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not all of the amps from a batch are shipped at the same time, once i have finished with parts that can be mass assembled and have moved on to testing units individually i can ship several per week

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Originally Posted by justin w. View Post
 

not all of the amps from a batch are shipped at the same time, once i have finished with parts that can be mass assembled and have moved on to testing units individually i can ship several per week

Please ship the ones for Addicted to Audio in Australia first :P

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Do you think there will be any difference in delivery time between placing order this week or in one month (I could manage to pay that deposit this month, but If it is not necessary I wouldn't want to stretch my monthly budget)? I don't mind waiting a year and half for it, three years would be kind of rough though smily_headphones1.gif It may take 3-4 months till I fully save up for it, so paying 1/4 deposit in front and assuring some nice spot in queue is very nice touch. I am not sure when exactly the rest of the money should be paid to Justin, but I guess it will be right before or even after actual manufacturing process of ones unit.

By the way - how hot does GS-X get during listening? Is it safe to store headphones (woodies) on top of it?

I was going to reply to this post of yours filuS, but as said, Justin is the one to say, which I believe he has.

The GS-X I have doesn't get hot but it does get warm, however, even then I don't think I'd put my headphones on top of it.
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I was going to reply to this post of yours filuS, but as said, Justin is the one to say, which I believe he has.

The GS-X I have doesn't get hot but it does get warm, however, even then I don't think I'd put my headphones on top of it.

+1, David.

Common sense should tell not to block the ventilation openings on top of any device.

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If it didn't produce any heat at all it wouldn't really matter if few openings were covered. I just asked because I might have troubles putting everything on my rack - additional amp + another pair of headphones will really test my "tetris skills". But if I fail I will buy one more rack and that will ultimately save space problems.

 

After some thinking and few emails exchanged with Justin, I pulled a trigger on GS-X yesterday - I've been told that current wait time is around 5-6 months, but I don't mind if it gets prolonged. Only time will tell - the longer it gets the more prepared I will be for its arrival (I want to pair it with HD800 which I plan on purchasing later this year - depends on the money). Too bad old face-plates are not available anymore, I liked less shiny and sharper design of original GS-X. But it's still nice looking amp, plus I will take content over beauty any time.

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filuS, welcome to the waiting line.

During that period you have time straighten out your source equipment if needed and get balanced cables for your future HD800. Enjoy the journey.

Ref the stacking of components:

Even when a device does not generate excessive amount of heat, covering any ventilation completely is never a good idea. If the device has feet that keeps the chassis apart for at least 1/4 inch or 8-10mm, you should be ok.

 

Anyway, I would not stack power supply and amp directly as you basically eliminate most of the potential advantages of having them in separate chassis. Using the full length of the umbilical cord is the purpose of the 2 chassis concept. I have an ASR Emitter 1 amp with separate power supply and the amp is in a rack and the PS (like 20kgs) on the floor, the cord maxed out to get it as far away as possible.

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I use the power supply on the bottom shelf of my rack and the Mk 11 is on the second shelf . No hum or noise coming out of the transformer. The soudn is dead silent. if you stack them there will be a hum form the transformer.

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I didn't want to cover whole GS-X with blanket, I was just wondering if it would be fine to place HD800/W3000ANV on top of it (using Rooms Audio Line FS stands). However, if I am not supposed to stack GS-X on its power supply, then I will surely not have enough room in my rack, no matter how I rearrange my equipment (maybe if I moved power filter on floor, but since we have floor heating, that's not a good idea).

 

As for source and cables - I have done some research and I pretty much already made my mind on which cables to get - ForzaAudio Noir HPC for HD800 (terminated with 4-pin XLR) and ForzaAudio Claire Interconnects (XLR). Both are made from 7N OCC cryo copper, so it should eliminate some sharpness silver cables would bring with HD800. As DAC I am using Yulong DA8, which is pretty fine, but I will replace it with Auralic Vega as soon as I have money. However, that's quite a lot of money and considering that I will be moving out of the country this year, it might take some time to save up for everything. But my plan is to have all of this by the end of the year. Actually I don't really have to worry until GS-X is shipped, I can have everything else home in matter of one/two weeks.

 

Yey, I can't wait :D

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I use the power supply on the bottom shelf of my rack and the Mk 11 is on the second shelf . No hum or noise coming out of the transformer. The soudn is dead silent. if you stack them there will be a hum form the transformer.

Frank, did you actually stack the two units and hear a hum?

Not doubting you, just willing to allow myself to start thinking about the arrival of the GSX in the current batch and want to rearrange the gear in my rack in advance. Stacking would be ergonomically ideal (and the least work!) but if current owners confirm the hum from stacking, I'll rearrange gear so they can be separated.

Approximately how long is the connector for the two components?

Thanks!
Edited by bfreedma - 3/27/14 at 10:36am
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I have both the amp section and the PSU of my GS-Xmk2 on the top shelf of my audio rack, but to separate both units I had a mini rack made, and even though the units are about 2" apart, there's no interference in the SQ.
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As for source and cables - I have done some research and I pretty much already made my mind on which cables to get - ForzaAudio Noir HPC for HD800 (terminated with 4-pin XLR) and ForzaAudio Claire Interconnects (XLR). Both are made from 7N OCC cryo copper, so it should eliminate some sharpness silver cables would bring with HD800. As DAC I am using Yulong DA8, which is pretty fine, but I will replace it with Auralic Vega as soon as I have money. . ..

I will get some Norne Audio Skoell cables in dual XLR configuration, which seem to be somewhat similar (same material, braided structure) to the one your are looking at.

As far as the DAC goes, I would definitely first get the HD800 and pair it with your existing one before jumping on the Auralic. I haven't heard neither of these two myself. Just from looking at the data for your Yulong DA8 it seems to be not to far off from the one I settled for, which is also a Sabre based e20 DAC (exasound) and I like it very much.

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I have both the amp section and the PSU of my GS-Xmk2 on the top shelf of my audio rack, but to separate both units I had a mini rack made, and even though the units are about 2" apart, there's no interference in the SQ.

 

Where did you get that rack made?  I am looking for something similar.  Very nice!

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Where did you get that rack made?  I am looking for something similar.  Very nice!

At a local place that did my garden gates which also did the frame to my main audio rack.
The place is called Craftmans Gates which is in Castleford.
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Interesting - a gate company.  I never would have thought to contact one, but I suppose it is just metal fabrication.  Thanks for the tip!

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I will get some Norne Audio Skoell cables in dual XLR configuration, which seem to be somewhat similar (same material, braided structure) to the one your are looking at.

As far as the DAC goes, I would definitely first get the HD800 and pair it with your existing one before jumping on the Auralic. I haven't heard neither of these two myself. Just from looking at the data for your Yulong DA8 it seems to be not to far off from the one I settled for, which is also a Sabre based e20 DAC (exasound) and I like it very much.

Well, I am pretty sure that I will end up buying some higher-end DAC at some point - it's not like I don't like DA8 but I loved my old X-Sabre much more (not saying it is better, it's just different). However, I don't have to hurry with new DAC, I can wait for GS-X + HD800 to see how it pairs with DA8. But since I already have sonic issues with it now, with my current rig, I think it's just matter of time before I switch it with something else.

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