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post #4936 of 5558
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Originally Posted by JamieMcC View Post
 


Its the same size as the Crack 6x10 inches my Quickie top plates fits my Crack enclosure.

 

My apologies then - I thought it was smaller. Perhaps because I have it on a metal enclosure that sits flush at the sides (i.e. no overhanging case) and I don't have my Crack anymore to compare.

post #4937 of 5558
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Originally Posted by Loquah View Post
 

 

My apologies then - I thought it was smaller. Perhaps because I have it on a metal enclosure that sits flush at the sides (i.e. no overhanging case) and I don't have my Crack anymore to compare.

 

Looks good with the black top :bigsmile_face:

post #4938 of 5558

So, in short, people would recommend the Quickie as another worthwhile upgrade to a SB'd Crack?

 

I've got some Mundorf caps coming in and just bought a used rDac on eBay to see whether there's much of a noticeable difference from the Fiio E7 as a DAC. If so, I'll spring for something a bit more substantial towards the end of the year.

 

I'm going to fit the 470 resistor switch as well. After a few days sitting with it, I think that the E80CC/TS5998 combo has lost a bit of bass with the resistor mod. The mids are wider and more detailed than ever but it's a little bit thinner in texture. I'd like to confirm my suspicions, as the initial added detail and mid-range separation got me very excited but I'm finding it doesn't quite hit the same spots.

 

Caps will also be interesting.

post #4939 of 5558

This may get me lynched, but for me...the quickie made the biggest difference of all. That would include rolling in the TS 5998, Solen and Obbligato caps and even the speedball. :ph34r:

 

The sequence could also have some effect. I tried the quickie with all those mods already in place, so I'm not sure what the effect would be on a stock crack with the quickie. I'd certainly be interested to find out though. 

post #4940 of 5558
My main concern is running something off battery power, just because it seems inconvenient. Is there any way to swap that for a mains current? I should probably check the Bottlehead forum, really. I'm sure it's been asked a million times.
post #4941 of 5558

I believe that the batteries are staying. The quickie upgrade PJCCs, about $35, is also part of the equation.

 

Bottlehead now offers the Smash around the $350 price. A fellow member is building and testing and will report back. It will use regular main power. 

post #4942 of 5558
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post
 

I believe that the batteries are staying. The quickie upgrade PJCCs, about $35, is also part of the equation.

 

Bottlehead now offers the Smash around the $350 price. A fellow member is building and testing and will report back. It will use regular main power. 

I really can't wait to hear the impression on how the newly-released Smash paired with the Crack or other Bottlehead amps ( SEX and Mainline ) :D

post #4943 of 5558

Hi:

Any thoughts on how Crack (no speedball upgrade yet) pairs with Cambridge Audio Dacmagic Plus DAC?

post #4944 of 5558
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Originally Posted by ramaka View Post

Hi:

Any thoughts on how Crack (no speedball upgrade yet) pairs with Cambridge Audio Dacmagic Plus DAC?

I still own but no longer use DacMagic Plus but the Crack i have has Speedball and other upgrades
post #4945 of 5558
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Originally Posted by olegausany View Post


I still own but no longer use DacMagic Plus but the Crack i have has Speedball and other upgrades

How was the SQ if and when you paired them?

post #4946 of 5558
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post

I believe that the batteries are staying. The quickie upgrade PJCCs, about $35, is also part of the equation.

Bottlehead now offers the Smash around the $350 price. A fellow member is building and testing and will report back. It will use regular main power. 
That would be me. Should arrive roughly 2 months from now. Will get to compare side by side with Quickie. I'll even let Matt hear both side by side for a second opinion. smily_headphones1.gif
post #4947 of 5558
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post

This may get me lynched, but for me...the quickie made the biggest difference of all. That would include rolling in the TS 5998, Solen and Obbligato caps and even the speedball. ph34r.gif

The sequence could also have some effect. I tried the quickie with all those mods already in place, so I'm not sure what the effect would be on a stock crack with the quickie. I'd certainly be interested to find out though. 
I had a stock Crack with stock Quickie. Then I added the Speedball and a night later the PJCCS upgrade to the Quickie. I found that it was the PJCCS upgrade that made the largest difference as far as the bass and soundstaging is concerned for the entire setup.
post #4948 of 5558
I never tried them together but can try either tomorrow or Wednesday but be aware that tubes used make big difference

By the those who like Philips E80CC / Tungsol 5998 pairing should also try Westinghouse 12AU7 labeled CONN black plates from '50 which same to me and are cheaper and easy to find
post #4949 of 5558
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Originally Posted by Sonido View Post


That would be me. Should arrive roughly 2 months from now. Will get to compare side by side with Quickie. I'll even let Matt hear both side by side for a second opinion. smily_headphones1.gif

 

Nice!! I accept your offer. 

 

:beerchug:

 

All the upgrades for the crack are appreciable. The TS 5998 was a nice move up the ladder. As was the speedball. But they still take a backseat to the  upgraded quickie. 

post #4950 of 5558
Originally Posted by olegausany View Post

Where you got it from?

 

The 'Bay, my friend.  I got mine for what I'd consider a steal (considering this tube is pretty well regarded, from what I can tell).. here's a listing for a pair that looks identical to mine.

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