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1  General Category / Technical discussion / Shiit Audio Mani, Phono Pre Amp on: December 10, 2017, 12:10:53 PM
Well, as many of you know I have the Transcendent Sound Phono Stage. It has PLENTY of gain for The Truth and sounds excellent. I reckon the only drawback for some is that it is pricey. How great would it be to have something that nipped at it's heels for 150 bucks? I know, I know, we've all tried inexpensive stuff like the battery powered Rat Shack and maybe even a NAD with an OPA 2604 chip upgrade.

Well, I can say that IMO the Shiit Mani nips at the heels of the TS and does in fact cost 150 bucks. It has adjustable gain and should run any cart except the very lowest output types to more than enough gain for The Truth. I have mine set at the mid point about 40 db I think.

For those of you who want a killer vinyl setup for "a song", The Orbit table and a Mani will slay a LOT of "high end" setups. Is it perfect? Nope, not even close. Is it immensely satisfying? Damn right...the combo just "sounds right". Bruce at Transcendent Sound has the Orbit ( my suggestion) and he did a couple things to it and he agrees with sounds too good to be that cheap. Coupled with the Mani one can have a very nice vinyl rig for peanuts.
2  General Category / The Truth Pre Amp / Re: New Review coming, preview here! on: December 04, 2017, 11:22:57 AM
Hey D. , there is no guarantee of that! I have no idea what will be written about the results of the tests. I hope it's positive but let me say right now, the fancy wire is very expensive. Maybe it wrings out the last little bit I can get from the circuit? I do not know, that is why the review is coming! One thing for sure, as always, I can make any Truth like any of the ones mentioned, none are obsolete as far as being able to be "upgraded" to any version in the review.
3  General Category / The Truth Pre Amp / New Review coming, EXPANDED preview here! on: December 04, 2017, 08:39:50 AM
Well it looks like the review is not long away! Here is a preview...............

Thanks again, Mr. Salvatore!
4  General Category / General Discussion / Bug-A-Salt......... on: December 02, 2017, 08:40:07 PM
Well, this is without a doubt the stupidest thing ever. Or so I thought. I was completely wrong, rather it is stupid fun, not just stupid! It works! Not only that, it is sanitary so long as you don't snuff them too close. You learn how close to shoot them just to disable inside or outside to splatter. Kills Yellow Jackets too! Once you get the range and the sighting right you'll not miss and the satisfaction is off the charts! Assuming you hate fly's and dislike splattering them on your counter with a swatter, the problem is solved! No more nasty fly swatter hanging around! I have an unlimited supply of targets outside for practice...we have chickens!

They have a laser for it too, how funny is that?

5  General Category / General Discussion / Re: I wish I had balls this big........ on: December 02, 2017, 06:25:05 PM
John, you must at least have very large ones. Mine are extremely small. If I tried that I'd get vertigo and would be found against the bank of the road waiting for someone to take me down. I get dizzy just looking at that road.
6  General Category / General Discussion / I wish I had balls this big........ on: November 25, 2017, 10:54:12 PM
7  General Category / General Discussion / Farm Girl throws an axe......... on: November 25, 2017, 12:26:48 AM
8  General Category / General Discussion / Happy Thanksgiving everyone..... on: November 23, 2017, 08:37:34 AM
I hope your turkey will be as good as the one Helen is cooking and your political and religious arguments around the table be spirited and loud. Smiley
9  General Category / The Truth Pre Amp / Re: amp for the truth preamp on: November 22, 2017, 11:38:34 PM
This one "looks" really good and very inexpensive. Plenty of power. Damping factor and S/N ratio both look pretty good. They say it works with their passive line stage.......there you go!
10  General Category / Technical discussion / Re: Build the FFRSMark 4:20i. plans/parts here! on: November 08, 2017, 08:19:13 AM
Hi Neil, yep. You got it. You might just check with your meter that the L & R  grounds are common on your power amp. You can not use this connection with most digital amps!
11  General Category / Technical discussion / Re: Build the FFRSMark 4:20i. plans/parts here! on: November 07, 2017, 05:02:30 PM
Hey buddy, don't obsess! 560- 700 should be fine. Also, don't forget you can make the value ........ parallel halves the value and series adds them. Use any combination of parallel and series to get what you want! 2- 1.2 K in parallel will get you 600 for instance. Or 2- 1.0k in parallel gets you 500 and then a 100 in series with that gets you 600. 

You can probably use 1/4 watt......if they fail, they will open and not short (which would be bad Smiley ). Pretty sure mine are 1/4 watt.

Hope this helps.
12  General Category / Technical discussion / Re: Build the FFRSMark 4:20i. plans/parts here! on: November 03, 2017, 08:58:21 AM
STOP! The concrete needs to sit at LEAST 3 days before you install the drivers! A week if you did not use "fast setting".

As the stuff cures it will off gas and the  fumes will dissolve the wiring and the wires on the driver! So if you've mounted the drivers take them out and wait .......I'd not put the posts on just yet for that same reason.
Hope this helps!
ps......more on the hookup later....have to run out for a little while.
13  General Category / The Truth Pre Amp / changes to The Truth.... on: October 18, 2017, 11:55:20 PM
I have decided to build all new ones  with dual power supplies. Yes, the price is going up but not very much. All ever built can have the second supply added if desired. I guess the question could it possibly "help" given the over the top performance when built as they all have been? That I can not answer and I'm sure no difference could be measured. So why do it? Well, the design is done and finished and there will never be any changes to the actual circuit. So what could be done to make it "as good as it can possibly be"? Well, dual power supplies and very fancy wire. The second supply is actually much less expensive than fancy wire! I'll offer the wire as an option but the dual supplies will now be standard. I have not added the wire or a second supply to mine btw. Never will do the wire but I may add a second supply one day. I see no need to rush.

The Ultimate Truth had dual supplies and very fancy wire. The "fail" was simply the xformers (they were just part of the extra circuit) , regardless of their cost were not transparent enough. On a scale of 1-10 they were a 9. The problem is that for the cost they needed to be a 10, meaning that the only thing they changed would be the 6-8 db of gain on one input. An option for 6-8 db of gain on 1 input in case it was needed for double the cost of The Truth is a fail but not a complete fail. Some would have been ecstatic with the result but we're picky. It had to be utterly transparent and was not. The experiment is not over but lets not forget the provide transparent gain for folks who have a phono stage that need additional gain for The Truth to be used. A better route at this time is a phono stage with 50 or more db of gain. The Transcendent Sound Phono Stage is excellent and has PLENTY of gain.

If anyone with the old silver case would like theirs in the new black one with or without the added power supply  I can do that and it's not really all that expensive either. I'm not really into "cosmetics" but the black box is a little nicer looking. Shoot me email or call with any questions!
Thanks for all the support, guys!
14  General Category / The Truth Pre Amp / Re: The Ultimate Truth lives............ on: October 10, 2017, 03:21:03 PM
Well, I never really understood Steve's post but that is ok. I run an active xover some of the time  and gain has never been an issue, as a matter of fact I have more gain with it. The system is.........DAC into Truth, Truth into active x-over (Boozehound Labs) output of active into the LF and HF amps which are directly hooked to 126 and Heil.

I have no idea why Steve's xovers require more drive than his DAC can supply. I say that because The Truth is very close to unity gain. It also can put out at least 1/4 amp of current, much more than most line stages and DACs. If he plugged his DAC directly into the active xover would there be enough "drive"? My guess is that it would go to "11", if not, well, something is fundamentally wrong. I may be missing something?

I also do not understand your connections either! Why would the preamp go into a Sub before the active xover? I would think.....DAC into pre amp, preamp into active xover, active xover to sub amp which is connected to Sub, and then also the active hooked to Horn amp.

This hookup will have plenty of gain. I can see no reason at all why a pre amp would go into a sub!

One last thought, many guys are running active systems and not experiencing what Steve described!
Hope this helps.
15  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Irma, real time wind patterns, here she on: September 21, 2017, 10:16:44 AM
Hey James, thanks for the link! I bookmarked it. WTF is happening at Yellowstone?

Good to hear from you!
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