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Could a pre-amp impact soundstage, placement, separation?! Nov 30, 2021 at 2:29 PM

    1. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Seasoning a new humidor while listening to ABBA's Greatest Hits...
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      2. YMO
        YMO
        Sexy...you should post the humidor in the smoking thread.
        Mar 31, 2021
      3. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @YMO It is just a small wood box with a glass lid, but I’ll see what I can do.
        Mar 31, 2021
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    2. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Spring break is over.
    3. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Replaced OG Freya w/Khozmo Passive Pre. Freya passive and jfet buffer not missed. Jury still out on tube gain stage.
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      2. rlow
        rlow
        Tube stage is where it’s at. Far better than passive and buffer on OG Freya. Not even close IMO. Freya+ a bit of a different story (far better passive and buffer than OG), and tube mode even better.
        Mar 27, 2021
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      3. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        @rlow I could miss the gain/bloom of the tubes, but I don't need ear-bleeding volume, and I seem to have plenty of headroom. So far, so good.
        Mar 27, 2021
    4. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Listening to Lakeside's "Fantastic Voyage" LP and my Khozmo Preamp is en route from Poland. That's a good status update.
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    5. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Updated my PC's BIOS. Like getting a brand new PC. Still can't get AMD Ryzen Master to open, but c'est la vie.
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    6. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      It is an Abbey Road Sunday. 2012 LP to be followed by 2009 & 1987 CDs respectively.
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      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        Mar 21, 2021
      4. ergopower
        ergopower
        On Spotify it is called Abbey Road Super Deluxe Edition. I heard about it while listening to the radio, the producer was being interviewed (in general). Won some kind of award for it.
        Mar 22, 2021
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      5. Merrick
        Merrick
        Chances are that’s the remix. It does sound good, kind of makes the album a jangle-pop record.
        Mar 22, 2021
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    7. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      pointless...
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      2. Lyander
        Lyander
        Kinda know what you mean. I look kinda out of place for where I live and got shit for it growing up, lmao. Still easy compared to the proper hell loads go through where tensions are higher, may you all keep safe.
        Mar 20, 2021
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      3. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        Up to my 20ties pretty much every job hunt was facing off against slurs. Hindu roots, flawless Dutch and English and then you look exotic enough to be mistaken for many people. After my C.V. was decent enough I could just give people the polite stare of "don't fuck with me" but I will never forget how I was treated. Many Dutchies like to forget about these things. I am not alone in this, thousands of people...
        Mar 21, 2021
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      4. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        **deleted** did not want to call out a specific group that fed me the most slurs while growing up!
        Mar 21, 2021
    8. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Someday I'll have to write up a comparison btwn my "budget" system and my decidedly "mid-fi" system. I'm too busy enjoying them, though...
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      2. rlow
        rlow
        Listening and enjoying is so much better than writing about listening.
        Mar 19, 2021
    9. 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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    10. 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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      luckybaer
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    13. 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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    14. 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
    15. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      More Vidar delays. I’ll hang on, but boy... I do get tempted to get something else. Must... resist...
    16. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Listening to LP. Something not right. Interconnect for left channel not connected from phonostage to preamp. Whew!
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      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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    17. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Cranked up the crossover on my sub. Secondary system sounds much better. May not need speaker upgrade.
    18. luckybaer
      luckybaer
      Anyone familiar w/ NewClassD OpAmp and how it compares with OPA2134 (which I think is TI/Burr-Brown)?
    19. 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
    20. 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.
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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