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post #1441 of 3116

looking forward to seeing inside and your future projects too :)

post #1442 of 3116

Well folks.. I'm putting my Millenia is up for sale.  I'm considering giving e-stats another shot.. and that's not all that cheap.  I absolutely love this amp.. and will most certainly miss it when it's sold!

post #1443 of 3116

Waaah!   That's sad!  :o

 

A month ago, yesterday, you wrote:  

 
 The MG3 + HD600 is.. phenomenal.  It's very reminiscent of my souped up (Speedballed) BH Crack..

 

I bought the HD600 and I'm still waiting for cables from BTG-Audio so that I can hear what the Sennheiser HD600 sounds like on the MG3.  LOL!   :p

 

Well, it's certainly not the first time anyone recommended something only to upgrade later.  Not by a long shot!   I've done this myself.  I've had several people ask me if I still use my Meier Stepdance portable amp, now that I use the MG3 as a transportable amp.  When I tell them I use the Stepdance as my "walkabout" amp - as when walking the dog - they are relieved that I haven't sold it yet.

 

That's a interesting phenomenon, here on Head-Fi.  Many of us seem to have "mentors" we come to trust, and as long as they stay the course with whatever they recommended we purchase, we somehow feel more secure than we do if they move on to "better" gear.  As if to say, "If the MG3 is no longer good enough for FlySweep, perhaps it's not good enough for me."

 

:tongue:

 

Mike

post #1444 of 3116
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Originally Posted by brunk View Post
 

looking forward to seeing inside and your future projects too :)

 

Managed to get a shot of the inside tonight....

Description for those who care (Click to show)

 

Top left, (outside chassis) heavy duty 5 way binding posts replacing the wimpy spring clip thingies I always hated.

Just to the right of the binding posts you'll see a burned area on the main board... Took out part of the power supply trying to drive Mini-Maggies.  200 W into 4 ohms is not enough!

16 AWG silicone wire connecting the amp board outputs to the speaker taps and then down and over to the XLR output.

Small board just below main PC board is the 5V regulator for the Lightspeed.

Below and right of that is the Lightspeed Attenuator, driven with a 250K ohm pot for better dynamic range.

Shielded cable out of Lightspeed over to the main PCB inputs.

 


Edited by potterma - 11/25/13 at 6:45pm
post #1445 of 3116
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Managed to get a shot of the inside tonight....

Description for those who care (Click to show)

 

Top left, (outside chassis) heavy duty 5 way binding posts replacing the wimpy spring clip thingies I always hated.

Just to the right of the binding posts you'll see a burned area on the main board... Took out part of the power supply trying to drive Mini-Maggies.  200 W into 4 ohms is not enough!

16 AWG silicone wire connecting the amp board outputs to the speaker taps and then down and over to the XLR output.

Small board just below main PC board is the 5V regulator for the Lightspeed.

Below and right of that is the Lightspeed Attenuator, driven with a 250K ohm pot for better dynamic range.

Shielded cable out of Lightspeed over to the main PCB inputs.

 

Not too shabby! Now you just need a DAC in there and it will be everything, including the kitchen sink! :tongue:

post #1446 of 3116
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Originally Posted by brunk View Post
 

Not too shabby! Now you just need a DAC in there and it will be everything, including the kitchen sink! :tongue:

Thanks!  I kind of enjoy the simplicity of pure analog, though.  For a stand alone pre, going with the smart version might be somewhere in the works for the future.  We'll see :cool:

post #1447 of 3116
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Originally Posted by potterma View Post
 

Thanks!  I kind of enjoy the simplicity of pure analog, though.  For a stand alone pre, going with the smart version might be somewhere in the works for the future.  We'll see :cool:

Only good things can come out of it! :beerchug: 

 

I'm still waiting for my LDR chip to ship, but I'll be sure to let you know how it goes.


Edited by brunk - 11/25/13 at 7:13pm
post #1448 of 3116
 
Originally Posted by zilch0md View Post
 

Waaah!   That's sad!  :o

 

A month ago, yesterday, you wrote:  

 

I bought the HD600 and I'm still waiting for cables from BTG-Audio so that I can hear what the Sennheiser HD600 sounds like on the MG3.  LOL!   :p

 

Well, it's certainly not the first time anyone recommended something only to upgrade later.  Not by a long shot!   I've done this myself.  I've had several people ask me if I still use my Meier Stepdance portable amp, now that I use the MG3 as a transportable amp.  When I tell them I use the Stepdance as my "walkabout" amp - as when walking the dog - they are relieved that I haven't sold it yet.

 

:bigsmile_face:

 

The only thing that would ever get me to leave the HD600 is a Stax rig (or the HD800.. again).. so my willingness to part with it is more of a compliment to the HD600 than it is any evidence of a glaring weakness it possessed.  I haven't heard the HD600 from everything out there.. but I feel I've heard it from a healthy cross section of amps.. from budget amps to Summit-Fi stuff.. my favorite amps, when factoring in value, was the speedballed Crack & Millenia+resistor box.  I'm not (potentially) leaving it for merely another phone.. more for another technology (e-stat).

 

The Quickstep kicks ass, man!
 

 Originally Posted by zilch0md View Post

 

That's a interesting phenomenon, here on Head-Fi.  Many of us seem to have "mentors" we come to trust, and as long as they stay the course with whatever they recommended we purchase, we somehow feel more secure than we do if they move on to "better" gear.  As if to say, "If the MG3 is no longer good enough for FlySweep, perhaps it's not good enough for me."

 

A very astute observation.. I've seen this happen, as well.  One thing is for certain.. I damn sure don't deserve a mentor label.. I bow at the feet of your sleek portable rig and our speaker amp lord and savior, Gary in MD.. LOLOL.

post #1449 of 3116
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bigsmile_face.gif

The only thing that would ever get me to leave the HD600 is a Stax rig (or the HD800.. again).. so my willingness to part with it is more of a compliment to the HD600 than it is any evidence of a glaring weakness it possessed.  I haven't heard the HD600 from everything out there.. but I feel I've heard it from a healthy cross section of amps.. from budget amps to Summit-Fi stuff.. my favorite amps, when factoring in value, was the speedballed Crack & Millenia+resistor box.  I'm not (potentially) leaving it for merely another phone.. more for another technology (e-stat).

The Quickstep kicks ass, man!

 

A very astute observation.. I've seen this happen, as well.  One thing is for certain.. I damn sure don't deserve a mentor label.. I bow at the feet of your sleek portable rig and our speaker amp lord and savior, Gary in MD.. LOLOL.

I heard a balanced HD600 driven by a very large balanced headphone amp.
It may have been a Headroom amp?
Very, very impressive!
post #1450 of 3116
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Originally Posted by FlySweep View Post
 

Well folks.. I'm putting my Millenia is up for sale.  I'm considering giving e-stats another shot.. and that's not all that cheap.  I absolutely love this amp.. and will most certainly miss it when it's sold!


Hmmm... E-stats driven by a transformer box (Woo Wee, or old Stax) combined with Millenia?  Seems to me that would be a good way to get into that rarefied realm at a reasonable rate (yeah, that's too many r-words).  In fact, I am seriously thinking of doing that myself once I recover from DAC testing (if I recover from DAC testing...).

post #1451 of 3116
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I bow at the feet of your sleek portable rig and our speaker amp lord and savior, Gary in MD.. LOLOL.

I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of any head-fier to be speaker amp lord and savior.  I just like audio equipment and since there aren't many good stereo stores around any more, I decided to do an in-home comparison of a few speaker amps with the FOTM head-amps.  Then I wrote lots of words on these boards. 

 

While I do believe that there are some around here who would gladly nail me to a cross for having questioned their choice of amps, I don't think that makes me anything other than an independent person who wants to test things for himself instead of just taking other folks' word for it.  I do admit to being more than a bit preachy on the subject of trusting one's own ears instead of others' opinions,  But being a verbose pontificator is not the same as being a deity. 

 

I mean, I assume deities don't have to scoop dog poop every day like I do...

post #1452 of 3116
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I mean, I assume deities don't have to scoop dog poop every day like I do...

 

Yeah, that always reminds one of their station in life....  Speaking of pooper scooper duty..... off I go....

post #1453 of 3116
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Originally Posted by Gary in MD View Post
 

I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of any head-fier to be speaker amp lord and savior. 

 

 

Fool.  Do you know how many pretty virgins you just turned down ??!

post #1454 of 3116

PFFFT!!! Virgins?  Been there, done that, not really interested.  They just aren't worth the hassle.  I much prefer experience, and absolutely demand low maintenance... which is why I'm single.

post #1455 of 3116
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Originally Posted by Gary in MD View Post
 

PFFFT!!! Virgins?  Been there, done that, not really interested.  They just aren't worth the hassle.  I much prefer experience, and absolutely demand low maintenance... which is why I'm single.

Thank goodness you live in "Never-Never" rather than "Marry-land" then !

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