Bottlehead Crack

mrbironmrbiron Posts: 4,400
So today is the end of their sale. You can get the Crack ($279) and Speedball upgrade($125) for $299 so i said F-it and ordered one. Do i need it......nope.

I'm just bored.

Anyone try one of these things?
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  • voltzvoltz Posts: 4,675
    edited April 2015
    I always wanted to get one, let me know how it goes and how it sounds! I'm too new to soldering or I would have bought one and built one, instead I just bought the Schiit B)
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  • mrbironmrbiron Posts: 4,400
    Try one...you dont know if you can solder unless you try.
    With my schedule and the way life is going, i'm looking to use headphones more late at night. I have the Peachtree but as it goes with this hobby, i wanted to try something else.

    We'll see.
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 15,052
    edited April 2015
    As Yogi Berra woulda put it, Half the fun in this hobby is changing stuff around 90% of the time.

    You know what it looks like at my house.

    So... if you're looking for validation, I say, "rock on wit' yo bad thing!" :- )

    In all seriousness (well... at least with a tad more seriousness), that sounds like a very nice deal.
    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

  • mrbironmrbiron Posts: 4,400
    This is all your fault Señor Hardy!!
    You are a gateway drug....
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  • sucks2bemesucks2beme Posts: 4,779
    I've heard the crack and loved it.
    At that price, even better.
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  • vcwatkinsvcwatkins Posts: 1,606
    Love mine. It was fun to build and it beats the Valhalla with Senn HD600. I did not get the Speedball. Enjoyed it so much, I'm thinking I'll do a simple little amp, but not sure whether to do Bottlehead or another design/kit.
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  • mrbironmrbiron Posts: 4,400
    I only have the Philips Fidelio X2 but might pick up the HD600 since everyone raves about the pairing. I'm going to build the initial kit first, spend some time with it, then install the upgrade.

    Keeps me outs jail right.....
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  • voltzvoltz Posts: 4,675
    vcwatkins wrote: »
    Love mine. It was fun to build and it beats the Valhalla with Senn HD600. I did not get the Speedball. Enjoyed it so much, I'm thinking I'll do a simple little amp, but not sure whether to do Bottlehead or another design/kit.

    Well I have the Valhalla 2 and a Senn HD650 and you like it better? hmm you and the Biron have gone and talked me in to something I hope I can handle....I went ahead and ordered one... hopefully I donut mess it up :blush:

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  • mrbironmrbiron Posts: 4,400
    Were you able to get the deal with the speedball upgrade for $20?
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  • voltzvoltz Posts: 4,675
    yes! just made it I think ...was close :p
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  • mrbironmrbiron Posts: 4,400
    Excellent news!
    Now we have to figure out how we are going to finish it. I was looking up different ideas and came across this guys website. Looks nice.

    http://diy.koenigs.dk/2014/02/20/6/
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  • voltzvoltz Posts: 4,675
    NICE!!! Thanks, glad you found that.
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  • ALL212ALL212 Posts: 622
    I have had one for a couple of years now and just bought another under that special they ran. Mine has been upgraded and modded - nothing too crazy - and I do have the speedball. I run Senn HD650's on it and at AXPONA picked up a pair of MrSpeakers Alpha Primes.

    Wonderful headphone amp! You done good snagging one on sale.
    Aaron
  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 13,519
    Welcome back. Haven't seen you post in a while.
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  • ALL212ALL212 Posts: 622
    Had to wait for the angst over the changes to go by....then forgot...then realized I hadn't been here.

    Voltz - Bottlehead forum is a wonderful place to get ideas from and ask questions. Everyone there is very helpful.
    Aaron
  • voltzvoltz Posts: 4,675
    edited April 2015
    cool thanks :) I have look at their forum but it was sometime ago, I'll check it out again.
    I have some Senn HD650's which should go nice with it.
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    HT - Polk 703's * NAD T-758 * Adcom 5503 * Oppo 103 * Samsung 60" series 8 LCD
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 15,052
    Bottlehead folks be good folks -- both the company and the customers, IME.

    For mrbiron's benefit -- I have spun a couple of sides with a certain... other Bottlehead module ;- ) but I am not ready to offer comment yet (other than the fact that it certainly doesn't sound bad to me!).

    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

  • mrbironmrbiron Posts: 4,400
    Yet it doesn't sound Bugle2-ish either....

    Voltz, the shipping update only shows shipped through 4/9. We might have another week before they ship our shi*.
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 15,052
    Speaking of the Bottlehead Crack.

    I learned today (well -- I decided today) that the best possible way to take a photo of a Bottlehead Crack would be with a vintage Agfa Clack :- )

    AgfaClack.jpg

    either that, or it should have been the Official Photographic Instrument of Car Talk (or as they say in Cambridge, our fair city, Cah tahk).
    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

  • mrbironmrbiron Posts: 4,400
    Mr H.....you going to clack my crack? Dirtiest thing i've said (typed) all day...

    BH's website still shows no update on the shipping status of our order #Voltz. My patience is drawing thin :*
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  • ALL212ALL212 Posts: 622
    It can take a bit for them to get the kit parts together and package them. Draw your patience with a thick sharpy for awhile. It's worth the wait!
    Aaron
  • mrbironmrbiron Posts: 4,400
    This is my 2nd BH order so i know of their fabled wait time :D
    3-4 weeks is the norm.
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  • voltzvoltz Posts: 4,675
    I already got mine! you havent got yours ?

    just kidding! :p
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  • mrbironmrbiron Posts: 4,400
    Actually, they sent me mine AND yours. I'm currently cutting your leads so short you won't be able to solder to anything.....

    Not kidding :D :D :D
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 15,052
    there is no shame in splicing wires...
    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

  • mrbironmrbiron Posts: 4,400
    edited May 2015
    Hey....where is my comparison with the 2 BH products you currently have in house. I think a couple weeks is long enough! Hop too it.

    Less time taking pictures of ugly cats and more time typing!!
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 15,052
    .. and I am working on the yard, too!
    Point well taken though -- it's supposed to be rainy Saturday... so Saturday may be a good hifi day!
    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

  • ALL212ALL212 Posts: 622
    What BH products are you two whining about? Now I'm curious as I've a couple of them also.
    Aaron
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 15,052
    Seduction (mine) and Reduction (his) -- big shootout pending at my house... someday. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have mangy cats to photograph...

    17348086951_73cc230a81_b.jpgDSC_3707 by mhardy6647, on Flickr

    Budgies, too...

    16875213427_01e38c10ec_b.jpgDSC_3452 by mhardy6647, on Flickr

    ;- )
    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

  • SCompRacerSCompRacer Posts: 6,563
    edited May 2015
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    Seduction (mine) and Reduction (his) -- big shootout pending at my house... someday. )

    I am in countdown for an Eros! Aarons Reduction/Integration upgrade sounds wunnerful here with my diy SUT.

    Man, you got some strange looking cats there! ;) Looks like a shaggy Lemur in a fur coat....lol
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