Discussion in 'Eddie Current' started by Luckbad, Apr 5, 2016.
How about the Modi Multibit as a DAC for the ZDS?
Will it work? Sure. Is it optimal? Probably not... depends on what your ideal source / amp / transducer ratio is. In this case, it's like 1x / 10x / ?x (What are you using for headphones?) I'm at about 2x / 2x / 1x, but I'm crazy.
ZDS seems to be pretty good at revealing source limitations. It's pretty low risk to try it and see if you're satisfied.
ZDS is neutral enough to reveal blights in the chain. The grace m9xx was better than the bimby feeding it but as an otl it still masked some of the bimby low end weirdness so it still sounded good. Leave the Mimby for Beyers, the HD 800, and the Jotunheim.
FWIW, most of the ZDS guys I know personally or who show up at SBAF meets use Yggy with ZDS. ZDS bass can be bloomy. MM might be too warm and veiled. A good neutral DS DAC would be a good choice with ZDS as well.
Intel NUC / Roon USB -> DAC -> ZDS -> Utopia and HD800S, that is how it should look like. Currently I am using an AK380 in line-out mode to feed the ZDS, since the V850 is too far away. Therefore I am searching for another DAC.
What about Gumby?
What would be a recommendation for a "good neutral DS DAC"?
As far as I know the Yggy does extremely well for its price, however I am not sure if it wouldn't be a little bit "oversized" for just driving the ZDS. Too bad Schiit doesn't offer a black color option for it or for Gumby.
Gumby is good too.
There are black versions out there.
I love my Yggy and it works great with the ZDS, but I find myself trying to hide it as much as possible since it just does not match at all. The ZDS is so thin, black and elegant and makes the Yggy feel chunky and large by comparison. And it's not even just the color that's doing this (lighter greys and whites makes objects optically larger), but also the industrial design (beveled edges, convex curves), the whole mid-2000's bold, minimalist Dieter Rams styling, etc.
Seriously considering swapping it for a Holo Spring DAC if I can't find a nice spot to tuck it away.
this MIGHT be the wrong hobby for you.
I like my eclectic rack of various parts... but only my cat and I can see it.
I had something similar to this custom made for my ZDSE, ygg, GuMB and Vega:
Hoping to solicit some tube advice... What's a nice "neutral" (or perhaps even bright-ish) tube? I very much enjoy the Philips JAN 6SL7WGT (green letters), which is the closet thing to a dynamic sounding neutral tube that I've found. Most of the popular 6SL7 that I've tried are warmer and less detailed sounding (RCA 5691, Tungsol 6SU7GTY).
FWIW, the Tung Sol 6SU7GTY black glass brown base is the brightest tube I've tried.
Looking back, it may not have been such a great plan - connecting Mojo, m9xx, and Bimby to the ZDS at a meet. This was how Psalmanzer heard it. And the ZDS was built this year, so it is the recent version. I personally use the Yggy in my home setup. And at a private meet upcoming this weekend, it will be connected to Yggy (the person hosting owns two) and Ayre QB-9 DSD / Audio-GD 27, something or another with a DS. I can never remember the Audio-GD names
Zana Deux veterans:
I was recently told the 6C33C-B power tubes only have a rated life of 750 hours (http://www.jogis-roehrenbude.de/Russian/6C33C/6C33C-B-6S33S-VExtendedDatasheetMB.pdf)
Is this what you find to be true? Asking because I'm probably approaching that myself and wondering if I should grab some spares right away to have on hand.
It's more like 5000 hours, if these Russian tubes don't die in the first 40 hours. After that, replace both in the set. Some of what Psalm heard wasn't incorrect. The bass is a bit bloomy, but what he heard was mostly the DACs, not the potential of the ZDS.
I have a BAT amp that uses the Russian tubes. 5000+ hours sounds about right. They were built to work in MIG fighter jets and IIRC were designed to handle 6 g's of acceleration. Not to mention a thermonuclear electromagnetic impulse. So you can listen to music after "the Big One".
Plus 4 of them make a great space heater in the winter.
Hey guys, I just came back this afternoon to my ZDS and noticed that the power light was off, despite me having left the amp on earlier today. Now it doesn't look like the amp is receiving any power. Has anyone had this issue before? Is it a blown fuse or something? I emailed EC about it already, but perhaps someone here can help?
Turns out it was just the fuse. See my post on page 7 for pictures.
Double check the umbilical cord while it's off to make sure the pins are all seated properly.
I just double checked the cord. It looks good to me. The plugs feel extremely robust and the amp has been untouched since I set it up so I can't imagine it being a cable issue.
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