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  1. skem liked dBel84's post in the thread Sonic Frontiers SFD-1mk2 Vintage DAC for $750 That Stomps Most Modern DACs.

    It is not uncommon for standby mode to leave the heater coils on. This is not a terrible state and allows for the tube to be optimal...

    Jul 13, 2020 at 12:00 PM
  2. skem liked m17xr2b's post in the thread Balanced to single-ended converter (XLR to RCA / BAL to SE).

    With soldered connectors. At this point there are two options 1. Use the PCB version of the Sowter 3575, solder and have a clean look...

    Jul 13, 2020 at 7:56 AM
  3. skem commented on Boops's profile post.

    problem with wearing it correctly is that beard stubble tears up that white surface pretty fast.

    Jul 12, 2020 at 2:16 PM
  4. skem liked fraggler's comment on Boops's profile post

    At its most basic, the blue layer is hydrophobic to keep droplets on the surface, the middle layer is the filter, and the white layer is...

    Jul 12, 2020 at 2:15 PM
  5. skem commented on Boops's profile post.

    blue out. Though in theory it shouldn’t matter.

    Jul 12, 2020 at 12:07 PM
  6. skem liked murray's post in the thread Capacitors.

    Please refer to @skem ’s post. ... “beware of PCB’s” for old capacitors. Beware of ambiguous TLAs ;-)

    Jul 11, 2020 at 8:53 PM
  7. skem liked murray's post in the thread Capacitors.

    @k4rstar - PCBs are a toxic chemical that used to be used as dielectrics in electrolytic capacitors. They are outlawed now and are...

    Jul 11, 2020 at 6:55 PM
  8. skem replied to the thread Capacitors.

    looking forward to a cap report. I have 4 different new ones coming. All affordable. I’ll write up notes.

    Jul 11, 2020 at 6:06 PM
  9. skem commented on YMO's profile post.

    Don't recognize you. Please introduce yourself in the new members section.

    Jul 10, 2020 at 7:10 PM
  10. skem liked evonimos's post in the thread Capacitors.

    I have a 3.3uF from that series by Cornell and they do sound OK but I still prefer Vishay MKT1813. And I agree that dielectric material...

    Jul 10, 2020 at 1:22 PM
  11. skem replied to the thread Capacitors.

    I can send you some CDE 935’s and I have some 940’s coming. I only test coupling and generally in the 3.3-10uF range, which makes...

    Jul 10, 2020 at 10:50 AM
  12. skem replied to the thread Capacitors.

    Sadly Miflex seems to have gone up in price. The cheapest acceptable coupling capacitors I have found are 940 series Cornell...

    Jul 10, 2020 at 9:49 AM
  13. skem liked m17xr2b's post in the thread Balanced to single-ended converter (XLR to RCA / BAL to SE).

    XLR1 is left unconnected by default on my setup but did add a pin for it in case it needs to be grounded. Jensen have small switches on...

    Jul 9, 2020 at 5:37 AM
  14. skem replied to the thread Metrum Acoustics Pavane DAC listening impressions.

    For those wanting to try without a transformer, I think Metrum Pavane and Adagio are either case 4 or 6, depending on your amp — but...

    Jul 8, 2020 at 11:44 PM