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  1. Yes thanks, I'll certainly exercise one of those options if I stick with the aluminium.
  2. I've temporarily marked up the front of my SC with sticky labels: Dots for sources and '0' for the mute position. The volume knob has a dot in the zero position; that's somewhat redundant because I have the remote volume option. I may try and find some nice timber for a facia to replace the standard aluminium.
  3. Yes, I’ve been wondering the same thing re PS Even an iFi iPower would be worth trying...I can steal one from an iFi iPurifier that is only doing duty between TV and Klipsch soundbar. Burson cables: their Cable+ Pro model uses Canare cable and the two Cable+ sets I have use a much longer but thinner cable marked ‘Mongli Weive Electronics Co Ltd Sound Video Cable’! I contacted Burson at the time I bought the Cable+ from eBay USA, since the mauve-sheathed Mongli cable looked so different from the red thick Canare cable. I asked them why they discontinued the line and they reflected that the market hadn’t been very responsive to the concept.
  4. The power is via a micro-USB cable, so 5V. There are some good reviews of the Cable+ or Cable + Pro on the Web. I chased mine up because of a specific glowing SNA user recommendation*, when used between Gieseler DACs and pre-amp. *The recommendation was made my Max Headroom on p2 of the Gieseler Gross DAC Review thread, as follows: Posted January 17, 2019 “Lots of comments here... but let me share with you all that the GroB and the Fein compare to anything under $10,000, and probably more with one little trick. Guys get a pair of Burson Audio Cable+ Pro cables. They will bring the Gieseler DACS up an amazing level when they're matched with the Gieseler Kraftwerk Power Supply. UNBEATABLE combination - I've compared with quite a few great DACs so feel able to say this. ”
  5. I'm simply quoting the marketing blurb from Burson about the design concept of their Cable+ cables. Both the standard Cable+ model (pictured) and the Cable + Pro have circuitry that claims to do just that.
  6. Unfortunately they are unobtanium, unless you get lucky as I did. Hifi-Shark is your friend!
  7. Today between DAC and Stereo Coffee, I replaced the Burson Cable+ impedance-matching interconnects with the Cable+ Pro version (that I thought I had previously broken through attaching its USB 5V supply without each end being hooked up... no such issue!). The Cable+ cables are great, but the Pro version is a step up again, and the extra performance is clearly audible through the Stereo Coffee reproduction. I had a chamber-music / folk violin and viola playing friend over to listen, and he was highly impressed.
  8. Late to see your transition to a commercial seller. Like pretty much everyone has said, it's a pleasure to deal with you, and the prices you sell and deliver your cables for seem way too low. You're a real gentleman and I wish you every success with the website and sales. Cheers, Dave
  9. Thanks Rob, I'll investigate that wire, it sounds great value and worth a try, although soldering those RCAs is not something I want regularly do! Currently I have no problems with transparency...if anything some of the stuff I'm playing might do with some more warmth. Some tracks have plenty of bass, but I suspect it's also a case of the SC accurately reflecting the quality of recording/mastering. I'm changing a solid silver RCA interconnect order with @Bill125812, on his advice, to be an RCA-XLR hybrid, also using a mix of solid copper and solid silver. Bill is an amazing SNA contributor.
  10. Never played...probably at the time I bought it, it was because I had been a penniless British student on a placement in Toulouse, S. France in the summer of 1978. The movie 'The Last Waltz' was advertised in the cinema yet I could not afford to go, hence I bought this LP set on my return to UK. My musical tastes have considerably broadened in the many years since, hence I'm now amenable to playing those LPs, particularly as I also now own a reasonable TT / cart and phono stage.
  11. COVID-19 took a real toll on postage time but I eventually received all of the components from various sources and started my build of a Stereo Coffee within the last week or so. Chris Daly (@stereo coffee) is an amazingly responsive and knowledgeable designer and I could always rely on him replying to my emails with extreme rapidity and clarity; he's a pleasure to deal with. I believe that I could have ordered a built up unit from Chris for the ongoing cost of everything I have amassed, however I enjoyed this voyage of discovery, having never before built any electronics, except for a pair of monitor style speakers from a kit some 20 years ago. I took things very slowly, measuring up clearances between the boards and the Jaycar toroidal transformer that I wanted to use in place of the Jaycar SMPS. Despite that I realised I would have to drill a replacement hole for the transformer as it needed more clearance from the back of the IEC socket than the one I did initially. Build Summary: Stereo Coffee LDR pre-amp boards, May-June 2020 build spec. ($264 incl. GST from Chris Daly's eBay store) Brushed aluminium pre-amp case from eBay (China, $120 delivered). Pre-drilled with 8 RCA holes, knobs, and IEC socket supplied (upgraded to Furutech). Furutech fused IEC socket, with a 500mA slow-burn fuse bought from another SNAer. 1 pair Audio Note silver-plated RCAs for the Stereo Coffee outputs 1 pair Connex solderless rhodium-plated eutectic copper RCAs as I/P 1 Aliexpress gold-plated copper RCAs for I/Ps 2 and 3. Pic 2 shows the RCAs wired (messily) and the LDR board. 20 VA Jaycar toroidal transformer (MT2084) Wire from PartsConnexion (Canada: partsconnexion.com) bargain basement - 1. Duelund 26 awg tinned copper with oiled-cotton insulation. Used for signal wiring from RCAs to board. 2. Duelund 20 awg solid-copper with oiled-cotton. Used from switch to main board I/P 1 , switch pole, and start-circuit between main and LDR boards. 3. Connex 24 awg tinned copper, from switch I/P 2 and 3 to main board. My biggest build challenge was trying to solder the ground leads to the Aliexpress gold-plated (copper signal pin) RCAs because I was using such fine wire. I splashed out on a second-hand Groot soldering station that made life much nicer than if I had used a cheap Jaycar iron or similar. 28 June: I finally finished my Stereo Coffee (SC) build today, after some other interruptions, and a very steep learning curve when it comes to to soldering 26 awg wire in confined quarters. I connected it first to my simple head-fi setup: desktop Mac playing Tidal, to Schiit Modi 3, then SC, then Cavalli Tube Hybrid amp and Massdrop Sennheiser HD6XX. Having proven that nothing untoward happened, I then proceeded to connect it to my main system. I need to mark some volume references and I have further work to do, to deepen the switch knob/shorten the shaft, and better secure the volume knob (hole-deepening may have obscured the securing stud inner thread area). Performance: I'm still inside five hours of listening time, however with it hooked up to my main system (pic 1), the first few bars revealed a richer bass than I am used to. I have a great pre- in the Bryston BP25, however the Stereo Coffee is even more revealing than the high level I was already used to. A favourite well-recorded album is Holly Cole's 'Temptation' and one that I know well. The SC makes that album even more involving and relaxing than ever. Separation between instruments, spatially and tonally is heightened, drums and cymbals have more resolution and the sound-stage is deeper. I haven't noticed any widening of the sound-stage in what I've listened to so far although I'm sure the relatively constrained positioning of my speakers is a factor, although I don't lack great imaging from them. The overall performance I'm hearing mixes clarity, and resolution with a relaxing, analogue (in the best sense) reproduction. I'm listening exclusively to 44.1 kHz/ 16 bit FLACs, either from CD rips or from Tidal. I sold off my CDP (Naim CDS) because my Auralic Aries streamer enables me to play CDs from a computer USB drive, and rip on-the-fly if so desired. Combining that with my Gieseler Klein III DAC with Enhanced Gold Tune Kraftwerk LPSU gives me sound quality that now negates my need for a traditional CDP. Some test music: 1. Holly Cole, 'Temptation', 'Frank's Theme' opening piano notes are amazing 2. Pat Metheny/Lyle Mays, 'As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls'. This title track is a great test of the atmosphere that purports to be in a large stadium (though a friend told me it was studio recorded!). I use this track to compare pre-amps ...the SC is winning! 3. Sara K, 'Hell or High Water' , Fabulously recorded... sounding wonderful (it usually does!) 4. Ben Harper, 'Welcome to the Cruel World'. Just more resolution and presence and I was already very happy with my previous setup. 5. Jordi Savall, 'The Celtic Viol II', Comments as per #4! System comprises: Stereo Coffee LDR pre-amp boards, May-June 2020 build spec. Shunyata Research Hydra power conditioner and power cables. NAS-files, or Tidal, serving up 44.1 / 16 FLACs over wi-fi to Auralic Aries streamer (Femto clock and LPSU model). iFi iUSB Nano 3.0 and Curious USB cable between streamer and DAC. Gieseler Klein III DAC (USB) with Enhanced Gold Tune Kraftwerk LPSU. Bryston Cable+ ICs from DAC to Stereo Coffee. Rega P3, with Exact cart and iFi iPhono2 phono stage. Ikea bamboo chopping board! Bill's Covid-busting cable #2, from iPhono2 to Stereo Coffee Morrow Audio MA-1 baseline unbalanced ICs from SC to Gamut D200 Mk 3 dual mono poweramp*. Morrow Audio SP-4 speaker cables. Sonus Faber Concerto Home speakers. * My Bryston BP25 pre- uses Shunyata (Aries) balanced ICs to the Gamut, so the relatively cheap Morrow MA-1 unbalanced ICs aren't in the same league, yet the SC is delivering higher performance. Later I added short silver RCA-XLR ICs to those Morrow MA-1 ICs using female-female couplings, so that my Gamut now uses its XLR inputs. I can notice a difference, as did the family, when I unpaused Tidal and the extra volume hit with a blast (different I/P sensitivity on the amp). I have now ordered an RCA-XLR hybrid cable from @Bill125812 as I want to continue to feed the Gamut through its XLR sockets. I am very, very happy with my Stereo Coffee performance and also pleased that the challenges I found building it have added to my enjoyment of the product. I'm now thinking what else can I build ... perhaps another Stereo Coffee and something like a Goldclone amp?
  12. I used an old NAC32.5 / Hicap combo with my Gamut D200 dual-mono power, while my usual non-Naim pre- was with a friend.
  13. I enjoyed your review of your DACGEAR LDR unit Matty. I had to chuckle at your use of Hammertone paint because although I like it and repainted a cheap matt-black stereo rack in bronze Hammertone, my later wife hated it and a good friend (?) sealed its fate when he made similar disparaging remarks. 30 Jun edit: @MattyW Photo added of hammertone cheap rack - now discarded due severe negative WAF. Since writing my post above I have added short silver RCA-XLR ICs to those Morrow MA-1 ICs using female-female couplings, so that my Gamut now uses its XLR inputs. I can notice a difference, as did the family, when I unpaused Tidal and the extra volume hit with a blast (different I/P sensitivity on the amp).
  14. I finally finished my Stereo Coffee (SC) build today, after some other interruptions, and a very steep learning curve when it comes to to soldering very fine (26 awg) wire in confined quarters. I connected it first to my simple head-fi setup: desktop Mac playing Tidal, to Schiit Modi 3, then SC, then Cavalli Tube Hybrid amp and Massdrop Sennheiser HD6XX. Having proven that nothing untoward happened, I then proceeded to connect it to my main system. I need to mark some volume references and I have further work to do, to deepen the switch knob, and better secure the volume knob (hole-deepening may have obscured the securing stud inner thread area). This was my very first electronics DIY project, apart from a speaker kit build I did years ago and that had no soldering involved. I splashed out on a second-hand Groot soldering station that made life much nicer than if I had used a cheap Jaycar iron or similar. Performance: I'm still inside two hours of listening time, however with it hooked up to my main system (pic 1), the first few bars revealed a richer bass than I am used to. I have a great pre- in the Bryston BP25, however the Stereo Coffee is even more revealing than the high level I was already used to. A favourite well-recorded album is Holly Cole's 'Temptation' and one that I know well. The SC makes that album even more involving and relaxing than ever. Separation between instruments, spatially and tonally is heightened, drums and cymbals have more resolution and the sound-stage is deeper. I haven't noticed any widening of the sound-stage in what I've listened to so far although I'm sure the relatively constrained positioning of my speakers is a factor, although I don't lack great imaging from them. The overall performance I'm hearing mixes clarity, and resolution with a relaxing, analogue (in the best sense) reproduction. I'm listening exclusively to 44.1 kHz/ 16 bit FLACs, either from CD rips or from Tidal. Some test music: Holly Cole, 'Temptation', 'Frank's Theme' opening piano notes are amazing Pat Metheny/Lyle Mays, 'As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls'. This title track is a great test of the atmosphere that purports to be in a large stadium (though a friend told me it was studio recorded!). I use this track to compare pre-amps....the SC is winning! On the 'Estupenda Graca' track around 1:30 onwards, a female sighs much more noticeably than I've ever heard before. Sara K, 'Hell or High Water' , Fabulously recorded... sounding wonderful (it usually does!) ( I haven't yet hooked up my TT and I have sold off my CDP because my Auralic Aries streamer enables me to play CDs from a computer USB drive, and rip on-the-fly if so desired. Combining that with my Gieseler Klein III DAC with Enhanced Gold Tune Kraftwerk LPSU gives me sound quality that now negates my need for a traditional CDP. ) System comprises: Shunyata Research Hydra power conditioner and power cables. NAS-files, or Tidal, serving up 44.1 / 16 FLACs over wi-fi to Auralic Aries streamer (Femto clock and LPSU model). iFi iUSB Nano 3.0 and Curious USB cable between streamer and DAC. Gieseler Klein III DAC (USB) with Enhanced Gold Tune Kraftwerk LPSU. Stereo Coffee 05/20 boards, with remote volume option Bryston Cable+ ICs from DAC to Stereo Coffee. Morrow Audio MA-1 baseline unbalanced ICs from SC to Gamut D200 Mk 3 dual mono poweramp*. Morrow Audio SP-4 speaker cables. Sonus Faber Concerto Home speakers. * My Bryston BP25 pre- uses Shunyata (Aries) balanced ICs to the Gamut, so the relatively cheap Morrow MA-1 unbalanced ICs aren't in the same league, yet the SC is delivering higher performance. I have other ICs on the way and I may look at an RCA-XLR hybrid cable if I want to continue to feed the Gamut through its XLR sockets. I am very, very happy with my Stereo Coffee performance and also pleased that the challenges I found building it have added to my enjoyment of the product. Chris Daly is an amazingly responsive and knowledgeable designer and I could always rely on him replying to my emails with extreme rapidity and clarity. I spent more on my build than I believe Chris charges for a completed unit, however I have enjoyed my learning experience. Build Summary: Stereo Coffee boards (May '20), with remote volume board. Brushed aluminium pre-amp case from eBay (China) Furutech fused IEC socket, with a 500mA slow-burn fuse bought from another SNAer. 1 pair Audio Note silver-plated RCAs for the SC outputs 1 pair Connex solderless rhodium-plated eutectic copper RCAs as I/P 1 Aliexpress gold-plated copper RCAs for I/Ps 2 and 3. Pic 2 shows the RCAs wired (messily) and the LDR board. Jaycar toroidal transformer (MT2084) Wire from PartsConnexion, Canada: (partsconnexion.com) bargain basement - 1. Duelund 26 awg tinned copper with oiled-cotton insulation. Used for signal wiring from RCAs to board. 2. Duelund 20 awg solid-copper with oiled-cotton. Used from switch to main board I/P 1 , switch pole, and start-circuit between main and LDR boards. 3. Connex 24 awg tinned copper, from switch I/P 2 and 3 to main board. My biggest build challenge was trying to solder the ground leads to the Aliexpress gold-plated (copper signal pin) RCAs because I was using such fine wire.
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