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  1. 13 hours ago, whell said:

    Good feedback on the net regarding the Schiit Modius with the AK4493 chip.  

    There are several good reviews of the Modius and the Modi3+.  From what I have read, the Modius and the Modi3+ sound similar.  The biggest difference seems to be the balanced output the Modius has.  I don't need the balanced output, so I"m still leaning towards the Modi3+.

  2. 32 minutes ago, BadChile said:

    I have a multibit running off an eitr (from before the unison days...and the mimby still lacks unison to this day) and could tell the difference in a non blind test. Blind? Probably not.  I'd go either modi 3+ or the monoprice liquid space dac for the price (I've been shopping as my modi 2 bricked out a few months ago).


    Thanks, it's nice to hear from someone who has experience with both the multibit and the modi 2.   I'm leaning towards the Modi 3+.

  3. My Schiit Modi 2 DAC died on Christmas day.  I have used it for several years, and have been pleased with it. I think it would be hard to find a better DAC for what I paid for the Modi ($99).  But now I'm in the market for a replacement.  I'm looking at the Schiit Modi Multbit ($250). I'm interested in thoughts, comments, and recommendations regarding that or other DACs.  I want to keep the cost below $300. 

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  4. I"m not sure how I missed this thread.  I love vintage receivers.  My primary system is a Pioneer SX-1250 powering my 1989 La Scalas and I have a Pioneer SX-850 powering vintage Heresys.  I also have a Pioneer SA-9500 integrated amp; I know, not a receiver, but it is a nice vintage Pioneer unit. It powers another par of Heresys and sometimes a pair of KG4s.  I like the vintage Sansui and Marantz stuff too, I just don't currently own any of them.


    All of my vintage Pioneer units have been completely restored. The restoration work is beyond my skills/abilities, so I take them to Paul Hovenga of Many Moons Audio:  http://manymoonsaudio.com/


    Paul does great work!



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  5. On 7/7/2020 at 3:35 PM, rockhound said:

    Awesome send me that invite lol!

    Pick a weekend,and we'll make it happen.  Although, fair warning, we are getting ready to start some projects; Windows, siding, deck, and a new septic system.

  6. 16 hours ago, kevinmi said:

    I don't know either, but I think we were duped. I own at least 2 head demagnetizers! I've never heard an improvement after demagnetizing heads. A RTR tech that I use , who worked for Teac, told me I was wasting my time with demagnetizing

    I seem to recall it is more of an issue if you use 'metal' tape.  But, I don't have a demagnetizer and my tape heads have not been demagnetized in years.  I use 'metal' tape almost exclusively.  While my tape deck is setup and ready to use in my main 2-channel system, I don't run tape very often these days.  Mostly I just use it when a guest comments on it.  I like to show them how good cassette can sound  Most people are very surprised how it sounds, because they have never heard a good tape setup.  They just remember their JC Penney 'hi-fi" system with the built in tape deck, playing back those pre-recorded white shell cassettes.



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  7. 26 minutes ago, kevinmi said:

    They sold the crap out of tape head demagnetizers back in the day. Funny thing is that the heads are made of stainless steel which is impervious to magnetization!

    I don't know about that.  Back in the day, the audio shop I frequented would host factory reps and engineers in the store periodically.  The Nakamichi engineers would look over your tape deck, measure and adjust things, and clean and demagnetize the heads.  They did it to mine several times.  I'm not sure what the heads are made of, maybe there is some ferrous metal in there.  ?




  8. 1 hour ago, muel said:

    Gotta keep 'em clean!  Store bought tapes require a cleaning after one play it seems.  

    Just don't do it.  I never play 'standard' store bought tapes.  The only store bought tapes I play are very high quality ones like the Nakamichi Reference Series.

  9. I still have my Nakamichi.  Properly recorded, on quality tape, cassettes sound very good.  I used to use Nakamichi branded tape to record vinyl to.  Nakamichi bought their tape from TDK.  They would get the middle of a 'pancake' of tape and put it in their Nak branded shells (the middle of the 'pancake' is supposed to be the most uniform).  I always used the 'metal' tape.  I have a couple of reference recordings that Nakamichi did to showcase the sound of cassette.  They are fantastic sounding!


    Another aspect of making tape sound good is keeping the heads clean and demagnetized.  It's not hard to do, and makes a big difference.

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