awkwardbydesign

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  1. awkwardbydesign

    New to streaming, good SQ on a budget

    https://pinkfishmedia.net/forum/threads/dr-brian-cox-talks-about-his-hi-fi.184193/
  2. If the problem is only at high levels, could it be room interaction? I can't believe Keith didn't ask this!
  3. awkwardbydesign

    New to streaming, good SQ on a budget

    If you are talking of those with a limited knowledge of computers, then I must qualify. I have get someone else to install almost everything! But for a simpler solution, if like me you aren't bothered about all of the metadata, a laptop with Daphile installed is an even cheaper (free!) method. All you need is an old laptop and a USB DAC. I used a spare hard drive, as Daphile is Linux based and wipes everything else, unless you know how to work around that. I don't, but wanted to be able return the laptop to it's original state if needed. I started with a very cheap Behringer USB DAC, now use a Teralink X USB to S/PDIF converter, which was free, into an old Meridian 263 DAC, which I already had. I am only using 44.1/16 files, so it works well enough. The heart of it though is the Daphile laptop, which is set to bit perfect output by disabling the internal soundcard, as I understand it. It's designed for headless systems, and I control it with the Orange Squeeze app on my phone. It's only the loft system, but using a Concordant pre, EL84 PP power amp and Heybrook HB3 speakers it sounds good to me. The main system is considerably more expensive, though. Just an alternative take for those who, like me, REALLY don't understand computers! It's a very cheap way to start. https://www.diyaudio.com/forums/pc-based/240040-daphile-audiophile-music-server-player-os.html
  4. awkwardbydesign

    Any other bikers ? my Z650 B1

    More stupid than awesome, unfortunately.
  5. awkwardbydesign

    Laskys and Tandy

    Tandy's in Letchworth? Must have been after I left (in '66). I grew up there, a great place to leave! Completely dry until the mid '60s, apart from the local (conservative?) club. And then only an off-licence!
  6. awkwardbydesign

    Any other bikers ? my Z650 B1

    Why hang up your leathers? I'm looking to book more trackdays this year, despite breaking a collar bone. Again. I'm 70 now.
  7. awkwardbydesign

    Any other bikers ? my Z650 B1

    Bloody cyclists, always getting in the way.
  8. awkwardbydesign

    Any other bikers ? my Z650 B1

    Quite a few bikers on here, I think. I have two,
  9. awkwardbydesign

    Lots of Phono Cables (Plus some speaker cable)

    At least that!
  10. awkwardbydesign

    Lots of Phono Cables (Plus some speaker cable)

    BTW, that speaker cable is Polk/Monitor Audio litz, the flat version. http://www.high-endaudio.com/RC-SpkrCab.html
  11. awkwardbydesign

    FS: Snell Type A mk3

    Agreed. On the Saturday night, with a valve amp, they were stunning.
  12. awkwardbydesign

    Cheap eBay Maglev feet?

    I think it might be more to do with tuning than method. Sorbothane, as I understand it, has to be loaded correctly, as do springs, both of which I have and use. Not tried the magnet method, mainly due to the quoted problems of lateral stability. BTW, the original Seismic Sink method of using inner tubes proved very effective with speakers, though not with a TT in my case. I may well go back to them, instead of the springs, if my next speakers are compatible.
  13. awkwardbydesign

    Cheap eBay Maglev feet?

    Are you sure? I thought it was an inverse square law relationship; as the vibration moves them, they reposition themselves, like a spring, so not moving together. And those spikes (I have some) surely couple more than they isolate?
  14. awkwardbydesign

    kt77 no negative grid volts

    The one I looked at gave -15V. So similar.
  15. awkwardbydesign

    kt77 no negative grid volts

    I had a quick look at that, and the KT77 appears to be the only valve with no g1 voltage!