Morning Coffee - Discussion

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Morning Coffee - Discussion
« on: 30 May 2019, 11:52 am »
Hey,

I was sitting here this morning drinking a great cup of "joe" and listening to Leann Rimes early stuff and now some soothing Enya to wake me up.....
(using the hd600s and Pete Milletts "Butte of an Amp"!

Then it hit me!

Why not have a thread or discussion thread thats just a "Hey! Hello, Good Morning Thread" where we can just get together to talk about stuff...

Nothing about politics or religion, the usually Audicircle rules...but a place to say hello and hows it going?

Anything new in the audio headphone world ? Great music your listening to....Funny or silly experiences you have had recently....

Nothing disparaging but lets get to know each other a bit better!

So as usual I will start it off!

My name is Alex Dydula and I am a audio heaphone addict...my addiction started way back in the early 60's and has continued on in many forms over
the years based upon my whims, budget, and my wifes tolerance for my silly stuff!

I live in North Carolina and its going to be hot today 98 deg F.

Time to water the outside plants so they survive the day..

Drinking my secret blend of 50/50 Peets home ground beans and Starbucks.....I am not a Starbuck drive up and get the $10 super latte of the day!
Just good ole strong coffee!

ok nuff for now...

Have a GREAT DAY and listen to some good music!

Alex


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Re: Morning Coffee - Discussion
« Reply #1 on: 30 May 2019, 02:30 pm »
Good morning... I live in NC also, been out watering the dry spots in the lawn this morning, getting ready for another scorcher.

I recently helped my son fix his iPhone, which had stopped charging. He carries the phone in his pocket, which is cotton, so the lint got into the lightning port and each time he charged it compacted the lint into the bottom of the port until it go so thick that the plug could not make contact with the jack conductors. My other son said he fixed his same problem with a toothpick which I thought was barbaric but in the end that's what worked best and was pretty safe. A dab of caig gold and it works fine now. This is relevant to iPhoners who use lightning jack to feed their outboard DAC, like me. Watch out for the dreaded pocket lint impaction!

My main headphones are AKG K701 that I bought used here on AC a few years ago. They are 30ohms so fairly hungry to play loud enough for classical symphony music that I like, so I had trouble finding a source/amp that was loud enough. I recently bought a used Dragonfly Red from AC and it is loud enough so I am fully enjoying the cans and feeding my car stereo with nice DAC via aux. I really like these cans. A natural tone not too much extreme detail like some audiophile cans, but very pure tone and pretty dense for open back. I especially like how light they are and comfortable.

I'm definitely not a headphone guy, I'm a music guy first, mostly listen on home stereo and car, but I use headphones and earbuds for travel and exercise. I have Shure 530 buds, and Bose buds for exercise.

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« Reply #2 on: 30 May 2019, 02:37 pm »
Hey Rich....nice meeting you "again"? I think we have chatted before but at my age my memory is the pits at times!

I see your having an audio get together on 6/22 if I read some of your posts correctly? Thats great, my birhday is on the 23rd...I think we are going to the mountains for that timeframe.

I had two different pairs Of AKG 7xx series in the past and they are indeed very light and comforatable fitting.

One was a "lime green" color! Dont know if that made them sound any better or worse!!  :D

Thanks for stopping by please come again!

All the best
Alex

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Re: Morning Coffee - Discussion
« Reply #3 on: 30 May 2019, 02:40 pm »
I find I'm as obsessive about coffee as I am about headphones.  Took me a long time to "dial in" my morning cup but it's finally perfect (and stable).  For me it's an Aeropress and a mix of Brazil and Costa Rica beans.  Yum!

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« Reply #4 on: 30 May 2019, 02:43 pm »
Early morning here and listening to Beethoven piano sonatas on my Sennheiser HD800s (from Rudistor RPX-33 mk2 headamp.
Today was to have been the third day of (the dreaded) jury duty. But they called all the cases for the whole week needing a jury finished selecting by end of yesterday.. and I was in the courtroom with 35 others, but was (lucky me or I would be there a few more days!) not selected.  The seventh time I had been called to jury duty...

My pet birds are also happier, since for two full days they were (unusually) locked in the cages all day. I am retired, and up to this point had never been gone (and them locked up) for more than a few hours.
The main reason the have to be locked up when I am not here is CHEWING STUFF. Parrot family birds, Cockatiel, and parakeets, will chew anything they can get a-hold of. Including $$$ bits of audio wire.... Speaker grill cloth, wood trim. remote control rubber buttons... and live 120V AC zip cords....
But I AM home, and they are happy this morning.
So am I, now I can relax knowing no jury duty for four years at least...

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« Reply #5 on: 30 May 2019, 03:36 pm »
Good Morning Elizabeth!

HD800s! Having Beyers for so long and then buying a pair of HD600;s , a fairly low cost experiment to see if I would like the Sennheiser sound..

..and I do....sometimes I think I enjoy thjem more that my T1's!

So I was and still am thinking of selling a buch of stuff and getting a pair of HD800s...maybe someday before I turn 80!!

I just got a jury duty letter!! LOL...

I have to call in the night before to see if I am selected or not.....been called 6-8 times in the last 20 years or so.

Never made it to a trial...

Looks like you got your hands full with the "birds"....I just put some sunflower seeds in a feeder outside my front door....the cardinals and finches love this stuff...and
I grease up the pole so the squirrels cant get to the feeder... :D

Thanks for stopping by and sharing your morning with us!!

All the best
Alex

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Re: Morning Coffee - Discussion
« Reply #6 on: 30 May 2019, 03:47 pm »
Morning coffee and music is usually something my wife plays by saying "Alexa, play ...."  This morning it was Phil Collins. I changed it to Allen Parsons as I fixed breakfast. 

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« Reply #7 on: 30 May 2019, 04:20 pm »
Late morning to everyone from NC.
I purchased a pair of HE400S and am really liking them. Now that I work from home they are a necessity. Bad head phones wrecked my ears. I would turn them up to hear what I got through the stereo thus causing the tinnitus to get worse. These phones are the first that I hear detail without turning way up and I am ecstatic. I hope to have the ringing go back down over time.
Till tomorrow
Don

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« Reply #8 on: 30 May 2019, 05:48 pm »
thought I would stop lurking and jump in.  I am in Victoria BC Canada. 

Drinking a short cappuccino(less milk and foam) made from 49th Parallel Ethiopia Gedeb - a single origin espresso.  Have a big mostly automatic Breville espresso machine that makes amazing espresso.

I'm pretty new to headphones.  My main setup has my Exogal dac feeding roon/tidal to a Liquid Platinum amp to ZMF Atticus headphones.  Have new cabling that I am still not sure about - xlrs dac to amp and new xlr (Hivemind) cable to headphones. 

Music this morning is the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival compilation - amazing range of music and pretty well recorded for live festival format.  Everything from zydeco to blues to contemporary jazz.  Can imagine being there with my coffee in hand.  Although have been to early morning pilates this morning so feels like I have been standing at the main stage for maybe too long...

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« Reply #9 on: 30 May 2019, 08:21 pm »
I’m reading this and wishing I could  participate.. I love coffee. But I don’t use headphones to listen to music. Then I was like wait!!! I’m on a plane using my Bose noise canceling and listening to Trey Anastasio band from St. Petersburg, FL. From the other night. AND I’m drinking Starbucks black coffee. Weird how I don’t, would never do either, unless I had to. You know what. I’m so grateful  for both.  And the internet on a plane!

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« Reply #10 on: 31 May 2019, 12:49 pm »
Another really hot day here in North Carolina, just went outside and watered my wife's flowers. First cup of Joe and looking forward to another day in paradise!
I just repaired a scratch pot in my ODA amp so I think I will give it a good listening to for a few days. I wrote up my DIY experience here several years ago...its a really great SS amp, enough current and voltage to drive about anything so far.

I do have another DIY Class A 2-stage transistor headphone amp I am going to build!

I got confirmation about the PCB and engraved panels so I hope in a few weeks to get this one started....its all about the retirement budget!
But June is Fathers Day and my birthday so its a little easier to do this stuff in the month of June!!

Enjoy the Day!

 :D

Alex
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Re: Morning Coffee - Discussion
« Reply #11 on: 1 Jun 2019, 10:09 pm »
Well,

I was going away for a few days to escape the heat here in Raleigh and headed up to Boone, NC area in the mountains. After being there for a few hours, great lunch of pizza and beer LOL. I found myeself in the Emergency Room in Boone NC! Life in the ER friday night at 2 am is very, very interesting....

Severe stomach pain, 9 out of 10!. Friday 6:30 pm, most stuff closed down, urgent care still open said could be many things....gal bladder, heart attack etc....

$&^*()&@*@

So long story short just got back home, and need some follow up testing, but so far nothing "too" serious...

...the doc said to STOP drinking coffee!!!

$&*^*^^$&

Life sure can be a "xisser" at times!!

All the best
Alex
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Re: Morning Coffee - Discussion
« Reply #12 on: 1 Jun 2019, 10:23 pm »
Well Alex that kind of shoots your thread to heck doesn't it. Just change the title to "Morning Tea - ..."

Good to hear it wasn't more serious, even if it was painful as hell. Get to the Doc, find out what's up.  :thumb:

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Re: Morning Coffee - Discussion
« Reply #13 on: 1 Jun 2019, 11:14 pm »
Thanks JD!

I will follow up with my PCP, probably old age gastritis, stomach acid, reflux, gall bladder acting up etc....even though there are no stones the gall bladder could be a possible culpit..think an endoscopy is in my future!

Will keep ya posted and we will keep the Morning Coffee name!!! damm the torpedoes full speed ahead!!

 :D

Alex


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Re: Morning Coffee - Discussion
« Reply #14 on: 2 Jun 2019, 04:48 pm »
I've never been to NC. I came close to visiting Raleigh a couple years ago while we were staying outside Atlanta, but my mother had a serious medical emergency. Mom is way more important than a trip somewhere. Our son is in the Emory PT School. He'll graduate next May, so we'll fly down for the ceremony. Knowing my wife's interest in traveling to new places, we may well stay in the region long enough to get to NC.

I've got a pair of HD650s here in my home office which get moderate use. My Gustard X20u DAC and Folsom's Little Chip amp power my WildBurro FR OB speakers when I want the room filled with music. I really like how these OB speakers sound in this room. I've tried two pairs of box speakers here, and they sounded like crap (in this particular room).

It's going to be sunny and 78F today. I guess it's not quite scorching, but this is typical of June in the Willamette Valley. I love it here. The Pacific Ocean is an hour's drive west; the Cascades are about an hour's drive east. When the pollen count isn't outrageously high, this area is Heaven on Earth (HOE?).  :lol:

I bought a Profitec Pro 500 Espresso maker last year. It replaced my Rancilio Sylvia II, which is sitting in my flat in Taiwan awaiting our eventual return. The Profitec makes fantastic espresso drinks. You're welcome to stop in for coffee and music.

I turned 59 yesterday. My arms and legs haven't fallen off (though my hair does); there haven't been any major medical issues this year (unlike last year), so life is good.

Michael

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« Reply #15 on: 2 Jun 2019, 05:57 pm »
Hello Michael!

Just had a nourishing lunch of Cheerios and a bannana!! With this issue at the emergency room yesterday I came home from a weekend mountain trip a day early just in case something worse might happen...so the doc tells me NO coffee, a bland diet and get to my pcp for gall bladder and somach testing...oh gee I cant wait!!  :duh:

Anyhow its hot here in the low country of North Carolina....and we often take a trip to the mountains here, the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Boone , Blowing Rock area its our HOE!!  :D Hated to come back to the hot city, but life sure throws curve balls at you....never a dull moment!

I was tempted to get the 650's, but wanted to make sure I would like the senn sound, so after much reading etc the 600's for the low price of $270 or so fit the bill and II really like them a lot...Quite the contrast to the Beyers T90 and T1's.  I have thought about getting a set of 800's for their fantastic soundstage...but hard to justify the $1600.

We started up a few dicussion group threads to help get more activity on the circle...seems like most folks want to talk abuot their stuff and I hope to works out for us all.

If you do visit North Carolina, I would skip the middle part and try the mountains...especially around Blowing Rock..a quaint small town where things and life are at a much slower pace...the other place would be the beach area,  Wilmington area...several beaches to the south of Wilmington to stay and play at.

Even though I stopped drinking coffee, I am hoping to get back to a cup now and then after we get this gastritis thing sorted out...and god I could not rename this the Morning Tea Discussion Group!!  :lol: :o :D

All the best
Alex


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Re: Morning Coffee - Discussion
« Reply #16 on: 2 Jun 2019, 06:23 pm »
Funny thing about coffee:I love the smell of grinding the bean. Love the smell of brewing the bean.
Can't stand the taste of it. Never have and probably never will. My wife makes fun of me and says it just
means more for her. I don't believe in adding a bunch of stuff to "try" and make it taste better cause then what's
the point of drinking it?
Lexington NC has a little store called the Candy Factory. They have stuff I hadn't seen in many years and some
of the best malted balls I've ever had. Any way asked the owner one time "know why I love dark chocolate"? He
says ok why and I told him "cause my wife doesn't".
Have a great day everyone.

Don

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Re: Morning Coffee - Discussion
« Reply #17 on: 2 Jun 2019, 08:29 pm »
Hey Don...thats a funny story for sure.... :D

I am not a chocolate person, but do enjoy it from time to time.

Thats another thing the doc says to avoid if your having gastro issues! ^&$%*)%#'

I like the smell and the taste and like coffee fresh.....fresh roasted beans shining in their "oils"....
I grind a small batch to last a few days so its fresh.

I was in Blowing Rock on friday at Camp Roasters and bought a bag of Ethopian beans they roast, and now I cant drink any until
I am sorted out!!

Malted milk balls bring back some good childhood memories...like the "whoppers" in a box!

Alex

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Re: Morning Coffee - Discussion
« Reply #18 on: 2 Jun 2019, 09:19 pm »
Most people who have problems with coffee do so because of the acid content. If you use this

https://www.amazon.com/Toddy-THM-Cold-Brew-System/dp/B0006H0JVW

you can reduce the acid content by 2/3s. While it produces a "different" flavor profile from a regularly brewed cup, it still contains all the caffeine and is extremely smooth and satisfying.

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Re: Morning Coffee - Discussion
« Reply #19 on: 3 Jun 2019, 12:47 am »
konut,

Thanks for sharing this!

I will look into this one for sure!!

Alex
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