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 on: Today at 10:59:23 AM 
Started by Henry - Last post by sonic
The little I have experienced using the Modi is positive, it seems to be a little more relaxed sounding that the Onkyo built in dac.
In such comparison, the levels need to be matched if objective result is desired.

 on: December 10, 2017, 09:32:48 PM 
Started by Henry - Last post by Henry
I got the small Schiit Modi 2 uber DAC to hook to an inexpensive, but pretty good Onkyo CDP (thanks to Randy for turning me on to that).  I haven't had a chance to play with it much, so the jury is still out.  I'll get a second opinion from "the boss" before declaring it to be better.  I have it hooked up with a relatively cheap coaxial cable from Emotiva.  They have a half price sale on cables.  The little I have experienced using the Modi is positive, it seems to be a little more relaxed sounding that the Onkyo built in dac.  

BTW, the Onkyo C-7030 is a nice player for $150, I have two in secondary systems with no complaints.  You can pick these up "used" on Amazon if you're careful.  The last one I bought was only $108 and supposedly an open box unit.  It was obvious the CDP was still factory sealed and perfect.  Smiley (cable sale)

 on: December 10, 2017, 05:35:09 PM 
Started by Ed Schilling - Last post by Henry
I have a Schiit Mani as well and Ed's right.  The small box is excellent... it makes no sense. Huh  It's quiet, dynamic and makes great bass. 

With loading and gain options via little switches on the case bottom, you can match it with about any phono cartridge.  I'm keeping the TS phono stage and an old Cornet that has fancy parts since I have three turntables.

You'd have to spend lots of money to beat the little Schiit.  And it's fun to say "Schitt".  Grin

 on: December 10, 2017, 12:10:53 PM 
Started by Ed Schilling - Last post by Ed Schilling
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.

 on: December 05, 2017, 06:38:36 PM 
Started by Ed Schilling - Last post by Henry
Other than gain, I can't see it getting better (at least for my up and downstream components and ICs).  I'm good with what I have, just like the Capt.  Grin

I will say the Truth has done wonders for the AVA Ultravalve amp.  That's a great combo.

 on: December 04, 2017, 11:22:57 AM 
Started by Ed Schilling - Last post by Ed Schilling
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.

 on: December 04, 2017, 10:08:53 AM 
Started by Ed Schilling - Last post by Capt. Z
Looking forward to another rave review.

However, I feel no need of upgrading my T1 TRUTH. It's just that good.

 on: December 04, 2017, 08:39:50 AM 
Started by Ed Schilling - Last post by Ed Schilling
Well it looks like the review is not long away! Here is a preview...............

Thanks again, Mr. Salvatore!

 on: December 04, 2017, 01:56:34 AM 
Started by Henry - Last post by Henry
Just a heads up on the Dayton Audio APA150 150W Power Amplifier at a good price ($138 at PE).  A good sub amp at a good price or use it full range to make music in a non-critical setting.  Smiley

...And don't forget the Chromecast/Chromecast audio devices on sale for $20 and $25 respectively.  I'm streaming Tidal hifi through Chromecast audio and it's really good.  I'm pleasantly surprised how good this sounds.  I haven't heard Tidal standard.  Huh

 on: December 02, 2017, 08:40:07 PM 
Started by Ed Schilling - Last post by Ed Schilling
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?

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