That itch.

Don’t scratch it- it will only get worse! 🤠

I still window shop. And learn. And futz with some projects. Including a push to wash every single record in my collection and dress them in fresh sleeves.

I’d like to try one of those Tubes4HiFi tube preamp kits. Or one of RedBoy’s creations. He seems a creative, clever craftsman.

But none of these desires are causing any disruptive stirrings….
 

Thermionics

Post Whore In Training
Don’t scratch it- it will only get worse! 🤠

I still window shop. And learn. And futz with some projects. Including a push to wash every single record in my collection and dress them in fresh sleeves.

I’d like to try one of those Tubes4HiFi tube preamp kits. Or one of RedBoy’s creations. He seems a creative, clever craftsman.

But none of these desires are causing any disruptive stirrings….
I get an occasional itch from Pete Millett and John Broskie kit offerings. Very tempted by the LR phono Pete built.
 

mhardy6647

Señor Member
in re: ^^^

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Used to drive it by every day in my college years.
 

JoeThePop

Known member
in re: ^^^

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Used to drive it by every day in my college years.
And of course I had to check what was in the original formulation of Bromo-Seltzer to see if there was any neat stuff like opiates or arsenic in it.

"in 1888, Bromo-Seltzer was sold in the United States in the form of effervescent granules which were to be mixed with water before ingestion.[1] The product took its name from a component of the original formula, sodium bromide. Each dose contained 3.2 mEq/teaspoon of this active ingredient. Bromides are a class of tranquilizers that were withdrawn from the U.S. market in 1975 due to their toxicity. Their sedative effect probably accounted for Bromo-Seltzer's popularity as a hangover remedy."

Always interesting.
 

MikeyFresh

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Now you can get those cool Iso-acoustic stands instead. They look pretty sharp.

Now one month later, and even though I was able to sit the Mackie CR3-X on isolation pads I already had, I was still a little miffed at the inaccurate Amazon product listing, and after a time listening to them I also determined they weren't going to meet my office needs. Even though I hate returning things unless defective, these CR3-X just have to go back.

The CR3-X are supposed to be listened to very near field being they are desktop speakers. My office setup dictates just that, I don't have an option to place them any more than about 12-18" away from me, and I can't really listen very loud. For various reasons, the volume needs to be kept pretty low in almost all office circumstances.

The CR3-X don't do very well at low volumes, their inherent noise floor is high enough that a general hiss or background noise is present and audible at all times with the volume kept low and sitting very near field, and it began to wear on me over the course of the last 30 days to the extent that I decided to return them despite the hassle involved. Additionally, the volume control does not track very well at lower settings, there is a pronounced channel imbalance until raised to about 9 o'clock.

I am hoping for a better result with the 50% more expensive Jamo S 801 PM (read: Klipsch) as the replacement:

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MWalt

Active Member
I can't be the only one that gets that itch, the compulsion to just want a new piece of gear to play with. I don't need anything. At all. The system sounds GREAT. yet, I have that itch. I NEED SOMETHING NEW.

Do you get it?

Tell me you have this affliction, too.
I do get it and yes, the affliction is within me as well. I don't really need a new pair of KLH 5's, buuuut I WANT them. Maybe the cure for the itch is simple; some isolation feet, a couple records you like, stylus cleaner, a set of boutique cables, etc.
 

JohnVF

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I do get it and yes, the affliction is within me as well. I don't really need a new pair of KLH 5's, buuuut I WANT them. Maybe the cure for the itch is simple; some isolation feet, a couple records you like, stylus cleaner, a set of boutique cables, etc.
Happily I don't get the itch as bad now for big things, but that's because I have most of them covered. In some cases covered multiple ways. But those KLH-5s DO look great, and a bargain if they're as good as the word of mouth says. I'm not helping...

I've been without my main system for over a year, which might be changing soon. So I can scratch my itch with my own gear hopefully.
 
I've been without my main system for over a year, which might be changing soon.

I do get the itch, but it changed for me when I moved into a space that I could consider more or less "permanent" (what is?). I still enjoy trying different equipment, but something about having a house caused me to focus more on the space itself. I'm not even talking about room treatments, which are minimal here, but more about stuff that would make an environment in which I want to listen to music.
 

JohnVF

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I do get the itch, but it changed for me when I moved into a space that I could consider more or less "permanent" (what is?). I still enjoy trying different equipment, but something about having a house caused me to focus more on the space itself. I'm not even talking about room treatments, which are minimal here, but more about stuff that would make an environment in which I want to listen to music.
I'm going through that myself, though with the potential of a more permanent condo instead of a house. And my mind is wondering away from the gear and more to what the room is like, what's it look like and what's in it to make me feel relaxed. An overall mood that isn't some internal debate between LOMC and MM... its way above that. Books and shelves and plants and paint and how comfortable the couch is. I have all the gear- now my gear needs a home.
 

Audionut

Next Round Is On Me
Well......My system is absolutely fine and needs nothing. So......I am about to blow it up and start over. because....well......The itch.....Le Sigh.
We are gluttons for punishment.
Although my focus was on improving my digital source (which I use more than anything else), I have since bought two turntables🤦‍♂️. And somehow I keep looking at speakers, even though I have two of the best that I’ve ever ran across. and building a third set to boot!
I am curious as to where your journey will take your next though.
 
I'm going through that myself, though with the potential of a more permanent condo instead of a house. And my mind is wondering away from the gear and more to what the room is like, what's it look like and what's in it to make me feel relaxed. An overall mood that isn't some internal debate between LOMC and MM... its way above that. Books and shelves and plants and paint and how comfortable the couch is. I have all the gear- now my gear needs a home.

That's great, John. Happy condo hunting!

I think that it also helps to sort of want to be off of the merry-go-round, more or less. Though my version of "off" is still laughable to anyone who isn't into this stuff.
 

JohnVF

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That's great, John. Happy condo hunting!

I think that it also helps to sort of want to be off of the merry-go-round, more or less. Though my version of "off" is still laughable to anyone who isn't into this stuff.
What's helped me greatly was having listened to six-figure systems that didn't do anything more for me than what I already have. Some of them were 'better' in some ways, but they didn't do anything extra that I demand from music to be able to enjoy it.

I'm really glad that I never got too deep into the very expensive tweaky stuff or super-spendy cables. I've heard enough gizmos and harmonizers and demagnetizers and magic dots first hand to know that they don't cure any kind of itch that I've had. Because that's the kind of stuff I could get into, after covering the major system components like I have. And I'd rather be looking at house plants, window shades, and lamps.
 

SPL db

Junior Member
It’s in storage! I haven’t had the TVC in use in a year. Hmmmm.... could get a new amp to pair with it.... but I like the Luxman and unhooking everything would be a pain. Laziness and The Itch are at odds.

Still really interested in the TVC preamp if you ever want to sell... nudge, nudge... wink, wink. :)
 

JohnVF

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Still really interested in the TVC preamp if you ever want to sell... nudge, nudge... wink, wink. :)
It's one of those things where, even when I'm not using it..I know someday I will use it. I've not heard another preamp like it. I think its going to have a home soon in a system here but I'm not positive. I also want to try it with my Pass Aleph 30. But point taken :)
 
Man do I understand that "Itch" you're talking about, and I have it bad too!! I was very happy with my system as it was and could have or should have been completely satisfied with it but apparently I wasn't. So to satisfy "my itch", I just purchased some of that Iancanada stuff. ConditionerPi, TransportPi, FiFoPi, and a StationPi to conveniently mount everything. Does it make my system sound that much better? Not really atm but I'm told that it will take a week or 2 for it to make a difference. However, it all looks pretty cool, and I will be making a nice case for it all too, so hopefully that should take care of that Itch for awhile, until it comes back again that is Uggg But does it really ever end?
 
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