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  4. ianp

    Review: ZERO 24 BIT/192KHz DAC/Headphone Amp/Pre-Amp

    Quote: Originally Posted by ccschua I cant understand, if BNC connection is so good and cheap, why is not provided in most of the DAC ? . This is a joke. BNC connections are preferred by a number of people including the manufacturer of the Monica DACs - diyparadise - Bad Naughty...
  5. ianp

    Review: ZERO 24 BIT/192KHz DAC/Headphone Amp/Pre-Amp

    Quote: Originally Posted by DCT I want to change the RCA Jack on the Zero. How do you do it guys? I simply drilled two holes in the back cover and added 2 new RCA jacks. You can then steal the signal from the current jacks.
  6. ianp

    Review: ZERO 24 BIT/192KHz DAC/Headphone Amp/Pre-Amp

    Quote: Originally Posted by kejar31 Although the Sun does have some pretty cool green lights. I'm been looking at using an acrylic cover on another project. An acrylic cover for the ZERO may work. Maybe even an entirely acrylic case
  7. ianp

    Review: ZERO 24 BIT/192KHz DAC/Headphone Amp/Pre-Amp

    Quote: Originally Posted by Pricklely Peete But you must submit... to the central scrutinizer ( a line from Frank Zappa ) Great job Scottie...!!!! It's fun too..in a weird sort of (geek like) way isn't it ? No pics needed..just optional...but I don't blame you for not wanting to...
  8. ianp

    Review: ZERO 24 BIT/192KHz DAC/Headphone Amp/Pre-Amp

    Quote: Originally Posted by LeBuLLeT Well I will be using the Amp for both speakers and headphone so are you saying its not really worth using as a headphone amp? Nope. It's an OK headphone amp and you can roll the opamps to improve it. FWIW I have 2 tweaked ZEROs, one is...
  9. ianp

    Review: ZERO 24 BIT/192KHz DAC/Headphone Amp/Pre-Amp

    Quote: Originally Posted by LeBuLLeT hey everyone I was just wondering but how much of an improvement has this upgraded Zero been compared to a stock Zero. Also with all the money spent on a zero couldn't you use that money to start off with something better instead of getting something...
  10. ianp

    Review: ZERO 24 BIT/192KHz DAC/Headphone Amp/Pre-Amp

    Quote: Originally Posted by Garret Jax Noob question here: still burning in my Zero and loving it, but I would like to hear it next to a tube amp. I've never heard a tube amp before. Maybe I'll go to the local audiophile store and see if they have any. My question is basic: don't those...
  11. ianp

    Review: ZERO 24 BIT/192KHz DAC/Headphone Amp/Pre-Amp

    Quote: Originally Posted by taso89 I'm not aware of the differences between one volume pot and another, but what I do notice on the stock volume pot is a good deal of snap crackle and pop when I move the knob from 9:00 to 12:00 back and forth. Is this something to be expected or do I...
  12. ianp

    Review: ZERO 24 BIT/192KHz DAC/Headphone Amp/Pre-Amp

    Quote: Originally Posted by taso89 What I meant was is it SUPPOSED to be an improvement over the stock pot or did he just need a replacement FWIW The standard volume pot can best described as perfunctory. It does the job, but can be readily improved upon.
  13. ianp

    Review: ZERO 24 BIT/192KHz DAC/Headphone Amp/Pre-Amp

    Quote: Originally Posted by katanka Hi Ianp Can you take a photo with all your wires soldered for this mod from above The page that I mention has some good images. Let me elucidate the steps a little more: Quote: 1. Remove the existing RCA sockets and install the proper...
  14. ianp

    Review: ZERO 24 BIT/192KHz DAC/Headphone Amp/Pre-Amp

    Quote: Originally Posted by ccschua This is the thread that discuss the new opamp. diyAudio Forums - Discrete OPAMP Link to the sellers site - http://www.audio-gd.com/enweb/pro/diy/OPA.htm
  15. ianp

    Review: ZERO 24 BIT/192KHz DAC/Headphone Amp/Pre-Amp

    Quote: Originally Posted by AudioPhewl Aye, I've had no response from him. Not for my emails, nor the Paypal dispute. Looks like things go great, so long as there isn't a problem. ~Phewl. Vendor reputations are built on overall customer satisfaction, which does include...
  16. ianp

    Review: ZERO 24 BIT/192KHz DAC/Headphone Amp/Pre-Amp

    Quote: Originally Posted by Carter54 I have been Watchin ghte for sale for a while now and i was the Second PM on the last 2 Zero's. Subscribe to the 'for sale' forums RSS feeds and monitor like a hawk !
  17. ianp

    Review: ZERO 24 BIT/192KHz DAC/Headphone Amp/Pre-Amp

    Quote: Originally Posted by Pricklely Peete Excellent page ianp !!!....thanks for the link....like you I'm learning as I go....always learning ....lately I've been really pushing the info curve into my noggin...such that the ole brain sometimes does one of these then the light bulb...
  18. ianp

    Review: ZERO 24 BIT/192KHz DAC/Headphone Amp/Pre-Amp

    Quote: Originally Posted by Pricklely Peete Hi AP and ianp, Aren't those 220pf caps there for scrubbing any dc offset in the signal ? Have you measured what that offset might be ? If I'm wrong than disregard.. I've replaced mine with 220pf 200V 5% dipped silver micas but now that...
  19. ianp

    Review: ZERO 24 BIT/192KHz DAC/Headphone Amp/Pre-Amp

    Quote: Originally Posted by Pricklely Peete ianp the HDAM cap tweak details are at the Burson audio website,I can send you a pic but can't post it...it's way to big size wise...PM me with your email address... I'll send the pic. That's the best I can do for now Hold off on the...
  20. ianp

    Review: ZERO 24 BIT/192KHz DAC/Headphone Amp/Pre-Amp

    Quote: Originally Posted by davve received my HDAM today, what is the white/black cable for, that is coming from the HDAM? It is a ground. You may or may not need it. I didn't, so I just secured it by tucking it under some other wires. IAP
  21. ianp

    Review: ZERO 24 BIT/192KHz DAC/Headphone Amp/Pre-Amp

    Quote: Originally Posted by ianp I ordered an HDAM last week and asked about the possibility of Lawrence making/supplying an extension cable. I got an email on saturday indicating the cable was available and with the 2 photos posted here. There was no additional charge for the cable, it...
  22. ianp

    Review: ZERO 24 BIT/192KHz DAC/Headphone Amp/Pre-Amp

    Quote: Originally Posted by Penchum It appears the cable will be included with the HDAM, but I don't have clarification of this yet. I'm waiting for his reply on this. I ordered an HDAM last week and asked about the possibility of Lawrence making/supplying an extension cable. I...
  23. ianp

    Review: ZERO 24 BIT/192KHz DAC/Headphone Amp/Pre-Amp

    Quote: Originally Posted by dacavalcante I don't get... which benefits a power cable brings to zero !? DIY power cables. One of those 'vodoo' areas of improvement. To my mind it is just about using good quality components that ensure you have good connections, shielding and...
  24. ianp

    Review: ZERO 24 BIT/192KHz DAC/Headphone Amp/Pre-Amp

    Quote: Originally Posted by Nedman It would be handy if they or someone made an 100mm male/female extension lead. Capital idea. I wonder if Lawrence could offer such things?
  25. ianp

    Review: ZERO 24 BIT/192KHz DAC/Headphone Amp/Pre-Amp

    Don't underestimate your soldering-fu. It looks pretty damn good to me! Heat shrink may look a little better, but electrical tape pretty much does the same job and you can more easily remove should you have to. I'd assume that there is enough room to add some standoffs on the PCBs to lift...
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