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  1. I will have it then. Mainly for that remote as I already have one of these players. pm sent
  2. It must be "security". Disallowing any "foreign" script is seen as keeping Russian and Chinese away. Thing is, the ones that cause mischief in IT also know English and use English configured computers. I find it most amusing when a bank (i.e. Citibank) insists that you must have some special characters in your password for security reasons, but when you try to use a character from ASCII table which number is higher than 128, they tell you that it is not allowed... for security reasons.
  3. I have one of these for sale for double that amount (because this is what I think it is worth). It is an excellent, upsampling (to 192/24) CD player with HDCD and choice of tube and single ended output. One thing though... I have no idea why people call it Yaqin, as it name is in Greek (the forum will not let me insert the original Greek script) and from what I was told it should be pronounced "Psathin".
  4. That is so cheap! I will get one of these if Addicted says it works well. I used to use one of these pumps when I still worked for the Government but the price (20 years ago) was closer to $1000. I have never had any problems with de-soldering parts from boards with the exception of some Barrett HF radios which had pins on RF coils so fat, that it was difficult to insert them into virgin, never soldered holes. Once soldered, removing them without damage to the board was next to impossible. So I thought. Until I saw Bill Arbery - a real artist with the soldering iron and solder wick. He got them out cleanly every time. So it is a matter of skill and practice. Solder wick is almost always better unless you can afford that solder pump. Pump then it can be both better and much faster. Also, one English woman (who soldered in about 80 microprocessors wrong way round and they were then $45 each in 1982, when in my first job as a tech I was earning $117 per week clear) told me an important truth about component removal: "it takes solder to de-solder". She was only an assembly line worker and had no idea which way some components go. But solder well she could and the lesson stuck with me to this day; If you cannot remove a component, put some more fresh solder on it, and when it is still hot start removal process. Hope it helps Roman
  5. I am interested in the tuner if posted to WA. pm sent
  6. Do not listen to this ill inform suggestion. Alligator clips form a part of this fine setup which you no doubt evaluated in this form and simply should be retained to avoid any SQ degradation. In fact the blue wire in the first picture which had been soldered should be replaced with yet another alligator. Your notion of of boxing it up, is also ill conceived and born in haste. I have seen in the past many crossovers in this form and they served their purpose well into the time of abandoning of DIY projects altogether. Some boutique speaker manufacturers only put their xovers into enclosures a day prior to delivery to customers.
  7. I think what the negative camp always says is that there's no difference to SQ if the cable if of minimal technically acceptable standard. Like no measurable resistance on 1 or 1,5m length. I once needed a bit longer (over 1m) signal cable for a Naim CD player than what I had and asked friends who were coming for a GTG if any of them had any RCA leads with gold plated connectors, that were thin enough to fit inside the strain relief of a 5pin DIN housing. I received one and having re-terminated the SCART end it came with, with the 5 pin DIN, my Naim bench test cable was born. When I lent the player to a friend, I gave him both, a standard but short cable made with lead from ones that came free with Sony or Technics gear in the early 90s and this newly made one that looked really nice but had 2 Ohms resistance from end to end on each pin. To the uninitiated, I never before (or since) have been able to measure any resistance on any cable I came across and cared to check. My meter resolution is 0,2 Ohm. This cable was just grossly substandard. The friend having auditioned the player on his $20k system said, that the short cable was too bright but the longer, fancy one was just right. Hence proving that what we perceive for an improvement might just be a personal preference and not an improvement as such. This I suppose goes for any kind of modifications or accessories we use and praise.
  8. To stop you doing any such investigations, manufacturers employ a simple, yet effective trick. They use branded heat-shrink. Should you cut it to examine the product and the quality of workmanship, your cable becomes just a standard cord a loses most of its re-sale value.
  9. From this, we could deduce, that having 20m or even a 100m length of power cable would be even more beneficial.
  10. Well, if your power is dirty, then the filter might help. If it is clean, then it will not. And if it does, then one if fooling oneself. Other than a whiskey suggestion above (which I would change to lesser amount but of cognac), make a diary and see when the system sounds harsh. During business hours? If you are close to industrial/commercial area it would make sense. Maybe on weekend when a neighbor is using his semi-pro wood cutting drop saw? But if you are in a residential area and it sounds harsh at 2am on a Tuesday, then you do need some of that cognac. I am looking out of the window on Joondalup Lake and after midnight sound just comes out of silence.
  11. Then anyone having a balanced pre-amp could just use a appropriate cable or adapter. Manufacturers will usually try to save 30c if they can and two extra XLRs plus labour looks like very extravagant spending.
  12. Single ended with balanced inputs. If it is only single ended, why provide balanced inputs?
  13. Sadly yes, my ex had too better hearing than myself. The best story was when I bought an Electrocompaniet pre-amp. She has seen me carting it in and said: "I seemed to have heard that we have no money and here you are carting another one of your toys!". I promptly replied that it was a bargain and I will probably sell it for profit to somewhat lessen our financial predicament. Later that afternoon she was cooking dinner and I swapped the Yamaha 600 series pre-amp for the Electrocompaniet EC-4 (which I still have). She walked over from the kitchen to the listening room and sought confirmation: "You just swapped the preamp for the new one, didn't you?" I confirmed and then she proclaimed: "We're keeping it". And walked off. Cheers Roman
  14. Was this humble me or was it someone else who looked at it after me? For I have replaced laser in this unit twice (first time with a second hand assembly). Cheers Roman