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  1. 24 points
    We'll have a prototype of the new GS-X mini at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest next month!
  2. 19 points
    Finally got around to finalize my Megatron, fitted into one chassis with GRHV.
  3. 18 points
    Alex and I wish you a merry Christmas.
  4. 18 points
    Isn't everybody glad that I'm crazy enough to buy this stuff and have Kevin rip it apart?
  5. 18 points
    Been busy at work, but managed to pull a new version of the T2 amp board together. I've added separate modules for the active batteries, balance servo, pre-CCS feeding the output CCS and the opto coupled output servo. I should be able to plug and play with a few options on these modules. Here's a rendering (Eagle / Fusion 360)... I still have to test, but so far I'm happy with the layout.
  6. 17 points
    Today I got the phonecall. I'm in!!!!!! 😸 I'm going to get 30 hours of training which starts tomorrow. Thank you for your support.
  7. 15 points
    Family trip to Hamilton. Better late than never!
  8. 15 points
    Adopted this little girl today. She is a 6 year old female. Very sweet but very shy. She was found as a stray but now she’ll have a great home.
  9. 15 points
    People connected to me on FB and Instagram may have gotten the memo that we're fostering a litter of four puppies for the next ten days or so. It's exhausting but rewarding, and probably something the kids will remember for awhile. Eleanor wants to adopt one of course.
  10. 14 points
    Got the title for my 2013 Honda Fit in the mail today. I've officially paid off my car.
  11. 14 points
    Preliminary results. I don't know anything about carpentry so please don't be too cruel to me.
  12. 14 points
    Now with top plate. Aerial view, the two holes in front of outer small tubes are for balance trimmers. Adjust balance after some time of warm up and then insert jumpers for the servos.
  13. 14 points
    I found out today that I'm "probably cured" of cancer. That's not as good as "cured," but much better than "probably not cured." There is a possibility that I'll need a course of radiation in 6 months, but my doctor thought it unlikely. So, all in all, good news! When do I get my ribbon?
  14. 13 points
    Well...these arrived this week via the Gilmore express and to make it easier for anybody looking for info on them, a new thread it is. As Kevin documented before, the amplifier is a dinky little thing and a direct clone of the Stax SRM-001. The amp is pretty much useless though as it doesn't have any volume control and you can't use it from a portable device as it needs a full 2Vrms input signal to reach usable volume levels. Here is a picture of the entire system plus what Kevin Posted: Opamp feeding a quad of fet's and into the output transistors. All AC coupled... Yet again another clone of older Stax stuff but onto the headphones. The build quality from the outside is pretty mediocre, flimsy plastic everywhere and the creek and rattle like a 50$ set of headphones. The earpads are actually leather on the important parts so that is nice. The cable is rather nice though, a bit stiff and microphonic but a far cry better than what Hifiman and Mr. Speakers include with their sets. I was first a bit puzzled as to how the phones were put together as nothing came loose with minimal force. I stated by removing the back of the drivers which just popped off: That revealed this very minimal damping foam: Now that got me to the back of the drivers but nothing budged. Then I go medieval on it and the earpads do pull off... there is just a lot of adhesive holding them on. I did take the pics afterwards which is why the pads are there in the previous pics. The adhesive is nice though as the pads are securely fastened and can be put back as the adhesive doesn't fall apart. Now we are onto the baffle and this is after I removed the first dust cover stuck to the front there. I'm rather impressed with the build quality and the attention to detail. The drivers are on the small side but that does mean there is room to raise the baffle and get away with flat earpads, Audio-Techica style. Now the money shot, the back of the drivers. Now, when I opened it first up it didn't look like that as there is custom cut, black tape covering all the connections and around the perimeter of the drivers as well. Really impressed by the attention to detail here. Now I did open up the drivers but the angle was really awkward so I couldn't take any good pics. The stators are PCB though and this was a well thought out design. I first though King Sound might have a hand in this design but this is leagues ahead of their crappy drivers. Now some notes, there are only woven dust covers here, two on the front and one on the back (plus the foam) so dust will be an issue. Both drivers on this set have started to squeal though that is at Pro bias levels. More on that later... On the whole though I just don't get this package, the cable on the headphones is too short so are they supposed to be portable? Sure but no normal DAP can drive them properly so it kinda doesn't work... The sound with the stock amp is pretty bad too, no bass to speak of and it is all compressed to hell. I fed it with a preamp to help with the silly low input impedance but it doesn't really help. Now the specs for the headphones are close enough to Stax (well...they use a Stax amp after all) so it is adapter time. The headphones use a bog standard 5-pin DIN plug (nowhere near to be rated fort the voltages involved though) so a quick trip to the local parts store and 2$ later I had a socket in hand. 10 minutes later I had an adapter and off the Carbon CC...well these are quite good. The 50mm drivers will not produce any meaningful bass output compared to larger units but over all, yeah their sins are of omission rather than adding something that shouldn't be there. To me these remind me of Stax SR-X Mk3 Pro's in some ways and what I've been doing with those drivers converted to Pro bias in different shells. The imaging is nice and tight with a solid sound stage, nice midrange presence and a nice neutral sound signature. The bass doesn't go deep but it's tuneful and fun and the treble is nice and extended without ever being bright. The lack of bass depth and bloom does make them a tad thin sounding at times but that is rare. Feed them well and these are very fun headphones to listen to. Bottom line is that the amp is crap and there are issues but there is also a lot to like here. The Massdrop Koss ESP950 setup is probably a better deal at 500$ but these are fun to play with.
  15. 13 points
    Just returned from a fencing tournament so now Lance is qualified for two different weapons and four events at the Junior Olympics. By some wild coincidence we are having dinner tonight with two olympic coaches, two olympic foil fencers and some fencing parents. Best of all, no broken foils!
  16. 13 points
    I finally broke down and put my "temporary" acrylic front plate on my carbon build... I finished the boards almost 9 months ago and have been waiting for access to a cnc or mill to make the front and back plates. After waiting for so long, I finally bolted the acrylic plates that I had originally made just to size and verify the positions of the components... The amp sounds pretty darn awesome, even with the uncased DIY drivers I had made... Loud enough at 12 O'Clock position to fill a small room with very transparent, noise-free music... Definitely enough to blow out what's left of my eardrums. It'll probably be a while before I can get the permanent, aluminum front and back panels made.
  17. 13 points
    Went to the first night of the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival with Al, Claire and a few others. Saw Lindsay Buckingham and Alison Krauss. Fantastic!
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    The greatest letter ever written. What a rollercoaster ride.
  21. 12 points
    I made too much dry aged ribeye, so enlisted some assistance in consuming it.
  22. 12 points
    On our last night in England, went for a country walk with one of Joanne's Brothers Ending at a country pub where Joanne's other Brother joined us For food and drinks
  23. 12 points
    I attended the first interview which for deciding if you are serious about business plan and check if you are qualified enough to take the course. It went pretty good, was quicker and shallow than I expected tho. Result will be announced in two following days. Wish me luck...
  24. 12 points
    19th Anniversary Dinner! Me: Bucatini with shrimp Anne: Almond crusted cod Us 19 years ago: If you look closely, the priest was the Jazz guitarist at Canjam Chicago. Wait, Canjam? Is that what it was called? Sorry if I got the name wrong. ChiUniFi?
  25. 12 points
    Walk with the family... Alex shows you the tonge [emoji23] [emoji23] [emoji23] [emoji23] [emoji23]