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Derkoli

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About Derkoli

  • Title
    McIntosh, yo.

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Profile Information

  • Location
    Looe, Cornwall, UK
  • Gender
    Male
  • Interests
    Audio, MTB, Climbing, driving
  • Occupation
    Professional mixing/mastering engineer.

System

  • CPU
    AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
  • Motherboard
    Asus ROG STRIX X570-E
  • RAM
    G.Skill Trident Z NEO 64GB
  • GPU
    Gigabyte RTX 2080Ti Aorus Extreme
  • Case
    Be Quiet! Dark Base Pro 4 Rev. 2
  • Storage
    ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro 2TB M.2-2280 NVME SSD for current projects, 1 x 1TB WD Blue for programs, 1 x 500gb Seagate HDD for just photos, M.2 for OS
    32TB NAS Just for music/projects.
  • PSU
    BitFenix Formula Gold 750W
  • Display(s)
    3 x Samsung C32HG70
    Sony VPL-VW760ES Projector
  • Cooling
    Corsair H150i PRO
  • Keyboard
    Das Prime 13 w/ Cherry Brown switches
  • Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 2S
  • Sound
    Main system (stereo setup):

    3 HiFi-Racks Podium Reference gear racks

    2 McIntosh MC1.25kW Power Amplifier's

    2 McIntosh MC2301 Power Amplifier's

    McIntosh MEN220 Crossover/Room-Correction

    McIntosh C53 Pre-Amplifier

    CHORD Electronics DAVE DAC

    McIntosh MVP901 Blu-Ray/SACD player

    McIntosh MP1100 Phono Pre-Amplifier

    McIntosh MS500 Music Streamer

    32TB NAS

    Chord Shawline RCA's

    Chord Shawline XLR's

    QED Supremus Speaker Wire

    PMC Fact Fenestria Loudspeakers

    Radialstrahler mbl 101 X-treme Loudspeakers

    IsoTek EVO3 Super Titan Power Conditioner

    Audioquest NRG-Y3 Power Cables

    VPI Avenger Reference Turntable

    VPI Avenger Feet

    JMW 12-3DR Tonearm

    SME Model 15 Turntable

    SME 309 Tonearm

    Clearaudio Essence MC Cartridge

    Ortofon MC WindFeld TI Cartridge

    Grado Epoch Lineage Reference Cartridge


    Stuff for mixing/mastering:

    Studio 1:

    2x Martin Audio MSX Subwoofers/MLA Powerplants

    8x Martin Audio MLA Mini Line Arrays (4 per side, ceiling mounted)

    2x Martin Audio SXP218 Subwoofers

    6x Shure SM85 Microphones

    10x Shure SM57 Microphones

    3x Rode NTR Ribbon Microphones

    2x Royer R-121 Studio Ribbon Microphone

    Beyerdynamic DT1770 Pro Headphones

    7 Adam Audio S5H Monitors

    Chord Shawline XLR interconnects

    2 Genelec 7380SAM Subwoofers

    Allen & Heath ZED436 Mixer

    RME ADI-2 Pro FS USB Audio Interface

    Drawmer MC7.1 Monitor Controller

    IsoAcoustics ISO-Puck Monitor Isolation

    Manley Voxbox Pride Edition

    Manley Variable MU Mastering


    Main monitor setup for Studio 1:

    2x Crown I-Tech 5000HD

    JBL M2 Loudspeakers

    QED XT40i 4x 3M Speaker Cable

    Matrix Audio X-SABRE Pro MQA DAC

    Chord Shawline XLR's

    IsoTek EVO3 Super Titan Power Conditioner

    Audioquest NRG-Y3 power cables



    Studio 2:

    Mackie 3204-VLZ4 32 Channel Analogue Mixer

    Mackie 2404-VLZ4 24 Channel Analogue Mixer

    6x Shure SM85 Microphones

    10x Shure SM57 Microphones

    Rode NTR Ribbon Microphone

    2x Royer R-121 Studio Ribbon Microphone

    Beyerdynamic DT1770 Pro Headphones

    Genelec 8351APM Studio Monitors

    IsoAcoustics ISO-Puck Monitor Isolation

    RME ADI-2 Pro FS USB Audio Interface

    Drawmer MC7.1 Monitor Controller

    Genelec 7380SAM Subwoofer



    Studio 3:

    Mackie 3204-VLZ4 32 Channel Analogue Mixer

    Mackie 2404-VLZ4 24 Channel Analogue Mixer

    6x Shure SM85 Microphones

    10x Shure SM57 Microphones

    Rode NTR Ribbon Microphone

    2x Royer R-121 Studio Ribbon Microphone

    Beyerdynamic DT1770 Pro Headphones

    Focal SM9 Studio Monitors

    IsoAcoustics ISO-Puck Monitor Isolation

    RME ADI-2 Pro FS USB Audio Interface

    Drawmer MC7.1 Monitor Controller

    Genelec 7380SAM Subwoofer



    Studio 4:

    Mackie 3204-VLZ4 32 Channel Analogue Mixer

    Mackie 2404-VLZ4 24 Channel Analogue Mixer

    6x Shure SM85 Microphones

    10x Shure SM57 Microphones

    Rode NTR Ribbon Microphone

    2x Royer R-121 Studio Ribbon Microphone

    Beyerdynamic DT1770 Pro Headphones

    Crown I-Tech 9000HD Power Amplifier

    PMC MB2S loudspeakers

    IsoAcoustics ISO-Puck Monitor Isolation

    RME ADI-2 Pro FS USB Audio Interface

    Drawmer MC7.1 Monitor Controller

    Genelec 7380SAM Subwoofer



    Stuff for home theater:

    Sony VPL-VW760ES Projector

    Chord Shawline XLR

    AudioQuest NRG Y3 Power Cables

    PC as Source

    PMC Fact Fenestria

    McIntosh MC1.25kW monoblocks

    2 Genelec 7380 SAM Subwoofer's

    PMC Fact 10.C

    4 PMC Twenty 5 22 height speakers

    2 PMC Fact 8

    4 PMC Fact 12

    Yamaha CX-A5200 11.2 channel processor

    Bryston SP4 32 channel processor

    McIntosh MVP901 Blu-Ray/SACD player

    2 Yamaha MX-A5200 11 channel power amplifier

    100 Metres Chord C-SCREEN speaker wire

    IKEA SKOGSTA as plinths for the spikes on the speakers

    2 IsoTek EVO3 Super Titan Power Conditioners



    Multi-Room Audio:

    4 X Sonos Connect

    8 X KEF LS50 loudspeaker's

    Emotiva A-800 8 channel power amplifier

    Chord C-SCREEN speaker wire



    TV/Living room setup:

    Hegel H190 Integrated Amplifier

    Chord Company Epic speaker cable's

    Q Acoustics Concept 500 speakers

    REL S/812 Subwoofer


    Headphone setup:

    IsoTek EVO3 Sirius Power conditioner

    Chord Shawline XLR's

    Sennheiser HDV820 Headphone Amplifier

    Loxjie P20 Headphone Amplifier

    Schiit YGGDRASIL DAC

    Sennheiser HD800s

    Sennheiser HD598CS

    Philips RP-HT225

    Audeze LCD-24

    Abyss AB 1266 PHI TC



    PC speakers:

    Creative Sound Blaster AE-9 Sound Card (For Microphone Input)

    JBL LSR308 MkII monitors

    Schiit YGGDRASIL DAC

    Staag XLR cable's

    Behringer 1204USB Mixer



    Listening room:

    Fully treated with GIK Acoustics Panels

    Semi-Suspended + Floating floor

    64A Power Cabling (3 Phase)

    160,000 Amp Surge Arrestor

    32A Power sockets (CEE Plug)

    25 foot width

    35 foot length



    Sources:

    2500 ish CD's

    250 ish Vinyl LP/EP's

    Tidal HiFi

    32TB of locally stored FLAC/DSD/MQA



    Random bits and bobs (mostly for troubleshooting):

    AKG P4 Microphone

    Behringer UMC22 Audio Interface

    Polk T50 Floorstanding Speakers

    Sony SS-NX1 Standmount Speakers

    Cambridge Audio TOPAZ AM5 Amplifier

    Little Bear T7 Phono Pre-Amp

    Lots of KabelDirekt RCA Cables

    And one unhappy Fiancee.
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 home 64Bit
  • Phone
    Huawei P30 Pro (soon to be S21 Ultra)
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  1. I've really only considered the Google Sites idea. I don't think it'd make a good book really. It's just me rambling about different qualities of different bits of gear, which I don't think is hugely interesting.
  2. EVE to me is basically an equivalent to ADAM in alot of ways. They use somewhat similar technology, but I think EVE is a bit more transparent when it comes to measurements, which is always nice. I was considering replacing my home theater speakers with some larger EVE loudspeakers, but I'm not sure. I'll always be willing to share my experiences with different loudspeakers/gear. I get alot of experience from hiring different gear at my place of work, and aswell as swapping out my personal kit somewhat regularly. I've got a 300 page notebook nearly completely full of
  3. I doubt OP is still following this thread, but I will touch on this for the sake of sharing knowledge. I've heard some EVE Audio products that my friends have owned. I haven't actually owned any EVE Audio stuff, mostly due to my Fiancee being named Eve and having a half joking ban on EVE Audio products in our home! Anyway. I like EVE Audio stuff. Nearly as much as I like Adam Audio stuff. I've heard some Kali stuff, in particular the Kali LP-8, which is used as a pair of control room monitors at my place of work. I quite like them and they do rem
  4. Me? Over the top gear? Never. To begin even recommending products, I'd need to know a few things. What file type are you using, both type (DSD or FLAC?) and then quality, (44.1kHz, 16bit, etc) What type of sound do you want. Warm? Accurate? Bass heavy? Bass lean? etc. What is your budget. You could spend as little as $40 on headphones, or up to however much you want. I've got alot of knowledge when it comes to high end kit. I own alot of fairly expensive kit from alot of manufacturers, including some of the brands you mentio
  5. Personally, I tend to prefer ADAM speakers. Really, I'd say they're about on par with each other. The Adam's measure a bit better, but have less bass extension. If you're listening up close, I'd probably get the T5V's. However, if you either are listening from some distance away, or have a wall close to the back of the speakers, get the Kali LP-6's.
  6. If you just need to clean the microphone (not the diaphragm, the body!) just use a dry microfiber cloth. Microphone diaphragms can be incredibly fragile. A microphone designed for high SPL might be happy up to 150-160dB SPL, which is only 0.09-0.29 PSI! Better than blasting a ribbon microphone with canned air!
  7. I've actually got a pair of Benchmark AHB2's (bridged mono) in my listening room right now, and I cannot give them anything but my highest recommendation. I've been bridging them into 4 ohm, 86dB/2.83V/1M speakers, and it's been an excellent experience. According to Benchmark's specifications, I get 110dB of peak SPL, given a 33.16dBV output bridged into 4 ohms. Meh. Depends what you what from your AV processor. I'd probably look at a JBL SDP-75 instead of the Altitude. Mostly because of JBL's expertise and great support. Both products are near enough identical anywa
  8. Honestly, I would nab a pair of Adam T8V's, some longer power cables, a long RCA cable, then a small interface like a Behringer UM2. Gives you a USB input, plenty of SPL, flexibility and the speakers are powered, so no need for a bulky amplifier hanging around. Add stands if needs be, Millenium make some decent cheap ones with carpet spikes, such as the BS-500.
  9. Small note to add: If your subwoofer has 2 RCA inputs, and you only have an LFE cable that's mono, use the L channel on the subwoofer, as this is channel 1 and all subwoofers expect either a 2 channel input, or mono on the L channel.
  10. Got the pack for carrying some stuff for work, mostly a laptop, headphones and then iLoud monitors on the odd occasion. Got the shirts because well, why not? Patagonia is a cool company and I nabbed a 15% off code. Sling is for anchor building for when I kinda run off into the woods and do top rope soloing stuff. I realised I was joining two 120cm slings together alot for certain anchors local to me, hence the 240cm length.
  11. Fun fact: Thomann recently got some sort of specific license for UK imports, so it's actually cheaper now. I didn't get any of the BS border fees from buying a mixer from them recently. Before the shipping company could charge literally 100's of pounds randomly when they dropped the package off. For your budget, just get a seperate XLR microphone and interface. Personally, I'd nab a Neumann TLM 102, then for an interface the Motu M4 would do well. It measures excellently, is fairly small, fairly cheap and full of features.
  12. Derkoli

    Irig Pro Duo

    I would maybe shoot IK Multimedia an email and see if they could provide the frequency response of the product to you, as they should have it.
  13. Derkoli

    Irig Pro Duo

    It records in 2 channel. Each channel has a dedicated pre-amp and AD converter. It's essentially dual mono.
  14. Just use USB. Unless you get into very advanced DAC's, a HDMI cable will not go anywhere near your DAC. I2S uses the HDMI connector/cable, for audio transmission, but not the HDMI standard. You can use programs to convert MQA and DSD to standard PCM. Tidal already does natively for MQA, and the BluOS App can do it for DSD. But if you want to do it natively? Yeah you need a specific DAC. Even though I've got MQA working on non-MQA certified DAC's, such as the Behringer UMC22, you officially need an MQA Certified DAC to play MQA files.
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