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barmar46

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About barmar46

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    High Roller
  • Birthday 07/25/1946

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  • Biography
    "Here it is... May everyone live. May every one die. Hello my love and my love, goodbye." L. Cohen
  • Location
    Starkville, MS (Born in Chicago, many years in CA, loved AK!)
  • Interests
    Music: Troubadour singer/acoustic guitar, Jazz(never "smooth") songwriting, singing/performing; read
  • Occupation
    Former mental health director, mental health "creative director," private practice therapist
  • Hobbies
    Connecting w/folks in everyday places, talking w/my "kids" in CA, dog pals, doing anything w/my wife
  • Headphones
    HD 650(Eqinox), K701(APS) both bal, ESW9(APS), Etymotic ER-4P
  • Headphone Amps
    HeadRoom Balanced Amp/Dac w/home module, soon either TTVJ 307A or BHSE, I hope!
  • Sources
    Audio Aero Capitole SE CD player/pre amp, Cambridge 540c v1 cd player, Exemplar 3910 tube output stage mod?, 5.5G iMod(may go), 160g iPd clsic
  • Other Audio Gear
    HMS-100 iPod tube dock amp/speakers, Onyko B805X receiver/C707CHX cd changer/Polk spker mini system

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  1. Just to offer another perspective here... As a buyer of the Balancing Act, Craig has been clear and direct with me about the direction, status and time lines on the Balancing Act. From the beginning he has said that he was awaiting shipment of the power supplies at that they would not arrive from Russia until that end of October. By that point he would have the rest of the amp built and sometime soon thereafter he would complete and ship the BA. I have no reason to doubt that as fact. Along the way he has been working with Joel, his former design partner at Moth, tweaking the design in order to improve it. That's what creative folk do. Craig has kept me posted on progress including sending me drawings of changes. As far as the Aficianado, Craig told me that he was motivated to see what he could do with the tube as identified as the "best out there." He told me I, as well as other BA purchasers, could try out both amps and choose the one Iprefered (The AF being more expensive per the cost of the tube. And I do agree the cost/risk is probably prohibitive.) So I guess, from my perspective, as having been in touch with Craig through the entire process, I have confidence that he's talking the talk and walking the walk while still alowing himself to go off the beaten path.
  2. Did he bring a BA? If so, how did it look? (I've got a deposit on one!)
  3. How did the Aficianado sound? Did Craig also bring the Balancing Act? Anyone do an a/b between the two?
  4. Palin is a head-case. Can't ban me Nate that's closer to "on topic" than she is and besides I lived in Eagle River Alaska for 6 years. ER is right next door to Wasilla. So I can see her house from mine. That makes me an expert in "Palintoddligy" I do have some crazy stories. Oh and I haven't heard Pete's. New amp but I did almost but one so I guess I'm an expert there too!
  5. I just got an email from Craig that he's only going to be able to bring one of his new amps to the meet though he he didn't specify which one.(BA or Afic.) Maybe that will change.
  6. Wow, you be a pop you lar dude, SirSlack. I don't believe we've met. But a Happy Birthday is a nice Howdy Doo!
  7. Oh, and it will not be in the be in a BA housing. More "boiler plate" and simplified stye amp. Nothing showing on the top but tubes, no screws; 1/2" thin Delrin plates. Very elegant. Craig's not sending it out. He's doing the work initially. Whataguy! I means he's just so right bith creatively and technically; and then you combine him and Paul doing all this ol' Moth style colaboration. I can't take it. Ain't we got fun? But now that they'll be a second alternative as if the BA wasn't going to be enought and we'll have a choice about what will be the current the "Best o' Craig," So I'm counting on you all (I hear you have some "bitchin" phones 909 and ears to match, as well as Sir Iron Dreamer, hell I've gone to ASR for his esteemed opinion for neigh over a decade now, a quarter century. Times just a rubber band.). So I really can't wait to hear what you all think. Craig his put his heart and soul in these new babies. I've been talking to him and following the progression of sketches. This is gonna' be some kinda' miracle. Lead to world peace; cure for the common cold; even bring the Cubs their first World Series in 100 years (Oh, that may be a stretch) I'm tellin' ya,' I'm not one for exageration, dramatics, or hyperbali, but...starting at the Southern CA meet as Craig brings forth his pair of wonders we are in line for cosmic realighnment and the begining of the real Age of Acquarius. So "give me a head of a hair, let the sun shine in and...let me know how the planets align for you when you a/b the BA and the Aficionado. All of us first in on the BAs are counting on you. Most importantly. Have a great time!
  8. Boy do I wish I could join you all. But Starkville, MS is a long way from Southern California especially for me right now. I do have a favor to ask of all you lucky participants. I talked to Craig today and there's a good chance he'll be introducing another new amp: the Aficionado with an amazing new AD1 tube from Emision labs. Craig is going to be interested in how folks see/hear it in comparison to the BA which will be ready w/in the same time frame. Since I'm in for the BA, I'm also interested in all your experieces. So while you're there having a grand 'ol time, when you get to Craig's new stuff I'd reallly appreciate your extra sensory perceptions! Photos of course would be great! :dan
  9. The 650s sound significantly different/better when balanced. But, so far, IMHO, call it boring, call it lack of dynamics, call it vieled, call it irresponsible, it still missies a full sense of presenting music as it is and not artificially color and vieled. I am still waiting for my Audio Audio Capitole SE cd player/pre-amp, the soon to be released Balancing Act to even further upgraded Aficianado tube balanced/single ended tube amp the Craig and Paul from Moth Audio are about to release to the world. Craig tells me the balanced 650s will sound significantly improved/wonderful through this system. Thus far to repeat, w/650's-balanced way better...still artificial and lacking...thus far. PS If I do get my active ATC 20-2 speakers I may join Jacob and just opt out of headphones altoghter. Freedom. .. until my wife gets home.
  10. Thanks for inviting me to be your friend. My pleasure indeed Please ignore the Belated BDay babble in my previous post. I already talked to you about that.We're ready to move on to more deep and philosophical topics not to mention the music that we love. Barry.

  11. Thanks for inviting me to be your friend. My pleasure indeed. I think I missed your birthday? I sent a long message on my BlkBerry but it didn't register as sent. So in case it did not reach you: Happy Belated Birthday my friend! Barry

  12. lol. thanks for the birthday wishes, I just noticed them. :D

  13. Hmmm. I tried finding it to no success. I will watch more carefully on the big tube for details to refer to and try to youtube it again. Still feels like magic to me.
  14. I do so appologize because I missed your birthday the other day. And so please accept my humple reqrets for have done so and my idea that you should just pick another day, like tomorrow, or the next whatever and call it: "BarMar acknowledges and celebrates today as the Official Post Jack Birthday Catchup Celebration Day. We'll then proceed to party on and toast you on this, your proper and sanctified "supplementary bonus bithday day." Try it on for size. I think we've go a process here! Happy Birthday, Barry

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