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  1. @MC39693 I have been able to spend a considerable amount of time with this preamp since my last posts about it. It has seen almost daily use since I finished it a little over 2 years ago. I am glad to report it is still very transparent to my ears. In the time that has past I have added a DAC to my system and a DSP for my speakers. The pre plays well with every device I have connected to it. My system is at a point where source material quality is very apparent. Poorly recorded material cannot hide. My most recent audio project has been my version of the double stacked heil project. I have been working on a 300b amp for a while as well. Unfortunately my diy audio projects have been idle for too long. A delicious steak and a good red is still tempting. I may have to alter my dinner menu now that I have steaks on my mind.
  2. When you swapped the amps and the issue went away did you try swapping them back to the original configuration?
  3. Truly. Can’t wait for an update!
  4. Very cool project!! I would love to see more as it progresses. MEH’s are on my shortish audio project list.
  5. I’m not sure how important it is for these to look perfect, but...would you consider new veneer? It’s easier than most people think, and they will look brand new.
  6. I opened this at work before it disappeared..... fastest back button in the Midwest here! my caption is based off old school ad copy. “Sounds better than it looks” (doubtful!)
  7. Nice work! Planning out the veneer process was one the more difficult parts of my La Scala build. I veneered the doghouse and the inside panels of the top, bottom and sides before I assembled them all together. All I had to do was the outside and front edges. I had some waste inside the doghouse, but not much. Hats off to you for cutting and fitting the pieces. So far it looks perfect. for those considering rehabbing la scales or belles you might share some tips on how you are getting that perfect fit.
  8. That’s a good find! My local thrift stores....not so much.
  9. Small footprint, super cool. what is your winter project? 🙂
  10. I am not an expert on this either. I have been using digital lately just because I have been so curious. I have been a holdout up until recently. I am using an iphone and iPad for a source through a Schiit modi Into my system. The modi will support the file sizes that amazon hd and ultra hd broadcasts. MQA is supposed to compete with ultra hd I believe, but don’t quote me on that. I started looking into MQA because I am back and forth about upgrading my DAC and during that research, many reviewers would bring up whether or not the particular DAC I was looking at would support MQA. I do not need MQA necessarily, but you definitely do. As to your above settings when you do get an MQA supported DAC you will probably want to have all three of those options selected. That is assuming you are using your AVR to control volume. The third setting will bypass all processing internal to your computer and let the DAC do the work which is what you want.
  11. As I understand it MQA is unique to tidal and not all DACs support MQA files. Does yours?
  12. Too bad about the HK A300. They seem like pretty cool amps.
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    CD's at Amazon

    I have been lucky with Amazon. I usually buy newer music on CD though. Older music I generally go for vinyl. If there is something obscure or out of print I have had excellent luck with Discogs. Prices are generally very reasonable if not cheap as well.
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