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  1. As much as I disliked the SR Black fuses in my living room system, I recently realized that there are still a pair in the Quad 12L actives on my desktop, and those sound great. I don't know why, but perhaps the warmth of the Quads is overcoming the effect of the fuses, or it's that I'm running the speakers directly from the mobo with a combination of an OEM computer cord and MG Audio Design silver balanced ICs. I doubt it's the difference in fuse amp values, as my living room system has different ones. Btw, anyone wanting lower cost suggestions for fuses to try, feel free to PM me.
  2. In Paul's description of the SR4, he doesn't include a power (mains) cord, instead suggesting that a higher quality audio oriented cord will improve LPS' sound. I'm using a PS Audio AC-12, which I have throughout my system. I'm posting this note, however, to suggest consideration of something more. With the SR4 and Paul's silver cable plugged into an iFi spdif purifier at my DirectStream dac, the tone warmed up, became more detailed and improved in most other ways vs. the Kora LPS I'd been using. After 10 days of burn in, which is admittedly shorter than my usual practice, I decided to take another step and swap in an Audio Magic Ultimate Beeswax fuse. That's the same fuse I use in the dac and ATC active floorstanders. The slight thinness/edginess and reduced dynamics I was hearing with the stock fuse were soon replaced by a much smoother, somewhat warmer, liquid and more dynamic sound. That's only gotten better over time, now 12 days or roughly 300 hours in. Yes, I know the AM fuse is among the more expensive ones (Kitsune does discount it), but I've long found aftermarket audio fuses do make a difference; after all, they are in effect an extension of the power cord, and thus help determine the quality of what reaches a component's power supply, and thus what the electronic circuits the power supply feeds get. Different fuses have different audio qualities, and I've found SQ doesn't necessarily correlate with price, so to each their own sound preferences and budget. I like the AM fuse over the popular SR Black because in my living room system I've found that not withstanding the SR's amazing PRAT, it's tonally on the cool (aka "neutral") side, which drives me batty. Note that I'm not looking to start a debate here about fuses (or power cords), just tossing out an idea for those who might be interested in experimenting.
  3. SR4 purchasers have. I exchanged a few emails with him around the time mine was built and sent about a month ago.
  4. Better reiterate: The mod removed the Oppo's analog (dac) section, hence digital only. The SSD is connected to the Oppo via a (Totaldac) USB cable and sits on the top of a three level Salamander cabinet, on a different shelf than the Oppo. It also has a couple of foam/rubber blocks underneath, so there is physical isolation (all components have some kind of isolation from the cabinet shelves they sit on). Supposedly, the iFi spdif purifier connected between Oppo and DirectStream dac also provides galvanic isolation, in addition to re-clocking.
  5. If not too far off topic, I'd like to jump in here with a side question, having read Nenon's introductory summary post... In my living room system, I play music from a modified Oppo 203 (digital only) to a DirectStream dac (s/pdif and iFi spdif purifier w/SR4), and then onto ATC active floorstanders and JL Audio subs (+ better cables, power, etc.). While I have a slew of mostly older CDs, it's easier most of the time to play music files -- mostly flac, dsd, wav, w/ some mp3 -- either using a USB flash drive plugged into the 203 or, most frequently, an encased SSD connected to the 203 via a Totaldac USB cable/filter (the latter used to be part of my mostly disassembled desktop PC audio system). Control is via remotes (203, dac). In light of this thread, how would you see this use of USB/SSD? Keeping it simple so far, I don't have a streamer, and haven't set up a router extension to use the DirectStream's Bridge card to play music from my Win 10 laptop or iPad Mini. Thanks,
  6. They send out an email when it ships. If you happen to be in the States, what I found was that the package got from London to Chicago same day, but took 5 days to deliver in MT.
  7. Paul says 1A works for both voltages.
  8. Ayone know if that 1A slow-blow fuse spec is for both voltages or just 230?
  9. Just got notice that my April SR4 shipped today, Friday.
  10. What I find strange is that I write as if I haven't received anything and keep getting asked if I have. That said, I've just come home to find an email from Paul saying my SR4 order is in the batch to be completed this week. This was an order originally scheduled for late April completion.
  11. Seemingly strange questions today. If I have an order, and with Paul one doesn’t have an order unless fully paid, then yes, I have purchased one. This thread and discussion is about receipt, which obviously from my posts I haven’t.
  12. SR7? My order is for an SR4, and the cable connector question arises from my using it with an iFi SPDIF Purifier, which takes micro USB. There are different ways to go with that and I’m rethinking the initial decision. Hard to discuss when one party isn’t talking.
  13. I emailed him twice in April about the connector end with my cable and he did't reply. Not good.
  14. Someone on the SR7 thread reported having received SR4s yesterday, although he hasn’t specified which month he was scheduled (yet). If anyone receives theirs, please let us know and include that info, so the rest of us can get our bearings. Thanks,
  15. Hi - Our differences about how to post aside, I got a couple of PMs from someone on the SR7 list who claims Paul is running a Ponzi scheme on both models, using money received to live on but delivering only enough to keep up a front and the money rolling in. Plus, he's not readily refunding and doesn't actually have an assistant. That is, it's essentially a fake operation. I suggested he post this and let it be sorted publicly, but he declined. It's not for me to do, but being new to the Hynes operation and having an order in, I have to hope it's not true. Small audio operations are often unstable, sometimes somewhere between flakey and lacking integrity, and by their nature typically operate hand to mouth, unless there's another source of income. So those factors in themselves don't prove anything. You have any sense of it all?

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    2. highstream


      I didn't realize you had replied. I assumed everything is above board and paid via a bank transfer from the States, so have no protection except PH's integrity. TopQuark wrote me that one of the two SR4's he just received was ordered last July for August shipping. Guess I'll be waiting for awhile.

    3. greenleo


      Hi Highstream,


      I actually do not understand how this single status works and how do you make it.  But you told me that you did realize that I had replied did surprise me.  You initiated it but you didn't check?


      Sorry to hear that you did not pay through PayPal and I hope that you may receive your SR4(s) ASAP.  Please advise your friends to pay through PayPal in future and consider to claim a month before the end of the protection.


      I'm not sure if PH's playing Ponzi, but I'm sure that if he keeps on supplying the LPSs to the customers, he should be able to recover and get new customers.  He must be able to make a substantial profit (percentage-wise) by making the LPS without any cheat.  Then the rest of the already paid customers may have a chance to receive the units.  This is the best that I can think of for the CAers and any other of PH's customers.

    4. highstream


      Thanks. All I meant was that I didn't get a notice that you had replied to my second message, which is strange because I got one just now for your latest. There's also a glitch in the Audiophilestyle website (as there was with its previous name), where I open the link in the email and it goes to an error page. The owner hasn't been able to replicate it, but I've also come across another site that does it, so it may be a software thing.


      As for PH and the SR4 (or 7), II guess there's nothing to do with PH but to wait.



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