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Super Wammer

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 AS transport and DACs circa 2010.

25 + year old Oracle Mk 1

25+ year old Musical Reference pre.

Old Squeeze box. Even the Io is geriatric  but has been rebuilt and is on a new Tri-planar and Helius Viridia.

Yes I am Steptoe!

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1 hour ago, wHIZZY said:

Just bought a Trichord Pulsar two days ago for that exact price (£350) and looking forward to hearing it when it arrives later this week. By comparison to my favourite DAC which is a late 1980s Musical Fidelity Digilog the Pulsar is almost modern. It will be interesting to see how they compare.  

1 hour ago, MF 1000 said:

Post some pics and let us know, me & Eddie will be interested in your thoughts 

Yes please, we will be interested !

Was it one with an external power supply? They were pretty special DACs in their day. I got a little bit of bed time reading on one if you're interested, I'll PM it over, but you might have already seen, just disregard if you have. (I'll forward it to you as well Keith if you fancy a read)

Spend some quality time with it first, before you give a verdict, unless you hate it from the off, but there's nothing glaringly to hate really as long as its working well. I find DACs are not always as easy to evaluate as other equipment, speakers for instance is literately black and white sometimes. What you can get with DACs is subtlety majorly different :) But its those subtle details that matter.

What shocked me was I contacted Trichord after about 20 years after they stopped producing them (or whatever I'm guessing) for some try my luck technical support, (and for not a fault I will add). The man who answered the phone said 'woo its been some time let me think'... He then proceeded to tell me some things to do with the circuit board inside! I was amazed. He even said those DACs were a bit special in their day :)

Personally, and as in line with this thread, I still think its worth keeping alive :D

It will be very interesting the put it next to long term favourite as well! Those Digilogs used Burr Brown chips didnt they?

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In the vein of this thread... I regularly buy and try various stuff to amuse myself... 

An itch I’d love to scratch is an Alchemist Kraken. Never heard one and they are pretty rare now, but at some point I’ve gotta own one of these just to hear it - it looks amazing (I know it’s not what it looks like that matters 😀) , but I’d love to hear one someday. 

Anyone got or had one? 

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4 minutes ago, Amormusic said:

In the vein of this thread... I regularly buy and try various stuff to amuse myself... 

An itch I’d love to scratch is an Alchemist Kraken. Never heard one and they are pretty rare now, but at some point I’ve gotta own one of these just to hear it - it looks amazing (I know it’s not what it looks like that matters 😀) , but I’d love to hear one someday. 

Anyone got or had one? 

Ive had that itch a few times, never scratched it though, they do look nice. Used to get great reviews. Getting on on a bit now though not sure if they had longevity, didnt they used to run hot?

Still, if you find a good one you should go for it ;) Its obviously lasted this long.

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1 hour ago, MF 1000 said:

Post some pics and let us know, me & Eddie will be interested in your thoughts 

It may be a month or two before I have at hand and own a Pink Triangle Dicaprio, my efforts will go into making sure it happens. The gentleman selling it has taken internal shots and says it comes with the 22__ - bit board and a coax digit an input (no timing port for the signal wave) while RCA output. I look forward to it!

When it arrives I will post pictures and perhaps I will create a new thread comparing it to 1 or 2 older firmware of an MDAC with good PSU, Micromega DAC unit with 3 inputs and a well designed power stage, teac ud-h01 with a touch of tinkering and a DacMagic XS V2 (usb powered and a laudable headphone and seperates converter honestly). I think this is a good idea at my age of  and as a new person to amplification in essences.

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1 hour ago, eddie-baby said:

Yes please, we will be interested !

Was it one with an external power supply? They were pretty special DACs in their day. I got a little bit of bed time reading on one if you're interested, I'll PM it over, but you might have already seen, just disregard if you have. (I'll forward it to you as well Keith if you fancy a read)

Spend some quality time with it first, before you give a verdict, unless you hate it from the off, but there's nothing glaringly to hate really as long as its working well. I find DACs are not always as easy to evaluate as other equipment, speakers for instance is literately black and white sometimes. What you can get with DACs is subtlety majorly different :) But its those subtle details that matter.

What shocked me was I contacted Trichord after about 20 years after they stopped producing them (or whatever I'm guessing) for some try my luck technical support, (and for not a fault I will add). The man who answered the phone said 'woo its been some time let me think'... He then proceeded to tell me some things to do with the circuit board inside! I was amazed. He even said those DACs were a bit special in their day :)

Personally, and as in line with this thread, I still think its worth keeping alive :D

It will be very interesting the put it next to long term favourite as well! Those Digilogs used Burr Brown chips didnt they?

The Digilog uses the Philips TDA1451 chip and so far it's been my personal favourite DAC. Chord Hugo and DiDiT 212 have been and gone but the Digi is going nowhere. I will keep you posted on the Pulsar and how it compares to the Digi. 

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20 minutes ago, wHIZZY said:

The Digilog uses the Philips TDA1451 chip and so far it's been my personal favourite DAC. Chord Hugo and DiDiT 212 have been and gone but the Digi is going nowhere. I will keep you posted on the Pulsar and how it compares to the Digi. 

Arr Phillips, yes. It is a lovely machine/chip that. 

And funny as I had a QBD76 one of Chords serious offerings (some even say one of the best ever) while I had my Trichord, the Trichord is still here the QBD isn't. 

I did finally get a more modern DAC that is just superior than the Trichord (at least IMO), yet I still really enjoy the Trichord, and I have no interest in ever selling it. Its not a record player obviously those are two totally different things, but in a very funny kind of way it reminds me of the turntable I never got around to getting back into. 

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On ‎20‎/‎05‎/‎2019 at 23:10, Amormusic said:

In the vein of this thread... I regularly buy and try various stuff to amuse myself... 

An itch I’d love to scratch is an Alchemist Kraken. Never heard one and they are pretty rare now, but at some point I’ve gotta own one of these just to hear it - it looks amazing (I know it’s not what it looks like that matters 😀) , but I’d love to hear one someday. 

Anyone got or had one? 

Picking one of those up is likely to scratch you alright.:nerves:

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Super Wammer

Just in the spirit of this thread I am trying to keep some old stuff alive a pair of KEF 103 Reference Speakers from 1976/7 . One of the T52  Tweeters has blown so i ma trying to trace a replacement . The same tweeter is also used in the Cantata and Cantata Kit for 77 and the Kef 105 and 01.1 from around 1979 . 

If anyone has any to sell or knows of someone with a defunkt set of any of the above speakers can they let me know. 

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2 hours ago, bencat said:

And I always liked the Kef museum, novel idea and cool.

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An update on the Sony 337ESD. So keen am I to keep the old girl going I’ve spent £400 on a new old stock transport and laser for when the original one finally dies. 

Be good for another 3 years then!

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47 minutes ago, dannybgoode said:

An update on the Sony 337ESD. So keen am I to keep the old girl going I’ve spent £400 on a new old stock transport and laser for when the original one finally dies. 

Be good for another 3 years then!

Wow, that's dedication. You could have bought some serious used CDPs or DACs even for that outlay. But there's people still using mk 1 escorts  and those are sometimes worth astronomical money, a used Ford focus is probably better in every way, (again a matter of opinion, just like hifi) but that's besides the point, we like and cherish what has value to us. I'm glad the Sony lives on and is still going strong :^

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5 minutes ago, eddie-baby said:

Wow, that's dedication. You could have bought some serious used CDPs or DACs even for that outlay. But there's people still using mk 1 escorts  and those are sometimes worth astronomical money, a used Ford focus is probably better in every way, (again a matter of opinion, just like hifi) but that's besides the point, we like and cherish what has value to us. I'm glad the Sony lives on and is still going strong :^

The 337ESD is one of the best CD players I’ve ever heard. Including the cost of the player and a service for it I have £700 invested in it in total and it should be good pretty much for my lifetime. 

I think that’s a reasonable RoI. I’m going to have some sympathetic mods done to it - a bit of recapping, some power supply upgrades etc and I’d then happily put it up against a more recent player costing many times as much. 

The transport itself is a work of art - almost worth displaying. They don’t make ‘em like they used to. 

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