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Looks good with the black top
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.
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.
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 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 )
How was the SQ if and when you paired them?
Nice!! I accept your offer.
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.