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by markiteight
2019-11-11 01:48
Forum: HiFi
Topic: Thoughts on HiFi
Replies: 16
Views: 1603

Re: Thoughts on HiFi

Great question, Charlie1! I'm relieved to know I'm not the only one who has battled this conundrum. I look at it two different ways, and either way the conclusion I've come to is no...our brains are not misfiring. They're just operating on a different plane. Listening to music is just like most othe...
by markiteight
2019-09-08 22:25
Forum: HAKAI
Topic: Macmini with ESI gigaport HD+
Replies: 1
Views: 321

Re: Macmini with ESI gigaport HD+

Not with a Mac Mini but I've done it with my 2011 MBP. It's better than the analog output of the Mac and not quite as good as optical to the dac in the Exotik. All three options are quite inferior to Hakai.
by markiteight
2019-08-04 00:12
Forum: HiFi
Topic: Measuring my speakers..... ugggh! Why did I ever do it?
Replies: 3
Views: 1378

Re: Measuring my speakers..... ugggh! Why did I ever do it?

Your ears are many orders of magnitude more sensitive than a microphone. Your brain is far more capable of interpreting the data fed to it by your ears than it is at deciphering a squiggly line on a graph. Forget the measurements, trust your ears. Consider the "Playground" thread on this forum. Sixt...
by markiteight
2019-07-17 01:06
Forum: HiFi
Topic: Playground for practical listening exercices
Replies: 2156
Views: 294734

Re: Playground for practical listening exercices

I'm a bit late to the party but it's been a while since I've been close to a computer for any significant period of time. I listened to Thomas' latest clips before reading the replies and found the conclusions really fascinating. After listening to the first clip twice through it wasn't until the se...
by markiteight
2019-07-16 22:49
Forum: On the Inside
Topic: Latest records to enter your collection
Replies: 23
Views: 4422

Re: Latest records to enter your collection

Gold, silver, and bronze stars to tokenbrit! Wyndham Hill was a studio that produced mainly what Fredrik would call "audiophile recordings." They put more emphasis on the sound and the recording process than they did the content. Case in point: the Sampler '82 was a compilation of some of the first ...
by markiteight
2019-07-16 05:40
Forum: On the Inside
Topic: Latest records to enter your collection
Replies: 23
Views: 4422

Re: Latest records to enter your collection

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I'm a sucker for a used record bin.
by markiteight
2019-06-04 22:29
Forum: HiFi
Topic: Headphone Out on Apple Mac mini 2019 Sounds Fantastic!
Replies: 12
Views: 1864

Re: Absolute Bargains!

I agree with Ron that external DACs plugged into my MBP do not improve the music compared to the computer's analog output. I've tried this with a Fostex headphone amp/DAC, a HeadRoom headphone amp/DAC, and the ESI. In all cases the musical performance was superior via the analog output. I haven't tr...
by markiteight
2019-05-22 19:39
Forum: HiFi
Topic: Playground for practical listening exercices
Replies: 2156
Views: 294734

Re: Playground for practical listening exercices

Incidentally, I think I've found a way to combine the benefits of all my Linn speakers... https://www.dropbox.com/s/y4g6mmm7kdat10n/Speaker%20Heaven.png?dl=0 LOL. Wow! I think I see Linn's next product announcement: K2400. "Twenty four individual runs of speaker cable conveniently divided into 12 c...
by markiteight
2019-05-21 20:05
Forum: HiFi
Topic: Playground for practical listening exercices
Replies: 2156
Views: 294734

Re: Playground for practical listening exercices

It seems like the Hiq's might do a better job of tweeting than the 'speaks, but they don't integrate into the Kans as well. On the Hiq clips I hear a woofer and a tweeter. On the 'speak tracks I hear music.
by markiteight
2019-05-06 04:51
Forum: HiFi
Topic: Playground for practical listening exercices
Replies: 2156
Views: 294734

Re: Playground for practical listening exercices

I've been having a bit of fun this weekend too: https://www.dropbox.com/s/3ocb07xz8smd4bw/IMG_0425.MOV?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/oq4vz9rpfxdq1v1/IMG_0421.MOV?dl=0 Watch out! I foresee that you end up like Charlie1 with you house full of speakers. :-) You sure know how to pick the “fun” ones. A...
by markiteight
2019-05-05 23:47
Forum: HiFi
Topic: Playground for practical listening exercices
Replies: 2156
Views: 294734

Re: Playground for practical listening exercices

beck wrote:
2019-05-05 20:46
I think I hit bulls eye with my speaker setup.

Previous:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/o80bpx67okg90 ... 4.mov?dl=0

Now:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/f5oq6pfzzifi3 ... 5.mov?dl=0

Or am I only dreaming?
Dreams are good! But Previous is better.
by markiteight
2019-05-05 02:15
Forum: HiFi
Topic: Playground for practical listening exercices
Replies: 2156
Views: 294734

Re: Playground for practical listening exercices

I prefer the second clip in both this and your previous post. Out of all 4 I think the second clip in your previous post is the best.
by markiteight
2019-05-03 01:15
Forum: HiFi
Topic: Playground for practical listening exercices
Replies: 2156
Views: 294734

Re: Playground for practical listening exercices

AlbannachFE wrote:
2019-05-02 23:57
For me, Nait and Katans.
Agreed. It's amazing what a day can do. I wasn't too keen on the Katans yesterday but in these clips they really sing.

Although I do have to say one set of recordings is invalid. Your acoustic treatment got up and wandered off in one of the clips. ;-)
by markiteight
2019-05-03 01:04
Forum: On the Inside
Topic: Best / worst vinyl pressings
Replies: 173
Views: 36006

Re: Best / worst vinyl pressings

https://www.discogs.com/Dire-Straits-Brothers-In-Arms/release/6717429 Expensive but it worths every penny ... M I used to have that pressing along with this: https://www.discogs.com/Dire-Straits-Brothers-In-Arms/release/770027 I found the standard pressing much better than the remastered, and it's ...
by markiteight
2019-05-02 02:42
Forum: Me and My system
Topic: Acquiring early pressings.?
Replies: 10
Views: 5654

Re: Acquiring early pressings.?

Have you tried https://www.discogs.com ? It's been the best resource I've found so far. They even break down each album into the different pressings so you can search for exactly what you want.
by markiteight
2019-04-24 05:10
Forum: HiFi
Topic: What the...
Replies: 1
Views: 1175

What the...

I've never seen Kabers like this before. Looks factory. Any ideas?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/192896371190?ul_noapp=true
by markiteight
2019-04-23 20:45
Forum: HiFi
Topic: Playground for practical listening exercices
Replies: 2156
Views: 294734

Re: Playground for practical listening exercices

Which is the one that sounds bigger and more impressive and which do you prefer in real life? Oops...I missed that minor detail. Everyone's conclusions match what I hear in the room: Option 2 is better. Interestingly, over on the systems thread Charlie1 prefers Blacks to Option2, so more investigat...
by markiteight
2019-04-23 04:18
Forum: On the Inside
Topic: Best / worst vinyl pressings
Replies: 173
Views: 36006

Re: Best / worst vinyl pressings

I have a copy of this: https://www.discogs.com/Pearl-Jam-Ten/release/1084282 and it is the dullest sounding, most lifeless pressing in my collection. I'm genuinely shocked at how much they sell for. Mine copy still has the original Tower Records price tag: $8.99 Being a Seattle native child of the '...
by markiteight
2019-04-22 19:55
Forum: HiFi
Topic: Playground for practical listening exercices
Replies: 2156
Views: 294734

Re: Playground for practical listening exercices

Thank you everybody for your feedback. What you're listening to are two different pairs of Linn Silver interconnects between phono stage and preamp. Option 2 is a repost of a clip from my system thread, option 1 is new. There have been a number of discussions on this forum, especially by Fredrik, ab...
by markiteight
2019-04-20 06:04
Forum: On the Inside
Topic: Determining optimum solder temperature
Replies: 7
Views: 2605

Re: Determining optimum solder temperature

lejonklou wrote:
2019-04-19 09:55
Looks like Knekt soldered to K400. Difficult to say much more.

How do they sound?
Hehe...I guess that's a good sign I'm not completely mucking it up.

With all the changes to my system lately it's impossible to isolate the speaker cables' performance, but it's sounding better than it ever has.
by markiteight
2019-04-20 04:04
Forum: Me and My system
Topic: It really ties the room together
Replies: 26
Views: 7711

Re: It really ties the room together

Great feedback, everybody! I have to say I agree with all the comments, even the contradictory ones. It's a bit of a conundrum, but then... What type of interconnects are you sporting there? Is everything kosher at that end? A very good question, a2! I was using all blacks. Here it is again with sil...
by markiteight
2019-04-19 06:22
Forum: Me and My system
Topic: It really ties the room together
Replies: 26
Views: 7711

Re: It really ties the room together

Nait: https://www.dropbox.com/s/1mdz3x4t7dpceof/IMG_0347.MOV?dl=0 Linto -> Nait: https://www.dropbox.com/s/d9si5xebjioa7hn/IMG_0352.MOV?dl=0 Exotik -> Klout: https://www.dropbox.com/s/wswhvxc52rvd5v1/IMG_0354.MOV?dl=0 Linto -> Exotik -> Klout: https://www.dropbox.com/s/nflbhem7yfi0qwl/IMG_0353.MOV?d...
by markiteight
2019-04-19 01:44
Forum: Me and My system
Topic: It really ties the room together
Replies: 26
Views: 7711

Re: It really ties the room together

Certainly a lot of differences in setup between the clips. I don't really think it tells us much about the amps. I preferred the all Linn clip. It seemed better balanced too. I'd like to hear both amp options via Linto though. Your wish is my command! I managed to find enough connectors to make up ...