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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigman80 View Post
    You dont need bags of experience to know when something sounds great. Thats the best bit.
    Definitely. Ears are the most reliable tools. Reviews, opinions and specs can only tell you so much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    Definitely. Ears are the most reliable tools. Reviews, opinions and specs can only tell you so much.
    Spot on.

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    Alphason HR100 MCS > Toshiba SR 370 Turntable > ZYX R50 Bloom cartridge > Firebottle OTP MK2 Phono Stage > Firebottle Monoblocks > Creek OBH-11SE Headphone Amp > IXOS Speaker Cables > Pioneer CS-77A Speakers

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    Ferociously testing multiple types of Capacitors for the next incarnation of the FB-OTP and the upgrade pack.

    Ive had to buy a headphone amp to please the Wife. Listening to the same song 10 times in a row does get on peoples nerves lol. Seems that the most expensive capacitors aren't always the best sounding!!

    Its amazing how different they all sound.

    Next: Opamps

    More to follow!
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    Alphason HR100 MCS > Toshiba SR 370 Turntable > ZYX R50 Bloom cartridge > Firebottle OTP MK2 Phono Stage > Firebottle Monoblocks > Creek OBH-11SE Headphone Amp > IXOS Speaker Cables > Pioneer CS-77A Speakers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigman80 View Post
    Ferociously testing multiple types of Capacitors for the next incarnation of the FB-OTP and the upgrade pack.

    Ive had to buy a headphone amp to please the Wife. Listening to the same song 10 times in a row does get on peoples nerves lol. Seems that the most expensive capacitors aren't always the best sounding!!

    Its amazing how different they all sound.

    Next: Opamps

    More to follow!
    Make sure you give each type a decent time to not just burn in but for your ears to adjust. I went through lots when I was making my own cross overs. I eventually went for a combination which I never thought I would do. Combinations also set a different playing field so try and do it methodically. I'm sure you are though 😁

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Black Adder View Post
    Make sure you give each type a decent time to not just burn in but for your ears to adjust. I went through lots when I was making my own cross overs. I eventually went for a combination which I never thought I would do. Combinations also set a different playing field so try and do it methodically. I'm sure you are though 😁

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    Thats a good shout, Josie. I am looking for further option as there are many to look at. Thankfully, someone informed me of some other to try so they will be on the purchase list soon!

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    Alphason HR100 MCS > Toshiba SR 370 Turntable > ZYX R50 Bloom cartridge > Firebottle OTP MK2 Phono Stage > Firebottle Monoblocks > Creek OBH-11SE Headphone Amp > IXOS Speaker Cables > Pioneer CS-77A Speakers

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