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A DAC that crushes price vs. performance ratio
Based on specs and forum buzz, the $2.5K ifi Pro iDSD DAC looks like a potential giant-killer.  Any experience with this one?  It has some features that appeal to me, such as a 10mhz master clock input and the ability to take power from an externa... 
Audiophile recording and playback - Tascam DA-3000
Hope you have better luck than I did with Busman.  He never replied to email queries that I sent to him about DA-3000 modifications. 
Electric Ladyland 50 Year Anniversary Reissues
Good answer! Robin Williams would agree. 
Electric Ladyland 50 Year Anniversary Reissues
First stoned song, or first song stoned? 
What is the most $ you have spent on vinyl?
$100 for a collection of fifty ECM Nordic jazz albums at the Princeton Record Exchange. What a deal! 
Stillpoints - snake oil?
@david_ten Unfortunately, the profile of my current speaker is too narrow for a Starsound platform. It’s difficult to compare the two manufacturers, as Starsound racks are complete systems and Stillpoints are footers. I do prefer Stillpoints for T... 
Stillpoints - snake oil?
@david_ten I never tried three with the Merlins, as these speakers have a small crossection that gets tippy with three points. However, I have used up to five Ultra 5s and Ultra SSs under electronics and turntables with incremental improvements. S... 
Stillpoints - snake oil?
@dodgealum If your speakers are a custom build, you should have them made with 1/4-20 threaded brass inserts at the four corners and at front and back edge center. That way whatever Stillpoints or other footers you choose can be screwed in directl... 
“Sharp Objects” Tonearm/ Cartridge
I think we all suspected the two roller blade girls, which implicated the half-sister.  But all of that went unexplored. The wrap-up on the high school killers was slapdash, particularly in view of the longueurs of many episodes.       
DIY Jumper Suggestions
My shields on DIY speaker cables and PCs are inspired by an audio friend's extended experiments with this approach and with grounding boxes applied across an entire system of cables, components, and speakers.  Also, by some extreme techies on Comp... 
DIY Jumper Suggestions
I’m unsure which approach offers the least capacitance. I stacked them partly for aesthetics, but mostly so that the compact stack, bound together with one final jacket of teflon tape, can be drawn easily through a silk jacket for damping. For shi... 
DIY Jumper Suggestions
To clarify, I use silver foil for long speaker cables, but 8awg silver round wire for jumpers.  It's difficult to use bare, unterminated foil as jumpers.  And for jumpers, why would one want to resort to spade terminations with degrading solder an... 
DIY Jumper Suggestions
Each speaker wire conductor is a stack of four or five 1/4" flat silver ribbons, each wrapped separately in plumber’s teflon tape.  It sounds similar to Duelund foil.Each AC power cord conductor is a twist of ten 20awg .999 dead soft silver round ... 
DIY Jumper Suggestions
Here it is.https://www.riogrande.com/product/999-Fine-Silver-Round-Wire-8-Ga-Dead-Soft/105308  
DIY Class D amps
I placed an order today for the Hypex 400W Ncore monos kit. It was appealing that with this kit, I might later try substituting a linear PS like Paul Hynes in place of the stock SMPS.  My current amps are Pass XA160.8 monos.