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  1. marty

    VPI HW40 Direct Drive

    Wow. What a hot thread. The only thing missing is the background music. I'm thinking - Wagner. Brünnhilde’s Immolation Scene from Götterdämmerung
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    Emm labs DA2 v2 upgrade

    When I was in medical school, it was commonly thought that stomach and small intestine ulcers were caused by stress and eating certain foods. In 2005, two Aussies, Barry Marshall and Robin Warren won the Nobel Prize for discovering that ulcers are the result of an infection of the stomach caused...
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    Emm labs DA2 v2 upgrade

    Well, stupid is a stupid does as Forrest Gump would say, and on occasion, I'm plenty stupid. But no, microphony does not cause bloom. It causes distortion, period. That's why tube lovers have been obsessed with finding tubes that are not microphonic for as long as this hobby has persisted. Some...
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    Emm labs DA2 v2 upgrade

    A good basis for discussion Yuen. A few clarifications: The DA2 may go 1 or 2 cycles deeper (we're talking sub 20 Hz stuff here) but the bass on the GG2 with 242 tubes is superb by any standard, and most significantly, less dry and the dynamics are actually slightly better (which is saying...
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    Having a "You are there " compared to "They are here " system

    Now that made me laugh out loud! It wasn't that you obviously disliked it, but you disliked it in the extreme and are certainly not shy about saying so in such an amusing way.. I'm not sure one can ever be persuaded that the artistry and musicianship on that piece is simply extraordinary so to...
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    Emm labs DA2 v2 upgrade

    Yuen I've detailed my impressions here. https://www.whatsbestforum.com/threads/need-some-lampi-help-please.29452/page-2 It's a long thread, but posts 11/38/39 really get to the heart of it. Musicality, timbre and especially spatial clues are a significant elevation from the DA2. It's just more...
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    Streaming Rules the Marketplace

    Really interesting. They have a good pedigree so I'd be interested to see if this is the real deal at a bargain price.
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    Emm labs DA2 v2 upgrade

    Sorry guys. Nobody was a bigger fan of the DA2 than I was. That is, until I heard a Lampi GG2. It's not even close. To be honest, I was told the DA2 upgrade would allow for native Quad DSD but I see it does not so that's disappointing. Guys, the Lampi is not only in a different league, but it's...
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    Streaming Rules the Marketplace

    Mike What is PCIe High Rez? Is that a streaming service available to the public? BTW, I was surprised to find that Tidal MQA was preferred to Qobuz Hi Rez about 50% of the time. A more relaxed, natural presentation particularly for solo piano recordings. But not consistently. Nice to have...
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    Pacific dac: Lampizator's new top of the line dac

    "misuse of triodes"? "53 million circuit variations"? In my experience, participants on the forum are interested in serious inquiry, education and meaningful conversation. Your mischaracterization and hyperbole above is sadly not worthy of a thoughtful reply.
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    For what it's Worth-Tesla

    Here's an interesting article on Tesla from an analyst who usually doesn't publish his thoughts as he has a subscription newsletter for that purpose. But this is article was in the public domain and I thought it was insightful...
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    Pacific dac: Lampizator's new top of the line dac

    Good question indeed, but these questions are as old as the hills and still don't have clear answers. It's easy to say that all electrical devices do is amplify or transduct a signal and the most relevant parameters that determine how well they do that are power bandwidth, distortion and S/N...
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    Pacific dac: Lampizator's new top of the line dac

    My SS DAC was a Meitner DA-2. I sold it for a Lampi GG2 and never looked back. Lampi is just in a different league.
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    Lampizator Valve / Tube Rolling Review Thread

    Let's be clear about what we are talking about when you say "RK". Are you referring to the RK-KR PX25 vs the KR 242, or the RK-KR 242 vs the KR-242? As far as I know, very few people have tried the RK KR 242 while several have tried the RK-KR PX25.
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    Pacific dac: Lampizator's new top of the line dac

    Francisco, In principle, I agree with you. But from a pragmatic point of view, I just don't think that is possible in each case. Let me give you an analogy from the pharmaceutical industry. I know of a drug that when given as an eye drop, will lower the intraocular pressure. This is a useful...
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    Pacific dac: Lampizator's new top of the line dac

    Highstream, Redphu, Al Are we still on the Lampi hum thing? On one hand, it seems that based on several reports, there no obvious “one size fits all” root cause of the problem. Hum can be caused by almost anything. As Al wisely points out, did you rule out proximity effect? No amount of...
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    Ode to a Swiss Turntable

    Bill As you know, audiophiles often flip gear faster than some folks flip burgers. My approach has always been to upgrade the weakest link in my system as my budget allows. I can't think of very many pieces of gear that are capable of enduring that strategy for over 3 decades without making me...
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    Audiophile Fuses

    Kenny, anything I might say should rapidly be overruled by one's personal experience. Whatever works for you should automatically negate biased comments from someone like me!
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    Ode to a Swiss Turntable

    Why the fancy words Ron? Why not just say you think it's one ugly MFk'r of a tonearm!! :cool:
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    Ode to a Swiss Turntable

    Always wanted to try a Reed 3P so that's what is currently ordered- delivery in a few weeks. I think the ease of reliable and reproducible adjustments (azimuth, VTA, etc) may be important and useful, hence the Reed. Adjustments on the Goldmund is an ordeal just short of a religious ritual so I...
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    Ode to a Swiss Turntable

    I feel worse about this than I have after attending some funerals. After 30 plus years, I am retiring my much beloved Goldmund Studio turntable with a Goldmund T3F tonearm. If I had a dollar for every time this turntable made my brain sing, I would be a wealthy man. I can however, attest to the...
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    Audiophile Fuses

    SR is highly adept at marketing. All companies requires a continuous roll out of new products in order to grow, and who better than audiophiles to take advantage of due to our continual cravings for the next great thing? My guess however, is that you can take any of their current fuses, take...
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    Recent Concerts You've Enjoyed

    I'm jealous. Lived in STL for 12 years (90-02) and loved going to the Sheldon- great hall. (Powell Hall is of course, also great). Kidjo rocks!
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    Burn in

    JayDee, Welcome to the forum. The topic of burn-in has been discussed many times, but much of it is dispersed over many threads. Use the search engine and feel free to explore. Some good discussion can be found here: https://www.whatsbestforum.com/threads/ac-power-cable-break-in.12845/ and...
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    2020 Oscar Winners

    No Bob, you have it wrong. The best way to get a nomination for Best Picture is to make a movie about a black gay soldier and the Holocaust. Best if the character has a handicap or a mild speech impediment and is also the grandchild of slaves who made it to freedom on the Underground Railroad...
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    2020 Oscar Winners

    Parasite was a surprise but a good one. I really thought they would give Best Picture to 1917 because its box office was enormous compared to Parasite (there were less than 10 people in the theater when i saw it a few weeks ago). I liked Steve Martin and Chris Rock as well as Maya Rudolph and...
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    Millennials, Please Check In!

    I’m impressed with your thoughtful reply. You raised some very good concerns and although by no means do I want to suggest that my comments reflect those from all members in my age group (I’m 68), here are a few thoughts you might find worth considering. Of course budding audiophiles most...
  28. marty

    Relevant Audio Forums other than WBAF?

    Yes, but none of them throw compliments, insults and humor around as well as we do!
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    Most Respected Amplifier Designers

    Matti Otala has been twice named. Otala was considered by many to be a major bellwether of modern amplifier design 50 years ago. Prior to Otala, amp designers all mostly sought to reduce distortion, particularly transient IM distortion, by employing negative feedback. Otala advocated open loop...
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    Anyone connecting Lampizator PACIFIC Dac using RCA connections

    Al, this is one of several pics I found that depict a ground loop as somehow involving capacitance leakage to ground. As far the accuracy of this image as a proper depiction, that is above my pay grade so I can't answer meaningfully.

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