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  1. mapstec

    Aeolus magiDAC

    sorry for not having posted earlier, but I was glad to have washed my hands of all things AudioMagus... I received the MagiDac shortly after having gotten a modified Lite DAC-AH (modified to a passive output stage). My first impression of the physical enclosure: nice build, but why have a switch with a bulb at the end? seemed weird. Anyway, I put the DAC into the system, connected the USB and switched it on, left it running for an hour and sat down to listen: nice enough, but on my Starving Student I heard background noise. Ok, DAC was fed via USB from a Notebook, not ideal, so I switched to the USB-Link I otherwise used and fed the DAC via coaxial input. Still some background noise, almost gone when feeding a solid state amp, but still there... So I packed it back up and offered it for sale, if no one had wanted it I would have send it back. For the 300$ price tag the specs look good, and if you get a set without issues it might be worth it. I have the Lite DAC-AH which new is around 500$ and has no issues and at least the same quality of sound. I also own a "DAC-1", a simple Chinese DAC without USB input that sells for around 150$, the HK seller offers a parts upgrade (some caps and resistors) and if you add a USB link you still stay below 300$ and this combo blows the MagiDac away imho. I do not want to turn anyone away from this DAC, and if you live in the US and can afford to easily ship the unit back and forth go for the trial period.
  2. mapstec

    Aeolus magiDAC

    Re Singlepower: Ah, but you missed the point, the suspense for how long it takes and in what bizarre ways whatever you ordered will be build is part and parcel of the whole experience, not to say expected...
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    Aeolus magiDAC

    Hmm, Poulsbo, Washington (98370) is the post office and incidentally the address for Audiomagus... Again, I have no problem with them having problems and thus taking longer, I have a problem with misinformation (did not want to call it lying in writing). I simply want my DAC (a product that according to the manufacturer / seller is available, not on backorder or anything!) and be happy with it, and not wait and see what the delay is "this time"...
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    Aeolus magiDAC

    I am soooo happy with audio magus - not! I received my tracking no on the 20th - item shipped on the 19th... so why does the tracking say that the item was "accepted" on the 28th? I mean, 9 days from printing the sticker to the actual post office... Believe me, it is not for lack of wanting to...
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    Aeolus magiDAC

    blessingx, did you get an update? On the 8th I got the blanket mail that they would start shipping that day... On the 10th I still did not see an update to my order (basically on the third day that they said they were shipping). I am now basically at the stage where I want to hate the product when it arrives (if it arrives?)... I don't mind the delay so much as the runaround we are giving... "We are shipping on Thursday", but they don't tell us which week...
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    Aeolus magiDAC

    Does the word "Vapourware" have any meaning? The Dac according to the web site ships out in 2-3 days... And has for quite some time now... No-one has seen the beast and at least for my order shipping has been delayed 4 times now, always to the next day, or the day after .... I WANT MY DAC! Sorry.... Just needed to vent my frustration...
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    Aeolus magiDAC

    After sending them a reminder I now have the information that the DAC will be shipped out Thursday...
  8. mapstec

    Aeolus magiDAC

    ok, we are both strong... They did not acknowledge the order, no communication at all... I hate waiting!
  9. mapstec

    Aeolus magiDAC

    ok, I am weak, I know it... Just pulled the trigger and ordered it (including clock upgrade). Will post impressions once I have it in hand.
  10. mapstec

    Serious Mid-Fi

    After getting myself a pair of Jecklin Floats Model I needed to restore these: Before and after: Since I put another cable on them as well (Mogami 2893), I wanted to do a quick and easy test. I pulled the DIY Charlize out of the rack, added the PS1 as the player and hooked the Float up to the speaker out. While I have to say that there was some ground noise, this whole combo really rocks! David Bowie "The Man Who Sold The World" has been described as "Hard-Rock" but I never heard it this hard rocking! Before the Float was all Highs, Bass was there but not really coming to the fore. With the proper pads and the new cable the Float I is one of my favorite headphones. And if you add the other "cheap" components to this setup I have to say serious Mid-Fi has never been easier to achieve.
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    The Headcase Stax thread

    The pads are fine. I left them running over night and had a minute to listen to them this morning. They are really quite good, I would say on par with the dynamic headphones I have heard until now. I will spend some more time with them on the weekend and will try to post a more detailed review / comparison then.
  12. mapstec

    The Headcase Stax thread

    Thanks spritzer, in that case I will refrain from opening them.
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    The Headcase Stax thread

    uuhm, Stax anyone? Seriously, I have no problem with a "bit" of customs / taxes when buying new gear... but something in between 20 and 40% seems inappropriate Add to that that I do not see why a used goods transaction inland is free and a used goods transaction across a border is not... Anyway now that we have defined a word that has nothing to do with headphones and might or might not describe the pastime of one or more users in the forum, can we talk about Stax, please? Pretty please? _________________________________________________________________________________ I am wondering if I need to do any kind of service on the SR-5? Does it make sense to take them apart and clean them inside? And if so, can someone point me to a guide for doing so? Thanks
  14. mapstec

    The Headcase Stax thread

    God, I can get to love Electrostats Today I got the SRD6/SR-5 combo (I assume it is the Gold from the pictures I could find). Someone had replaced the in-cable and the speaker outs (horrid job), but still, you plug them in and it is good... They can not be compared to the SRM252/SR202 combo which simply does everything better, but I think these are really good rock phones, tight, fast, not too concerned with the details but, well, rocking. They project a way smaller soundstage, but again this is only right for a Power Trio or similar to bring down the house! My, this is the most fun you can have with your clothes on
  15. mapstec

    The Headcase Stax thread

    Not really, chances are that when they are actual goods and you enclose an invoice it might be (a bit) faster, and I have to assume that not using the postal service probably is rather expensive...
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