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About rdale

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  • Location
    Gran Canaria, Spain
  • Real Name
    Richard Dale

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  • Turn Table
  • Tone Arm & Cartridge
    SME V/Ort. 2M Black
  • SUT / Phono Stage
    EAT E-Glo Petit
  • Digital Source 1
    Chord 2Qute
  • DAC
    Chord Hugo
  • Integrated Amp
    Glow Amp One
  • My Speakers
    Mod’d Klipsch RP600M
  • Headphones
    Audeze LCD-3
  • Trade Status
    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. I agree that upgrading the parts in crossovers, internal wiring and sockets can make a large improvement for not that much money. I’ve done that with a couple of my speakers. For instance, I spent about 300 euros on my 700 euro Klipsches. The speaker manufacturer can’t afford to add that much to the bill of materials, as it would be another 1500 euros on the cost to the end user. I’m less keen on modifying the crossover circuit and I’ve kept with the stock designs.
  2. I use a DS Audio ST-50 which is expensive, but I like the ergonomics and finish and they last forever. I dry brush the stylus every now and then too. Ortofon advise against wet cleaning and so I don’t do that with my current cart.
  3. Why would you expect a MacOS file system to use a Windows partition format?
  4. The DAC can change the number of samples in the next USB packet by sending an asynchronous message to the USB host.
  5. This is a common misconception about how asynchronous isochronous USB works. The USB clock is controlled by the PC host, not the DAC, and it doesn’t vary. The only thing that the DAC can change is the occupancy of the USB packets as a form of flow control, so that the rate of the data arriving at the DAC is not under flowing or over flowing.
  6. I’ve got a 2Qute that I’m very pleased with, but it isn’t a current model and has been replaced by the Qutest. So it seems strange that a dealer is offering to sell one as it must be secondhand.
  7. The Perspex rectangle on mine is 40.5 cms deep and 53.5 cms wide.
  8. I’ve wanted to hear these Canadian open baffle speakers for a while, and they would probably partner well with a 300b amp: http://www.caintuckaudio.com/
  9. I’m not sure why you would use the 600 volt version for speaker cable. I use the ordinary DCA16GA for my speaker cables, and there is a new dual core version of that and the DCA12GA that would be tidier.
  10. I don’t see why you would need to leave 10 to 15% of a drive vacant. The default reserved block percentage for the Linux ext4 file system is 5% and that is probably wasteful for a disk used for music storage. With music you are mostly writing the data once and then reading it many times without updating it. In this scenario disk fragmentation shouldn’t be an issue.
  11. I would say that it makes more sense to use a pair of active subwoofers with a pair of active stand mounts to get a full range sound, than it does to have everything in a single big active floor standing box.
  12. I finally got round to doing this and damped the bass horn with Xtreme Dynamat. Here is a horn treated and ready to go back inside the speaker: The Dynamat was easy to work with and after applying the damping the horn is pretty dead. I didn't even need to remove the Klipschs from their stands, and so for an hour and a half's work and about 30 pounds I think I've got a worthwhile improvement in sound. I need to listen for another week or two to decide exactly what has changed.
  13. Fair enough. I personally have found my Stack Link and Allo USB Signature a significant step up from the Pi3s I’d been using before. I haven’t tried a Pi4 for audio, although I’m using one as a NAS and maybe they sound better than the Pi2/3 does.
  14. I’ve got an EAT E-Glo Petit which I’m really pleased with. It sounds great and has loads of adjustments you can make for both MM and MC cartridges. It has a very quiet jfet input stage and uses a couple of valves in the output buffer stage. I also upgraded the PSU to an MCRU linear one. Even with the uprated PSU it is well under 2000 pounds.
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