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Re: A contest of sorts.
Reply #15 - 09/23/12 at 23:50:54
 
Best reason to give it to me:  Here I am, sitting in my home office facing three 24" screens, an old tray of vintage and cryo'd vacuum tubes, russian teflon caps an odd transformer and a dead brown recluse spider who didn't get a last meal off of me, anyway.  To my left a wicker basket with a pair of unused TX-102 Stevens & Billington 16 tap volume control  transformers, remote rotary volume switch, super quality stuff. On floor, box with more teflon caps, 50' of 99.999 pure silver wire with teflon casing. To my right, a 2.5x Optivisor to see what I'm doing and a Fluke 83 Mk V multimeter to know it's probably wrong anyway.

So, what's another harmless piece of hardware going to do to upset all this mess in front of me?

Well, IF we can get the DAC going again, my PC already has an M-Audio Audiophile 192 card installed with digital outputs which has never been used for more than my home brew pc speaker.

Now, this PC isn't just your run of the mill deal.  It's a Dell T5400 workstation powerhouse running dual quad core Xenon processors (8 cores), SSD harddrive, and way cool everything, but I never bothered to do the audio to the stereo.  Gave up interest, I guess.  Life pressed me flat, but....

A fixed DAC would allow the Audiophile 192 card to do its digital out stuff right into my Torii amp to the unity horns and maybe make an impression on an up and coming music pro.  My wunderkind, Max, who has had college profs tutoring him on flute since age 11, won a recent national competition for an intense summer camp scholarship and who spends half his waking hours with music on the web, his flute, his bassoon or just humming a tune and driving us crazy.  He has the right stuff to be the flute virtuoso, composer and conductor he wants to be.   He's had a master class with James Galway in KC, another with Fenwick Smith at the Boston Conservatory.  He reads the encyclopedia for fun and asked for a violin for Christmas when he was 2 (and got it).

All he needs is a DAC attack and the future will be totally annihilated~!

He could care less about tekki stuff.  To him, it's all about the music.  Me, I like the tekki stuff (and music is in the blood).

The DAC might be fixable, maybe not.  It's at least got me thinking I need a way to get my PC's music power into my Torii, Horns and everyone's ears... yup.

Maybe should just sell a few useless pieces of nonsense in my office and buy a DAC, but yours makes a better story... Smiley  And music should be fun.


Now, here's something you'll really like:

"I don't often listen to music, but when I do, I prefer Dos Decquis"

When he spins a disc, angels boogie
When he lights up a tube, it smells like an Havana
He doesn't listen to gear, it listens to him
Asked at the competitive CES: "why cryo"? He answered: "revenge is a dish best served cold"
He once bought a vacuum-sucking LP turntable just to prove CDs suck even more

He is, The Most Interesting Man in dec-World....
"stay biased, my friends"

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Re: A contest of sorts.
Reply #16 - 09/24/12 at 14:21:42
 
Donnie

I deserve the DAC.  I need to get the part number of the chip that needs to be replaced.  

My wife, Deb, just heard from her childhood friend I'ma.  I'ma Kimono was born in Japan but grew up in Richfield, Minnesota (a block away from where Deb grew up).  I'ma recently moved back to Japan for an arranged marriage to the son of a computer geek who lives in Japan.  It'sa, her new husband, is a great guy who used to work at the family DAC plant, Kawasaki Limited, along the east coast of Tohoku, Japan.   Unfortunately, the east coast of Tohoku (and Kawasaki Limited) doesn't exist anymore after the 2011 tsunami.  However, Im'a Kawasaki told Deb that her husband, It'sa Kawasaki, said that the DAC parts were kept in large blue plastic storage bins at the plant.  Since we typically go to Hawaii in November, this is the opportunity of a lifetime because a large blue plastic storage bin was found floating in the ocean off Waimanalo, Oahu, last week.

http://mauinow.com/2012/09/23/first-marine-debris-from-japan-confirmed-in-hawaii...

With any kind of luck, we will be able to find the blue bin quickly and won't have to search through the rest of the 20 million tons of debris headed towards Hawaii.  



While Chas is fruitlessly digging away in Japan, I'll be watching whales in Hawaii after I've found my blue bin full of DAC chips.  ALOHA!!!




So, I have a plan.  The only thing I need now is the DAC.

Dan
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Reply #17 - 09/24/12 at 23:42:10
 
Wow, the competition is really picking up!
Remember I'm not shipping this thing. I will deliver it to Decware World HQ on Saturday 10/6. I'm leaving my fortified compound at 9:00AM, so that puts me up in E. Peoria at 10:35-10:37AM.
I took tha ZDAC out this weekend and plugged it into my computer, nothing but a soft clicking inside the box. I'm betting that there is very little wrong with it, but my loss is your gain.
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Reply #18 - 09/25/12 at 02:39:55
 
OK Donnie.  10:37am.  One hand decides it all.  Just remember, this is just between you and me now.  And I don't like sore losers.  Ya shoulda given it to me while I was in a good mood.  Now, it'll cost ya.

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Reply #19 - 09/26/12 at 22:54:14
 
Question: Can I send a MarkBot to E. Peoria in my place?... I had a revelation last night-- or maybe indigestion, I don't know-- that it might save my life to get the ZDAC...

At any rate, I think these guys (above) are pulling your leg with all their fantzy smantzy explanations... Mine is simple: Send the ZDAC, and save a life... (m.)
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Reply #20 - 09/26/12 at 23:45:12
 
No bots, replicants, analogs, androids, cyborgs, autotrons, or bionics allowed!
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Reply #21 - 09/27/12 at 01:14:43
 
"No bots, replicants, analogs, androids, cyborgs, autotrons, or bionics allowed!" ~Donnie

But, but, but, but, but, but, but, but..... well, if you really feel that way, none of us will come and you will be there, all alone! ~Billy Joe Bot and the Dec-hands
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Reply #22 - 10/01/12 at 23:33:04
 
I guess I need to come up with a winner this week. Last chance folks. It is a real tight race. I might have to flip a coin. The ZDAC is just sitting on my desk, waiting for someone to take it home and give it the love that it needs.
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Reply #23 - 10/02/12 at 16:44:37
 
Yessir, make yo choice and we be truckin'.  Weeze all commin to get that there DAC an ain't no county sheriff, biker bums or pretty girls a gonna stop us now.  Can yo DAC talk Sheriff Buford T. Justice?  "There's no way, NO WAY, you come from my loins.  First thing I'm gonna do when I get home is punch your mamma right in the mouth"....

See ya at the fest.  Hammer down, good buddy!

"We've got a long way to go and a short time to get there, we gonna do what they say can't be done......"



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Reply #24 - 10/04/12 at 19:46:57
 
Sheesh!  I woulda thunk we'd a heard from Major Donnie Kong by now.  Guess he's a way too busy tryin' a flyin' ta Decfest and fixin' DACs at da same time.



Shoot!
Now, THAT'S what I'ze call a capacitor malfunction!

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Reply #25 - 10/05/12 at 00:12:40
 
The contest is too hard to call, so I'm changing the rules.
Remember, 10:37 AM Saturday.
Whoever meets me first at the 'fest and tells me that they want to win the contest gets the DAC. I'll be in a red Jeep Wrangler, carring a cardboard box, 6" tall and wearing Buddy Holly glasses.
I'm still stone serious, someone will be taking my ZDAC-1 home and it ain't going to be me.
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Reply #26 - 10/05/12 at 21:12:30
 
"I'm still stone serious, someone will be taking my ZDAC-1 home and it ain't going to be me."~Donnie

Nice thought, but if it ain't your wife takin' it home, maybe it can't be fixed.  Then, where will it be a goin' ?  

Don't everybody rush up to his thar Jeep or ya may break it.   Grin

Enjoy the fest!   Lips Sealed
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Reply #27 - 10/07/12 at 01:55:29
 
I want everyone to know that Deb won the DAC. She flagged me down in the driveway as I was pulling in! I was thinking "I wonder what this is about"? I rollled down my window and Deb said "I want the DAC." I immediately jumped out and presented her with it.
That was fun, maybe next year my MG944's......????
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