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Ceko

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  1. These kinds of posts really make me want to get together at a bake off some time. To hear the obvious effects that cables can have myself.
  2. Thanks for the replies. And thanks for the tips! I’ll play around with blankets before shelling out big time for a new carpet or rug. I can post some photos later on of my situation. I have a hardwood floor anyway.
  3. Yesterday I visited the audio shop where I got my Klipsch Heresy’s from. And it occured to me that they sounded a lot letter over there than in my home. Of course they have different hifi components but it wasn’t even that expensive of a setup I believe. What I do believe is that the speaker placement and the room treatment was key. Now, I won’t go as far as to rebuild my entire livingroom (it’s not worth a divorse :-)) but there could be small changes I can make of course. Such as a new couch or a really thick rug. Would those be enough to notice a SQ improvement?
  4. Every bit of snake oil is expensive :-) The clocks inside dacs aren’t the mechanical clocks of grandfathers time
  5. A lot of people get angry over this, but don’t underestimate the power of placebo. If you bought some expensive kit you sure want it to sound some way or other. The thing is that an amp or a dac are solid state machines. What on earth would make the pucks let them sound any better or more defined? I’ve put my kit on all kinds of surfaces but all sounds the same. Maybe I should put it on a trampoline some time to see if it makes any difference? Who knows? Oh wait you haven’t tried that yet? Then how can you judge...
  6. Have you considered Klipsch? At the moment I’m completely in love with their RP range. I bought a pair of RP51M that cost next to nothing but in my smaller room they sound every bit as good as the 4000€ Heresy in my living room. If I was in your position I’d seriously consider the RP600M. edit: I just read Stereophile’s review on the RP-600M, they’re “super highly recommended”. A speaker this price shouldn’t be this good.
  7. Just out of curiosity.. what are these pucks supposed to do underneath an amp or a dac? I can imagine they bring stability to a turntable or a cd player. But a Dac?
  8. Hmm I seem to have replied in the wrong thread :-D
  9. Just out of curiosity.. what are these pucks supposed to do underneath an amp or a dac? I can imagine they bring stability to a turntable or a cd player. But a Dac?
  10. I don't know if you're familiar with this page on Stereophile: https://www.stereophile.com/content/sounds-audio-glossary-glossary It's a very large list of audiophile terms which are sometimes even more confusing than Transparency :-) It's a very entertaining read!
  11. What if the usb dac is galvanically isolated?
  12. How about the Roksan Blak? I believe it's right on budget and it looks damn sweet. Does anyone in here have experience with it?
  13. I was able to exchange it for the reference.
  14. I just upgraded from the model 404 to the 404 Reference. Man that thing is awesome! It just sounds so smooth and natural. Manages to send goosebumps all over my body every time.
  15. I was thinking of using a sub to accompany my Klipsch Heresy IV's. Although the specs say otherwise, they don't go that low. I'm missing that really tight bass. But as subwoofers have this built-in amplifier, will it affect the overall sound quality of the system negatively if I go for a somewhat cheaper model, just to try out? I was thinking of Monitor Audio's subs from the Bronze line or something (I really liked the Sillver 300 speakers I had before, I'm looking to get that kind of bass out of it again).
  16. I had the Marantz ND8006 and I must say I was very very pleased with it, except for the looks. If the aestetics fit your system, you can’t go wrong with the Marantz CD6006 I guess.
  17. Ceko

    Replacing my amp

    I never heard of optical RCA cables... Are your components all grounded? If they’re not, there’s no chance of a ground loop. I don’t know if hiss is the correct term. Call it hiss, buzz, whatever. It was the same noise as a guitar amp can sometimes make and now it’s gone so I’m pretty stoked and actually just want to enjoy the music at this moment.
  18. Ceko

    Replacing my amp

    As I was saying in my last post: lifting the ground of the CD player did the trick. I’m not really interested in throwing any more money to expensive interconnects and stuff. The interconnects I have are all rca and bnc. I have a filtered powerstrip by the way. I was reading all over the internet that you’d have to put all grounded devices in one powerstrip to prevent ground loops so I wasn’t expecting a ground loop at all. I guess that’s all bullocks then.
  19. Ceko

    Replacing my amp

    Well I’m not complaining anymore! I’ve found that I had two options: 1. I could put ground isolators between my interconnects, but I like the way it looks clean right now. Also, I have the CD player connected via rca to the amp and via BNC to the DAC so I’d need to put two ground isolators in between. 2. I could lift the ground of the CD player. I haven’t verified if this is safe yet but as the single point of ground is now the amplifier, it sounds safe enough for me right? This is what I did anyway and darn does it sound good straight away! As if all the dynamics are also back again. Moonriver offered great service! But as it is now I’m as happy as I can be. Listening to Melody Gardot right now, as if she’s with me in the living room. Clean black background, SUPER!
  20. Ceko

    Replacing my amp

    Allright guys I owe Moonriver a BIG apology. Today I decided that I don’t want to part with this beautiful piece at all so I tried all kinds of things. Put everything on a seperate power group, grounding, not grounding. At last I removed almost everything in the house from the powersocket. Last but not least the CD player which also happens to be grounded... you guessed it, the hiss disappeared. I could literally shoot myself. So obvious... a ground loop after all. Weird as I thought that just couldn’t happen if both things are in the same powerstrip. Any suggestions on how I can fight this thing?
  21. Ceko

    Replacing my amp

    Ok cool a noise sniffer, are they pricey? Do you have a brand name for me?
  22. Ceko

    Replacing my amp

    Please man go to a hypnotist or something and let me know!!! I don’t want to get rid of it!
  23. Ceko

    Replacing my amp

    Yes I can hear it from listening position. But what I said, sometimes it seems louder than other times. Especially in the evening. Now I’m thinking two things: Maybe it’s because in the evening there’s less sounds from the surroundings, so I can hear the hiss better. Or maybe it’s because I myself and people in the neighborhood have more stuff on like lamps and televisions.
  24. Ceko

    Replacing my amp

    You’re right. I just connected it with a powerstrip without ground. That didn’t change anything. The hiss changes with the volume but it’s also a tiny bit there with volume on zero. It’s on all inputs but phono is by far the loudest.
  25. Ceko

    Replacing my amp

    Glad you say that as I fear I’ll get remorse after switching. It’s just so hard to get a home-listening session to compare.
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