What did you do to your stereo rig today?

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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 20,650
    Tony M wrote: »
    It looks like you could read that screen from across the street. B)
    Some of us need that, you know?
    I have to be very close to read my CD players screen. :#

  • agfrostagfrost Posts: 2,230
    BlueFox wrote: »
    Turned it on so that it will be ready to go tomorrow (Friday) night.
    Your carbon footprint is showing again...

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    Jay
    SDA 2BTL * Musical Fidelity A5cr amp * Marantz DV-9500 * Modded Adcom GDA-600 DAC * Rythmik F8
    Micro Seiki DQ-50 * A hodgepodge of cabling * Belkin PF60
    Preamp rotation: Krell KSL (SCompRacer recapped) * Manley Shrimp * PS Audio 5.0
  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 18,692
    Tony M wrote: »
    It looks like you could read that screen from across the street. B)

    I have to be very close to read my CD players screen. :#

    As noted, you can change the display brightness, and also the display is programmable to turn-off from 10 seconds to an hour after any button is pressed. default is 10 seconds.
    Source: Oppo BDP-103/USB HDD/flac | Preamp/DAC: PS Audio Stellar Gain Cell | Power Amp: Parasound Halo A21 | Speakers: PSB Imagine T2 | Cables: Kimber Hero XLR; Kimber 8VS Bi-Wire; Belden 1694A Dig Coax | AC Power: Panamax M5300-PM
  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 18,692
    I think Skip's observation of not needing to turn it up, comes from what I observed about the muscle of this preamp. It's got good "drive" for lack of a more descriptive word.
    Source: Oppo BDP-103/USB HDD/flac | Preamp/DAC: PS Audio Stellar Gain Cell | Power Amp: Parasound Halo A21 | Speakers: PSB Imagine T2 | Cables: Kimber Hero XLR; Kimber 8VS Bi-Wire; Belden 1694A Dig Coax | AC Power: Panamax M5300-PM
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 20,650
    That is sometimes what's needed. I used to have as a signature here a comment that Gary Kaufman had made to me about the SE 2A3 amp I use and active preamps. I forget his exact statement now, but in essence he said, "some amps need drive more than they need gain".

    :)
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 5,691
    I complained to my wife about how since it was raining today, my noise floor was going to go up.

    She put her head in her hands and groaned loudly.
    • "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • Picked up a CXN v2. We got to play around with it at Skip's place with various combos of other gear before I brought it home. Very excited about this purchase.

    Amp is next on the list!
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    Analog: MoFi MasterTracker > MoFi UltraDeck > Sutherland 20/20
    Digital: Sony CDP-CE375 / Streaming > Cambridge CXN v2
    Harman Kardon HK 3770 > JBL Studio 580 + SVS SB12-NSD or Arcam rHead > Hifiman HE4XX
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 20,650
    edited February 9
    Clipdat wrote: »
    My Ruby came with cables!

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    I see that kind of cable on many different kinds of equipment. They must be very good indeed, given their popularity.

    ;)
  • BlueFoxBlueFox Posts: 10,477
    Yes. Nothing but the best.
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  • Clipdat wrote: »
    Oh no!

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    My Ruby came with cables!

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    It was almost a deal breaker for me, LOL.
    I've actually got the whole system on Blue Jean Cables currently. Had a set on the bench begging to be put into the game.
    Analog: MoFi MasterTracker > MoFi UltraDeck > Sutherland 20/20
    Digital: Sony CDP-CE375 / Streaming > Cambridge CXN v2
    Harman Kardon HK 3770 > JBL Studio 580 + SVS SB12-NSD or Arcam rHead > Hifiman HE4XX
    Discogs
  • VR3VR3 Posts: 22,601
    Plugged up the main rig to the Wilson Cubs, added a passive preamp from CI Audio. Liking the sound :)

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    - Not Tom

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  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 19,304
    edited February 10
    I love it when Megatron and the autobots show up to help out like that.
    The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, TriangleArt Reference SE with Pass Labs Xono Phono Preamp, Walker Precision Motor Drive, ClearAudio Goldfinger Diamond v2 cartridge and Origin Conquerer Mk3c tonearm, Polk Audio "Signature" Reference Series 1.2TL with complete mods, Pass Labs X0.2 three chassis preamp, PS Audio PerfectWave DAC MkII, Pioneer Elite SC-65, Oppo UDP-205 4K Blu-ray player, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB700/800 "in-wall" surrounds.

    Saying that it's "too hard" to pursue your dreams is no different than admitting to yourself that you are too lazy to achieve them.

  • VR3VR3 Posts: 22,601
    Right?? I actually am going to consolidate those here soon, I preordered the 18" Optimus Prime 30th anniversary. Thing is a beast. Probably sell 3 or 4 to balance it out! :p

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    - Not Tom

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    "No, that's silly talk. Dude, you can't possibly be this audio dumb so quit the act." - Doro
  • VR3VR3 Posts: 22,601
    Comparing DH Labs Revelation IC to Groneberg series 3

    Also compared ci audio passive pre versus using streamer as a pre, no contest there. I dig the passive pre, clean as a whistle with no sonic flavor. Very easy to compare gear

    Good stuff.
    - Not Tom

    Vr3Mods.com ///// Version3Audio.com

    "No, that's silly talk. Dude, you can't possibly be this audio dumb so quit the act." - Doro
  • machonemachone Posts: 1,082
    I emailed Dan at Modwright about still having some hum coming from my preamp. He said to check the volume knob for a good ground to the chassis as in remove paint.

    Using a VOM I found the powder coat is really tough to completely remove so I used a Dremel and got it clean. I also reworked the main ground and cleaned it more than my earlier first attempt. Now the hum is all but gone. Only noticeable with my ear next to the speakers.

    I also had some tube noise so cleaned and reinstalled the tubes.

    Easy peasy :)
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  • Tony MTony M Posts: 7,183
    dolbyd wrote: »
    Since I use the office system mostly for 2 channel I decided to see if the old Elite PDF-59 sounded better. Yes it does. I wonder if the Legato Link Conversion feature is part of that.
    It is also nice to load 25 discs at a time.

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    @Clipdat turned me on to that "Legato Link conversion" method on Pioneers and Sony as being a fine decoder. Thanks Drew!

    I never knew. Shortly after Drew opened my knowledge to it, I swapped out a player with the one ( that Drew spotted in a pic. I put on here ) Drew saw and I noticed a difference. My ears are old but there is a FINENESS about the sound. Details stand out!

    I read in a stereo mag. where a reviewer mentioned how only Sony and Pioneer got to use that method for a few years and then they moved on to other chips. The reviewer said he saw NO reason to leave that very fine decoding method at all.

    I feel the music is clearer and more alive thru my Pioneer CD changer with that decoder. ;)
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • dolbyddolbyd Posts: 309
    Tony M wrote: »
    dolbyd wrote: »
    Since I use the office system mostly for 2 channel I decided to see if the old Elite PDF-59 sounded better. Yes it does. I wonder if the Legato Link Conversion feature is part of that.
    It is also nice to load 25 discs at a time.

    k9c6l38vy6dl.jpeg

    @Clipdat turned me on to that "Legato Link conversion" method on Pioneers and Sony as being a fine decoder. Thanks Drew!

    I never knew. Shortly after Drew opened my knowledge to it, I swapped out a player with the one ( that Drew spotted in a pic. I put on here ) Drew saw and I noticed a difference. My ears are old but there is a FINENESS about the sound. Details stand out!

    I read in a stereo mag. where a reviewer mentioned how only Sony and Pioneer got to use that method for a few years and then they moved on to other chips. The reviewer said he saw NO reason to leave that very fine decoding method at all.

    I feel the music is clearer and more alive thru my Pioneer CD changer with that decoder. ;)

    Tony I agree with all that. I believe that the Legato Link is why I loved all my LD players over the years too.

    The details and the noise floor is a lot better. I found myself pulling disc after disc out today. My LS90s sounded great today.

    2- channel listening is a big part of my winter months.
    I am getting close to upgrading my emotiva X300 amp on that system. Great amp for the money but i have gone down the rabbit hole a little on this lately.
    Right now I am between a new A23+ or the PS Audio Stellar S300.
    Main room- RTiA9 x4, CSiA6, in ceiling Atmos RT-70 x4, SVS PC 4000 x2, Marantz 7704, OPPO 203, Emotiva DR3 Gen3, Emotiva XPA-2 Gen3, Emotiva XPA-5 Gen2, Emotiva X150, Sony 75" 940E, Panasonic Plasma VT50,PS Audio Power Port X2, Perfect Wave AC-5 x5, Douglas jumpers, SVS Ultra speaker cables, Transparent IC, Furman PFi20, SoildSteel S4-4 rack

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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 5,691
    My Pioneer player looks a lot different and I didn't know it had Legato Link conversion until I read the user manual for it. :)

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    • "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • WillowWillow Posts: 9,331
    I lifted the components and cleaned the dust under them. Took sharpie and did some minor touch-ups on my sub.
    2Ch- B&W 703, SVS PB10 NSD, Marantz NR1607, Parasound 1500a, Pro-Ject Debut Carbon (Yellow) with Acrylic platter, Pro-Ject phono pre, MIT AVT 2 speaker cables, MIT AVT 1 and AVT 2 ICs, XLO Jumpers, Tributaries Optical, Signal Cable Magic Power Cables x3, Samsung 55JS7000, Harmony 1100, Sony BDP-S6200, Rotel RDV 1045 (as Transport), Cambridge Audio DAC Magic100, Monster 3600MKII, Android Mi Box3 and Apple TV. - Pool /Gazebo Yamaha RX-A1010, Polk Patio 25x4, Marantz DV 4200 (as CDP) MIT AVT3 ICs - Work - Spotify Premium or Neutron App to my FiiO Kunlun into my Grado SR125e

  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 18,692
    I'm doing a trial run of Tidal hi-fi to see if I like it, unfortunately my Oppo Tidal app is a little glitchy sometimes; otherwise seems pretty cool so far...very soon I'll be getting a Bluesound Node 2i for streaming and I suspect it's support of Tidal will be far better.
    Source: Oppo BDP-103/USB HDD/flac | Preamp/DAC: PS Audio Stellar Gain Cell | Power Amp: Parasound Halo A21 | Speakers: PSB Imagine T2 | Cables: Kimber Hero XLR; Kimber 8VS Bi-Wire; Belden 1694A Dig Coax | AC Power: Panamax M5300-PM
  • reverbreverb Posts: 57
    Today I checked the bias on my Scott 299B. Like always, it was spot-on.

    Tonight I plan on testing a pair of Infinity Infinitesimals I have been rebuilding. Got the last missing piece, the EMIT tweeters, in the mail today!
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 19,304
    That should be in a permanent place of honor....
    The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, TriangleArt Reference SE with Pass Labs Xono Phono Preamp, Walker Precision Motor Drive, ClearAudio Goldfinger Diamond v2 cartridge and Origin Conquerer Mk3c tonearm, Polk Audio "Signature" Reference Series 1.2TL with complete mods, Pass Labs X0.2 three chassis preamp, PS Audio PerfectWave DAC MkII, Pioneer Elite SC-65, Oppo UDP-205 4K Blu-ray player, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB700/800 "in-wall" surrounds.

    Saying that it's "too hard" to pursue your dreams is no different than admitting to yourself that you are too lazy to achieve them.

  • gmcmangmcman Posts: 1,354
    edited February 12
    Replaced my two power supply fuses in the McCormack DNA-1, with a pair of Synergistic blue 1.6A. I had upgraded the single mains fuse last year, made a noticeable improvement in the higher frequencies, this was immediate.

    Been reluctant to change these two but gave it a go.

    Brief history...I have been listening for a few days with a change in the padding resistor, going from a .5 ohm Path Audio to a .56 ohm Path Audio, paired with the 22.5 Duelund. I went with the .56 because with the Duelunds, the highs were just slightly crisp...just enough that it was so close I wanted to see if I went any further on the padding resistor would the treble start to drop off.

    The .56 is right on the cusp but overall quite smooth. However, with the two blue fuses that changes things. The upper midrange and treble are both noticeably cleaner and more detailed, enough that I'm not going to swap the .5 back in for now.

    The .06 is not a big jump at all, but when you're already at .5 ohm, I believe it's more apparent.

    Overall the clarity improved throughout, this time it's not just the treble, noticeably cleaner down to the lower midrange.

    Here's a few gratuitous nudiez.

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  • dromundsdromunds Posts: 7,611
    Here’s a couple quite early and rare PS Audio pieces : a phono preamp Model PSIVa - MM or MC - serial number 28. Very respectable sound quality actually that holds its own against the GCPH concerning sound quality. The other is the VK passive pre, havent hooked that up yet. My college roommate bought these new in the 80’s and maybe about that time he also got a Carver cube amp and Alison One speakers. He hasn’t played vinyl in many years so gave me the PS Audio gear last week; he still uses the Alison’s as rear surrounds with Salk fronts and center.

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  • VR3VR3 Posts: 22,601
    That should be in a permanent place of honor....

    Possibly... I am sending it off for service to a tech pass recommended. The amp sounds "fine" but when idling the right side runs about 2 to 3 times hotter than the left. Hoping it is just a bias issue, will see.
    - Not Tom

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  • halohalo Posts: 4,748
    edited February 12
    Swapped out some IC’s and SC’s yesterday.

    Installed a new table last night.

    Swapped out the included cart on the new table for the Nagaoka MP-110 after carefully aligning it on the ol’ protractor. Huge difference. Sounded very good with the OE cart and the MP-110 took it to a whole different level.
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  • maxwardmaxward Posts: 227
    Received the last of the 10 electrolytic capacitors needed to replace those on the power supply side of the Joule. I soldered leads onto the four that are not sized the same as the original ones. It’s been a long time since I did any careful soldering (Dynakits). Once this is done, I’ll look into those in the signal path.
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