What did you do to your stereo rig today?

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  • machone
    machone Posts: 1,368
    Rolled to Tung-Sol tubes in my Modwright preamp. The Raytheons had a lot of hours on them as I use my system for music, tv and games. Holy cow what an improvement!
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  • GlennDog
    GlennDog Posts: 2,725
    Dr_Wu wrote: »
    I've been enjoying new for me WW Silver Eclipse speaker cables. This past week, thanks to our old friend Skip, I was able to add High Fidelity's Reveal interconnect. Another big step toward the ideal sound I've been chasing.

    Nice!
    I’m curious about the Reveal cables. Did you roll them and the Silver Eclipse in at the same time?

    If you rolled them in a staggered fashion, can you tell us what you heard from each.

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  • Dr_Wu
    Dr_Wu Posts: 265
    edited May 2020
    @GlennDog

    I had a few weeks with the SE cables before adding the Reveals. I had been using Zavfino Nova (OCC) before the SE. What I noticed immediately was more, and more accurate bass, and improved clarity. The Nova cables aren't bad, mind you, just not as bright (in a good way) and transparent as the SE.

    The Reveal ICs replaced Zavfino Arcadia Mkii (also OCC). Again, similar steps forward in SQ. Nothing earth-shattering, but discernibly clearer, better sound. The Reveals are supposed to be burned in already, but I sense they are still getting smoother.

    Overall, both were upgrades, and I wouldn't be as happy as I am without both. Hope that makes sense.
  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 11,767
    Wow, gorgeous. And I bet it feels even better that you did it yourself. Nice job.
  • indyhawg
    indyhawg Posts: 1,602
    Very nice work.
  • gmcman
    gmcman Posts: 1,692
    Very nice work @jumpindick, I want to speculate that maybe one more support could help if used in the rear at the mid point.

    I'm limited in my knowledge of what types of wood can span distances under load without sagging, so maybe others can chime in, so just a friendly suggestion.
  • audioluvr
    audioluvr Posts: 4,628
    Dr_Wu wrote: »
    I've been enjoying new for me WW Silver Eclipse speaker cables. This past week, thanks to our old friend Skip, I was able to add High Fidelity's Reveal interconnect. Another big step toward the ideal sound I've been chasing.

    Lucky bastage! I've been eyeing upgrading my Mini-Eclipse's with the Silvers for a while now. Just hard to dump a couple grand on anything right now with the way the world is... Maybe I'll contact D to see what he has. Been meaning to ask him what his impressions were when he upgraded his demo cables from the Mini's to the Silvers. Love Wireworld stuff!
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    B&K M200 Sonata monoblocks refreshed and upgraded
    Belles 350A Reference modded with Mundorf Supreme caps
    Polk SDA 1C's modded / 1000Va Dreadnaught
    Wireworld Silver Eclipse IC's and speaker cables
    Harman Kardon T65C w/Grado Gold. (Don't laugh. It sounds great!)


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  • ZLTFUL
    ZLTFUL Posts: 5,575
    Nice work, @jumpindick

    Don't take this as a negative but more constructive suggestion since I have made 2 sets of racks very similar to these.
    My first one that I made around 2012-2013 was zebrawood shelves with ambrosia maple legs. I did the screws on the sides similar to yours but I recessed the screws deep enough that I could then fit a piece of walnut dowel in to make it look more like a dowel joint with an exposed/flush dowel.

    The cherry rack I made a year or so later is the exact same construction but was built larger and deeper for more equipment flexibility.

    But what I am getting at is you can really clean the look up if you were to hide the screws in a similar manner.

    Regardless of the above, it is a gorgeous finished project.

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  • nooshinjohn
    nooshinjohn Posts: 24,031
    I feel fortunate I was even able to turn my rig on tonight.
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  • treitz3
    treitz3 Posts: 16,323
    Blow up dolls get in the way?

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  • Dr_Wu
    Dr_Wu Posts: 265
    audioluvr wrote: »
    Dr_Wu wrote: »
    I've been enjoying new for me WW Silver Eclipse speaker cables. This past week, thanks to our old friend Skip, I was able to add High Fidelity's Reveal interconnect. Another big step toward the ideal sound I've been chasing.

    Lucky bastage! I've been eyeing upgrading my Mini-Eclipse's with the Silvers for a while now. Just hard to dump a couple grand on anything right now with the way the world is... Maybe I'll contact D to see what he has. Been meaning to ask him what his impressions were when he upgraded his demo cables from the Mini's to the Silvers. Love Wireworld stuff!

    Totally understand. I was lucky to catch a great deal on them here. I'm very grateful to @sgmsmg for that.

  • jumpindick
    jumpindick Posts: 423
    ZLTFUL wrote: »
    Nice work, @jumpindick

    Don't take this as a negative but more constructive suggestion since I have made 2 sets of racks very similar to these.
    My first one that I made around 2012-2013 was zebrawood shelves with ambrosia maple legs. I did the screws on the sides similar to yours but I recessed the screws deep enough that I could then fit a piece of walnut dowel in to make it look more like a dowel joint with an exposed/flush dowel.

    The cherry rack I made a year or so later is the exact same construction but was built larger and deeper for more equipment flexibility.

    But what I am getting at is you can really clean the look up if you were to hide the screws in a similar manner.

    Regardless of the above, it is a gorgeous finished project.

    Thank you sir. You are absolutely correct. I take your feedback as a learning opportunity. So no worries at all. After all, through such feedback only that I can hope bring my work closer to the "perfection". So, your feedback is more than welcome :) .

    I should have countersunk those screws and then plugged the holes with dovels. I had originally thought to not use any screws at all. Cut dado joints in the legs to fit the shelves and hold them in place using wood glue. I do not have those large parallel clamps. And I felt that gluing the shelves and legs would have made me do the sanding, finishing and polishing in the garage space. With the weight of the finished unit, I was not prepared to drag it upstairs. Would have been too heavy, at least for me...

    But completely agree on what you are saying. My next project is to build a TV stand using ambrosia maple and walnut legs.. I am hoping to use some other joinery including dovetails at corners (between the edge of top shelf and side panel) and mortise and tenons for the framing part. That should be fun. Do you have Festool Domino? I am thinking to get one...

    What kind of spikes are those? They seem big and beefy. I can use them in the next project. Good to know that you are also in this hobby. This project was the first ever that I worked on. I have done some end grain cutting boards, but nothing major. Although the design of the shelf I built was simple, but still to get everything squared up and to the dimension was a bit stressful...
  • jumpindick
    jumpindick Posts: 423
    gmcman wrote: »
    Very nice work @jumpindick, I want to speculate that maybe one more support could help if used in the rear at the mid point.

    I'm limited in my knowledge of what types of wood can span distances under load without sagging, so maybe others can chime in, so just a friendly suggestion.

    Thank you. I thought about having a real panel, but then left it open for better airflow (although the space between the shelves is quite large). I am hoping that it will not sag. The hard maple of pretty dense and heavy. It takes weight quite well. If it was ambrosia maple, I would have thought about either having the shelves thicker or putting a cross support. We will see how this one holds out and goes.
  • jumpindick
    jumpindick Posts: 423
    Clipdat wrote: »
    Wow, gorgeous. And I bet it feels even better that you did it yourself. Nice job.

    Thanks Drew. It was indeed very satisfying. It gives me more encouragement to take upon more complex projects. I am learning as I go. So far, youtube has been my teacher and mentor :D for woodworking.
  • jumpindick
    jumpindick Posts: 423
    indyhawg wrote: »
    Very nice work.

    Thank you.
  • jumpindick
    jumpindick Posts: 423
    butterbean wrote: »
    Nice contrast in your woods! Sharp!

    Thank you. Yes, the contrast is nice to see. For the legs, I was debating between black walnut and red cherry. I ended up with the walnut. I am happy with it.
  • ZLTFUL
    ZLTFUL Posts: 5,575
    jumpindick wrote: »
    Do you have Festool Domino? I am thinking to get one...

    What kind of spikes are those? They seem big and beefy.

    Negative on the Festool but it is on my wish list.

    The spikes are from Parts Express...Dayton Audio.
    "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
  • gp4jesus
    gp4jesus Posts: 1,896
    ZLTFUL wrote: »
    Nice work, @jumpindick

    Don't take this as a negative but more constructive suggestion since I have made 2 sets of racks very similar to these.
    My first one that I made around 2012-2013 was zebrawood shelves with ambrosia maple legs. I did the screws on the sides similar to yours but I recessed the screws deep enough that I could then fit a piece of walnut dowel in to make it look more like a dowel joint with an exposed/flush dowel.

    The cherry rack I made a year or so later is the exact same construction but was built larger and deeper for more equipment flexibility.

    But what I am getting at is you can really clean the look up if you were to hide the screws in a similar manner.

    Regardless of the above, it is a gorgeous finished project.

    ugv74kze1xvf.jpg
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    8clohkej4vl1.jpg
    please post a wide angle view

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  • jumpindick
    jumpindick Posts: 423
    @ZLTFUL those are really nice looking. I like your design as well. Keep it simple but to the perfection. Nicely done Ryan!
  • jumpindick
    jumpindick Posts: 423
    What type of finish did you use on those stands?
  • ZLTFUL
    ZLTFUL Posts: 5,575
    Both are finished in polycrylic from Minwax.

    The zebrawood one was finished with tung oil but then I stripped them and then shot them with polycrylic.
    "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
  • indyhawg
    indyhawg Posts: 1,602
    Awesome work Ryan
  • audioluvr
    audioluvr Posts: 4,628
    Those modular stacks are really cool Ryan. Great job! I too like using the Polycrylic. Dries fast with little odor and is very durable.
    Gustard X26 Pro DAC
    Belles 21A Pre modded with Mundorf Supreme caps
    B&K M200 Sonata monoblocks refreshed and upgraded
    Belles 350A Reference modded with Mundorf Supreme caps
    Polk SDA 1C's modded / 1000Va Dreadnaught
    Wireworld Silver Eclipse IC's and speaker cables
    Harman Kardon T65C w/Grado Gold. (Don't laugh. It sounds great!)


    There is about a 5% genetic difference between apes and men …but that difference is the difference between throwing your own poo when you are annoyed …and Einstein, Shakespeare and Miss January.

    by Dr. Sardonicus
  • halo
    halo Posts: 5,612
    Very sharp looking set of speakers Drew! Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on them!
  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 11,767
    I'm going to save most of my thoughts for the formal review, but I will say that I am very impressed with their sound and performance, especially for the price. ($999 - currently on sale for $899.)
  • Milito
    Milito Posts: 1,701
    Very nice, congrats!
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