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1  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd PC / Re: XXHighEnd PC with Windows 10 from RAM on: July 27, 2015, 04:40:31 pm
Hi Peter,

I have the same ASROCK MOBO and all the same hardware but a full ATX case, is that doable? Hope so.

By the way did I remember a Ferrari red NOS1 pic somewhere?

Todd
2  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd PC / Re: XXHighEnd PC with Windows 10 from RAM on: July 27, 2015, 03:45:59 pm
Hey Peter,

I'm kind of like Mani right now. I've been so swamped with other things, I have not even had a chance to mess with my audio system.

I purchased a new SSD, downloaded the correct build of Windows 10 probably almost two months ago and the SSD is still in its sealed box & I haven't even put Windows on a bootable disc. Pretty pathetic. Wink

Anyway I'd like to purchase the whole package, and if I haven't already  bought the license for the latest XX by the time your ready to ship it out to me we'll add that in too.
 
I'm really looking forward to getting back to my audio. I've got some new woodworking equipment coming in and I'm getting ready to pair a bunch of 101db sensitive 15" drivers in an open baffle setup with my BD Orphean horns. I've already got some cool finish ideas with some carbon fiber sheeting & Ferrari Rossa Corsa paint. Definitely won't be subtle smile

Once again Peter, thank you for continuing to advance all ends of the playback chain. It's easy to rekindle our audio passion with you around!!!
Todd
3  Ultimate Audio Playback / Your thoughts about the Sound Quality / Re: W10 XX2.02 / XX1.186 Bass on: June 14, 2015, 12:52:16 pm
Nick,
do you ever check your p-mail here? I've been trying to reach you.
Todd
Sorry to have interjected here
4  Ultimate Audio Playback / Chatter and forum related stuff / Re: My new car... on: June 08, 2015, 10:05:18 pm
No....Mani, say it isn't so unhappy  Your NSX was pristine and such a rare color! Your going to miss it and like many NSX who sell theirs, you'll probably re-purchase one in the future! But yours was just so... Nice!

I just had mine out yesterday after driving the F430 Spider,  I LOVE my NSX!!
Todd
5  Ultimate Audio Playback / Chatter and forum related stuff / Re: Clairixa USB on: March 06, 2015, 07:35:25 pm
So I don't want to get off the topic of the wonderful new Clairixa USB cable, so I'll just make one further response about my other love besides my first love of audio, fast sports cars!

Mani,

You are certainly correct about wanting to drive the newcomer and both of them are beautiful mid-engined sports cars in their own way(although man the Ferrari is really a work of art).

But just to clarify, I've owned the NSX for over 20 years so I don't take these purchases lightly and the NSX will never go until I do! The F430 could be a stepping stone to a used 458 in the future, who knows.

One other thing, I do ALL the work on the NSX, including the current highly modified engine build(OK, I still need the machinist, but I do all the blueprinting and assembly) The NSX is turbocharged and put down 720HP to the ground on premium unleaded and over 850HP ON e85 ethanol, so it is WAY faster than the F430 Happy Wink

In terms of convincing my wife to go along? Well, she is my 2nd wife and we were both in our 40's when we got married, so I'd say our expectations were honest and "what you see is what you get" so I we both got it right the 2nd time! So I feel blessed.

If I had to choose between my love for fine music reproduction and fast cars, I'd choose Music!!

All in good fun!
Todd




6  Ultimate Audio Playback / Chatter and forum related stuff / Re: Clairixa USB on: March 06, 2015, 01:58:53 pm
So I've been busy installing a new 4 post lift in my garage to put my beloved NSX above its new stablemate, a F430 Spider Happy Happy I finally got a chance to do some evening listening of my new Clairixa cable. Here are my initial impressions:

WOW!! Peter, what is under that cotton casing? Magic fairy dust!! Your descriptions are dead on. At first I thought wow this is really smooth but then realized all the distortion free detail I was hearing. And body(Raquel Welch and Sofia Loren in their prime have nothing on
Clairixa!)

Across the board, wider, deeper soundstage and just way more information? And those highs! Cymbals are getting so much closer to reality and violins too, so sweet. I'm really quite stunned that once again I am listening to my familiar library and hearing it as if they are all brand new super high resolution masters! This is easily as transformative as the B75 BNC upgrade.

I'll do some more listening this weekend and follow up. I've got some new BD Orphean3 horns and a new DSP bass crossover itching to be installed Wink but I'll hold off an additional day just to acclimate to my new music reality and the all the new beauty I am hearing.

 Should really be an interesting weekend!

Heartfelt thank you Peter, really a fabulous upgrade!!
7  Ultimate Audio Playback / Chatter and forum related stuff / Re: Clairixa USB on: February 14, 2015, 08:18:06 pm
Hi Peter,

I'd love a 1 meter one also.

It's been nice having the dollar closer to the Euro, to bad this wasn't some full fledged "Peter's Brain" inspired piece of electronics Grin

Todd
8  Ultimate Audio Playback / Chatter and forum related stuff / Re: Merry Christmas on: December 26, 2014, 02:45:42 pm
Merry Christmas to all my fellow audiophooles here at XX  Wink

So I was wondering if any of you have experienced anything similar to what I noticed yesterday.

I was playing Christmas music at louder than normal volumes yesterday. My system is in my basement, so I left my stairway door open so everyone could hear it decently upstairs.

What I noticed was the sound coming out of th doorway was just crazy realistic! I could sit at the top of the stairs a really believe that there were live performers in my basement. Wow, it really sounds good from that perspective. Usually I'm sitting in my listening room sweet spot, and although of course the imaging and small details are better there, everything was just integrated so nicely from my stairwell.

I know Peter often mentions that he rarely sits in the sweet spot. Maybe he is on to something as to how we evaluate are system's performance.


Definitely gave me some food for thought.

Todd
9  Ultimate Audio Playback / Playback Tweaks and Source related subjects / Re: Mobo main clock replacement... on: December 21, 2014, 09:24:02 pm
So thanks to Nick, and the convenience of having a spare Dexa in hand, I put the Dexa in place of the standard motherboard clock yesterday.
This is after having the Blaxius and B75 mod in for about a week.

My listening yesterday and today confirm Nick's observations. To me it is like Blaxius and B75 Plus. Everything in perfect balance, detail in spades but not artificial, broader & deeper soundstage. Where the clock mod really made a difference, I would call "drive", more power and body to each instrument but especially percussion. Just more like how you feel more air movement from live instruments. You feel the music more in your body. And even more texture is fleshed out than the Blaxius mod alone.

I am definitely impressed and nicely surprised. To me I often gauge changes to my system in terms of would ever want or revert to the premodified mode. And both the Blaxius B75 mod and the motherboard mod fall in the category of keepers. I can't imagine going back!

I'm sure most of you are like me, you have multiple music "standards" that you know extremely well, and you use those to assess a change. I've got quite a few go to's but they usually include. Rebecca Pidgon "Raven"', Cowboy Junkies "Trinity Revisited", Natalie Merchant  "Leave Your Sleep", some Norah Jones, Lyle Lovett, Ben Harper, Black Crows, and various classical recordings. There wasn't a single one where I was thinking something is not quite right, they all were notably improved.

Todd
10  Ultimate Audio Playback / Playback Tweaks and Source related subjects / Re: Mobo main clock replacement... on: December 12, 2014, 03:33:19 pm
Hi Fralippo,

Thank for the warning, but a possible $270 to replace a motherboard is a small price to pay if we can give a separate opinion on whether there is merit to Nick's experiment in a different system. I assure you after some costly screw ups to my NOS1, which will never see any mods after the NOS1a upgrade!! I am not at all scared of modifying a computer. I already have a Dexa clock on my PCI Usb3 board, plus separate 12, 5 and 3.3 linear power supply's running the motherboard as it is.

Todd
11  Ultimate Audio Playback / Playback Tweaks and Source related subjects / Re: Mobo main clock replacement... on: December 12, 2014, 01:16:11 pm
Hey Nick,

Interesting stuff. I happen to have a spare Dexa here(can't imagine why Happy ) anyway where did you get the replacement oscillator for the Dexa and exactly what frequency are you using? Also, was there any fine tuning that you had to do on the Dexa adjustment trim pot or any other modifications?

Thanks,
Todd
12  Ultimate Audio Playback / Chatter and forum related stuff / Re: Cables with BNC Connectors/Adapters Are Generating A Superoir SQ on: October 29, 2014, 05:00:33 pm
Hi Juan,

In my case since my amps are self-built Hypex NCores, I can replace the current XLR inputs with BNC. I will, however, do that after listening with just the NOS1a converted to BNC, so I can report back what kind of difference I heard between using Adaptors at the amplifier inputs and with them converted to BNC. For those with amps that can't be modified, I should be able to let you know if it made any difference or not.

I will add one small observation, with the balanced connection on the NCores, I can barely hear the noise floor with my ear right up to the tweeter. With the single-ended input I definitely can hear in slight hint of power line noise(probably a 60Hz harmonic) with my ear up to the tweeter. So I will have to look at all my mains connections and try to eliminate that.

Todd
13  Ultimate Audio Playback / Chatter and forum related stuff / Re: Cables with BNC Connectors/Adapters Are Generating A Superoir SQ on: October 29, 2014, 04:11:46 pm
Hey Guys,

I thought I would pipe in since I was using all XLR cabling, but I am now using BNC coax between my NOS1a and my MID/Tweeter amp.(balanced cabling is still being used from the crossover to the two bass amps covering 260hz on down)

Even with BNC to RCA Adaptors at the NOS1a and XLR to RCA plus BNC to RCA Adaptors at the amp input, the sound was clearly better using the 50ohm BNC cable.

And by better I mean much greater detail, better timbre, with a deeper and more accurate sound stage.(smoother and more natural but with much more information) This is readily apparent in the realism and dynamics of cymbals and violins but also in male & female vocals)

Putting the balanced cabling back in is like draping a curtain between me and the speakers. I'm simply amazed that you don't know what your missing until you've heard something more resolving and then try to go back.

The only thing I'm missing is the gain I had with the balanced outs of the NOS1a which doesn't allow me to listen to some of my classical music at full scale.

I will be trying the 75ohm RG11 cabling soon with proper 75ohm BNC connections at the NOS1a and my mid/high amp. I will also probably modify the input sensitivity of the amp to recover the lost gain going to single-ended input.

Hope this gives some of you with XLR some frame of reference.

Todd
14  Ultimate Audio Playback / Chatter and forum related stuff / Re: Cables with BNC Connectors/Adapters Are Generating A Superoir SQ on: October 13, 2014, 07:20:34 pm
Hi Juan,

I've used Adaptors like these for digital connection from a source to a D/A converter, but I would be extremely hesitant to use any kind of coupling transformer on the pristine analog outputs of the NOS1. I was using an electronic crossover with very high grade Jensen transformers on the inputs and it definitely took the life out of the sound of the NOS1.
BTW, I am currently running standard BNC to XLR with the 50 ohm cables on my low frequency amps and like what I'm hearing.
I have modified the inputs on my midrange/tweeter amps with 50ohm BNC inputs but still connecting my 50ohm BNC cable using 50ohm BNC to RCA Adaptors on the NOS1a outputs and it has been truly transformative to the sound quality compared to the balanced cabling I was using.

Todd
15  Ultimate Audio Playback / Chatter and forum related stuff / Re: Cables with BNC Connectors/Adapters Are Generating A Superoir SQ on: September 10, 2014, 02:20:46 am
So what about those of us who are fully balanced? Are there any lessons here that can be applied to XLR?
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