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  1. JTori

    The Koss ESP950 thread (ESP owners, please contribute! :)

    I experienced a similar issue with one of my Bottlehead amps, which I determined was due to its proximity to a wifi net extender. Is your setup near a router or extender by any chance? Joe.
  2. JTori

    Show us your Head-Fi station at it's current state. No old pictures please...

    Very nice! It's refreshing to see your thoughtful component selection and layout. I especially appreciate the fact your rig isn't stacked component on component like the Tower of Babel. Best, Joe.
  3. JTori

    Show us your Head-Fi station at it's current state. No old pictures please...

    Beautiful amp! Haven't seen or heard much from RSA in ages, which is a shame. Would've loved to see them incorporate a DAC into their portable amps. In fact, I've still got a lovely, little Tomahawk that was a constant travel companion for me for several years. And, is that a Moreplay I see...
  4. JTori

    Loki Mini Impressions

    That's a tough question to answer; there are simply too many variables to consider. There's system configuration, personal preference, individual tube characteristics ... I can share with you my own experience. I purchased to Loki specifically to tailor the sound of my ESP950s, and it has...
  5. JTori

    Crack;Bottlehead OTL

    Not surprising. There's not a lot of real estate inside the Crack envelope to accommodate them; they're large. Did you build a separate enclosure for them? Even with the extra room provided by BH on the Crack-a-two-a, I had to use my best packaging engineering skills. I did quite a bit of...
  6. JTori

    Looking for ( found )"end game" headphones in 2K ± price range.

    I also own a pair of ZMF Auteurs in Teak. They sound exceptional with both the Mainline and the Crack-a-two-a (C2A). The Auteurs pair extremely well with the C2A, which is an OTL amp. As for the Clears, they've given me some goosebump moments during listening sessions with the Mainline...
  7. JTori

    Show us your Head-Fi station at it's current state. No old pictures please...

    I'm always amazed when I see expensive, high-quality components stacked one on top of the other, contributing to noise, interference and lack of heat dissipation. Separating components, as you have done, extends their lifespan and improves audio quality. And .... it's free!
  8. JTori

    Show us your Head-Fi station at it's current state. No old pictures please...

    Beautiful, clean, well sorted out, nicely separated rig! Nicely done!
  9. JTori

    Show us your Head-Fi station at it's current state. No old pictures please...

    If you are asking the members of this forum, the answer is unequivocally, "Yes!" :xf_cool:
  10. JTori

    Show us your Head-Fi station at it's current state. No old pictures please...

    Thank you for the kind comment. Joe.
  11. JTori

    The Koss ESP950 thread (ESP owners, please contribute! :)

    Two transformative enhancements to the performance of the ESP-95X, from my perspective: -- Schiit Loki - The Loki allows modest but meaningful adjustment to the EQ of the ESPs. In my estimation, amongst the best $149 I've spent on audio. Four bands, at the right frequency breaks, good pots...
  12. JTori

    Crack;Bottlehead OTL

    A couple images I made this afternoon of my Crack-a-two-a with the TwoQuiet upgrade installed. Best, Joe.
  13. JTori

    Crack;Bottlehead OTL

    Color Me Enamored I'm totally intoxicated by the sound of my recently completed Crack-a-two-a. There's an immediacy to the sound, which fosters a real emotional connection for me. I've rolled a couple tubes and settled -- for now -- on a mil-spec Sylvania JHS 6189-12AU7WA in the input-tube...
  14. JTori

    Crack;Bottlehead OTL

    Love the patinated chassis plate! And the grain on that base ... !
  15. JTori

    Show us your Head-Fi station at it's current state. No old pictures please...

    I completed building the stock Crackatwoa last night and have been enjoying listening to it. It's character with both the ZMF Auteur and HD800S ideally matches my preference. It's transparent in the presence region, noticeably tighter in the bottom end than my Crack/Speedball and delivers...
  16. JTori

    Reply to review by 'JTori' on item 'Massdrop x Koss ESP/95X Electrostatic System'

    Like you, I have found the Koss E-stats to be an enjoyable listen, especially with acoustic jazz and vocals. I upgraded mine with a Teddy Pardo power supply, achieving much the same result as you. Finally, I added a Schiit Loki into the chain for a mild EQ boost in the lower and lower-mid...
  17. JTori

    you must keep two headphones only

    Focal Clear and Sennheiser HD800S, for me. If one home based and one portable, it'd be the Clear and the Sony WF-1000XM3. All this, of course, relates to the headphone amps I own.
  18. JTori

    2359glenn | studio

    I think there's some "OK, Boomer" going on.
  19. JTori

    Show us your Head-Fi station at it's current state. No old pictures please...

    Beautiful rig! Great selection of music!
  20. JTori

    Show us your Head-Fi station at it's current state. No old pictures please...

    That's some serious vibration control! :wink:
  21. JTori

    We Have the Perfect Hobby ....

    .... For social distancing. Stay healthy, everyone! Best, Joe.
  22. JTori

    New Site Platform Bug Reports and Feedback Thread

    When viewing a thread, it's difficult to discern what page number I'm on due to the the subtle color difference/highlighting of page numbers at the bottom and top of the screen. Can this be made more visible?
  23. JTori

    .....and, I'm up for air!

    Always good to see a Tyll update!
  24. JTori

    Crack;Bottlehead OTL

    Fascinating. I've got a Crack and am interested in the benefits to this approach. Best, Joe.
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