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  1. I keep hearing how Daredevil is really good. 


    Chelsea Peretti has a pretty good Netflix stand up special. Nick Offerman's is ok. Also the UK Office and Louie. 

  2. Bring back Jason Dawe. He was a practical man that told us what to look out for in a 20 year old used Fiat.

  3. I have a normal bias Sigma with one side not working. I'm not sure if it's a driver or wiring issue, TBH I don't care to find out. I imagine the straight swap SR-Lambda -> Sigma isn't too difficult. The SR-303 driver and cable swap looked like too much of a pain. If anyone is interested send me a PM or email.

  4. It's pretty obvious, especially once you're used to the grain free sound of most stats.  Lots of comparisons between the two are done within 60 seconds, in the middle of a loud trade show, while sipping scotch...not the most reliable impressions (but definitely fun ;D ).


    I'm a bit surprised how so many headphones just sound tonally dead compared to the ESL63.... actually I don't think I've owned a single headphone that could match them. None of them can match their bass or treble on acoustic instruments or vocals, and it's not even remotely close. I never tended to notice it until I started to pretty much just listen to the ESLs. In constant heavy rotation has been Annie Fischer's Beethoven piano sonatas, if the Quads just had some more lower fundamental richness it would probably sound damn close to that Bosendorfer.

    If I can get my TAD CD and whatever lower mid (Altec/TAD/Supravox) to match the tone of the mid and bass of the 63 I will be pretty damn happy. I may even have to get a 57 for reference comparison :)

  5. But I linked it in the first line.  Efficiency, Deepak, efficiency. 


    These posts reminded me of old school Head-Case :) Probably because I haven't talked to you in ages. Or something not, I have been enjoying da beers, that could be it :laugh:


    :doghuh: same article that I linked


    I agree with the author's conclusion that for how god damn awesome their cars are (IMHO LaFerrari has the most interesting electric/gas implementation) they really don't need to be doing that stuff.

  7. Sort of pathetic that Ferrari would ban a paying customer from ever buying another LE Ferrari for letting someone use a car the way it was intended. I thought it was usual Top Gear nonsense, like how Corvette comes out with a new car "every few years" (four Vettes in my life time)


    Turns out it isn't shenanigans, doing some searching I guess this isn't too surprising from the former Yankees of F1.

  8. One of my friends from high school bought an HD580 and either Mete42 or Pimeta. When he told me how much the amp/hp cost I thought he was genuinely crazy. But he also had a Saab 93 Viggen as a senior so I chalked it up to him being nuts/rich.


    Driving his car was a hell of a lot better than what that setup sounded like with my teenage angst music.


    RIP Saab


    To expand one of his friends told me to get Grados. There was a hifi store in the Manchester mall (maybe Nate/Todd knew it? Cambridge Soundworks possibly? I think this was before the mall had a Best Buy) that let me demo them. I didn't think they sounded amazing either, but for $60 or something I bought them and eventually really liked them.


    Sort of interesting that he pretty much got me into enjoying driving and hifi. Two damn expensive hobbies.


    Latest purchase was the most expensive one I've made yet; TD4001 drivers....

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  9. It looks like an interesting DAC (output taken directly off the R2R for single ended), I've been following it for a while. There is an issue with the current firmware (this should be updated according to Soren)- there is DC surge when switching sampling rates and two people have fried their speaker drivers. So be sure to manually mute before you do that.

  10. Whats the deal with this speaker? Anyone heard one?


    One of my common complaints about modern audiophile speakers is their inability to rock, and one thing to blame this on is very few speaker manufacturers produce speakers with large woofers anymore. We're lucky to find even 6.5" woofers, most seem to top out at 5.25". The Klipsch Heresy III has a big ass 12" woofer, and reviews of this model, which is still in production and "reasonably" priced at about $1600/pair, are generally pretty good. They rock out well, meaning nice midbass thump, at the expense of refinement and resolution.


    Just curious if any headcasers have any personal experience with these speakers.

    Jack have you heard them or is "They rock out well, meaning nice midbass thump, at the expense of refinement and resolution" from a reviewer?


    IMO I would have a hard time with Klipsch weird frequency deviations after having ESL63 so long.

  11. Ask 5 transformer winders and you'll get 10 answers. Short answer is nickel (which is the same as mu-metal) will saturate quickly with DC requiring a larger core. The increased core undoes nearly all, or possibly more than all, of the benefit. Some people still like it, but you'll get less bass and less power for the same size. And it costs a fortune. There are likely better ways to spend your money. But if you really want to spend it on big cores, check out Lundahl.


    For push pull it can work better. And push pull sounds better anyway. Slagle has experimented with adding a winding for filaments that is in the opposite direction as the main winding allowing currents to cancel. No idea how successful he's been.


    For small signal stuff with no DC, nickel or amorphous or whatever is better that steel hands down. Where the dividing line is between small signal and large is the question.



    Interesting. Less than an hour from me. Might be worth a trip down one of these days.

    Thanks Doug.

  12. Nickel for big S/E output transformers a bad idea (probably 50%)? I really like Slagle's autoformer, but Electra-Print's website points to it being a poor idea for SET output. Also any reading material about transformers will be welcome. The number of core options is head spinning. From what I have gathered so far


    grain oriented silicon steel
    nanocrystalline (finemet)

  13. Never mind just got a good deal on an Ortofon 2M Black on agon. Dynavector will have to wait.

    Will post sweet pics once I get it aligned and y'all will be like woah.

    I bet it will sound good.


    Not that it matters any more, but I had a Dynavector 10x4 (old school baby) that came with my Scout and I was not a big fan of it. It was a bit too bright, but who knows it was moving magnet which are sensitive to capacitance loading. And since there was no lazy mans way to add/subtract that with my phono, I sold it.

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  14. Definitely!  Big horns and compression drivers are where it's at for me.  Just need to get it together.  Here is OMA's flagship:




    Big fan here as well, though IMO the number of bad horn designs swamp the number of good ones. Too many places for things to go wrong. 

  15. I think it's amusing that with the DSD craze and audiophiles obsessing over every FOTW DAC Alon Wolf is showing his speakers with a 20 year old DAC at last week's Munich show. I would also like to hear what $40k a pair compression drivers sound like.





  16. Hank Mobley - Soul Station


    Compared the Music Matters 33 rpm with the 45 rpm, IMO the 45 rpm is so much better. Just so direct and full of life compared to the 33 which sounds "soft" and limp. If anyone wants to hear needle drop samples I can upload (though it is 16/44). I am pretty surprised since most people are saying the 33 rpm series is generally better than the old 45s.

  17. I do not. Cannot offer you a comparison.

    All I can say is the MFSL has a lot of tape noise, and was not immediately mind blowing. Good, just not woah good.

    I'm sure someone on the Hoffman forum has heard the Columbia SACD and can compare.

    I think I am going to the get the Mofi vinyl of this. I have a couple of 2-eye pressings that don't play perfectly quiet.

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