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  1. Don Quichotte

    AKG K1000 - sold!

    AKG K1000 for sale, serial no. 77xx, black box. EDIT: SOLD! Details: - original extension cord is missing, I’ll include my diy one with 4 short (25cm – for presumably better sound) individual wires and typical Neutrik gold plated connector - great sound, no problems here that I can detect. I...
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    Please suggest a SATA-USB adapter compatible with optical drives

    Hi, this is a copy of a question I put on another forum without getting any answer. Maybe I'll have more luck on the good old Head-Fi Hello! I have a SATA dvd writer (Liteon iHAS524-32) that I would like to use as an external unit by connecting it to a SATA-USB adapter. Problem is that I...
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    BenQ Led backlit monitors?

    What do you think about them as a low cost option? I was thinking about this G2222HDL, but also considered even its smaller 19'' brothers such as G920WL Do you know if there is that uneven brightness effect due to the positioning of the leds only at the edge of the screen? Also, should I...
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    Transistors and the newbie scratching head - please help!

    Hi! As the title says, I'm a diy newbie attempting to build a Firstwatt F2 and a couple of other devices and I am discovering all kind of stupid things that I don't know how to solve because of my total lack of knowledge / experience. Please help me clarify a few of them: 1. Regarding...
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    Impedances and sound in my system - please explain me what's going on!

    Hi. I am getting some weird results in my system and I'm wondering what is the scientific explanation for this. Maybe some of you can help me understand - or at least try an educated guess. If so, please post. System: - CD player with an output impedance of about 500 ohms, measured by the...
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    K1000 and DC offset - I got an official answer

    I asked AKG about the danger of DC offset in amps driving the K1000 and got two replies (well, I insisted a bit ): Quote: A little offset does not damage the K 1000 but keep in mind that ANY DC will result in a lower maximum output as the movement of the membran is limited with a DC...
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    simple question - help me mate a t-amp with a K1000

    ...so, how can I get rid of the DC offset of my T-amp? Can I install a pair of electrolytics on its outputs? Does it have some output caps of its own that could be replaced? And how can I access the lower side of the PCB? ( I opened it up and the PCB is attached to the bottom case by a pair of...
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    FS: Apogee Mini-Dac w. USB

    SOLD! This is particulary interesting for buyers from E.U. Up for sale is my Apogee Mini-Dac (USB version) in perfect cosmetic and functional condition. I am the first owner and I bought it about a year ago. Reason for selling: financing another purchase. Asking SOLD, shipping within...
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    My Stax've been repaired! Stax Germany deserves some feedback...

    ...and it's quite easy to give it: they are super cool, a pleasure to deal with. My Stax 3030 set was exhibiting a buzzing problem that I described here (scroll down to my post) and the channel balance was not OK. Also, I was getting a little "tick" sound at the cable insertion point into my...
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    transport life expectancy

    ...so... how long do transports last? I've been told anything from 5.000 to more than 100.000 hours. And what is most likely to fail first, the laser diode or the mechanical assembly? If I understand correct the abbreviations in the manual, my Plextor Premium writer's expected lifetime is...
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    t-amp + transformer + 'stats

    Inspired from enthusiastical comments like these, I got an ideea: would a (modified) t-amp + a diy transformer box such as this one be an option instead of my Stax 313 amp? What do you think? Anyone willing to try it?
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    Help! I need a better power supply for my Apogee Mini-Dac

    I am using an Apogee Mini-Dac and I've tried driving it from a 12V SLA battery. The result was somewhat surprising: more warmth and fuller midbass and midrange (which I like), but also restricted dynamics and HF extension, less detail, less impact and a more congested sound compared to the stock...
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    Stax 3030 combo review (very long!)

    As it's been about 9 months since I bought the Stax 3030 (Classic II) system I decided it's time to share some detailed impressions on its strengths, weaknesses and proper use. I also added some widespread knowledge about it, thinking that this review may help some newbies learn some important...
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    Ever had this problem with your Apogee Mini-Dac?

    I have the USB version and I've just discovered a little problem. When the Mini-Dac is connected via USB to the PC I get a slight noise on the minijack out (sending signal to the Stax amplifier). When the music is off it's easily noticeable with the Stax volume knob at 9 o'clock. This happens...
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    my Mini-Dac has arrived...

    ... 4 days ago, but I didn't have the time to share some initial impressions until now. I'm still in the process of cables making, choosing the best way to connect it, geting an SLA battery and even burning in (although it already has about 50 hours). My other source is much cheaper and I...
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    IC with mic cable - shield to ground?

    Hi! I'm building right now an interconnect terminated with mini-jack at one end and with RCAs at the other, to use between my Apogee Mini-Dac and my Stax 3030. I'm using Belden 8412 stereo mic cable, the same Jan Meier uses for the IC he sells. I read he uses one cable pe channel (the two...
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    what do you think of Sweetwater.com?

    I'm about to buy from them and pay via Western Union from another country. Sorry if the question is stupid, but do you think this is 100% safe? I know they are quite reputable...
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    another Stax problem!! please advice!

    Hello! There seems to be another problem with my new Stax 3030 setup and aparently a much more serious this time. Occasionally I hear a faint but easily noticeable sound like a buzz or a whistle in one of my headphones. Since it is present only from time to time and I am not able to make it...
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    fellow Stax users, please tell me what you think!

    I took the plunge a few days ago and bought the Stax 3030 system. While I'm still burning it in and I can only say I'm floored by the sound (rich, airy, ultra-detailed, spatial, silky smooth, very extended etc. etc. - a very detailed review will be posted in a few weeks or maybe a bit more) I...
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    BM6A vs. HR824 ?!

    I own the Mackie HR 824 monitors for more than a year now and I'm quite pleased with them - they are a bit noisy (rather high noise floor) and a bit slow in the bass, but generally speaking I like them a lot. Now here comes this guy and offers me to trade his Dynaudios BM6A for my Mackies...
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    Meridian 562.V3 - anybody ever heard it?

    I have been offered a Meridian 562.V3 demo unit for a pretty good price, but I actually want to buy a Dac around 1000 $ (US price). Anybody tried it as a Dac?
  22. Don Quichotte

    Mackie HR824 active studio monitors impressions

    Hi! It's been more than three months since I've bought a pair of Mackie HR 824 active studio monitors. I promised to write some impressions quite some time ago, but I haven't done it mainly because of lack of time. I'm going to try it now. Unfortunately, I don't have many terms of refference -...
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    Mackie...

    Before I buy... Anybody has anything NEGATIVE to say about the Mackie HR 824 active monitors? I will probably have the money in 10 days or so (will cost me 1620 EUR per pair, the retail price in Europa is even more inflated at 1800 EUR, but I got a 10% discount). I intend to use them only for...
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    potentiometer and IC recommendation needed

    Hi! I just bought a Cambridge CD player that's burning in right now. I will post some impressions in a few days. I need to build a kind of a passive preamp and I would really apreciate some advice regarding the stereo potentiometer (I know Alps are good, but which one to buy and from where? I...
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    what do you think of old series Cambridge players?

    I am about to buy a Cd player. I've just listened to the old Cambridge D300 (not SE) and I've been very impressed for the money - $300. It could even feed a stax 3030 with a DECENT signal - not as good as the $2000 worth Conrad Johnson player I have also auditioned, but it was more than...
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