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  • in reply to: Sonic difference between non PX vs PX panels #1178
    kilkil
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    Back in 2018, the Toroid II was $733 each ($1466 for the pair).

    in reply to: Thanks! #1114
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    It took me a while to realize the issue is that i had a Http shortcut to general discussion and the site changed to https and after updating my shortcut it works.

    in reply to: Virtual Factory Tour? #1088
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    Bringing back memories is always fun.

    I own a pair of Prostat 922, which I think were built in 2006. Shown at RMAF 2006 and others.

    I was thinking the Prostat was the precursor to the Majestic PX line, though since the M945 obviously existed for the Chicago show, does this mean the Majestic line already existed or where they built almost simultaneously?

    in reply to: Virtual Factory Tour? #1075
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    I never heard the Acoustats, though I did hear the Sanders system (at Rogers house/facility) and definitely very head in a vise, moving my head 1″ either way drastically reduced the sound quality.

    I agree on the excellence of imaging with the SoundLabs and most surprised by how great they sound throughout the house, I frequently turn them up just to enjoy when i’m cooking.

    in reply to: Virtual Factory Tour? #1071
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    I’m glad you’re visible now and had a great conversation.

    I didn’t know about his comb filter effects issue, though I think things like this is really what drives all these different companies. Each of us prioritize what we require from an audio experience. I hold headphone/audio meets at my house twice a year and people explain why they like a headphone/amp/dac and I can understand their reasoning, but their reason could be way down in my list of priorities and thus the reason that my ideal system is not someone else’s ideal system.

    My first electrostats are the Quad 2905 (currently my office system), I do love them, however in comparison to the big Soundlabs, I think the Soundlabs are better in everyway (except price and physical size).

    in reply to: Little activity here #1063
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    Soundlabs are fairly reliable, though there isn’t any guarantee. My understanding is that it is quite obvious when there is an issue. I had an issue with the bias power supply in one backplate and that speaker stopped playing. It was a failry easy replacement.

    in reply to: Replacing L pad with an autoformer #1031
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    I used a 50w 4ohm.

    particularly this one: https://www.partsconnexion.com/RIEDON-81247.html

    Then it is a fairly simple job of unsoldering the brilliance pot and replacing it with the resistor.

    in reply to: Replacing L pad with an autoformer #1025
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    I haven’t heard of anyone using anything other than a fixed value resister, with 4ohms being the most common.

    in reply to: Little activity here #1024
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    I live in rural TN, so I need to drive quite a ways to find a good audio store, Atlanta or Chicago most likely. Most of my real listening is at headphone meets that I host. This is how I had the M21 at my place.
    I have a huge room, about 15’x30′, 14′ ceiling and open to kitchen and dining room. I had Quad 2905 in there before and moved them to my office when I acquired the soundlabs. Quads now have bass in the office.
    When I first acquired the SoundLabs, I drove it wish Pass XA30.5, mostly due to that is what I had. Bass was lacking, not really controlled, so I was wanting more power.
    TWB drives his soundlabs with xa60.5 and the smaller soundlabs with x260.8. http://www.soundlabowners.com/forums/topic/atma-sphere-ma1-3-2-vs-pass-xa60-8-amp/#post-402
    I would also like to hear the x350.8, but my preference to class A and TWB’s opinion that 60.8 was powerful enough and reading lots of reviews, I planned on getting XA100.8. I found a used pair of XA160.8 for a good price and was happy to have more power to the SoundLabs. The XA160.8 definitely controls the bass. I kind of dream of XS300 or XS150, but they are very rarely on the used market and not inexpensive. I don’t think the XA200.8 would sound much different. I think I have plenty of power now. I usually listen at a relatively low volume, though I can turn it up quite loud and it still sounds exceptional. I also have the SoundLabs 922 (22 degree dispersion), thus my speakers are effectively more efficient due to not dispersing 45 degrees.

    I remember reading a review of your CATs with Soundlabs, I found a pair that I was quite tempted with, though I think they were 240V and I would have needed to add new circuits to my listening room to accommodate them.

    in reply to: Little activity here #1021
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    Thanks. I’ve wanted to hear the atmasphere amps also, mostly due to all the good things i keep hearing about them. Though I’m happy with my Pass amps and don’t want to start dealing with tubes.
    I understand all the variablility and how difficult it is to hear a component in unknown systems. I started the audio journey with headphones. Headphone meets really helped with listening to components and the added benefit of our systems are relatively light and portable, thus when I first heard the Yggy DAC on a system, it sounded special, though I also could easily bring my headphones in to remove a variable and then I asked if I could bring my amp into the system to compare and I was allowed. Thus a fairly direct comparison.

    My personal history is that I’m a trained research chemist, therefore I feel like I need to research everything. There are very few comparisons of Bricasti DACs (particularly the M21 that I loved) to other high end DACs. Last year i heard Bricasti M3h without the MDX upgrade and this year the same DAC with the MDX upgrade and it made a huge difference, from I liked the M3h better than Yggy on one song to it is an upgrade to the Yggy, much more detail and better presentation of mids (I love female vocals and strings). The M21 just makes the M3h sound like a crappy version of itself, no where near as much detail in all freq ranges, and without the magic in female vocals and strings.

    in reply to: Little activity here #1019
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    It isn’t so much wait 5 years to change DACs, but the only think I may change within 5 years, as I’m very happy with my pre, amp, and soundlabs. I thought that before I heard the Bricasti M21 in my system for 2 days. My love for M21 was immediate and continued throughout the weekend. I was most surprised that when I replaced my Yggy back in the system, I was still happy with the sound, I didn’t feel an immediate need to replace the DAC.

    You’ve gone through several tube DACs, I can understand the desire to leave tubes. I’m surprised DCS was the choice after tubes, as several reviews imply the sound is very detailed, though kind of sterile sounding. This is essentially the opposite of what I envision the tube DACs provide.

    Do you remember enough about the Bricasti you heard to compare it to your DCS Rossini? Now I want to hear the DCS.

    in reply to: Little activity here #1004
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    After the listening sessions, I want to hear more DACs, though I’m quite tempted to get the M21. Below is a short summary.

    Chord Hugo TT2, similar to Yggy but crappier.
    Bricasti M3H with MDX, better than Yggy and definitely better than without MDX.
    Bricasti M21 with MDX, much better than the M3H and Yggy, excellent DAC.

    More detail here:
    https://www.head-fi.org/threads/nashville-center-hill-lake-whiskey-fi-head-fi-meet-october-30th-2021-impressions.960395/

    in reply to: Little activity here #1001
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    I thought about a Holo Audio Spring before I bought a second Yggy (older A1 model is in my office system). I never heard it.

    The Holo May is on my list of DACs I want to hear. Along with MSB Discrete and Premier, Rockna Wavedream, TotalDac.

    I’m quite interested in hearing the Bricasti M21.

    in reply to: Marquee center speaker #977
    kilkil
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    I don’t know anything particular about the Marquee specifically, except it is a hybrid electrostatic-dynamic driver center channel speaker.
    The speaker needs to be plugged in to power bias for the electrostatic panel.
    The bias should be turned up as high as possible without causing any sparking type noise. It is easiest to adjust this without any music playing.
    Brilliance is high frequency response adjustment.
    Older models of SoundLabs are less efficient than newer models. Yes, it makes sense that the speaker plays quieter.

    in reply to: Acoustic Treatment Considerations for Sound Lab Speakers? #964
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    That is sad that it can’t be optimized for both couch and desk.

    Here is another possible option, what about turning the couch 180degrees with desk behind it. Would the bay window area be enough room for the desk chair? This may also not really be feasible due to partially blocking the closet and kitchenette, besides not having a direct view of outside.

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