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  1. Ive not had much luck ( no discernable effect) with VB control. Like Austinpop a headphone rig. Speakers yes.. with resonance, spacing from the floor what material they are on ( absorbing/ reflection of sound) decoupling. Moving parts like CD players, record players. Makes sense.... An EE in work found a circuit affected by SS capacitor bank (free standing) that vibration caused a voltage change. It led to a major redesign. A little OT and a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. I did want to try VB control in the PSU, 3 spaced blobs of silicon on electrolyte caps sorbthane under transformers washers under the pcb locations holes o-rings on cables and better management. Inside control rather than just feet and a hard surface. This is not a safe thing for an amateur and i wonder if it is a safety issue, cost issue for minimal reward from manufacturers. A heavey machined metal case is RFI control more than vibration, high cost per unit. Ive still got my amazon door stops.... maybe just an ill conceived musing but VB control is interesting and a real world example did bring door stops wood and stone chopping block out the kitchen next ro my bedroom ... Please delete if too OT @austinpop but made me think what do the guys who make thier own linear PSUs do themselves and net benefits... Saftey first ams always..
  2. Really enjoyed the headphone review. TOTL headphones have been under appreciated in content on AS but its really pushing understanding and knowledge ....just pleasurable. Keep them coming.There are a few more id love to see on my wish list in a well written review. Head Amp have a strong pedigree, thier headamp gilmore mk2 was an afforable choice that still gives me musical enjoyment. Crystal clear and uncoloured. 1/3 cheaper now.. My Dan Clarks Ether2 works very well with it. I dont know if i could take Torquemada's personal headphones after the Ethers feather light engineering, but id love to hear that slam on EDM. Quoting Hannibal Lecter "we covert what we see" "What we read" works just as well. I think a small interview the reviewer on his piece would work at the end of an article. If Chris and the would be reviewer choose too .A few questions and final thoughts in a little podcast. You can read the enthusiasm but a short conversation may add an extra dynamic. Thanks @Sonis good job.. Kind regards Dave
  3. @barrows Costs/value yes...In this game its not really, weighted on not that much disposable income and wanting something for nothing. Relatively i found the Qutest to be good value as Chords are out of my price range so it was great to finally get on the ladder. I should be happy its cheaper and sounds fantastic. I should be glad it can be leveraged.. but secretly i hope that was it.. no more extras. Been fun though i listen to your advice and never been happier... Stay happy and safe Dave😀
  4. Apart from barrows adopting you and making making another custom PSU... i live in hope ..😀 to me, a known good PS improved the SQ to my ears.. The quad cable from John S suggestion pre 360 makes a small difference but noticeable. Ghent do a good job of the canare cable for not a huge price. At the very least it looks nice... i bought an adapter for the Qutest but i believe you may be able to get one terminated.. DC barrel to Micro... For the cost minded its painful with the cost to squeeze that extra diminishing returns. My suggestion is to try one of the LT3045s regs boards on top of the stock supply. Under $100 then invest in a good PSU if you feel it did some good in your system. If you hear a difference get an uptone 1.2 or what you feel is right in your system. The LT3045 regs can be added onto the new PSU if you invest again and remove the wall wart. Maddening that there is always room for improvement even the ultra highend segment but psu engineers/companys do what they do best.. Good luck David
  5. Thanks Alex as kind as ever, a little bit of a sign off as the future is uncertain. A lot more lurking as no more purchasing, 2 years old and hungry comes first, i just can't add much to the conversation sadly, i just hope everyone here is as happy and safe as one can be... Kind regards Dave..
  6. My Qutest.. same listed info from before .. Swapping the wall wart to a lps1 made a lovely difference. As i couldnt afford the 1.2 i added an Ldovr Dxp1a5dsc. Those Lt3045s added more refinement to the already great power supply. I had the IFI DC ipurifier 2, experimenting a little i got a subtle increase fitting it inbetween them. Ill never be as knowledgeable as the kind above posters but the changes i heard more detail, pleasing to me. Ive been lucky enough to glean the information from the big thread and bought a nuc and used Linux. That was one of the biggest improvements with the source. The DAC i hoped would a one stop leap in SQ but a good DAC keeps on giving as the chain improves. The Qutest has done this in spades. I had asked around for any tweaks people had done but the power supply and regulation is the only one so far.... for the DAC thanks Barrows btw. I work for RollsRoyce Aero so this is maybe my endgame for a good few years but iam glad i have it as its still very pleasurable and feel i got more out than the just ticket price. Good luck gents and thank you Dave
  7. Thanks Chris, looking back do you regret leaving the hair Salon industry...? 🤔 I've wanted to know more about the people on AS and what brought them here on lifes journey. (Not as in my wife on facebook, stalking people like CIA deep cover operative) Not even to give more credence or weight to thier posts and thoughts. Just to know about the nice helpful people here. If anything that people here are human being's first not a sound bite in a post. The Reviews have worked very well, setting a high bar. This will be a nice addition.
  8. Ah good old cheap Ebay converters onto the end of some pre made Gent cables. You will need a spare cable as its a through and through design... Me being anal deoxited and ultrasonic cleaned in 100% IPA Good luck Dave
  9. I made that mistake but got out of it with Alex's help. Its a fantastic design double regulated but do order the double for a lot less trouble later. In getting the voltage correct and having to fit it. I have mine with my original LPS1 feeding my Qutest. I did see a lot of interest pre Christmas across the audio web sites, so the price of popularity is patients...and other issues.. Take care Dave..😷😁
  10. Just ensure your temps are in the safe zone with any stress testing programs. Over clockers have used them for years for GPU CPU testing. With a poorly fitted heatsink not the best. Id just leave it on with the sound off...
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    Corona Virus

    After watching people panic buy, this brings back a little faith in my fellow humans.. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/world-52026908
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    Corona Virus

    A little positivity from the guys at benchmark living with the new world. https://benchmarkmedia.com/blogs/application_notes/surviving-covid-19?omnisendAttributionID=email_campaign_5e7a3c358a48f77bf53e5e70&omnisendContactID=5cf9379d15b61cc5a20e4679&omnisendScopeID=5cf925d58653ed3ed535228a_2_3217609&utm_campaign=campaign%3A+Home+office+(5e7a3c358a48f77bf53e5e70)&utm_medium=email&utm_source=omnisendl
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    Corona Virus

    The UK is now free from panic from latest new from the government over Covid 19 BBC News - Coronavirus: Off-licences added to list of 'essential' retailers https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-52033260
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