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    Meet The Audiophile Style Community | Volume 7

    Welcome to the seventh installment of our Meet the Audiophile Style Community series. All previous installments can be found here, in the series index.

     

    Please send me a message or email if you'd like to participate. The response so far has been wonderful. It ranges from hardcore audiophiles to those who are more interested in numbers and graphs, and as you see today, this is a global community (50% of Audiophile Style site traffic is from within the US and 50% is from other great parts of this world). This series is all about getting to know everyone and sharing a bit about yourself that others will find interesting. 

     

    Thanks for participating. I look forward to publishing more of these in the coming weeks. 

     

    Thanks to Audiophile Style community member @Nikhil for participating in volume seven of this series. I love reading this stuff even more than publishing it. As I say to myself after reading each one of these, you guys are so much more interesting than me :~)

     

     

    1. General area of the world in which you live?


    I am from Hyderabad, India, a 400 year old city that was fabled for its diamonds in the ancient world.  Today we are a city of about 11.5 million people with a presence in Information Technology and Pharmaceuticals among other things. The city has a rich cultural heritage in the arts and music.  I would like to invite Audiophile Style members to look up info on Hyderabad when they have the time.  

     

     

    2. General description of what you do or did for a living?

     

    Engineer by profession working in the Machine Tool Industry.  My company is the distributor for mostly German and American companies in India. The majority of my work is in the Automobile and Aerospace industries but we also spend a fair amount of time in the Defense, Medical, Energy and Heavy Engineering Industries.   

     

     

    3. What are your hobbies?

     

    My interests include Music and Audio where I am also a moderator on an Indian audio forum called HiFiVision.  I invite AS members to drop by to get a feel for the budding audio interest in India.  I am a regular golfer playing to a 12 handicap at the moment. I read mostly non-fiction with a current interest in Greco Roman philosophy. My wife and I share an interest in food and travel.  We also like to take in the occasional music performance whenever possible.

     

     

    4. When did you start this wonderful journey into music listening?

     

    My parents had a strong interest in music so in a sense I have been into music all my life.  Apart from Indian classical and Bollywood we always had a collection of music from around the world which has given me a very broad taste in music.  My personal journey started when I was about 12 years old with my first Sony Walkman and I had a chance to build a personal collection of music of my own.

     

     

    5. What was your first “album?”

     

    Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” – must have played that cassette for about a year nonstop.

     

     

    6. What does your music collection look like, number of physical records, CDs, etc... and number of “favorited” albums streamed?

     

    My music collection is varied with a large amount of jazz music mostly from the 60s and 70s.  As Chris discovered recently, I am into Japanese Jazz and also European jazz thanks largely to the wonderful Piano Trio thread on AS curated by Musicophile.  I have an avid interest in Latino music and am building a small collection of music that suits my ear from that genre.  My music library has a quite a few pop and rock albums including recent music thanks to TIDAL.  I tend to favor singer songwriters. Mark Knopfler and Elton John are my all time favorites.

     

    I moved to a completely digital audio setup in 2013 as in no more CDs or vinyl.  I used to have about 400 CDs and about 60 vinyl records (mostly my father’s collection), all of which is now in storage.  I use JRiver to manage all my music and I have about 1,000 albums consisting of about 12,500 files on HDD storage.  I use TIDAL for streaming and my library consists of about 35 favorite albums and 10 playlists which are in a constant state of flux.

     

     

    7. What was your first audio component / stereo?

     

    My first personal audio component was a Sony Walkman.  My first stereo system was an Onkyo Integrated which I had paired with Polk Audio floorstanders back in college. Fun days.

     

     

    8. Is there one component that you no longer have that you wish you wouldn’t have sold or that you wish you still had?

     

    None.

     

     

    9. Is there one current component that you wish you had in your system?
     

    Almost too many to mention but at the top of the list would be the Gryphon Diablo 300.

     

     

    10. How much time do you spend listening to music each week and on which systems does this listening take place (main system, car system, mobile system, office system, etc...)?

     

    My listening time is after dinner when I spend time reading or browsing. I listen to music for about 3-4 hours which translates to about 15-20 hours per week.  My primary listening is on my main system at home.  My second most listened to setup is my mobile phone + headphones which I use when I travel.

     

     

    11. What’s the first concert you ever attended, best concert you’ve ever attended, most interesting concert venue you’ve ever attended?

     

    My first concert was of the (now defunct) pioneer Indian rock band Rock Machine.  The best concert I’ve attended was the Mark Knopfler Concert at the Bangalore Palace Grounds which was part of his 2005 Shangri-La Tour. I don’t really care for large concert venues and prefer small intimate spaces where we are up close with the musicians.  BLUE CHICAGO on N Clarke St. in Downtown Chicago is one my favorite venues.  Outstanding music, great vibe and up close with the band. $5 cover fee.

     

     

    12. What components are in your current audio systems and can you provide a photo?
     

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    • Windows 10 based Server with Fidelizer + Process Lasso
    • JRiver Media Center for Media Management and Playback + HQPlayer
    • Lampizator Amber DAC
    • Job INT Integrated Amplifier
    • Acoustic Portrait Thiyaga Pre + CPA3 Stereo Amplifier
    • Green Mountain Audio Eos HX stand mount speakers
    • Belden 8402 + Custom Tinned Copper based Interconnects and USB cable
    • Belden 8411 Speaker Cable / Western Electric 12 GA
    • Teakwood DIY Rack

     

     

     

     

    13. Anything else you’d like to say?

     

    I would like to thank Audiophile Style for this outreach to its members.  The AS forum has been a great addition to my audio journey especially when I set out to move to computer based audio several years ago.   The information gathered on the forum has been extremely useful in gathering insights into what can be a very difficult area to navigate. 

    The information shared by members has been cutting edge at times and at the forefront of what is available out there.  There has been a fair amount of tumult in the past few months over which direction the forum has taken in terms of membership behavior and participation.  I would like to stand with Chris on the general principle of being cordial and respectful to fellow members.  

    During these surreal times I am very grateful for the AS community and I am very happy to be a part of it. I would like to wish everyone the very best in dealing with the challenges that we are going to face. Stay home and stay safe!

     



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    Chris,

     

    Thank you for sharing the spotlight on a "regular joe" member.  Given the caliber some of the setups on here, I really didn't think my submission would make the cut!   Very humble setup as you can see but very grateful for all the folks I have met and interacted with on here over the years.  It's late here in India at the moment, but just wanted to thank you for featuring me on here.  

     

    I look forward to having you visit for a cup of tea anytime.  


    Regards

     

     

     

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    Your upbringing with music from around the world makes mine feel parochial.  My Dad was into classical music, so that is what I knew for a long time.  When I first heard Jazz (it was live) I thought it was created in another universe.   

     

    What a comfortable space for listening.  Thanks for sharing your story.  

     

    Having grown up in the NY metro area, I can imagine sharing space with 11.5 million people.  It must be a truly vibrant environment.  

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    6 hours ago, PYP said:

    Your upbringing with music from around the world makes mine feel parochial.  My Dad was into classical music, so that is what I knew for a long time.  When I first heard Jazz (it was live) I thought it was created in another universe.   

     

    What a comfortable space for listening.  Thanks for sharing your story.  

     

    Having grown up in the NY metro area, I can imagine sharing space with 11.5 million people.  It must be a truly vibrant environment.  

     

     

    Thank you PYP!  We do have a lot of people in these parts.

     

    It's an interesting point about the diverse musical taste.   Because growing up I thought nothing of it.  My love for music comes from my father.  His family favored Hindustani Classical music.  He developed a taste for Western music when he came over to Mumbai where he met my mother.  Mumbai has a fantastic musical legacy and while over there he picked up on Dean Martin, Sinatra, Nat King Cole etc.   He went on to develop a taste for Country and a little bit of Classical and built a reasonable collection of vinyl to the point where I am familiar with the standards.  

     

     

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    Great writeup and an excellent system to be proud of Nikhil! 

     

    These community volumes are really a great idea, much more unique and personal than typical "what do you do", "show your system" threads - which are great as well.  Thanks for sharing.

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    I see you have the GMA Was Eos.. I have the continuum .5’s , Chroma HD’s, and continuum 1’s. I’ve always wondered why the mice able tweeters and mids. Doesn’t that take the drivers out of time alignment?. I’d love to hear your thoughts

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    4 hours ago, Nikhil said:

    His family favored Hindustani Classical music.

     

    Thanks, Nikhil.  The information about Hindustani Classical music on Wikipedia is really interesting.  I listened to a few YouTube selections.  Could you suggest any of your favorites?  Perhaps Qobuz has selections.   Regards.   

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    2 hours ago, Musicophile said:

    Thanks for the kind words Nikhil!

     

    Hi Musicophile! 

     

    How could I not!!  That was a fantastic discussion thread that brought so much new music into my repertoire.

    I still listen to Giovanni Mirabassi a lot.  Discovering Euro Jazz was one of the highlights.

     

    Regards

     

     

     

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    4 hours ago, Birdfan said:

    I see you have the GMA Was Eos.. I have the continuum .5’s , Chroma HD’s, and continuum 1’s. I’ve always wondered why the mice able tweeters and mids. Doesn’t that take the drivers out of time alignment?. I’d love to hear your thoughts

     

    Hello Birdfan,

     

    Great to see another GMA owner on here. Here is what I did to time align the tweeter.  Starting with the tweeter right up front on the rail, I asked my wife to move the tweeter back in small steps until the sound appeared to emanate from the center of the mid bass driver.  That is the position I fixed the tweeter on the rail. I did this separately for the left and right speakers but they ended being at about the same length for both. When properly setup the sound is cohesive top to bottom.  I've now had these speakers for about 8 years.

     

    I've never heard the Continuums but I had a pair of Chroma HX on order with Roy until he passed away last year.  

     

    Regards

     

     

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    4 hours ago, JoeWhip said:

    Very nice article and set up. I had the great pleasure of visiting India for two weeks a couple of years ago. Of course, I had to watch the Eagles beat the Patriots in Mumbai on my laptop, so I have asked the Eagles to fly me back the next time they are in the SB. After Mumbai we flew up to the golden crescent and drove to Delhi for the trip home. Stopped in Agra and toured the Taj which is the mist beautiful building I have ever seen. The Indian people are the most welcoming, kind and beautiful people we have encountered in our travels. Wherever we went, the people were amazing, as were the Tuk Tuk rides. If you ever go to India and are invited to a wedding, make sure you go. The party lasts for days. Namaste Nikhil.

     

    Namaste Joewhip! 

     

    Great to hear about your travels to India.  I am so glad you enjoyed your visit. 

    I hope that when you do make your next trip, we could find some time to visit and listen to some tunes.

     

    Regards

     

     

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    @Nikhil Ah, if we had only bumped into each other here at AS a couple years before we did, I would have met you in HYD when I was there and we would have had the best biryani on the planet together!  Mmmmmiss the food, Chris can have the tea.  

     

    Wonderful write-up!  I enjoyed your sense of history and culture throughout your descriptions.  And I am sure your system provides great musical delights. It is well put together and it fits nicely in such luxurious decor.  Enjoy, my friend!

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    11 hours ago, Foggie said:

    Great writeup and an excellent system to be proud of Nikhil! 

     

    These community volumes are really a great idea, much more unique and personal than typical "what do you do", "show your system" threads - which are great as well.  Thanks for sharing.

     

    Foggie,

     

    Thank you very much.  And I agree ... these have been very unique.  

     

    Regards 

     

     

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    6 hours ago, Solstice380 said:

    @Nikhil Ah, if we had only bumped into each other here at AS a couple years before we did, I would have met you in HYD when I was there and we would have had the best biryani on the planet together!  Mmmmmiss the food, Chris can have the tea.  

     

    Wonderful write-up!  I enjoyed your sense of history and culture throughout your descriptions.  And I am sure your system provides great musical delights. It is well put together and it fits nicely in such luxurious decor.  Enjoy, my friend!

     

     

    Solstice80,

     

    I can't believe you were here in HYD and we did not meet.  What a pity!   

    We could easily spend some time discussing the food all by itself - something I failed to mention in my write up. 

     

    Thank you very much for your kind words.  I still remember your private message to me when one of the exchanges (with another forum member) tuned a little unpleasant. I think that's how we first started interacting and it was very encouraging.  I'm glad I stuck around here. Meeting great folks like you has been a pleasure.   

     

    Regards

     

     

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    23 hours ago, [email protected] said:

    Wonderful @Nikhil!

     

    On 7/17/2020 at 8:10 AM, pas said:

    Very nice! Beautiful room! Thanks for sharing.

     

    On 7/17/2020 at 4:21 AM, Blake said:

    Cool setup Nikhil!

     

     

    On 7/17/2020 at 7:27 AM, Danny Kaey said:

    Awesome seeing such enthusiasm for HiFi all over the globe!!!

     

     

    Guys thank you very much.

    I thought my submission was going to be a complete dud - thank you for getting the comments going!  

     

     

     

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    6 hours ago, AnotherSpin said:

     

    Thank you for your modest recommendation of undoubtedly beautiful music by the most influential Indian flutist living today. Seriously, it is as difficult to recommend where to start listening to Indian classical music as it is to recommend where to start listening to serious Western music. Mozart? Bach? Beethoven? Sonatas, symphonies, operas? 

     

    On another wave, I have my best memories of Hyderabad, where I spent a week or so near the historic centre of Charminar. Amazing Indian city with its own unique face. Nizam's Palace, Golconda Fortress at the location where all famous and legendary diamonds of old human history were mined...

     

     

    Another Spin,

     

    I had no idea that your travels brought you to Hyderabad.  Fantastic!  

    I am very curious to know a little more about your knowledge of Indian culture.  

     

    The "Old City" as we call it is a special place.  Time seems to stand still over there.

    I can only hope and pray that the history and culture of this beautiful city is preserved.  

    I am really glad that you could visit Hyderabad and sample some of it's treasures.

     

    Regards

     

     

     

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