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1  General Category / General Discussion / Re: I wish I had balls this big........ on: June 22, 2018, 01:00:17 PM
Henry,
1962 TR4 wire wheels,overdrive.
When it ran it was great fun. Of course you also needed a copy of the bus schedule and a girlfriend with an old Ford.
Lots of stories and great memories with that car.
Ed,
A Miata is a nice car. I don’t fit in them. Less room than my old Triumph for a big guy.
Steve
Edit: BMW makes cars? Former R1100RT owner, LOL.
2  General Category / Technical discussion / Re: Shiit Audio Mani, Phono Pre Amp on: June 19, 2018, 12:10:41 PM
Henry, Modern DAC units are all over the map. I find some cheaper ones that are excellent, and fancy ones that are lacking. If my television had a pair of RCA outputs, I wouldn’t even need an external DAC.
When I had a scope, I took a gander at a couple of different units. By and large the damn things work fine. (I haven’t checked any multibit DACs that Mike Moffat over at Schiit seems to prefer) I spent about 30 bucks on a cheap unit from Parts Express that does a good job. I also borrowed an expensive Benchmark Media unit that also looked good, switched a whole bunch of components, and included a world class preamp. Built like a tank by pros who designed it for studio abuse. And a $400 unit that did fine in conversion, but after that, was lacking vs any good preamp. I’m saying in a long winded way, that chances are a very basic DAC is all you probably need.

Steve
3  General Category / Technical discussion / Re: Shiit Audio Mani, Phono Pre Amp on: June 18, 2018, 03:58:20 PM
Henry is right. It’s fun to say Schiit. I just plugged it into my system. I’m surprised at just how good that little silver box performs. Now with no break in time, just put on a record and play, it’s better than several other preamps on hand. The only one better is Bruce’s phono, and that’s about five times the price.
I’m not a big believer in break in, or warm up time. Most equipment settles down in seconds or a few minutes at most. Anyway, anyone who feels like being frugal can’t go wrong here. The unit has enough drive for Ed’s Truth, and it’s a damn good combo. So Ed & Henry are right on the money with this one, as usual. The Mani is very smooth throughout its range. Bass is excellent. It does lack a tiny bit of detail and space compared to the Transcendent Sound pre, but if you didn’t have one to compare it to, you’d never complain. So it’s really great Schiit.
steve
4  General Category / Technical discussion / Re: Shiit Audio Mani, Phono Pre Amp on: June 18, 2018, 02:24:14 PM
Ed & Henry,
The Mani I ordered arrived today. My system will be Schiit-y too. Since it comes so highly recommended by you guys.
steve
5  General Category / General Discussion / Re: I wish I had balls this big........ on: June 14, 2018, 11:16:25 PM
Wow, just sffin’ wow. As I was watching the video, I was thinking that I don’t heal very fast anymore. I’d like to take something a little more tame up the climb though. Like at about a third the speed.
steve
6  General Category / Technical discussion / Re: Shiit Audio Mani, Phono Pre Amp on: May 28, 2018, 04:45:46 PM
Anyone else hear another phono pre that’s “Truth” approved. I’m told Vista Audio makes a good one. Some people like one by Lounge audio, but a reviewer  said Lounge sucked on YouTube. Recommendations?
steve
7  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Memorial Day....my thoughts..... on: May 28, 2018, 01:00:48 PM
I agree completely. Happy Memorial Day somehow reduces the holiday to burgers on the grill.
steve
8  General Category / Technical discussion / Switchable rumble filter on: May 14, 2018, 11:55:42 AM
I know a few guys use Bruce’s TS phono preamp so I’m posting here too. I need to install a rumble filter. I’d also like to be able to switch it in or our. Suggestions?

steve
9  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
10  General Category / General Discussion / The greatest event in sports. on: February 04, 2018, 10:22:41 AM
Of course it’s the Kitten Bowl.
11  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.
12  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! 
13  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.
14  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
15  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.
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