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Offline Nick B

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I知 about to open the Border
« on: May 18, 2018, 12:30:08 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 wasn稚 on my horizon to buy  a dac now!!  But...I知 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. I致e heard it and it sounds quite good.
So I bit the bullet and it値l 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 we値l soon see if Im in the nos camp or not.


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KEF LS 50 speakers
Border Patrol SE dac
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Don Sachs phono
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Re: I知 about to open the Border
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2018, 10:38:10 PM »
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 wasn稚 on my horizon to buy  a dac now!!  But...I知 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. I致e heard it and it sounds quite good.
So I bit the bullet and it値l 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 we値l soon see if Im in the nos camp or not.
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Re: I知 about to open the Border
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2018, 06:06:50 AM »
Build a little wall around it. Help make audio great again.  :lol:
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Re: I知 about to open the Border
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2018, 07:48:54 AM »
Build a little wall around it. Help make audio great again.  :lol:

Can稚 put my finger on it, but seems I致e heard that refrain before......
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Re: I知 about to open the Border
« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2018, 07:52:12 AM »
Build a little wall around it. Help make audio great again.  :lol:

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Re: I知 about to open the Border
« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2018, 08:09:40 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 wasn稚 on my horizon to buy  a dac now!!  But...I知 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. I致e heard it and it sounds quite good.
So I bit the bullet and it値l 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 we値l soon see if Im in the nos camp or not.
You are going to be amazed at what 44.1 REALLY sounds like!


   Got that right Dave. No upsampling, no over sampling and ladder DAC oh my. That sounds familiar to me as well. Build that wall.

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Re: I知 about to open the Border
« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2018, 06:09:19 AM »
Looks like UPS is late. You should of had it yesterday.

Make sure its powered on for at least 24 hours before listening. 
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Re: I知 about to open the Border
« Reply #7 on: May 22, 2018, 07:38:40 AM »
Looks like UPS is late. You should of had it yesterday.

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

Will do. I知 surprised they池e late. Doesn稚 happen that often.
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Re: I知 about to open the Border
« Reply #8 on: May 22, 2018, 04:58:53 PM »
Emil,
The Border Patrol arrived safely and is warming up
Nick
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Border Patrol SE dac
Auralic Aries Mini
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Re: I知 about to open the Border
« Reply #9 on: May 23, 2018, 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 👍
ICEpower 1200as2 stereo amp
Audio Hungary APR 204 preamp
KEF LS 50 speakers
Border Patrol SE dac
Auralic Aries Mini
Roon & Tidal
Don Sachs phono
Basis Ovation turntable
Graham 1.5 T tonearm
AT-ML150 cartridge
PI Audio Uber
All cables by Gary A

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Re: I知 about to open the Border
« Reply #10 on: May 23, 2018, 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 wasn稚 on my horizon to buy  a dac now!!  But...I知 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. I致e heard it and it sounds quite good.
So I bit the bullet and it値l 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 we値l 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 you池e 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 Deepak痴 teeny Piano dac also have a fuller sound than the Antelope, which sounds a bit thin in comparison. That痴 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 anyone痴 familiar with this tube, pls advise.
I知 fortunate to have a good amp like the McCormack and Gary痴 new carbon fiber digital and ic痴 to easily discern the differences. Too bad it doesn稚 have a usb jack as it would be interesting to hear Eric Hider痴 tweaked and modded Mac mini with it.
Oh, yes, and the Icepower amp will be here Friday. It痴 Christmas in May ❄️ 🎅🏽
Nick
« Last Edit: May 23, 2018, 12:36:48 AM by Nick B »
ICEpower 1200as2 stereo amp
Audio Hungary APR 204 preamp
KEF LS 50 speakers
Border Patrol SE dac
Auralic Aries Mini
Roon & Tidal
Don Sachs phono
Basis Ovation turntable
Graham 1.5 T tonearm
AT-ML150 cartridge
PI Audio Uber
All cables by Gary A

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Re: I知 about to open the Border
« Reply #11 on: May 23, 2018, 04:54:08 AM »
Good for you, Nick!

Enjoy :thumb:
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Re: I知 about to open the Border
« Reply #12 on: May 23, 2018, 06:19:15 AM »
Hey Emil,
Which DAC did you replace it with?
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Re: I知 about to open the Border
« Reply #13 on: May 23, 2018, 06:44:43 AM »
Hey Emil,
Which DAC did you replace it with?

I got it from a local guy to scratch an itch I was having and I've been scratching a lot of itches lately :lol:

I was hoping it would best my Schitt Yggdrasil but in MY system, I preferred the Schitt
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Re: I知 about to open the Border
« Reply #14 on: May 23, 2018, 08:02:25 AM »
I hear ya!😁 I had an itch too. I just bought a Denafrips Terminator DAC after reading the buzz on the internet. I have around 45 hours on it and it is sounding pretty impressive.

They have a cheaper model called an Ares that suppose to sound pretty close to this flagship model.
If that痴 true for the price it痴 a great find. I think it cost 8 or $900.

It is a latter Dac like your Schitt.
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