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Hate to say it, but I am officially a power conditioner/power cable believer after my AQ Niagara/power cord experiments recently. Jan 26, 2023 at 1:23 PM

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    1. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      Hate to say it, but I am officially a power conditioner/power cable believer after my AQ Niagara/power cord experiments recently.
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      2. Collusion
        Collusion
        AQ Niagara 3000 and Furman had better blackground and cleaner sound. The difference between AQ 3000 and Furman was smaller than the difference between Furman and AQ 1200. Compared against the Furman the AQ 3000 seemed to have slightly more polished & sparkling treble, while also maintaining better dynamics.
        Jan 26, 2023 at 2:46 PM
      3. Collusion
        Collusion
        I personally have three Furman AC-210's, they represent really good bang for the buck. Like the name says, AQ 3000 costs north of three grands, way too much for me...
        Jan 26, 2023 at 2:47 PM
      4. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        @Collusion funny you mention that...I have a 3000 arriving today. 1200 brought enough improvements that I was curious and I scored a solid used deal. Should be arriving any minutes...now just to wrangle these thick power cables and wrestle the 3000 into my rack.
        Jan 26, 2023 at 2:56 PM
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    2. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      Got the chance to demo a Niagara 1200. First time trying a power conditioner. Have only tried with power amp so far...but damnit I like it.
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      3. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        @Vtory they do seem to be solid, and based on these early findings I will probably have to pull the funds together to keep this. Seems the Niagra 3000 might offer a pretty good jump but price for that and the rest of the line on up is wild. I thought I was fine with just passive power solutions as I added a dedicated circuit awhile back, but still seems to be bringing some improvements.
        Jan 17, 2023
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      4. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        I bought a 3000 with sales points when I used to work hifi retail. I felt like it blackened the background and made things a little more vibrant. More than worth the $0 I paid! And perhaps a better value than equivalent funds spent on interconnects... Still a rather subtle improvement though.
        Jan 17, 2023
      5. JayC
        JayC
        Ouch, that Audioquest price.. I've been looking for a decent power conditioner and had the Waudio W3900 on my list but that is not available anymore. Might have to dig deeper to find something
        Jan 18, 2023
    3. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      1. Jinxy245, Cryptowolf, Merrick and 8 others like this.
      2. caute
        caute
        *glassy-eyed, lustfully looking*
        Dec 27, 2022
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      3. Vansen
        Vansen
        Dec 27, 2022
      4. yotacowboy
        yotacowboy
        If only Jupiter's salutary prefix was Mason.
        Dec 27, 2022
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    4. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      Sometimes the universe provides, Black Silk JAR 600, modded Bifrost multibit, and Piety all just hit my doorstep. Secondary rig here I come.
      1. zottel, Cryptowolf, brencho and 11 others like this.
      2. DigMe
        DigMe
        Helluva day!
        Nov 26, 2022
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      3. caute
        caute
        This is the exact secondary setup I want lmao
        Dec 27, 2022
    5. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      Running Modded Bifrost 1 Multibit, Folkvangr, JAR 600 this morning, and damn it sounds good. Excited to compare to ZDS later today.
    6. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      Hooked my buddy up with my Starlett as I jump in line for a Stellaris. Amp auditioning during the wait, Folkvangr first, ZDS next.
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    7. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      Scored a Sonic Frontiers SFD-1 MKII locally and this DAC more than lives up to the hype. Realistic tone/timbre and stage for days.
      1. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        Using Chromecast audio w/ iFi PowerX, currently putting it up against the Holo May (fed via USB)...and it is closer than you would think. Very obvious the May bring significantly more refinement/accuracy/detail, but it is close enough that I find myself almost losing track which I am listening to.
        Oct 26, 2022
    8. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      Snagged a Sennheiser Momentum 4, first foray into ANC cans. Not too shabby. Some details a bit tinny, but overall decent/inoffensive tuning.
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      2. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        Bluetooth range is also insane on these (maybe this is standard these days and I am just a dinosaur). Went to change the song, and then realized my phone was not in my pocket, but I had left it downstairs and I was all the way across the house.
        Aug 29, 2022
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      3. Qildail
        Qildail
        I have one of the previous generation. For mobile/wireless cans I rather enjoy them; especially after I EQed some bass out of it. The noise cancelling to me is good, but I always thought of that as secondary.
        Aug 29, 2022
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      4. Armaegis
        Armaegis
        I didn't even know there was a 4th iteration. I used the 2 for years, still have it, but the battery is weak now. Figured instead of trying to change the battery I'd just get a 3, but it's bigger and less comfortable for me. Oh well, had to justify trying the 4 but we'll see.
        Aug 29, 2022
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    9. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      Finally trying out my JAR 800 after a few other folks giving it a go. @ext1 did some amazing work. Truly a fixed 800, ultra clean mod.
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      2. Vtory
        Vtory
        Was yours one of the pairs presented in the Texas show? If so, which color?
        Aug 25, 2022
      3. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        @Vtory yeah mine is the blue one, 22k serial number range. I had actually never heard a stock HD 800 (only HD 800s) when I got these. Only listened for a few hours when I sent off to Jupiter. Things I liked stock, but the fatigue was real. Jupiter really has smoothed these out and fixed them without sacrificing the overall character of the headphone. More balanced and more natural sounding for sure.
        Aug 25, 2022
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      4. Vtory
        Vtory
        Sounds promising. Looking forward to seeing your more in-depth impressions later!
        Aug 25, 2022
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    10. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      Holo Audio Serene headphone amp output is no slouch. Paired with the May, it rivals any setup (at least solid state) I have heard.
      1. Cryptowolf, rlow, Merrick and 5 others like this.
      2. Lunk_Wray
        Lunk_Wray
        Using the rear XLR out to drive headphones? I kinda assumed that allowing for headphones from there was one of those gimped, "Well, if you *must*, we'll let you", afterthought features. Actually impressive if it doesn't suck.
        Aug 8, 2022
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      3. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        @Lunk_Wray yeah while design wise it may seem like an afterthought, sonically it really is quite impressive. I know the dedicated headphone amp version, the Bliss, is rolling out in the next month or so. Will be interesting to hear what people think.
        Aug 8, 2022
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    11. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      Just picked up a Line Magnetic LM-805iA, and absolutly blown away. Body/tone like I have never heard in my system. https://imgur.com/jRgZD37
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      4. CEE TEE
        CEE TEE
        Oh damn, both brothers passed away in 2019?? I didn't know about the two companies. Thank you for these links. Hope things continue and are as good as in the past...
        Jul 18, 2022
      5. CEE TEE
        CEE TEE
        So 3 companies/line-ups: Line Magnetic Zhuhai (modern), Line Magnetic Foshan (WE Replicas), Analog Sound (new most modern version and a sub-spinoff from Line Magnetic Foshan).
        Jul 18, 2022
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    12. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      Finally putting the loaner Decware Taboo through its paces. Going head-to-head with Starlett for impressions.
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      2. rlow
        rlow
        Dibs on the Starlett when you’re ready to sell it ;)
        Jul 10, 2022
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    13. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      Looking for an Eitr alternative. I need to convert USB to some other digital out for work laptop connection to May DAC. Suggestions?
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      2. kee7a
        kee7a
        @Woland I didn't know the Pi4 could could take USB input. Are there any writeups for setting this up? Also can you comment on sound quality?
        Jun 22, 2022
      3. Woland
        Woland
        @kee7a The input is via the "Raspberry Pi 4 USB Gadget" so you'll find writeups by googling for that. Sound was as good as any other cabled connection and it was an easy way to upsample the regular sources (flac, tidal) with the addition of less friendly sources (spotify, youtube, games..)
        Jun 22, 2022
      4. Woland
        Woland
        By friendly, I mostly mean compatible with DSP on Roon, Audirvana etc.
        Jun 22, 2022
    14. jowls
      jowls
      Misfire, sorry.
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    15. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      I flip flop on whether I am a source first or an amp first guy in order of importance. Holo May has reaffirmed source first approach to me.
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      2. purr1n
        purr1n
        What does "first" mean? Does it mean spend the most money on it, be the most "stable" on it, or be the least "stable" putting most energy into finding the "one".
        Jun 21, 2022
      3. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        @purr1n I suppose I was getting at what overall can have the largest impact on how your chain sounds and its overall character, and in turns what it makes sense to invest in and build around. That being said, obviously synergy of the chain is actually what matters most.
        Jun 21, 2022
      4. purr1n
        purr1n
        That's both easy and hard to answer, and it depends upon where you are at.
        Jun 21, 2022
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    16. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      Holy shit. 3 month long application process, 5 interviews...and I just got the job offer. First new gig in a decade, here we go.
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      2. Jinxy245
        Jinxy245
        Indeed congrats and best of luck!
        Jun 13, 2022
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      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        Mazel tov!
        Jun 14, 2022
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      4. Ksorota
        Ksorota
        Congratulations! Have fun with it.
        Jun 14, 2022
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    17. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      Love the transparency of the Freya+ JFET buffer...is the Saga S implementation comparable? Considering for work setup.
      1. crenca
        crenca
        Marv does not think so, and I read most others agreeing on the comparison thread(s).
        Jun 9, 2022
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      2. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        @crenca Thanks! I need to re-read those threads. Guess Sys it is
        Jun 9, 2022
    18. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      I think I am going back to the Sugden A21SE over the First Watt F7. Some sort of special synergy the F7 just doesn't quite achieve.
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      2. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        @rhythmdevils I will try to check it out. F7 is no tone slouch, and technically very proficient, but with the LS3/5A it just lacks the heft/body of the Sugden.
        Jun 7, 2022
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      3. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        Ahh, yeah I don't know about that and if it would be better than the F7 but I much preferred the Aleph J to the F7 I heard. Both DIY versions, but still. The Aleph J is maybe the best solid state amp I've ever heard, just gorgeous in every way.
        Jun 7, 2022
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      4. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        I think the official versions are quite rare, even the DIY versions are hard to come by, but if you can find a good build they're not too expensive.
        Jun 7, 2022
    19. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      Despite the rough price, I am very interested in the Devore micr/o if it actually lives up to sounding good stuck in a bookshelf.
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      3. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        May 31, 2022
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      4. Boops
        Boops
        Wow. I guess I am not buying a pair of these just to try out on a lark. That price puts them in kind of a no-mans-land for what they are and who they are for no?
        May 31, 2022
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      5. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        JBL L19 is a really good sounding cheap smallish bookshelf, but maybe wouldn't fit into a shelf
        May 31, 2022
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    20. Inoculator
      Inoculator
      Having some electrical work done at my house so having a dedicated 20A circuit installed for my reference system.
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      3. ColdsnapBry
        ColdsnapBry
        I did this, costs about $400 and I put a surge protector at my power box so I can go straight into the outlets. Well worth the cash.
        May 23, 2022
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      4. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        @ColdsnapBry good call. I scored and because there is a subpanel right nearby, so dude said no problem, throwing it in for free. Granted, spending quite a bit with him for backyard remodel circuits.
        May 23, 2022
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      5. Priidik
        Priidik
        Throw in a big isolation transformer while you are at it.
        May 23, 2022
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