What did you do to your stereo rig today?

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  • nooshinjohn
    nooshinjohn Posts: 23,043
    edited June 2019
    HzTweaker wrote: »
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    Picked up this Vincent SP-331 a week and a half ago. In fact Mike @02guy found it on CL in Asheville for a screaming deal! So Russ @lightman1 Mike and I split the price in thirds.

    Todays the first time I've had a chance to hook it up and enjoy it. I'm warming it up nicely.
    Glad it sounds good now, but I bet it’s gonna sound pretty bad after the other guys come and collect their third. Why would anyone want to cut a nice amp up three ways is beyond me.

    Russ won’t collect his third anyway... and that staircase screams “All in The Family”, btw.
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  • BlueFox
    BlueFox Posts: 14,783
    So, do the three owners each get it for four months a year?
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  • HzTweaker
    HzTweaker Posts: 599
    Russ won’t collect his third anyway... and that staircase screams “All in The Family”, btw.

    I might have to buy Mike's third on this one. >:)
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  • treitz3
    treitz3 Posts: 14,665
    Gotta remember....years ago, 8 or 9 people went in on a record flattener. The concept and inception worked great until after the 3rd year (after constant use), it broke.

    Everyone still got their money's worth.

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  • verb
    verb Posts: 9,925
    HzTweaker wrote: »
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    Picked up this Vincent SP-331 a week and a half ago. In fact Mike @02guy found it on CL in Asheville for a screaming deal! So Russ @lightman1 Mike and I split the price in thirds.

    Todays the first time I've had a chance to hook it up and enjoy it. I'm warming it up nicely.

    Very nice! Love the floor too! :smile:
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  • Tony M
    Tony M Posts: 9,908
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Love it. B)
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  • machone
    machone Posts: 1,299
    Looking good!
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  • simm
    simm Posts: 548
    I picked up a Sony HAPZ1 ES today at a local dealers warehouse sale for a ridiculously low price. I have been considering this piece for several years. In great cosmetic shape. Having fun playing with it tonight.
  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 24,814
    Played with placement and listened for a few hours :-p

    Also ordered some acoustic panels (4 x 24*48) to mess around with. I dont feel my room needs to much tuning, but maybe a little :-)
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  • jdjohn
    jdjohn Posts: 2,174
    verb wrote: »
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    As a Mechanical Engineer, that thing is one of exquisite beauty! Oh, the engineering drawings, tolerance stack ups, machining and material specifications, testing and validation, I could go on. That would have been a fun project to work on! :smile:
    Indeed! Looking at it closer, you can see that the anti-skate adjustment relates directly to the VTF adjustment...and that makes sense.

    There is a steel string wrapped around the VTF roller adjustment dial, and that string is one end of a spring held within the back of the tonearm tube.

    And as you can see, the tension of that string rests against the anti-skate roller with a red line, and a blue line. The AS roller has a blue line for adjustiing conical/spherical styli, and a red line for adjusting elliptical or other fancy styli.

    I appreciate how Micro Seiki related VTF to Anti-Skate in engineering this tonearm.
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  • kevhed72
    kevhed72 Posts: 4,498
    Pic of the rack re-design,new speaker stands, and new foliage. I sold my phon pre to fund the amp, so turntable is out of commission for now.
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  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 9,934
    Nice acoustic plants.
  • Milito
    Milito Posts: 1,351
    Clipdat wrote: »
    Nice acoustic plants.
    kevhed72 wrote: »
    Pic of the rack re-design,new speaker stands, and new foliage. I sold my phon pre to fund the amp, so turntable is out of commission for now.
    hhuhoyaxmti9.jpeg

    Looks like James Bond hiding behind the plants.
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  • mhardy6647
    mhardy6647 Posts: 28,200
    edited July 2019
    Clipdat wrote: »
    Nice acoustic plants.

    :)

    although, I must admit, when I think of acoustic plants, I usually think of something more along the lines of this.

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    B) *

    or maybe...

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    or, yes, even...

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  • mhardy6647
    mhardy6647 Posts: 28,200
    pitdogg2 wrote: »
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    Added DH Labs Silver plated OCC copper 14ga. wire to my 2.3tl's. sounding very good.

    Dang! Driver rustlers done struck agin! Form a posse, Earl!

  • mhardy6647
    mhardy6647 Posts: 28,200
    Milito wrote: »
    Clipdat wrote: »
    Nice acoustic plants.
    kevhed72 wrote: »
    Pic of the rack re-design,new speaker stands, and new foliage. I sold my phon pre to fund the amp, so turntable is out of commission for now.
    hhuhoyaxmti9.jpeg

    Looks like James Bond hiding behind the plants.

    Not doin' a very good job o' it, is 'e?
    Oi mean, you'da tho't 'e'd seen this, wot wif bein' a Brit and all...

  • joecoulson
    joecoulson Posts: 4,944
    kevhed72 wrote: »
    Pic of the rack re-design,new speaker stands, and new foliage. I sold my phon pre to fund the amp, so turntable is out of commission for now.
    hhuhoyaxmti9.jpeg

    Were you lucky enough to pick up some T4S Totem stands when they were available or are those 3rd party?
    Either way, they look great!
  • motorstereo
    motorstereo Posts: 1,664
    edited July 2019
    Finally got a chance to add this unit to my rig yesterday and give it a good listen.
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  • mhardy6647
    mhardy6647 Posts: 28,200
    I think that if I had a Flux-50 Filter, it would behoove me to break it in listening to this...


  • Tony M
    Tony M Posts: 9,908
    kevhed72 wrote: »
    Pic of the rack re-design,new speaker stands, and new foliage. I sold my phon pre to fund the amp, so turntable is out of commission for now.
    hhuhoyaxmti9.jpeg

    I think I see Bond, James Bond hiding behind your plant. B)
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  • Dr_Wu
    Dr_Wu Posts: 243
    edited August 2019
    Connected the computer to a Pro-ject DAC Box S2 Plus, and have been listening to Tidal on the main rig. Nice, except for all-too-frequent glitching. Not sure what to do about it. Tidal has suggested switching to public DNS server over the one the cable modem/ISP uses by default. I know I'm way behind the curve on this stuff, but any suggestions from you all?
  • joecoulson
    joecoulson Posts: 4,944
    What speed internet do you have and are you streaming 44.1 files (hifi subscription)?
  • codycatalist
    codycatalist Posts: 2,661
    edited August 2019
    Dr_Wu wrote: »
    Connected the computer to a Pro-ject DAC Box S2 Plus, and have been listening to Tidal on the main rig. Nice, except for all-too-frequent glitching. Not sure what to do about it. Tidal has suggested switching to public DNS server over the one the cable modem/ISP uses by default. I know I'm way behind the curve on this stuff, but any suggestions from you all?

    Go into the GUI of your router (type your IP address on your web browser), login (the credentials are usually admin / admin, if not look at your manual or contact ISP). Set your DNS to 8.8.8.8 which is Google's public DNS.

    Skip brings up a good point, make sure your router/gateway is set for Docsis 3.0 which should be able to handle that fast of a data transfer.
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  • Dr_Wu
    Dr_Wu Posts: 243
    edited August 2019
    Thank you all! Here's a snip of my modem speeds. No wifi; just USB cable to DAC. I'm using the Tidal Premium service; not the hi-fi stream. I will make that DNS switch; modem is Docsis 3.0. 9wrnlaga8xmz.png

    Appreciate the help!
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  • ZLTFUL
    ZLTFUL Posts: 5,487
    Dr_Wu wrote: »
    Thank you all! Here's a snip of my modem speeds. No wifi; just USB cable to DAC. I'm using the Tidal Premium service; not the hi-fi stream. I will make that DNS switch; modem is Docsis 3.0. 9wrnlaga8xmz.png

    Appreciate the help!

    Typically, on the DNS side of things, it is best practice to use your primary router as your first DNS source (pointing the router's DNS to Google, 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 respectively) and then use Google's primary public DNS as your computer's secondary DNS (8.8.8.8)

    Depending one who your ISP is and where you are located, *sometimes* the ISP's public DNS is pretty close to as fast as Google since...well they mostly use Google for their DNS. Hehe
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  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 9,934
    Dr_Wu wrote: »
    Connected the computer to a Pro-ject DAC Box S2 Plus, and have been listening to Tidal on the main rig. Nice, except for all-too-frequent glitching.

    To me it sounds like you are describing USB audio dropouts due to an issue with your PC, unrelated to Tidal, your network hardware/configuration, or the speed of your internet connection.