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I'm going to send in my Gungnir MB (A2) for the Unison upgrade. Good upgrade, right? Apr 18, 2021 at 2:29 PM

    1. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Would it be appropriate for me to put in a plug for a vendor that makes acrylic dust covers for turntables? I just got one for my KD-2070.
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      2. purr1n
        purr1n
        yes, please.
        Jan 21, 2021
      3. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @purr1n Was thinking Vinyl Nutjob forum. Will that work?
        Jan 21, 2021
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    2. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      I'll need to reach out to Schiit, but I plan on having a Freya+ online for System A and OG Freya for System B. Any remote control issues?
      1. rlow
        rlow
        They have the exact same remote/codes, unless you had the OG plastic one. But still, the same codes, so they will both control each other.
        Jan 20, 2021
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      2. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @rlow clicking in stereo!! Oh, my... that will be interesting.
        Jan 20, 2021
      3. JayC
        JayC
        In my experience, the IR blaster of the Schiit remote isnt that powerful. I programmed the Schiit remote into a Logitech universal remote and it makes a massive difference. Where the Schiit remote needed to be pointed directly at my Saga, the universal remote can be pointed to the ceiling and it still works.. So if your systems are not right next to each other it may not be much of a problem with the stock remote
        Jan 21, 2021
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    3. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      I’ve had vodka from the freezer, and I’m listening to music. I wanna say, “THANKS, SCHIIT for making Freya, Gungnir MB. I like them!!”
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      2. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @Cryptowolf $14.99 for a bottle of Stoli is tough to beat. Even Beam White and JD No.7 cost at least $5 more! ;-)
        Jan 19, 2021
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      3. Cryptowolf
        Cryptowolf
        My favorite Vodka, including the ones mentioned, would be Kettle One. Belvedere is a close second. Though I’m mostly a brown liquor drinker.
        Jan 19, 2021
      4. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @Cryptowolf I am a Bourbon or Tennessee Whiskey guy, but vodka is a close second if it comes from my freezer!
        Jan 19, 2021
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    4. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Here's hoping Freya+ is available sooner rather than later.
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      2. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        For real, went to purchase last night and was bummed to see the delay. I am also crossing my fingers for it to come in black to match the Akitika GT-102
        Jan 19, 2021
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    5. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Ouch! SL-1210GR + V15 Type III + Cardas Iridium + NuWave Converter is absolutely brutal with worn LPs. Good thing KD-2070 + 2M Red exists!
    6. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Anybody combine Gungnir Multibit and SYS for use as a pre-amp?
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      2. Cryptowolf
        Cryptowolf
        @Inoculator I think the SAGA+ added some warmth and sense of space to my system. I have a BK BT-140 solid state power amp from the 90’s. Moving from the SYS to the SAGA had an effect even my non-audiophile wife could hear.
        Jan 18, 2021
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    7. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      @rlow I know you’ve used Vidar with Sys. My speakers are 8 ohm, 89dB. I should be OK until I get Freya+ in a few months?
      1. rlow
        rlow
        Unless your room is very large and/or you’re a long way away from them and listen very loud, you won’t need the gain from the Freya+ tube mode. A SYS will be fine. But Freya in all its tube glory will still sound better ;-)
        Jan 17, 2021
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      2. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @rlow The plan is to upgrade to Freya+ and slide Freya OG over to take SYS's place. :-) Freya OG is probably overkill, but I don't want to sell it.
        Jan 17, 2021
    8. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Swapping carts on Kenwood KD-2070 is a minor PITA. Have to unplug unit in order to place scale on platter and check VTF. Not a biggie.
    9. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      I’ve improved my system, and the only negative I’ve noticed is bad pressssings sssound a lot worse than they did prior to upgrades.
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      2. Biodegraded
        Biodegraded
        Next step RCM nervosa :-D
        Jan 16, 2021
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      3. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @Biodegraded lol... was stunned by the difference between my primary TT and secondary TT.
        Jan 16, 2021
    10. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      I’m being blasphemous... I’m using my phonostage’s ADC capability and feeding it to Gungnir Multibit via coax... :-)
      1. Gazny
        Gazny
        Puffin?
        Jan 16, 2021
      2. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @Gazny PS Audio NPC. I don’t have the digital out on Puffin. :-)
        Jan 16, 2021
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    11. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      I’m not saying I’m gonna go out & spend tons of $/€/£ for an analog interconnect, but I’m convinced cables do influence the sound...<ducks>
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      3. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        FWIW, all cables I have are BJC except: 1 PYST (Gungnir Multibit to Freya), 1 AQ Evergreen (sub), and 1 Cardas Iridium (phono)
        Jan 15, 2021
      4. Raicorl
        Raicorl
        Expensive cables would be the very last thing I buy. Get your source, dac, amp, tranducers right first, also feed them good power.

        But I didnt like BJCs as much as some guys here.
        Jan 15, 2021
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      5. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @Raicorl Agree. That’s why I recently upgraded my amp and speakers.
        Jan 15, 2021
    12. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      I tried again, but I just can’t listen via an Ortofon 2M Red for very long. Wanted to use it on my Kenwood KD-2070, but I just can’t...
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      3. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @rtaylor 2M Red has the hours. I’ve only run it at 1.8g, though.
        Jan 14, 2021
      4. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        Try it at 2g. I read somewhere that it can make a slight difference.
        Jan 15, 2021
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      5. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @rtaylor76 The 2M Red found a home on my 2nd TT- a Kenwood KD-2070. I’ll use it to play LPs I buy used and some older stuff.
        Jan 16, 2021
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    13. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Dumb question: my Rotel RB-1582 MkII amp's gain is RCA: 26.5dB and XLR: 22.5dB. I thought XLR would have more gain? Help me understand.
      1. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        Most amps are not balanced all the way through. The balanced gets turned into SE. Why 4db difference is odd. In reality they are 11.5 dbu apart. My only guess is they are applying less gain to the XLR input because they know the signal coming in will be hotter.
        Jan 14, 2021
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      2. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @rtaylor76 I think you're right: Input Sensitivity
        Line Level Inputs (RCA): 1.9V; Line Level Inputs (XLR): 3.0V.

        Not sure what this impacts: Input Impedance
        Line Level Inputs (RCA): 12kΩ; Line Level Inputs (XLR): 100kΩ
        Jan 14, 2021
    14. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      “Open Box” items will be the death of my checking account...
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    15. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Drop off. Pick up. Oh, shit! Why is stylus/cart/tonearm canted?! Drop off. Wait. Check before leaving. Kenwood KD-2079 good to go!
    16. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Blue Jeans RCA Cable Belkin 1505F fm Freya to Sub - changed 2 Audioquest Evergreen... bass no longer causes window to resonate/buzz.
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      3. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @Elnrik It sure sounds that way. It was an obvious, yet unexpected change. Too lazy to swap back and investigate. I like it better now, anyway.
        Jan 11, 2021
      4. Melvillian
        Melvillian
        How long is your cable run?
        Jan 11, 2021
      5. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        Jan 11, 2021
    17. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      I may do a real thread on my noobish experience migrating from an inexpensive integrated amp to a 200 wpc separate...
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      2. Gazny
        Gazny
        How can it get better after this?
        Jan 10, 2021
      3. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @Gazny Find more CDs I like on Discogs and maybe try the used LP market (been burnt by eBay - may give Discogs a shot).
        Jan 10, 2021
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    18. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Dynaudio Evoke 10: In a Nutshell - Deep, expansive soundstage, ++ resolution and detail. No shrillness. They want moar pwr!!
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    19. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      New Dynaudio Evoke 10's arrived today and are being broken in as I type.
      1. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        Needs “several weeks” to reach potential. As of now, presentation is exactly what I wanted - resolving and detailed but not shrill.
        Jan 9, 2021
    20. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      One thing I really like about my amp upgrade: It makes it much more enjoyable to listen at lower levels of volume.
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      3. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        Jan 9, 2021
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      4. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        Can you adjust the gain? That is really nice to have.
        Jan 10, 2021
      5. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @Deep Funk Adjust gain on the amp? I don’t believe so. There’s only one button - power on/off. Outside of going balanced vs. SE not much to fiddle with.
        Jan 10, 2021
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    Location:
    Missouri
    Gear List:
    DAC: Schiit Gungnir MB Gen 5, HeadRoom Micro DAC, Schiit Modi MB [mothballed]
    Head Amp: AURALiC Taurus MkII, Vali 2 [assorted tubes], Magni 3 [mothballed], HeadRoom Micro
    Headphones: Elex, HD650, DT880, D2000, K601, TX-X00, HE-4XX, SR-80e, M220
    CD/SACD/Data Disc Hi-Res: Denon DCD-1600NE, Marantz CD5003
    Cassette: Nakamichi DR-2
    Pre-Amp: Schiit Freya [Tung-Sol], Khozmo Passive Preamp (x2)
    Integrated Amp: Onkyo TX-8555 [mothballed]
    Amplifier: Rotel RB-1582 MkII, Parasound NewClassic 2125v2
    Turntable: Technics SL-1210GR, Kenwood KD-2070
    Cartridges: Ortofon 2M Red, Shure V15 Type III [JICO SAS/R], Audio-Technica VM750SH, Soundsmith Otello, Reloop Concorde w/STY10, Super OM-40
    Phonostage: PS Audio NuWave Phono Converter (also ADC), Parks Audio Puffin
    Speakers: Polk Audio RT25i, Dynaudio Evoke 10
    I'm pretty happy

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    SL-1210GR, KD-2070 | Gungnir MB | DCD-1600NE, CD5003 | DR-2 |
    NuWave Phono Converter, Puffin
    | Khozmo Passive, Khozmo Passive | RB-1582 MkII, NewClassic 2125v2 | Evoke 10, RT25i | SB-1000, R-110SW