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post #1636 of 2616

@ReiserFS & Spanky: Why not just make a cover that only shows the tube?

 

To me that's the only exciting thing to look at

post #1637 of 2616

The sun doesn't fit into the default maverick case though ya?

 

So your using the Lt1364 on the D1 headphone output?

post #1638 of 2616
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Originally Posted by ninjikiran View Post

The sun doesn't fit into the default maverick case though ya?

 

So your using the Lt1364 on the D1 headphone output?


reiserFS and I talked in PM and he said that the HDAM would fit by the power transformer. I would highly recommend shielding it and grounding the shielding though. If it's a tight fit, the transformer can be moved about 1/4" to the left by just drilling 4 holes in the bottom of the case (look out for metal scrapings!).

post #1639 of 2616

Hmm I don't have a drill unfortunately or the work space to use one.  Otherwise I would feel comfortable with just cutting out a nice hole to fit considering it is only sheet metal and easy to work with.

 

As for grounding, does the mav have a ground circuit anywhere?
 

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reiserFS and I talked in PM and he said that the HDAM would fit by the power transformer. I would highly recommend shielding it and grounding the shielding though. If it's a tight fit, the transformer can be moved about 1/4" to the left by just drilling 4 holes in the bottom of the case (look out for metal scrapings!).


Edited by ninjikiran - 7/16/10 at 3:10am
post #1640 of 2616
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Originally Posted by ninjikiran View Post

Hmm I don't have a drill unfortunately or the work space to use one.  Otherwise I would feel comfortable with just cutting out a nice hole to fit considering it is only sheet metal and easy to work with.

 

As for grounding, does the mav have a ground circuit anywhere?
 


 

I'm not sure if the Mav has a ground circuit somewhere, but you should be able to ground the HDAMs ground wire on either the PCB screws or the case screws. And yes, since my second Sun is still on the way, I'm currently using a LT1364CN8 in the headphone amp section.

 

post #1641 of 2616

Think there is any possibility of squeezing that thing in without case mods?Only thing really stopping me from buying it.

 

Otherwise I am willing to tryo ut the mesh as well even if the current case is better protection from the huge TV and computers next to it ;)  Where did ya get the mesh?  And what kind of alloy or metal is it?

 

Was checking this out

http://www.twpinc.com/twpinc/control/product/~category_id=TWPCAT_11/~product_id=016X016C0110W36T

 

Only problem with that there is a minimum purchase which makes it exuberant


Edited by ninjikiran - 7/16/10 at 3:53pm
post #1642 of 2616
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Originally Posted by ninjikiran View Post

Think there is any possibility of squeezing that thing in without case mods?Only thing really stopping me from buying it.

 

Otherwise I am willing to tryo ut the mesh as well even if the current case is better protection from the huge TV and computers next to it ;)  Where did ya get the mesh?  And what kind of alloy or metal is it?

 

Was checking this out

http://www.twpinc.com/twpinc/control/product/~category_id=TWPCAT_11/~product_id=016X016C0110W36T

 

Only problem with that there is a minimum purchase which makes it exuberant

Hard to fit one in without having to cut a hole into the case. Why not just cut one into the stock one if it offer better protection? As for the mesh, I've used a old table and cut out the mesh from that.

post #1643 of 2616

Because I don't have the tools unfortunately.  Or perhaps I don't have the knowledge lol.  Regardless something will be figured out.

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Originally Posted by reiserFS View Post

Hard to fit one in without having to cut a hole into the case. Why not just cut one into the stock one if it offer better protection? As for the mesh, I've used a old table and cut out the mesh from that.


 


Edited by ninjikiran - 7/16/10 at 4:08pm
post #1644 of 2616

These experiences echo mine with the HDAM's. I have tried them all in the DAC position, and the Moon in both positions. Only the Sun HDAM fails to distort at all volume levels. The Moon HDAM sounds really good at normal listening levels (say less than about 88-90 db in my livingroom), but distorts above those levels in the DAC position. It did not work at all in the HP slot. I must emphasize that the Moon HDAM sounds really, really good, until it distorts, though.

 

The Sun HDAM in the DAC position is really nice, as well. Definitely more detail. I didn' think I'd like it when I read several reviews that mentioned things like "brighness," and other adjectives that sounded like it was tilted way forward in the HF range. I don't find it overly "bright" at all though, or even "analytical" (I know, silly HiFi term...).

 

I have tried all the other, recommended op amps, and find all the HDAM's to be preferable in the DAC slot, but I found that I liked the stock op amp in the HP position. I suspect if the Sun works in the HP slot, I will vastly prefer that to any of the IC op amps.

 

Alas, I only have one Sun, so I have not tried it in the HP position, yet. I hope to get up the gumption to move it over, soon (a measure of my contentment with it in the DAC spot!).

 

Marc

Airport>Maverick D1 (Sun HDAM/Stock Opamp in HP position)>Stock Allesandro Music Series Headphones/300B SE tube amp>Alpair 10 single-driver speakers in MarKen10 Enclosures.

 

 
 


Edited by Eclecticos - 7/16/10 at 4:12pm
post #1645 of 2616

All you need is a dremel and some free time.  I built a table with nothing but a dremel and dremel accessories once.

 

That copper mesh looks pretty cool though.  Only problem is the minimum order.  Any volunteers to by 15 sq ft and parcel it out in $10 increments?

post #1646 of 2616
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Originally Posted by Eclecticos View Post

These experiences echo mine with the HDAM's. I have tried them all in the DAC position, and the Moon in both positions. Only the Sun HDAM fails to distort at all volume levels. The Moon HDAM sounds really good at normal listening levels (say less than about 88-90 db in my livingroom), but distorts above those levels. I must emphasize that the Moon HDAM sounds really, really good, until it distorts, though.

 

The Sun HDAM in the DAC position is really nice, as well. Definitely more detail. I didn' think I'd like it when I read several reviews that mentioned things like "brighness," and other adjectives that sounded like it was tilted way forward in the HF range. I don't find it overly "bright" at all though, or even "analytical" (I know, silly HiFi term...).

 

I only have one Sun, so I have not tried it in the HF position, yet. I hope to get up the gumption to move it over, soon (a measure of my contentment with it in the DAC spot!).

 

Marc

Airport>Maverick D1 (Sun HDAM/Stock Opamp in HF position)>Stock Allesandro Music Series Headphones/300B SE tube amp>Alpair 10 single-driver speakers in MarKen10 Enclosures.

 

 
 


Ah, so it was you with the Moon and Sun HDAM. I don't really find the Sun on the bright side as well, more like it overs a bit smoothness yet a huge and detailed soundstage with my K701 - not fatiguing at all. Interesting fact though, the LT1364 also distorts near max volume.

post #1647 of 2616
My case mod:
 
It's simple - I just dremelled a hole in the top of the case and attached some mesh I found around the house.
 
Lets me see the tube and lets all the heat easily escape.
 
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I <3 my Mav 
post #1648 of 2616

Hi, i just ordered the d1 and i have some questions:

1. Wich connection will be better, coax or usb?

2. if i dont use the pre amp and use only the headphone connection, the tube wont work right?

post #1649 of 2616

TheMG, coax will be better. Headphone output doesn't use the tube. The tube will still be active even if you don't use the preamp output.

post #1650 of 2616

Yea Spanky you should probably remove any entries of 24/96khz over USB including the driver.

 

The USB controller chip will NEVER allow it unfortunately.  Which in my opinion makes USB a last resort if you have other means.

 

If you know nothing about computers or your sound card/drivers USB is plug and play and will probably net you better results than your mainboard spdif.

 

At the same time if you have the cash a bit-matched transport like the X-Fi Prelude would be even better (~$200 sound card)  which means no need to set a "master sample rate"


Edited by ninjikiran - 7/17/10 at 12:08am
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