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This project is over 2 years in the making.

It all started with a Car audio Meet.

For the few people that will read this thread......I'll tell the story (warning, long winded), and then start the 'build thread'

So, in the Fall of 2012....I had a North Carolina SQ Meet at my house. My good buddy John (minibox) brought over some pieces out of his awesome 2 channel home system for guys to listen to as a make-shift 'reference' system.

I love listening to his full set up at his house, and it was a lot of fun to hook up a couple pieces (Bryston DAC, audio Research Pre-amp, Ariel 3T tower speakers) and listen in my home office.



Well, after the meet one night, I let the wife know that I was going to listen to the system 'at volume' for a few minutes. I came out of the room, and she was on the couch with her iPad.....just cringing. I immediately thought that 2 channel home audio was a non-start for me.

1) she is frugal.....home audio can (and typically will) get real expensive.
2) she is always home - there isn't any time that I'm there, and she isn't
3) currently when I want to listen to good music 'at volume' - I have to go out to the garage and sit in the car.....but at least I can do that while she is in the shower, and it doesn't bother her (too much).

That got me thinking......I can purchase a 'top shelf' Headphone set up for about the same price as that Audio Research Pre-amp.

So I proceeded to get signed up on Head-Fi.com and try to learn everything about Headphones and Headphone Amps. Wow.....mind blowing experience. Dynamic headphones, planar headphones, electrostats, IEM's.......etc. Tube amps, solid state amps, and a plethora of DACs - from desktop and portable.

The number one thing that stood out was that there was certain phones / amps that had good synergies and some that had bad synergies......and a LOT of 'personal preference.' Some of these threads about individual headphones have over 1000 pages......some guys say they are the best cans EVAH......and some say they are absolute rubbish.......same as you see on DIYMA to a certain degree......but it was a bit of a learning curve to determine what is 'real' and what is preference.

Anyway, I decided that I was going to buy headphones first......use them on my Peachtree Nova. I decided that I wanted a set of 'flagship' headphones versus getting 2 - 4 less expensive sets that are good for different things (this is what many of the guys on Head-fi have). After some back and forth - I became enamored with the Audeze LCD 2's. I found a dealer in Cary, NC (Drew at Mood Audio) that was willing to give me a demo.

Audeze Headphones

Immediately I knew the Audeze's were not for me. They hurt the top of my head (too many incidents involving kevlar helmets), and they were quite heavy. I really liked the sound, but I couldn't keep them on for more than a couple minutes. Drew came in - I mentioned this puniness to him - and he said the Fostex TH900's were his favorite. I put them on and WOW!!!! The sound was Amazing! And they were comfortable! I eventually went back to his shop to get a comparison listen to the Sennheiser HD800s - extremely comfortable, but the sound wasn't to my preference.....the Fostex was so much more of what I was looking for.

Fostex International

Terrible pic - cell phone, fast - not sure if I was 'allowed' to take pics inside Drew's 'shop'.



My wife and I had an agreement that I would wait to purchase my dream headphone set up until a certain financial milestone was met. So I had plenty of time to look around and research. Well, as it often happens.....the perfect pair of very newly purchased Fostex TH900's was posted for sale - for the 'right price' from a guy in Virginia. I purchased them and haven't regretted the decision at all.



Well, now that the headphone purchase was done.....it was on to DACs and amplifiers. I have changed directions about 10 times in the last 2 years.

I met a guy in Korea that had the TH900's + the Metrum Octave DAC + the Eddie Current Zana Deux tube amp. I was going to replicate his set up based on his feedback. Then I was into the Auralic stuff, Cavali amplifiers, and came back to the Naim Headline a couple times.



Cavalli Audio - I LOVE the look of these amps! But....the Liquid Crimson is $1k more than the amp I purchased

Cavalli Audio

Naim Headline - man....I just couldn't get this one out of my head for some reason....outboard Power supply......
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It was pretty confusing trying to figure out the DAC stuff. Some were talking a lot about the importance of DACs being able to ‘play’ the most advanced types of files. Others were advocating more ‘analog’ sounding DACs – like the Metrum and the Teddy Pardo. Another confusing thing – with a ‘limited’ budget, put the $ in the DAC or the amp or equal share.

Metrum Octave mkii

Teddy Pardo DAC

TeddyDac

Wouldn't you know it - he emailed me that he was going to put together a headphone amp at some point....now he has one......

Teddy Headphone Amp


One really nice thing about headphones versus Car Audio or big 2 channel home audio. One can go to a headphone meet with your headphones and plug them in to several types of amplifiers and DACs. One can even mix and match amps and DACs at these meets. A lot easier to listen to sources / amplifiers in a room versus in listening to various equipment in cars…..with various speakers, installs, tuning. The hard part about the meets are they are typically in a large room, and all these old fellas like to yap about the stuff they love…..so even with closed cups – it is hard to really hear the quality of the gear. But….these are really good guys that share the passion for music and reproducing that music.









Cavalli Liquid Glass + Auralic Vega - this is Mr. Speakers' rig - he makes the Mad Dogs, Alpha Dogs, etc. Headphones




At the last meeting, a fella at the meet had the Auralic stack – sounded amazing! The coolest part to me was that he fully explained the Aries ‘bridge’, had the same type of NAS as me, and he said he was willing to come up to the house and get it all set up. I did some reading about the product, and saw it as a huge solution for my music – not just a great DAC and a good amplifier. My ‘solution’ would be music on the NAS, the Aries would bridge that music to the DAC (really good source), then I’d be able to play the music through the great headphones and feed the Naim NAP100 amplifier to play through the speakers on my desk.

From the recent Raleigh Meet Thread

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So, I connected with my ‘consultant’s’ supplier and made the order. Then I got to thinking that I would benefit from a good ‘power strip’. I sent a message asking about a certain Shinyata product, and he directed me to the supplier he purchased his Power conditioner from. That happened to be P.I. Audio Group and Dave Elledge – an extremely cool fella out of New Mexico. This is another huge area that can get real confusing in a real hurry. As soon as you mention power conditioning and cables to most guys – they immediately scream ‘snake oil’! From my research, there is a lot of it…..vats of it….around the industry – that is why it was awesome for me to get a direct introduction to the builder.

Dave was awesome to talk with, and he put things in perspective. We also share an interest in guns, and he also makes custom faceplates for his conditioners. I was able to pick a piece of left over hickory that we had from our flooring project to send out to him for this project. This guy knows wood! He informed me of the various steps he would take to make this piece of hickory beautiful!

So, the Auralic pieces are traveling across the country – from California to Wisconsin……they arrived there on Wednesday, late afternoon. Nigel created a shipping label that had a delivery date for today, 22MAY…..well I got excited. I am here for a 3 day weekend, I wanted to get things hooked up, and we need to start building the shelves. Well, he wasn’t able to get the stuff to FedEx until Thursday morning, so they won’t arrive until Tuesday, 26MAY…….as I’m driving to South Carolina. I won’t see them until I get back on Thursday the 28th, and then I’ll drive to Virginia on Friday ☹.

But, I need to figure out how to install Java and Minimserver on the Synology. Then I have to try to clean up my library on the NAS. I think the wife and I are going to start working on the shelves this weekend as well.

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Wow!

I should have asked for a demo while I was there.... or maybe better not.... getting back into Car audio is expensive enough... for now
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So, major decisions being made this morning. My plan has been to do a pipe shelf on the wall to place the equipment on.

Something like this:

Rustic Shelves

The original plan was to connect two 6" wide pieces of Hickory flooring that we have with plumbing pipes mounted to the wall. The wife wasn't to keen on this idea for many reasons. I finally relented on the Hickory and agreed to 12" wide cedar shelving.

Then we measured the CD player and Naim amp, and decided we would need 20" wide shelves with the equipment foot print and Power cable behind the equipment. Plywood is the only thing that would give us 20" wide, and that would make the pipes more difficult.

Then eureka.....why am I using a cd transport? The Naim amp can be turned sideways.....back to the cedar, but Vicki still suggested getting the equipment before building the shelves.

We were getting our plan together this morning when the issues caused the question - what do others use? Wouldn't a rack on the floor work better, be a LOT easier? Well......YES! So that might be the answer. There is a decent one at Crutchfield that might get ordered.

Perhaps......

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Plywood is the only thing that would give us 20" wide, and that would make the pipes more difficult.
They aren't the species of wood you described but you can get edge glued panels from Lowe's. They are pine or aspen wood but you can get 15", 16", 18", 20", and 24"
Shop Clear Kiln-Dried Aspen Panel (Common: 3/4 x 24-in x 48-in; Actual: 0.75-in x 24-in x 48-in) at Lowes.com
That link is one version.
With some nice stain they come out looking good.


Tuned in to see what you build.

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I'll be watching this one! Can't wait to see what you do Jason.
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Hey Jason,

Beautiful thread and as well a beautiful companionship with your wife - good communications for sure!

As we all know - happy wife, happy life!

I'm amazed by the wooden cap preparation method by Fostex - wood around speakers to my personal taste is always providing the best resonance - must be an amazing set of headphones.

I personally like the underdogs when it comes to headphones - simply because they provide a best value for money experience and as you well know - our hobies are EXPENSIVE - it is what that separates men from boys - the cost of their toys right?

I really like the audio Technica ATH series - I have the M30x for daily music - try to listen to the M50 for example they are monitor headphones and they are very clear sounding - for me, the high end is a bit too strong there so the M30 for daily use is more fun - they are very very comfortable by the way.

Any-huuww - A good friend of mine is using a M2Tech DAC in his Car and as well he is using a Helix Power station to stabilize Power - nice gear as well.

How much does all the equipment weigh? - Do you think that using a "frame hanging Wire kit" might do the trick? They are extreemley strong and are very cheap and I've seen several museums using them to hang giant paintings on walls and it looks as if they are floating on air - using four wires like that - having "floating gear" could be interesting

Man, love reading your stuff.


P.S hate those helmets! but they are life protectors.
By the way what do you think about the "Tavor" rifle and its Bullpup conversion kit (changing the bullet caliber on the fly)?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmIo0YYKYCs

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They aren't the species of wood you described but you can get edge glued panels from Lowe's. They are pine or aspen wood but you can get 15", 16", 18", 20", and 24"

That link is one version.
With some nice stain they come out looking good.

Tuned in to see what you build.
Hmmmm - I replied to this a few hours ago, but it didn't 'take' for some reason.

I would certainly use those if I needed the wide shelves. Now I'm convinced a 5 shelf rack is the way to go. I'll likely order this one (even though my wife suggested the $150 one at Best Buy )

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I'll be watching this one! Can't wait to see what you do Jason.
You will need to get a demo in the Fall

The pieces should be delivered to my wife's office tomorrow morning / early afternoon....if they come early enough, I'll zip over there and pick them up.....un-box them, Power them up to make sure everything is in working order.....then drive to South Carolina for 3 days

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Hey Jason,

Beautiful thread and as well a beautiful companionship with your wife - good communications for sure!

As we all know - happy wife, happy life!

I'm amazed by the wooden cap preparation method by Fostex - wood around speakers to my personal taste is always providing the best resonance - must be an amazing set of headphones.

I personally like the underdogs when it comes to headphones - simply because they provide a best value for money experience and as you well know - our hobies are EXPENSIVE - it is what that separates men from boys - the cost of their toys right?

I really like the audio Technica ATH series - I have the M30x for daily music - try to listen to the M50 for example they are monitor headphones and they are very clear sounding - for me, the high end is a bit too strong there so the M30 for daily use is more fun - they are very very comfortable by the way.

Any-huuww - A good friend of mine is using a M2Tech DAC in his Car and as well he is using a Helix Power station to stabilize power - nice gear as well.

How much does all the equipment weigh? - Do you think that using a "frame hanging Wire kit" might do the trick? They are extremely strong and are very cheap and I've seen several museums using them to hang giant paintings on walls and it looks as if they are floating on air - using four wires like that - having "floating gear" could be interesting

Man, love reading your stuff.


P.S hate those helmets! but they are life protectors.
By the way what do you think about the "Tavor" rifle and its Bullpup conversion kit (changing the bullet caliber on the fly)?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmIo0YYKYCs
Thanks Eddie.....it continues to be a wonderful journey.....I'm hoping that she will 'take' to the system....that occasionally she will fire up the iPad.....key up one of her favorites.....sit back.....and enjoy the music.

I've seen some pics of audio gear on those Wire shelf systems - it looks pretty cool, but the cables kind of take away from the effect.

I haven't heard of that weapon - started to watch the vid - seems really cool. I'll need to watch the rest of it (starting back up on the new X-Men movie), and look up some general info on it. Thanks for sharing it.

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Sub'd this is something that I've wanted to dive into just never had the funds to do it.
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Very cool - this is the point of this thread (at least from my perspective) - to share info - and to relay how enjoyable a good set of headphones can be - this is not a show off thread in any way - not my intent.

So if anyone has any questions - please feel free to ask, and I'll do my best to answer 😊

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How about a few new pics.....

This past weekend, as you have already read, was supposed to be the big shelf building weekend......in anticipation for the gear to show up.

Got these strips of tape on the wall - that is as far as we got toward shelves being installed there.



Lots of reasons - going to be tricky to get at least two screws per flange into the studs, worry about weight capacity on the drywall, look of the cables, etc.

We moved this corner cabinet in that my father-in-law made - mostly for size reference for a rack.



Yuck.....need something narrower and taller - like the 'expensive' one from Crutchfield.

I got the text that the gear was delivered today around 1000 at my wife's workplace. I ran over and picked them up, and then I had the pleasure of un-boxing the pieces.

Fairly grubby and a bit banged up



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My 'plan' was to merely un-box everything.....that turned into a plug in Power cables to make sure the products turned on......and that turned into plugging them into the system.......and that turned into trying every input

Still using the Naim amp to Power the desk speakers....now with a very good source and especially DAC.




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The pieces should be delivered to my wife's office tomorrow morning / early afternoon....if they come early enough, I'll zip over there and pick them up.....un-box them, Power them up to make sure everything is in working order.....then drive to South Carolina for 3 days
I would love to! I know it will be sweet when it gets done, just like the car.

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How about a few new pics.....

This past weekend, as you have already read, was supposed to be the big shelf building weekend......in anticipation for the gear to show up.

Got these strips of tape on the wall - that is as far as we got toward shelves being installed there.



Lots of reasons - going to be tricky to get at least two screws per flange into the studs, worry about weight capacity on the drywall, look of the cables, etc.

We moved this corner cabinet in that my father-in-law made - mostly for size reference for a rack.



Yuck.....need something narrower and taller - like the 'expensive' one from Crutchfield.

I got the text that the gear was delivered today around 1000 at my wife's workplace. I ran over and picked them up, and then I had the pleasure of un-boxing the pieces.

Fairly grubby and a bit banged up



Aries





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Taurus Headphone Amp / pre-amp







My 'plan' was to merely un-box everything.....that turned into a plug in Power cables to make sure the products turned on......and that turned into plugging them into the system.......and that turned into trying every input

Still using the Naim amp to power the desk speakers....now with a very good source and especially DAC.



Isn't it so fun unboxing things and playing around with them? I'm jealous because I have a new DSP and a Pure i20 sitting in my apartment that I've only gotten to look at haha. Glad you got all your gear and were able to test it out. Have a safe drive down to SC!
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How about a few new pics.....

This past weekend, as you have already read, was supposed to be the big shelf building weekend......in anticipation for the gear to show up.

Got these strips of tape on the wall - that is as far as we got toward shelves being installed there.



Lots of reasons - going to be tricky to get at least two screws per flange into the studs, worry about weight capacity on the drywall, look of the cables, etc.
You can buy these hollow wall anchors at Lowe's
Shop TOGGLER 10-Pack 3/16-in x 2-1/2-in Toggle Bolts at Lowes.com

They are the best for your type of installation. Rated to 238lbs in 1/2" drywall (without stud attachment)

I think you are going with the floor standing unit but I like the wall mount DIY version so I'm just being encouraging.

I like building stuff. I'm not very good at it but I enjoy it.
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Big time sub'd! Cool stuff!

On racks, I have one of the Sanus 5-shelf racks that's literally been unused since we moved in.. Picked it up on audioadvisor a looooong time ago. In black. Great rack, just never had the gear or a space/need for it since the new house with small kids etc. If it interests you, hit me up. I need to do an inventory on it and make sure I can find all the parts even.

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Very cool - this is the point of this thread (at least from my perspective) - to share info - and to relay how enjoyable a good set of headphones can be - this is not a show off thread in any way - not my intent.

So if anyone has any questions - please feel free to ask, and I'll do my best to answer ��
I would never take this as a show off thread. I will have to pick your brain down the road when I get deeper than my inexpensive smsl DAC/amp. The equipment looks amazing and idk if I missed it but what was the rational with picking the gear that you did.
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And I thought trying to budget $150 for a set of phones, mainly for reference during Car tuning, was going to be extravagant. LOL! Economies of scale and diminishing returns I guess. I guess for that kind of work, a guy could 'get away with' a pair of Sunn's or something along that 'entry-level' scale.

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Any updates Jason?

I like building stuff. I'm not very good at it but I enjoy it.
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Love this. I can't wait to get my truck finished so I can get back into home audio and headphones. I have done some stuff for a great portable setup. Using iBasso dx100 for high res lossless and dx50 for dsd. Both have pretty good built in dac and amp. Headphones are heir audio 8.a custom in ear monitors, and Grado sr325is.

It's a crazy expensive hobby. Can't wait to see more of what you're doing.
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Well, yes and no - I'll post more tonight when I get to San Diego ✌

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Love this. I can't wait to get my truck finished so I can get back into home audio and headphones. I have done some stuff for a great portable setup. Using iBasso dx100 for high res lossless and dx50 for dsd. Both have pretty good built in dac and amp. Headphones are heir audio 8.a custom in ear monitors, and Grado sr325is.

It's a crazy expensive hobby. Can't wait to see more of what you're doing.

I'm not even trying to look at players....I'm going to only use my 2 iPod Classics for portable (for now). I have been obsessing over the 1964 Ears V6 Stage CIEM's. I'll have to wait a bit, and save up some $. I spend every week on planes and hotel rooms, and I feel that CIEMs would be a great addition to my travel kit. The iPhone earbuds are probably damaging my hearing. Ok - cabin door is closing 😉

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Well, that didn't happen......long trip, and much to do when I got here.

Anyway.....not a lot to update......sure, there have been several 'sit, play 2 tracks, eyes closed, in audible bliss'.......

I have been traveling a lot in the last month. Hard to enjoy the gear when you are never here.......I have been really wanting to journal this entire process, but again, too busy at the moment.

I received all of the gear, set it up, did a little listening, then set it to run repeated for the 200 hour recommended burn in for the DAC. That was pretty easy to do - Just got it running for all the hours that I was away. I ordered my iPad Mini to run the app to select the tracks, and I was in negotiations with Babbs to buy his audio rack. I decided to purchase a new one from Crutchfield, and it should be here by the end of the week.

I did receive the UberBUSS Power conditioner from P.I. audio Group. This was from a recommendation of a friend - talked to the owner, and he is completely awesome. This is the 'mid-grade' product that I was looking for....everything in one box, and with a little bit of custom to it. It is easy to discount Power conditioning out of hand, and it is also 'easy' to drop $5k on Shinyata piece (or many others) that is basically a box with mains cables connected to it.

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So, once I get the rack, put the Vega, Taurus, Aries, UberBUSS, Synology, and Naim on it - connect everything up, and then continue to work on the music library.

Interestingly, right now I'm listening to discs on the Cambridge Audio DVD player - don't plan to have this in the final set up. And, I'm listening to tracks on the Synology via USB/SPIDF converter (Wavelength) from the old Windows PC that you see in the above photo - not planning on using that computer for anything anymore. So, right now, my best resolution is 16bit, 44.1 (blah, blah, blah). Again, showing how little time I have had recently.....I took the USB cable out of the Wavelength and plugged it directly to the Vega....the PC downloaded the driver (eventually), but it had an error....didn't have time to figure it out or use the disc that came with the Vega.

I also connected the USB directly to my Mac Air.....it showed the Vega on the USB output device, but the music kept playing through the laptop speakers instead of through the USB output. Frustrating....no time to troubleshoot.......frustrating as well, because things that are so easy for others can be impossible.....for me. So, I'm hoping to get this music database correct - and I hope Jason W will come up to get the Aries, Minimserver, and the Synology all sorted out. I'll post more pics when I get everything on the rack.

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I'm not even trying to look at players....I'm going to only use my 2 iPod Classics for portable (for now). I have been obsessing over the 1964 Ears V6 Stage CIEM's. I'll have to wait a bit, and save up some $. I spend every week on planes and hotel rooms, and I feel that CIEMs would be a great addition to my travel kit. The iPhone earbuds are probably damaging my hearing. Ok - cabin door is closing 😉

I understand the iPod thing. I still keep mine around but I've upgraded them to 240gb msata drives that aren't big enough anymore. Not sure if I want to order 1tb drives or just the 512gb ones. I'm 30gb short right note of my entire iTunes. Those are mainly for carrying a library for vehicle use. Once I integrate to Car pcs in all vehicles I won't need the iPods anymore.

Next ciem I'm looking at is either the Noble K10 or JH audio Roxanne. My Heir aren't fitting very good, I think their quality went downhill.

Your setup is one to envy. As they say on head-fi, sorry about your wallet.
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An Update....I finally am home from California and from Raleigh.

So I ordered the rack and set it up last night / this afternoon. It really looks good - I'm very happy with the overall look.

I pulled all of the gear off of the desk, then set the pieces on the rack, then started to Wire everything up. I took some quick, lousy pics during the process that I'll share with you all.

Setting in the rack



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Everything powered up











I'm sitting in that leather chair right now listening to DMB Trax Nightclub from 1992 in FLAC - wonderful!

My friend Jason is coming up tomorrow to get the Aries, the iPad app, and the synology data base set up. I'll try to take a better pic.

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