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General Topic Discussion / Re: Vinyl
Last post by zackonthetrain - Today at 01:56:49 PM
Quote from: mattstick on Yesterday at 06:59:56 PM
Quote from: zackonthetrain on February 01, 2023, 03:22:35 PMLooks Like Dave Picks 23 is getting the vinyl treatment

anyone have any 10% off codes or discounts?

Dave Picks 23 Pre-order

The 10% off code negates free shipping, but you can try it... cc22wmg10

too late doh. didnt notice that lol 12.50 off but paid 12.99 shipping. . not much you can buy with that 49 cents these days . dead.net owes me a pack of ramen, or maybe ill take the same free sticker and call it even
#2
Random Conversations / Re: Random YouTube Blowout
Last post by PIE-GUY - Today at 12:11:48 PM
One of the greatest scenes of television ever... 

#3
Good stuff. I'm presently looking at power conditioners.
#4
Quote from: Superfreakie on Today at 09:04:32 AMMatt, what speakers are you powering with that setup?

Do you like power conditioning? Do you have "dirty" power in TO?

I have the dirtiest power.  I burned through 2 power supplies while my Cambridge SR-20 was under warranty and my internet router + wifi would just randomly drop before I ran everything through the power conditioner.

I have these Aperion Audio Verus Grand bookshelves on these weird 80s stands I got of kijiji for $10.

#5
Matt, what speakers are you powering with that setup?

Do you like power conditioning? Do you have "dirty" power in TO?
#7
@nab have you considered buying the parts and building a Sperilo Time Machine?  It's definitely an "old meets new" experience streaming/playing old GD AUDs with just a few turns of a knob and a button press or two.

Last year I moved my Cambridge DAC Magic from its home with my Mac mini over to its new home with my stereo, and I swapped my Cambridge SR20  for a vintage 80s NAD 3240PE. Big difference in power output and a little bit more oomph on the bottom end of the NAD.  I also cancelled all my music streaming services as part of this upgrade.

All my digital sources (Optical TV out for AppleTV + BluRay, Cambridge Azur 540C CD player, GD Time Machine and USB3.0 from the Mac mini) run through the DAC Magic and into the NAD's CD input.

All my analog sources (Pro-Ject Tube phono pre-amp and the RCA output of the Cambridge CD player) go straight into the NAD over some short RCAs.

Pretty happy with the setup as I can control the output of iTunes/Music from the MacMini with my iPhone while on the couch for streaming from my embarrassingly large Music library.

I can quickly dial up and stream any GD show from the Time Machine.

I like the physical experience of playing CDs and LPs so my physical media still gets lots of attention. 

When I want to play from my collection of FLACs I can play them back through the DAC Magic at full resolution (MacMini outputs to the DAC Magic at 24/96), albeit a little bit of a manual process in queuing them up in Foobar2000 and streaming from the MacMini.  But even that process can be good as I can create hours long playlists and listen all day.

Because I've maxed out the inputs on the DAC Magic, and because it's a relatively entry-level DAC, I'm on the lookout for a higher end DAC, but I've also read that you only really notice a difference in DAC quality when you get to the $5K price range and I'm pretty much out way before that point.  That said, I keep an eye on the Hoffman forums classifieds for anyone who's upgraded and is selling older gear used.
#8
I feel like I've finally come around full circle.

The old and the new.

I picked up a cheap tablet tonight to run as the interface for a Wiim Mini streamer. The Wiim mini runs into a Shiit Modi+ DAC, which runs out via RCA to my vintage gear.

So I'm the same old nab again, "finding" stuff on the internet (This is the latest Dave's Picks), stashing it on HDs, and listening.

Using the Wiim Mini out to the Shiit DAC (via spdif), it's all wifi and no blutooth, so it's lossless digital to the DAC. I can control it from my phone, but I've chosen the tablet so there is decent sized cover art to look at and it forces me to actually get up to change a track or album, which means more full album digital listening (the thing I started to hate more and more about digital was my attention span, so I've figured out a behavioral work around).

So now it feels like 00s and 10s Bill has finally caught up with 20s Bill.
#9
General Topic Discussion / Re: Vinyl
Last post by mattstick - Yesterday at 06:59:56 PM
Quote from: zackonthetrain on February 01, 2023, 03:22:35 PMLooks Like Dave Picks 23 is getting the vinyl treatment

anyone have any 10% off codes or discounts?

Dave Picks 23 Pre-order

The 10% off code negates free shipping, but you can try it... cc22wmg10
#10
General Topic Discussion / Re: Vinyl
Last post by zackonthetrain - February 01, 2023, 03:22:35 PM
Looks Like Dave Picks 23 is getting the vinyl treatment

anyone have any 10% off codes or discounts?

Dave Picks 23 Pre-order