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    the KKF audio thread!

    it's been my experience that audio gear overlaps with kitchen knives (me myself, i run an audio forum with a fairly active kitchen knife culture!). what gear are you running at home, and what music do you like?

    i have an Audio Aero Capitole Mk II CD player/DAC going to an Odyssey Stratos SE amplifier running a pair of Thiel CS 2.4s. i'm mainly into classical and jazz, though i used to be obsessed with Bjork and David Sylvian. i used to be a headphone crazy (my last headphone rig was the same CD player running to a Singlepower MPX3 Single triad headphone amp with a pair of Grado HP-2 headphones). i don't use headphones on the go since i started suffering from tinnitus (one loud concert too many), so music has become something at home only that i really deeply listen to.

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    Wow, that's a hell of a set of cans. Never got to hear a set of Joe Grado's works. Singlepower...meh, not a fan of the guy who runs (used to run, maybe?) that company. Everyone says they make good sounding amps though. I was into the DIY headphone audio scene for a while.... just too darned expensive, makes knife hobby look like collecting matchbox cars... and a full system makes headphone hobby look like collecting frisbees.

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    the Joe Grados were amazing, but they are starting to degrade. Joe is taking advantage by selling refurbishment for a couple grand. they ain't worth that (the Thiel CS2.4 speakers are way better than the HP-2s ever were, for less than $3k used). Mikhail was a screw up, but his amps sure sounded good then they worked! do you know head-case? i'm the same ER...

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    Yeah, Mikhail was a tool. I actually saw a guy gut and rebuild one of the singlepower amps. Obviously never heard the results, but man did the guts on that thing look much nicer. I was never on headcase. Spent a good bit of time on the DIY audio forums of head-fi and headwize a few years back. Actually never got on headcase at all, how old is that forum? Didn't even know it existed, and that's odd. Most of these forum based communities have some cross referencing going on... Anyway, I got a set of Grado HF-2 (the second head-fi limited edition model) and promptly stopped listening to headphones - not because of the headphones, just because I stopped having time. Have since sold off most of my equipment for the knife hobby, but I still have those cans. Really nice sounding for $500.

    EDIT: just had a glance at the head-case diy forum and saw a lot of names I recognized. Dr. Gilmore, nikongod, n_maher, a lot of others. Might join up to talk to those guys again. Something about head-fi really turned me off there a couple years ago, and I'm still not sure what.

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    my partner and i (it's a completely non-commerical site) started head-case in 2006, in reaction to head-fi becoming more and more commercialized. the main DIY forum moved to head-case soon after, and all of the head-fi national meets after 2008 have really been head-case meets, in terms of how they were organized.

    yeah, the HF-2s were decent enough. speakers are where it's at, though. unlike most of my hobbies, i spent as much money as possible with the speakers, and haven't felt like i needed to upgrade since. i think it's the way to go.

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    Damn, has it been that long since I stopped looking at headphone forums? It must be so, because I would have known of a quasi-defection from head-fi. Like I said, a lot of the stuff at head-fi kind of drove me away from the headphone world, plus I just wasn't listening as much as I did before that...

    Wow, I'm feeling old.

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    the things driving people away from head-fi is what i started head-case. no big deal. you might even be forgiven if you visited head-case and thought it was a high end booze forum

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    I have a set of Salk HT2-TLs for 2 channel driven by a AVA 550 EX. I use my pioneer AVR as a preamp and a squeezebox as the source. I need to get a dedicated 2 channel pre amp at some point, but I just shelled out for a matching center channel and I am probably done with audio for the year. At the computer I just use some Senn HD555 I got really cheap on sale with rebate a couple years ago. I need to upgrade, but I so rarely listen to music in here it would seem like a waste.

    How do you like the stratos amps? I was thinking about them at one point then found a smoking deal on the used amp I bought.

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    Great topic! I have a pair of Mirage M3-Si's driven by an Odyssey Audio Stratos Extreme SE. My preamp is an Odyssey Audio Candella with 1950's RCA cleartop tubes and my source is a Macbook hooked up via usb to a DB Labs USB DAC. Unfortunately the goofy power in my house has knocked out my Odyssey Stratos so I will have to drive to Indy and drop it off for repair as I do not feel like shipping a 70lb amp. For headphones I have a pair of Bose over the hears that I picked up at work.

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    Had Thiel 2.2, Aragon 4004 Mk II and Sonic Frontiers SFL-1 Preamplifier. Forget the CD player and wires but the latter were a mishmash of high-end silver and pure copper that were all the rage in the 1990's.

    Due to two different medical issues I lost all hearing in one ear and 60% in the other so everything was sold.

    Still have a pair of bi-wired Musical Fidelity MC-4's (naked, without the ugly grills) for video surround sound and people like them.

    Most important to me now is the music itself but I really miss excellent imaging, dynamics and the visceral thrill of great music on a great system.

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