What did you do to your stereo rig today?

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  • verbverb Posts: 9,025
    Tony M wrote: »
    You've got a lot of various odd tools, dowel rod and glue on that top.

    Looks like a few projects going on at the same time. ;)

    Hehe. It was originally a roll-top. Filled the holes used to attach the roll-top with dowels instead of putty. :smile:
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS,Cary SLP-05 Pre,Enlightened Audio Designs CD Transport,Northstar Designs Excelsio DAC,Cambridge 851N streamer,Marantz SA-14 SACD,McIntosh MC300 Amp,Silnote Morpheus Ref2 Digital Cable,Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner,Pangea Power Cables,Wireworld Oasis 8 RCA IC's,MIT Shotgun S3 IC's,MIT Shotgun S1 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC,EAR Acute CD Player,EAR 834L Pre,Northstar Designs Intenso DAC,PASS ACA Monoblocks,Denon UDR-F10 Cassette,Acoustic Technologies Classic FR Speakers,SVS SB12 Plus sub,MIT AVt2 speaker cables,IFI Purifier2,AQ Cinnamon USB cable,Groneberg Quatro Reference IC's
    Spare Room: Antique Sound Labs Wave AV-8 Monoblocks,Tisbury Mini Passive Pre,Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38),Analysis Plus Oval 9's,Zu Jumpers,AudioEngine B1 Streamer,Klipsch RB-61 v2,SVS PB1000 sub,Blue Jeans RCA IC's
    Living Room: Peachtree Nova Integrated,Cambridge CXN v2 Streamer,Rotel RCD-1072 CD player,Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner,Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers,Polk DSW Pro 660wi sub
  • verbverb Posts: 9,025
    This thing needs a subwoofer! :smile:
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    Basement: Polk SDA SRS,Cary SLP-05 Pre,Enlightened Audio Designs CD Transport,Northstar Designs Excelsio DAC,Cambridge 851N streamer,Marantz SA-14 SACD,McIntosh MC300 Amp,Silnote Morpheus Ref2 Digital Cable,Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner,Pangea Power Cables,Wireworld Oasis 8 RCA IC's,MIT Shotgun S3 IC's,MIT Shotgun S1 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC,EAR Acute CD Player,EAR 834L Pre,Northstar Designs Intenso DAC,PASS ACA Monoblocks,Denon UDR-F10 Cassette,Acoustic Technologies Classic FR Speakers,SVS SB12 Plus sub,MIT AVt2 speaker cables,IFI Purifier2,AQ Cinnamon USB cable,Groneberg Quatro Reference IC's
    Spare Room: Antique Sound Labs Wave AV-8 Monoblocks,Tisbury Mini Passive Pre,Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38),Analysis Plus Oval 9's,Zu Jumpers,AudioEngine B1 Streamer,Klipsch RB-61 v2,SVS PB1000 sub,Blue Jeans RCA IC's
    Living Room: Peachtree Nova Integrated,Cambridge CXN v2 Streamer,Rotel RCD-1072 CD player,Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner,Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers,Polk DSW Pro 660wi sub
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 21,944
    I’m getting dizzy just looking at it...
    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, Krell Evolution 505 SACD Player, Pioneer Elite SC-LX701, Oppo UDP-205 4K Blu-ray player, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB800 "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.

    “If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 24,491
    I’m getting dizzy just looking at it...

    I wonder if there's a secret message in Morse code contained in the short and long "arcs" on that thing? :o
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 21,944
    It says "SDA's are forever"
    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, Krell Evolution 505 SACD Player, Pioneer Elite SC-LX701, Oppo UDP-205 4K Blu-ray player, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB800 "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.

    “If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”
  • TEAforONETEAforONE Posts: 338
    I just swapped in my pair of Monarchy Audio SM 70 mkII's to drive the Nola Boxer 2's. I figured it was time to give my First Watt F5 a little break.
    First Watt,Monarchy Audio,Aric Audio,Promitheus Audio,Pro-Ject,Hornshoppe,Nola,HSU,Onkyo.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 24,491
    Just don't slip... :open_mouth:
  • dorokusaidorokusai Posts: 25,488
    It’s sometimes just simple shite. 😀
    CTC BBQ Amplifier, Sonic Frontiers Line3 Pre-Amplifier and Wadia 581 SACD player. Speakers? Always changing but for now, Mission Argonauts I picked up for $50 bucks, mint.
  • HzTweakerHzTweaker Posts: 544
    Received and installing the crossover upgrades for the LSi9s. This is the Fortress mod from our very own @VR3 Trey. They look amazing, its a shame they'll never be seen again after this evening :D;) . Treys customer service is great and the crossovers were very well packaged as well, I must say. Pics don't do these things justice when they are in your hands!

    I'm trying to upload photos but I am experiencing technical difficulties at the moment. Trust me I took about a dozen of them.
    2ch rig:
    Speakers: LSi9s with VR3's Fortress mods
    Preamplifier: Parasound P5
    Amplifier: Vincent SP-331
    CDP: Denon 1520
    Cables: Wireworld Equinox 7 XLR ICs, Wireworld Ultraviolet 7 USB
    Benched: Parasound A23
  • HzTweakerHzTweaker Posts: 544
    okay so I just needed to be patient. I'm now receiving a flood of emails from myself lol.hzhza5q1nljf.jpg
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    2ch rig:
    Speakers: LSi9s with VR3's Fortress mods
    Preamplifier: Parasound P5
    Amplifier: Vincent SP-331
    CDP: Denon 1520
    Cables: Wireworld Equinox 7 XLR ICs, Wireworld Ultraviolet 7 USB
    Benched: Parasound A23
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 21,944
    They look great, but I am curious just how much of the internal volume of the cabinet they take up, and if that would have a negative impact on the sound.
    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, Krell Evolution 505 SACD Player, Pioneer Elite SC-LX701, Oppo UDP-205 4K Blu-ray player, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB800 "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.

    “If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”
  • VR3VR3 Posts: 23,684
    I've heard the modified Lsi9 powered on a krell system and I can assure you, it's definitely not negative. 😜
    - Not Tom

    "No, that's silly talk. Dude, you can't possibly be this audio dumb so quit the act." - Doro
  • HzTweakerHzTweaker Posts: 544
    They look great, but I am curious just how much of the internal volume of the cabinet they take up, and if that would have a negative impact on the sound.

    I asked the same thing. I believe Trey.
    2ch rig:
    Speakers: LSi9s with VR3's Fortress mods
    Preamplifier: Parasound P5
    Amplifier: Vincent SP-331
    CDP: Denon 1520
    Cables: Wireworld Equinox 7 XLR ICs, Wireworld Ultraviolet 7 USB
    Benched: Parasound A23
  • sucks2bemesucks2beme Posts: 4,963
    ok, big changes afoot.
    https://nanomesher.com/nanosounddac2/
    It's a raspberry pi direct mounted dac with
    a small front panel display and controls for volumio.
    And it has a remote!!!
    1st couple of minutes sounded BAD!!!!
    After a couple of hours, much better.
    I also had to play with a couple of settings.
    No preamp, just a external homemade passive
    pre (shunt style) to prevent volume mishaps in case
    of issues with the hardware volume control of the
    DAC. Setting changes can put it to 100%, so I always
    have it in line. I was using a audiogd dac via usb before.
    IT's feeding the McCormack.
    Jury's still out, but the sound has really hit a good point.
    I'm hoping after a couple of days it will be equal or better
    so I can keep things simple. My raspberry has a big honkin'
    usb stick with my music in lossless FLAC.
    It's got a very small footprint.
    Some users have hacked the interface for a 7" screen.
    But for now the goal was a small footprint and the ability to
    use the mini remote. I only need the tablet for setting up
    playlists.
    For someone looking for a small rig, you can get a small amp board
    to add on for a small desktop system.

    "The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbour to say there are twenty gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg." --Thomas Jefferson
  • VR3VR3 Posts: 23,684
    Just hooked this bad boy up... My road to simplicity continues!

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    - Not Tom

    "No, that's silly talk. Dude, you can't possibly be this audio dumb so quit the act." - Doro
  • sucks2bemesucks2beme Posts: 4,963
    Remote control stepped attenuator passive preamp.
    That's some high tech simple!

    "The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbour to say there are twenty gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg." --Thomas Jefferson
  • ZLTFULZLTFUL Posts: 5,231
    I loved my Jolida passive pre. Wasn’t a stepped attenuator with Vishay Resistors but still sounded like it should...nothing!
    "Some people find it easier to be conceited rather than correct."

    "Unwad those panties and have a good time man. We're all here to help each other, no matter how it might appear." DSkip
  • VR3VR3 Posts: 23,684
    I'm comparing it the ci audio passive preamp at the moment, not sure why one needs an active preamp after owning these, especially with a decent match between source and Amp
    - Not Tom

    "No, that's silly talk. Dude, you can't possibly be this audio dumb so quit the act." - Doro
  • audioluvraudioluvr Posts: 1,844
    So what exactly is a passive pre? Just a volume controller?
    Home System:
    SDA 1C's - Full mod with the help by Dave...
    1000 Va Dreadnought- w/ WireWorld Mini-Eclipse cables
    WireWorld Mini-Eclipse 7 speaker cables
    WireWorld Silver Eclipse IC's
    Cambridge Audio Azur 851N - DAC/Streamer
    Belles 21A Tube Pre
    Belles 350A Reference Amp
    BLE-Design 16mm Power Cables
    Denon DVD 2900

    Barn system:
    SDA SRS 2.3's Full mod done by myself
    Carver C-1 pre
    Carver M1.5t
    BluDenso - Bluetooth receiver/DAC
  • VR3VR3 Posts: 23,684
    Essentially it is an in and a out with a volume knob.

    Some more involved as far as options, the ci audio has 4 inputs, dual outs, ht bypass, etc

    The axiom pre uses a nice stepped attenuator, you can add more inputs and outputs if you like for more money
    - Not Tom

    "No, that's silly talk. Dude, you can't possibly be this audio dumb so quit the act." - Doro
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 21,944
    Today I figured out how to employ all the tools of the SugarCube and am now able to do everything including the correct track splits and click removal levels. Total time per LP, from needle drop to transfer to hard drive, is about 1 hour. Given that 90 percent of the work is automatic, all I need to do is verify the results and burn the finished work to the hard drive.

    JRiver has no trouble at all identifying the files, and the results are indistinguishable from the original LP. Once I am finished with the transfers, I will sell off my turntable setup and invest some of that feed up cash on improving my DAC...
    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, Krell Evolution 505 SACD Player, Pioneer Elite SC-LX701, Oppo UDP-205 4K Blu-ray player, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB800 "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.

    “If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 24,491
    edited June 2019
    audioluvr wrote: »
    So what exactly is a passive pre? Just a volume controller?

    Usually an attenuator (resistive or inductive) and - ideally :) - a source selector.
    The coolest ones include remote control, too, for the sofa spud market, of course. ;)

    I used to bristle at such gizmos being called a preamplifier, but since they're installed ahead of the amplifier... no harm, no foul. B)

    IF one doesn't need impedance matching (buffering), additional voltage gain or current drive between source and power amplifier, a good passive can be as good as it gets, IMO. I use one that's built around one of Dave Slagle's older transformer volume control modules (FWIW).

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  • treitz3treitz3 Posts: 13,892
    Trey, what is your preference....The new on or the old one you have been using?

    Tom
    In search of accurate reproduction of music. Real sound is my reference and while perfection may not be attainable? If I chase it, I might just catch excellence.

    ~ The best way to enjoy digital music reproduction is to never listen to good analogue reproduction ~

    ~ Not all things that can be measured can be heard and not all things heard can be measured ~

    ~ When the law ends, tyranny begins ~
  • VR3VR3 Posts: 23,684
    I probably won't make an immediate decision on that one, maybe by end of the month, I'm evaluating to much with the crossovers and such. I'll have the second utopia back together next week, I'll use them to evaluate the pres.
    - Not Tom

    "No, that's silly talk. Dude, you can't possibly be this audio dumb so quit the act." - Doro
  • treitz3treitz3 Posts: 13,892
    Oh, I forgot about that. Thanks.

    Tom
    In search of accurate reproduction of music. Real sound is my reference and while perfection may not be attainable? If I chase it, I might just catch excellence.

    ~ The best way to enjoy digital music reproduction is to never listen to good analogue reproduction ~

    ~ Not all things that can be measured can be heard and not all things heard can be measured ~

    ~ When the law ends, tyranny begins ~
  • brianlebrianle Posts: 572
    Trying out new speakers :)

  • DaveHoDaveHo Posts: 2,525
    I've tried several passives over the years and found that a few of my favorite CDs are recorded at such a low level that achieving a decent volume is nigh impossible. How do you overcome that?
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 24,491
    DaveHo wrote: »
    I've tried several passives over the years and found that a few of my favorite CDs are recorded at such a low level that achieving a decent volume is nigh impossible. How do you overcome that?

    Short answer -- you can't (other than a switch to a CDP with higher output) without added gain.

    Comment: Your problem strikes me as very odd, though, for two reasons.
    1) CDs, especially in more recent years, tend not to be mastered at low average signal levels.
    2) CD players tend to have high analog output voltage relative to the old "line level" standard.




  • sucks2bemesucks2beme Posts: 4,963
    That's the down side. If your source output is low
    Or your amp input isn't very sensitive you have a problem.
    My passive is a home brew, direct connection in and out.
    The alps pot just shunts signal to ground.
    The only real fix is to increase the pot value or
    Add a resistor between the pot and ground.
    As far as running the signal through the pot,
    I never liked the result. VR3's pre is as good as passive gets.
    "The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbour to say there are twenty gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg." --Thomas Jefferson
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