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post #1921 of 1925
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Originally Posted by shabta View Post
 

Anyone try installing a USB board into  the gungnir? How hard is it?

As people say, snapping the USB board in is trivial.  Watch out to unscrew the right screws opening up the case (i.e. don't detach any boards).  Getting the LEDs lined up was easy for me working alone, but you it did seem like it could get messed up if you bent them out of alignment somehow.   Lots of space and good big screws, so much easier than most electronics tinkering.  


Edited by StefanJK - 5/18/15 at 5:22am
post #1922 of 1925
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Originally Posted by shabta View Post
 

Anyone try installing a USB board into  the gungnir? How hard is it?

Another issue to consider is electromagnetic discharge. Make sure you're properly grounded and even wear a grounding wrist strap. One little discharge can fry a chip.

post #1923 of 1925
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Originally Posted by shabta View Post
 

Anyone try installing a USB board into  the gungnir? How hard is it?

 

I did the gungnir upgrade myself (i hope schitt is not reading this) and it is really easy, Take your time and wear a wrist discharge thingy.  A handy tip i would recommend is getting a piece of cardboard and stabbing all the screws in to it as you take them out and write where each one came from ( not really necessary for this but still handy).

 

The hardest part of the entire is thing is those damn LED lights on the front. They are nearly impossible to get all correctly lined up so here's what i did to get most of them lined up (takes a few tries)

 

Once the case is off you will see that the LEDS are on very long bendy legs with a 90 degree bend. Sort of bend them to line up the best you can or at least when the chassis is back on you can see part of the LED. I then used a pin and to sort of flick the LEDS so that they pop in to their holes on the chassis. Its quite hard to visualize so if you need i can PM you some images to help.

post #1924 of 1925
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Originally Posted by politbureau View Post
 

That's actually a great little box - thanks for the link! Do you know if the USB is an output and actually carries signal?

 

I was also considering the Airenabler (http://airenabler.qnology.com/Home) which is the same thing, but works exclusively over USB. Not sure if this is an advantage or not (airplay is limited to 16/44.1 afterall), but it could be interesting as I can route the signal through my Wyrd to potentially remove some additional jitter, and reviews are pretty good.

Answering my own question here...

 

AirEnabler ordered, installed and working like a charm. Running via a custom 4" USB cable into an iPurifier, then into my Wyrd and into my Gungnir Gen2. Limited by Airplay to 16/44.1, but sounds fantastic so far. I'm not sure I hear a clear difference from the Airport Express, but 2 things are instantly noticeable: the "Buy Better Gear" light no longer comes on, and audio streams start and stop more instantaneously.

 

Cheers

post #1925 of 1925
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Originally Posted by NoxNoctum View Post
 

So I wouldn't see a jump in my electric bill leaving it on like if I started using say, a window AC unit? 

 

I split rent/utilities with a couple other people so I don't want to cause any problems there.


I checked my G ... it runs at 20W. For me, my kWh rate is $0.255 (I'm in Australia). That's $44.60 per year to run it 24/7. Not much I guess, but my amp runs at about 35W on standby, (and 200W on even not playing). Plus the bit from the Squeeze box, and the pre amp. It all adds up. Money I'd rather have in my pocket, for the sake of some sonic improvement I probably couldn't hear. I turn it all off when I'm not listening.

 

J

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