Loaner: AMB Gamma2 DAC

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  1. rhythmdevils

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    I’m sending this to @purr1n for a blast from the past sort of comparison. A great DIY DAC from over a decade ago vs the great commercial offerings today. Afterward if there’s interest you can sign up for a loaner.

    You can ship however you like. Insured for uhhhh $201.30 exactly.

    Open to friends or contributors only.

    You can borrow it for as long as you want/need. I‘m not using it right now anyways.

    post your general location so I can organize shipping if my brain is capable of that.

    and pls post in the thread when you receive and when you ship.

    impressions required in the thread Purr1n creates.

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  2. E_Schaaf

    E_Schaaf MOT: Upscale Audio; recovering HFM addict

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    Sign me up! Got nothing but 20+ year old DACs at home anyway, plus a Modi 2 Uber that's destined to be gifted to a friend in the near future. That's about it.
     
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    Nice! You sir have no time restrictions. Have fun with it.
     
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    I would like to hear one again. Put me at the end of the list, because I tend to get too busy or plain forget to test and ship gear. Or, if that's not acceptable, just don't put me on the list. :)
     
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    Nah that’s the spirit of this loaner. Take your time. 2 weeks wouldn’t bother me.
     
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    I found my old MisterX gamma2 in a box last week and plugged it in for the first time in years. I forgot I even had this thing.

    It was the first DAC/amp I bought as part of this never-ending hobby so I have some irrational fondness for it and think it still sounds pretty darn good. I'm entertaining finding a HD600 or HD6XX to try it with.

    I tried to use it with my notebook and it wouldn't power on. I realized that if you're using the USB interface, it won't turn on if it's plugged into a receptacle. Once I unplugged the power adapter it worked and powered through the computer USB-A port.
     
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    What's the best way to feed this badboy ? Wish I still had eitr. If you guys think feeding it via coax with oppo,103 is worth it I might check it out it there's other east coast interest.
     
  8. rhythmdevils

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    I used coax but I don’t know which Input sounds best with the gamma 2. At the time USB was more problematic than it is now so I always assumed coax.

    East coast is fine
     
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    Iirc coax was a little better than SPDIF but I couldn't tell much difference. The USB implementation is meh but unfortunately most notebooks don't come with hybrid optical/3.5mm ports anymore.
     
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    If I was still in the USA I would have loved listening to this one. Especially compared to a Modi 1/2/3 with similar features and form factor.
     
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    If you pay shipping both ways you can borrow it for as long as you want. But not sure the cost of that is worth it.
     
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    I’ll just add you to the list because I do t care about East Coast, it’s not like shipping there costs more and this isn’t a high value item.
     
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    I appreciate it but I don't think I will have much time as we grind towards the holidays. probably have to pull out of the Borealis loaner also.
     
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    ok no worries. :piratemug:
     
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    I would like to subject this to my standard measurement suite if possible, toward the end of the tour.
    Between Seattle & Everett WA, USA.
     
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    Sure thing! Looking forward to it!
     
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    I want in this one as well if that is okay. This has me super curious.

    Nashville, TN
     
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    Sure. The more the merrier.
     
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    Any update on the whereabouts of this? Have you received it @E_Schaaf ?
     

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