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Name your Best Buy, your Best Tweak, Best Value and Best thread for 2011. At first glance, this thread may appear to be some five weeks early. A closer look will reveal the contributions made will allow time for holiday shopping with new ideas! My own best audio moves made this year below:

 

*** Newly added: Best New Music Discovery ***

 

 

 

Best Buy:

 

1) Zeus re-cabled (balanced) Denon D7000 headphones.

2) W4S DAC-1 w/ Low ESR "Super Caps" + Upgraded Digital Board

3) Internal Solid Sate Drive/8GB RAM for Mac mini music server

4) Tung-Sol 6SN7GT/VT-231 BGRP

 

 

Best Tweak: 

 

1) ViaBlue Isolation Tri-Absorbers

2) Solid State Drive

 

Best Value:

 

1) USAF-596 Rectifier

2) Pioneer SX-650 Integrated Receiver

3) Amarra Music Player

 

 

Best Thread:

 

1) Woo Audio Amp Owner Unite

2) Calling All "Vintage" Integrated/Receiver Owners

3) Bicycle-fi

 

 

Best New Music Discovery: 

 

1) Fufu-Ai

2) Jonasz Michel

3) to be cont'd...

 

 

 


Edited by Silent One - 12/9/11 at 3:36pm
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Best buy this year:

1.)  Wyred4Sound DAC 2

2.)  Ray Samuals SR71-B - portable headphone amp

3.)  ALO Solo - portable iPod Transport/DAC

 

Best tweak this year:

1.)  Double Helix Cables headphone adapters

2.)  Last Record Preservative

3.)  Hunt EDA record brush

4.)  Setting the volume level to 60 with a maximum high setting of 70 and a minimum low setting of 0 on my W4S DAC.

 

Best value this year:

1.)  USAF-596 Rectifier & tube adapter

2.)  Bryston BDP-1

 

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Best Buy:

1) WooAudio WA22 amplifier

2) Beyerdynamic T1

3) Cambridge Audio DacMagic


Best Tweak:

1) Sophia Princess 274B Mesh Rectifier tube

2) PSVane CV-181-T Driver tubes

3) VOVOX® link protect S200 XLR


Best Value:

1) MediaMonkey Gold Lifetime License

2) Lot of pristine condition NOS RCA 6080WA power tubes

3) Cambridge Audio DacMagic

 

 

It's been a good year for me so far :)

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Originally Posted by mikemalter View Post

Best buy this year:

1.)  Wyred4Sound DAC 2

2.)  Ray Samuals SR71-B - portable headphone amp

3.)  ALO Solo - portable iPod Transport/DAC

 

Best tweak this year:

1.)  Double Helix Cables headphone adapters

2.)  Last Record Preservative

3.)  Hunt EDA record brush

4.)  Setting the volume level to 60 with a maximum high setting of 70 and a minimum low setting of 0 on my W4S DAC.

 

Best value this year:

1.)  USAF-596 Rectifier & tube adapter

2.)  Bryston BDP-1

 


Excellent! By the way, I have my eyes on a couple of your tweaks - Last Record Preservative; Hunt EDA record brush. What kind of volume (unit) at what price for the Last Record preservative? Hope I can afford it, my return to vinyl depends on it!  biggrin.gif

 


Edited by Silent One - 11/9/11 at 4:35pm
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Originally Posted by Sesam View Post

Best Buy:

1) WooAudio WA22 amplifier

2) Beyerdynamic T1

3) Cambridge Audio DacMagic


Best Tweak:

1) Sophia Princess 274B Mesh Rectifier tube

2) PSVane CV-181-T Driver tubes

3) VOVOX® link protect S200 XLR


Best Value:

1) MediaMonkey Gold Lifetime License

2) Lot of pristine condition NOS RCA 6080WA power tubes

3) Cambridge Audio DacMagic

 

 

It's been a good year for me so far :)



I had wanted the WA22 on top of my best buy list this year soooooo bad. But it was not meant to be. You owners get more to play with!

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I went objective.

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Ultrasone Pro 900

 

USB Power Hub

 

Ultrasone Pro 900 (250 dollars!)

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Best Buy:  

Violectric V200 

Wyred 4 Sound DAC-2

Audeze LCD-2 Rev.2

 

 

Best Tweak: 

 

Q audio, "Q" Headphone Cable, 3M

Shunyata research Venom 3 1.5 M power cord.

Wireworld Starlight USB cable

Amarra Music Player.

 

Best Value:

Violectric V200 

Wyred 4 Sound DAC-2

Audeze LCD-2 Rev.2

Q cable aftermarket Headphone Cable 3M

Shunyata Venom 3, 1.5 M power cord X2

Wireworld Starlight USB cable

Amarra Music Player.

 

I know!  All the stuff listed in the Best Value section is the stuff I purchased this year and in the other two categories.  What can I say, I put in a lot of effort before I spent the cash and found all the listed gear to be the best value.  

 

The year isn't over yet though! very_evil_smiley.gif

 

ZoomInto: Pictures, Images and Photos
 

Best Thread Of The Year

Woo Audio Amp Owner Unite

http://www.head-fi.org/t/428570/woo-audio-amp-owner-unite

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Edited by WarriorAnt - 11/9/11 at 3:55pm
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Originally Posted by WarriorAnt View Post

 

 

Best Buy:  

Violectric V200 

Wyred 4 Sound DAC-2

Audeze LCD-2 Rev.2

 

 

Best Tweak: 

 

Q audio, "Q" Headphone Cable, 3M

Shunyata research Venom 3 1.5 M power cord.

Wireworld Starlight USB cable

Amarra Music Player.

 

Best Value:

Violectric V200 

Wyred 4 Sound DAC-2

Audeze LCD-2 Rev.2

Q cable aftermarket Headphone Cable 3M

Shunyata Venom 3, 1.5 M power cord X2

Wireworld Starlight USB cable

Amarra Music Player.

 

I know!  All the stuff listed in the Best Value section is the stuff I purchased this year and in the other two categories.  What can I say, I put in a lot of effort before I spent the cash and found all the listed gear to be the best value.  

 

The year isn't over yet though! very_evil_smiley.gif

 

ZoomInto: Pictures, Images and Photos
 

 

ZoomInto: Pictures, Images and Photos
 

 



That's why someone needed to post this thread NOW... I've some shopping to do and tweaks to perform. biggrin.gif WarriorAnt, I nearly overlooked Amarra (ok... I did!). A quick "Edit" and it's in there, one of my best values this year! And buying the W4S box as "B-Stock" is returning BIG Bang for the buck!!!!!


Edited by Silent One - 11/9/11 at 3:57pm
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Originally Posted by SilentOne View Post



That's why someone needed to post this thread NOW... I've some shopping to do and tweaks to perform. biggrin.gif WarriorAnt, I nearly overlooked Amarra (ok... I did!). A quick "Edit" and it's in there, one of my best values this year!


I added a new category

 

 

Best Thread Of The Year

Woo Audio Amp Owner Unite

http://www.head-fi.org/t/428570/woo-audio-amp-owner-unite

 

 

post #11 of 139
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Originally Posted by WarriorAnt View Post


I added a new category

 

 

Best Thread Of The Year

Woo Audio Amp Owner Unite

http://www.head-fi.org/t/428570/woo-audio-amp-owner-unite

 

 



Absolutely! Ok, now has its own catagory by popular demand.

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Edited by Silent One - 11/9/11 at 4:26pm
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Absolutely! But given how valuable a thread, couldn't it s-l-i-d-e underneath "Best Value?" wink_face.gif


Or how about "Best Bargain" category?  In which I would put these acquisitions I obtained this year.

 

Marantz 2215B Vintage receiver.  $5 at a yard sale

 

Yamaha CR820 Vintage Receiver $70  Local

 

Sansui AU 505 Integrated amplifier $40 ebay

 

Kenwood 3500 Integrated Amplifier $35 ebay

 

Bose 301 Vintage speakers $15  Goodwill

 

All in working condition. 

 

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Best Value, no? This is where my '596' & SX-650 cast very large shadows. BTW, I keep forgetting to search Goodwill in some of the upscale communities. Some of that vintage iron need loving homes.

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Edited by Silent One - 11/9/11 at 4:42pm
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Reshelling TF10

Planning Budget for LCD-2

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Originally Posted by SilentOne View Post

Best Value, no? This is where my '596' & SX-650 cast very large shadows. BTW, I keep forgetting to search Goodwill in some of the upscale communities. Some of that vintage iron need loving homes.

popcorn.gif

Forget the Goodwill.  Go to estate sales in retirement communities for vintage...

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