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 91 
 on: December 25, 2017, 04:19:54 PM 
Started by Ed Schilling - Last post by Henry
I hope everyone is having a fine Christmas and Santa was kind (no stockings full of coal, IRS audits, etc.).  Smiley

 92 
 on: December 23, 2017, 10:38:17 AM 
Started by Ed Schilling - Last post by Luddite
A very Happy Christmas to you, Helen, and Sidney, Ed!

 93 
 on: December 22, 2017, 03:17:51 PM 
Started by Ed Schilling - Last post by Capt. Z
Frohe Weihnachten und ein gesegnetes Neues Jahr

Felix navidad y feliz año nuevo

 94 
 on: December 22, 2017, 12:46:58 PM 
Started by Ed Schilling - Last post by Ed Schilling
I didn't want to leave anyone out!

All the best to all of you and yours from Ed, Helen and Sidney !

Aw, screw it......MERRY CHRISTMAS !

 95 
 on: December 19, 2017, 07:04:11 AM 
Started by Ed Schilling - Last post by Steve F
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.

 96 
 on: December 13, 2017, 12:40:48 PM 
Started by Henry - Last post by Henry
You are correct Sonic.  I don't have a sound meter and Christmas is just around the corner.  I'd be proud to own your meter of choice.  Grin

But levels do matter, and I'm just being an ass regarding the Christmas present... but I wouldn't turn away a gift, unless it were from Ed or Steve.  Cheesy

 97 
 on: December 13, 2017, 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.

 98 
 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

https://www.amazon.com/Onkyo-C-7030-Compact-Player-Black/dp/B004UR487A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1512965652&sr=8-1&keywords=onkyo+cd+c-7030

https://emotiva.com/ (cable sale)

 99 
 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

 100 
 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 me....it sounds too good to be that cheap. Coupled with the Mani one can have a very nice vinyl rig for peanuts.
Ed

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