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Does it make sense ?

post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
I want a knob

I have Total Bithead and he give me great sound but almost each time i have to change volume i feel i need a knob

I don't want to pay lot, i want a compact sexy Amp with big knob, my dream in a look side is this, but it's my nightmare on price side




So i do a search for more reasonable price and find Cute Beyond.

It make sense for you to buy a Amp in addition to Total Bithead (using his DAC function) for having big knob ? i'll lost quality with this kind of combo ? i just go capricious ?....

If you know a lower cost Amp with big knob talk to me
post #2 of 23
NO it doesn't make sense at all, but than Cute Beyond is a good choice for its price - just think about how cute it will be compare to Total Bithead... tempted yet?

*I'll buy one myself, and decide if I'm going to regret or not after I get it on my table
post #3 of 23
Thread Starter 
Cute is not a DAC while Total Bithead is both amp and DAC, but no knob

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Originally Posted by ClieOS View Post
NO it doesn't make sense at all, but than Cute Beyond is a good choice for its price - just think about how cute it will be compare to Total Bithead... tempted yet?

*I'll buy one myself, and decide if I'm going to regret or not after I get it on my table
post #4 of 23
Are you saying that you want to use the Total Bithead as a DAC while using the Cute as an amp?

GAD
post #5 of 23
Thread Starter 
Yes

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Originally Posted by GAD View Post
Are you saying that you want to use the Total Bithead as a DAC while using the Cute as an amp?

GAD
post #6 of 23
Well only you can decide if it "makes sense" or not.

You'd be amping an amped signal since the bithead doesn't have a line out. As long as you don't overdrive the bithead it will probably sound good.

I'd probably opt for a completely new DAC/Amp combo though like the meier move http://www.meier-audio.homepage.t-online.de/move.htm

GAD
post #7 of 23
The E.A.R. had the most satifying volume knob. Big and Brassy- it just felt sooo good.




Mitch
post #8 of 23
Thread Starter 
You should be killed for showing me a knob like that Now

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Originally Posted by braillediver View Post
The E.A.R. had the most satifying volume knob. Big and Brassy- it just felt sooo good.




Mitch
post #9 of 23
That's not a knob - THIS is a knob!



"Good vibrations, Bad vibrations it’s all about vibrations!! RAM would like to introduce a new signature level knob developed for the mighty Silver Rock potentiometer. The standard bakelite knob is certainly the best sounding compromise... but now Audio Consulting has taken this aspect of the Silver Rock much further. The new knobs are custom made with beech wood and bronze where the bronze is used as the insert to mount to the stem of the volume pot. The beech wood is coated several times with C37 lacquer for best sound as pointed out by Dieter Ennemoser. How can this make a difference??? Well, hearing is believing as we always say. The sound becomes much more open and free flowing with a nice improvement in resolution. Dynamics are better and overall naturalness is improved. Here is a test for all you Silver Rock owners. Try removing the bakelite knobs and listen. You will be shocked by this! The signature knobs will have an even greater effect…really amazing! The point here is the micro vibrations created by the volume pots and knobs find their way into the delicate signal path and cause degradation (Bad vibrations equal bad sound). With the signature knobs micro vibrations from the C37 concept of wood, bronze and the lacquer itself compensate for the volume pots and provide (Good Vibrations) our ear/brain combination like to hear…way better sound!!

Knobs can easily be installed on all versions of the Silver Rock potentiometer. "

$485 from:

http://www.referenceaudiomods.com/Me...Code=NOB_C37_C

GAD
post #10 of 23
BTW the pot they mention *starts* at $3780.00

http://www.referenceaudiomods.com/Me...ry_Code=VOLUME

Now THAT's knob envy

GAD
post #11 of 23
If you like wooden knobs you can buy a dowel of the appropriate diameter or an exotic wood cylinder (ref: THO predator calls or Woodcraft) and make your own.

It requires only a few tools, sandpaper, and the ability to cut at or very near a true right angle. Stain if you like and apply a light coat of polyurethane.

I drilled the channel for the potentiometer shaft a little large and adjusted to fit with a paper liner. A shallow narrow drill mark serves as the pointer. Do this before the polyurethane.

This looks pretty good really and feels good for sure. (I have no idea how to post pix).

F
post #12 of 23
Thread Starter 
Why you so cruel with me ?

Seriously i just want a normal knob, ClieOS when you said it make no sense at all ito add a a Cute Amp with my Total Bithead, is it you don't like the idea to have a Amp + a Amp/DAC who don't sound good to you or that i'll have a quality lost if i use both as combo ?

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Originally Posted by GAD View Post
BTW the pot they mention *starts* at $3780.00

http://www.referenceaudiomods.com/Me...ry_Code=VOLUME

Now THAT's knob envy

GAD
post #13 of 23
Yes, I mean it doesn't make sense cause you don't really need an amp, but a knob!... than again, I have brought way too many headgear even before I joined Head-Fi, so who am I kidding? (still having 5+ extra knobs in my house for me to replace on my DIY amp )

Fubar III (DAC + AMP) is coming out, which might be a sensible buy if you use it as a desktop solution.

At the end, you are the only one who can decide if it "makes sense" or not, as GAD said. For me, If I have a strong feeling that I am going to be happy with it, I will most likely get one. Logic isn't much of a formula for fun

Since we are talking about knob, here is one also from FireStone:
post #14 of 23
That's cool! Nice knob too!

GAD
post #15 of 23
yea... i wouldnt buy a knob i would be more likely to make one on a lathe
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