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RMA'd my PS Audio NuWave Phono Converter to the factory for repairs. Fingers crossed! Jul 19, 2021

    1. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      2nd Khozmo prepping for shipment, 2125v2 is a capable amp, both kids home for break soon, family is well... :-)
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    2. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Parasound NewClassic 2125v2 arrived. Installed in secondary system. Breaking it in now. Pretty heavy for 2U chassis.
      1. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        Early impressions: kicks ass w/Polk RT25i. Tried Dynaudio Evoke 10, and was underwhelmed. Will try Dynaudio again later.
        Mar 17, 2021
      2. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        Connected the Evoke 10 again. This time, they were the only speakers connected. Things sound a lot better. At least I know this amp won’t be a limit if I decided to upgrade speakers.
        Mar 18, 2021
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    4. luckybaer
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    5. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      System status: primary awaiting new preamp; secondary awaiting new amp. Personal status: listening to secondary via Vali 2 & HD650.
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    6. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      I continue to wait for Vidar to ship so I can replace old integrated. Ordered new preamp for primary system. Yes, another Khozmo.
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      2. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        This one with 2x XLR in, 1x RCA in; 1x XLR out, 1x RCA out.
        Mar 12, 2021
    7. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      More Vidar delays. I’ll hang on, but boy... I do get tempted to get something else. Must... resist...
    8. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Listening to LP. Something not right. Interconnect for left channel not connected from phonostage to preamp. Whew!
      1. Cryptowolf and bixby like this.
      2. bixby
        bixby
        Pretty funny when we golden ears say, hey something is not right and the whole freaking left channel is gone. Happened to me when a tweeter was not connected. Makes you think perhaps all the chasing we do for a db better here or lower noise floor there is kinda crazy.
        Mar 2, 2021
      3. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Perfect example. An audiophile meet at a guy's house. We /slowly/ started looking at each other and wondering what was wrong. Even he did not immediately realise...

        His speakers had electrostatic tweaters. He's forgotten to plug the power in :)
        Mar 3, 2021
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    9. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Cranked up the crossover on my sub. Secondary system sounds much better. May not need speaker upgrade.
    10. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Anyone familiar w/ NewClassD OpAmp and how it compares with OPA2134 (which I think is TI/Burr-Brown)?
    11. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Speculating as to what, if any, improvement Vidar will bring to my secondary system after replacing Onkyo TX-8555.
      1. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        Khozmo pre in primary system replacing OG Freya. No problem getting plenty of volume. Should be fine w/Vidar.
        Feb 27, 2021
      2. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        More listening is needed, but I may actually prefer Khozmo to OG Freya.
        Feb 27, 2021
    12. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Update on Vidar order: should ship by end of next week. Am consider a Bifrost for desktop or secondary to replace Modi MB.
    13. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Now that I’ve lived with the Dynaudio Evoke 10 for a bit, don’t know if I can listen to anything less - and I need upgrade for 2nd system.
      1. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        And, to top it off, I'm struggling with impatience, as I am still awaiting my Vidar order (placed 1/29/21) to be fulfilled. Patience! Easier said than done, my friends.
        Feb 25, 2021
    14. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Warm-up is real! You can't sit there and concentrate and wait for it. Just play music, do something else, then WHAM!! It will hit ya!
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      3. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @Kernel Kurtz I can't wait for my Vidar to get here. As of 2/13 I was told it might be up to two weeks. Getting antsy.
        Feb 23, 2021
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      4. Kernel Kurtz
        Kernel Kurtz
        I'm waiting for a Jot 2 but it looks like Schiit is busy so that is good all around. This SBAF place is hard on the wallet :-)
        Feb 23, 2021
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      5. Syzygy
        Syzygy
        Current flows differently in cold than warm/hot. We had to do that experiment in electronics class in college. I thought it was weird…
        Feb 23, 2021
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    15. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Khozmo Passive Preamplifier in house and has replaced SYS.
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      2. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @gixxerwimp I don’t think the Khozmo products have switchable outputs. The more upscale Hattor gear might - best to check their site or email w/query.
        Feb 23, 2021
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      3. Cryptowolf
        Cryptowolf
        @gixxerwimp I don’t think Khozmo offers what you are looking for. Goldpoint and Pine Tree Audio offer switchers without gain.
        Feb 24, 2021
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      4. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        Need to try Khozmo in primary system - in place of OG Freya. That will have to wait until I exhaust myself once Vidar gets here.
        Feb 24, 2021
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    16. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      I didn’t think the built-to-spec passive pre-amp from Poland would arrive before the Class AB stereo amp from CA... lol...
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      3. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        Due to inclement weather, delivery has been delayed. Hopefully it gets here Sat. If not, Monday works. :-)
        Feb 19, 2021
      4. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        Crappy weather strikes again! Delivery now set for Monday. I knew that was a possibility, but still a bummer!
        Feb 19, 2021
      5. Cryptowolf
        Cryptowolf
        That is a bummer, though now you have something to look forward to at the end of the weekend.
        Feb 20, 2021
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    17. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Drop + Sennheiser HD 8XX. $1,100.00. Hmm... A few years ago I would jump. Now, I’m more of a speakers guy, but still tempted!
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      2. m17xr2b
        m17xr2b
        Drop's personal touch on senns has been a disappointment, I'm afraid they'll tune it to work with their THX amps are completely ruin scaling and tonality.
        Feb 18, 2021
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      3. dubharmonic
        dubharmonic
        An HD800S with a THX 789 may be the worst pairing I can come up with.
        Feb 18, 2021
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      4. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        tbh, I’d have a hard time spending $1.1K on HP. I think around $700 is my full stop. :-)
        Feb 19, 2021
    18. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Today is my wedding anniversary. I remembered to have a dozen roses delivered to my wife. I haven’t plunged off the edge to incompetence!
      1. dubharmonic
        dubharmonic
        2 birds with a dozen stones!
        Feb 14, 2021
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      2. Lyander
        Lyander
        May many more happy ones come!
        Feb 14, 2021
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    19. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      SVS SB-1000 Sub easy to integrate into primary system. Old sub (Klipsch R-110SW) in secondary system. Onkyo TX-8555 must go...
    20. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Day late, but yesterday was 40th ann. of Rush's "Moving Pictures." Spinning up the 2015 LP as I type.
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    Location:
    Missouri
    Gear List:
    DAC: Schiit Gungnir MB Gen 5, HeadRoom Micro DAC, Schiit Modi MB [mothballed]
    Head Amp: AURALiC Taurus MkII, Vali 2 [assorted tubes], Magni 3 [mothballed], HeadRoom Micro
    Headphones: Elex, HD650, DT880, D2000, K601, TX-X00, HE-4XX, SR-80e, M220
    CD/SACD/Data Disc Hi-Res: Denon DCD-1600NE, Marantz CD5003
    Cassette: Nakamichi DR-2
    Pre-Amp: Schiit Freya [Tung-Sol], Khozmo Passive Preamp (x2)
    Integrated Amp: Onkyo TX-8555 [mothballed]
    Amplifier: Rotel RB-1582 MkII, Parasound NewClassic 2125v2
    Turntable: Technics SL-1210GR, Kenwood KD-2070
    Cartridges: Ortofon 2M Red, Shure V15 Type III [JICO SAS/R], Audio-Technica VM750SH, Soundsmith Otello, Reloop Concorde w/STY10, Super OM-40
    Phonostage: PS Audio NuWave Phono Converter (also ADC), Parks Audio Puffin
    Speakers: Polk Audio RT25i, Dynaudio Evoke 10
    I'm pretty happy

    Signature

    SL-1210GR, KD-2070 | Gungnir MB, Modi MB | DCD-1600NE, CD5003 | DR-2 |
    NuWave Phono Converter, Puffin
    | Khozmo, Khozmo | RB-1582 MkII, NewClassic 2125v2 | Evoke 10, RT25i | SB-1000, R-110SW