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Picked up a Bottlehead Crack (+ some extra tubes) for the price of a new kit. I was going to build one but couldn't pass up the deal, Ill put in some soldering time modding it as its bone stock.

Coming from the Ether C and Jot combo the Crack and HD6XX combo is a pleasure. Fantastic combo to just sit back and relax and soak in some tunes. The Jot and to a lesser extent Ether C went on their way as I didn't really ever want to sit and drink a beer with that combo. After a few head-fi meets where I kept getting drawn to the Crack hd650 combo I figured I should just make the switch.

Now I just need to find a DAC, my little Hifiberry DAC works but isn't the greatest. Wish I never had gotten rid of the zDAC, I doubt I will find another deal on one, the ebay prices are pretty high right now.
Edited by silvrr - 4/19/17 at 5:51pm
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Picked up a Bottlehead Crack (+ some extra tubes) for the price of a new kit. I was going to build one but couldn't pass up the deal, Ill put in some soldering time modding it as its bone stock.

Coming from the Ether C and Jot combo the Crack and HD6XX combo is a pleasure. Fantastic combo to just sit back and relax and soak in some tunes. The Jot and to a lesser extent Ether C went on their way as I didn't really ever want to sit and drink a beer with that combo. After a few head-fi meets where I kept getting drawn to the Crack hd650 combo I figured I should just make the switch.

Now I just need to find a DAC, my little Hifiberry DAC works but isn't the greatest. Wish I never had gotten rid of the zDAC, I doubt I will find another deal on one, the ebay prices are pretty high right now.

I would spend a bit more cash and get a jolida glass dac or better yet a timbre tt-1.

Both are pretty hard to find on the used market, but if you can manage to snag either one, it would pretty much be a gg dac that you would take with you to your grave.

Edit: @WhiteWulfe http://www.usaudiomart.com/details/649348434-jolida-glass-fx-dac-2/

Thats an amazing price. That is basically 260 bucks USD.
Edited by Tjj226 Angel - 4/19/17 at 6:44pm
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Picked up a Bottlehead Crack (+ some extra tubes) for the price of a new kit. I was going to build one but couldn't pass up the deal, Ill put in some soldering time modding it as its bone stock.

Coming from the Ether C and Jot combo the Crack and HD6XX combo is a pleasure. Fantastic combo to just sit back and relax and soak in some tunes. The Jot and to a lesser extent Ether C went on their way as I didn't really ever want to sit and drink a beer with that combo. After a few head-fi meets where I kept getting drawn to the Crack hd650 combo I figured I should just make the switch.

Now I just need to find a DAC, my little Hifiberry DAC works but isn't the greatest. Wish I never had gotten rid of the zDAC, I doubt I will find another deal on one, the ebay prices are pretty high right now.

Definitely agree with the HD650 (or HD800) and Crack combo being perfect for enjoying a drink with smile.gif . I just go for a single malt to accompany my music biggrin.gif .

I'm using an SMSL Sanskrit 6th for my DAC as its fairly cheap, supports USB/optical/coaxial inputs and based on my reading isn't too far off the ODAC.
   
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I would spend a bit more cash and get a jolida glass dac or better yet a timbre tt-1.

Both are pretty hard to find on the used market, but if you can manage to snag either one, it would pretty much be a gg dac that you would take with you to your grave.

Edit: @WhiteWulfe http://www.usaudiomart.com/details/649348434-jolida-glass-fx-dac-2/

Thats an amazing price. That is basically 260 bucks USD.

Not a bad price at all smile.gif pity I'm broke atm and Novation Music is making my wallet cry (short version: they announced two synths today, and I want both). I can't resist playfully saying "that's about $400 CAD once you factor in shipping it across the country" ^_^;;; tongue.gif
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Not to mention that maintaining a tape recorder in this day and age (especially a high quality 16 or 24 channel) is insanely expensive... And they're moodier than a high school full of teenagers.
I buy from hdtracks.com; and I am very sure that old albums sound pleasant, but some analog flaws can be heard. But overall, it´s not PITA, like some albums made recently...

With digital system, any idiot with low knowledge can work in studio. And if he screws up, chances are high, modern tech will save his arse. Digital is more forgiving.
You can´t do loudness wars on vinyl or tape much, distortion will rise for example. Recording engineer must stay within tight limits.
    
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I buy from hdtracks.com; and I am very sure that old albums sound pleasant, but some analog flaws can be heard. But overall, it´s not PITA, like some albums made recently...

With digital system, any idiot with low knowledge can work in studio. And if he screws up, chances are high, modern tech will save his arse. Digital is more forgiving.
You can´t do loudness wars on vinyl or tape much, distortion will rise for example. Recording engineer must stay within tight limits.

Eh. There are benefits to both.

Plus there is still the whole issue of older recordings. Most digital remasters of classic rock suck donkey wang and the only way to get a good recording is to get your hands on older records, and in this case specifically, tape.
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..for example Kaleidoscope Coldplay album.
Weird midrange, makes my head hurt. Want my money back !mad.gif
    
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..for example Kaleidoscope Coldplay album.
Weird midrange, makes my head hurt. Want my money back !mad.gif

Try playing with some EQ at the mid range, lower the DB count on the mid range or keep the mid range the same and raise the low and upper range.

Don't recommend keeping EQ on for most albums but some tracks that are unusable can be fixed this way.
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Nah. I have seen people do that when they are looking for headphones.

They will "flip" a handful of high end headphones and when they find the one they like, they will turn around and buy it new with the warranty and everything.

Its a better way to audition gear, but you have to be fairly rich to make that investment.

I do the same thing!
I tested the Grado's and the AKG and the Sennheiser 650 this way before settling on the HD650's.

I bought used all three over a period of time , spent my time with them and sold the ones I didn't like. Sure you spend some money in the beginning but you get it all back sometimes more if you can resell your used headphone for higher.

It is way better than buying them all new, only having the return period of 14/30 days to test them. Some places don't even take returns for headphones for "sanitary" reasons, which makes sense too.
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I do the same thing!
I tested the Grado's and the AKG and the Sennheiser 650 this way before settling on the HD650's.

I bought used all three over a period of time , spent my time with them and sold the ones I didn't like. Sure you spend some money in the beginning but you get it all back sometimes more if you can resell your used headphone for higher.

It is way better than buying them all new, only having the return period of 14/30 days to test them. Some places don't even take returns for headphones for "sanitary" reasons, which makes sense too.

I just force the arse hats at best buy to give me a proper demo setup to listen to headphones.

I like to think that I train the agents at best buy through negative reinforcement. tongue.gif
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