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

    True, but the fact that there is the Jotunheim R has made me think about the RAALs a few times. Just need to save long enough and not get distracted by other shiny things.
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    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    That is fair, but being in the PNW means I do not have AC in my house. While we do have a small portable unit, my housemate gets priority for that since he works nights and needs to be able to sleep during the day. Also, I would have to rearrange my room a bit to use it. For my speaker system...
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    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    Two small Hel 2 updates: 1. It has been fun listening to somethings and finding how much better the Hel 2 sounds than the Fulla 2. I enjoy listening to the podcast version of Critical Role (a dungeons and dragons game played but a bunch of professional voice actors). Last thursday was my first...
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    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    My Hel 2 arrived Saturday and I quickly put in my system to replace the Fulla 2 I have been using for a couple years. Overall, I was quite impressed. It definitely made my Audio Technica ATH-M70x headphones come to life in a way I did not know they could. These are not headphones known for their...
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    What a long, strange trip it's been -- (Robert Hunter)

    It was less of a confusing and more of a "New Mexico is between Arizona and Texas which both can be insufferably hot for a someone from the Pacific Northwest like me". That being said, I appreciate the correction. It will be on my list. Not sure it will be high up there, but it is on the list.
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    What a long, strange trip it's been -- (Robert Hunter)

    I was not aware that that was a thing (still very new). Maybe. Depends on what is showing and when. I do not think I could survive down there in the summer.
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    What a long, strange trip it's been -- (Robert Hunter)

    Small update on this: I enjoyed it quite a bit even if just as background music. I will have to give it a proper focused listening at some point. Both through headphones and speakers it was enjoyable, though I think I might prefer it through speakers a little bit. Sounds larger without needing...
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    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    Just placed my order for a Hel. Now to play the waiting game.
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    What a long, strange trip it's been -- (Robert Hunter)

    I might have to look up that version then. This is the 1988 digital remaster of the 1980 record. I do still feel that it is quieter than most other music I have listened to, but that could be due to being before the loudness war. (though I am also not sure how much the loudness war affected...
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    What a long, strange trip it's been -- (Robert Hunter)

    Went to the record shop this weekend and found an opera I remembered enjoying in high school, so I bought it. No research as to whether this is a better performance of Aida or not, but just put it in to enjoy while working. I can tell it has been awhile. I was not ready for how quiet it starts...
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    What a long, strange trip it's been -- (Robert Hunter)

    Abelza was faster at typing and answers nicely. I like my Oppo and due to it I have fallen into the pit of SACDs (which is to say, I have 5). Part of me is tempted to get a second Oppo so I can have it in my home theater system and use the multichannel analog outs for one of the multichannel...
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    What a long, strange trip it's been -- (Robert Hunter)

    Ah, $95 is not bad for the flat fee. My understanding is that that is for them to look at it and then they will reach out if the cost is more than that to confirm if you want to go forward or not. Regardless, $95 to send it in is not bad at all. I just need to stop being lazy and submit the...
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    What a long, strange trip it's been -- (Robert Hunter)

    I have a hand-me-down bdp 83 that I have enjoyed, though it has fallen prey to the common issue of that model and I need to send it in at some point soon to get it fixed.
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    What a long, strange trip it's been -- (Robert Hunter)

    Handsome Family is a delight. Good choice.
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    Best game soundtrack?

    Personally I do not mind the lyrics. Yes, they are ridiculous, but the whole game is ridiculous. The story is ridiculous. The character designs are ridiculous. I consider it all part of the charm of the series.
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    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    Makes me think of this quote from Tom Waits about artistic control:
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    Fighting Games thread

    Was supposed to be April, but I am glad they are taking the two extra month to polish a few things. The gameplay looks impressive, but the lobbies were a little less than stellar to put it mildly. I was not able to play too much of the Open Beta last month, but I look forward to the lobby being...
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    Fighting Games thread

    Strive is a pretty game.
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    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    Ah, good to know it is a known issue. This was the first instance I had in three and a half years so I guess I was lucky. And good to know that the fix is just a reboot. I admit it is a bit hard to focus on work as I just want to enjoy this music more.
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    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    Got to have a small audio scare last night. Queued up a song on youtube (only place I can find this version of said song) and noticed an unpleasant buzzing/ringing in the left channel during the start up of the song. Signal path was laptop to Modi Multibit via USB to Valhalla 2 to Sennheiser...
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    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    Just to confirm, have you tried sources other than the Pi2AES? Having you tried different power a different power supply for the Pi2AES? I can see you moved the gungnir to your bedside rig to test, but I am not sure what source you were using there.
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    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    There are a number of different "HAT"s (Hardware Attached on Top) you can get that provide digital audio out for a range of prices. Companies that sell them often also have cases for them that are not too hard to put together. On the left is a Raspberry Pi 3 with a HifiBerry Digi+ board and...
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    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    I had one, now I have two more in the mail. Not sure I will run all three, but will be using at least two of them once all the stuff comes in (need a new case for one and I am getting a new HAT and case for the other. My original would probably need a new case and maybe a new HAT if I wanted to...
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    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    I do love those vu meters. I messed up the ones on the cassette tape deck though and am kicking myself because a simple google search would have warned me away from what I was going to attempt. The left one was not as responsive, so I opened it up and used de-oxit on them... they are sensitive...
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