Discussion in 'General Audio Discussion' started by barelyincollege, Dec 16, 2016.
How do you like the SPL Performer? I don't hear very much about that one.
Long overdue. Using a TV Stand to hold my main setup. Also being used to store a few items and router placement (which I don't like it near my audio, but small apartment gotta work with what you got).
Soon some minor amp changes. All my CDs are in its box, so the Pioneer Transport is not being in use at the moment. PI2AES Babby on top of the Transport, heh. TV Stand is useful if I ever get bulky shit that's wide. Also another pic with my Ikea chairs and what it looks when I sit down......
Actually it was a blind purchase made to drive the SR1a (Jotunheim R was not a thing back then). And I haven't compared it with anything else haha...
By the way, I think @Collusion also has one, maybe he can chime in...
SPL s800 is actually the only power amplifier I've owned or tested with the SR1a's, so I am unable to do a device-to-device comparison. However, If you count all the systems I've been able to sample with Raal's, mine is certainly the best one yet. This is probably not the right place to post any reviews, so I'll chime in later in the Raal thread.
But these are the setups I've managed to sample so far (ordered from best to worst):
DM Convert-2 -> SPL Phonitor 2 -> SPL s800 (my current setup)
AVM Evolution C9 - all-in-one integrated amp, 180W @8Ohm, class D
Devialet Expert 250 Pro - all-in-one integrated amp, 167W @8Ohm, class D
Here's also a picture of my current HP rig:
Nice. I would love to hear Convert 2 someday.
How the rig currently stands. Was playing around with some HE-6 over the weekend (bonus HE-6se hidden in the back). Finally ended up down the Stax route about a year ago.
All different mods? All yours???
@elwappo99 What are the desktop speakers hiding back there?
2 x 6 screws
2 x 4 screws
1 x HE6se
One pair of each has blutack and open grill mods. They're my pairs. I've got a big thing for the HE-6
They're the Sierra 2. Probably my most recent addition. Ignorance is bliss, so I ignored all the advice here and stayed happy in my KEF LS50 bubble for a few years. A pair popped up locally on craigslist just as the quarantine was starting so I thought, might as well if I'm gonna be stuck inside all the time. One of my favorite audio purchases in recent years.
HD800 (SDR/SBAF/J-mod), Nano Patch+ and DEQ2496 have been added. MCTH in storage until I get to hear @Zampotech's hard rock adapter and decide whether or not to keep NBM. CD player works, but is only being used to raise the DEQ to a better viewing angle and operating height (the display washes out when viewed from above).
Does your CD player have a coax out, and if so, have you compared it to the Pi2AES into the Bifrost?
Looks great! Very clean setup.
Can you please comment as to what steps you took in order to install the J-Mod for your HD800?
You know I would have if it did. I bought that CD player in the mid 80s while at uni. Didn't even know what a DAC was then, let alone to check if it had a coax out. Since then I've lived on 3 different continents, out of 2 different vehicles, and a backpack. I don't own CDs anymore. All my music is FLAC stored on a NAS. I think my schooldays record collection was left at my parents home and probably sold off. All I have left from my first system is this CD player and a Yamaha A-450 (bought with money saved working at McD's in highschool) stuffed in a cupboard.
So far, I can't hear any difference between PI2AES-coax>BF2 and PI2AES-AES>DEQ2496-coax>BF2. I'm using a proper balanced XLR cable from the PI2AES to DEQ2496, but an impedance-mismatched XLR>RCA cable from the XLR output of the DEQ2496 to BF2 coax in (pin 2 to tip of RCA, pin 3 to sleeve, pin 1 floating). The "studio" guy at Thomann said I didn't need a transformer adapter and to keep the runs short (which they are at about 70 cm). He also said to short XLR cold to ground, but I've been warned against doing that as general good practice when converting balanced to SE. I'm considering getting one of these XLR>BNC 110>70Ω adapters for nervosa. Marv recommended the Sescom which is cheaper but would require an additional XLR F>M dongle. I will do a writeup on this after I have a chance to play around with it some more. So far I'm pleased with how it's working in my setup.
I also removed the rackmount ears and as @bengo warned, it exposes the internals. The openings aren't close to any of the PCBs, so I'm not too concerned about EMI shielding. I used some black masking tape to cover up the openings.
Part 1: https://www.superbestaudiofriends.o...e-hd800-hd800s-thread.206/page-66#post-297434
Part 2: https://www.superbestaudiofriends.o...e-hd800-hd800s-thread.206/page-66#post-302787
Cable Mod: https://www.superbestaudiofriends.org/index.php?threads/cable-building.86/page-37#post-295230
Sidebar: Just take a pair of HD800SDR and plug them into your Liquid Crimson. You can thank me later.
Not sure how I feel about the looks of this Pangea stand, but it has a tall shelf so I was able to reclaim my desk from the recently-purchased Aficionado that had been occupying half of it. I still need to find a better furniture arrangement and tidy up the wires, etc., but for now I'm very happy that I can listen to music on the office couch or while actually getting work done at my desk.
I have always wondered is it fine putting tubes in the middles shelves like this?
Nice setup! What type of wood are those Verites?
Pic link removed until I can figure out how to make a better link.
Minor adjustments on my main setup, moved the THX right below the Starlett so the volume knob of both units are lined up together. It's a little weird, but I sit right next to the amps.
This is my digital and analog audio station. I have a medium schiit stack on the left featuring a Bifrost MB, Jot, and Valhalla2. Just to the right of this is a small schiit stack which holds a few things but mainly the mani phono preamp and the sys here. On top of the that small schiit stack is a raspberry pi4, to serve my digital music library. In the middle is the Bottlehead Crack w/Speedball. On the right is the Fluance rt85 turntable with Ortofon 2m Blue cart. HPs are hd650 and he4xx.
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