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  1. eskamobob1

    Comment by 'eskamobob1' on listing 'Zähl HM1'

    Honestly, I'd leave the listing up as you never know. Hell, I managed to get an he1 off of a wtb. Mostly just advising it may take a while
  2. eskamobob1

    Comment by 'eskamobob1' on listing 'Zähl HM1'

    Fwiw, you should consider msrp largely just a made up number in audio. Some brands have huge margins to make you feel like you are getting a deal while others offer none. Two amps with the same MSRP will often have wildly different actual costs to the customer. Not to mention, availability plays...
  3. eskamobob1

    Comment by 'eskamobob1' on listing 'Zähl HM1'

    Rofl. Good luck with that price.
  4. eskamobob1

    Riviera AIC-10 headphones & speakers amplifier

    FWIW, I dont think there is any greater risk of damage or anything. I do personally feel its worth the expense, yes, but some here disagree (@number1sixerfan and @goldwerger are two with tons of experience that feel the opposite of what I do on the topic for example). I would say dont worry...
  5. eskamobob1

    Riviera AIC-10 headphones & speakers amplifier

    agreed here. my TD -> Stock aperio vs aic + sus isnt really a competition as sus looses only very minorly in detail and is a much more well rounded experience overall. It would be fun to see a better tuned aperio and how that stacks up, but who knows if we will ever get one.
  6. eskamobob1

    E-Stat Summit: Hifiman Shangri-La vs. Stax SR-X9000 (vs. HFM Shangri-La Junior)

    Happened durring shipping with ups. Never got a straight answer, but the marbel wasn't even in the crate, so it seems like the unit was dropped outside of the crate and then shoved back into it with the missing pieces thrown away
  7. eskamobob1

    Feedback by 'eskamobob1' on listing 'DHC Chimera Speaker Tap -> 4-pin XLR'

    Great buyer and guy in general. Always a pleasure.
  8. eskamobob1

    Feedback by 'eskamobob1' on listing 'Snake River Mamushi Hybrid RCAs - 1m'

    Great buyer as always. Good communication and quick payment.
  9. eskamobob1

    Riviera AIC-10 headphones & speakers amplifier

    I frankly have 0 idea how crosstalk measurements play into the mono sound, but aic is one of the best staging amps I've ever heard. Raw image clarity is higher on a couple things (wa33 and 465/402) but the grandiose stage presentation isn't something g I've gotten on any other amp
  10. eskamobob1

    Vintage OG and Present Day TOTL Impressions

    Ey! Super glad you were able to make it out there. Looking forward to your impressions!
  11. eskamobob1

    Vintage OG and Present Day TOTL Impressions

    hey. yes, you can still buy it by its self (just email your dealer of choice). As for which can to get, that will super largely depend on your preference. Shang is a higher performer, but its also much more flawed than x9k. This leads me to want to rec x9k over it just as a safer bet tbh. If you...
  12. eskamobob1

    Riviera AIC-10 headphones & speakers amplifier

    Hahaha. I'm glad you are enjoying a new found synergy!
  13. eskamobob1

    Eleven Audio XIAUDIO Formula S Headphone Amplifier

    I haven't heard the k dac, but I would skip the sagra at this point. It's simply a little long in the tooth and used prices haven't changed to reflect that as much as I think they should. It's a solid dac if you want a smoother (honestly quite smooth) presentation and can nab one ~1k though...
  14. eskamobob1

    Vintage OG and Present Day TOTL Impressions

    hahahaha. I also went through this phase before I finaly jumped. there is just so so so much out there and its all a PITA to try and hear. While I love NOS, I dont agree with the notion that HQP will fundamentally change the sound of a dac. It will change some, sure, but very rarely enough to...
  15. eskamobob1

    Riviera AIC-10 headphones & speakers amplifier

    Honestly, this is just a fact of the 1266. You can try dhc c15, super conductor, or maybe a lazuli, but I doubt anything will fix 1266s vocals. It's easily their biggest flaw as a can
  16. eskamobob1

    Riviera AIC-10 headphones & speakers amplifier

    Hahaha. I like to do this as well. Ever couple of months just go to a different ube for a week or two as a change of pace
  17. eskamobob1

    Riviera AIC-10 headphones & speakers amplifier

    Yah, plenty of people do love the amp and all the power to them. By all means conti ue to do so, I just don't understand the appeal of it. The hobby is about making us love music so not sure why hating is off the table 🤷‍♀️ For me, it's pretty simple. If a piece of gear activly makes me...
  18. eskamobob1

    Riviera AIC-10 headphones & speakers amplifier

    Just the non-AE Envy. Aka, the normal one.
  19. eskamobob1

    Riviera AIC-10 headphones & speakers amplifier

    No sweat at all man. And get some more impressions as well (not like im some sole source of truth). Imo comparisons from multiple people is the only real way to even get a vauge grasp at how stuff stacks up if you canr go hear it. Just fwiw, if you want some more specific reqs, feel free to...
  20. eskamobob1

    Riviera AIC-10 headphones & speakers amplifier

    Oh, I mean if you are talking zmf, you have way way way more options. DNA, EC, Glen, certain cavalli options, and many more I would req over envy. Its only for sus that i basicsly understand it at all. I mean, id take red october over envy and i hate that amp too. Again, like what you like (I...
  21. eskamobob1

    Riviera AIC-10 headphones & speakers amplifier

    Mogwai SE is fairly different tonaly but competes on a technical level for a bit over 2k used. While it won't run sus, honestly, euphoria evo gets extremely close with stuff it can run. The entry level wells stuff I would also put over envy for a more similar sound. Honestly, if you desperately...
  22. eskamobob1

    Riviera AIC-10 headphones & speakers amplifier

    I also don't think the og envy is worth more than maybe 4k and is still uncompetitive at that price. Just different tastes. I own a dac that everyone else hates and I love it. Don't feel the need to justify what you like
  23. eskamobob1

    Riviera AIC-10 headphones & speakers amplifier

    Whoops! Complete mixup on my end. Ty for the correction
  24. eskamobob1

    Riviera AIC-10 headphones & speakers amplifier

    The mixed impressions (there is a reason I chose the words I did) are just from talking to people at and after the show. I've not seen a single impression between "What, why is that more than 4k" and "ima buy it". Opinions on the amp were asked for so I gave mine. That doesnt mean you can't like...
  25. eskamobob1

    Riviera AIC-10 headphones & speakers amplifier

    the envy AE seems to be getting a lot of mixed feedback. TBH, I thought it was basically trash given the price (out resolved by the new ZMF amp which also ran sus better to boot), but others bought it on the spot. For me personally, it felt like a envy with more incision, smaller stage, and a...
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