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post #91 of 1705

Perhaps using potting compound to coat the transformer? Would be a mess but it'd probably reduce the loudness.Not that I would do so, as I like my warranties intact. :) I'm actually tempted to pick one up for myself even though I have a couple DIY amps in the pipeline.

post #92 of 1705

Actually, that's contrary to my own experience with mechanical noise isolation, especially xformer lamination noise. Much of the noise generated in this context is the physical coupling of the chassis with whatever its sitting on top of creating a type of "sound board." But heck, it's only a few bucks, and you can stick up some posters on your walls mar free!
 

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Blu tak would NOT be appropriate in this case.  It would be completely ineffective.  
 

post #93 of 1705

Keep in mind folks that the "mechanical" noise we're talking about here is below average ambient noise levels in a quiet home.

 

It's lamination buzz from the transformer.  If the amp weren't running class A, it would be completely silent.  It's strictly mechanical, almost inaudible, and not at all in the signal period.  It's really not an issue unless you intend to plug this amp in and let it idle in front of you in a silent anechoic chamber.  Blu-tak won't help, too much mass/energy and heat for blu-tak to be effective in this instance.

post #94 of 1705
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Originally Posted by Rdr. Seraphim View Post

Actually, that's contrary to my own experience with mechanical noise isolation, especially xformer lamination noise. Much of the noise generated in this context is the physical coupling of the chassis with whatever its sitting on top of creating a type of "sound board." But heck, it's only a few bucks, and you can stick up some posters on your walls mar free!


Great idea!!  

post #95 of 1705


In this case the transformer is directly coupled to the PCB and via the PCB the chassis. You can't change the height of the PCB since all parts are PCB mounted as Steve said earlier. You can't isolate the transformer as it's soldered directly to the PCB. I'll have to agree with kwkarth here, I don't think blutak will work very well in this instance.

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Actually, that's contrary to my own experience with mechanical noise isolation, especially xformer lamination noise. Much of the noise generated in this context is the physical coupling of the chassis with whatever its sitting on top of creating a type of "sound board." But heck, it's only a few bucks, and you can stick up some posters on your walls mar free!
 


 

Edited by Nebby - 6/23/10 at 11:28am
post #96 of 1705
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In this case the transformer is directly coupled to the PCB and via the PCB the chassis. You can't change the height of the PCB since all parts are PCB mounted as Steve said earlier. You can't isolate the transformer as it's soldered directly to the PCB. I'll have to agree with kwkarth here, I don't think blutak will work very well in this instance.


Correct.  The solution would be to decouple the xformer mechanically from the chassis, but the current design doesn't facilitate that.

post #97 of 1705

My contribution was partly in jest. Albeit, my personal experience and opinion of the stuff--my overall exposure to Hi-Fi in general is similar in duration to kwkarth's--differ's as to its effectiveness. I don't personally use the stuff anymore, but it's in keeping with the price point of the amp.

 

Moving on... kwkarth, have you tried this lil' overachiever with the LCD-2? 

 

 

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In this case the transformer is directly coupled to the PCB and via the PCB the chassis. You can't change the height of the PCB since all parts are PCB mounted as Steve said earlier. You can't isolate the transformer as it's soldered directly to the PCB. I'll have to agree with kwkarth here, I don't think blutak will work very well in this instance.


 
post #98 of 1705

I think he has... It was the review right after Judes where he stated it. I want to get an Asgard and an LCD2 meeself 

post #99 of 1705

Ah, I see. I totally missed the humor and took you seriously. :)

post #100 of 1705

I'm in a similar boat. I'm looking for a complementary SS amp to my Sonett (which I love), so that I can dabble in ortho's. If I can get to even 80+ % of the qualities of the Sonett in this lil' box, I could be happy with it and the LCD-2 for a little while until I settle on a more reference level SS amp.

 

Looking forward to some more impressions!  

 

EDIT: Sheeze! So much for my grammar... I meant "complementary." A very small spelling error with a HUGE difference in meaning! 

 

 
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I think he has... It was the review right after Judes where he stated it. I want to get an Asgard and an LCD2 meeself 


Edited by Rdr. Seraphim - 6/23/10 at 12:57pm
post #101 of 1705
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Perhaps using potting compound to coat the transformer?


Or perhaps simply not obsessing over it to begin with?

 

se

 

post #102 of 1705

I wasn't obsessing over it, just throwing an idea out there. In all actuality I probably wouldn't notice nor care about it ;) I think it was the blu-tack suggestion that got me going :p

post #103 of 1705

 

Just returned from a mini listening session with a fellow Head-Fier here in PDX land.

 

My impressions of the Asgard in this session were very similar to sachu's. 

 

One thing I haven't mentioned is that in yesterday's listening, the Asgard did a lovely job with the Cardas recabled Sennheiser HD-600s.  Really nice.  

 

Listening to the AKG-K701s was not as lovely an experience.  For some reason, there didn't seem to be any synergy there.  

It has plenty of power for the 701's but it just didn't have the right tonal character.  The HD-600s though, were as good as I've ever heard them.

 

So far, the Asgard seems to work well with the HE-5, LCD-2's and the Sennheiser's, but not so well with the K-701's.

 

BTW, the AT esw9 also synergized well with this amp.

post #104 of 1705

kwkarth,

 

Related to your observations,  the FAQ section of the Schiit webpage also states that the Asgard has great synergy with Senns, and that the Valhalla has great synergy with AKGs.

post #105 of 1705
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kwkarth,

 

Related to your observations,  the FAQ section of the Schiit webpage also states that the Asgard has great synergy with Senns, and that the Valhalla has great synergy with AKGs.


I hope that this doesn't mean that the Val has poor synergy with Senns. This will be bad news as I am considering getting the Val and the HD650 for home listening in the near future.

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