terrapin77

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Spatial Audio Raven Preamp
Mine is delivering on Tuesday.  I sold my Dons Sachs preamp to partially fund the purchase.  Don has retired from building so the only way to purchase the Raven is through Spatial   
Anyone else order Caladans from Clayton Shaw?
@mewsickbuff Your order # is from the Spatial Audio order system. When I placed an order, my # was 1111, but the invoice I got directly from Clayton was 245.  
Anyone else order Caladans from Clayton Shaw?
I placed an order on 2/27, invoice #245. Got a confirmation email on 3/4. Clayton emailed me asking for the finish choice since it wasn’t listed on my order. I asked him about the lead time for recent orders. He said 60 days.  
Speaker Recommendations
Thanks everyone for the recommendations.  I've spent the past few days playing around with speaker placement for the maggies and I finally think I have it dialed in.  I've always heard the further from the wall the better.  Moving them 1 ft closer... 
Speaker Recommendations
@whitestix Don has recommended those to me, but they are out of my price range.   
Speaker Recommendations
@8th-note i will definitely check out the next audio show that is in the Atlanta area. I love my Tubadour IV.  Vlad has released version 5, but it's out of my price range.  
Speaker Recommendations
@johnto I did some troubleshooting yesterday and the graininess isn't from my system.  It was the recording.  On the 2020 remaster of John Coltrane's Giant Steps on Naima when the note of saxophone starts to trail off, there is noticeable sound of... 
Speaker Recommendations
I enjoy how the maggies sound, but sometimes I feel they are too revealing.  An example would be constantly hearing graininess in jazz recordings. I would say I prefer a warm sound. Since I put my system together, I have only had the MMGs hooked u... 
Malfunctioning SMSL SU-9n
Go to the DPLL settings and change the number.  The default setting is 7. I had the same issue when using optical and the source was my TV.  Changing the DPLL number to 9 fixed the audio cutout   
Warmer class D amps for magnepan?
I highly recommend the D-Sonic M3a-1200S.  It drives my Gunned MMGs quite nice.  I use a Don Sachs tube preamp and Audio Mirror tube DAC.  Very warm and no listening fatigue   
Broken Tube Guide Key
@noromance it was a clean break so it's impossible to tell.  I was able to figure it out.  There is a marking on the side of the tube that matches the orientation of the guide key.  I was able to confirm this by looking at the other tubes I bought... 
Need help choosing a new DAC
@charles1dad Thanks! Definitely not edgy/bright colorations with the DAC. Other than upgrading the crossovers on my maggies to Peter Gunn's latest recommendation, I'm fairly certain that I have the system that will provide many years of listening ... 
Need help choosing a new DAC
@ghdprentice Thanks!  The person I bought it from said it has around 1000 hours on it.  He never used the USB input so that path will need some break in.   
Need help choosing a new DAC
The AM Tubadour III SE delivered today.  Been listening for a few hours and my initial impression is very positive. It's a very organic and natural sounding DAC. Pairs nicely with the Don Sachs preamp.   
Need help choosing a new DAC
@stuartk I ended up buying an Audio Mirror Tubadour III SE and it delivers tomorrow.  If I end up up not liking it, the Aqua S3 is definitely on my radar.