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1  Ultimate Audio Playback / Phasure NOS1 DAC / Re: The cheapest upgrade : B'ASS on: May 28, 2016, 05:15:39 pm
I'm still in for the BNC in and out model.

Todd
2  Ultimate Audio Playback / Phasure NOS1 DAC / Re: The cheapest upgrade : B'ASS on: April 02, 2016, 05:30:13 am
Count me in for BNC as well Peter.

BTW, I love reading your description the difference with the B'ASS. It's always about those things that make live music instantly distinguishable from recorded playback. The fact that the difference is ever diminishing with each of your improvements, gives me hope that one day I really won't be able to tell!

Todd
3  Ultimate Audio Playback / Chatter and forum related stuff / Re: dedicated mains earth on: February 20, 2016, 03:16:48 pm
So I had a thought/question.

Here in the US, we have two 120v hot lines and a neutral. So generally we have all our consumer electronics run off 120v and the feed is inherently unbalanced. In my current situation, there is really no reason why I couldn't run everything at 240v(either selectable input voltage on the equipment primaries or easily modifiable solutions). I would then have 2 hot lines and the ground tied to the neutral, so a balanced circuit.

Wouldn't this be a preferable configuration?
4  Ultimate Audio Playback / Chatter and forum related stuff / Re: RAM-OS disk WARNING on: January 27, 2016, 04:33:19 pm
Mani,

I have noticed that I'm squeezing in some extra listening time every evening, and when my wife says she's going to bed early, I sport a sly smile and back to the basement I go!

I am also listening at a higher volume, anywhere from 1.5-4.5db louder and I think it is a direct result of the lower distortion from the RAM-OS setup. Recordings that were once a little grating after a certain volume,  are now not only listenable at higher volume but more "real".

I was listening to "Eric Clapton Unplugged" last night and WOW it was really like I was sitting in the live venue!!

Happy Listening,
Todd
5  Ultimate Audio Playback / Chatter and forum related stuff / Re: Disk with Multi-RAM-boot available for purchase on: January 20, 2016, 06:36:39 pm
That's awesome Peter!
Quite a comeback considering the drive saga  Wink

So now on to that surprise announcement Happy

I'm looking at this ATX linear power supply:

http://www.hd-plex.com/HDPLEX-Fanless-300W-ATX-Linear-Power-Supply-with-Modular-ATX-Output.html

But don't want to pull the trigger if you've got something related up your sleeve!

Todd
6  Ultimate Audio Playback / Playback Tweaks and Source related subjects / Re: Intona High Speed USB 2.0 galvanic isolation on: January 13, 2016, 11:16:44 pm
Hey Dave,

I just wanted to let you know, I tried the Regen I in series after the Itona and no comparison the Itona alone is much better in every area.

Having the Itona in line with the Regen may have improved the sound of the Regen slightly, but let's just say you might see another Regen for sale on Computer Audiophile or maybe it will be used in my office system smile

Todd

7  Ultimate Audio Playback / Playback Tweaks and Source related subjects / Re: Intona High Speed USB 2.0 galvanic isolation on: January 13, 2016, 10:47:03 pm
Sorry for being off topic. But I was feeling a bit nostalgic and realize how small the collective HighEnd audio community is Happy

Frank thanks for the kind words, they are great guys at Audio Artistry.

 I helped you carry that Plinius beast either from or to your car when we set up or at the end of show tear down!

Also, that was their first year there and the had their Dvorak entry level speaker in that room initially with some Cary tube amps until you came along!

Your the lead engineer and designer, aren't you?

Cheers,
Todd
8  Ultimate Audio Playback / Playback Tweaks and Source related subjects / Re: Intona High Speed USB 2.0 galvanic isolation on: January 11, 2016, 11:53:22 pm
Hey briefremarks,

I thought I'd chime in even though it's a little of topic with a little insight on the BD Designs vs. Linkwitz Labs. I'm friends with the original principles of Audio Artistry which included Sigried Linkwitz(one of the other two was the best man at my wedding)

 I own the Beethoven Grands which were their pinnacle of open baffle(dipole) design, I now have BD Designs Orphean horns coupled with 3 high sensitivity 15" drivers per channel, my DIY version of the Orleno 2's minus the refinement of Peter and Berts slick Fletcher Munson compensation curve selection and the chip amps.(so read that as not quite as good but in the same family). To me frequency response and tonality is quite similar to the Linkwitz designs, but there is a dramatic difference in information retrieval and dynamics. I can't imagine going back to the Beethovens on a regular basis although I still enjoy them and they throw a huge soundstage.

I never liked the sound of horns, just like Paul(User name Scroobius) but read his posts under the speaker section here. You would never know your listening to BD horns without seeing them!

Ok back to the Itona! Loving it

Todd
9  Ultimate Audio Playback / Playback Tweaks and Source related subjects / Re: Intona High Speed USB 2.0 galvanic isolation on: January 01, 2016, 05:07:37 pm
Hey Dave,

Everything is so "Right" with the Itona that I really can't imagine putting the Regen in series with it. There really is just no comparison in my system between the two of them. I think less is really more in this case.

I'll tell you what though, I'll put it in this weekend and report back, but I'm quite confident that it will detract from the performance and not add to it. What the hell though, I have both might as well try it and report what it does in my system and let you extrapolate from there.

Todd
10  Ultimate Audio Playback / Playback Tweaks and Source related subjects / Re: Intona High Speed USB 2.0 galvanic isolation on: December 31, 2015, 06:04:09 pm
Agreed Peter,

Such a great community here and I never want to take it for granted. When we get a consensus from all of us on something it's nice to have that validation we're on the right track!

Todd
11  Ultimate Audio Playback / Playback Tweaks and Source related subjects / Re: Intona High Speed USB 2.0 galvanic isolation on: December 31, 2015, 05:14:14 pm
So my Itona USB isolator came yesterday and I got a chance to listen to it for about four hours. I didn't want to add any additional variables to the mix so I used XXHE 2.03 and W10 10074.

I first listened to my current setup which has a NeutronStar clock modified Uptone Regen USB re-clocker running off a lithium Ion battery power supply. The sound was as usual: very nice detail, ambiance, deep nicely scaled soundstage and nice black background.

Out came the Regen and in went the Itona with a short generic USB from the PC and the Clarixa 1m to the NOS1a 75b.

So I don't want to sound hyperbolic but, I was literally stunned at the difference! Like a complete removal of blur, smear and distortion. And this was in all important areas; frequency response, timing and dynamics. Every song I played was just so much more detailed and right. What really stood out was the delicacy of quiet passages but the incredible slam and quickness of percussion and piano. And the decay seemed infinite, just so natural. And the natural shimmer to cymbals was better than I've ever heard from my system.

We all have known the feeling of running through our favorites and hearing them as new again, but Wow! this was pretty dramatic.

All I can say, is thank you again Peter for being the Guinea Pig, and I can't wait to get my new ram drive OS disc and short Clarixa USB!! What a great way to bring in the New Year!

 Happy new year ! Nice
Todd
12  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: OS preference for Music Server on: December 28, 2015, 08:42:29 pm
Thanks Peter,

Sorry for being a lazy "f" and not adding my signature until just now oops

Todd
13  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / OS preference for Music Server on: December 28, 2015, 12:52:39 pm
I was wondering what OS everyone with a separate music server is using? And is there one that is recommended over another and for what reasons?

Thanks,
Todd
14  Ultimate Audio Playback / Playback Tweaks and Source related subjects / Re: Intona High Speed USB 2.0 galvanic isolation on: December 26, 2015, 02:50:18 pm
Understood Peter,

Makes sense to keep all the noisy PC related items together away from the NOS1a.
15  Ultimate Audio Playback / Playback Tweaks and Source related subjects / Re: Intona High Speed USB 2.0 galvanic isolation on: December 26, 2015, 02:05:32 pm
Hi Peter,

Please put me down to ship a short Clarixa with my OS RAM drive. I think 30-40cm would be good. If any of us want to put it on the same shelve as the NOS1a, it would be long enough to set the isolator between the front two legs of DAC.

Thanks,
Todd
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