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  1. Sinwerm

    My wooden rack

    Thanks Pabbi1 good advice I will just let the wood do its thing and act accordingly. I have a 1989 les paul standard with tobacco sunburst maple face actually funny you should mention it with the arch its pretty thick.
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    My wooden rack

    Pabbi1 do you have any tips for working with the birdseye maple ? I have some on the way Handpick Exotic Wood Online - Bell Forest Products Im just making a small mount for little hand crank musical movement. What did you find worked well finishing wise also ? thanks its nice work btw I would...
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    We Got Ti Kan (AMB) an HD800!

    Paid up sinwerm slot 103 edit (just re-reading the thread ; wow we are an orderly bunch it's nice to see this these days people promise something and stand behind it , im feeling a bit proud of this group of DIYer's) I did not expect anything less.
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    Patron of an RA1 Clone

    He did not say he bought one , just that one is arriving , he may want to listen and compare. I wonder how many who actually built the clone really have listend to the manufacured one for themselves. Sounds cool to me.
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    So you think you can DIY.....

    I am in total awe. Every tool has a use and the nuance of the movements would take years and years to ever learn properly , perhaps the best example available today of the blending of art and science. I am glad to see this type of thing still practiced , so much more soulfull than a machine...
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    Hornet 'M' or Mini³? - a(nother) review

    Very good point about the gain vorlon1 , mine is the default from AMBs design 5x , with the most he reccomeds being 8x on the website. Listenting to my main phones now (HD-580) dead silent on max volume no noise or hiss. Just did a quick test of the KOSS KCS 75 I have handy (obviously much lower...
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    Hornet 'M' or Mini³? - a(nother) review

    Wonderfull review webbie64. I built a high performance Mini^3 for myself and the sound quality is fantastic (cost for home-built is about 90 usd depending on parts chosen ect...minus the faceplate from AMB which I did opt for). Just a note about the hiss you mention , mine doesnt have any also...
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    Help! Broke my MF X-Can V2!

    Check the power supply as stated by Migroo and mrarroyo. The Jameco is the way to really though , perfect fit no soldering and a boost in power I use it myself Here is the link to the part number and some info about it
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    Custom Pimeta Case *pics*

    I think it's a fine looking case , that and we see so little real wood used in cases these days or for that matter in any reasonably priced products , all plastics and metals (usually cheap). To me it harkens to the americana and amateur art of the past that goes for big money now and that I...
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    The "mod your Zhalou" Thread

    I took the caps out for good tonight and used some scrap 26gauge silver solid core wire I had left over for the LOD I made for my ipod (Mini3 sounds fantastic btw). Im now getting 53mv on the right channel and still about 50mv on the left with the AD board , is that passable ? Im thinking I...
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    The "mod your Zhalou" Thread

    Thanks much guys , I will check this as soon as I get the chance. Been busy building a Mini3. I have a feeling your right about the wonky soldering since at the time I only jumpered them and did not remove the caps totally , meaning to at a later date. Again thanks.
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    Musical Fidelity X-DAC v3: First Impressions

    If your looking for a little "boost" for even more bang for the buck than check out Pink Floyds site if you have not as of yet. It has all things Music Fidelity. A custom made PSU should be available. I have an X-Can V2 with just about all of the mods and it sounds fantastic give it a look...
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    The Mini³ v2 is out!

    Quote: Originally Posted by TheRobbStory I ordered all the parts for mine last night from AMB/Mouser. This should be a fun, quick build. I'm very eager to try my hand at some SMD. Just made my order for the parts from amb (he has the "high-performance" opamps in stock now). Going...
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    Alps blue velvet from VT4C?

    I have not bought pots from them but the silver wire they sell and the RCA interconnects are very nice. Just be prepared to wait about 10 days or so , at least for me in NY. Also the ordering process is a bit tedious. If you look on the tweaks and pointers page he has a killer 8way braid...
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    Buying a Zhalou DAC from Hong Kong

    Glad to hear you like the way the Zhalou sounds. Let it burn in for awhile before you form any opinions of the sound. The blackgates are notorious for a very long burn in cycle and can sound a bit thin at the start. If your not running bit perfect from your on-board sound you should actually see...
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    Buying a Zhalou DAC from Hong Kong

    Never tried the EAX with the Zhaolu no point really it's 2 channel. Just make sure you fully uninstall the the audigy before the X-fi drivers. Really you should be very happy with the DSP in the X-fi for gaming their is none better.
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    Buying a Zhalou DAC from Hong Kong

    Pretty much what d-cee said there are 3 modes the X-fi work in for music put it in Audio creation mode and in the settings at the lower left of that screen set things like this. 1. Clock to 44.1 kHz 2. Digital I/O selected 3. Playback set to Bit-matched 4. Decoder set to use external decoder...
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    So far my line out sadly sounds better than the Zhaolu D2.5A

    I must agree the LM 4562 brings just about everything to the table you are looking for in sound from the Zhaolu. Also try listening only to the Zhaolu for awhile and not A/B things for now , the burn-in really does take some time in my use of the D2.0c for all things to settle. Actually I found...
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    Thoughts on using Hafler power amp with HD580s?

    I think it would be better just to get his 540s refitted and fixed. Seems the easy solution.
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    Buying a Zhalou DAC from Hong Kong

    I just ordered a new DAC board from Eddie LOL. Not listed on his stock but he has it , an AD board for the D2.0 I have. Gotta love how he stocks up on parts. I would love to go to HK and get it. but.....
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    Thoughts on using Hafler power amp with HD580s?

    How much you figure it is gonna cost to "rig up a little box" to drop the output from the power amp ? If you have the parts and the know how and it sure seems you do I guess not much. The sensitivity of the 580s should be 97dB the max load should be 200mW. I would also suggest you try the DIY...
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    Buying a Zhalou DAC from Hong Kong

    I have orderd from Eddie in HK and yes he is great to deal with just very busy. Have you thought of having him do the mods you want and just have it picked up when your family arrives ? Try his email again if he does not give a fast reply (he usually responds in a about 6 hours) ask him to...
  23. Sinwerm

    so who's rockin the HeadFive?

    Still have SN 129 bought from the pre-order. Really a fantastic amp for the money , well built and solid as a stone , crossfeed , good quality parts. Since though I have gotten a used MF X-CAN V2 and it is fantastic with the HD-580. So im saving the Headfive for when my grado fetish hits.
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    My turntable acts like a tiny speaker...

    This is a cool thread !! Im a digital guy (now) but I remember as a kid putting my ear very close to the turntable and hearing that tinny high sound emitting. Made me think wow they really captured each sound of live music vibrations and cut/pressed them into a record. So pure , I miss that...