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Showing content with the highest reputation on 09/08/20 in all areas

  1. 7 points
    Sharing few pictures of my new gear. Sansui AU20000
  2. 3 points
    Correct. I expected them to sound very similar because they both use the same AK4493 DAC chip & the same Jensen output transformers. The reason the new one sounds slightly better is probably due to the improved filtering in the main PSU. I am using a huge 500mh choke between the main filter capacitors & this totally removes the usual sawtooth spikey ripple that the regulator would normally have to deal with. The reasons the Fein II costs more are. On board micro & associated circuitry. OLED display Extra support required due to firmware etc. And the main one being a much longer build time. The chassis work is quite involved (hole drilling filing etc) Machining the front panels, edge polishing, engraving colour fill, panel attachment & wiring. The new case costs double but all the mechanical work is done. I simply drop in the PCB & attach with four screws - all done. At some point the Fein II will receive the same treatment but that will be down the track a bit. Phew! Hope that explains things.
  3. 3 points
    I'm tempted to take one for the team and grab them from work.... could do a head to head comparison and post impressions if enough people are interested.
  4. 3 points
    Not if you play something really cool.
  5. 3 points
    Hi everyone sorry for the delay. Saturday night and I was watching a movie. 🎥 OK yes it does have a low noise power supply built in that is similar to a Kraftwerk. The big choke is a added bonus. In light of that there is no need to add a external DC power supply. The standard supplied EI core external transformer will do the job nicely.
  6. 2 points
    Lockdown madness has well and truly set in here at the church with the following mashup summing it up nicely. EXTREMELY well done and any Danzig fan should give this a listen....love it!!!
  7. 2 points
    Valve Audio Whisper Phono with Mullard NOS tubes Sumiko Pearwood Celebration II MC
  8. 2 points
    Fortunate enough to attend a Penfolds tasting last night so I thought I’d crack one tonight and this was the easiest one to grab. It’s holding up pretty well to be honest, certainly not outstanding but not too shabby after 10 years.👍
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  11. 2 points
    Tubes/valve audio technology and lovers of fine music music gravitate together naturally in my opinion. May I add something to xlr8or's excellent comment? There is no substitute for hearing a particular tube type--in a good circuit/amp. This will endow you with reference sonic experiences. Surprisingly, no one tube topology can 'do it all' musically, in my experience, but that's quite OK. I predict that when you hear the virtues of pentode and triode, single-ended and push-pull, you'll incline more to one kind of presentation--to suit your tastes. This is as it should be. Then there are variations within the favoured tube presentation depending on tube quality. Note that one tube application does not rule out another in a different musical context! Death to 'black and white/either-or" thinking! I like all tubes but some I really love. This variety is also why there are many types of wine and food and cars...and why the missionary position is so well-known...but I digress.
  12. 2 points
    My system is down, my speakers are gone, and my room is a mess! I am using the lockdown to finish a project that I started years ago: my partial open baffle speaker system. The idea being to have a high efficiency speaker based around the Supravox 215 widebander in an open baffle, supported by a sealed 15" bass and a helper tweeter. The speakers were built many years ago, but I did not complete the crossovers. The drivers are listed below: The Wolf Von Langa A150 15" bass field coil The Supravox 215 EXC field coil wide bander The Seas Exotic T35 tweeter: The bass is in a sealed and brace 130 litre cabinet, while the Supravox and tweeter are mounted on a baffle - more pics to follow. I have been using omnimic to do measurements, and Xsim to model the crossover. I have then been listening to the one speaker, adjusting the crossover then remodeling. here is the crossover schematic snapshot from Xsim (S1 tweeter, S2 Widebander, S3 Bass) Here is the current modelled frequency response 1/3rd octave: I will post more pictures as I progress
  13. 2 points
    David Oistrach And The London Symphony Orchestra Conducted By Lovro Von Matacic, Bruch / Prokofiev ‎– Violin Concerto No. 1 In G Minor / Violin Concerto No. 1 In D Major. Columbia ‎ 33OCX 1268, Mono Australia.
  14. 2 points
    All aspects mentioned above will change the sound signature. Whether you roll different brands of the same tube type for the same circuit topology or roll different tube types in a flexible circuit design the net effect will be the same. It's an option that SS amps can't offer. The more common the tube type the more options will be available to accommodate the sound to your liking. And yes owning more tube amps is also great as you can roll not only tubes but amps as well - one day class AB PP may suit the next day class A SET may be your thing. Enjoy the warmth, immediacy and staging all in a single experience rolling through the wonderful world of thermionic pleasure.
  15. 1 point
    I'm with you. And I don't think many would be surprised if Lawrence Stroll personally put a drill bit through his engine... what a turn up for Lance Stroll. Nico hasn't just been out of F1... He's never driven that car. It's a stunning effort.
  16. 1 point
    Further information: EOI for this unit, original cost was $15,000. Looking for expressions of interest or reasonable offers. This unit is the Limited Edition of the Moon Eclipse, with matching external power supply. Some desirable features are a quad of Burr Brown PCM 1704U-K DACs, BurrBrown DF1704 digital filter, Philips CD-Pro 2 transport and superb build quality (shipping weight is 20+ kg). Australian delivered model, made in Canada, and in excellent condition. Has balanced and unbalanced outputs, and also BNC S/PDIF input and output - the unit may be used as a standalone CD player, as a CD transport, or as a pure DAC. Includes original manual, boxes & packaging, adjustable spike tips, transport screws, connecting cable, magnetic CD clamp puck and packing checklist. FRM remote is not currently included but may be negotiated. Shipping is possible at buyer’s expense and risk. Enquiries by PM only please. Regards, SS Photos:
  17. 1 point
    Hi Leon, Thankyou. It came all the way from US, a multi voltage unit. I have seen a very few units in Australia but most of them were with non OE output transistors. AU20000 don't have fuses in DC output rails. So if the user pushes the unit with two pairs of speakers with wrong impedance, it will fry the output transistors. It has happened to many of the existing AU20000. An AK member suggests to fit fuses in the DC output rails of this unit. I'm lucky to find this unit with original output transistors. 3 x Sanken SA908 & 3 x Sanken 2SC1585 Transistors on each side of the amplifier. Confirmed this with the seller before purchasing. Also it is fully serviced few months back with LED globes fitted on the VU meters.
  18. 1 point
    Yes Dave’s system sounds nice and big. Impressive bass as well.
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  20. 1 point
    New work only... (RCBOs not RCDs)
  21. 1 point
    Steely Dan - Two Against Nature. I really enjoy this album, just a bunch of fun songs and grabs you from the get go with Gas Lighting Abbie. Drum work so tight, chunky bass, funky lead guitar licks, and brass. Janie Runaway is next level, as is Jack of Speed, and Cousin Dupree. DF's obsessive attention to details and production yields one a great sounding redbook, very clean, layered, liquid, encourages winding the dial up.
  22. 1 point
    I just hooked up the liquid cooled ones, on there own, they are very clear. Just streaming radio. The amplifier seems to be enjoying the music as it is running no where near as hot. Next time i give my mantovani record a run i will post a pic of the cover. These pics were taken months ago.
  23. 1 point
    Fully agree....killer vocals and killer guitar work on this particular release....sadly they should have had much more success, however, a number of things would lead to their downfall unfortunately!
  24. 1 point
    I now have an EX now, as Roon Core server direct connected to Devialet Pro as Roon Ready renderer. Since then I have been only streaming from Tidal via Roon. The sound quality is much better than from EDGE via my best ethernet config with Uptone EtherRegen just before Devialet. My ethernet system is quite well developed. I recent got around to removing the iinet modem/router and replacing with Ubiquiti EdgeRouter X SFP using its standard PSU. That was a definite improvement. I chose EdgeRouter rather than other enterpruse options is because it can run on 12v DC (eg. via upgrsded psu) and can run fibre upto audio system, and if I want I can create a seperate LAN just for the audio leg of my network, and probably prioritise traffic. Next I will be running that fibre, then try ifi power. The line up is interesting. The dual computer in one chassis is a new approach for Antipodes, I think Innuos has/had a similar beast. The K50 seems to be a 3 in 1, server, renderer and reclocker/SPDIF converter (like S20) ... and it has 3 PSUs! No wonder it has a high cost. K30 seems to be a scaled back K50, no reclocker/SPDIF. K40 appears to replace CX functionality = server only, thus ethernet direct only. S40 seems to replace CORE, and by upgrading the PSU to S60 it could rival CX or EX. S30 seems to be intended as a renderer to supersede EDGE, and used with S60 supersede EX. S30 + S60 = US$5k, similar price point to EX (and perhaps other brands too). S60 is where things deviate again ... there's a bit of kit to upgrade previous models, and S30 and S40, or use it for other things, like ethernet switch! Its a tempting proposition. I suspect S60 will become competition for high end LPSs, and perhaps Antipodes will eventually offer outputs other than only 12v DC to really enter that arena. It is interesting that Mark J used to emphasise the importance of tuning the PSU to his servers. And now a hybrid linear/SMPS which is somewhat one size fits all. It's not the first time new hifi has embraced using advanced SMPS, I have Devialet and NAD amps that I recall also do so. But hybrid with LPS may be breaking new ground. I will be interested to see how S60 is used and evolves. And finally S20 ... replaces P2 and more - could it rival other master clocks? Will it improve the performance of ethernet switches like EtherRegen? And could S20 be an attempt to get USB more competitive with ethernet, so S30 can be serious competition for DACs etc with integrated renderers? It could be said the USB -v- ethernet tension is noted by the Antipodes webpage ... Unfortunately, USB Audio has been negatively impacted by revisions of the USB standard, and the noise introduced by using Ethernet is just as troubling. The Antipodes S20 is the answer to this problem Or perhaps it strives to divorce from the noise carried by USB and Ethernet by converting to SPDIF ... a 3rd competitor in the format arena. It begs the question ... which format can achieve the lowest noise? I hope this is of interest.
  25. 1 point
    OMG just did a dedicated line last month!! improved all areas dramatically !
  26. 1 point
    Had another day to build today. definitely not finished but I wanted to hear them so badly.. Going back to small speakers is going to be difficult when the time comes
  27. 1 point
    Hi Peter_F – what tubes were you using? I had used a variety of solid state amps for over 20 years but the last decade has been all SET tube amps first 300B and then 845 and it has been a wonderful contrast and I would be surprised if I ever went back to solid state : )
  28. 1 point
  29. 1 point
    Bryan does fantastic upgrades
  30. 1 point
    years ago I bought a Kenwood KD550 that didn't work.....after I'd fixed it I couldn't wait to rediscover my vinyl. I was never totally happy with the stock standard arm so although my lockdown is only stage three,the situation begs for me to finally replace that arm.....then .....I guess it'll be cartridge time....
  31. 1 point
    A quick heads up on this week's Live at the Village Vanguard. Links in gig forum. The timeline equates to a play time of 11am Sunday EST.
  32. 1 point
    k.d. lang Shadowland Australia 1988 Wow now this is how an album should sound, it is absolutely stunning - I hit the jackpot with a Mint copy here. I had not heard this album before and I have already spun it twice in a row as it sounds so gorgeous and lush & k.d. is in my living room I think.......somewhere !! hahahaha
  33. 1 point
    If the opportunity arises, this guy is great live. Even through all the virtuosity, he is hunched over his bass, dancing with it the whole time.
  34. 1 point
    what are you upgrading to out of interest
  35. 1 point
    Tomasz Stanko Quintet - Dark Eyes.
  36. 1 point
    Thanks, I did try bunch of cables in the first lock down from fully shielded power cables to expensive speakers cables, they all worked and gave improvement. Now Sydney is still in a good shape but getting to the point of Melbourne a few weeks ago, so hopefully there is no lockdown 2.0 in NSW otherwise Australia will be heavily impacted in economic. Pray everyone to do the right things, especially sick people to stay home and keep themselves away from community.
  37. 1 point
    Give yourself a real assignment - get a Linux PC doing it with BruteFIR (or something sane like HQPlayer) and push 384kHz I like the E30 quad setup. That's some smart work. Keep us posted, I'm considering something similar.
  38. 1 point
    Nice work, this must take you a day, this reminds me funny cabling work in networking
  39. 1 point
    I will be enjoying a lot of time at home, so I plan to improve mine by turning it on early and off late.
  40. 1 point
    Already tweaked everything I could think of last time. Now just burning valve hours.
  41. 1 point
    After sitting under my desk in my study for 2 years I’ve finally put in my new power amp and pre amp. I’d been so unwilling to do it because of how much I hate the cabling work, so over $15k of gear just sat there listless for the longest time. after staging it up in my lounge it’s almost in the right places now. And soundwise? night and day positive difference, so very glad I finally set up my HT bypass and put in the new, much higher power, power amp. Minidsp is installed too so now subs run from both the 2 channel and the HT pre.
  42. 1 point
    I changed my speakers to fire to the long side wall last month,, the improvement is impressing and equally replaces a better amplifier or a new speaker
  43. 1 point
    Parks Audio Puffin just arrived. Sounds pretty good and can be adjusted on the fly. The Magic setting reduces scratch noises really well. Bass boost is nice at lower volumes (loudness). Air adds a nice sparkle. Room EQ settings are worth playing with. This thing allows me to tailor the sound to how I like........Might not be strictly purist using DSP but it is a lot of fun. You can even connect a CD player and use the same DSP!! The EEE-S in the box is NOS, the one on the tonearm is original. Sounds pretty good to my cloth ears. Would love to hear a proper Hi End set up one day tho.
  44. 1 point
    The Oneill and associates website unfortunately has disappeared. This one is interesting about Rola and when we used to manufacture broadcast equipment in Australia. http://www.aesmelbourne.org.au/thirkell/
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