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Digital Audio Devices / Re: Iím about to open the Border
« Last post by Nick B on Today at 12:31:17 AM »
Last Sunday as I was fine tuning my plans to soon buy an amp and subwoofer, Emil had the nerve to offer
his Border Patrol SE dac for sale....and for a pretty good price. The problem with that is it wasnít on my horizon to buy  a dac now!!  But...Iím pretty sure Pete has one and that he and Dave both run Mac minis prepped by Eric Hider for their dacs. As I recall, Gary also has an nos Audio Note. Iíve heard it and it sounds quite good.
So I bit the bullet and itíll be here from NY this coming Monday. I have wanted to try this dac for well over a year.  This BP dac is coax out only, but that works with my current setup. All the Border Patrol stuff gets raves. So weíll soon see if Im in the nos camp or not.
You are going to be amazed at what 44.1 REALLY sounds like!

Ya know, Dave, I really hate it when youíre right (not really haha). With little time to warm up the innards, I started to listen and what a very, very pleasant surprise. It is easily superior to my Antelope dac.
Two things are  apparent quite quickly
1) it resolves better
2) it has a wonderfully organic presentation. instruments sound more real
Both the Border Patrol and Deepakís teeny Piano dac also have a fuller sound than the Antelope, which sounds a bit thin in comparison. Thatís why my wife....who wears hearing aids btw....liked the sound of the Piano dac.
Emil mentioned a different tube that TWL Pete uses in his BP dac, the valvo ez80. I did a quick search and they go for $10 to $40. If anyoneís familiar with this tube, pls advise.
Iím fortunate to have a good amp like the McCormack and Garyís new carbon fiber digital and icís to easily discern the differences. Too bad it doesnít have a usb jack as it would be interesting to hear Eric Hiderís tweaked and modded Mac mini with it.
Oh, yes, and the Icepower amp will be here Friday. Itís Christmas in May ❄️ 🎅🏽
Nick
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Digital Audio Devices / Re: Iím about to open the Border
« Last post by Nick B on Today at 12:06:46 AM »
Looks like UPS is late. You should of had it yesterday.

Make sure its powered on for at least 24 hours before listening.

I did nearly, kinda what you said...... Started to listen at the 4 hour mark. What a good dac. Thanks for selling and at a nice price 👍
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Music Discussion / Re: Sharing top notch recorded videos and music.....
« Last post by Nick B on Today at 12:01:03 AM »
Thanks Nick. he is good.

Besides sounding great, open, dynamic, see if you can find the one squeaker note mistake in this piece.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPHQJoZjdlo

cheers

steve

Steve,
It seems maybe at the 2:50 mark, but otherwise I didnít notice anything. Thanks for posting.
Nick
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Music Discussion / Re: Sharing top notch recorded videos and music.....
« Last post by steve on May 22, 2018, 07:12:11 PM »
Thanks Nick. he is good.

Besides sounding great, open, dynamic, see if you can find the one squeaker note mistake in this piece.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPHQJoZjdlo

cheers

steve
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new members and introductions / new member mobile sax
« Last post by Nick B on May 22, 2018, 06:58:17 PM »
We have a new member and please welcome mobile sax.
Nick B
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Speakers / Re: Call Me Crazy- Selling My Favorite Speakers
« Last post by jimbones on May 22, 2018, 06:30:46 PM »
I live on Long island I may take you up on the offer to hear them  8)
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Speakers / Re: Call Me Crazy- Selling My Favorite Speakers
« Last post by shadowlight on May 22, 2018, 06:27:08 PM »
Hi All,
I have accepted a tentative but seems real offer to sell my Legacy Focus SE speakers. I have never enjoyed sound more than with these guys. My living quarters are going to change, and they are not exactly portable. Iíve had several rather Ďchoiceí speakers in the house, but none that made more things listenable than these.
As soon as this offer becomes reality, I plan to order the Spatial M3. Itís a departure from the many box speakers I have owned throughout my career as a music enthusiast.
I figure what the hell, Iím 58, and should experience a few other speaker types before I go deaf or get hit by a bus... Iíve been to many audio shows, and open baffle speakers have always sounded good/great to me, such as Emerald Physics, Pure Audio Project, and of course Spatial.
Any experience here with this model, or others like it?

I have Spatial 3 Turbo S model and they replaced Zu Druid V.  I like both speakers but in my setup the Zu's sound more refined.  I would say the issue is with my room height and width.  I think it needs 2 to 3 feet in width and another 2 feet in height breathing room.  The last GTG at the house we had Spatial 4 and they were in the family room and the sound was much better.

If you are in the NY/NJ area you are more than welcome to come over and have a listen to them.
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Anecdotal Evidence / Re: Guns
« Last post by Bob in St. Louis on May 22, 2018, 05:33:02 PM »
Indeed!  :shock:
This barrel is massive though. I can't imagine what it would take to damage it. It's not a simple piece of "pipe" like my shotgun.
I just got my caliper to check, and at its thinnest point (it's octagonal), it's .25 thick. Thickest area is .275" thick.
I have a feeling if I ever found its limit, I'd probably not be going to work for a couple days.  :rofl:

A definite 'cheap thrill' though. So much fun.
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Anecdotal Evidence / Re: Guns
« Last post by _Scotty_ on May 22, 2018, 05:25:43 PM »
 Nothing like a cheap thrill. :lol: Glad it didn't go Kaboom!
Scotty
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Anecdotal Evidence / Re: Guns
« Last post by Bob in St. Louis on May 22, 2018, 05:13:34 PM »
Cool. Not as big of a difference between 2f and 3f as I thought. Makes me happy I didn't damage anything. Seems running 120 grains of fffg is much more overloaded than 120 grains of ffg. I didn't know this, and ran it right up against the limit. Seems I sent past it using fffg.  :duh
Neat charts though, thank you!
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