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  1. #211
    Join Date: Nov 2011

    Location: Melbourne, Australia

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    I'm Martin.

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    I recently spoke to Roger Sanders about the heat of my Magtech amp and he sent out replacement parts for me to put in. Upon opening the amp I discovered that the caps were leaking and now my system is out of action until repaired

    Currently my hi fi consists of my flat screen TV; I can't wait to get everything fixed again! I keep wanting to ask the MS if she'd like to lay on the sofa and listen to some music and then I remember...
    Speakers: Usher mini dancer II DMD
    Preamp: MFA Baby reference mk ii TVC
    Amp: Sanders Magtech
    DAC: Longdog VDT1 transformer coupled DAC
    Source: Self built PC (SOtM pcie usb output card with upgraded ultra low jitter clock card, Paul Pang RAM, pure SSD, passive cooling & Paul Hynes Audio SR7EHD psu providing power on separate rails to each SSD, the CPU and SOtM card)
    Power: Isotek Aquarius Evo3 (Schuko)
    Cables: Speaker cables - TQ Ultra Black, Interconnects - SLIC Innovations Eclipse C x2, Curious USB cable x3
    Ancilleries: USB regen, Acoustic Revive rgc24 under dac, Acoustic Revive QR - 8 (inside DAC) Stillpoints under amp, Shunyata darkfield v2 elevators under cables, Franc Audio isolation platforms under speakers, RDC combi-bases and spikes under oak platforms on everything, Hi fi Tuning Supreme throughout, Akiko Audio Tuning Sticks on speaker cables and inside DAC
    Software: JRiver MC21, Dirac room correction

  2. #212
    Join Date: Apr 2012

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    I'm Geoff.

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    It pays to keep a half decent integrated amp tucked away as a back up. Hope you get the Magtech sorted soon.
    Mr. Tact!

    Main system: MMs/ADCs/Low output MC's/One rare Japanese SUT/One scarce British phono stage/various tonearms/hefty Japanese DD TT and hefty Japanese BD TT and small British BD TT. 4 CD players/2 jitter buster/2 DACs/Valve buffer. TVC stepped attenuator or valve pre-amp or solid state pre-amp. Current dumping power-amp or either of two Class A SS power-amp or Class A EL34 valve monos or big Japanese (part Class A) integrated. Big dual concentric speakers/Smaller dual concentric speakers/Two way British compacts and full range speakers, amongst others. And too much more to list!

  3. #213
    Join Date: Jan 2008

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    I'm Jerry.

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    Shame you're on t'other side of the world, otherwise I'd be happy to send you a loaner amp to keep you going, Martin.
    Jerry

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    Spotify Premium streaming, Cambridge Audio 851D DAC, Pure Sound L10 pre, Pass X150 power amp. Speakers: MBL 116F. Cryo Silver i/c & Western Electric 16GA spkr cables. ProJect and Nordost Magus power cables

    Headphones: Fostex T50RP mk3, AKG 551, B&O H6, PSB M4U-1, B&O Form 2 & 2a and Sony XBA-H1 & SoundMagic E50 IEM headphones

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    3rd system: Portable CD player, Kinter MA-180 T amp, Klegg Symphony 102 speakers

  4. #214
    Join Date: Nov 2011

    Location: Melbourne, Australia

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    I'm Martin.

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    Thanks gents - appreciate it

    I tell you what's been really interesting; having to go back to standard TV audio.

    I knew for music it wouldn't be nice at all (bass... what was that again?) but watching films is actually a lot like hard work now! What I mean is in films, when it gets loud, the distortion is actually really uncomfortable (I'm the same as most others; grew up with this kind of sound) to the point of having to turn it down. Of course, when it gets quiet and people are just talking, you then can't hear anything and have to turn the bloody thing up again! It's been educational to get used to how good things sound, then have it taken away (I never realised that "normal sound'' could be just so fatiguing). So in a perverse way (like a scientist that's happy to use himself for his own sick experiments) I've quite enjoyed the (forced) comparison

    I also listened to some music for a laugh and I have to admit although it sounds like a poor copy of what I'm used to, I can see how for light listening (where you're in the same room as the music), you really don't need all of what I've got and this is probably why our hobby isn't so mainstream. If only people knew...
    Speakers: Usher mini dancer II DMD
    Preamp: MFA Baby reference mk ii TVC
    Amp: Sanders Magtech
    DAC: Longdog VDT1 transformer coupled DAC
    Source: Self built PC (SOtM pcie usb output card with upgraded ultra low jitter clock card, Paul Pang RAM, pure SSD, passive cooling & Paul Hynes Audio SR7EHD psu providing power on separate rails to each SSD, the CPU and SOtM card)
    Power: Isotek Aquarius Evo3 (Schuko)
    Cables: Speaker cables - TQ Ultra Black, Interconnects - SLIC Innovations Eclipse C x2, Curious USB cable x3
    Ancilleries: USB regen, Acoustic Revive rgc24 under dac, Acoustic Revive QR - 8 (inside DAC) Stillpoints under amp, Shunyata darkfield v2 elevators under cables, Franc Audio isolation platforms under speakers, RDC combi-bases and spikes under oak platforms on everything, Hi fi Tuning Supreme throughout, Akiko Audio Tuning Sticks on speaker cables and inside DAC
    Software: JRiver MC21, Dirac room correction

  5. #215
    Join Date: Nov 2011

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    Inbox cleared btw
    Speakers: Usher mini dancer II DMD
    Preamp: MFA Baby reference mk ii TVC
    Amp: Sanders Magtech
    DAC: Longdog VDT1 transformer coupled DAC
    Source: Self built PC (SOtM pcie usb output card with upgraded ultra low jitter clock card, Paul Pang RAM, pure SSD, passive cooling & Paul Hynes Audio SR7EHD psu providing power on separate rails to each SSD, the CPU and SOtM card)
    Power: Isotek Aquarius Evo3 (Schuko)
    Cables: Speaker cables - TQ Ultra Black, Interconnects - SLIC Innovations Eclipse C x2, Curious USB cable x3
    Ancilleries: USB regen, Acoustic Revive rgc24 under dac, Acoustic Revive QR - 8 (inside DAC) Stillpoints under amp, Shunyata darkfield v2 elevators under cables, Franc Audio isolation platforms under speakers, RDC combi-bases and spikes under oak platforms on everything, Hi fi Tuning Supreme throughout, Akiko Audio Tuning Sticks on speaker cables and inside DAC
    Software: JRiver MC21, Dirac room correction

  6. #216
    Join Date: Nov 2011

    Location: Melbourne, Australia

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    I'm Martin.

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    A long while ago, I promised myself at the beginning of my latest PC build i wouldn't mess about with software until my hardware was sorted. Anyway, I was bored one evening, a few whiskys later and I thought what heck? (It's always how it starts with me).

    I purchased Process Lasso and Fidelizer as i read they work great together.

    This is how I set them up:

    Process Lasso:

    Dedicating two (of the four physical) cores of my I7 6700T, strictly to audio duties (Dirac, Jriver, Lasso and Fidelizer)
    Exempting said processes from any kind of throttling
    Turning the PC to 'game mode' (essentially turns off all power saving features and throttles). Don't stare at me, the cpu is 35W under load anyway!

    Fidelizer:

    Run it in Audiophile mode and told it to load Jriver as my preferred player.

    Simple as that. Yes, Dirac works perfectly too.

    After set up I'm impressed with the result, which is essentially a lowered noise floor. This translates into clearer, more natural sound from top to bottom. New details I've not heard before appearing in the 'right' way; not etched and ear searing, rather an overall ease to the sound where things fall into place. The most similar experience I can liken it to is when I first installed the SOtM card and secondly it's upgrade clock, each time the music relaxed, losing some of that 'uptight' signature associated with digital (I think this is a spectrum, it's not binary and no, the pun wasn't intended).

    I don't know how well this would work in any other system, but on my W10 PC in my system, it was well worth the modest outlay.


    My conclusion?

    Drink more whisky.
    Speakers: Usher mini dancer II DMD
    Preamp: MFA Baby reference mk ii TVC
    Amp: Sanders Magtech
    DAC: Longdog VDT1 transformer coupled DAC
    Source: Self built PC (SOtM pcie usb output card with upgraded ultra low jitter clock card, Paul Pang RAM, pure SSD, passive cooling & Paul Hynes Audio SR7EHD psu providing power on separate rails to each SSD, the CPU and SOtM card)
    Power: Isotek Aquarius Evo3 (Schuko)
    Cables: Speaker cables - TQ Ultra Black, Interconnects - SLIC Innovations Eclipse C x2, Curious USB cable x3
    Ancilleries: USB regen, Acoustic Revive rgc24 under dac, Acoustic Revive QR - 8 (inside DAC) Stillpoints under amp, Shunyata darkfield v2 elevators under cables, Franc Audio isolation platforms under speakers, RDC combi-bases and spikes under oak platforms on everything, Hi fi Tuning Supreme throughout, Akiko Audio Tuning Sticks on speaker cables and inside DAC
    Software: JRiver MC21, Dirac room correction

  7. #217
    Join Date: Nov 2011

    Location: Melbourne, Australia

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    I'm Martin.

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    Ps. Turned purist mode on in Fidelizer and the uptick in sq is more than noticeable, it's worthwhile.
    Speakers: Usher mini dancer II DMD
    Preamp: MFA Baby reference mk ii TVC
    Amp: Sanders Magtech
    DAC: Longdog VDT1 transformer coupled DAC
    Source: Self built PC (SOtM pcie usb output card with upgraded ultra low jitter clock card, Paul Pang RAM, pure SSD, passive cooling & Paul Hynes Audio SR7EHD psu providing power on separate rails to each SSD, the CPU and SOtM card)
    Power: Isotek Aquarius Evo3 (Schuko)
    Cables: Speaker cables - TQ Ultra Black, Interconnects - SLIC Innovations Eclipse C x2, Curious USB cable x3
    Ancilleries: USB regen, Acoustic Revive rgc24 under dac, Acoustic Revive QR - 8 (inside DAC) Stillpoints under amp, Shunyata darkfield v2 elevators under cables, Franc Audio isolation platforms under speakers, RDC combi-bases and spikes under oak platforms on everything, Hi fi Tuning Supreme throughout, Akiko Audio Tuning Sticks on speaker cables and inside DAC
    Software: JRiver MC21, Dirac room correction

  8. #218
    Join Date: Nov 2011

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    I'm Martin.

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    Mods can you delete this thread please? Tired of talking to myself.
    Speakers: Usher mini dancer II DMD
    Preamp: MFA Baby reference mk ii TVC
    Amp: Sanders Magtech
    DAC: Longdog VDT1 transformer coupled DAC
    Source: Self built PC (SOtM pcie usb output card with upgraded ultra low jitter clock card, Paul Pang RAM, pure SSD, passive cooling & Paul Hynes Audio SR7EHD psu providing power on separate rails to each SSD, the CPU and SOtM card)
    Power: Isotek Aquarius Evo3 (Schuko)
    Cables: Speaker cables - TQ Ultra Black, Interconnects - SLIC Innovations Eclipse C x2, Curious USB cable x3
    Ancilleries: USB regen, Acoustic Revive rgc24 under dac, Acoustic Revive QR - 8 (inside DAC) Stillpoints under amp, Shunyata darkfield v2 elevators under cables, Franc Audio isolation platforms under speakers, RDC combi-bases and spikes under oak platforms on everything, Hi fi Tuning Supreme throughout, Akiko Audio Tuning Sticks on speaker cables and inside DAC
    Software: JRiver MC21, Dirac room correction

  9. #219
    Join Date: Feb 2013

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    I'm Grant.

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    dont delete threads Martin. Your not speaking to self. folk read it and often reply too.
    Regards,
    Grant ....
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  10. #220
    Join Date: May 2011

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    I'm Brian.

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    Been reading this thread with interest Martin . Sorry should have posted something up to that effect

    Missed your post on Fidelizer , however , I agree with your findings
    Regards
    Brian

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