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  1. JamieMcC

    Bottlehead Amplifier Discussion / Comparison Thread: Crack, SEX & Mainline

    It's been a while since my last post here hope you guys are all well. Something for the cap junkies here. I had been thinking bout trying the Duelund silver foil bypass capacitors in my Mainline for a while now after installing the Duelund Cast Copper capacitors in my Bottlehead Eros phono...
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  5. JamieMcC

    CHORD ELECTRONICS DAVE

    Posts here of Dave direct to speakers I've always found intriguing having run a couple of flee watt system in the past using a 2watt sets amp (Bottlehead) and 6 watt class A solid state (Nelson Pass) the idea of going Dave direct did not sound to off the wall to me but I'm sure for many it...
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  7. JamieMcC

    dCS Bartok

    I'm still very interested in the Bartok it has some features that would be very convenient for me as a Roon user that the Dave doesn't. Hopefully I will be able to arrange a home demo later in the year to compare with the Dave side by side.
  8. JamieMcC

    dCS Bartok

    I've been DAC shopping recently and there's hardly any discount available on the Bartok. This is not the case with the Dave there are some very generous trade in allowance and cash buyer discounts being offered at the moment if your prepared to shop around and do a bit of haggling here in the UK.
  9. JamieMcC

    The (new) HD800 Impressions Thread

    Based on your postings here I can't help but feel it unfortunate you haven't been able to experience what the hd800 are capable of with a higher end set up as the hd800 just scales phenomenally.
  10. JamieMcC

    CHORD ELECTRONICS DAVE

    Thanks for the pointers all.
  11. JamieMcC

    CHORD ELECTRONICS DAVE

    After camping out here on the Dave thread and on the TT2 thread for the last year. As of today I've finally joined the Dave owners club. While I'm up and running navigation of the settings is going to take some working out to find out what best combination suits. Any pointers to filter or...
  12. JamieMcC

    CHORD ELECTRONICS DAVE

    Hook up question When hooking up to try Dave to speakers direct from the Dave's RCA outputs via a adaptor is there a preferred way of connection using a adaptor? The two choices seem to be adaptor direct on to Dave rca outputs then cable run to speakers Or 2 long RCA cable from Dave with...
  13. JamieMcC

    Hugo TT 2 by Chord Electronics - The Official Thread

    It's not really very fair to compare modern electrolytic capacitors to those of yester year. There are also many different capacitor types that do not use electrolyte and will probably never leak. As a example I used a bunch of Russian surplus teflons in the riaa stage of my tube phono...
  14. JamieMcC

    dCS Bartok

    Perfect thanks for the clarification that's exactly the info I was hoping for as I wasn't sure even after a look through the manual. Just a couple of more questions if I may. When running in pure dac mode or preamp mode to Poweramp the manual reads like the headphone out sockets are disabled...
  15. JamieMcC

    dCS Bartok

    Hi guys I have a couple of questions I could do with a bit of help with if any of you kind folk know the answers and can spare a moment or two. 1 When using Roon will the Bartok wake from standby on command from a Room remote? 2 When you power on or wake from standby does the Bartok remember...
  16. JamieMcC

    CHORD ELECTRONICS DAVE

    Might be of interest https://bottlehead.com/bottlehead-power-cord-kit-assembly/
  17. JamieMcC

    The (new) HD800 Impressions Thread

    A used pair of hd800 paired with something like the DIY Nelson Pass Whammy headphone amplifier makes a excellent combo and gives a taste of sumitfi for under $1000. https://diyaudiostore.com/collections/kits/products/whammy?variant=15367043448866
  18. JamieMcC

    The (new) HD800 Impressions Thread

    Dealux, fyi I have been running both hd800 and Hifiman he-6 for around 5 years off of numerous dacs and amps. Hd800 can't compare to HE6 bass wise but its certainly not far behind and has very good bass compared to many other cans imho. As for price Vs performance you generally get what you...
  19. JamieMcC

    The (new) HD800 Impressions Thread

    HD 800 can be quiet merciless on upstream kit good synergy is of prime importance they can scale really well. Get it right and the hd800 can be pretty spectacular. Get it wrong and you have sibilant wailing banshee that can physically make you wince and cringe. Hopefully moving to the topping...
  20. JamieMcC

    Orgy of Capacitors: The Cap Thread

    I upgraded my Mainline caps to 10uf RTI Teflon tin foil capacitors. Out of curiosity I did run some 0.47uf Duelund cast coppers as bypasses on the teflons but it was more to get some hours on the duelunds before I stalling them in my phono stage (Bottlehead Eros). I liked the results well...
  21. JamieMcC

    Orgy of Capacitors: The Cap Thread

    Have you thought about doing the Triad cx-7 choke mod on the Crack the choke is around $12 but it is so effective at reducing ripple noise you will be able to use a 100uf cap instead of s 200uf if your thinking sbout swapping the 200uf electrolytic for a film its worth considering for that...
  22. JamieMcC

    Crack;Bottlehead OTL

    Nice effect on the top plate with the faux marble when I first saw it I thought you had swirl dipped it. Something I've been planning to try out with a Crack top plate to match a headphone stand I made with a paint swirl dipped finnish.
  23. JamieMcC

    Meze EMPYREAN - the First Isodynamic Hybrid Array Headphone

    Any promotions around on the Empyreans at the moment?
  24. JamieMcC

    Crack;Bottlehead OTL

    Hi I seem to have to have a vague recollection you have used the clarity caps in a crack before (5 or 6 years ago maybe) but my memory is not what it used to be?
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