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  • F1nut
    F1nut Posts: 45,642
    Who knew Sid the Kid would turn into Sid the Master!?!
    Political Correctness'.........defined

    "A doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a t-u-r-d by the clean end."


    President of Club Polk

  • JayCee
    JayCee Posts: 1,150
    ^^^^^What Jesse said. Absolute work of art, Trey. From what I've seen your nicest build to date.
    Speakers: Polk1.2tl's (Uber Mods) Pre/Amp/DAC: PS Audio BHK Signature & 250, DirectStream Cables/IC's: MIT S1Bi-Wire/S1 Balanced +Avel Lindberg 1000VA "Dreadnought" Power Conditioner: PS Audio P15 Power Plant Power Cords: Core Power Technologies Gold, DH Labs Power Plus DIY w/Neotech NC-P301 & P311ends Streamer: Roon ROCK on wifi'd NUC & Uptone EtherREGEN⟿Ω☯☥☮⟿🔊♩♪♫♬♩♪♫♬♩♪♫♬
  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 24,387
    Ah you guys are to kind, thank you! 😊
    - Not Tom

    "No, that's silly talk. Dude, you can't possibly be this audio dumb so quit the act." - Doro
  • BlueBirdMusic
    BlueBirdMusic Registered User Posts: 1,478
    edited November 2020
    Trey, outstanding!

    Much more detail than your prototype for the one in Utah!


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    If the telephone doesn't ring ......... it's me
    Harry / Marietta Georgia
  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 24,387
    Thank you!

    Haha I saw that article, I love it. I wish I had time to go out in the desert and mount some aluminum statutes!
    - Not Tom

    "No, that's silly talk. Dude, you can't possibly be this audio dumb so quit the act." - Doro
  • jdjohn
    jdjohn Posts: 1,920
    So Trey, as a person with a (very) vested interest B) How does it sound?
    "This may not matter to you, but it does to me for various reasons, many of them illogical or irrational, but the vinyl hobby is not really logical or rational..." - member on Vinyl Engine
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    Regarding collectibles: "It's not who gets it. It's who gets stuck with it." - Jimmy Fallon
  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 24,387
    So i will wait to give detailed thoughts when the other side is in place

    But running one side external and one side internal, the goals appear to be on target, far more air in the highs, insane bass response, but I'll be able to tell more when the other side is done!
    - Not Tom

    "No, that's silly talk. Dude, you can't possibly be this audio dumb so quit the act." - Doro
  • Ummm........how does it sound??? :)
    George / NJ

    Polk 7B main speakers, all std. mods (1979, orig owner)
    Martin Logan Dynamo sub w/6ft 14awg Power Cord
    Crown D150 amp
    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
  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 24,387
    The utopias sound exactly opposite of the current trend in hifi.

    Instead of a calculated cold reproduction of a recording, i always feel like I'm listening to how Jacques Mahul thinks music should sound, but in a good way. Like a performance of sorts. Wide 20 ft wide soundstage, great weight and depth, great vocals, fantastic bass, especially with the external mod. Tons of volume and power capabilities.

    The biggest difference is everything sounds good, everything, never had a recordingi thought sounded so bad i could not listen to it. Things i could not listen to on my old super towers sound very pleasant and good recordings sound amazing

    Will comment more on the mods after the second speaker is done external
    - Not Tom

    "No, that's silly talk. Dude, you can't possibly be this audio dumb so quit the act." - Doro
  • tratliff
    tratliff Posts: 1,160
    I don’t believe you. 😎 Thats just what I have to keep telling myself.

    Those are awesome Trey. I would really like something like that for my speakers.
    2 Channel
    Legacy Focus SE, 2 REL Carbon Limited, McIntosh C50, McIntosh MC601's, VPI Prime w/SoundSmith Zephyr MIMC, Parasound Halo JC3, Denon DP-59l w/Ortofon 2m Bronze, Marantz SA-14s1, Oppo BDP-105, Technics RS-1500, Furman Elite 15PFi, Douglas Connection (Furutech) Alpha Interconnects, Douglas Connection (Furutech) Alpha Speaker Cables, Pangea Power Cables
  • Gardenstater
    Gardenstater Posts: 1,845
    edited December 2020
    Wow! I think you are having lots of fun with that laser cutter (envious). When the sound quality improvement results are fully in, it might be a good idea for you to contact the mfg. and they could pay you a licensing fee or something and feature your modded speakers at the upcoming (hopefully) 2021 audio show circuit.

    Question: are you using all aluminum machine screws/bolts or does it not matter? Also, curious what the values are of the bypass caps (0.01uF?).
    George / NJ

    Polk 7B main speakers, all std. mods (1979, orig owner)
    Martin Logan Dynamo sub w/6ft 14awg Power Cord
    Crown D150 amp
    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
  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 24,387
    Thank you!

    Yes the laser cutter is fun, this idea was fun to do as each cap has a circle routed out for it, so they are clamped into place, i really like the idea haha

    The post im using are aluminum and the bolts and stainless steel, everything is non magnetic

    Yes, jdm .01uf capacitors

    I doubt focal would care but that would be sweet!
    - Not Tom

    "No, that's silly talk. Dude, you can't possibly be this audio dumb so quit the act." - Doro
  • xschop
    xschop Posts: 2,050
    Very creative craftsmanship. Nice job.
  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 24,387
    Thank you!
    - Not Tom

    "No, that's silly talk. Dude, you can't possibly be this audio dumb so quit the act." - Doro
  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 24,387
    I wired up one of mine today, my chassis is a half inch smaller than Jody and man that made it way tougher, size does matter! Lol
    - Not Tom

    "No, that's silly talk. Dude, you can't possibly be this audio dumb so quit the act." - Doro
  • xschop
    xschop Posts: 2,050
    Trey, outstanding!

    Much more detail than your prototype for the one in Utah!


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    Piece of art on left, piece of crap on right.
  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 24,387
    edited December 2020
    Thanks Drew!

    Im listening to jodys version now and the separation in the high end is just immaculate.

    Best i have ever heard the utopias since i have owned them. More of current hifi resolution with thst old school warmth. Digging it.

    Their ability to make every recording enjoyable is what i like. From korn to norah jones, its all good!
    - Not Tom

    "No, that's silly talk. Dude, you can't possibly be this audio dumb so quit the act." - Doro
  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 9,489
    VR3 wrote: »
    Their ability to make every recording enjoyable is what i like. From korn to norah jones, its all good!

    Here's a good test track for bass and dynamic range. Fair warning, it's filthy:

  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 24,387
    Thats a good track with definite dynamic swings.

    The front to back staging with the ambiance is very nice and the little clicks floating around like a bug is a nice effect. Good deep bass! Ill add that to my list of tracks!

    Thanks!
    - Not Tom

    "No, that's silly talk. Dude, you can't possibly be this audio dumb so quit the act." - Doro
  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 9,489
    VR3 wrote: »
    The front to back staging with the ambiance is very nice and the little clicks floating around like a bug is a nice effect.

    I'm glad you picked up on that. It's an uncanny sensation and a great test of imaging/placement when you hear those little noises floating around in different spaces in front of you.

    I'm happy that you liked the track!
  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 24,387
    You probably have heard eskmo, some of his tracks are super wild with the imaging, similar effects but alot of front to back waves in his tracks
    - Not Tom

    "No, that's silly talk. Dude, you can't possibly be this audio dumb so quit the act." - Doro
  • halo71
    halo71 Posts: 4,413
    Outstanding craftsmanship there!
    --Gary--
    Onkyo Integra M504, Bottlehead Foreplay III, Denon SACD, Thiel CS2.3, NHT VT-2, Infinity RSIIIa, SDA1C and a few dozen other speakers around the house I change in and out.
  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 24,387
    Thank you good sir!
    - Not Tom

    "No, that's silly talk. Dude, you can't possibly be this audio dumb so quit the act." - Doro
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    That track sounds even better on Tidal HiFi full resolution than it does on YouTube
  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 9,489
    VR3 wrote: »
    You probably have heard eskmo, some of his tracks are super wild with the imaging, similar effects but alot of front to back waves in his tracks

    I've heard the name, but I'm not familiar with any of his work. I will check it out soon! Thanks for the tip.
  • jdjohn
    jdjohn Posts: 1,920
    I'm very curious as to how much better the external XO will sound. The stock Mezzo Utopias sound VERY good with various power amps as-is.

    Trey, perhaps you should mention your current pre/power setup.
    "This may not matter to you, but it does to me for various reasons, many of them illogical or irrational, but the vinyl hobby is not really logical or rational..." - member on Vinyl Engine
    "Sometimes I do what I want to do. The rest of the time, I do what I have to." - Cicero, in Gladiator
    Regarding collectibles: "It's not who gets it. It's who gets stuck with it." - Jimmy Fallon
  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 24,387
    Jody is alive! I sent you a few emails, fwiw

    My setup is really simple

    3 dedicated 20 amp circuits
    >
    Lumin mini streamer, pangea ac14se power cable, supra cat8 ethernet
    >
    Dh labs 750 coax
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    Modded tri Vista dac, supra lorad power
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    Dh labs revelation ics
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    Tri Vista integrated with revelation umbilical cables and pangea ac9se power cable
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    Supra qudrax speaker wires
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    Mezzo utopia with the modded external crossovers with supra rondo internal wiring and gr research no rez lining.
    - Not Tom

    "No, that's silly talk. Dude, you can't possibly be this audio dumb so quit the act." - Doro
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