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  1. I decided to go with a Teddy Pardo 12/2. I couldn't find a single negative review of TP's power supplies. I also like the form factor, and appreciate the CE certification. It should be with me in about three weeks I guess. I will report back once I've got a handle on how it performs.
  2. Are these still available, I can't find any mention of them on the LH Labs site?
  3. Has anyone tried the Channel Islands Audio VDC12 mkII?
  4. About six months ago I picked up an RME Babyface Pro audio interface to use with my desktop system. I've been absolutely delighted with it. It's been a long time since I've run across a DAC I've enjoyed as much, and I'll be adding the new RME ADI-2 DAC to my main system at some point. (As an aside, the Babyface Pro is a DS DAC, and is riddled with opamps, which just goes to show that implementation is what matters.) At the moment the Babyface Pro is running on USB power (which it does astonishingly well), but I've been wondering what sort of improvement I'd get if I used an external power supply (the Babyface Pro has a 12v dc input). I'd like a single unit (no box plus transformer brick), and have been considering the Teddy Pardo 12/2. I've also considered getting something a little cheaper and adding the iFi DC iPurifier. Or even just getting the iFi iPower. I'd love some advice! What have you tried, and what would you recommend? (Will be used in NZ so needs to be compatible with 230v/50hz.) Thanks for your help. :-)
  5. Power Amps Bridging

    I may be mistaken, but I believe he is asking if he can connect his speaker A and speaker B connections to the same speaker terminals for each of his two amps (one M363 per speaker). So 8 connections amp end to 4 connections speaker end per amp/speaker: C363 to M363 x2: Left output > Y splitter > left and right input (M363 1); Right output > Y splitter > left and right input (M363 2) M363 1 to Speaker 1: Output A (left) > HF; Output A (right) > LF; Output B (left) > HF; Output B (right) > LF. M363 2 to Speaker 2: Output A (left) > HF; Output A (right) > LF; Output B (left) > HF; Output B (right) > LF.
  6. Benchmark DAC1 - not sure what I'd think of it today, but at the time I adored it. Sounded far better than the 10x as expensive Wadia I was selling at work. I've never had another DAC I've loved as much. Sold it to travel. PSB Platinum T8 loudspeakers. Best speakers I've ever owned. Took ages to run in - thought I'd made a mistake for a while - but ended up sounding superb. Wish I still had them, but sold them to travel as well (and don't regret the trade). Don't expect I'll be able to afford anything as good as them again. :-(
  7. I've had the M-PWR for a couple of months now -- long enough to get to know it -- and I like it. I'm happy with my choice, and don't think I would have got more for the money elsewhere. Aesthetically the M-PWR is pleasant (though not more than that): simple, clean, and solid looking. Build-wise, it's a mix: The case is excellent (for the money), but the connections are rubbish; some of the worst I've seen. The layout is pretty bad too, with no consideration given to cable management. I had a hard time getting my speaker cables around my interconnects and power cable. Now the important bit, how does it sound? For the first couple of weeks, nothing special. A bit thin through the mids, and scratchy at the top end. It had plenty of detail, a good sound-stage, and solid bass, but it also sounded a touch cold and not especially musical. I wasn't unhappy with it -- I only paid NZ$599 for it, and it was good enough for that sort of money -- but I would have been disappointed had I paid the RRP of NZ$1099. Luckily it has improved significantly with a bit of use. I'm not sure if it's just a lucky compatibility accident, but in combination with my RME Babyface Pro and Yamaha NS-B951s it's now sounding rather wonderful. It still has a slightly thin midrange, and a top end that can get a little rough when pushed (though it's far better than it was initially) but for the money I spent it's outstanding. The sound-staging is really very good (and not just for the money spent). It's also nimble and honest sounding. I guess I'd say it now sounds its RRP in most areas, and far more than its RRP with respect to sound-stage. Would I recommend it? Well, that depends. It's only 40 watts, and I think I've been lucky in terms of compatibility, but if you can get it on a run-out special (as I did) then it's definitely worth a listen. It's not the perfect all-rounder, but in the right system it works well. One final note, I found that changing interconnects and speaker cable made a substantial difference with this amp (especially with bass performance). I've currently got it set up with WireWorld Gold Eclipse XLR interconnects (total overkill) and Canare 4S11, which seems to work nicely.
  8. Sounds like a lovely system. Any chance of some photos?
  9. Amp recommendations Kef R500

    Another vote for the Yamaha AS2100 (if you can get a deal that brings it into budget). Sounds great and is very very pretty. Very nice phono stage and headphone amp too, if that matters.
  10. Most amps are going to need some breathing room. Might be worth looking at class d options, which tend to run cool.
  11. Which Dac ?

    Not sure what the local pricing is like, or if any good specials are running at the moment, but I'd strongly recommend checking out the RME Babyface Pro. It gives you many more options than a standard hifi dac, is beautifully built, and sounds fantastic (really nice headphone amp as well as dac).
  12. If it was working well and now isn't then potentially it is the network rather than the Yamaha that is to blame... How old is your router?
  13. I'm also a little confused on the inclusion of external DACs. The differences between DACs -- external or otherwise -- is seldom subtle. And it's not as though Audiophiles are alone in their appreciation of the differences a good external converter can make -- you'd be hard pressed to find anyone in the recording industry who doesn't appreciate a good external converter. I've personally owned 7 external DACs in the last 15 years or so, and they've all been quite different from each other. Some have been good, others have been bad, some have failed to mesh with the rest of the system, and others worked out fabulously. Price has been an indicator of quality -- I'm yet to hear a DAC under $1K that has really impressed me -- but some $2.5k DACs have impressed me much more than some $5k DACs. Anyway, not sure external DACs belong on this list...
  14. Unfortunately you won't get any benefit from converting tracks from AAC to ALAC. AAC is a lossy codec, which means that data was thrown away when the track was encoded in AAC. Converting a track back to ALAC won't bring that data back. You'll need to rip from CD again (and buy downloads from lossless music providers, like Bandcamp, in future).
  15. AI: yes but no, but....

    I doubt that the jobs that will be taken give meaning to our existence. I certainly feel like work is sucking meaning out of my existence at any rate.