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It occurred to me earlier that I didn't mention the feet its hard to spot in the pics but they are not feet but something else.

 

You may laugh but if you can't guess what they are then here's a little clue!

 

 

I don't wear them myself but did make these they turned out quiet well, just as good if not better than the ones in the link below.

 

http://store.carbonfibergear.com/ultra-carbon-fiber-ring-original-polished


Edited by JamieMcC - 11/30/13 at 1:03pm
post #3347 of 6346

Hi everyone,

 

Today I've just noticed a little problem from my Crack. After a decent time working perfectly, now my Crack began to cause some 'buzz' sound when I adjust the volume ( turn the volume knob ). The 'buzz' sounds like there is electricity in my headphone and it comes through both channel. I'm not very good at English so I'm trying to describe how it sounds. The 'buzz' sound only shows up when I turning the volume knob, otherwise it's back to dead silent. It's not a very serious problem, but it concerns me a little bit 'cause I'm used to the-total-dead-silent-crack.

 

Any ideas?

Thanks in advance,

Kratos.


Edited by Aeolus Kratos - 12/3/13 at 7:37am
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Could be the interconnects. Try unpluggung and replugging them.

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"Effective electromagnetic shielding"

 

Edit, post moved to Bottlehead forum, Technical Topics.

 

 

http://www.bottlehead.com/smf/index.php/topic,5320.0.html


Edited by JamieMcC - 12/4/13 at 4:15am
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Originally Posted by Doc B. View Post
 

Could be the interconnects. Try unpluggung and replugging them.


Thanks Doc!

 

Problem was solved. After I tried unplugging and replugging the interconnects as well as turning the volume knob around about 20 times, the buzz noise now disappeared :D

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Originally Posted by Aeolus Kratos View Post


Thanks Doc!

Problem was solved. After I tried unplugging and replugging the interconnects as well as turning the volume knob around about 20 times, the buzz noise now disappeared biggrin.gif

I too had a horrible buzzing/crackling noise coming out of one of my crack builds and I resoldered most of the joints, changed the tubes and even replaced some of the caps. In the end I discovered it was coming from the headphone jack, all I had to do was loosen it up.

Apparently if it's screwed on too tight you can get terrible distortion.
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Originally Posted by dxanex View Post
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Apparently if it's screwed on too tight you can get terrible distortion.

 

My boss at work has that problem frequently.

 

:D

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Originally Posted by JamieMcC View Post
 

Sitting back with a wee dram and just enjoying letting the music flow and boy can the Crack sing even with the standard tubes straight from the off its simply magic.

 

I can see how easy it is to succumbed to this Crack addiction.

 

 

Cheers guys

:beerchug:

Jamie

 

The new "thing" in hifi seems to be pairing audio gear with whisk(e)y; Linn with their 40th anniversary turntable using Highland Park whisky casks and now Grado. Who is going to be the first to make a Crack using whisk(e)y casks as the base? :)

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Originally Posted by J-Pak View Post
 

 

The new "thing" in hifi seems to be pairing audio gear with whisk(e)y; Linn with their 40th anniversary turntable using Highland Park whisky casks and now Grado. Who is going to be the first to make a Crack using whisk(e)y casks as the base? :)

 

Funny enough I did looked at that after  seeing a Crack which uses a wooden wine box for its case which looked great.  The Whisky cases looked to big and chunky and the older style ones are going for more than I wished to spend. Most of the more modern boxes are single bottle cases which would be small but at a pinch it would be possible to use the branding on sides and make replacement ends to get the width right.


Edited by JamieMcC - 12/6/13 at 3:31am
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Originally Posted by J-Pak View Post
 

 

The new "thing" in hifi seems to be pairing audio gear with whisk(e)y; Linn with their 40th anniversary turntable using Highland Park whisky casks and now Grado. Who is going to be the first to make a Crack using whisk(e)y casks as the base? :)

 

 

I do believe you have something there.

Did you know, you can purchase your very own cask of Jack Daniels?

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My Crack is up and running since yesterday and a can't take the headphones off. So much more then I expected. Boy this thing rocks! Awaiting the arrival of my Speedbal; Actually awaiting the day when I get to listen to my Crack with Speedball.

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Now I need to find a DAC for the Crack. Using a Fiio E-10 since yesterday, but I can't imagine it's giving me my best sonic bliss. Wish I had an idea when Doc will be releasing his DAC. Probably the day I order a Modi.

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The PC board for the final DAC prototype - what we would call the production prototype and thus identical to what will be in the kit - has been ordered this week. It takes a couple weeks to be built and from there we need to make some small layout changes on the chassis and make sure we don't screw something up in the process. At this moment I would estimate we will be ready to take orders in mid to late January. Release dates have a tendency to be moving targets so that is just a guess, not an announcement.
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Any chance we could see a photo of it when it arrives?  I'm really curious.

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I have made a start on the speedball upgrade this evening.

 

Starting with the largest of the three boards. Assembling the components on the board was straight forward. Soldering all the components in the holes on the back side I found a bit more of a challenge, judging the correct amount of solder to feed in and finding out which solder tip worked best took a few try's before it started to come together. If you have done this sort of thing before I would imagine you would find it a doddle. A magnifying glass was essential for reading part numbers and checking on the soldering and also checked the resisters out with the meter.Not starting till late in the evening once the first board was done I was quiet relived and happy saved the other boards for another day and a fresher pair of eyes.

 

 


Edited by JamieMcC - 12/8/13 at 11:26pm
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