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RudeWolf

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About RudeWolf

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  • Birthday 12/17/1987

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    Riga, Latvia
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    Ethics, philosophy of science, music, communication, landscape photography.

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  • Location
    Riga, Latvia
  • Interests
    Ethics, philosophy of science, music, communication, landscape photography.
  • Occupation
    Marketing manager
  • Hobbies
    Photography, mountain biking, deliberate music listening.
  • Headphones
    LFF Paradox, LCD-2.5, Earsonics SM3v2.
  • Headphone Amps
    QRV-08
  • Sources
    Parasound D/AC-1600 modded (to death), Stello DA-100 Signature
  • Other Audio Gear
    Sony TA-F730ES and KEF LS50

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  1. RudeWolf

    Post what you're watching

    Chernobyl is brilliant. Both in storytelling and in impeccable attention to detail. As someone who has lived in the Soviet and post-soviet times, I can tell you that they've absolutely nailed the look and the feel.
  2. RudeWolf

    Speaker Porn

    Dem M2's tho. One day I might buy a DIY one.
  3. RudeWolf

    The State of DACSES

    I've only got direct experience with the dac1541 and ADI-2 Pro and DAC. Generally I regard the RME to be a better deal than Soekris, if you think the features can help you. IMO the EQ can help out many headphones, especially bright stuff like the HD800. If you're used to THD in your chain, then the RME will sound too naked, even if it's the "right" sound. The headamp in the RME compares favorably to many of the dedicated stuff up to around 500$. Also the separate low-power IEM stage is virtually noiseless, which is good if you have something like a Campfire Andromeda or similar. The Soekris does tick more "hi-fi" boxes. R2R, no-feedback discrete output stage... To me it's a sound that compliments the RME, as it's a tad more organic, mostly due to higher THD. I sometimes feel that the bass on the Soekris is weaker than on the RME, but I might just be imagining this. Both units have superb resolution and seemed virtually immune to source jitter, so I can't see much sense in clocking them externally.
  4. RudeWolf

    The State of DACSES

    Do you need the wireless stuff? If not, then RME ADI-2 DAC or Soekris dac1541 could do the trick.
  5. RudeWolf

    What are you EATING right now?

    It's too solid to be a real Irish breakfast.
  6. RudeWolf

    What are you EATING right now?

    Are those sausages? A bold strategy.
  7. RudeWolf

    The Multi Amp aka Dynalo Mk2

    You have to try really hard to get the Dynalo to oscillate. P.S. Just started putting mine together. How exactly better is the JFET input?
  8. RudeWolf

    Watches

    Soviets had nailed this look back in the forties.
  9. RudeWolf

    The Multi Amp aka Dynalo Mk2

    Well, solder stays solid and transistors themselves are rated for temps like these. I just don't like the idea of thermal expansion putting mechanical strain on stuff. Of course adjacent parts can age faster due to thermal radiation.
  10. RudeWolf

    The Multi Amp aka Dynalo Mk2

    Really need to get on building this. As for knob fu, here's my favourite - https://www.ebay.com/itm/1x-hifi-36-20mm-Aluminum-6mm-Shaft-Volume-Control-KNOB-Potentiometer/291712398772?var=590738155026&hash=item43eb69f5b4:g:jyUAAOSw2ENW69SM
  11. RudeWolf

    Denafrips DACs

    If you can make do with just the DAC, then this is a nice choice, if a tad ugly - http://www.rme-audio.de/en/products/adi_2_fs.php Comes around 30% cheaper that the ADI-2 DAC, but the DAC and headamp circuit is the same. I really enjoy the fact that the ADI-2 Pro is a 4 channel DAC, so I can run my subs digitally crossed over and room corrected.
  12. RudeWolf

    The Knuckledragger 3rd Memorial Slow Forum Post

    I don't see Eau de Cologne.
  13. RudeWolf

    Denafrips DACs

    Anyways, here's my 2 eurocents. It's really all about the features and wether you care to benefit from them. It comes with a 100 page manual and it's worth to actually go through it. Almost every aspect of it makes the purist stuff from most audiophile mfg's look stone age. You get one of the best digital volume controls out there, 5 band stereo PEQ, unique loudness compensation, dicking around with DAC filters, all kinds of X-feed and much more. It measures impeccably. I'm half sure that my Pro can give lab grade measurement stuff from AP a run for their money. As for the sound, I enjoy it. If you're used to THD, then it might feel too naked. I've heard people say that. Simple music like strings with solo vocals can sound richer on dirtier sources, the problem is that this richness gets in way of spectrally busier records like metal and such. And I personally like to feel that what I'm hearing is the truth, even if there's no direct way to know that.
  14. RudeWolf

    Denafrips DACs

    I've owned the ADI-2 Pro AE since it's inception (got the 3rd unit off the line) and for almost a year used an ADI-2 DAC in the office. Also I've been discussing both of them with their designer Matthias Carstens. What can I do for you?
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