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....and, even if you never use it, it's still a bargain.

Heck, you may even be able to tell the difference between it and the:-

 

"PYST cables are made from only the finest 6-nines Unobtanium™ alloy, molecularly assembled in our Alternate Universe™ reality-distortion tesseract field , using a secret geometry reverse-engineered from crashed UFOs, painstakingly smuggled out of Area 51 by deep-cover operatives. Performance is further enhanced by the use of a QuantConnect™ quantum-entangled pair of transmission interfaces, held at absolute zero by our exclusive Stasis Field™ technology. The cables are then wrapped in NanoAeroCap™, a nanotechnology-enabled aerogel anti-capacitance insulation system, featuring Fractal Interleaved Geometry™ to create negative inductance for maximum audio transmission quality."

 

..... that Jason uses and recommends.

 

Personally, I like mine cryo treated with and basted in dark matter tau neutrinos with a thin veneer of quantum foam mixed with a special proprietary blend of custom anti-quarks.

The connectors are bonded to the cable exclusively with Higg's boson to give the sonic performance the correct weight.

I'm sure there's a niche market for such cables for Ockers with Duck's Disease.

post #602 of 3406
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Personally, I like mine cryo treated with and basted in dark matter tau neutrinos with a thin veneer of quantum foam mixed with a special proprietary blend of custom anti-quarks.

 

Sounds like a new recipe I used last week to make dinner for my wife... :wink:

post #603 of 3406
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On Power Ratings. Okay, please let me vent about this one thing. Power. Ratings. Are. Done. In. RMS. Per. Channel. You do not (a) rate at peak power, (b) add power output together for both channels, (c) use an artificially low load impedance to make the output look higher.

 

Or, well, you shouldn’t, but some do. Maybe I should re-rate our stuff at 16 ohms—then you can brag to your friends about your 2.5W Magni or 10W Lyr. Bottom line: it’s still the same amp.

 

 

 

I'm confused - I always thought, the higher the impedance, the lower the power. Like the Rag being 60W @ 8 ohms, 100 @4 ohms. So if you rated @16, wouldn't that make the amps look less manly?

 

Of course, Schiit always rates highly with me...

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Originally Posted by 45longcolt View Post
 

 

I'm confused - I always thought, the higher the impedance, the lower the power. Like the Rag being 60W @ 8 ohms, 100 @4 ohms. So if you rated @16, wouldn't that make the amps look less manly?

 

Of course, Schiit always rates highly with me...

 

We rate at 600 to 32 ohms, but not at 16, which would make the power output look higher.

 

The funny thing about that is that you're not likely to ever need, say, 2.5W into 16 ohms (which is about where the Magni rating would fall), since headphones with that impedance are usually very, very efficient (IEMs or headphones designed for running off an iPhone, like the Sennheiser Momentums.)

 

Of course, that doesn't mean an inefficient 16 ohm headphone won't ever show up. But they don't really exist right now, so inflated ratings at 16 ohms are less meaningful.

 

And...for fun, Google "FTC Amplifier Rule CFR 16 Part 432."

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As far as cables, all I'll say is I like and respect Blue Jeans Cable and their products.  If you want to have something that is technically sound as well as sturdy and reliable, for a price that you won't have to justify in a court of law to your spouse, I'd check it out.  They don't blow any smoke.

 

Just wanted to say that myself... absolutely in love with BJC!

They utilize the same honest, no-bs approach as Schiit and manufacture in US too. So they're a good match, IMO.


Edited by madwolfa - 3/27/14 at 8:25am
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I think burning skin is probably a pretty good insulator, because I distinctly remember having it in my hand long enough to (a) pick it up, and (b) look at it. And (c) think, "holy schiit, this ain't gonna be good." 

 

Sometimes it fries the nerves in your skin so quick you don't feel it... until the heat gets through to the flesh underneath which unfortunately gets a much slower (and thus significantly more painful) burn. This happens with extreme cold too.

 

Dumbest burn I ever got was something similar. The tip of the soldering iron fell out. I almost tried to catch it before my senses got the better of me. But here's the stupid part, the tip rolls down the table and I start to roll my chair back, but as soon as it falls that catching reflex that I suppressed earlier kicks in and I try to catch it between my thighs... yup, as painful as you'd think :blink:
 

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Sometimes it fries the nerves in your skin so quick you don't feel it... until the heat gets through to the flesh underneath which unfortunately gets a much slower (and thus significantly more painful) burn. This happens with extreme cold too.

 

Dumbest burn I ever got was something similar. The tip of the soldering iron fell out. I almost tried to catch it before my senses got the better of me. But here's the stupid part, the tip rolls down the table and I start to roll my chair back, but as soon as it falls that catching reflex that I suppressed earlier kicks in and I try to catch it between my thighs... yup, as painful as you'd think :blink:
 

 

OUCH. I once went to swap tips on a Weller--turned it off and immediately grabbed the screw-in part of the barrel to twist it off. Yep. I use pliers now.

post #608 of 3406
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OUCH. I once went to swap tips on a Weller--turned it off and immediately grabbed the screw-in part of the barrel to twist it off. Yep. I use pliers now.

 

One time after noticing the tip was loose while soldering, I immediately reminded myself to tighten it. Then right after, I think "hmm, there's some crud on the screwdriver, I should wipe that off..." and used my fingers.

 

It's like I learned my lesson, buy really didn't.

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One time after noticing the tip was loose while soldering, I immediately reminded myself to tighten it. Then right after, I think "hmm, there's some crud on the screwdriver, I should wipe that off..." and used my fingers.

 

It's like I learned my lesson, buy really didn't.

Man, I'll leave the DIY to you bravehearts.  I just need to fork out cash to buy your products:cool:

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I think the real measure is how many fingerprints you've left burned into tubes or heatsinks after wondering, "How hot is that, really?"

 

Mike uses a FLIR. He's smart that way.

 

One fun image. These are Ragnarok output devices after a meltdown. Yes, that is metal that has liquified and solidified with the weave pattern of the Sil-Pad insulator.

 

 

 

More historic images later...

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I've

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I think the real measure is how many fingerprints you've left burned into tubes or heatsinks after wondering, "How hot is that, really?"

 

Mike uses a FLIR. He's smart that way.

 

Actual conversation one time after building my first Crack...

 

buddy: how hot do those tubes get?

me: I'm not sure actually...

*touch the tube*

me: Ow! Sonuva...

buddy: haha, did you burn yourself?

me: yeah... hey lookit that, I left a thumbprint on the glass

buddy: really? cool, lemme try...

 

Because sometimes learning the lesson just empowers us to do the stupid again. :rolleyes:

 

 

 

 

 

I have an IR gun... the last time I used it was in the kitchen a couple weeks ago when I was melting sugar to make caramel.

 

(because molten sugar burns suck hardcore because the stuff sticks, so you do well do avoid it... until you add the cream and the entire pot erupts like a volcano and splatters the stuff on you)


Edited by Armaegis - 3/27/14 at 10:19am
post #612 of 3406
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Originally Posted by Jason Stoddard View Post
 

I think the real measure is how many fingerprints you've left burned into tubes or heatsinks after wondering, "How hot is that, really?"

 

Mike uses a FLIR. He's smart that way.

 

One fun image. These are Ragnarok output devices after a meltdown. Yes, that is metal that has liquified and solidified with the weave pattern of the Sil-Pad insulator.

 

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

 

 

More historic images later...

Oops, looks like someone pressed the wrong buttons on the calculator. 

post #613 of 3406

Man, the solder iron burns are cracking me up.  I once pulled a "barn door" out of a 750 or so Watt Fresnel stage light.  I was quick - caught it in mid air.  You could actually see the little puffs of burnt finger go up.  (or that could be the result of the recreational euphoriant that was in use at the time - late 70's / early 80's - exact details get a bit hazy during that decade...)

post #614 of 3406

The leg ain't really the worst part for a hot iron to land when wearing just shorts.

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Just like you learn never to fry bacon in the nude, nor does one ever solder while the boys are free.

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