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new members and introductions / Re: Greetings, fellow inmates!
« Last post by Nick B on Today at 09:01:03 PM »
Greetings to you as well and welcome! Technology sure keeps changing and we’re fortunate to benefit from it, especially in the pocketbook. Are you a diyer like some of the  guys here? What is your system currently and how has it morphed over the years?
Nick

I do not do electronics DIY stuff, for the most part, outside of reterminating a power cord or dividing up and reterminating some speaker cables. I have built some good vibration absorbing platforms for electronics and speakers. They're similar in nature to Symposium brand, except they're better, uglier and cheaper. I've only made them for myself and a close audiophile friend, as they're tedious to make. An old friend, Bob Crump (he tried a couple and liked them also), suggested I make them to sell, but, like I said, they're not very pretty. I don't have the hardware to finish them off for public consumption.

Current System:
Sony SCD-XA5400ES SACD player
Woo Audio CD Transport
Cambridge Audio Azur 851-D DAC
Schiit Freya preamp
Llano Design Trinity Mini-blocks
  (by Randy White, tube input w/ solid state output. 80 watts/8 ohm, 140 w/4 ohm, 220 w/2 ohm)
connected by Anti-Cables Level 3.1 & 2 XLR ICs and
Bob Crump's (RIP) TG Audio Silver speaker cables
J. M. Reynaud Twin speakers
Power cords - TG Audio Silver, 688, and HSR-A, Genii)

In the wings:
Vandersteen 3A speakers
Llano Design Trinity 200 (200 watts/8 ohm, 400 w/4 ohm, 800w/2 ohm) -awaiting repair (sigh)

If you make something similar to the Symposium, it must be pretty good. And when I think of Bob Crump, I think of his famous CTC Blowtorch preamp. I never heard one, but it had rave reviews. 
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Album Reviews / Re: What are you listening to right now?
« Last post by tmazz on Today at 08:25:38 PM »
Mickey Dolenz: Remember

  Robo Records CD
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Album Reviews / Re: What are you listening to right now?
« Last post by tmazz on Today at 08:24:20 PM »
Tony Bennett: On Holiday

   Columbia CD

TB covers the Billie Holiday songbook
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Album Reviews / Re: What are you listening to right now?
« Last post by richidoo on Today at 06:11:21 PM »


Like a full bag of freetos, once I start on Dvorak, it's hard to stop.   This is a very good recording of LSO playing Dvorak 7th. Mid bass is very clean, excellent acoustics, good tempos.
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new members and introductions / Re: Greetings, fellow inmates!
« Last post by jeffrt on Today at 06:02:04 PM »
Greetings to you as well and welcome! Technology sure keeps changing and we’re fortunate to benefit from it, especially in the pocketbook. Are you a diyer like some of the  guys here? What is your system currently and how has it morphed over the years?
Nick

I do not do electronics DIY stuff, for the most part, outside of reterminating a power cord or dividing up and reterminating some speaker cables. I have built some good vibration absorbing platforms for electronics and speakers. They're similar in nature to Symposium brand, except they're better, uglier and cheaper. I've only made them for myself and a close audiophile friend, as they're tedious to make. An old friend, Bob Crump (he tried a couple and liked them also), suggested I make them to sell, but, like I said, they're not very pretty. I don't have the hardware to finish them off for public consumption.

Current System:
Sony SCD-XA5400ES SACD player
Woo Audio CD Transport
Cambridge Audio Azur 851-D DAC
Schiit Freya preamp
Llano Design Trinity Mini-blocks
  (by Randy White, tube input w/ solid state output. 80 watts/8 ohm, 140 w/4 ohm, 220 w/2 ohm)
connected by Anti-Cables Level 3.1 & 2 XLR ICs and
Bob Crump's (RIP) TG Audio Silver speaker cables
J. M. Reynaud Twin speakers
Power cords - TG Audio Silver, 688, and HSR-A, Genii)

In the wings:
Vandersteen 3A speakers
Llano Design Trinity 200 (200 watts/8 ohm, 400 w/4 ohm, 800w/2 ohm) -awaiting repair (sigh)
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Looks really good Leo. External HW clock great idea!

You mentioned the DACs are TI PCM1794A, nice choice. The pictures of the PCB on your kickstart page are still too small for me to read the opamps for the dual diff output stage. Can you name which output opamps you are using? It makes such a difference as I'm sure you know. Thanks
Rich
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Album Reviews / Re: What are you listening to right now?
« Last post by richidoo on Today at 05:16:25 PM »
My wife says put on some pretty violin music for dinner, so...

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Album Reviews / Re: What are you listening to right now?
« Last post by richidoo on Today at 04:03:13 PM »


A great chamber music album of Benjamin Britten's music, esp if you like solo oboe! Not easy to find solo oboe recordings, but oboe is one of the most difficult instruments to reproduce correctly, a real challenge for playback system. You'll hear your midrange flaws easily, if you know what oboe supposed to sound like. Close miked, great tone.

Prazak is an awesome string quartet. Try their Beethoven Quartet cycle!

This one's on Tidal.

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Both the ApplePi DAC and Volume-Clocker are now available for purchase.

You can buy from my ebay store here:
ApplePi DAC -- https://www.ebay.com/itm/283068026346
ApplePi Volume-Clocker -- https://www.ebay.com/itm/283046502392

You can also send me an email to leo@orchardaudio.com to buy direct and save 5%.
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Anecdotal Evidence / Re: Joke of the Day
« Last post by richidoo on Today at 03:29:48 PM »


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