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Posted 14 July 2015 - 06:15 AM

i tell you what...i'm soooo glad i didn't sell the arcam irdac! i'm done with saber dac stuff atm. the arcam kicks butt totally. i was about to spend some dosh on the latest fancy saber offering when i thought maybe i should try the arcam again...big true bass and sweet mid/high detail! hey strom, glad you didn't buy the ir from me!!! prat and solid sweet bang here atm ;)

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Posted 17 July 2015 - 07:49 AM

well, i went with an audiobyte hydra z and an r-2-r ladder dac with a tube analog output...should be interesting...

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Posted 26 July 2015 - 05:23 AM

hydra z is awesome, and the ladder dac is sweet, a modders dream from what i can glean from forums (lite dac60, dual pcm1704 r-2-r, tube analog output, not a buffer, the actual output itself!). mundorf fancy caps are in my future it seems...

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Posted 28 July 2015 - 06:37 AM

hey strom, thanks for helping me move my old sub driver. at our age, it does indeed take two dudes lol:

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Posted 26 August 2015 - 02:10 AM

i've been somewhat busy modding the ladder dac. it's turned out to be quite a bargain, the mod parts not too expensive (the big mundorf silver/gold/oils caps where $110 a pop(x2), so far the biggest single expense). an incredible sounding dac so far.

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Posted 04 October 2015 - 05:49 AM

awaiting delivery of a jungson ja-88D(09) integrated. i'll need it to heat the house this winter!

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Posted 13 November 2015 - 05:47 AM

heating the house atm w/the jungson. decided to do the final caps upgrade to the mmg speakers (costs more than the speakers lol), and am very happy atm

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Posted 04 December 2015 - 07:37 AM

just picked up a basic xmos usb bridge to see if i can get that big wide high detail soundstage i had w/that u12 interface (no bass there, but hopefully w/the new interface i'll have big booty!).

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Posted 27 December 2015 - 06:37 AM

no go..but just picked up a wyred 4 sound dac 2: will be going i2s from hydra z. this should be good...all pure silver cabling (balanced out to amp), even the i2s via hdmi cable...

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Posted 17 January 2016 - 04:46 AM

sprung for a new monitor for the man cage...

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Posted 21 January 2016 - 02:46 AM

49" wasabi mango anyone???

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Posted 20 February 2016 - 07:16 AM

picked up wyred 4 sound mono blocks, using the dac 2 also as a preamp...best move evar! w4s have really made a statement w/dac 2 as pre. very happy atm!

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Posted 15 July 2020 - 02:49 AM

Wow, what a long strange trip it still is...a Holo Spring DAC has replaced the Wyred DAC, and the Wyred pre has been usurped by the Audio Mirror T-61, and as for analog/vinyl, a Lounge vIII phono stage followed by a Beogram TX2 with a moving iron MMC 3 Cart. Vinyl is just so much more fun and engaging than any of the digital audio I have at the moment, and it is also very expensive, especially when you get a junky pressing. Still, I am finding myself much more drawn to Vinyl...

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Posted 15 July 2020 - 06:47 PM

I have said for years that vinyl just has a smooth mellow sound to it. Kind of like a tube system vs a transistor system

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Posted 23 July 2020 - 01:46 AM

View PostNvyseal, on 15 July 2020 - 06:47 PM, said:

I have said for years that vinyl just has a smooth mellow sound to it. Kind of like a tube system vs a transistor system
Yes, and the soundstage is much more engaging, as I have also purchased electronica that is just stunning on vinyl. I was blown away that I could have the subs letting loose and hear a perfect rendition of any of the club-over-the-head sub heavy stuff I have. Discogs has been a haven of treasures for me lately. I just found a site that has N.O.S. anti static guns made in England...I'll report back once I have had the opportunity to try one out. I think it is time to replace the caps in the tube pre, so some research is on the list for the next few days.




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