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chrisby
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Re: Fostex BR
Reply #30 - 09/05/03 at 23:13:21
 
Corey, presumably Steve will be demoing the Fostex cabinets listed at the bottom of the speaker design page.

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chrisby
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Re: PLATE WISH LIST
Reply #31 - 09/05/03 at 23:16:20
 

[quote author=morrisvet  link=1061610565&amp/15#26 date=1062567989]
As Jeff I wish a ( quality) motorized volume !

Filippo
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since any remote controlled volume would require some degree of SS circuitry, perhaps the switching etc of the Creek OBH-12 wouldn't be too offensive?

http://www.creekaudio.com/products/obh/obh_10_12.asp
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StingRay
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Re: PLATE WISH LIST
Reply #32 - 09/06/03 at 02:42:23
 
Chrisby,

If I'm not mistaken, the speakers at the bottom of Steve's speaker design page are David Dicks 1.3's.
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chrisby
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Re: PLATE WISH LIST
Reply #33 - 09/06/03 at 05:46:10
 

[quote author=StingRay  link=1061610565&amp/30#32 date=1062812543]
Chrisby,

If I'm not mistaken, the speakers at the bottom of Steve's speaker design page are David Dicks 1.3's.
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thanks for the tip - still worth a listen tho!

I seem to recall Steve mentioning in a phone conversation to watch for a reworked version of an old enclosure design of his -  of course timetables can get messed up, and he may even have changed his mind.  I assumed the Fostex system was what he meant.
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StingRay
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Re: PLATE WISH LIST
Reply #34 - 09/06/03 at 14:19:37
 
Chrisby,

I recently talked to Steve, and he mentioned the same thing.
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morrisvet
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Re: PLATE WISH LIST
Reply #35 - 09/07/03 at 08:02:39
 
Quote:
since any remote controlled volume would require some degree of SS circuitry, perhaps the switching etc of the Creek OBH-12 wouldn't be too offensive?


Chrisby, I own the OBH-10 and I bought it hoping to let work it externally, with a rubber band between both knobs but ......it didn't works Cry

Using it in usual mode it deteriorate a lot the signal to me !
....another useless buy  >:(

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Brian
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Re: PLATE WISH LIST
Reply #36 - 09/07/03 at 22:44:44
 
I have been thinking about these requests for remote controlled volume.  This won't appeal to those of You who have Your systems in a living room but for those with dedicated listening rooms, have You considered a mechanical remote control?

You could lay a rod across the floor, connect one end to a bell crank on the side of your listening chair with a vertical handle (like the recliner handle on a foot rest chair) and connect the other end to a crank at the bottom of Your equipment rack with an arm running up to the volume control.  Pull the knob off and mount a short arm on the potentiometer shaft and connect it to the arm coming up from the floor.  
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morrisvet
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Re: PLATE WISH LIST
Reply #37 - 09/08/03 at 07:44:26
 
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You could lay a rod across the floor, connect one end to a bell crank on the side of your listening chair with a vertical handle (like the recliner handle on a foot rest chair) and connect the other end to a crank at the bottom of Your equipment rack with an arm running up to the volume control.  Pull the knob off and mount a short arm on the potentiometer shaft and connect it to the arm coming up from the floor.  


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Brian
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Re: PLATE WISH LIST
Reply #38 - 09/08/03 at 20:47:36
 
Grin Grin  :D
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ken_chuang
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Re: PLATE WISH LIST
Reply #39 - 09/09/03 at 13:58:58
 
Hi Steve,

The Zen plate ZSP-1 looks like a fantastic kit to build.

I was thinking of a 2 plate approach

1 plate for power supply, have various versions like solid state or tube rectification power supply with A/C or D/C options for the tube heaters.

1 plate for line stage, there will be space for options such as plate choke load, output transformer coupled, para feed etc.

With 2 plates, power supply may be reused for different line stages to come, just need to change some resistors to drop the HT to a appropriate level for different line stages.

regards,
Ken Chuang
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brad
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Re: TVC passive pre's and volume controls
Reply #40 - 09/09/03 at 21:24:25
 
This is the kind of comments I keep reading about TVC preamps...

http://www.audioasylum.com/forums/DIYHiFi/messages/1703.html

"I've bought the Django a couple of weeks ago. Running now for almost 2 1/2 weeks with the Ladyday+. My experience is that I hear no 'signature' on the sound, just like there is no pre-amp. Dynamics are huge, massive sound stage and the tonal color is just what you get out of the power amps. I hear things on my CD's and SACD I've not heard before on my system it just let's the music flow.
I'm waiting for Brian to have the Cole MM/MC pre-amp ready so I can listen to my records again.
I assembled the Cole myself, easy. I ordered the unit with the silver/cotton hookup wire option. The combination of the Django and the Ladyday+ blew my previous amp (Copland CSA 14 hybrid integrated) completely away. You can also look at reviews of the Silver Rock TVC at www.enjoythemusic.com and the MFaudio TVC http://www.mfaudio.co.uk/passive_pre.htm . These are also TVC units and will give you an impression of what these units are capable of."
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brad
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Re: PLATE WISH LIST
Reply #41 - 09/09/03 at 21:31:46
 
here's another one


ASL Passive TI review...

"I've tried a variety of passive line stages over the years, most notably the Audio Synthesis Passion, Reference Line Pre-Eminence 2, and Promethean CD-director. I've always liked the neutral character of passive stages, albeit losing a little bit of the sonic fireworks that active stages are capable of. The Promethean has been my reference line stage for a couple years now. In waiting to try some lofty tube stages, I'd figure I'd give the inexpensive Antique Sound Lab Passive TI a try. For $399, not much to lose!

The Antique Sound Lab Passive TI is a unique design. Instead of a resistor "voltage divider" network used by almost all other passive stages, the volume is controlled via a multi-tapped audio-grade transformer, very similar to interstage transformers found in exotic tube stages. The taps and windings on the transformer control the volume gradations. This mundane unit has only three knobs- left volume, right volume, and source selector, plus a tape loop switch. Including tape deck, this unit can accommodate up to five sources. (This has been an issue- some stages offer only two or three.) The volume controls use 12-position selectors to the autoformer taps. Note the unit I ended up getting has the gold face. The silkscreen letter is rather light, which is common for early production units.

Now to the sound. The passive TI has a sonic signature as unique as its design. Macrodynamics and "immediacy" are its strong suits. For small-scale jazz and small-scale classical (acoustic music) sound almost as if the performers are in the room. There is a sense of "bloom" one would associate with "tube sound," even though there are no tubes. (My system at the moment has no tubes!) The bottom end isn't the most-extended, but on the other hand, the bottom was devoid of the congestion which seems to plague most passive and tube stages. Complex passages from well-recorded rock and large-scale classical works are also very convincing. With the natural large-scale dynamics rarely captured by most other stages, including stages five times the modest price of this unit. The sense of realism is eclipsed only by some of the best tube stages, and the bottom is eclipsed only by some of the best solid-state stages. Soundstage is also convincing, with *pinpoint* lateral placement and excellent depth. Not quite "layered" like the best however. The ASL Passive TI will end the notion that all passive stages compress dynamics. This passive stage maintains large-scale dynamics as well as the best active stages out there.

Weaknesses- Nope, the stage is not perfect. When I referred to the "bloom," on some recordings, especially those with a lot of upper midrange energy, this can result in a "mechanical" hardness in the sound. A slight loss of microdynamics. This is most-noticeable with hard rock on heavy-metal, and also classical works with a lot of percussion. Attacks and decays of cymbals, although better than most line stages, have a slight added "sheen." Although not amusical, timbres of instruments seem to possess a common set of overtones- this is not a stage that will make one distinguish a Strad from an Amati, or a Steinway from a Bosendorfer- yet still, in spite of that, the tone is still quite natural. I think the sonic signature is basically a euphonic one, and the best part is, for enjoying music, the ASL passive can be listened to for extended periods of time. Especially when mated with tubes and/or an analog front end. The stage could sound bright with inexpensive solid state and with lesser digital rigs. I would *not* consider this piece "forgiving," and it would mate best with gear that *is* "forgiving." I think in spite of its modest price, this stage will mate best with the expensive stuff. Hopefully, the snob-factor amongst those with lofty systems won't make them discount this killer line stage because of its price.

Overall, the Antique Sound Lab Passive TI is maybe one of the three of four-best stages I've ever tried. And when price is thrown into the equation, it will make a lot of people who blew over two grand on their line stages pull their hair out. Antique Sound Lab has put out one of the best bang-for-the-buck pieces I've encountered in quite some time in the Passive TI line stage. (And I'm not totally certain that the $3000 tube stage I will audition is going to beat it!!) Bravo Antique Sound Lab!! "
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brad
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Re: PLATE WISH LIST
Reply #42 - 09/10/03 at 23:47:37
 
And some other responses to my query...

http://www.audioasylum.com/forums/DIYHiFi/messages/1701.html
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Giorgino
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Re: PLATE WISH LIST
Reply #43 - 09/12/03 at 16:23:18
 
I know that Steve has a legendary dislike for digital but it would be great to see what his interpretation of a worthy DAC may be. How to make a DAC that Steve likes!

I believe it would be as great a challenge as the original Zen of making a multi-thousand dollar sounding amp for less than 500 bucks.
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brad
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Re: more on TVC's
Reply #44 - 09/12/03 at 17:24:11
 
Here is a review by UltraAudio of an REAL expensive one, that uses the same S&B TVC's ...

"You would think that with a dCS Purcell/Delius source, the new BC24 hybrid amp from Blue Circle tricked out with rare Siemens tubes, and the monstrously expensive and advanced Acapella Violon speakers in my system, there would be nothing further to add. Nothing could be further from what happened when I plugged-in the Pasiphae. I'm talking about a quantum leap in speed, image definition, resolution, microdetail, dynamics, bass performance, and realism. It really works. I was so amazed I just sat there like an idiot. "

take note... this $10K passive just uses $200-300 S&B transformers and the rest is wires, switches, and (maybe) shielding!  :D
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