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1  General Category / General Discussion / Re: I wish I had balls this big........ on: June 21, 2018, 11:42:18 PM
Hey Ed, I grew up with British cars (Triumphs) and I learned quickly that they were speed ticket magnets.  And they broke quite often.  My dad was a patient man and was very kind.
2  General Category / Technical discussion / Re: Shiit Audio Mani, Phono Pre Amp on: June 19, 2018, 08:05:45 AM
Yep Steve, it's a fine phono preamp as Ed discovered.  Ironically, the similar looking Modi Uber DAC isn't that great.  Shiit is known to excel in digital but flopped on the Modi IMO.  Others agree.  It isn't bad, just not "all that".  I bought both and gave away the Modi.  Go figure.  Maybe climbing the DAC ladder at Shiit will be the chit.  Grin

When I get a little change, I'll give the Cornet 3 a chance.  Without the transformer noise and some changes, this could be a good one.
3  General Category / The Truth Pre Amp / Re: amp for the truth preamp on: June 17, 2018, 08:35:33 AM
Hi Martin, the Ultravalve is the AVA amp and is a beautiful amp.  It makes 35w/channel.

I PM'd you regarding the details of both amps.
Henry
4  General Category / Technical discussion / Re: Shiit Audio Mani, Phono Pre Amp on: May 29, 2018, 09:39:42 PM
I'd like to try a Hagerman Audio Labs Cornet 3.  It's a departure from the older Cornets as it's powered from a 9v wall wort that feeds a voltage booster.  It still uses three tubes like the oldies, but has a smaller form.  The reviews are good.  And, it's assembled for $459 with free shipping.

https://hagerman-audio-labs.myshopify.com/collections/phono-preamps/products/cornet3
5  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Memorial Day....my thoughts..... on: May 28, 2018, 06:54:04 PM
It's funny we are talking about this.  I got an email from elusive disk this evening wishing me a Happy Memorial Day, and of course, telling me about sales.  Angry
6  General Category / Technical discussion / Re: Build the FFRSMark 4:20i. plans/parts here! on: May 27, 2018, 07:42:15 PM
Hi guys
How do I configure the crown for running just one sub?
The Mrs is getting pissed off after redecorating so one has to go  Sad

Take a look at the manual.  It runs in bridged mode and low pass.  The manual will tell you which output terminals to use.  Simple stuff.  Smiley

Oh, and you'll need a y-connector to sum the inputs.

UPDATE:
I found the manual.  Connect the summed input wire to the RCA input jack for channel 1.  Connect the speaker wires using the channel 1 positive output  for the positive speaker wire and the channel 2 positive output for the negative speaker wire.
7  General Category / General Discussion / NEA in NC, discrace on: May 16, 2018, 01:28:33 PM
So... teachers decided to march on Raleigh NC today and neglect their obligation to work.  These assmonkeys aren't unionized as NC employees can't unionize.  The budget has been set for a few weeks.  Nothing they do can change that.  School kids suffer from another missed class and no one has the balls to penalize them.  If I had the power, they would be fired. 

Assmonkeys can be replaced easily.

Also, their starting salaries are the same as local govt. engineers annually; they get the same pay for 9 1/2 months of work.   

P.S. My girlfriend is a teacher and worked today.  Smiley
8  General Category / Technical discussion / Re: Amp Camp Amp is back on: May 10, 2018, 08:15:14 PM
Yes Michel, get something better than a phone before making a decision.  Invest in a good preamp and take the phone out of the loop.  If you are bent on streaming, get tidal hifi and a Topping d10.  The d10 streams from various sources and does well.  However; it needs more than a phone to be satisfying.

9  General Category / Technical discussion / Re: Amp Camp Amp is back on: May 08, 2018, 01:14:05 PM
Nice Michel,
It appears you are on the way to happiness.  And, I preordered the single box version although I have monos in separate boxes.  I'm thinking of getting the diyaudio mono boxes and abandoning my homemade ones.  So, there may be a sale coming soon if I do that.

I hope you enjoy your ACA as I have.
10  General Category / Technical discussion / Amp Camp Amp is back on: May 08, 2018, 05:10:00 AM
You can preorder an ACA kit now.  It's in one chassis and has some upgraded parts such as better connectors and a 24v power supply.  Also, it's in one chassis.  With shipping, it's about $350.  If you are interested in a simple, inexpensive and great little amp for the Horns, jump on it before they sell out (again).  Wink
11  General Category / General Discussion / Hornfest 2018 on: May 06, 2018, 08:18:50 PM
Thanks Ed and Helen for opening your home for me and others to have a good time.  And, thanks to Kris for smoking that pork and turkey!  It was nice to see everyone and did me well to escape for a couple of days.  Smiley
12  General Category / Hornshoppe Anouncements / Re: HornFest 2018 ? on: May 03, 2018, 06:11:21 PM
I got the little Topping today and it sounded really good even with the cheap supplied usb cable.  I'll bring it along with a Chromebook for grins.
13  General Category / Hornshoppe Anouncements / Re: HornFest 2018 ? on: April 30, 2018, 09:15:23 AM
I'm certainly no tech head, but I may have a cheapo Topping usb dac and we could use my tidal hifi account to try out.  I may pick it up at the PO this week, maybe not. 

Just a thought.  Maybe someone can help me figure out what to do with it...

I do like tidal, it is really okay with Chromecast audio.  I like the no-wires aspect between it and the laptop.

14  General Category / Politics and Religion / This is one of many reasons I don't live in Charlotte NC on: April 18, 2018, 09:33:18 AM
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/opinion/article209203154.html

It depresses me because I grew up there and had relatively good people running the show.  Now it's populated by the likes of idiots, transplants and thieves. 
15  General Category / The Truth Pre Amp / Re: amp for the truth preamp on: April 09, 2018, 10:07:39 PM
Martin, I re-read your first post and checked into your speakers with the upper 80's efficiency rating.  I'd recommend either the Ultravalve or Mivera amp of the ones which I'm familiar.  I just don't think you'll find the ACA nor a low-powered SET adequate to push them as needed.

Best of luck, Henry
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