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  1. jgwtriode

    ZMF Caldera - New Planar Magnetic from ZMF!

    Wow now a recommendation for friends who can't throw all the dollars at this hobby. Sadly it looks like Schitt is no longer manufacturing them. Saw them way up price wise on Ebay, unfortunately. Thanks, Monster. happy listening and recommending, jgwtriode
  2. jgwtriode

    Gustard U18

    I was under the impression that you wanted to run the external clock to the U18 and then let the DAC slave the clock through the I2S link is that not true. Does it work better running the clock separately. My understanding is that the DAC, in my case modded X26pro, is slaved to the clock the...
  3. jgwtriode

    Gustard U18

    Just a few thoughts on direct quick mods on the U18. Yank that steel trannie bolt. Replace with nylon or eliminate entirely. I have wrapped my toroid with Mad Sci sample discs in a double layer on top and around the sides held in place with white blu tack stickum and gorilla tape. I stacked...
  4. jgwtriode

    L0rdGwyn's DIY Audio

    Here you go! https://www.mics.ne.jp/~moice-acts/MajiorityClean/ If your interested in Extreme Stabilizer, it is easier to load it with Trusted Installer(oops its actually called Trusted Clean, now 2.0). Availble on the Jplay Forum link I left. Specifically from Hungry Bear who wrote. But...
  5. jgwtriode

    L0rdGwyn's DIY Audio

    Can't stay quiet! I have mentioned the jitter reduction softway I use that is freely supplied by a brilliant Japanese who rights a number of higher level software apps for both linux and windows. He developed Bughead Emperor for Example and still updates it. But for me it is this stuff. He...
  6. jgwtriode

    Gustard U18

    Yes it does. Easy enough to pop open with a flat blade screw driver! Just look it up in their online instructions! How much better is the purple than the orange!
  7. jgwtriode

    L0rdGwyn's DIY Audio

    Still trying to hunt down some WE 421A's for my Airmid, much less not to overpriced, slumming with 5998's. LOL! jgwtriode
  8. jgwtriode

    Gustard U18

    I noticed the Audio GD has a regenerative power supply DDC. A few people have mention outperforms the Gustard U18. There is a used for 630 pound on used for sale boards. Probably be gone soon. But new it's $1K. Any thoughts? jgwtriode
  9. jgwtriode

    Gustard U18

    Thanks. Used to enjoy writing and poetry quite a bit back a few years ago. Done a few poems again a few years ago, but been in a slump after my last divorce. I sometimes get carried away when an audio product works really well. Played with a few cheaper USBs and some home made ones...
  10. jgwtriode

    Gustard U18

    For what it is worth, found a very interesting New, at least new to me, component isolation company. Eden Sound. They do Terrastone and ball bearings, as well as Brass at more reasonable prices then the bigger names. Very Interesting mix of Brass, Bearings and Terrastone. Can choose the...
  11. jgwtriode

    Gustard U18

    I have both the Blue Jeans and The After Dark Black Magic MK2 I2S. It's $ 220. Having bought and heard the Blue Jeans would I still pay that much more for the differnce the After Dark makes? Yes. The Blue Jeans doe nothing and everything very well. Its ridiculous how good it is for the...
  12. jgwtriode

    Gustard U18

    That is most likely true. It does have to be implemented through a PC and windows. Technically if they use RAM it would probably work but would obviously require completely different software to implement. I was thinking about going to a seperate streamer. But it makes more sense at this...
  13. jgwtriode

    ZMF Verite Closed-New Closed Back ZMF Flagship.

    It does seem that the steel band does relax it a bit over weeks of use. So I find at least every couple of weeks it needs tweaking and I notice the PRAT, slam, noise level and detail drift off just a bit. So at that point bend it some more and then enjoy that pleasingly snug feeling. Love...
  14. jgwtriode

    ZMF Verite Closed-New Closed Back ZMF Flagship.

    Just a little side note for those of you who tinker with clamping force and seal. I like my VC's with a fair amount of pressure to make sure I get a good tight seal. Again I find a bit of rebending every few weeks helps keep them nice and snug. Everything is just a bit more precise and...
  15. jgwtriode

    ZMF Verite Closed-New Closed Back ZMF Flagship.

    Unequivocally! I have found that even running Tara Labs Cascade Burn-in occasionally helps liven up the sound and detail just a bit. It may be a bit of the Sheffield Labs TDMS. Time Domain Magnetic issues. Lost my disc for that and now they are completely unavailable. I wonder if the Tara...
  16. jgwtriode

    L0rdGwyn's DIY Audio

    Indeed. High purity distilled water, a little bit of high purity isopropyl and some photoflow; as a wetting agent, always worked for me back in the day.. I visited the local lab supplies store and would buy enough to make 5 gallons at a time. Gave some away to friends also. Don't remember...
  17. jgwtriode

    L0rdGwyn's DIY Audio

    Oh so very nice to have such an extremely revealing backend on my setup. Been fiddling with fine tuning my computer now that Qobuz seems to be stabilizing a lot more. May have helped throwing in the DX engineering RF Filters on either end of the network cable. For the $50 invested it may be...
  18. jgwtriode

    ZMF Verite Closed-New Closed Back ZMF Flagship.

    Speaking of pads...the crescents are the bomb; they significantly reduce pressure spots and so make the VC's feel much lighter and more comfortable! Happy listening, jgwtriode
  19. jgwtriode

    Gustard U18

    Well I am preparing my tax return shopping list. JCAT network XE card, HQplayer, maybe the LHMY OCK2 and another Cuinas audio Iso Cap Power Supply if I can get John Kinney to build me another. I prefer it to the uptone LPS 1.2 at half the price. Secret according to John is no regulators on the...
  20. jgwtriode

    Gustard U18

    Very good. I may explore an Uptone EtherRegen if they ever start building them again. jgwtriode
  21. jgwtriode

    ZMF Verite Closed-New Closed Back ZMF Flagship.

    Gustard U18 with an SR orange fuse. Fed by a Wywires Diamond USB from a JCAT XE USB card. Running After Dark Giseman Mk II I2S cable into a Modded Gustard X26 pro. Quite pleased with how good its all sounding. Happy listening, jgwtriode
  22. jgwtriode

    Gustard U18

    Very good, will be interesting to see how much difference they make! jgwtriode
  23. jgwtriode

    ZMF Verite Closed-New Closed Back ZMF Flagship.

    Absolutely agreed! Love my leopardwood VC's and with changes to the DAC and running a DDC to convert input to I2S instead of USB input, they have drastically improved. The leopardwoods grow on you and then just when you think you know them a few well considered upgrades they scale with abandon...
  24. jgwtriode

    Gustard U18

    New cheap tweak for anyone wanting to improve their wired streaming. DX engineering DX iso plus RJ45 filters. $50 a pair and you need one on either end of your RJ45. I first saw them mentioned on Steve Hoffmans's Music Forum and then on Audiophile style. Common mode passive RF filter. Cheap...
  25. jgwtriode

    L0rdGwyn's DIY Audio

    How will this one compare to the one you brought with you to the last dealer/enthusiast meet and put up against the DCS! That was a very impressive result btw and perhaps a bit surprising, but not really knowing how incredibly well designed your projects are and your knack for making things...
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