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  1. The ZMF Vérité would also be one to consider. The open version might be better for you based on your listening tastes. I'll let JoshM do the convincing - see his review of them. https://audiophilestyle.com/ca/reviews/review-measurements-zmf-verite-verite-closed-r916/
  2. Nice looking and sounding system. Why am I not surprised with the Pearl Jam comment? 😉 "The Portland Cello Project has covers of Jay-Z and Radiohead that I really like. But, it's the Brooklyn Duo's cover of Pearl Jam's Better Man that I really love." And it is great that your daughter appreciates it. You do know though that your daughter will be taking this system with her when she goes off to college....
  3. Joan Shelley - Live at the Bomhard Great collaborators and acoustics make this a wonderful live recording.
  4. Hi Josh, Very informative and well written review! It is impressive how you measure the headphones, and then tie your listening impressions back to the measurements. I seem to learn something new each time you publish a review. As an owner of Vérité Closed, I can concur that the sound quality is superb. Regarding pads. It is completely understandable that you would limit your measurements to the default set of pads that came with the headphones. But as Zach encourages users to experiment with various pads, it would have been extremely informative to see
  5. Chris, Thanks for the intriguing review. And especially for your very interesting approach comparing the DACs to the Western Stars album versions! I had listened, and really tried to like the studio version of Western Stars, but somehow couldn't ever fully engage with it, and didn't really notice the live version when it was released. But to understand your review, I had to go listen to the Western Stars live version - wow, instant connection with the music! "Western Stars - Songs From The Film" has been part of my regular listening for the past week. And better yet
  6. Great idea, but maybe we should TP Superdad's house in Mariposa instead - he was down to two rolls in his house and might actually welcome it!
  7. John Prine passed away today due to Covid-19 complications. There was a simple humanity to his work that will be greatly missed.
  8. Wondering if we can move the politics discussions to the Politics-Fi sub forum?
  9. Head-Fi's Sound Science forum does keep most of these "issues" bottled up inside it. Unfortunately, the Head-Fi Sound Science forum doesn't seem to be a particularly friendly place for non "Science" folks to visit. Science threads can frequently be condescending (insulting?) to non "Science" folks, but the most egregious threads do tend to get locked relatively quickly. The result seems to be that Head-Fi has "locked" the objectivists inside, and it is understandable why objectivists wouldn't want a similar forum here. I would hope the Objective-Fi forum would be more inclusive
  10. Hi Ryan, A huge thanks for sending me the updated firmware and instructions. Updating the QB-9 last night was simple - took only a few minutes end to end. Everything has been rock solid since the update. Once again, Thank You! Paul
  11. Hi Ryan, Just got back home after 2 months in Tucson - now experiencing connectivity issues, including the usb cycling, that might be related to this. Received mine back in mid October, so guessing my unit be one of the affected ones. Weird that it was stable before I left town. I would be fine performing the update myself. I'll PM you with contact details. Paul
  12. This is curious. FYI - I have no problems using the ISO Regen with mine. Still think it makes a difference in my system.
  13. Picked mine up yesterday. Right out of the box it's clearly a significant upgrade. Was pleasantly surprised that Ayre would offer such an upgrade to the discontinued QB-9. A big shout-out to Ayre for offering it.
  14. Update received last week from Gary: "We do have QB-9 Twenty main Audio boards in now (they arrived late Tuesday) and are moving right along with the upgrades."
  15. Earlier, only individual “off-topic” posts had been removed from that thread. 🙂 Wonder what caused the whole thread to be gone? It appeared that the missing thread was an attempt to justify (continue?) attacks made earlier against suggestions by others in a different Mac Mini thread. The OPs posts weren’t well received by some on that second Mac mini thread. It is unfortunate that this particular thread has gone missing, however, as it received posts by many well respected AS (CA) members, and had actually become a pretty meaningful thread, in spite of the OPs apparent original
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