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Posted 27 August 2014 - 04:52 AM

one can never have too many clamps...lesson learned!

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Posted 08 September 2014 - 01:47 AM

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Posted 01 October 2014 - 04:30 AM

well, it's time to 'gunn' the magnepans...new hardwood frames around the panels, and new crossovers...and some way to get them off the floor gracefully...

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Posted 04 October 2014 - 03:37 AM

bought a hitachi compound miter saw today, for tight frame cuts, crossover parts are coming in. the coil inductors alone weigh a ton each...this will be interesting...

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Posted 18 January 2015 - 03:33 AM

i'll get more pics up soon (the mahogany frames do wonders for the planars. i tried oak plank bases with mahogany skirting and spikes, along with mid panel struts. i settled on spikes mounted to the original planar metal 'feet': the panels seem to perform better all way round if allowed to pass vibration to the wood frames. bolting them to the oak plank bases/installing struts robbed them of their sweet rich bass, and caused 'beaming' of mids and highs, at least with my system). after a search for a matching pre to go with my A3cr power amp, i found an A3cr pre here in the states! it's on it's way! next friday will be a baseline test day: ss pre or tube pre...?

A3cr pre review:
http://www.soundstag...c3cr_preamp.htm

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Posted 08 April 2015 - 08:24 AM

going dsd soon. after a bit of net poking found a suitable entry into hi-rez...the saber/xmos based 'gustard x12' dac (w/the addition of the usb interface u12 via its Is2 digital hdmi interconnect).

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Posted 08 April 2015 - 08:28 AM

oh, the a3cr pre kicks totally! very pleased with it. i have come to regard tube audio apparatus as the 'devil's hijinks' in these here parts...just say NO!!!

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Posted 19 April 2015 - 07:08 PM

Hey Moboy, now it seems u have come almost full-circle in teh quest for "Auudio Nirvana" no? Anyhoo it appears you've put in the research already, so can u recomend a decent DAC (optical spdif in/ balanced analog out) that won't cost any body parts or crime? BTW how u doin? :handshake:

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Posted 14 May 2015 - 04:36 AM

hey strom!!! ok here, same old same old. balanced eh? have you checked the audiogon site yet?
http://app.audiogon....120-san-jose-ca
might be the ticket,
or this:
http://app.audiogon....3-portsmouth-va
great price on the ps unit ;)

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Posted 06 June 2015 - 02:21 AM

dash it all man, did ye find what ye were lookin' fer???

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Posted 06 June 2015 - 02:28 AM

if you decide you can forgo balanced, i have an arcam irdac, and it's predecessor the rdac, both capable of being ran off battery power (superb audio this way, jet black background), available for sale ;)

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Posted 03 July 2015 - 03:59 PM

Sorry it took so long to answer Mo. I finally got a Schitt Bitfrost 2 Uber. I now understand why u need a GOOD dac for digi, man everything sounds different but all good ( I tried an Arcam and a couple other 300-500$ range and IMHO the Schitt was/is awesome and since it is upgradeable I think it's my endgame)except now that I've heard how lo res mp3 /wma/ etc sounds I gotta re-acquire most of my music in flac or some lossless format doh!! ....Stormy

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Posted 07 July 2015 - 01:23 AM

i was looking at the uber, but got hot for dsd, so the gustard won out. i'm liking the saber chip in how it's implemented, so i'll hang with it for a bit. yeah, wav and flac, but there are online companies that release tunes in at least redbook to hi res files, along with mp3

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Posted 08 July 2015 - 05:50 AM

EAC is your remastered cd/redbook to wav file ripping friend... ;)
along w/foobar. sweet sounds

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Posted 08 July 2015 - 05:53 AM

dual 18 subs in the rig:

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