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The Ember would be easier since it uses a PC board and simply involves carefully inserting the components in their proper place and orientation, along with good soldering technique.  The Crack uses point to point wiring where you cut, strip and fit the wires and components as per the instructions.  With the Crack you need to be careful to trim all the wires and leads well and follow the instructions carefully (not that you don't have to take care with the Ember, as well) I...
Correction!!  Pre-order ends Sunday, February 15.  Sorry about that.  Jeremy's initial email sated "Sunday, February 20" and I assumed he meant the 22nd.
Just a heads up for all owners of Garage 1217 amps.  Jeremy is offering aluminum chassis plates for all models on a limited time basis.  3 mm black anodized aluminum with laser etched logos and lettering.  He'll even etch your existing serial number if you provide it when you order.  This is currently just a one time buy.  You'll need to pre-order by Feb. 22 for shipping at or around March 1.  $44.99 for both top and bottom plates, $24.99 for bottom  only.  Check out the...
Thanks for the update, Doc.  I'm looking forward to receiving mine.
It will be another couple of weeks before the new kits start shipping so there really isn't much to say at this point.  Once the kits go out and folks start assembling them you should start to hear more.
At this price I'm tempted to jump on this in spite of the no spare parts issue.  Maybe they are clearing out in preparation for the L2.
Fidelio L1 on Amazon $119.99   http://www.amazon.com/Philips-L1-28-Over-Ear-Headphones/dp/B006RUIWC0/
Doc has been very specific that this project is NOT to compete with the likes of the HD600 and DT880, but to provide an inexpensive closed back alternative that is carefully tailored to run off the Crack.  He specifically says "Not saying it will stomp HD600s, but so far I'm pretty happy with our experiments and one nice advantage is the design has a closed back."   Once they start shipping and some users have put their's together we should hear what they think.
Realize that this is his OTHER apartment in the same building - just for writing. He lives on another floor and commutes via elevator. He also owns vacation homes in France and England.  That space can afford to be uncluttered.  It gives him plenty of room for his $10,000+ Apex Pinnacle.   I'd really love an Eames chair dedicated for HF listening, though.
Today's NY Times has a real estate feature on one of Lee Childs' (the author of the very popular Reacher series of action novels and recent film starring Tom Cruise) NYC apartments.  It's his work pad and gets the typical NYT treatment.   Of more interest are slides 5 & 7 of the slide show where you can see the Childs is a HF junkie - 3 headphone stands, a pair of HD800s with custom cable hanging from the equipment table, a Leben amp and a "custom" Apex...
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