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  • jbreezy5
    jbreezy5 Posts: 1,141
    edited August 2020
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    Enjoying some youtube videos on my system today. The following was so good I had to repeat it:

    https://youtu.be/PD-MdiUm1_Y
    CD Players: Sony CDP-211; Sony DVP-S9000ES; Sony UDP-X800M2 (x2); Cambridge Audio CXC

    DACs: Jolida Glass FX Tube DAC III (x2); Denafrips Ares II (x2)

    Streamers: ROKU (x3); Bluesound Node 2i and Node N130 w/LHY LPS // Receivers: Yamaha RX-V775BT; Yamaha RX-V777

    Preamps: B&K Ref 50; B&K Ref 5 S2; Classe CP-800 MkII; Audio Research SP16L (soon)

    Amps: Niles SI-275; B&K ST125.7; B&K ST125.2; Classe CA-2300; Butler Audio TDB-5150

    Speakers: Boston Acoustics CR55; Focal Chorus 705v; Wharfedale Diamond 10.2; Monitor Audio Silver-1; Def Tech Mythos One (x4)/Mythos Three Center (x2)/Mythos Two pr.; Martin Logan Electromotion ESL; Legacy Audio Victoria/Silverscreen Center; Gallo Acoustics Reference 3.1; SVS SB-1000 Pro; REL HT-1003; B&W ASW610; HifiMan HE400i

    Turntable: Dual 721 Direct-Drive w/Audio Technica AT-VM95e cart

    Cables: Tripp-lite 14ga. PCs, Blue Jeans Cable ICs, Philips PXT1000 ICs; Kimber Kable DV30 coaxial ICs; Canare L-4E6S XLR ICs; Kimber Kable 8PR & 8TC speaker cables.
  • jbreezy5
    jbreezy5 Posts: 1,141
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    CD Players: Sony CDP-211; Sony DVP-S9000ES; Sony UDP-X800M2 (x2); Cambridge Audio CXC

    DACs: Jolida Glass FX Tube DAC III (x2); Denafrips Ares II (x2)

    Streamers: ROKU (x3); Bluesound Node 2i and Node N130 w/LHY LPS // Receivers: Yamaha RX-V775BT; Yamaha RX-V777

    Preamps: B&K Ref 50; B&K Ref 5 S2; Classe CP-800 MkII; Audio Research SP16L (soon)

    Amps: Niles SI-275; B&K ST125.7; B&K ST125.2; Classe CA-2300; Butler Audio TDB-5150

    Speakers: Boston Acoustics CR55; Focal Chorus 705v; Wharfedale Diamond 10.2; Monitor Audio Silver-1; Def Tech Mythos One (x4)/Mythos Three Center (x2)/Mythos Two pr.; Martin Logan Electromotion ESL; Legacy Audio Victoria/Silverscreen Center; Gallo Acoustics Reference 3.1; SVS SB-1000 Pro; REL HT-1003; B&W ASW610; HifiMan HE400i

    Turntable: Dual 721 Direct-Drive w/Audio Technica AT-VM95e cart

    Cables: Tripp-lite 14ga. PCs, Blue Jeans Cable ICs, Philips PXT1000 ICs; Kimber Kable DV30 coaxial ICs; Canare L-4E6S XLR ICs; Kimber Kable 8PR & 8TC speaker cables.
  • Tony M
    Tony M Posts: 11,038
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    I've used that song to evaluate speakers myself. ;)B)
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • BlueBirdMusic
    BlueBirdMusic Posts: 2,097
    edited August 2020
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    I really like binging on YouTube videos too. I've made quite a few bookmarks that I hope to listen to again. This is a good one to add to the list.

    One of the comments below was:
    "It's no wonder why so many modern day bands struggle. The bar was just set so high..."

    The next comment was:
    "And this song is 45 years old. And why are we still listening? Because it's a masterpiece!"
    "Sometimes you have to look to the past to understand where you are going in the future"


    Harry / Marietta GA
  • dromunds
    dromunds Posts: 9,993
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    Was listening to Zep on You Tube when I got up doing, “In My Time of Dying” live. Page is playing on a cheap Danelectro guitar with a slide. It’s a masterpiece of playing.
  • Gardenstater
    Gardenstater Posts: 4,212
    edited August 2020
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    wrong section, deleted
    Post edited by Gardenstater on
    George / NJ

    Polk 7B main speakers, std. mods+ (1979, orig owner)
    Martin Logan Dynamo sub w/6ft 14awg Power Cord
    Onkyo A-8017 integrated
    Logitech Squeezebox Touch Streamer w/EDO applet
    iFi nano iDSD DAC
    iPurifier3
    iDefender w/ iPower PS
    Custom Steve Wilson 1m UPOCC Interconnect
    iFi Mercury 0.5m OFHC continuous cast copper USB cable
    Custom Ribbon Speaker Cables, 5ft long, 4N Copper, 14awg, ultra low inductance
    Custom Vibration Isolation Speaker Stands and Sub Platform
  • Gardenstater
    Gardenstater Posts: 4,212
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    Made some 15.5 ga Cardas Litz wires with gold plated Furez 7/64" Fastons, ready to be installed in the tweeter circuits for my 7B's tomorrow. Stuff is a PIA to work with. Most of my pics were out of focus (damn autofocus on phone). I stripped it and separated all the wires. There were 3 layers of CCW twisted wires with the gauge dia. decreasing going inward. I burned the polymer off (paint remover doesn't work lol) on my gas range, making each wire glow red hot. Then I used a rotary tool with a wire wheel to get to shiny copper. It's hard to get right up against the teflon insulation but I did my best. The best method with the fastons seems to be to crimp them onto the bare wire which has already had the flux applied and to then solder with a minimal amount. The other ends I tinned again trying to use minimal solder. Wonder Signature solder.ail8f2w21gkn.jpg
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    George / NJ

    Polk 7B main speakers, std. mods+ (1979, orig owner)
    Martin Logan Dynamo sub w/6ft 14awg Power Cord
    Onkyo A-8017 integrated
    Logitech Squeezebox Touch Streamer w/EDO applet
    iFi nano iDSD DAC
    iPurifier3
    iDefender w/ iPower PS
    Custom Steve Wilson 1m UPOCC Interconnect
    iFi Mercury 0.5m OFHC continuous cast copper USB cable
    Custom Ribbon Speaker Cables, 5ft long, 4N Copper, 14awg, ultra low inductance
    Custom Vibration Isolation Speaker Stands and Sub Platform
  • GlennDog
    GlennDog Posts: 3,098
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    Auditioning a new DAC . . .

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    AC Regenerator PS Audio PerfectWave Power Plant 10
    Source Lumin U1 Mini into Lampizator Baltic 4 DAC
    Pre Cary SLP-05
    Power Rogue M180 Dark monos
    Mains Salk HT2-TL
    Rythmik F12
  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 12,656
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  • GlennDog
    GlennDog Posts: 3,098
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    Clipdat wrote: »
    What is it?

    Unexpectedly, the 10 yr anniversary faceplate was sent. I’m not crazy about it but it doesn’t bother me either. Unique for sure, and it’s growing on me!

    As an added bonus, I was anticipating the standard RCA connections but they included balanced as well, which come with two additional dedicated tubes

    . . . to your question, Sir









    Lampizator
    AC Regenerator PS Audio PerfectWave Power Plant 10
    Source Lumin U1 Mini into Lampizator Baltic 4 DAC
    Pre Cary SLP-05
    Power Rogue M180 Dark monos
    Mains Salk HT2-TL
    Rythmik F12
  • Thorton
    Thorton Posts: 1,324
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    GlennDog wrote: »
    Clipdat wrote: »
    What is it?

    Unexpectedly, the 10 yr anniversary faceplate was sent. I’m not crazy about it but it doesn’t bother me either. Unique for sure, and it’s growing on me!

    As an added bonus, I was anticipating the standard RCA connections but they included balanced as well, which come with two additional dedicated tubes

    . . . to your question, Sir









    Lampizator

    Sweet. Which Lampi did u get?
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    Ethernet Filter: GigaFOILv4 with Keces P3 LPS
    Source: Roon via ethernet to DAC interface
    DAC: Bricasti M1SE
    Pre/Pro: Marantz AV8805
    Tube Preamp Buffer: Tortuga TPB.V1
    Amp1: Nord One NC1200DM Signature, Amp2: W4S MC-5, AMP3: W4S MMC-7
    Front: Salk SoundScape 8's, Center: Salk SoundScape C7
    Surround: Polk FXIA6, Surround Back: Polk RTIA9, Atmos: Polk 70-RT
    Subs: 2 - Rythmik F25's
    IC & Speaker Cables: Acoustic Zen, Wireworld, Signal Cable
    Power Cables: Acoustic Zen, Wireworld, PS Audio
    Room Treatments: GIK Acoustics
  • GlennDog
    GlennDog Posts: 3,098
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    GlennDog wrote: »
    Clipdat wrote: »
    What is it?
    . . . to your question, Sir









    Lampizator
    Thorton wrote: »

    Sweet. Which Lampi did u get?

    You crack me up! . . . the cv-19 working mans DAC 🤩 . . . Amber 3

    I really would like to roll the upper level models. The word on the street is the A3 brings 85 - 90% of the big boy models. Honestly, I doubt my (push’n 60) ears can tell a diff
    AC Regenerator PS Audio PerfectWave Power Plant 10
    Source Lumin U1 Mini into Lampizator Baltic 4 DAC
    Pre Cary SLP-05
    Power Rogue M180 Dark monos
    Mains Salk HT2-TL
    Rythmik F12
  • Mike Reeter
    Mike Reeter Posts: 4,314
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    GlennDog wrote: »
    GlennDog wrote: »
    Clipdat wrote: »
    What is it?
    . . . to your question, Sir









    Lampizator
    Thorton wrote: »

    Sweet. Which Lampi did u get?

    You crack me up! . . . the cv-19 working mans DAC 🤩 . . . Amber 3

    I really would like to roll the upper level models. The word on the street is the A3 brings 85 - 90% of the big boy models. Honestly, I doubt my (push’n 60) ears can tell a diff

    GlennDog, hope the audition goes well. I wasn't aware of the faceplate changes.

    I have a Mullard 4003 (12AU7) in the output of mine, sweetest tube I've tried so far.

  • GlennDog
    GlennDog Posts: 3,098
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    Good tip. Thanks!
    AC Regenerator PS Audio PerfectWave Power Plant 10
    Source Lumin U1 Mini into Lampizator Baltic 4 DAC
    Pre Cary SLP-05
    Power Rogue M180 Dark monos
    Mains Salk HT2-TL
    Rythmik F12
  • Thorton
    Thorton Posts: 1,324
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    GlennDog wrote: »
    GlennDog wrote: »
    Clipdat wrote: »
    What is it?
    . . . to your question, Sir









    Lampizator
    Thorton wrote: »

    Sweet. Which Lampi did u get?

    You crack me up! . . . the cv-19 working mans DAC 🤩 . . . Amber 3

    I really would like to roll the upper level models. The word on the street is the A3 brings 85 - 90% of the big boy models. Honestly, I doubt my (push’n 60) ears can tell a diff

    I became a Lampi DAC fan back at Axpona a number of years back. It seemed like almost every high end set-up had one. I’d love to compare one of their DAC’s to my Bricasti one day.

    Congrats! And Enjoy! B)
    _____________________________________________________________________________________________
    Ethernet Filter: GigaFOILv4 with Keces P3 LPS
    Source: Roon via ethernet to DAC interface
    DAC: Bricasti M1SE
    Pre/Pro: Marantz AV8805
    Tube Preamp Buffer: Tortuga TPB.V1
    Amp1: Nord One NC1200DM Signature, Amp2: W4S MC-5, AMP3: W4S MMC-7
    Front: Salk SoundScape 8's, Center: Salk SoundScape C7
    Surround: Polk FXIA6, Surround Back: Polk RTIA9, Atmos: Polk 70-RT
    Subs: 2 - Rythmik F25's
    IC & Speaker Cables: Acoustic Zen, Wireworld, Signal Cable
    Power Cables: Acoustic Zen, Wireworld, PS Audio
    Room Treatments: GIK Acoustics
  • invalid
    invalid Posts: 1,294
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    I became a Lampi DAC fan back at Axpona a number of years back. It seemed like almost every high end set-up had one. I’d love to compare one of their DAC’s to my Bricasti one day.

    Congrats! And Enjoy! B) [/quote]

    The high end rooms used lampi or DCS, both are great dacs.
  • mhardy6647
    mhardy6647 Posts: 33,173
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    GlennDog wrote: »
    Auditioning a new DAC . . .

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    is that, like, dilithium crystals glowin' in there?

    cool...
  • rooftop59
    rooftop59 Posts: 8,001
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    I was hearing a very slight bass bump, using around the A-D on the bass (appr. 55-75 hz). I have my ML Grotto crossed over very low, either 42.5 or 40 (can't see without pulling it out of the cabinet) so I just reached around and turned it down one click (2.5 hz). MUCH better. That allowed me to raise the volume ever so slightly getting a slightly fuller foundation while getting better integration at the same time.
    Living Room 2.2: Usher BE-718 "tiny dancers"; Dual DIY Dayton audio RSS210HF-4 Subs with Dayton SPA-250 amps; Arcam SA30; Musical Fidelity A308; Sony UBP-x1000es; Squeezebox Touch with Bolder Power Supply
    Game Room 5.1.4:
    Denon AVR-X4200w; Sony UBP-x700; Definitive Technology Power Monitor 900 mains, CLR-3000 center, StudioMonitor 350 surrounds, ProMonitor 800 atmos x4; Sub - Monoprice Monolith 15in THX Ultra

    Bedroom 2.1
    Cambridge Azur 551r; Polk RT25i; ACI Titan Subwoofer
  • GlennDog
    GlennDog Posts: 3,098
    edited August 2020
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    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    Auditioning a new DAC . . .

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    is that, like, dilithium crystals glowin' in there?

    cool...
    I’ve popped the hood a couple of times, to look elsewhere … I’ll take a closer look next time. The green oval markup will help/hopefully satisfy your curiosity

    It is cool, but she runs hot. (Maybe it’s just late August summer with less than ideal airflow). When I pop her top next time, I might leave it off permanently

    Please note the tube A-Lish-a-nous

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    AC Regenerator PS Audio PerfectWave Power Plant 10
    Source Lumin U1 Mini into Lampizator Baltic 4 DAC
    Pre Cary SLP-05
    Power Rogue M180 Dark monos
    Mains Salk HT2-TL
    Rythmik F12
  • pitdogg2
    pitdogg2 Posts: 24,674
    edited August 2020
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    That looks sweet!
    What complement of tubes does said product take?
  • joecoulson
    joecoulson Posts: 4,943
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    That’s a sweet center mass.
  • GlennDog
    GlennDog Posts: 3,098
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    First, to Mark.
    Hope that didn’t come off as snooty. Wasn’t meant to
    AC Regenerator PS Audio PerfectWave Power Plant 10
    Source Lumin U1 Mini into Lampizator Baltic 4 DAC
    Pre Cary SLP-05
    Power Rogue M180 Dark monos
    Mains Salk HT2-TL
    Rythmik F12
  • CH46E
    CH46E Posts: 3,580
    edited August 2020
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    joecoulson wrote: »
    That’s a sweet center mass.

    I always aim center mass! B)

    May not aways hit it though! :(
  • GlennDog
    GlennDog Posts: 3,098
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    pitdogg2 wrote: »
    That looks sweet!
    What complement of tubes does said product take?

    The lower level units are pretty straightforward
    but as you climb up the food chain, it becomes a cornucopia of tube possibilities.

    I’m not familiar with the Mullard 4003 variant, but it’s equivalent to the 12AU7
    Gotta get my Lamp authorized toob learn-On

    Image on rear apron denoting some specs (top LH side, circled in yellow) ...


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    AC Regenerator PS Audio PerfectWave Power Plant 10
    Source Lumin U1 Mini into Lampizator Baltic 4 DAC
    Pre Cary SLP-05
    Power Rogue M180 Dark monos
    Mains Salk HT2-TL
    Rythmik F12
  • mhardy6647
    mhardy6647 Posts: 33,173
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    GlennDog wrote: »
    First, to Mark.
    Hope that didn’t come off as snooty. Wasn’t meant to

    not at all (if you're talkin' to me) -- I was just bein' a goober.
  • Mike Reeter
    Mike Reeter Posts: 4,314
    edited August 2020
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    GlennDog wrote: »
    pitdogg2 wrote: »
    That looks sweet!
    What complement of tubes does said product take?

    The lower level units are pretty straightforward
    but as you climb up the food chain, it becomes a cornucopia of tube possibilities.

    I’m not familiar with the Mullard 4003 variant, but it’s equivalent to the 12AU7
    Gotta get my Lamp authorized toob learn-On

    Image on rear apron denoting some specs (top LH side, circled in yellow) ...


    vvqipnw8hvd3.jpeg

    My Amber 3 came with a 5962 tube in the Output Stage, it's also another variant of the 12AU7/ECC82 family.

    The Mullard CV4003 is a drop in replacement for the 12AU7/ECC82 also. It was made for the Military, rugged construction and a very long life.

    Can be a little dark in some applications, but it is a good fit for the Amber, as its presentation is a tad bit forward, in my set up that is.



  • Gardenstater
    Gardenstater Posts: 4,212
    edited August 2020
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    Got the Cardas Litz 15.5 ga tweeter wires installed in my 7B's. Did the right speaker on Sun and the left one on Mon. The difference was astounding! I mean in less than a second immediately discernible that the cymbals had extra detail, more shimmer, less smearing and it was an unbelievable wow moment that those 24" wires could make that much a difference. I guess I shouldn't be surprised but I still am. And there are knuckleheads refuting this by making measurements with electronics instead of just listening?

    It was interesting that when I had only done the right speaker, I was almost thinking....hmm.....are my speakers too bright now? But paradoxically that feeling was entirely gone when both speakers were done yesterday. I stayed up way past my beddyby time listening and I'm sure the neighbors could hear through the walls lol.

    I'm not sure if it shows in the picture but the large inductor had worried? a hole in it's solder joint probably from being stressed during modifications so I reflowed the solder joint so that's something to watch out for. Maybe other people just desolder it which may have been the wisest move. Anyway, bass sounded vastly superior after that and I thought it couldn't get any better. I don't think I will wait too long to do the fuseholder and binding post wires and Cardas Binding Posts :)
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    George / NJ

    Polk 7B main speakers, std. mods+ (1979, orig owner)
    Martin Logan Dynamo sub w/6ft 14awg Power Cord
    Onkyo A-8017 integrated
    Logitech Squeezebox Touch Streamer w/EDO applet
    iFi nano iDSD DAC
    iPurifier3
    iDefender w/ iPower PS
    Custom Steve Wilson 1m UPOCC Interconnect
    iFi Mercury 0.5m OFHC continuous cast copper USB cable
    Custom Ribbon Speaker Cables, 5ft long, 4N Copper, 14awg, ultra low inductance
    Custom Vibration Isolation Speaker Stands and Sub Platform
  • mhardy6647
    mhardy6647 Posts: 33,173
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    I just did a temporary swap of the ELAC Debut 2.0 B6.2* with a (relatively) nearby hifi colleague for a pair of GR Research Paradox 1 two ways. Just hooked up the latter. Listening to NPR (mono program material) so I can't say much about 'em yet except that they work :)

    They look -- purposeful (and I do mean that as a compliment).

    http://gr-research.com/paradox1.aspx
  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 28,163
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    The TC90 is a great tweeter and I agree with GR Research assessment of the replacement!
    - Not Tom ::::::: Any system can play Diana Krall. Only the best can play Limp Bizkit.
  • mhardy6647
    mhardy6647 Posts: 33,173
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    so -- a fellow I know wanted to try the ELAC Debut 2.0 B6.2 loudspeakers. No problemo; I gots a pair of those. We arranged to meet someplace mutually (in)convenient ;) for me to pass them to him for a couple of weeks. He felt compelled, I guess, to a little quid pro quo, so he brought me a set of his speakers to play with in the interim.

    Listenin' to 'em now :)

    Y'all may -- or may not -- recognize 'em.
    They have been slightly modified from their standard implementation (they're kits, or quasi-kits, at least).

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