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 on: June 21, 2018, 11:42:18 PM 
Started by Ed Schilling - Last post by Henry
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.

 on: June 21, 2018, 07:00:09 PM 
Started by Ed Schilling - Last post by Ed Schilling
Terry, I was thinking of you the other day. That must be your son because I know you are an old fart (like me) now Smiley

I love cars....the list of ours is insane.....just a couple.....'69 428 Cobra Jet Torino........'93 Stang with all the "right stuff"...BBK throttle body, C&L mass air flow, 24 Lb injectors , SVO headers, Lunati cam (a proper one) and the best part was the transmission. It was from my Thunderbird Turbo Coupe. With that trans my first 3 gears were some where around 3:93 and 4th and 5th were as if the trans were stock with the 2:70 something. It was perfect. Saab 9000 Turbo and the Mitsubishi Starion Turbo were both crazy....this is just the start! We LOVE cars we can't afford but somehow manage to get!

For now we just have a Z3, Mazda Miata (with optional hard top!), Mazda 6 V6, '98 Mustang, kia Spectra and a Ranger Truck and the best of shit.....The 2000 Honda Civic Henry gave us when we really needed it a couple years ago. Henry thought it was an "economy car" with a 7000 rpm redline that will do over 80 mph in third gear. I ran it to just shy of 120 in 4th gear! If it had Z rated tires I'd love to find out what it tops out at. She was still pulling when I let off. Mac has been in that little car and will attest to the insane speeds it will go in each gear but what is crazy is that it pulls so strong you could (and Henry never did go much past this) shift at 3-4K and go through the gears and not have a clue it had a set of fangs when you run it to the redline. It is geared stupidly tall and yet has an insane ability to pull high gears at low rpm. It is amazing for reasons I can't explain. Oh and it gets >30 mpg

That 'Stang looks killer. Mods?

 on: June 20, 2018, 11:27:06 PM 
Started by Ed Schilling - Last post by TerryG
It's a thing......

 on: June 19, 2018, 12:10:41 PM 
Started by Ed Schilling - Last post by Steve F
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.


 on: June 19, 2018, 08:39:08 AM 
Started by Ed Schilling - Last post by sonic
Maybe climbing the DAC ladder at Shiit will be the chit.  Grin
As far as DAC technology goes, the top of the ladder has been reached about 20 years ago.  There is no point reaching higher into inaudible region of sound reproduction performance.

 on: June 19, 2018, 08:05:45 AM 
Started by Ed Schilling - Last post by Henry
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.

 on: June 18, 2018, 03:58:20 PM 
Started by Ed Schilling - Last post by Steve F
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.

 on: June 18, 2018, 02:24:14 PM 
Started by Ed Schilling - Last post by Steve F
Ed & Henry,
The Mani I ordered arrived today. My system will be Schiit-y too. Since it comes so highly recommended by you guys.

 on: June 17, 2018, 08:35:33 AM 
Started by Martin1 - Last post by Henry
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.

 on: June 17, 2018, 07:40:16 AM 
Started by Martin1 - Last post by Martin1
Hello, HEnry, could you please give more details on the Ultravalve? IS it the one in Van Alstine website? IT does not specify power. ALso i keep looking into Miveera audio but he seems to be off on a tour...He does not list any amp...Am i to understand the Takashi you recommended me has been increased in price due to a more luxurious casing?. If so, maybe the Ultravalve is preferable? I have written to them sending them the graph of the Virgo, to ask for their opinion...BUt since you heard both i would appreciate any details. FUrthermore, could you tell me more details regarding why HYpex modules, the NCore NC400 for instance, would not be as good a choice (as the Mireva)?. I am saying because there are easily available either built by other people or HYpex itself offers a kit to build them and seem pretty easy to build (no soldering they say...but in the video i think there is a bit of soldering for the loudspeaker posts). And in their website they say the specs are even better than pure class a amps... If you prefer i can send you a personal message, if it is no longer of interest to the group...Thanks a lot, Martin

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