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 I think we will see much less unanimity of consensus from buyers of the Ultra-Cap LPS-1 vs. what we've seen with the USB Regen. Uptone Audio selected one of the quietest, low-ripple, SMPS supplies they could find to ship with the USB Regen, but it's not as quiet as many other solutions that people have tried, including battery packs and various mid- to high-end LPSs, including the Uptone Audio JS-2. (Yes, some people are powering the $175 USB Regen with a $995 LPS.) So,...
   Having never used the HA-200 in the dual monoblock configuration, I nevertheless concur with everything you are saying here, as it relates to the HD800.  I actually ordered two HA-200s at the same time, leaving one of them unopened, only to sell it it in that condition, later, new in the box.  Call me cheap, but I was so very impressed with how well a single HA-200 performed with the HD800 and so discouraged (call me lazy) by the prospect of ordering custom cables for a...
  For $27 plus shipping costs, you could start by just setting two of these 300mm x 120mm aluminum heat sinks on top of the H10 case, side by side - without attaching them or using any thermal cement:   http://www.lck-led.com/aluminum-heatsink-15x3w-40x1w-300x120x20mm-black-p-946.html You would be surprised how effective this can be. I routinely use a small heat sink placed underneath my CEntrance DACport - which can get quite warm, running in Class A.    You would think...
 Wow!  The DACmini CX is standing proud in that rig!   I don't know what kind of amp or speakers you have - they're beautiful - but I also love the fact that you are using Tidal HiFi > iDevice > CCK as your source.  I've been doing this myself ever since Tidal HiFi was first offered and I love how "silent" the iDevices can be when a USB signal is pulled from them this way - compared to power-noisy laptops and PCs.   Another plus with the DACmini CX is that it supplies its...
Wow!  The pleather pads surely do increase the bass energy of the DT880 600.  I have all four types of pads for the Oppo PM-1 and none of them make so dramatic a change on the PM-1 as does replacing the DT880's velour pads with pleather.  Amazing.
Interesting!  I did not know the Pono was a zero-feedback design.  My wallet floweth under!  
   I'm still surprised that he's having difficulties with the iPad > CCK > Musette, given that I've had no problems with my iPad > CCK > Octave MkII.   The signal coming from a CCK (whether Lightning or 30-pin) looks just like a USB signal from a laptop or Mac, with one exception - the iDevice does not provide 5V power, as would most USB sources. It's my understanding that the Musette's USB input is similar to my Octave MkII's Anamero-based USB module, in that it requires...
The First Watt M2, by Nelson Pass, is a 25wpc power amplifier that uses an autoformer instead of "static" transformers (Aurix) for magnetic gain, but is otherwise somewhat similar to the Metrum Acoustics Aurix - certainly so in terms of design philosophy.    For more on the benefits of zero-feedback minimalist designs, check out the M2 owner's manual, written by Mr. Pass:   http://www.firstwatt.com/pdf/prod_m2_man.pdf   And don't miss out on the words of (our very...
^ Yes!  
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