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Hmm.

 

Since I don't do audio much at the moment I'd kinda forgotten AKG but they've always made good kit.

 

Cheers

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16 minutes ago, scruffy1 said:

as a separate issue, bought me some new headphones (another impulse from ocau, but with my standard prior research)

 

today's item was a pair of AKG Q701 - quincy jones' edition

 

paired with the alo pan am tube amp i also got from ocau, i am now happily listening to ~ $1400 worth of equipment for a little over 1/4 new price... and it sounds really, really lovely  🎧

 

 

having got way more than my money's worth out of the audiotechnica ad700's which i have had since the start of 2010 (and still love), i was worried that this is the start of a new obsession... but then i realised it is just some more of a continuing one

 

 

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Every pair of headphones is "the last pair I need" 😉

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the detail and sound stage are astounding; they are as neutral as the audiotechnicas but even more expansive in the reproduction

 

the bass is not "loud" but oh boy ! there are more notes and nuances in it than i ever heard before - the hifi itch has transformed my appreciation of bass every time i try some new gear

 

 

looks like i get to listen to my playlists again (and again)... only 7000+ songs to go

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Just got an XFX Radeon 5700XT (replacing a Gigabyte GTX 1070 Mini OC), not bad so far, the Timespy benchmark gave me a welcoming BSOD towards the end of the initial demo run but all good since (touch wood).

Some people have put R9 290/390 H/S assemblies on the 5700 improving things somewhat so I might give that a go later in the week.

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I got myself a Surface Go (LTE) and a Yamaha AG06 Mixing Console / USB Audio Interface (and some mics and all the various things to connect them together) have to sacrifice 15GB of the storage for an install of Cubasis AI 10

 

just for laughs, the AG06 also works with Mac, Android and iOS devices!

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Was lucky enough to get myself two bottles of this bad boy today! First batch Archie Rose Rye Malt whisky! One for me, one as a reward for my team for killing it already this quarter. Can't wait to get it in my hand and then promptly into a tumbler!

 

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would like to read your critque @.:Cyb3rGlitch:. . Doesn't have to be a fancy one, just whether it tasted like shite or otherwise ... pity you didn't purchase three bottles, one to keep till you be too old to do much more than lift a tumbler 😉

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Hey @.:Cyb3rGlitch:. it's Friday night and I'm sitting here having my scotch when I remembered your purchase ... how's the first batch going ? Hope you be enjoying a nip or three

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15kg of French chocolate.  Let's see how long this lasts.

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I can be bad at times and fill a breakfast sized bowl half up and eat it all in a night which I guess would be close to 150 grams.

So that'd make 100 days though just going on average would probably be double or a little more.

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a khadas tone board

 

in simple terms, a dac for geeks, featuring :

 

XMOS: XU208-128-QF48: 8 xCores, Core Share up to 500 MIPS

DAC: ES9038Q2M 32-Bit Stereo Mobile Audio DAC

Sampling Frequency: PCM: Up to 768KHz @ 32bit DSD: Up to DSD256 @ 1bit

Audio Formats: APE2/FLAC/OGG/WAV/ACC/ALAC/MP3/WMA

Line Out: 1x Red RCA for Right, 1 x White RCA for Left

Mounting Holes: Size M2 x 5

S/PDIF IN: Up to 192KHz

 

USB-C Port: Power Supply(5V/500mA) & USB 2.0 Data

Dimensions: 82.0 x 74.5 x 17.0 mm

 

Compatibility: Windows PC/ Linux PC/Mac OS/XRaspberry Pi

 

 

read more about it here https://www.khadas.com/tone-specs

 

i am so looking forward to trying this out as the next step from my xonar hdav  🙂

 

 

 

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On 8/16/2019 at 7:22 PM, eveln said:

Hey @.:Cyb3rGlitch:. it's Friday night and I'm sitting here having my scotch when I remembered your purchase ... how's the first batch going ? Hope you be enjoying a nip or three

Haven't opened it yet, was going to wait until my team were all together to try it out! Then if I don't like it I won't have two open bottles. 😛 

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8 hours ago, .:Cyb3rGlitch:. said:

Haven't opened it yet, was going to wait until my team were all together to try it out! Then if I don't like it I won't have two open bottles. 😛 

Ahh good thinking McDuff !

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A "Typo Arcade Machine" model 8052 - I think it's the same as this though mine has different case stickers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWLdOoJ-4xg

 

I've not used it much but the games seem somewhat lame.  But given I paid not very much at all for it, not really a problem.

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4WD goodies galore over the last month.

 

2019 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport in a stylish dark blue (and some nice features like 360 degree camera system and heated seats.... mmmm warm bum).

Recovery gear (straps, shackles, maxtrax, shovel, safety gear)

New compressor

120AH AGM battery, box, and Redarc DC-DC Charger

12V oven (because pies, pasties, sausage rolls etc when it's cold out camping are awesome)

Tools (because.... excuse to buy tools)

Cables, fuses, connectors etc, to wire up the second battery system, and fit my radio.

 

Coming weekends will need to be dry enough to get the cabling installed - Need to build a few mounting brackets, so that was an excuse to buy a small vice-mounted pan-brake folder - more tools!

 

Then (off) road trip!

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On 8/17/2019 at 5:43 PM, Rybags said:

I can be bad at times and fill a breakfast sized bowl half up and eat it all in a night which I guess would be close to 150 grams.

So that'd make 100 days though just going on average would probably be double or a little more.

 

i'm confused.  half filled breakfast sized bowl of... chocolate?   rye malt whisky? 

100 days?  whuh?

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In reply to the purchase of 15kg of choc and wondering how long it'd last.

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Some recents...

 

From a Vinnies store, 2 x 20 litre camp shower bags for 3 bucks each, normally around $18 at the likes of Supercheap Auto & BCF.

 

From a Salvos store, a Logitech K480 switchable (3 devices) Bluetooth keyboard for 3 bucks, typical price is 48 @ Officeworks.

 

Today, noticed Officeworks has limited stocks of the Seagate 4TB Expansion Desktop drive at $99 so grabbed one.  Got another that's barely a few weeks old and not yet very used so should satisfy my requirements for a while - time to get serious about retiring some burnt DVDs.

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I installed colored rubbers and replaced the incandescent bulbs with LEDs in my Batman pinball

I like the brightness of the LEDS but I think I prefer old fashioned white rubbers

 

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One of these days... have to get down there and pay you a visit!

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the khadas tone board mentioned above finally arrived

 

long story short is... it's fucking awesome !  the home theatre / stereo sounds as crisp as headphones, and using it to feed the pan am tube amp for the akg701's is gorgeous

 

 

best $100usd i have ever spent, and i have only been swooning to the sound for about 6 hours so far...

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Just had my Gilmore LITE Mk2 headphone amp turn up on Monday. It certainly fills in the power gap I was having to drive the Hd58x 

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9 hours ago, fliptopia said:

Just had my Gilmore LITE Mk2 headphone amp turn up on Monday. It certainly fills in the power gap I was having to drive the Hd58x 

 

looks good

 

pony up for the khadas, and run an rca from it to the inputs, and marvel !  unless you have some uber-dac to play with, the investment is an easy recommendation

 

truly, last night's brief run with the quincy jones akg's was beautiful, and whilst the dac in the pan am is no slouch, it's nowhere in the same league

 

meantime i'm waiting on a stoner ud110v2 to also try - cheap on ocau, and no longer available, but worth a try 🙂  this is a bad sign that my addiction is worsening

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2 hours ago, scruffy1 said:

 

looks good

 

pony up for the khadas, and run an rca from it to the inputs, and marvel !  unless you have some uber-dac to play with, the investment is an easy recommendation

 

truly, last night's brief run with the quincy jones akg's was beautiful, and whilst the dac in the pan am is no slouch, it's nowhere in the same league

 

meantime i'm waiting on a stoner ud110v2 to also try - cheap on ocau, and no longer available, but worth a try 🙂  this is a bad sign that my addiction is worsening

 

I was checking out the khadas you posted. It looks nice. Great for the money. I have a Fiio X3 2nd gen that I'm using as a DAC for the moment. I'm not sure how much difference the Khadas would make as the Fiio is reasonably good. It'd be nice to try though. 

 

I'd like to try out the Fiio e12 DIY too as an amp. It has switch able op amps and buffers for different sound signatures. The Schiit Vali 3 looks nice too to give tubes a go. 

 

I think ultimately I'd like to try something like a Chord Hugo. Just to see how what I have compares to something outside of what I'm likely to pay for in the near future. 

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i am obviously biased, but the sound coming out of my system is unprecedented

 

amp is a nad d3020, and there's a pair of wharfdale diamond 10.1's and a 10.gx 10" sub - it is like listening to headphones, with the separation of instruments being amazing, and the attack on stuff, and bass hits is.... great !

even having it filter into the study from the living area is mesmerising

ttbomk the ess sabre 9038q2m dac is probably at least a few years newer than the cirrus logic in the fiio, and the scene is really dynamic in terms of improvement

 

if you haven't yet rolled opamps or tubes, you are in for a treat - i thought playing with the burson opamps in the xonar xdav was a noticeable step up from the dual opa627, which in turn trounced the standard primary dac

 

but the khadas is an entirely new level of clarity and reproduction

 

still, the stoner will run to my cmoy (altoid tin) 9v amp (and on to audiotechnica ad700's), and that's got provision to roll opamps too, but the lid won't shut with the dual opa627, or burson v5i (or no was with the v5)... but burson have an adapter tposqueeze stuff in there, and opamps are relatively cheap from china (whether they are genuine is a bit of a gamble)  🙂

 

nearly every attempted upgrade has been at least a marginal improvement, withthe exception of the disappointing mismatch of the v5, where the cheaper v5i sounded better in the xonar

 

which is now redundant unless i move it into the study, but i am soooooo tempted to just buy another khadas - it's simply that much better that anything less is not going to be quite enough any more

 

and so goes the upgrade disease- which is why i never go to audiophile shops to try stuff

far safer to take a gamble on cheap or used components and still be amazed every time at a budget i can manage 😄

 

the return on investment between better and maybe a bit better again gets steep quickly

 

enjoy what you have; be careful what you crave, as it will almost always hit the spot (temporarily, and leave you wondering what might be better)

 

 

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