davetheoilguy

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Need a big favor picking a preamp
@bluethinker  As it turns out, I actually bought the LTA microzotl  this past Hanukkah for my daughter to use as a headphone amp at college to avoid pissing off her roommate. It’s nice, but I hadn’t considered it in this context.  
Need a big favor picking a preamp
@maxwave    Wow, that's pretty.  Fully balanced, dual mono input-to-output architecture, too.  
Need a big favor picking a preamp
@audphile1  Boulder would be a great choice.  The Classe preamplifier to match the monoblocks seems a lateral move for the Primaluna Evo 400. I also want to have true dual mono -- which eliminates the D'Agostino Momentum.  I'd have to move up to... 
Need a big favor picking a preamp
@jacobsdad2000 @thecarpathian  LOL.  It was constructive.  I was thinking "steampunk" for the D'Agostino, but it's very Royal Oak Offshore in its looks to put it into watch terms.  Doesn't make it not a fantastic amp (which it is), but I'm having... 
Speakers - Your "Safest" Choice
I’m a fan of buying barely used equipment after spring training camp in Florida where you get $40k speakers for $15k that have not really even been used. And having an open mind with several chocies that work for you . i bought Bowers 800s, esse... 
Tube Phonostage Causing Rumble and Noises
@yoyoyaya  The 3D printed tonearm is one of the Van den Hul recommended tone arms for the Frog Gold and vice versa.  In fact, they market together.  The mass of the 12 inch dual pivot is 12.5g.  They sound wonderful together. Also note that the ... 
Ultimate Turntable search...OMA K5 or ?
I own the Esoteric.  The best way to understand it is to watch the excellent installation videos.  It explains how everything works.      
Tube Phonostage Causing Rumble and Noises
@mulveling  I’d love to say I’m an acoustic genius, but I figured out it was a standing wave because every time I went to look at the turntable to figure out what was going on, the sound would rapidly fade (and my heart would start beating way to... 
Tube Phonostage Causing Rumble and Noises
@mulveling  “With the Fatboys (both uni and gimbal) the problem is mitigated enough to no longer be a concern.” Sadly, this is also the Fat Boy — Kevlar 3D printed. I also have the Esoteric Grandioso turntable.  Same issue when I used the Van d... 
Tube Phonostage Causing Rumble and Noises
I’m curious if you have a hot spot and the turntable is sitting on the peak of a standing wave.     I would try to move the turntable forward off the wall or just anywhere.  Also consider bass absorption on the front wall.   i had not a rumble,... 
Ultimate Turntable search...OMA K5 or ?
+1 on the Esoteric.  I own both it and (because I couldn’t pass up the price used) a VPI Avenger Titan, which may be something to consider.  The Titan is also extremely easy to set up correctly.   The Esoteric is (barely) superior to the top of ... 
Do I Need a Dedicated Streamer?
Re: WiFi vs. wired or external streamer USB to DAC vs combo DAC and streamer the issue is the same: WiFi receivers and DACs generate a lot of electronic noise both inherently and via their power supplies.  WiFi especially as it is also a transmitt... 
Lumin Hifi Rose or Aurender
One thing Inthought of is the Lumin U1, so I presume the U2!is the same, does not have internal WiFi receivers.  You have to hardwire it to you LAN. The reason, of course, is a wire is (generally) less likely to have issues and, probably more imp... 
When to choice XLR over RCA ICs.
@atmasphere  Thanks for the information re: jury rigging XLR/balanced connection.  I may do so. I became interested in the topic because I have (and love) a VPI Avenger Titan turntable with a Fat Boy tone arm.  The Avenger has a separate unit wh... 
Lumin Hifi Rose or Aurender
@efoo  I tried out the Aurender and the Rose and was not overwhelmed.  They are excellent, but not what I would expect from a true stand-alone streamer. I ended up going with the Lumin U1, which is (I understand) substantially the same unit as t...