Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up
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An early (1994) Internet Prank:

SPAM JAKE DAY -- A Summary
-------------------------

By Reverend Brother Lee Harvey Oswald Smith, KSC WMD SPAM
Episkopos, John Friedrich Cabal, Discordian Society

1) WHAT IS A JAKE? (AND WHERE CAN I GET SOME?)
---------------------------------------------

A Jake is defined as part of Operation [censored]. Basically, it involves
a lot of people collaborating to send a lot of weird stuff to some
bureaucrat/official/someone somewhere, asking for some information/help/
whatever, preferably in an obscure or unusual way. The letters are timed to
arrive on the same day, and to make the bureaucrat/official/etc. think
that either he is the target of a global conspiracy of lunatics or the
general public are much more imaginative than he has previously thought.

2) WHAT IS THIS SPAM JAKE?
-------------------------

The plan: on Spam Jake Day (the twenty-third of May, 1994), a lot of
mail will arrive at the headquarters of Hormel Foods, the manufacturer
of Spam, from all over the world. This will be from various Discordian,
SubGenius and other weird religious groups; on official letterhead
(which looks rather weird), and from people with long, bizarre religious
titles. Each letter will claim that the sender's own group is the
original Church of Spam (with appropriate embellishments), and
requesting official endorsement from Hormel Foods as such.

3) HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?
------------------------

If you wish to be involved in this global [censored], all you have to do
is write such a letter, in the name of your religion/conspiracy (if you
don't have one, found one), adding any embellishments you may wish to
add and send it to:

Hormel Foods
Corporate Offices
1 Hormel Drive
Austin, MN 55912

Send the letter before Spam Jake Day, if possible timing it so that it
arrives on Spam Jake Day. The rest is fnord up to you.

4) WHAT WILL THIS ACHIEVE?
-------------------------

With luck, somebody at Hormel will find their desk inundated with
curious missives from all sorts of strange groups from all over the
world asking for official sanction for some esoteric activity involving
Spam, or, in the parlance, "weird s***". Unable to dismiss this as a small,
localised prank they will be very much puzzled by this and possibly
shall attain illumination from the shock. Candidates for official
approval may receive interesting replies; furthermore, the media may pick
up on this, distorting it and adding further chaos to the equation.
In any case, the ripples of this should be felt far and wide, if enough
people get involved.

5) WHY SHOULD I GET INVOLVED?
----------------------------

Because if you don't, ye shall verily be transformed into a
Precious Mao Button and distributed to the Poor in the Region of Thud.
Or not.

--
Reverend Brother Pope Lee Harvey Oswald Smith, KSC WMD SPAM
Episkopos, John Friedrich Cabal; High Epopt of the Secret and Terrible Rite
Chairperson dei gratia, Flat Earth Society -"In your heart, you know it's flat"
President-for-life, Don't Let Lieutenant Wilkes Breed Society Society

Think about about -><- Stop casting porosity -><- Keep the lasagna flying


============
Holy Temple of Mass Consumption
PO Box 30904
Raleigh, NC 27622-0904
slack@ncsu.edu


http://web.mit.edu/dryfoo/www/SubG/spam-jake.html
ALL HAIL DISCORDIA!

MAY THE FNORD BE WITH YOU.YOU
.
 
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question

i have a eikon that i am using with valhalla 2. is it best to first turn on the amp wait for the tubes to glow, and then plug in the heaphones.. also when turning off should i unplug headphones first and turn the amp off. or should i leave them plugged in all the time when turning on and off. i always leave the volume pot at the lowest volume either way when starting up or shutting down

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The Valhalla 2 has a muting circuit I believe that protects the headphones at start up. You want to have a load (headphones) on the tubes all the time they are on. Brief headphone changes is ok(volume turned down of course).
 
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leave them plugged in
Why? Can you elaborate more? I'm not saying you're wrong. I'm genuinely interested on the reasons why.

I have a Vali 2 and I never have my headphones plugged in at startup or shutdown. I know it has a relay mute but I still get a noticeable pop on the headphones if I leave them plugged in at startup or shutdown. I know this is normal and supposedly harmless but it still annoys me enough to force me to unplug my headphones.

Is there something inherently different on the Valhalla 2's startup/shutdown behavior? Does the fact that the Valhalla 2 is an OTL (as opposed to a hybrid) mean it'll have a more "gentle" startup/shutdown?
 
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Do you turn the volume all the way down when turning on/off? That may prevent the popping. It can be very hard on the tubes to run without a load plugged in. Over current I believe. This may or may not be a problem with Schiit amps. I'll let someone more knowledgeable chime in.
 
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Do you turn the volume all the way down when turning on/off? That may prevent the popping. It can be very hard on the tubes to run without a load plugged in. Over current I believe. This may or may not be a problem with Schiit amps. I'll let someone more knowledgeable chime in.
Yep. Every time. I read somewhere it was proper precaution when using tube amps.
 
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Why? Can you elaborate more? I'm not saying you're wrong. I'm genuinely interested on the reasons why.
The unbalanced headphone jack makes a short circuit as the plug is pulled out/plugged into it. This can potentially lead to damage to the amp.

How likely this is to happen or how much effect it has over time is better answered by someone more competent than me.
 
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My Woo amp states in the manual to always have headphones plugged in when amp is powered on. However if you plug the headphones in immediately after powering up it may not be too big of a deal.
 
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load at all times depends on the design (OTL cathode follower vs transformer based).

per the Valhalla FAQ:
Does this have a muting relay, like all your other amps?
No. The slow turn-on and turn-off characteristics of tubes and limited current capability means there's no muting relay—which is the same for pretty much every tube OTL headphone amp out there. While there is DC on the output at turn-on and turn-off, it is on the order of 100mV into 32-ohm headphones. If you are concerned about this, unplug your headphones before turning the amp off, and wait 30 seconds or so after you turn Valhalla 2 on to plug in

If you are using IEMs (or other lower-impedance / high sensitivity HP's) with Valhalla, I would recommend connecting after turn-on plus a delay, and unplugging before turning off.

True that the TRS plug can momentarily short the left and right outputs together, but if the volume is turned down, then the voltage differential between left and right and therefore any current that would flow from the momentary short would be minimized.


With the output-transformer-based units (like many Woo models) where the output is taken off the plate (Anode) a load should be present at all times.
 
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I kinda prefer when we talk about things that taste good....
Reminiscing about what we had to put up with helps us appreciate that we don't have to put up with it any more.
 
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Why? Can you elaborate more? I'm not saying you're wrong. I'm genuinely interested on the reasons why.

I have a Vali 2 and I never have my headphones plugged in at startup or shutdown. I know it has a relay mute but I still get a noticeable pop on the headphones if I leave them plugged in at startup or shutdown. I know this is normal and supposedly harmless but it still annoys me enough to force me to unplug my headphones.

Is there something inherently different on the Valhalla 2's startup/shutdown behavior? Does the fact that the Valhalla 2 is an OTL (as opposed to a hybrid) mean it'll have a more "gentle" startup/shutdown?
Ditto.

Valhalla 2 I leave headphones plugged in, never had a pop or any other issue. Vali 2 I plug in headphones only after a brief warm up.

The pop may not be damaging to headphones, but it certainly is unnerving.
 

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