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1  General Category / Music / Re: Doyle Bramhall II on: February 26, 2018, 09:40:24 PM
Sometimes you get lucky, sometimes well...

My last concert, a couple of months ago, was a collaboration between Ramsay Lewis and John Pizzarelli. A small venue, and a virtuoso performance. Got damn lucky.

Henry, I feel your pain about Charlotte. I was there last year, and it’s pretty much gentrified.

steve
2  General Category / General Discussion / The greatest event in sports. on: February 04, 2018, 10:22:41 AM
Of course it’s the Kitten Bowl.
3  General Category / Technical discussion / Re: Shiit Audio Mani, Phono Pre Amp on: December 19, 2017, 07:04:11 AM
Ed & Henry, I just listened to a custom Orbit turntable in which the owner changed out the plinth for a "concrete resin" base. He also used a cheap ART phono stage. I've got to say I was impressed. Ortofon blue cartridge.
I don't know if the tone arm was damped, or any other changes were made. I also suspect that the Orbit's bearing isn't going to beat out fancy stuff like VPI. But damn, it was good.
4  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Happy Thanksgiving everyone..... on: November 25, 2017, 10:23:04 AM
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.
I found out what happens to leftovers Louisiana style. Turkey gumbo! 
5  General Category / The Truth Pre Amp / Re: changes to The Truth.... on: October 25, 2017, 11:25:43 AM
I think a picture of the new Truth is needed. I can't imagine changing mine out, but it would be fun to see Series II.

Question: A 4 tube beast? I knew you could run 8.
6  General Category / The Truth Pre Amp / Re: changes to The Truth.... on: October 21, 2017, 10:38:48 AM
Hey Capt Z, how are you?

The other reason I want to change knobs, besides a cool look, is that a larger diameter knob would give a greater degree of control. The Truth has a fairly sensitive volume control, and a larger diameter knob will make incremental volume changes easy. Especially for a guy with aging fingers.

steve
7  General Category / The Truth Pre Amp / Re: changes to The Truth.... on: October 21, 2017, 08:48:48 AM
I just want a cool looking set of knobs for mine.
8  General Category / The Truth Pre Amp / Re: The Ultimate Truth lives............ on: October 10, 2017, 07:43:00 PM
Hey Derockster, I'm running an usual system. Don't take my experience as typical. It just took awhile to dial things in. Let me state the Truth works fine; damn near nothing else comes close. I ran mine with a quality solid state ATI amp in my prior system, and my son borrowed it for use in his system driving a Quicksilver tube amp. He liked it so much I had a tough time getting it back!! Purchase and fear not. Take care.
Steve
9  General Category / The Truth Pre Amp / Re: The Ultimate Truth lives............ on: October 10, 2017, 05:55:38 PM
Ed, My system's problem was that the power amps needed more drive that the Truth being fed by either the DAC or TS phono pre could provide when my crossover was set unity gain. I really could peg the volume control without clipping the amps. There was no 11. Now I didn't plug any devices directly into the crossover for comparison, just in case a woofer cone would get shot across my room. I simply raised the output on the crossover, finally deciding about 6 DB was about right. I suspect my power amps were the issue. In any case, the system sounds great, and I'm happy.
Steve

Edit: I doubt another preamp would have made a difference. And no I never felt the need to check.
10  General Category / General Discussion / Re: The "review" Truth for trade! on: July 30, 2017, 08:43:52 AM
I hear ya Ed. I want to change out the crossover for my speakers. My wife beat me to the cash and bought a recliner and couch. (Well we do need a good recliner... but my toy comes next!)

steve
11  General Category / General Discussion / Re: The "review" Truth for trade! on: July 29, 2017, 11:20:03 AM
Ed,

I'm surprised it came back. Unless he is hoping for "The Incredibly Ultimate Truth" version 2.2. Did he give a clue as to when the review is forthcoming?

steve
12  General Category / The Truth Pre Amp / Re: The Ultimate Truth lives............ on: July 20, 2017, 08:59:33 AM
In my system, which has an active crossover, the Truth couldn't drive the crossover enough to get my amps to provide anything more than background music level. I had the Truth volume pegged. I had to add about 3-4 DB of gain at the crossover to drive the amps. I notice no change in sound quality between stock and with boost in sound quality.  For those who need a little extra, an after Truth stage may be the answer.
I can't see how an input tranny would be better. Certainly not for the money.

Before anybody reads this the wrong way, I love the Truth. In like 99% of systems, it will be damn near perfect.

steve
13  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Synthetic lubricant on: July 18, 2017, 05:59:39 PM
Henry, thank you. Is that the stuff Ed used to lube his turntable bearing?

steve
14  General Category / General Discussion / Synthetic lubricant on: July 16, 2017, 10:00:44 AM
What's your favorite? Needed for tonearms and firearms.

steve
15  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Happy Independence Day on: July 04, 2017, 11:25:01 AM
Happy 4th of July to all.
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