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Finished Bottlehead S3X kit. Tube soundstage is incredible. Now all it needs is paint touch-up, C4S install, Alps pot, output cap upgrade... Mar 12, 2019

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    1. winterfog
      winterfog
      Finished Bottlehead S3X kit. Tube soundstage is incredible. Now all it needs is paint touch-up, C4S install, Alps pot, output cap upgrade...
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      3. winterfog
        winterfog
        I spent a really stupid amount of time looking through capacitor reviews and reading the Bottlehead forum. I ultimately settled on Jantzen Superiors as the best price/performance ratio option that wasn't physically huge and didn't have to be shipped from Russia.
        Mar 13, 2019
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      4. winterfog
        winterfog
        I ordered a pair of 1.8uF 800v output coupling caps to replace the stock Solens and a pair of 0.1uF interstage caps to replace the stock Dayton polys while I'm in there. My stock output caps are 1.5uF; supposedly going a little bigger will result in somewhat deeper bass extension but potentially less perceived "quantity" of bass.
        Mar 13, 2019
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      5. Sherm
        Sherm
        Thanks for sharing that! One of these days I'll have to get around to experimenting with caps. I'd be interested to hear your impressions once you get those installed.
        Mar 13, 2019
    2. winterfog
      winterfog
      I think I may prefer the sound of motherboard Toslink (Realtek ALC1150) over USB -> Eitr -> SPDIF. Heresy?
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      2. rlow
        rlow
        Inputs also matter. This is a 20+ year old DAC? No idea of input quality.

        That said, Eitr/Gen 5 only fixes so much shitty USB. Jason declared it was the 2nd-coming for marketing reasons, but Mike didn’t. Hence the new USB solution that’s pending.
        Jan 28, 2019
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      3. winterfog
        winterfog
        True, inputs matter, and that may confine the value of my observation to this particular assortment of gear. I should have noted that with the vintage DAC, the Eitr has to go through an RCA/BNC adaptor, which is a handicap.

        I’ve previously noticed differences between Toslink/Eitr through a Modi Multibit, and found myself with the same preference, but those were more similar and the differences more subtle.
        Jan 28, 2019
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      4. msommers
        msommers
        If you enjoy it more, that's awesome. Just because it's hyped beyond all Schiit, especially here, doesn't actually mean it's the second-coming.
        Jan 28, 2019
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    3. winterfog
      winterfog
      iSine 20 w/ lightning cable: Sounds so good, but so inconvenient to actually use. Just broke my third earhook. Sigh.
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      2. zerodeefex
        zerodeefex
        I use the JVC FD01 modded and it's so much better than the isines.
        Jan 7, 2019
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      3. zerodeefex
        zerodeefex
        Also the isines are overrated as balls. Dump em.
        Jan 7, 2019
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    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    ND
    Gear List:
    HPs: LCD-2.2 12/2012 pre-fazor, HD600, iSine 20
    Amps: Corda Classic FF, Gilmore Lite Mk2
    Sources: Eitr, Modi Multibit