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  1. 1 hour ago, Jeff Matthews said:

    if I connect my laptop's USB-C port to the SU-1's USB 2.0 port.


    That sounds to me like your laptop has USB-C, correct? I only see USB-C on the DAC. So I would be shocked if a C to C cable did not work. Like @Marvel says it will need power. Absent that, if any port on your laptop can charge your phone, use that one. Try not to use a USB Hub between laptop and DAV, if you can avoid it. I've had on and off problems with CD-players for ripping CDs, Monitors, Microphones, etc. with a chain of USB devices that went Laptop>>cable>>USB Hub>>cable>>Device. I also seem to remember (scary) a previous Dell Laptop that had USB-C/Thunderbolt dock port and 1 USB-A port that was powered and two USB-A ports that were not powered. So try your cell phone on all ports of your laptop and see if any/all charge while you wait for the DAC to show up.


    If you really want to cover all of your bases pick these up....super handy once you have them. 




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  2. 8 minutes ago, Jeff Matthews said:

    if I connect my laptop's USB-C port


    This I really don't know. I could probably read up on that particular DAC but I'm pretty lazy. Every time I've done it it has been A (2.0/1.0 or 3.0 below) on the computer's end and B (USB 2.0 Type-B) on the DAC's. But I would not be surprised to learn of a C to B since C is becoming more and more prominent. 


    Does your DAC only have "B" or does it have "C"? If C then I'd expect they have that (c to c) nut cracked. Post a link to your DAC or a picture of the back's connections plainly in view.



  3. 2 hours ago, Jeff Matthews said:

    What I don't understand is this:  If you're playing music on a laptop, the sound will come out of the speakers, or if you plug in a set of earphones, through the earphone jack.  I did not realize that if you plug in a USB device, the sound will be sent to the external device. 


    Not the sound your hear, but the data to be converted by the external DAC, bypassing the computer's DAC. Might sound like I'm splitting hairs but it is a huge difference. Not anything, in any form, that your brain can make sense of.


    I didn't read the entire thread so apologies if this has already been said....but it does not quite sound to me like you ( @Jeff Matthews) quite get this. Your computer has a DAC in it. That is why your computer speakers, headphones form headphone jack, etc. can make Analog sound. The DAC has C=converted the D=Digital bits (00110101011010101s) to A=Analog .The stuff you, as a human can hear.


    When you connect your computer via USB to your External DAC, you bypass the computer's DAC (possibly less quality, debatable) and some software (a driver) on the computer let's your computer and External DAC talk to each other. Now the computer can send it's digital bits to the external DAC for conversion to Analog for your ears to hear and your brain interpret.


    In case it is not painfully obvious yet you should have alight bulb showing above your head and drawing the conclusion, counselor, that a "Streamer" or "Bridge" is nothing more than a computer that can take digital bits from somewhere - Internet, computer, Network Attached Storage (NAS) and give it to your DAC for conversion. The DAC may have an amp built in or you may connect it like any other piece of gear as a source.


    Think in CD player terms. Back in the 80s/90s. You had:

    • A CD with data, no music, just 1s and zeros much like your computer files or internet stuff form Qobuz.
      • To get different data you had to change the CD in the player
    • The CD player also had a way to get the data from the CD to the DAC. The laser and associated software
      • This is kind of like the streamer/bridge, not really but close enough
    • The CD player's DAC did what they always do
      • Convert Digital to Analog

    <<<<< end of trying to help Jeff, time for some pot stirring and general audiophile (I hate that term) anarchy >>>>>>>


    Therefore, logically, nothing can make the data sound "differently" in the digital domain. The data is simply data. As long as the data gets there correctly and in time (solved probably 40 years ago) you don't need a $10,000 dollar USB cable, or audio quality switches in your network or fancy linear power supply for your computer/streamer supplying those bits to the DAC. But the industry as a whole would love you to think so.


    A turntable is a system comprised of many parts, not just a single thing called a record player. So is a tape deck (rollers, heads, motors). While a record is playing, jumping up and down on a poorly isolated floor, a noisy motor, bad groundings, the sensitivity of the stylus and pick up, dust, pressing quality of the vinyl, plus many other things can all influence the sound the turntable produces. Everything is in the analogue domain.


    The so called external DAC. It is not one thing either, it is really a collection of parts making up a system. Some in the digital domain and some in the analogue domain.


    It is the implementation of the DAC chip and everything that happens after the digital is converted to Analog that you can hear. The Wi-Fi/wire getting the data to your DACs analog side matters 0 (zero)  not 1 (one) bit - pun intended. But people that don't know each other will debate that endlessly on the Internet because they Believe it does and they have spent the money and want it to be true. Expectation biases and confirmation biases are very powerful and very real. As I get older I find it almost as interesting and entertaining as music and the Hi-Fi hobby. 

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  4. I'm not a fan of numerous monthly reoccurring fees. As much as I get dragged into the digital age I still like own it. Plus when the Internet is down/out you can still listen to music. Give Roon a look. Many over there love Qobuz.


    Glad you found a working solution.

  5. 8 hours ago, Jeff Matthews said:

    Where do I get access to a complete classic rock library in FLAC?


    @Jeff Matthews

    I'm in the process of organizing/downsizing/de-cluttering my digital accumulation of multiple backup drives and my main storage system. PM me if you might be interested in some of my "stuff". If you are looking to convert your CDs or Vinyl to something to store on site (your home) and have access them in a meaningful way this would be a way to jump start that process.


    I've spent at least 2 decades perfecting my process. 

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  6. 2 hours ago, Klipsch104db said:

    Not as good as the half speed mastered


    Which one? CBS, Mo-Fi, other? That album is my pet project. I've probably had 25 version of it. Currently probably 10+. Single Wally, Double Wally, Friday Music, Gold Foil promos, blue Epic re-release. Every time I see one in a used record shop if it has a orange CBS label and no barcode I buy it. Side one is pretty iconic in my book. Out of all the high dollar ones I've tried I liked the Mo-Fi the least. Kinda noisy.


    Love the blue on your P3, nice!

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  7. 29 minutes ago, richieb said:

    I’ll take ‘em


    You got it, check your PMs. You are going to love that Joe Henderson disc.


    14 minutes ago, Schu said:

    damn it


    Sorry man, just grab that Breaking Point off ebay for ~100 and call it a day. You got the (bit) coin. 😉

  8. Sold, thanks Klipsch forums!


    I've got 6 wonderful Blue Note RVG CDs up for grabs. Pick any 2 and I'll ship them to your door for $25 or all 6 for $70 shipped.


    I've been tracking down a lot of these to see how they stack up against vinyl. Somethin' Else is an all time classic. The others are more on the hard side (read expensive) to track down. 4 of these I had to source from Ireland of all places. You can see the EU copy protection logo on three of them. So "rare" if you are into that sort of thing. They play fine on all CD players and RIP to FLAC/Wav without issue. I've never really been sure about the US vs EU versions of CDs but some do have different UPCs and Label numbers on Discogs.


    Some have alternate takes not on the original albums.


    PM if you need additional info or pix. One has a cut-out slice on the spine. All the physical CDs look virtually untouched. Somethin' Else was new in the shrink-wrap when I opened it up for a single spin.


    Oh, the best part if you only want Freddie Hubbard's Breaking Point and have money to burn, some nut job has it on ebay for $99.79...no joke











  9. 49 minutes ago, CWelsh said:

    I think I'm just going to have to try to strip it down to bare wood and paint it.


    Watch this before you decide. If you can match the color/texture at all I bet you can get close with CA/super glue. I didn't realize you could polish. It. Seems to be used for a lot more than just gluing things together.



  10. I picked up a couple of telecaster bodies off. Craigslist. Really only wanted one but ended up with two. You know how that goes. Previous owner had put an arm rest over the factory fender "road worn finish" where the wood was exposed. On the black one you can really see the two holes in the finish of the black sparkle paint.


    I'm no woodworker or paint expert but can follow along to some videos online. Plus I needed a project in the final cold days before spring arrives. A shopping trip on Amazon for black glitter and Starbond super glue yielded pretty good results. New necknstyle for me. 12-in radius roasted Maple. Have only been playing it a little bit here Saturday morning and digging it so far.


    Never having done it before. It was a bit nerve-racking when I started to sand the super glue drop finishes and an area about the size of my thumb around those tiny holes got all scratched up. 600 grit followed by 1500 2000 and 3000.... And finally meguire's scratch X polished her right back up. Touched up another by the bridge and on the top and bottom edge. Five or six chips in all. I'm more than pleased with the results.







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  11. Well said Marty, and indeed sad news to hear of Larry's passing. I was fortunate enough to hear his system in his house and have him over to mine. He was well spoken, soft spoken and an oracle of classical music knowledge. A true gentleman.


    I hope he has many, many good times picking the brains of all the composers, conductors and artists that went before him. He will probably teach them a thing or too as well.


    Oh my, I was shocked to look back and see when Larry was at my house for a MD/D.C. Klipsch get together it was way back in 2008. Time it truly flying by.


    Raise a pint when you get a chance, the world is a poorer place without him in it.

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  12. On 2/10/2024 at 3:53 PM, CWelsh said:

    What are you using to power yours? How is their efficiency?


    I'm using a FirstWatt J2 to drive the two mid channels and have 2 NCORE Hypex mono blocks, one channel per driver, for the Pure Audio Project proprietary 15" bass speakers. I have no idea about efficiency. I'm sure that can be looked up on-line. They get plenty loud.


    Pretty safe bet most speakers/rooms would benefit from a properly set up sub or two. Ported, bass reflex, horn-loaded included.


    All the generalized talk about :


    On 2/11/2024 at 8:18 AM, Idontknow said:

    thickness or meat on the bone




    you get into the Blose reflected sound "stuff", stealing focus.




    @the real Duke Spinner

    The Music was not kix d on that kind of Speaker - Decoder ring needed for most of his/her posts (typical)


    I'd be willing to bet they have never heard a pair of Pure Audio Project speakers (Kudos for you @CWelsh for giving them a go at AXPONA 2023). Lumping all Open Baffle speakers into the same bin or ones you heard 25 years ago or slapping a couple of spare drivers on a plywood board and calling it a day is about as closeminded as  you can get. Are the white van box speakers from the 70s/80s the same as a Heresy? Remember all the cupped hand over your mouth, megaphone, honking comments from Klipsch bashers 20+ years ago? Same thing....different day. 

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  13. 21 hours ago, CWelsh said:

    the speakers that impressed me the most were an open baffle design from Pure Audio Project


    I had Khorns for 14+ years with various "improvements" like High-Zoot crossovers, also had Chorus/Heresy/Forte II/Heresy II/La Scala LSI/KG-4/etc.


    Once in a very great while I miss the though of my Khorns sweet spot, it passes quickly.


    Pure Audio Project is the real deal. You owe it to yourself to give them a listen. I was on the fence with their horn center baffle. I recently passed on a pair on US Audio Mart. Kind of regret it just to see how they might give the "horn thing" along with open baffle. Some day, maybe.


    From This:






    To This and don't think I'll ever go back to box speakers:




    These are with an older set of center baffles/drivers Audio Nirvana. They currently have a set of Voxativ AC-1.6


    They work great with HT too! Here you can see the Vox drives (white cones not black)







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  14. I have two Eminence Alpha A-15 15" drivers. They are currently in the Open Baffle H-Frames you see below the big Oris horns. Nice but not perfect zebra wood veneer job. The veneer was not cheap and the rest of the materials not to mention my time.


    $200 for the pair, you pick up at zip 21154 or make Uship arrangements.


    Drivers are currently $145 each at Parts express. They make excellent open baffle projects. PM if you just want the drivers, I'm sure we can work something out.


    Probably a long shot but I know there has been discussion of both pins and guitars in the past. After selling the majority of my vinyl collection, Industrial La Scalas and a few other items I'm back on the downsizing mode. Bring a big truck/trailer and strong back and take them all for a great price.


    If you play guitar this one is killer. If you just need a cool wall hanger for your music room this will work wonders. Just outside your listening room next to the popcorn machine you absolutely need a pinball machine or two.


    USA Gibson Firebird 2016 VT Neck Through design - $2,000 PM for more details and tons of pix


    1971 Bally 4 Million B.C. It is in fantastic all original condition right down the original keys/locks and coin mechanisms. I’m just the 2nd owner and it has a very low number of plays on it. Recently all the rubber was replaced and gone over by a professional (JT Amusement) in PA. It is a Zipper Flipper model and fairly collectable. $1,600


    The other is a 1972 Space Time. Great 70 Space theme. Fun play. It is fully working. It was gone over by a professional and all the rubber/lights replaced when I bought it in the early 2000s. For that machine I also have a complete populated 2nd playfield. This particular machine (not my actual machine) was featured in scenes on Happy Days. Slight mistake on the prop guys since this was a 1972 model. $1,200


    I also have various original pinball stuff dealer sheets, schematics and odds and ends like coin slots, aprons, plastics, etc.


    PM for info on pinball machines. I can provide detailed high rez photos if there is any interest

















  15. SOLD: Thanks Klipsch Forums


    Some hard titles to find here, unless you are willing to pay a small fortune as far as used CDs are concerned. Six titles, 7 CDs in total (Sonny Rollins is a double CD). Full artwork and jewel cases. Cases have scrapes and bumps but nothing major, at leas on has a cut out mark on the spine. Actual CDs are in wonderful shape. Most look unplayed. See pix below for titles and condition.


    The Fats Navarro is the Japanese import version, TOCJ-1531, about $30+ alone on ebay

    Jutta Hipp is harder to find title


    Let me know if you have any questions via PM.


    $80 shipped to your CONUS door







  16. 27 minutes ago, the real Duke Spinner said:

    You ate playing a girl's guitar. ??  🙂

    I'd rather play like Joan Jett than Ted Nugent. Google that story if you don't know about it.


    Also, it was a reasonably famous "man's" guitar before it was Joan's. 


    "Jett bought her first Melody Maker from Eric Carmen, following the breakup of the Raspberries"

  17. 2 hours ago, tommiek said:

    Guys, who knows where you can buy an inexpensive but high-quality guitar?


    I guess inexpensive is a relative term. I have found the Squire guitars I've played and owned by Fender far exceeded my expectations. Especially on the used market (Reverb.com) if you have a week or two to watch.

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