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  1. #1
    Join Date: Aug 2010

    Location: Northamptonshire, UK

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    I'm Dave.

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    I have been having issues with my Caiman. Over the last few months it has been developing a crackling distortion problem. It varies in intensity depending on the material but at its worst it is unlistenable. The distortion is present on all inputs now whereas originally it existed solely on input #1. The distortion is similar to that which can be heard from an over-saturated recording on tape, any ideas? The unit was factory fitted with a Gator board by Stan before it left the factory but apart from this it is a standard, unmodified unit. I do not have the original board to test whether the Gator board is at fault, as has has been suggested by several members.
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    Join Date: Mar 2008

    Location: Galashiels

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    I'm inthescottishmafia.

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    Sounds like a dry joint somewhere possibly. Could you try it with the passive mod? That may eliminate the Gator as the source of the problem?

  3. #3
    Join Date: Aug 2010

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    I'm Dave.

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    I'll read up on it to see what's involved. If the job requires the replacement of the original board then I'm stuck as I don't have one
    [COLOR="#2F4F4F"][SIZE="1"][B]Sources:[/B] Win7 music server ~ Meridian 206 CDP ~ Sony ST73 Tuner ~ Sony MDS-JE480

    [B]Amplification:[/B] Trio KA-801

    [B]Speakers:[/B] Monitor Audio R852's

    [B]Ancillaries:[/B] Rega DAC ~ Superlux 668B Headphones[/SIZE][/COLOR]

    [FONT="Palatino Linotype"][B][COLOR="DarkRed"]AoS: [/COLOR][COLOR="Grey"]The [COLOR="DarkRed"]HEART[/COLOR] of sound...[/COLOR][/B][/FONT]

    A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.

  4. #4
    Join Date: May 2010

    Location: Brisbane

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    I'm Bernie.

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    I have an original board if you need to borrow one Dave.
    Bernie.

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