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    Dan Clark Audio Stealth Review, Interview, Measurements

    Psychology used to only look at disorders as well. As if the pinnacle of mental health is simply the absence of disorder. Then Positive Psychology came around, looking at people who are truly thriving rather than merely not suffering, to see what might be different about them. Similarly, a...
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    Dan Clark Audio Stealth Review, Interview, Measurements

    Robots can lift much heavier things than humans, but humans are still much better at fine motor skills. The car industry certainly would like to automate everything, but when installing wobbly fiddly things in tight spaces, humans still outperform robots handsomely. When you design something to...
  3. Alcophone

    Audeze LCD-5 Review, Measurements, Interview

    I hereby grant you a license to my patent.
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    Amazon launches Music HD with lossless streaming

    I'd appreciate it if you could be specific about how you configured the apps. Since Tidal apparently MQAs all the things, including 16/44.1 material, there's certainly a good chance that it sounds different across the board. Qobuz and Amazon Music HD on the other hand both serve straight up...
  5. Alcophone

    Audeze LCD-5 Review, Measurements, Interview

    Might as well dress for the occasion.
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    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    Close! "You simply remove the stock fuses and jumpers and replace them with our replacements. Our jumpers are cryo treated 10AWG Silver plated copper in PTFE dielectric. Our fuse replacements are hand polished 99.97% pure solid silver hollow tube." https://www.verastarr.com/magnepan-fuse-bypass...
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    Schiit Audio Bifrost 2

    The Monolith brand seems to be an attempt by Monoprice to cover every aspect of audio, they have speakers, headphones, subwoofers, amplifiers, portable amps, donge DACs, cables, even furniture. And looking at the furniture... the finish of the Monolith 4 Tier/Shelf Audio Stand matches what...
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    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    Oh yeah, DACs and reclockers and digital switches are permanently on. Amps I turn off. I only do that when I don't know what to expect, say when switching from speakers to headphones, or between different speakers or different headphones, or different gain settings on the Ragnarok 2 because...
  9. Alcophone

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

    How freely can you adjust the phase?
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    Schiit Audio Bifrost 2

    I've grown fond of Wireworld in general and the Chroma 8 USB cables are my go to cables now, even though I wish I could pick a different color for the same price. And while there are numerous cables that I believe to have heard differences with, USB cables aren't among them (though I haven't...
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    Dan Clark Audio Stealth Review, Interview, Measurements

    To me, the vibraphone sounds pretty good, more so than the piano. I do notice the areas that have the potential for problems, but to me it sounds like the Stealth is just accurately reproducing what was likely resonant during the recording, and a little distortion from the recording itself...
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    LCD-5 Releasing Monday?

    Existing thread: https://www.head-fi.org/threads/new-audeze-headphone-on-the-way%E2%80%A6.959763/
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    Dan Clark Audio Stealth Review, Interview, Measurements

    Beta male says what?
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    XLR Interconnects?

    My favorite so far is the Wireworld Eclipse 8. In terms of timbre, the Blue Jeans Canare L-4E6S sounded very good as well, but otherwise a bit fuzzy. Much to my surprise I preferred both interconnects mentioned above over Lavricables Grand 20 Core silver ones (0.5 m). Tested the 0.5 m long...
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    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    I've had something like that when I wired one speaker out of phase. Quite confusing at first. Inverting the phase for both channels should be pretty subtle, like the bass being a bit muffled because the woofer first moves inward than outward.
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    Dan Clark Audio Stealth Review, Interview, Measurements

    Where do you live? :sweat_smile:
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    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    Thinking that you deserve an $800 amp for $500 and an exception on the warranty is entitled. I sympathize with your situation. I too was once unable to afford such gear. As a consequence, I didn't buy such gear. As a consequence, I didn't have such gear. Expecting a different situation is, well...
  18. Alcophone

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

    *looking* *denied* This could be a learning opportunity. Pay a little extra and get five years of warranty. Wanna save a little? Take your chances and buy used. And accept the consequences of that gamble without that entitled nonsense. Edit: Just for clarity, that's my own, private opinion, I...
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    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    USB is the only asynchronous digital audio format, i.e. the only way for the DAC to control the clock used for the connection, instead of the source. Mike prefers Unison USB over other inputs, as far as I know. An increasing number of DACs are USB only. A lot of DDCs also have only a USB...
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    Dan Clark Audio Stealth Review, Interview, Measurements

    Goosebumps. AURORA - Queendom - Harp Version [Qobuz, Spotify]
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    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    That was sensible when most sources were analog, but it's 2021, lots of folks need input switching for various digital sources, and multiple inputs with the same format (say, more than one TOSLINK in), not just one of each. It's time. Doesn't mean preamps have to stop doing the same for analog...
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    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    Exactly, the suggestion was to add a remote to Yggdrasil so you can switch between multiple sources, when @Ableza seems to think that the Yggdrasil basically only has one input, but in five different formats, so you connect your single digital source to it and select the right input once and...
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    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    True. I could get a separate Yggdrasil for my TV, my streamer and my laptop, and switch it all on the Ragnarok 2. Hm, with a Freya S in-between to get around just two balanced inputs. Sensible! Or I could spend -$1500 more to get a Bifrost 2 that is also not a preamp and has a remote. I mean...
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    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    Are you using it in a speaker system with more than one source?
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