should have been a comment to my other post.
    11. zottel
      zottel
      Hm. With the Clear Mg, I’m hearing stuff I never heard before. Like differences between stock cable and silver, between upsampling or not.
      1. zottel
        zottel
        Not sure yet if I should trust what I think I hear, or if that only means going down a rabbit hole that will cost me lots of money for stuff that only happens in my head.
        May 28, 2022
    12. zottel
      zottel
      After nearly 4 weeks with my Clear Mg + Jot2/ESS, I still love everything about it.
      1. zottel
        zottel
        I should call this my endgame and stop reading this forum immediately. Or anything else hifi-related.
        May 21, 2022
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      2. zottel
        zottel
        Earnestly, while I liked other gear a lot before, there was always that nagging suggestion in the back of my mind that other stuff must be much better. Now I can read about an SR-1a, e.g., and think: “Sounds interesting, but my main HP is so great, why bother?”
        There’s still quite some nagging about DACs in my head, though, and possibly amps.
        May 21, 2022
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      3. yotacowboy
        yotacowboy
        Yaaaais, join the light side.
        May 21, 2022
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    13. zottel
      zottel
      Love to listen to organ music lately. Any tips about good recordings and/or composers to discover are greatly appreciated.
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      2. Cryptowolf
        Cryptowolf
        You might like Anna von Hausswolf. She is on bandcamp.
        May 10, 2022
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      3. zottel
        zottel
        @Cryptowolf This is really cool stuff, thanks for the tip!
        May 10, 2022
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      4. Claritas
        Claritas
        Simon Preston's recording of Bach's Organ Concerti on DG is exciting stuff. Incidentally, some of them are Bach's transcriptions of Vivaldi string concerti; and Bach wipes the floor with him.
        May 19, 2022
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    14. zottel
      zottel
      My daughter thinks the Clear Mg looks like “a headphone for girls”. :D
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      3. purr1n
        purr1n
        It does!
        Apr 29, 2022
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      4. MisterRogers
        MisterRogers
        She's not wrong :-)
        Apr 29, 2022
      5. zottel
        zottel
        Definitely lots of bling-bling.
        Apr 29, 2022
    15. zottel
      zottel
      HA! Perfect! 999€ for the Clear Mg were a stretch, but I thought, fuck it, just do it. Today, 1000€ magically appeared in my bank account.
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      2. Gazny
        Gazny
        got a refund? hope you find another good deal
        Apr 27, 2022
      3. Huhnkopf
        Huhnkopf
        Save it for Focal's service, should suffice for the headband at least.
        Apr 27, 2022
      4. zottel
        zottel
        Maybe I should have another guy run into my car for that.
        Apr 27, 2022
    16. zottel
      zottel
      The Clear MGs are here! Far better than anything I heard up to now. Enjoying them immensely.
    17. zottel
      zottel
      Just ordered a Clear Mg B stock for € 999,-. :)
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      2. zottel
        zottel
        I hope it sounds as good or better than my simulations did. Looking very much forward to it.
        Apr 23, 2022
    18. zottel
      zottel
      Received my Helm Bolt today. Replacement for the broken-again Sparrow.
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      2. zottel
        zottel
        First impressions: Less resolving than I remember the Sparrow, a bit muddy. But it has nice tonality, more than good enough for the occasional mobile use.
        I won’t have time for a comparison with my Jot 2 ESS until tomorrow or even Thursday, unfortunately.
        Mar 29, 2022
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      3. zottel
        zottel
        Some short A/B today versus Jot 2 ESS: Jot is clearer, provides more detail, all in all better for my taste.
        The Bolt is a bit murky, but adds some enjoyable sweetness the Jot doesn’t have. I wouldn’t use it as my daily driver, but on business trips, on holidays etc., it will do its job and be good at it.
        Mar 30, 2022
    19. zottel
      zottel
      Knockout by Noga Erez on the Kids Against the Machine album: That groove so absurdly great it has me bobbing my head every time I hear it.
      1. zottel
        zottel
        More great groove: Weigh by Phish, Cornflake Girl by Tori Amos (a bit slower, but still), Season Song by Blue States, U-Boot by Käptn Peng & Die Tentakel von Delphi, Silverdome by Lettuce, and for some really nasty mind-boggling, try First Tube by Phish.
        Mar 22, 2022
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    20. zottel
      zottel
      That Z I had as an avatar suddenly received a completely different meaning. I hate it when sth like that happens.
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      2. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        I’m glad you changed it. Cheers
        Mar 21, 2022
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      3. GoodEnoughGear
        GoodEnoughGear
        Yeah that sucks, but good on you for being sensitive to it.
        Mar 21, 2022
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      4. Cryptowolf
        Cryptowolf
        You made the right call and it's why I avoid symbol/brand tattoos. Imagine having to remove a tattoo because some unsavory group co-opted it.
        Mar 21, 2022
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    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Franconia, Germany
    Gear List:
    Jot2/ESS, Bolt, Ananda, HD650, Clear Mg
    Dynaudio Music 5