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  1. (Rant warning. Also, I haven't been reading any of the Apple commentariat, so I'm sure this has been covered and perhaps refuted by other people in more detail.) I'm pessimistic about this move to "Apple Silicon". Remember all the "G5, the only desktop supercomputer" nonsense from the early 2000s? Where some cherry-picked works-in-the-lab-only benchmark showed it outperforming an Intel chip, but ran everything in the real world with all the speed of frozen molasses? I'm getting echoes of the same thing here. CPU design is a game of dollars spent on chip design and optimization. Intel makes fast CPUs because it has been dumping the largest sums of money into the problem for the longest period of time. Because of this, its (crappy) microarchitecture has outran and outperformed better designs like SPARC, MIPS, PA-RISC, Transmeta Crusoe, and (especially painful to me) the superb DEC Alpha. This means Intel is the only game in town for high performance. "Lightroom ran smoothly" — yeah, that's convincing. This move is going to be a huge pain in the ass. It'll be fine for Mac users who use nothing more sophisticated than Safari and Apple Mail (those who haven't already moved to an iPad for those tasks). For the minority of us who actually use Macs to do complex things? lol. Binary compatibility will suck (no vector instructions according to the article linked above). Updating all the open-source compilers will suck (will Apple contribute changes back to LLVM upstream? no clue). A bunch of libraries will probably stop being good (I expect low-level optimized linear algebra tools to have problems). I'm already holding on to 2015 MBP because I dislike the new hardware, and running Mojave because I want nothing to do with Catalina, and dread the day that machine stops working. I think this move is to make it easier to develop i(Pad)OS apps. That way apps are developed on nearly the same hardware that they will run on, and Apple really only needs the Mac as a development platform for its mobile devices.
  2. @skullguise: How are you liking that Brooklyn Amp? I've been thinking about it for the (planned) living room system, the small footprint appeals to me.
  3. Headphones ordered roughly by decreasing frequency of use: Audio Zenith PMx2 (really convenient!) Stax SR-007A (mid-2015 revision) (paired with a KGSSHV Carbon or KGST) Campfire Audio Andromeda JH13fp (of course) Oppo PM-3 (for closed use, often when playing (digital) piano) Sennheiser HD600 (mid-1999!) Still consider the HD800 an excellent headphone albeit one that benefits more from EQ than any of the above. Heard many current-TOTLs, consider most of them underwhelming or flawed compared to the above. Curious about ZMF products, never had a chance to try one unfortunately. Speakers, including inexpensive ones, surpass all of the above by a large margin, but I don't live alone so can't rock them too often.
  4. Oh my. If this is TMoney's amp, then I heard it at a meet back in, what, 2014 I think? It's fantastic!! Got me on the road to building electrostatic amps and participating here on HC.
  5. My boards came in today. Thank you so much for doing another stellar GB!
  6. What about trying VirtualBox as your hypervisor (free from Oracle, https://www.virtualbox.org) and a Windows developer VM (also free, from Microsoft, https://developer.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-edge/tools/vms/)? It looks like the bulk of MS's developer VMs hosting older versions of IE disappeared (they used to be on http://modern.ie, but that now redirects to a generic MS developer site), but I expect that a little sleuthing on the seamier side of the Internet will turn them up. FWIW, when I tried VirtualBox a few years ago, it had appalling performance compared to Fusion, but things might have improved since then. Edit: Looks like HiWire beat me to suggesting VirtualBox.
  7. Please increase my order of both GRLV78 and GRLV79 to 5. Also please add 2 bare GRHVs because they're cheap and why not.
  8. I prefer assembled, but how much does the cost go up if most people opt for bare boards?
  9. The CA Andromeda sounds better (to me) than the JH13. It's a little hard to describe how or why — a bit less fatigue, perhaps, and a smidge more natural-sounding on the instruments. Fit is a different story. No universal will match the comfort of a custom, and Campfire industrial design in particular features sharp edges which will not fit every ear. In my particular case, it fits pretty well. It's also a shallow-insertion IEM (as opposed to e.g. Etymotic), so overall comfort is reasonable with Comply foam eartips.
  10. I have the JH13freqphase, and it's still a pretty good CIEM. I have tried universals of the Layla and another more expensive and more recent JH unit (don't remember which one), and they sucked. The bass adjustment screw is dreadful — it takes the bass from "ouch my ears" to "I don't know what I'm listening to", and I don't know how to adjust it to sound, you know, like instruments do in real life. I'm not even sure if the reasonably well-tuned JH13 is even still available. My personal opinion: avoid modern JH. In the world of universal IEMs, the Campfire Audio Andromeda is pretty terrific. Everything else CA makes seems to have had problems. CA has a custom, too, and has the advantage of being one of the very few CIEMs with MMCX connectors. I don't know how it sounds. In the world of customs, 64 Audio seems to have been winning a lot of respect. Don't ignore UE also. I remember trying a UE18 universal demo and thinking it sounds nice. Take a look at https://crinacle.com, the site of a respected reviewer in the world of IEMs. He seems to have tried and measured a lot of them. Take with a shovelful of salt as always.
  11. Vishay RN60D are the gold standard. I used them throughout. Possibly overkill. 🤷‍♂️
  12. I sometimes wonder how many good artists languish on YouTube with a couple hundred views. Stumbled on this while diving through music YouTube. What a phenomenal voice.
  13. I don't suppose anyone who tried the 007 with 009 pads experiment has a headphone measurement rig so we could take a look at the resulting FRs? Doesn't have to be perfect, just (moderately) consistent in measurements so the differences are meaningful.
  14. @Blueman2: You know you owe it to yourself to build one!! ?
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