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  1. bhobba

    The Next Lenehan Audio GTG

    Mike is thinking of one once my Magnesium's are finished. You can hear three speakers - ML2 Limited, Magnesium Limited and ML5 Reference. No date set yet, but have discussed it with Mike and he would like it to go ahead - just remember Mike has a business to run and work to do. Thanks Bill
  2. Not yet. Mike is waiting on some pass resistors. Bill
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    Gieseler DAC Reviews & Impressions

    Mate we are a pretty laid back lot here. I do not think Clay or anyone worries if it goes off topic a bit every now and then - I certainly do not - but I am only one of many. BTW - nice post - good to hear from someone with actual experience - I knew nothing about it. Thanks Bill
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    Gieseler DAC Reviews & Impressions

    Ok as indicated by the above I didn't know about the Sotm - but have investigated it: https://cruxaudio.com.au/collections/sotm-ultra As can be seen some are at a price point well above Clay's USB only DAC. The one that looks the most cost effective is: https://cruxaudio.com.au/collections/sotm-ultra/products/sotm-sms-200-mini-network-player-1 It should drive Clays DAC well. Better than Audirvana, HQ Player, or Auralic - I do not know. What I will say is Clay's power supply is likely to make an improvement. For me it doesn't have any advantages over Audirvana, HQ Player, or Auralic on the surface. You would have to do a comparison to find out. If you have purchased one it will likely sound great - personally I wouldn't worry you made a bad purchase. If I was starting from scratch at the price of a second hand Mac-Book I would use Audirvana and DLNA to transmit to something like the SOTM. I know Clay is working on a DAC with something like the Sotm built in, but he has not solved all the issues yet. I am sure he eventually will but until then Audirvana connected to the Grob looks good. Thanks Bill
  5. bhobba

    Gieseler DAC Reviews & Impressions

    Sotm? I have two Auralic's - both lent out right now. Also I have a Grandinote, but that is down at Mike Lenehans so I can hear it with my Magnesium's he is working on. To get by I used HQ Player, which was very good, and even got a dedicated Windows machine for it (a low powered cheap one but with a SSD which raised the price a bit). HQ Player sounds very good but I was having trouble with drivers all the time - a new update to windows and it would stop working. I can usually sort such things out, and always managed to do it. But was going to use it in a comparison and it went wonky - I vowed then and there, and this is what I should have done in the first place IMHO, to get a second hand mac and use Audirvana which also decoded MQA. Haven't looked back since. But everything is just interim at the moment until I get my Magnesium's, and there are a few other logistical things that are my issues so wont be talking about them here Also it may be possible to use Audirvana to cast to the Grandinote and hence it can play MQA - but that needs some sorting out - it's just a possibility right now. The Windows machine did not allow that then as Audirvana for Windows only came out in June sometime this year. Thanks Bill
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    Gieseler DAC Reviews & Impressions

    Get the USB only version. I have verified - sorry Clay I have to tell it like it is - it's appreciably better than the 3 input version - or even my 2 input version without the USB. Clay has my USB only version down there right now and if you want it straight away I am happy for Clay to sell it to you. Its brand new - just used by a couple of people to check the DAC out. If you can get to Clays I am happy to lend it to you before purchase. If you want a USB source get a second hand Macbook and use Audirvana. I wasted money on Windows machines and associated driver issues before I realised the Mac is a lot simpler - Audirvana sounds as good as HQ player - but is easier to use and connects to Tidal, plus does first stage unfolding of MQA. I did comparisons and honestly on 44.1/16 I cant tell the difference between material on the disk and Tidal. MQA to my ears though to my ears sounds better. Thanks Bill
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    The Next Lenehan Audio GTG

    Absolutely. A number of people mentioned to me how great the sound was. If you are seriously considering purchasing anything please arrange with Mike for a proper listening session. He will warm the gear up first and allow settling time between switching components. I say this a lot - but must say it again. Air fares are cheap these days - it cost AJ not very mush at all to come all the way from Perth. Mike has a room out the back you cab stay overnight in. Really it's the only way. Thanks Bill
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    The Next Lenehan Audio GTG

    Both - as made clear in each point, Thanks Bill
  9. bhobba

    The Next Lenehan Audio GTG

    Ok my view. First AJ loves not only his beer but red wines as well. At the dinner after I got two bottles of Petaluma Riesling, and AJ 2 bottles of Elderton Shiraz. Brilliant. We all got a bit under the weather, some more than others, and I had to sleep it off at Clay's place after. The Riesling was enjoyed by everyone with the seafood or pasta we all had, and the red was just excellent by itself. Ok here is my take. 1. Forget the $75K Grandinote monoblocks - everyone I spoke to, including me, thought the small Shinai at $18.5k was better that the $75K monoblocks and pre. Yes the monoblocks were not burnt in, but IMHO they really did sound better and drove all the speakers to ear bleeding levels with ease. Didn't have time to try it with my Perfectus which should have been interesting. We did hear a 30w valve amp someone bought along but it wasn't my thing - nice midrange but a bit too rolled off and the bass one note. 2. Forget the Quads - the base level ML5's left it for dead and is quite a bit cheaper. Nice midrange from both but the Quads were simply dull and lacking in life. 3. Unfortunately my Magnesium's were not tuned and it didn't sound anywhere near as good as when I heard it last. We will have to wait until Mike finishes them for a proper comparison 4. Clay MUST MUST get some ML5's - heard his speakers. He desperately needs some😜 5. Mike started with some newly made basic level ML5's. I went to a chair at the side to let others who had not heard Mikes stuff as much as me. He put my ML5 reference, which hasn't got his latest upgrades such as a special plate at the bottom for his new isolation platforms - there are others upgrades Mike does as well in the new reference version, but that was the only difference here, except capacitors - mine had Duelunds everywhere. Mike changed the speakers to my ML5 Reference and I heard the much better harmonic resolution typical of Duelunds which my speakers are full of. Nothing out of the ordinary here. But Keith and some other guys came to me and said Bill do you mind if we change it back to the standard ML5's - we think it sounded better. I said sure and I will take the prime listening position to see how true it is. By gee, by gum - they were correct - yes my reference speaker was harmonically and organically better - but in the good listening position the new speakers with the better base-plate projected better with better depth and three dimensional staging. Well I will be stonkered - Mike had told me this before but I didn't really believe it. It's true. Mike knows the order of the options regarding sound improvement per buck. Strange but true. 6. Then we had Mike and Keith's cables. Both very good but slightly different - Mikes cables have better detail and clarity. Keith's cables better sound staging, depth, harmonic and organic richness. I know Rawl99 would call it harmonic detail. Mike mentioned he had been listening to Keith's cables for a while now and thought in many ways they were quite close - both heading in the right direction. Really you have to hear both to make a decision - Mike sells both so you can hear them and make up your own mind. I know both guys well so wont give my opinion except for one case I will mention next. 7. Now for the most stunning surprise I have ever experienced, and I suspect everyone else at the GTG ever experienced. Keith said lets try my new cables the triple infinity. Its the only cable Keith makes that uses a new connector he has come up with. Nobody was expecting what happened next. The sound was at least 3 or 4 db LOUDER. What the fook - how can a cable make the music louder? We all sat their eyes open wide. Anyway we had to turn the volume down. This was - well amazing. I asked both Mike and Keith - how could it be - Mike had a few ideas but nothing concrete. Keith just a knowing smile - they flow better and this leads to the sound being projected more naturally. I immediately took central listening position. This was one fine cable - a must hear. I think it was above any of the other cables there - but that requires careful listening. Mike sells it along with any of Keith's stuff, and since I pop in there every now and then will give my view at some time - Mike wont - its unfair to the other person - but Mike and Keith have known each other for a long time so they are pretty cool about differing views of their cables. 8. Assisi came up as well and thought the ML5 + Volta + Shinai was better than is ML2 Limited and BHK 250 - so Mike is definitely making progress - no doubt about it. You hear something you think is the Bee's knees then later its ho hum. 9. Everybody agreed Clays Gross DAC would have to be the best price/performance DAC on the maket. The Volta was better - but most definite;y not the price difference better - not by a long shot. When putting together a system start with a Gross and upgrade later. Anyway that's my recollection of a fantastic GTG - I know Mikes busy but he should do as many as he can. At least 3 people came interstate - its well worth it - but AJ next time we will take it a bit slower with the wine and please lets have some others stay behind for dinner? Thanks Bill
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    The Next Lenehan Audio GTG

    That's me and what I wear on my bung knee. But the new medication I am on have people who have not seen me for a while saying I am looking much better. Have to say I do feel a bit better. Thanks Bill
  11. This is off topic but just so people understated why I mentioned it, its about self reference. We have a rule here about debate on blind tests is confined to the Great Debate Section. But even mentioning that is discussing blind testing. Its a strange quirk about English (and any other human language of course) that we as human beings sort that sort of thing out. Here the key word is debate - we were not really debating it, I was just mentioning if you are worried do a blind test. But if you wanted to debate it then you cant really do it in this thread. It takes you into strange realms like Godel's theorem and the halting problem - the fact you cant write a computer program to determine if another program will ever stop. Thanks Bill
  12. Of course, Ever read a book called Godel Escher Bach? You should. Thanks Bill
  13. So whats new? BTW remember discussion of blind tests, by forum rules, is confined to the great debate section. Thanks Bill
  14. Sure there is the issue of exactly what is more of a sales pitch than textbook truth. I trust Mike Lenehan - but Rob I simply do not know personally well enough, although I have chatted with him on the internet. I suspect he is on the up and up - but sure there is no way to be certain. Of course you can always trust a blind test. Thanks Bill
  15. Yes, but you must interpret them properly. Please see the following by Rob Watts: The blind test IMHO is the ultimate arbiter and they are easy to do for just one person. Unless of course you have learned to trust your ears - I personally do not do them, but if you are just starting out its a very good idea. Walk out instantly from an store that will not do it for you, What is probably going on and why I found the ISO Regen made a bit of difference, but the linear supply into it an even bigger one is noise floor modulation talked about by Rob (amongst other things) and the Explorer 2 uses the power from the USB. Just a guess - but with that DAC is was particularly noticeable. It's a really interesting video - noise-floor of 130db vs 150db you would think isn't really audible - but it actually is - quite surprising. Thanks Bill
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