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  1. johnnypaddock

    johnnypaddock Rando

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    I just want to say thanks to everyone that offered suggestions to me a few weeks ago. After the advice here, I replaced my Mac Mini with an Allo DigiOne Signature / Uptone LPS1.2. I wasn't expecting much, but it ended up being a nice surprise. I found that the noise floor was substantially lowered and the resolution/imaging got better. I didn't even bother spending a lot of time with an A/B comparison because it was such a clear improvement.

    I'm not sure how much of this might be due to the Adagio performing better with an SPDIF input, or if the DigiOne is a much better transport than the Mac Mini, but either way I'm happy with the end result. I'm guessing it's a combination of the two factors.

    Thanks again for the help!
     
  2. Armaegis

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    Have you tried the age old trick of taping a few pieces of toilet paper in front of the tweeter? It works wonders and costs virtually nothing to try.
     
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    I’ve found most of the Schiit DACs to be forward sounding. At least to my ears.

    I have tried the Bifrost, Bifrost MB, Gungnir, Gungnir MB and Modi MB. I’ve also spent a few hours with an Yggdrasil. I would describe all of those as a lil forward. Especially the Multibit DACs.

    Maybe a diff DAC from a diff brand would help. I quite like my PS Audio Directstream. I think it very much has the “smoother” or more “analog” or more “liquid” or whichever adjective you are looking for.

    I replaced the Gungnir MB with the PS in my primary 2 Chan setup with specifically the same goals you are describing. I would strongly suggest you look at the Directstream Senior or Junior.
     
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    rtaylor76 Can't wipe his tag

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    • HE500
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    I love the HD650's with the Dynalo and the Lyr 3. My biggest contention is the brigtness of the HE500's. I lpve the space, it they can be harsh and fatiguing after awhile. I am trying some NOS tubes, but just not doing it total justice, even with the new peoduction Tung-Sol, which actually sounds more mid-centric than NOS tubes.

    Debating to chuck the Lyr 3 for a more lush amp,,or chuck the HE500's for LCD2C's.

    Budget around $550 since sale of either amp or phones would only need a little more to make up the difference.

    Basically are the HE500's with keeping around?

    And yes, I have the hybrid slanted pads.
     
  5. zerodeefex

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    Any recommendations for decent sounding ceiling speakers that can handle moisture? I'm looking at installing a few ceiling speakers in my master bathroom controlled by a Chromecast audio.

    Moisture requirements aren't super high: I had a Panasonic whisper 340cfm unit installed in the ceiling with multiple outlets in the bathroom itself and it vents any steam incredibly well. I mostly want to listen to music quietly in the shower without it having to be loud enough to be audible elsewhere.
     
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    So...

    I got a used Shunyata Research Guardian 2 HTAV. I had originally intended to use it on my source components (Gungnir MB, Bryston BDP-1 and Lyngdorf DPA-1).

    It was a bit more convenient to start it off on my Odyssey Stratos monos. I haven't compared dynamics but the clarity whenn used used there did seem to improve. I could hear a bit more detail in various pieces of music and reverb was clearer.

    I then did try it on the Gungnir and DPA-1 (after a day or two) and the sound took a hit. It got a bit foggier, softer. I put the Shunyata back on the amps and the clarity came back.

    My assumption going in was that the Shunyata would make more difference on sources but it was quite the opposite.

    Is my experience flying in the face of common experience?
     
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    simply realize that power is fickle and stay with a pairing that sounds best while ignoring price.
     
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    Does anyone have any suggestions for decent compact CD players/transports? I need something for my daughter to use but her bedroom isn't big enough for a rack so it has to fit on her dresser. It will either go to a modi MB or some other small DAC and the iloud MMs.
     
  9. fraggler

    fraggler A Happy & Busy Life

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  10. nithhoggr

    nithhoggr Author of the best selling novel Digital Jesus

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    Can anyone recommend a good place to get inexpensive, high-quality headphone cables? I need to recable my girlfriend's K553 since the cat decided her cable was a chew toy, and my previous go-to cable vendor (ImpactAudioCables) seems to have permanently closed up shop. When I say inexpensive, I just mean it doesn't need to be a fancy audiophile cable costing $$$ -- we're talking about a mid-fi headphone being driven straight out of a Macbook Pro from back when they had headphone jacks -- but I'd still like something that's well made.
     
  11. ColtMrFire

    ColtMrFire Writes better gear impressions than you

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    Any decent toslink to coax converts that won't break the bank? Is that even something that should be attempted (avoid massive amounts of shitsmear/fuckery)?
     
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    Would something like the Pioneer DVD-V7400 fit the bill? I don't own one, but I think @sheldaze does. Pretty compact, can be had on flea bay for about $50-60.

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    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Mogami-289...utrik-Gold-Minixlr-3-5-Miniklink/143126773907 No experience with the seller, but the parts look to be good.
     
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    There's a head-fi thread on small transports: https://www.head-fi.org/threads/small-cd-transport.593498/
    It's an old thread and many items mentioned have been discontinued, but you can check eBay.

    Here's a spendy one:
    https://www.amazon.com/Olasonic-nanocompo-NANO-CD1-Transport-Platinum/dp/B00D0H54OM/
    https://www.amazon.com/Olasonic-NANO-COMPO-transport-black-NANO-CD1B/dp/B00GOJA58I/
     
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    Okay, so I'm a vinyl noob. I own a cheap Audio Technica table, and I do like listening to vinyl (something about setting the arm down and fondling the sleeve gets to me). I was going to get a Schiit Sol and call it a day, but reading how only users with good knowledge need apply, I know that's not for me no matter how good it is for the price.

    I'm looking for a good suggestion on a turntable that's somewhat beginner-friendly (I don't mind a bit of tinkering, but keep in mind I'm essentially a level 1 scrub) and has a sound that leans towards being a touch relaxed. System currently feeds into a Euforia + Aegir into Heresy iii. Under $3k for everything preferred (tonearm, cartridge, phono preamp if I need one, etc).
     
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    It may feel intimidating when you read from members here who have years of expertise, but before you give up on Sol, watch the setup video and see if it is actually more than you want to deal with.

     
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    Very newbie question. I'm getting an amp and headphones in before my DAC arrives. Any issues connecting my amp to the following sources?

    1. PC lineout
    2. ZX300 line out
    3. Geekout V2A line out

    edit: Found an answer - with firmware 2.1 on the GO, volume all the way up activates the lineout (indicated by green light).
     
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    May be i asked wrongly at another thread so i am just seeking help again.
    Is there a headphone that is close to the B&K target curve without the need
    of physical mods or EQ?
    From a little search i have done the HD650 is close but lacking in bass.
     
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    Any of the Regas would be good. I have a Rega P6, which I love. Is about $2k. I also have a Jolida JD9 mkii phono stage which I believe is about $700. It’s a great combo.

    Also, I think the Rega phonostages are supposed to be good, but I’ve never owned one.
     
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