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  1. Robert Wortman

    Schiit's Saga Preamp Impressions

    The buffer is more about compatibility with long cable runs than low input impedance amplifiers. In neither case is the effect a large one unless the input impedance is stupidly low or the cables are 20+ feet long or of an extremely high capacitance design. Your 10K input impedance using the...
  2. Robert Wortman

    Headphones vs Speakers -- an Inconvenient Truth

    Comparing the two is kind of a waste. They are different experiences. If you want to try to reproduce what a live performance sounds like, speakers are the only thing that comes close. Headphones just don't produce the sense of a band arrayed in front of you or the body thump of a bass drum...
  3. Robert Wortman

    Sold Schiit Modi Multibit (Mimby) $160 USD

    Dropped price to match other one for sale here.
  4. Robert Wortman

    Sold Schiit Modi Multibit (Mimby) $160 USD

    Modi Multibit in as new condition. Purchased in April of 2017. Price includes shipping to anywhere in the lower 48. It has never given me any problems and sounds great. I just have a somewhat irrational desire to get rid of it and try something else. Price match the other listing at $160.
  5. Robert Wortman

    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    That's your opinion. Completely unsupported by actual facts. Paul Barton spends untold hours in an anechoic chamber measuring his designs. I am absolutely sure he doesn't accept "high distortion in the bass"
  6. Robert Wortman

    Schiit Two Channel Clubhouse

    Well you can read the crossover specs on their website and in the manuals. My PSB doesn't nor does the ELAC I just installed for a friend.
  7. Robert Wortman

    Schiit Two Channel Clubhouse

    OK, so it's not MTM any more. They turn one of the midrange's into a dedicated woofer. I don't think most companies do that. That wouldn't make it not work standing up. It would just be a 3 way instead of a two way and have a little different vertical radiation pattern.
  8. Robert Wortman

    Schiit Two Channel Clubhouse

    Comb filtering happens for people that are off axis of an MTM center speaker because of path length differences between the two midrange drivers. How could you fix that in the crossover? Even if you could, it would be for only one position.
  9. Robert Wortman

    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    I am quite sure he is working on those things because he thinks it will improve something. He also said streaming audio sound terrible. That is not what most people have experienced. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Engineers will work on they want to work on. People will buy what...
  10. Robert Wortman

    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    The job of a transport is to send bits to the DAC. If the DAC buffers the data, I don't see how anything in a transport can make it sound different. You can spend money to make them look really cool (like a high end turntable) but they're not going to do anything a cheap used CD player with a...
  11. Robert Wortman

    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    Look, I am not that offended. It is just my opinion that it is inappropriate in a public interview. That is not a minority opinion. Most companies would not stand for it. It's not standup comedy, it's a public interview about upcoming products. Some of you think that it's somehow...
  12. Robert Wortman

    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    I spent 10 years in the USAF and that is how everyone talked. Took me years to get out of the habit. It has nothing to do with humor. It is a matter of opinion how appropriate one thinks it is. In most usages it doesn't really have a meaning, it's just sprinkled in from habit. I don't like...
  13. Robert Wortman

    Schiit Two Channel Clubhouse

    I just finished reading Floyd Toole's quite involved book on sound reproduction. Subwoofers need to be placed where they interact to produce the smallest standing waves within the room. Right next to the main speakers is not the optimum solution. If you only have two, in the middle of opposite...
  14. Robert Wortman

    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    I wasn't referring to "ass" when I talked about profanity laced interviews. "Sounds like ass" isn't very profane but it is juvenile. Maybe it's a California thing but most people don't drop the F word in quite so much in public interviews. He plainly doesn't care what people think of him...
  15. Robert Wortman

    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    You may have missed my main point. I am not talking about the parts cost/selling price ratio. I am talking about the cramming of expensive parts into a preamp for no reason other than to make it expensive and impress audio reviewers. That giant box of stuff performs about the same as a $5 op...
  16. Robert Wortman

    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    Class D is about producing a lot of power in a small footprint without melting. Are there any headphones that need 25 watts or more of power?
  17. Robert Wortman

    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    The first home USB DAC I have used was a Modi Multibit. I don't think it sounds bad. Prior to that and still in use is a Focusrite 2I2 running my desktop monitors. That sounds good too. Previously I had a Squeezebox Touch connected via SPDIF to a Cambridge DacMagic. Maybe I am deaf. I...
  18. Robert Wortman

    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    Schiit has been in business for 8 years and now a turntable. Yes, I guess he is just getting around to it. I doubt if they would be bothering if it there wasn't a lot of current interest in turntables. If you don't want to call it jumping on the bandwagon, OK, but it's not like they are...
  19. Robert Wortman

    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    There are a lot of turntables on the market but right now there is a sales boom. Rega sold more turntables last year than in any other year of their existence. I don't blame Schiit for jumping on the bandwagon for a while. I think digital is superior too but not for a lot of the old music I...
  20. Robert Wortman

    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    Google does convert your music to MP3 when you upload it. I have my whole collection there for streaming on a phone but I also have the whole thing backed up on MS Onedrive as full FLAC files.
  21. Robert Wortman

    Schiit's Saga Preamp Impressions

    Not to throw a wet blanket on the tube rolling going on here but... If anyone doesn't know, this is a push pull buffer stage with the tube on one side and the transistor on the other. My thinking is that any audible differences are departures from the Saga's astoundingly low distortion and...
  22. Robert Wortman

    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    The theory is that clipping causes high amounts of HF signal that can blow your tweeters. If you blew a woofer it was just overdriven for too long or there is DC at the output of the amp which isn't supposed to be allowed to happen. Usually voice coils get to hot and unravel in the magnet...
  23. Robert Wortman

    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    Rarity makes things expensive. There are many things that are expensive because they are rare. Some of them are even rare because they sucked. Look into the rare 45 market. Records that only sold a handful of copies are going for crazy money only because they are rare, the music sucked.
  24. Robert Wortman

    Schiit Two Channel Clubhouse

    Yep. I have some digital files I made of Dire Straits and Joni Mitchell records that sound way better than the CD's that were released later. I bought a CD copy of "Court and Spark" that had some sort of high frequency warbling that made it unlistenable. I gave it away. I also got original...
  25. Robert Wortman

    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    On the subject of HT bypass. If you are going to do it, do it right. It should be a physical switch on the front panel that connects the input from the AVR to the output of the preamp even when the preamp is off. Anything other than this is less convenient than simply using an external...
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