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RudeWolf

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  1. I'm currently to pondering swing for an SBBN031 for Xmas/Bday. Local Seiko distros only care for the flashy stuff, so can't really arrange a try-on.
  2. That Genny set needs another sub, so those 1037's can sit on top of them.
  3. Supposedly starting from Phonitor 2 they're really good. XE has the same amp topology, but with a proper balanced output. The inner signal paths are SE, as doing a balanced X-feed matrix would cost a fortune.
  4. Chernobyl is brilliant. Both in storytelling and in impeccable attention to detail. As someone who has lived in the Soviet and post-soviet times, I can tell you that they've absolutely nailed the look and the feel.
  5. Dem M2's tho. One day I might buy a DIY one.
  6. I've only got direct experience with the dac1541 and ADI-2 Pro and DAC. Generally I regard the RME to be a better deal than Soekris, if you think the features can help you. IMO the EQ can help out many headphones, especially bright stuff like the HD800. If you're used to THD in your chain, then the RME will sound too naked, even if it's the "right" sound. The headamp in the RME compares favorably to many of the dedicated stuff up to around 500$. Also the separate low-power IEM stage is virtually noiseless, which is good if you have something like a Campfire Andromeda or similar. The Soekris does tick more "hi-fi" boxes. R2R, no-feedback discrete output stage... To me it's a sound that compliments the RME, as it's a tad more organic, mostly due to higher THD. I sometimes feel that the bass on the Soekris is weaker than on the RME, but I might just be imagining this. Both units have superb resolution and seemed virtually immune to source jitter, so I can't see much sense in clocking them externally.
  7. Do you need the wireless stuff? If not, then RME ADI-2 DAC or Soekris dac1541 could do the trick.
  8. It's too solid to be a real Irish breakfast.
  9. You have to try really hard to get the Dynalo to oscillate. P.S. Just started putting mine together. How exactly better is the JFET input?
  10. Soviets had nailed this look back in the forties.
  11. Well, solder stays solid and transistors themselves are rated for temps like these. I just don't like the idea of thermal expansion putting mechanical strain on stuff. Of course adjacent parts can age faster due to thermal radiation.
  12. Really need to get on building this. As for knob fu, here's my favourite - https://www.ebay.com/itm/1x-hifi-36-20mm-Aluminum-6mm-Shaft-Volume-Control-KNOB-Potentiometer/291712398772?var=590738155026&hash=item43eb69f5b4:g:jyUAAOSw2ENW69SM
  13. If you can make do with just the DAC, then this is a nice choice, if a tad ugly - http://www.rme-audio.de/en/products/adi_2_fs.php Comes around 30% cheaper that the ADI-2 DAC, but the DAC and headamp circuit is the same. I really enjoy the fact that the ADI-2 Pro is a 4 channel DAC, so I can run my subs digitally crossed over and room corrected.
  14. Anyways, here's my 2 eurocents. It's really all about the features and wether you care to benefit from them. It comes with a 100 page manual and it's worth to actually go through it. Almost every aspect of it makes the purist stuff from most audiophile mfg's look stone age. You get one of the best digital volume controls out there, 5 band stereo PEQ, unique loudness compensation, dicking around with DAC filters, all kinds of X-feed and much more. It measures impeccably. I'm half sure that my Pro can give lab grade measurement stuff from AP a run for their money. As for the sound, I enjoy it. If you're used to THD, then it might feel too naked. I've heard people say that. Simple music like strings with solo vocals can sound richer on dirtier sources, the problem is that this richness gets in way of spectrally busier records like metal and such. And I personally like to feel that what I'm hearing is the truth, even if there's no direct way to know that.
  15. I've owned the ADI-2 Pro AE since it's inception (got the 3rd unit off the line) and for almost a year used an ADI-2 DAC in the office. Also I've been discussing both of them with their designer Matthias Carstens. What can I do for you?
  16. First tell us what she uses her computer for. All of the previous recommendations are sound. Unfortunately there is no perfect Windows laptop and they still haven’t figured out how to at least match the Apple trackpad. From Macbook Pro land some screaming deals can be had for Late 2015 models which are reasonably thin, just look out for battery cycles. Then there’s the iPad. I used to have an MBP from where I used to work, but ended up buying the Texas iPad Pro. No, it’s not a full fledged laptop, but the new iOS can come close. It really depends on wether what you do can be done on an app. MS Office has great app support, so does Google. Things like Excel are a bit gimped, but for basic stuff it’s great.
  17. I consider many Sinn watches as the quintessential tool watches.
  18. Always wanted a rather black watch. Got myself one of these -
  19. Just realised how out of date my Mouser project is. I'll see what substitutions can I make for the out of print/missing parts.
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