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  1. Billy Shears

    CHORD DAVE On A 2CH Rig Anyone?

    Does any of those Dacs you listed include a Upsampling Cd-Transport?
  2. Billy Shears

    Post a pic of your dream home

    Tracy Island? :-)
  3. Billy Shears

    Low Compliance Cartridges for the Sperling TA1 Tonearm

    BTW: I have the Sperling NRM-1 Motor on my Acoustic Solid. If the Tonearm is as well made as the Motor you are in for a treat!
  4. Billy Shears

    Low Compliance Cartridges for the Sperling TA1 Tonearm

    Check out: Miyajima Labs: Due to the construction of the dampeners and absence of a tension wire, they work very well in heavy Tonearms.
  5. Billy Shears

    Any thoughts on Furutech phono cables?

    I had the Ag-12 RCA-RCA. The only regret I have about it is that I had to sell it for the sake of a 5pin-din cable (Kimber Tak H, quite a step down for me). Based on my experience with the AG-12 I would buy the Silver Arrow in a heart beat (If I had that kind of Money laying around). Have since...
  6. Billy Shears

    How COULD upgraded Ethernet cables make a positive difference? What's behind it?

    After testing even the cheaper ethernetcables from Audioquest against a stock cable of the same category, to me the difference is bigger then what I hear on USB cables... Can't help you with why that would be.
  7. Billy Shears

    Choral Music reccomendations.

    When it comes to Choral music there is only one game in town for me: Ola gjeilo
  8. Billy Shears

    CHORD DAVE On A 2CH Rig Anyone?

    Did you bother to try using it as a Dac into a preamp and comparing it to the MSB?
  9. Billy Shears

    MIT Magnum M1 Phono Tonearm Cable 1 Meter RCA-RCA

    List price for this cable is 3300$ Last Offer: 999$ Paypal adds 4% though. Thats a huge saving for a MINT Tonearm cable like this.. Contact me for shipping details
  10. Billy Shears

    MIT Magnum M1 Phono Tonearm Cable 1 Meter RCA-RCA

    Must go: I would accept 1250$ for the cable. Thats over 60% off retail. Anyone with VPI Turntables/ junction boxes? Best upgrade you will ever make. The only reason I am selling this is because I have switched Tonearms and need a DIN plug now.
  11. Billy Shears

    MIT Magnum M1 Phono Tonearm Cable 1 Meter RCA-RCA

    This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get your hands on this High-End Tonearm cable from MIT. It features selectable cartridge impedance match of 100, 1K and 47K ohms (choose the one that sounds best in your system) Black Background, 3D imaging and resolution are just a fraction of what...
  12. Billy Shears

    hORNS Universum MkIII - hORNS by Auotech

    Hi Bonzo Thanks for the Reply. What I mean by localized image is, if I have a vocal on the recording, is that vocal clearly defined in center stage or spread across the whole room as you can get with some Horn loaded speakers?
  13. Billy Shears

    hORNS Universum MkIII - hORNS by Auotech

    Hi Bonzo Thanks for the report. Very Interesting! Can you confirm that they manage to throw a localized image and soundstage instead of blurring everything? Best Wishes
  14. Billy Shears

    DAC problem. Laptop AC causing disturbance to the sound.

    What you are hearing is the difference between a cheap switchmode psu powering the battery in your laptop VS just the battery. I hear the same fuzzy effect when connecting the PSU to the Chord Hugo DAC VS just running on the Battery. Forget all the measurement ideas of Battery providing...
  15. Billy Shears

    Need help choosing my first turntable

    In your class I would be looking at a TT from Pro-ject Rega or if your budget stretches from Clearaudio or VPI. As for hooking it up to your logitech speakers... sounds like you need a whole system including a phonostage aswell. So based on that I would recommend sticking to a MM cart untill you...
  16. Billy Shears

    ZANDEN Choku, Chukoh and Jinpu

    You need to read this thread for Pics of the units. They look amazing! http://audioexotics.vanillaforums.com/discussion/11612/%E9%95%B7%E7%A9%BA-by-yamada-kazutoshi-of-zanden-audio/p5
  17. Billy Shears

    Blade 2 - 1st NA dealer demo pair - I heard them!

    It makes me happy to hear how pleased you are with your Kefs. The Blade two would still be my end of the road dream speaker for sure. Its good that you noticed how important the rest of the system and cabling are, with The Kef Coax basically taking on the character of whatever its hooked up...
  18. Billy Shears

    What charities and other non profits do you support?

    Such a relief you can tell what the story of the guy holding up a sign is, just from looking at them. So good to know that people with drug habbits and homeless dont need support and can just change their mind about their "lifestyle" choice. Because hey, who would not prefer to have to shoot...
  19. Billy Shears

    REVIEW: Pass Labs XS 150, XA160.8, XA160.5

    Looking at it again the 30K is probably for the Balanced and 20k for the RCA, as the balanced is usually higher than the Unbalanced input...
  20. Billy Shears

    REVIEW: Pass Labs XS 150, XA160.8, XA160.5

    Yes it seems the new.8 and XS are all higher input Imp. Compared to the .5
  21. Billy Shears

    REVIEW: Pass Labs XS 150, XA160.8, XA160.5

    Dont doubt that! the ARC Poweramps are all 300K Ohm input. But I dont see why running 200K ohm SS Amp should be a problem in general
  22. Billy Shears

    REVIEW: Pass Labs XS 150, XA160.8, XA160.5

    I heard ARC Ref 5 with pass 100.5 once and it sounded overly warm and soupy. The Xa.8 and Xs have 200K input impedance the .5 only has 20K. Even though that is well withing the ARC guidelines i would Try before I buy! This is from the Arc website to the Ref10 : If your solid state Amp...
  23. Billy Shears

    Pls kindly recommend which combo could be better?

    So there have been quite a few votes for the Diablo300 Alexia pairing. Glad to hear that but I still think the diablo 300 has been shortchanged here. The old diablo happily ate high end pre/power combos for breakfast. It does not take great insight to see the 300 is not going to be a step down...
  24. Billy Shears

    Newbie here! What's the best . . . . 3-Channel Amp ?????

    The Dagostino master power comes to mind.... http://dandagostino.com/products-master-power-3.php
  25. Billy Shears

    Pls kindly recommend which combo could be better?

    Alexia and the fantastic Diablo 300 without a second of hesitation!!!
  26. Billy Shears

    Finding cancer's Achilles heel: identifying & attacking trunk mutations

    Any treatment that offers a more targeted approach is very good news indeed....
  27. Billy Shears

    New forum created for subjectivist members

    Even though I fully agree with this, I think its great you created the new forum. I hope we can keep things a little more mannered with the measurements and listeners forum.
  28. Billy Shears

    Is the Measurement Forum the place for objectivists to be attacked by subjectivists?

    As I hope you gathered from my post, me I feel your pain. I feel your pain in virtually every thread in this forum. So maybe we can move forward in a more constructive way by staying out of each other’s business. And if we still feel the need to jump in let’s do it in a constructive way...
  29. Billy Shears

    Is the Measurement Forum the place for objectivists to be attacked by subjectivists?

    Can I just remind everyone that it seems to work both ways. I have yet to read a thread about a "Tweak product" that does not instantaneously get pooped on by the self-proclaimed "objectivist" to the point where it loses all its purpose for the amount of manure that gets posted (entreq thread...

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