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  1. TheNidz

    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    I have an Olasonic Nano-CD1 transport. About as small as it gets. Not much space for air in there. (It was the only transport I could find that was small enough to share a shelf with my Mac Mini.) Have had it for about a year & very happy with it so far. Sure, it's expensive for what it it is...
  2. TheNidz

    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    A small (let's say Saga-sized) 20wpc Class AB integrated would certainly not be unprecedented. The 25wpc Perreaux SX25i is another example. Dimensions were: 216mm x 58mm x 192mm (8.5” x 2.3” x 7.6”) Only one input though.
  3. TheNidz

    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    I speak the language of Covfefe so I can translate the above: 'Sim hit' = (colloquial) Schiit 'occsomsly' = occasionally 'fsllthrojfnf the crocks' = falling through the cracks* * This phrase is often confused with the covfefian phrase 'fsllthrojfnf thakk rocks', which means, 'man who harbours...
  4. TheNidz

    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    Ooh.. I'd be very interested to hear how that turns out. I have a pair of the base model Super 3i's and I'm really enjoying them. (Rest of the setup is Modi MB, Lyr MK1 (used as pre) and Quad II power amps. Very curious what an Aegir would do instead of the Quads.)
  5. TheNidz

    Prima Luna EVO 100 Tube DAC

    I can't even begin to pretend to understand how any of this technical stuff works, but this might be something similar to the way that AMR uses a valve in the SPDIF input circuit: http://old-site.amr-audio.co.uk/html/dp777_tech-papers_spdif.html You'll have to read through the whole thing; they...
  6. TheNidz

    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    The way I remember it, having a couple of drinks did usually equate to quite a pleasant listening experience. Then again, I haven't had a drink in many years, and it's not as if my enjoyment of music has been impacted in any meaningful way. I think it's really just about being in a more relaxed...
  7. TheNidz

    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    I agree with you, in principle. The actual parts used in that line stage could probably get you to $6,000, but certainly not to $60,000. I could be wrong, but I don't know of any output transistors that cost $500 a pop. Or PSU's that retail for $2,500 apiece. I know, all the bling enclosures...
  8. TheNidz

    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    Talk of new stuff coming further down the pipeline is always intriguing. I'm really excited to listen to the Aegir though.
  9. TheNidz

    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    Would I be right to assume that with 24/176.4 material there's no further upsampling either?
  10. TheNidz

    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    Technics have used some gallium-based components, I believe. (I think they use gallium nitride / GaN )
  11. TheNidz

    Chord Electronics Qutest DAC - Official Thread

    Wireworld offers USB cables in 0.3m lengths. I use an Ultraviolet7 ($46) which I'm very happy with, but you can go lower (Chroma@$23) or higher (Starlight7@$85) or even much higher. ('Zon prices.) P.S. Is your amp a Luxman?
  12. TheNidz

    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    Couldn't agree more. Switching the old phone off always works for me. I work in an ad agency, so I can identify with Clients wanting to see things 'to see whether they like it'.
  13. TheNidz

    Schiit Lyr Tube Rollers

    At £4 a pop I thought these 'Mullard' 6BQ7A's would be worth a shot: (bought from UK source) Don't bother. Unless I'm being subjected to the world's longest burn-in phenomenon (or the ones I was sent are out of spec)? Even the stock GE 6BZ7's are better. Tried some 80's 6H23 Rocket logos. Much...
  14. TheNidz

    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    "25 watt Class A amp" Yes please.
  15. TheNidz

    Aqua La Voce S2 Dac

    Agreed. The Aqua guys are very helpful. A classy operation. I have the PCM1704K version and love it. Clean, smooth, non-fatiguing. Complements my system perfectly. (Accuphase E-212 + Spendor A2) I've been using mostly the USB input, but I'm in the process of planning a high-quality, outboard...
  16. TheNidz

    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    There's an article about the Schiitr on audio-head. I love how the resident CD player is a humble Tascam CD-200. Wish I'd had the time to visit during my last trip to LA.
  17. TheNidz

    DENAFRIPS 'ARES' R2R discrete ladder DAC - close up view

    I have had the opportunity to compare the Ares to my reference Ayon CD-5 CD Player/DAC, amongst others. Take what I say with a grain of salt though; I don't speak 'audiophile'. Ares sound is very balanced, no frequencies seem unduly emphasised. I found it liquid, smooth and easy to listen to for...
  18. TheNidz

    DENAFRIPS 'ARES' R2R discrete ladder DAC - close up view

    Interesting finding. One would expect similar performance because the USB chip is the same XMOS U208. Perhaps the Crystek clocks in the F1 make the difference? I actually have an F1 but never thought to try it with the Ares.
  19. TheNidz

    SMSL M8A (ES9028Q2M)

    Here's another Amazon link, with a shot of the interior: https://www.amazon.com/SMSL-M8A-ES9028Q2M-Optical-Coaxial/dp/B06XW8WS1R/ref=pd_sbs_23_1?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B06XW8WS1R&pd_rd_r=GXR6YY518TWB40HQFT86&pd_rd_w=KTlyq&pd_rd_wg=LXfyH&psc=1&refRID=GXR6YY518TWB40HQFT86
  20. TheNidz

    DENAFRIPS 'ARES' R2R discrete ladder DAC - close up view

    Perhaps the only way to be sure is to open it up and have a look at the chip itself?
  21. TheNidz

    DENAFRIPS 'ARES' R2R discrete ladder DAC - close up view

    Official Ares shots on Denafrips website shows 'Armature' branding on the transformer. http://www.denafrips.com/ares.html So maybe some kind of co-operation between them? P.S. Expecting my Ares in a week or so. Will compare with Ayon CD-5 CD/DAC.
  22. TheNidz

    Received my Cayin HA-1A - initial impressions

    Hi, I was wondering if a HA-1A owner could help with a technical question. Since afaik valve amps typically need to see a speaker 'load', does this mean that if you don't have speakers connected to the Cayin, you always have to have a pair of headphones plugged in instead? Thanks.
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