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I'm with you! Have you gone down the DIY path yet? I'm going to start eye-balling some space inside the listening room. The garage is roomy, but the thought of being away from my Woo is too much! And no, baby ain't going to the garage... 



i've been reading books on electronics and repair for the past 2 months trying to brush up on my long lost electronics knowledge I lost back in the 80's. when I get up the courage I'm going to recap my Sansui AU 505.  I purchased a Radio Shack int amp from Goodwill to practice desoldering and soldering components.  

 

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i've been reading books on electronics and repair for the past 2 months trying to brush up on my long lost electronics knowledge I lost back in the 80's. when I get up the courage I'm going to recap my Sansui AU 505.  I purchased a Radio Shack int amp from Goodwill to practice desoldering and soldering components.  

 



Very smart, much like a medical student practicing on... (ok, maybe not, still smart though). I could use some brushing up myself.


Edited by Silent One - 11/9/11 at 11:27pm
post #33 of 139

Best audio value 2011? Best audio decisions for 2001? I purchased some near field speakers and will have a guy make me two amps for them this next year. I made most of my big audio purchases in 2009 and am very happy. I have made some other big purchases the last two years which has drained my audio play money, no worries though.

 

I'm fairly set up so I guess you could say I'm just getting really into the music. Cool to see everyones purchases and audio fun!beerchug.gif

post #34 of 139
I bought nothing in 2011. No gear at all.

Instead, I used what I have and finally dug into all those discs I bought and had no time to listen to.

This made me a lot happier than when I was chasing gear. A lot happier.

When you stop caring about upgrades or trying the latest'n'greatest you can simply enjoy the music. Thanks to a nice pair of speakers, I have music playing most of the time I'm home. Again, it makes me really happy.

2012 will be a little different. The pieces are almost together so I can get through the eight or nine boxes of DIY parts. There will be a lot more gear. I'll evaluate everything and - finally - strip down to a few amps and a few headphones.

Another major goal is to case and finish the DAC, then buying a new computer and ripping everything to lossless. A music server is the solution to the pile of silver discs.

I also need to put my pile of aluminum extrusions to use and build a rack that will hold everything.
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Yes a music server is my goal for 2012.

 

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post #38 of 139
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I bought nothing in 2011. No gear at all.
Instead, I used what I have and finally dug into all those discs I bought and had no time to listen to.
This made me a lot happier than when I was chasing gear. A lot happier.
When you stop caring about upgrades or trying the latest'n'greatest you can simply enjoy the music. Thanks to a nice pair of speakers, I have music playing most of the time I'm home. Again, it makes me really happy.
2012 will be a little different. The pieces are almost together so I can get through the eight or nine boxes of DIY parts. There will be a lot more gear. I'll evaluate everything and - finally - strip down to a few amps and a few headphones.
Another major goal is to case and finish the DAC, then buying a new computer and ripping everything to lossless. A music server is the solution to the pile of silver discs.
I also need to put my pile of aluminum extrusions to use and build a rack that will hold everything.


You've certainly earned the right to enjoyment. I had to start over a few years back from scratch due to lifestyle changes. I bought my first tube amp in Summer 2010 and it brought me so much joy. Although I enjoy the rush and the hype that comes along with the chase, I've long been tempered by having worked in retail and manufacturing for Home/Car Audio.

 

And I understand my own emotions - I know how to live in the moment, whether it's a well stocked Studio or a Studio apartment with a portable. biggrin.gif I really would love to start the DIY process, have never made anything audio. I think it would be very good for my soul. So for me, that's next while I enjoy music along the way.


Edited by Silent One - 11/10/11 at 12:02am
post #39 of 139
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You've certainly earned the right to enjoyment. I had to start over a few years back from scratch due to lifestyle changes. I bought my first tube amp in Summer 2010 and it brought me so much joy. Although I enjoy the rush and the hype that comes along with the chase, I've long been tempered by having worked in retail and manufacturing for Home/Car Audio.

 

And I understand my own emotions - I know how to live in the moment, whether it's a well stocked Studio or a Studio apartment with a portable. biggrin.gif I really would love to start the DIY process, have never made anything audio. I think it would be very good for my soul. So for me, that's next while I enjoy music along the way.



wish i was a smart audiophile and did DIY, it would be cool to make some of those pretty cables redface.gif

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Yes a music server is my goal for 2012.

 



You know, with your having a W4S box complete with balanced is2 input, a Sonore music server with balanced is2 output would make you a very bad man. very_evil_smiley.gif

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wish i was a smart audiophile and did DIY, it would be cool to make some of those pretty cables redface.gif



You could try making a DIY amp, I've seen 13 year olds soldering circuits and although the results were not pretty, the circuit worked perfectly fine. Should be a good place to start if you are interested in DIY. beerchug.gif

Making an O2 could actually be the second best decision this year, but I'll see how much free time I have on my hands biggrin.gif


Edited by Parall3l - 11/10/11 at 12:08am
post #42 of 139
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You could try making a DIY amp, I've seen 13 year olds soldering circuits and although the results were not pretty, the circuit worked perfectly fine. Should be a good place to start if you are interested in DIY. beerchug.gif



i know how to solder and i know basic electricity, but i don't think i'm up for building the whole thing, sounds too advanced.

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wish i was a smart audiophile and did DIY, it would be cool to make some of those pretty cables redface.gif



What I hope to do in 2012 is have meetings once a month or every other month to fulfill the audio society and DIY desires in me. To learn new skill and techniques from your audio brothers & sisters, as well as appreciating and listening to music together a half a dozen times a year would be great! I will be talking to some of my wide-area neighbors about this (head-fier's & computeraudiophiles) in the region.

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 I enjoy the rush and the hype that comes along with the chase

 

I did not like the chase for my rig at all!  It was nerve racking to say the least and no fun at all.  This is my first headphone rig after having been a speaker rig audiophile for 30 years.  I knew nothing about the headphone game and I had to do endless research and intuitive deduction for nearly 6 months. I didn't want to make too much of an error.  I ended up with the LCD-2, The Violectric V200, and the Wyred 4 Sound DAC-2.  It was nerve racking and no fun at all.  But I enjoy the rig immensely now..    When I look back it was all actually easier than the next purchase I want to make which has left me decision paralyzed and is turning out to be far more  difficult than I thought it would be. I've spent many months on this decision and still I am no closer than when I started.  And that is to buy a tube amp so I can own one solid state amp and one tube amp.  The closer I get the further I am...

post #45 of 139
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You know, with your having a W4S box complete with balanced is2 input, a Sonore music server with balanced is2 output would make you a very bad man. very_evil_smiley.gif



I'll check it out!  I'm waiting to see how the W4S music server shakes out...

 

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