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  1. Wondering if anyone's had experience or has any takes on using a portable lithium ion battery to power their equipment? In these reviews it seems like an absolute step -up and in can be done relatively cheaply. Tom Lyle from Enjoy the Music reckons a 400w unit intended for camping equals a German bespoke Stromtank worth $19,500. http://www.enjoythemusic.com/magazine/equipment/0119/Goal_Zero_Yeti_400_Lithium_Portable_Power_Station_Review.htm https://forum.audiogon.com/discussions/sell-your-cables-and-conditioners-affordable-lithium-is-here
  2. @Draka76 same here. Must be that message I sent to Tidal's helpline as well!
  3. Mconnect is saying 'Invalid token' when I try to log in to Tidal. It's all of a sudden afte being fine for years. They same login details work fine on the Tidal app. Any ideas, or where to seek help? Mconnect's support and user base seems pretty slim.
  4. @RankStranger I don’t know any Rogue dealers down here unfortunately. They seem like a great brand. Make sure to check out Carlton AV of course. I’d also be considering newish 2nd hand units
  5. If you can stretch a bit this Rogue Audio seems popular in the US for ‘good sound, less flash/marketing’ types: http://www.mcleans.info/shop/productDetails.do?categoryId=1232&productId=264748 Or a Rega Elex R?
  6. @mikk you’re right, it is in fact the Perfectwave 2/bridge 2 that I have using RCA outputs. I’m not not sure what you mean by an attenuator as distinct from a digital line out, but when I had no pre the line out was typically set at 20-30/100. Way too low, and my amp would run hot. I suspect there was impedance mismatching. I would definitely try a pre. Maybe experiment with cheap(ish) tube like the Schiit I have, or a passive like the Coffee mentioned on this thread- although not all passives are the same and some can definitely suck the life out of the sound.
  7. As @aussievintage mentioned it’s not the plate but the bottom mica spacer/insulating spacer. Maybe a false alarm given the spare sovtek 6SN7 (on the left) that came with it has a similar colour difference between the top and bottom spacers.
  8. I’m a tube newbie and just noticed the one 6H8C tube on my new(used) schiit saga has turned white (see photo). Is this OK? Safe? Needs replacing?
  9. @astonmartinv8 I literally just posted about my preamp experience, using an older ps audio DAC compared to yours. It's the post after this one....
  10. In short: If you're using your DAC as a pre and haven't tried a dedicated/integrated pre already, try it immediately. So on a whim I got a used Schiit Saga about a week ago and dropped it into my minimal power amp (Job 225) to DAC (PS Audio Directream 2) combo. Being fairly skeptical it would make a difference, and super happy with my high end two box setup....I was blown away. I knew Paul McGowan, John Darko and others have spoken about the benefits of preamps but I always took it as a preference thing. In my case it's not about preferences, but night and day with a clearly superior sound ie. a bigger 3D sound stage, more lifelike mids, better seperation, no more fatigue etc. etc..... I can just make out the when the tube buffer is engaged, and tube rolling will be happening soon. The DAC lineout is on 100% all the time now and I notice the Job amp is running a lot cooler for some reason compared to when I used the DAC for volume. I've heard tube amplification and preamps before but let's face it...they're both not so fashionable now especially among the head-fi, streaming, fewer box count sub-cultures where I spend most of my time. Also I can't recall ever seeing a word of warning on digital line-outs. Lessons and reminders: listen to different technologies, experiment, and adding to sound is not always a sin (or a virtue of course).
  11. Hi, is this tube still for sale? And if so wondering if it's been tested at any stage? Cheers E
  12. Looking around it seems there a few DACs, including the Matrix ones mentioned, that would sit comfortably btw the PW and the DSD for less than a third of the DSD’s price eg. Chord, Denafrips. I need those funds for new speakers and a rack!
  13. So I have a Perfectwave Mk2 with a Bridge 2 serving as a DAC, streamer and preamp. I also have the itch. Options: 1.Upgrade to the DSD for around $4000 2. Get $1500-2000 for the perfectwave and spend around 3k extra for a nice DAC, preamp and cheapo (but good) raspberry pi streamer setup. Any of this used would be fine. 3. Sit tight Thoughts? Is the PW long in the tooth? Do any DACs around 2-3k compare with the DSD?
  14. Pete (the owner of the Audioengines) passes on his thanks for all your advice! A lot to test out and think about in locating and fixing the problem. Cheers, F
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