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Oh my.

Just got owned playing Insurgency.

...

(sorry)

Had to break up the headphone love fest with a bit of an off topic post.

(should be good for an infraction or two)



...



...

WOOOT!

You've gotta watch out for Tyler. I can't guarantee he's adept with the hammer yet.

I haven't played Insurgency in ages. Maybe I'll download it again today. I finally beat Mass Effect again so I need something else to occupy my time.
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Ah god.

I've already spent 50 bucks at that HDtracks.com site.

The Chesky Audiophile demos are so bloody fun!

I also got some great 24/88.2khz .flacs of Earl Wild piano recitals.

Anyone know any other good high def download locations? Hard to find such that are consistently good.

At around 12 bucks an album, the HDtracks site is a winner IMO ... long as they got something you want to listen too and all ..

    
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meh... yourmusic is better. $7 an album and you get the actual disc!
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(here's to six hour listening sessions!)

    
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The rig as it sits now:



The CD5001 cdp is on the left with the E-MU stacked on top. The MPX3 tube amp is on the right.

~~~

Singlepower MPX3:

Well, it would be easy for me to sum this piece of hardware up in one word - astounding. I suppose you guys are probably looking for more though, so...

- Soundstage is increased on both SR225 and D2. It's a little more noticeable on the D2 to my ears.

- Transparency is the biggest improvement. Totally makes me even wonder if grabbing a new DAC is going to be worth the extra expense. I was not expecting to gain such benefits in hearing more detail, but out of the 50-60 tracks I've listened to I have noticed new pieces in the instrumentation in roughly 90% of them. It's wonderful to find a new cymbal tap or a slight electronic rhythm underlying the mainly melody of the piece.

- Background/floor noise. Dead freaking silent. Everytime I listen I feel the urge to turn off the fans in my room just to simply hear how crushingly black the floor noise is.

- Warmth. It's a tube amp. Once you experience what they can do to the music, you NEVER want to go back. Yesterday I took the rig over to a friend's house so he could listen to what I've got going, while I could finally check out his speaker setup. I listened through his vintage Sansui CA3000 preamp and found the sound to be pretty much lifeless without tubes driving it. This isn't your average preamp either, mind you.

- To sum it up, I would say that this is a good example of how aiming for what you really covet ultimately pays off more than moving up gradually. As an enthusiast it's far too late for me to try and stem the financial bleeding from trying to improve my rig, and as such it would be irrational to think that I could simply stop at any time I wished. If you're like me and can tell that you're getting in too deep, try and get the best that you can early. If you know you're going to end up at that tier anyway, might as well turn the inevitable future into the satisfying present.






*tubes during the day*


*tubes at night *

~~~

Marantz CD5001:

Not near as much to say about this one. It's purely solid all around. Lower floor noise than the E-MU and better in most tonal respects. Ultimately the sound feels more refined, which is a trait that I look for in my source. The E-MU feels flatter, less involving. This device is going to be damn useful for the upcoming meet and during the 7-8 months that I spend at school.



~~~

Anywho, those are general thoughts. I have some stuff to write up on regarding the tubes that Jacob packaged with the amp and a few pics of them grouped together that looks kind of cool.

All in all, I'm happy and having fun. That's the most I can ask for from the things I buy Best wishes all.
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The rig as it sits now:



The CD5001 cdp is on the left with the E-MU stacked on top. The MPX3 tube amp is on the right.

~~~

Singlepower MPX3:

Well, it would be easy for me to sum this piece of hardware up in one word - astounding. I suppose you guys are probably looking for more though, so...

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- Transparency is the biggest improvement. Totally makes me even wonder if grabbing a new DAC is going to be worth the extra expense. I was not expecting to gain such benefits in hearing more detail, but out of the 50-60 tracks I've listened to I have noticed new pieces in the instrumentation in roughly 90% of them. It's wonderful to find a new cymbal tap or a slight electronic rhythm underlying the mainly melody of the piece.

- Background/floor noise. Dead freaking silent. Everytime I listen I feel the urge to turn off the fans in my room just to simply hear how crushingly black the floor noise is.

- Warmth. It's a tube amp. Once you experience what they can do to the music, you NEVER want to go back. Yesterday I took the rig over to a friend's house so he could listen to what I've got going, while I could finally check out his speaker setup. I listened through his vintage Sansui CA3000 preamp and found the sound to be pretty much lifeless without tubes driving it. This isn't your average preamp either, mind you.

- To sum it up, I would say that this is a good example of how aiming for what you really covet ultimately pays off more than moving up gradually. As an enthusiast it's far too late for me to try and stem the financial bleeding from trying to improve my rig, and as such it would be irrational to think that I could simply stop at any time I wished. If you're like me and can tell that you're getting in too deep, try and get the best that you can early. If you know you're going to end up at that tier anyway, might as well turn the inevitable future into the satisfying present.






*tubes during the day*


*tubes at night *

~~~

Marantz CD5001:

Not near as much to say about this one. It's purely solid all around. Lower floor noise than the E-MU and better in most tonal respects. Ultimately the sound feels more refined, which is a trait that I look for in my source. The E-MU feels flatter, less involving. This device is going to be damn useful for the upcoming meet and during the 7-8 months that I spend at school.



~~~

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Sweet lord that's a fine ass looking amplifier!

<faint>

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it'll be a good investment to get a better DAC, you can keep the Marantz as a transport as it's a fine unit. The SP will scale with the rest of your system for a looong time.

I must say I think the mpx3 looked better in my system though

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Sweet lord that's a fine ass looking amplifier!

<faint>

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During the transaction, I was actually back and forth about how it looked visually. I mean, they call it the Toaster for a reason . Once I opened it up and could actually touch it, I fell in love with the slightly vintage-look. You don't see many fully-steel chassis these days, and this amp isn't even all that old (like 2003-2004 - does that sound right Jacob?). The brushed look shows fingerprints, but it's no biggie.

I can see why people would like the newer style Singlepowers as well though. Glossy black is pretty hawt.



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I must say I think the mpx3 looked better in my system though
Wait 'til you see it sitting atop the table I'm going to build for my rig. Wood frame and tempered glass base on three shelves.
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yeah, I've got to be honest... for about a month I had a newer style PPX3 on the shelf above the MPX3 SLAM.... it was a tough decision, but in the end my ears won out over my eyes
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During the transaction, I was actually back and forth about how it looked visually. I mean, they call it the Toaster for a reason . Once I opened it up and could actually touch it, I fell in love with the slightly vintage-look. You don't see many fully-steel chassis these days, and this amp isn't even all that old (like 2003-2004 - does that sound right Jacob?). The brushed look shows fingerprints, but it's no biggie.

I can see why people would like the newer style Singlepowers as well though. Glossy black is pretty hawt.

It's just so insanely ... "Flash Gordon"-esque.

I mean that in a good way.

Beautiful design. Sexy in a (you said it) retro sort of way.

I think I saw that same amp in the game, Bioshock, a bit back.



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