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Doodski

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Hi! I'm a professional composer and bassoonist, with a keen interest in audio topics in general and recorded music playback in particular. No wonder I found my way here, right? I've lurked for a long time, and finally decided to register mostly so I can tell you all how much I appreciate this site. The reviews and thoughtful discussion have really helped me hone my own thinking about audio, which has been developing steadily over a few decades. Cutting through the woo and nonsense: that's never a waste of time, it seems to me...we all know how badly the audiophile consumer world is bespattered with excrement.

Stuff I thinking about right now:

* I own a Musical Concepts-modded Halfler DH-500 amplifier, which I do love despite its somewhat noisy fan, but I've been contemplating a DIY stereo amplifier kit, some class-D one with that crazy great SINAD I've read about. You know, for fun. I've built my own personal computers for a couple decades, and have some nominal skill at soldering and basic electronics, so I think I could make it happen. And, after all, my beloved Hafler was originally a kit, right?

* An external DAC to pull together/unify/EQ the various signal sources I use, including a SACD player. For the latter, yeah, I guess I'm looking for one with DSD capability and HDMI input. The choices are so limited! Limited to literally one, it seems, the Bryston DMA-3 which to me seems overpriced. Some doodads extract audio from HDMI, so maybe that's the direction?

Anyway, thanks again for the great forums. I've learned a lot here!
Welcome to AR @Composer&Audio Geek :D I suspect you will fit in here very well. :D
 
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JSmith

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Is that you Shatner?

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... nah just joking, welcome to ASR. :)


JSmith
 

Audiophonics

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Have you checked out @boXem | audio or @Audiophonics? Both frequent this forum and some of their amps have been tested here.


JSmith
Hello,

Our in-house amplifier based on the 1ET7040SA is under development.
We are developing a special dedicated power supply, to take advantage of 100% power, regardless of the Ohm load.

But unfortunately no release date yet.
 

mdunjic

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Lex_audio

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Good day (night) to all! My name is Oleg! I'm a do-it-yourselfer from Russia! I love music and create my own loudspeakers. I see that this is a very large forum and I see a lot of knowledgeable people! I hope I will be useful over time and see a lot of useful information for myself! Thank you!
 

Lex_audio

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Привет, добро пожаловать в ASR.:)

Итак... есть фото творений? хотелось бы увидеть некоторые из ваших сборок.


Дж.Смит
 

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odarg64

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I'm a longtime (since early 80s) budget-fi enthusiast, now with significant hearing damage. I have digital and FM headphone listening stations consisting of older and current model equipment. Nothing fancy, but it works with my wonky hearing. Budget-fi has certainly come a long way during the past 12+ years when I wasn't paying much attention.

Retired teacher. Amateur natural trumpeter. Head-Fi refugee.

Looking forward to reading reviews and learning from the informed discussion.

Dave
 

2pi

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After about 1.5 years of lurking around here it is time to register.
Found the site only around x-mas 2020 when I was looking for a decent DAC for my streaming setup. Went with a Topping E30 because better is not required for listening.

I am a DIY guy (except for digital gear) and have been building loudspeakers (on and off) for the past 30 years. I have also designed and built all my analog audio H/W myself (i.e. phono-pre, pre, power amps, HP amp) over the last 10 years.

But I was never able to sufficiently measure my electronics because the ADC and DAC in my soundcard were not good enough and I cannot afford an AP system :D
Ivan's E1DA Cosmos gear should put this aspect to bed nicely now as well.

I like when circuits are cooked to the point in terms of performance although I tend to always do a dash more than required if there is a low hanging fruit. But I also enjoy seeing here what is technically possible.

I don't care for tubes/valves and what I call "hifi romatic" in general.

All of my own creations are utilizing balanced signal transmission (except for the mm phono-pre input).

I see no reason for streaming hi-res audio and have no sympathy for MQA. Actually, I don't even have any music subscription and my good old CD player has not been retired, yet. Playing vinyl is just for fun.


Cheers
 

osscar

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Hello,
My name is Oscar, I have been building all kinds of DIY amps for the past 12 years...(Leach amp, F5, JLH, Hiraga Le monstre,A1, Pass AB100, 6c33c and gu32 tube amps, chipamps, headphone amps and phono preamps..except Class D...)
In addition to this hobby - I like fishing, photography, cycling (I like tourism in general), ice skating and inline skating.
 
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JSmith

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My name is Oscar, I have been building all kinds of DIY amps for the past 12 years.
Hey Oscar and welcome. :)

Ok, let's see some pics of some of these amps... audio pr0n is always appreciated. :cool:


JSmith
 

osscar

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Some pics:
 

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irontortoise

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Hi, my name is Russ, and I'm a recovering audiophool. My last snake oil was about 18 years ago: it was a CD marker... Fortunately never had enough money to buy the cables, power supplies or conditioners. I wish ASR had existed 25 years ago! This site is right up my alley! Formerly a geologist for about 2 years. Realized I hated it and have been in IT for the past 20 years.
 
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