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  1. For sale is my Holo Audio Spring Kitsune Tuned Edition Level 3 DAC. Asking $1,900 shipped to your door via FedEx (using Friends & Family Option) otherwise add 3% to the asking price. The Holo is a strong 9/10. I can't find a mark on it. Original owner with original packing. Regards Randy
  2. For sale is a minty Linear Tube Audio MZ2 pre/headphone amp. This MZ2 comes with the upgraded Power Supply. It comes with the upgraded RCA 12SN7 tubes. However, I am also including Sylvania VT-231's as well as Mullard CV4024's. The pre will ship with the Sylvania and Mullards for safe travel. I will send the original RCA12SN7's boxed up. There is a jumper that will be with the accessories in case you ever want to go back to a 12SN7.(Don't know why you would want to do this...) Not only is this a wonderful preamp, the MZ2 will drive any headphone without a sweat. I am the second owner. The original owner could not find the original input tubes but included a pair of 12AT7 RCA tubes. This is almost a moot point as I have no idea why you would want to pull out the Mullard CV4024's. The MZ2 pre comes with an Apple remote which was supplied by LTA. $1,750 shipped to your door + PP fees(unless you use F&F). This includes all above mentioned tubes. I do not want to sell anything separately. Everything mentioned above will be sold together. I have the original shipping materials provided by LTA. The MZ2 currently resides in NE Ohio and will be shipped via FedEx. Thanks for looking! Randy
  3. I have tried the HOLO 3 with a Singxer SU-1 and TedB has allowed me his Intona to try out for a couple of weeks. My take is that I prefer the HOLO sans the Singxer. Last night I took out the Intona and only have the HOLO being fed by the microrendu powered by a LPS-1 PS, along with my music server PC. It sounds better to me this way. More alive. Regards, Randy
  4. I own the Holo and was going through the same exact questions regarding purchasing a new preamp. The pre I am currently borrowing is a Bent passive (thanks TedB!) which can run SE or balanced. I set up the Holo so that I could switch back and forth. I matched the volume as close as possible and lo and behold I actually preferred running SE over balanced! For me and my system running balanced was a bit "in your face" sounding while running SE was a bit less fatiguing to me. What all of this means is that I can now look at some pre's that I have always wanted to try in my system but did not as they are only SE.
  5. I don't disagree with your above remarks. There are many who like the Singxer. I'm not one of them. I don't know if it was possible to do this, but I do think it important to listen to DACS that have been on for at least 24 hours. Actually, I am envious that you were able to listen to the different speakers that your group had on hand... Regards, Randy
  6. I own the Holo, Level 3 DAC. While I applaud your efforts, I will respectfully disagree that I2S is the superior input. I have tried my Holo with the Singxer and I2S and preferred the USB input coupled with the Regen. I have had the 2Qute in my system as well(along with the Hugo). I have not yet heard the Yiggy. The beauty of the Holo is that when using HQPlayer, I can easily try 44.1, 384, DSD 256 or DSD512 on each track. I find it interesting to hear the differences and how I might prefer 44.1 to 384 on a certain track but maybe the opposite on another. I have just started to listen to DSD512 through HQPlayer and am pretty darned impressed. Regards, Randy
  7. Thanks. Are you satisfied? Have you tried it with a preamp as well? Randy
  8. Are any current T&A DAC8 DSD owners running their dac directly to their amps using the dac's analogue preamp? Randy
  9. Norman- Actually, the Gustard uses 2 of the 9018 Sabre chips. I copied the specs and have listed them below... In reading the below specs, I do find it interesting that it does state that via USB it only supports up to DSD128. I am currently using a Thesycon driver that allows DSD256 via USB (which sounds very good). Here is another copied blurb from Gustard... "USB 2.0 asynchronous interface can playback 1BIT / 2.8224MHz or 5.6448MHz DSD digital signal sampling rate. That is supported DSD64 and DSD128. Coaxial BNC fiber AES / EBU support DOP64, IIS support DSD64 128 256 512." X20 chip uses two main ESS Technology ES9018 Sabre Reference 32bit chip, with XMOS 32bit / 500MIPS performance digital signal processing unit. [h=1]Product Features:[/h]• DAC-X20 core chip uses two ES9018, left and right channels for each one. • the first use of adaptive technology and asynchronous master clock master clock technology, two clock mode can be freely selected. • Full interface supports DSD decoding. USB support DSD hardware solution, Coaxial Optical AES / EBU support DOP decoding, which can be accessed several broadcast SACD listening to music. Full interface supports 24Bit 192khz (USB 32B 384K). • using CPLD programmable logic device. MESNAC ES9018. • 3-speed gain, volume can be adjusted, a total of 100 stalls adjustable volume attenuation from 0 to -99DB. • USB sub card using XMOS program, PCM highest support 32B 384khz, DSD up to DSD128. • six kinds of input methods: IIS fiber `BNC coaxial port` AES / EBU`USB, through the key switch. • Adopt TFT LCD display, adjustable contrast • power supply with two O-type transformers, digital and analog independent power supply, and the use of discrete components regulation. • Fully balanced analog line discrete components. Unbalanced RCA output simultaneously. Regards, Randy
  10. With all due respect if you have not heard it then you should not comment on it at all. Look...I am not taking anything away from the Lampizator GG or the T+A DAC8. I will not comment on those as I have not heard them. However, I HAVE heard the Gustard X20U and to be perfectly frank, I could give a rat's behind what chip is under the hood. After 35 years of playing in the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, Carnegie Hall in New York, Severance Hall in Cleveland and other venues, when I hear the accurate yet beautiful tone and timbre of acoustical instruments, I really don't care if I pop the hood to see two rubber bands and some popsicle sticks. I am waiting with bated breath to see how quadman's new DSD512 card performs. BTW, I also have heard the Fore Audio DaisY1 at Ted_b's place and it sounds very very good indeed! My apologies to the original poster. Regards, Randy
  11. I have owned the same Exasound E20 MK III with the .082 Clock. This is a very good dac for DSD. I also owned the Lampizator Amber DAC(for a very short period) that did both PCM and DSD. In addition, I had the Chord Hugo in my system. I took a chance and ordered the Gustard X20U DAC and have been pleasantly surprised. This is a very well made DAC. I cannot tell you how it would compare to the T+A DAC 8 but I can tell you that for $799 this DAC is very good. I have performed some mods and tweaks to this DAC and it absolutely shines on classical music. Woodwinds/strings sounds great. (I should know as I have played in Symphony Orchestras for the past 35 years) I am currently upsampling everything to DSD128 via HQPlayer and when a fellow Gustard owner sends me the right driver on a flash drive, I will be soon listening to DSD256. While I like the sound at DSD128, I bought the DAC with the intention of getting 256/512 out of it. There is a DCC to be released in May that comes in at $300 with the F-1 XMOS USB Digital Interface Module XU208 U8 upgraded version. This DCC will allow me to upsample to DSD512. While I have heard wonderful comments and reviews regarding the before mentioned choices, too many people make up their mind without any listening experience and with incomplete or wrong information. IMO, it's best to keep an open mind. Synergy is key and one person's opinion on "great" sound may well be the exact opposite of another's. Regards, Randy
  12. Up for sale is The Majestic Integrated Amp from Wells Audio. I bought this amp from World Wide Imports up in Canada. The unit was used as their demo. Upon delivery the right heat fins were loose along with some internal wires that became disconnected so I sent it back to Jeff Wells and he fixed what was wrong while going over the entire amp. I must say that Jeff Wells is one of the true gentlemen in this business! He even extended the company's 5 year warranty to me. If anyone is considering any of his products, don't be swayed by the size of his company. This man stands behind what he makes! I ran the Majestic in my system for about a month but ultimately decided that I liked having a separate preamp in my system. The Majestic is a SS amp but let me tell you that the sound is not a dry analytical type but warm, inviting while retaining ample detail. If I were to use one word to describe the Majestic it would be "Spacious". I will refrain from using the much overstated term "tube-like" for the Majestic's sound. I am a SS amp guy and I again state that the sound from the Majestic comes in on the warm side of neutral. There is no hint of fatigue in long listening sessions. The Majestic currently resides in NE Ohio. I rate it 9 out of 10. There is not a mark, ding or scratch on this piece. The integrated ships in the original boxes, along with a remote, power cord and manual. Asking $2,750. Buyer pays shipping (FedEx insured) along with applicable PP fees. Here's the specs and info from WellsAudio.com: "Our new integrated amplifier, the Majestic, makes no compromises. Our objective at Wells Audio is to build the very best sounding audio equipment in the world, despite cost or design limitations. The Majestic may be the best example of that philosophy to date. At a robust 150 watts into 8 ohms and vanishingly low distortion and noise levels, the Majestic embodies the full, quiet, detailed, sweet and rich sound that is the hallmark of our success. We believe that the Majestic is not only the best performing integrated amplifier at or near its price point on the market, but that it competes with some of the best and expensive equipment in the world. The Majestic features 5 inputs (one pair XLR), a beautiful volumeter, and a remote control for muting or adjusting your volume. It's well-equipped, but is designed more like a Bowie knife than a Swiss army knife--sleek and functional. The Majestic is that rare integrated amplifier that can take its place at the heart of a truly high-end audio system, but do it without giving up the necessary power and performance that is the case with most integrated amps. Audition yours today. We think that the only things you'll find missing are the extra boxes, cables and complexity." “But with the Majestic, it transcends the bounds of audiophile technical description of sound. It has the ability to draw you into the music easily and consistently and make you forget about words. And when was the last time that was a bad thing?” — Francisco Duran, Positive Feedback, April 2016 Technical Specs 150 wpc at 8 ohms Signal-to-Noise Ratio: -103 db, reference level full power output Total Harmonic Distortion (THD): <0.02% at 1kHz, at100 W, 8 Ohms <0.05% at 20kHz, at 100W, 8 Ohms Gain 30 db Input Impedance: 50k Ohms Damping factor: 200, reference 8 Ohms nominal Power Consumption: 120 Watts idle, 350 Watts maximum Inputs: 4 pair RCA unbalanced 1 pair XLRs unbalanced Outputs: 1 pair5-way binding posts per channel Operating Voltage: 120V, 220V, 230V, 240V at 50 or 60 Hz Dimensions: 17 in. W X 5 in. H X 16.5 in. D Shipping weight 35 pounds
  13. Maybe a dumb question but will I be ok with Windows Server 2012 R2 ? Regards Randy
  14. I contacted the below website who will build the Sigma 11. For a 12v 4.5 amp PS the cost is $450. For a 12v 7amp version it would be $509. The wait for the build is a very reasonable 3 weeks. Being that I already have a HDPlex 100(along with the HiFi 250W, DC-ATX that I bought to power my new CAPS Pipeline that I just built), I plan to use the 12v output to power the Brooklyn. YBM Audio products Regards, Randy
  15. What is specs of the Sigma 11 in regards to v and amps? Did you diy it or did you have the Sigma 11 built for you? Thanks Randy
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