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Can you guys tell me what he meant by "wet" in technical terms that I can understand?
I like where this thread is going.
Check out the head-fi glossary page. Lots of great information!
Wet - A reverberant sound, something with decay. Opposite of Dry.
I used to do the reinstall Windows once-a-year-or-so thing as well, now I tend to reboot my Mac about as often I was seriously bummed recently, the last time I checked my uptime I was up around 500 days... then last week a major power outage drained my UPS... sigh.
I would second (third?) the recommendation to OP though on a fresh install... Windows does seem to have little glitchy moments where starting anew really is the best bet. And there's nothing particularly odd or proprietary about how Modi handles the connection, it truly should be plug-and-play.
I assume you've tried all the ports on your machine? Some put out less power than others, an irritating reality for a connection that should be standardized to prevent that... Also why the recommendation of a powered hub was given, which is worth a shot...
Guy doesn't have drivers installed, of course his usb ports aren't going to work. That's not Windows causing the problem.
Right!? Between Picard and Dathon at El-Adrei and the "butter guy" this thread has completely come off the rails! I can't endure any more.
Wow! Your very first post on Headfi is to tell someone he is full of it? Nice!
That IS a good 50% of posts anyways...
Not a big deal. Not even worth a cogent response because he's already made up his mind: "Don't take this the wrong way, but [direct insult]. [Feigned slight outage + slightly veiled insult], [outrage]."
I figure its probably Tdock, Shike, an nwavguy minion, or a banned "sound scientist" on sock account.
I agree with what you are saying. I think it is a VERY slight background distortion associated with tubes that gives it that effect. It is difficult to describe but easy to understand once you experience it. My point is more that using the term "wet" is not out of place when describing sound.
It would be the opposite of clinical also. They're all good terms. Wet is very descriptive.
No doubt "wetness" could describe an error of commission. But a rather pleasing one. Definitely not distortion. At least distortion in the technical sense because I have never seen amps measure differently on full spectrum analyzers between tubes with one wetter or bloomier than the other. (I've tried to measure and see differences.)
Head-Fi'er ultrabike has measured the Vali to death. There are far more measurements, and different types of measurements of the Vali than any other head amp I am aware of. In terms of distortion, it's surprisingly good. Not quite the 0.000000001% of the Objective2, but still well well below the limits of hearing. In terms of noise, it doesn't measure so good. No surprise there.
Does anyone know how the Vali sounds when paired with a HD 600? It seems as though the Vali does not have much synergy with the HD 650...