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78% - Mac music server

20% - Vinyl

  1% - DVD/CD

  1% - DAT

 

I primarily use the Sony Home DVD/CD player to contrast familiar tracks against their digital counterparts once in a Blue Moon to make sure all is well. And the DAT for memories and good times!

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Originally Posted by dminches View Post

So, are there "better" digital cables?

 

Indeed, they change/affect the sound.

Even Toshlink and USB cables make a difference and I have experienced this, even though I am a terrible evaluator.

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by hodgjy View Post

I found great satisfaction spinning CDs.  I still like it now.  But, once I went to an iPod holding my entire music collection feeding a DAC, I have become accustomed to the convenience of my entire library at my fingertips. 

 

 

I have most of my library on my iPods which I often use with docks connected to my systems or when mobile.

 

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Originally Posted by Clayton SF View Post

I either play records or CDs one at a time as well. I tried Apple's Airplay and to my ear it didn't sound quite right on my system so I dropped it. The weakest link must have been my wireless connection. Also, when I download music from HDTracks or other high-end download sites, I burn the songs to a DVD and play it on my PS Audio Perfect Wave Transport--one disc at a time.

 

I digitised most of my vinyls 12 years ago and never used them since.

The convenience of been digital is hard to beat.

I use airplay with my speaker amp but not that often.

post #2403 of 10818

90% AIFF/FLAC/WAV

10% SACD/CD/Blu-Ray Audio

 

The convenience factor for Digital is hard to beat.

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Originally Posted by longbowbbs View Post
The convenience factor for Digital is hard to beat.

2009: 10% speakers

          90% headphones

 

2013: 90% speakers

          10% headphones

 

I agree with your statement and I will get there at some point--again. I was streaming using Airplay for about a month and then I stopped.

 

What I get out of playing single CDs and LPs one at a time is that I treat an LP or CD like a concert. When I listen to Miles Davis or Diana Krall, I listen to the complete CD--start to finish. I sit in comfortably and hold the CD or LP cover in my hand and look at the notes (not all the time but most of the time.) Also the covers help me choose my mood. Flip, flip, flip... ah here's one for a quiet evening. Turn over the album jacket. What have we here?

 

Even compilation CDs and LPs offer up a mood that I can quickly reference; however, when I did stream music, it was usually when I was putting around the apartment. After all, I have my mono blocks on 18 hours a day continuously--sometimes 20 hours (when I go to bed I select an ambient music CD, choose Repeat All, and play it at low volume) if I listened intently continuously, I'd never get the dishes washed. ;)

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Right now I am 30% headphones and 70% speakers.

 

All of my headphone time is with digital sources, mostly streamed from my squeezebox touch.  With my speaker listening I would say it is 70% vinyl and 30% digital (CDs/SACDs/streamed-squeezebox).

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I am probably 95% headphones 5% speakers. Mainly due to disturbing the family or someone in the next hotel room. I do enjoy hooking up the B&W MM1's with the DragonFly to the MBPro for some hotel room near field when I don't want the HP's on or I have things to do and I am moving around the room. 

 

I was listening to Steven Wilsons new Raven recording on multi-channel Blu-ray with my Oppo BD-83 and M&K's and it is really neat. Sometimes, I will spend some SACD time with my Vandersteen's too. Still that time is limited at the moment.

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What is the difference between a 5AR4 and a 5R4GY?

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Two tubes worth trying are the Ken-Rad VT231 and FIVRE 6SN7GT Black Plates.

They sound excellent with Glenn's OTL and Grado SR325is.

 

Like Eric I am 98% headphones 2% speakers. 

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Originally Posted by dminches View Post

What is the difference between a 5AR4 and a 5R4GY?


Apples and oranges my friend.  They have different ratings, heater power requirements, and voltage drop.  Most importantly the 5AR4 is indirectly heated and the 5R4GY is direct heating. 

 

The 5R4GY is a relative of the 5U4G, where as the 5AR4 is not directly related to either one apart from them both being full wave rectifiers.

post #2410 of 10818

I guess I should have asked about the 5U4G and 5R4GY!  I have seen people talk about substituting one for the other.

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Originally Posted by dminches View Post

I guess I should have asked about the 5U4G and 5R4GY!  I have seen people talk about substituting one for the other.

I believe the 5R4GY is available for using in 5U$ applications. I just ordered one Phillips from Upscale Audio to use in the Taboo Mk 111

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5U4GB = max AC in 550volt per plate

              max output current 275 ma

              tube voltage drop 50 volt

              Filament 5 volt 3 amp

 

5R4    = max AC in 900 volt per plate

             max output current 250 ma

             tube voltage drop 67 volt

             Filament 5 volt 2 amp

 

These tubes can be subs for each other in most applications

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Originally Posted by 2359glenn View Post

5U4GB = max AC in 550volt per plate

              max output current 275 ma

              tube voltage drop 50 volt

              Filament 5 volt 3 amp

 

5R4    = max AC in 900 volt per plate

             max output current 250 ma

             tube voltage drop 67 volt

             Filament 5 volt 2 amp

 

These tubes can be subs for each other in most applications

Thanks Glenn

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I bet Glenn remembers all the data by heart and has used these and a few more plenty times.

 

I am very content with my 3DG4 rectifier.

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I thought the current output on the 5R4 was less than that, maybe I will try my Brimar 5R4GY in the OTL and see how it sounds.  I was afraid to because I thought it would arc and fry itself and I really like that tube so I didn't want to risk it.

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