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I've built a few power cords. I have a spool of fairly cheap cable that sounds pretty good for the price. Pair it with some good connectors and for under $50 in parts it's a nice cable.
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Saturday night listening session and all ...

Figured I'd post some more pr0n and gush a bit:




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I'm genuinely freaked at how unbelievably good this amp/DAC combo sounds.

It's sickening to think of the detail and transparency that I was missing by running the Paradisea DAC to the little XM4 portable.

The background seems so INSANELY silent!

All the reviews I've read where I've (literally) laughed at the reviewers choice of words, "Music floats up out of utter blackness...," and the like ... are all coming back now to kick me in the teeth.

Cause now I know they were spot on and just being honest. That *is* what it sounds like!

It's so freaky at the moment that I can't really enjoy the music! I'm much more immediately engaged/intrigued by the sonics.

Never thought I'd have to 'get used to' gear sounding so much better ... but it's truthfully startling to hear things so clearly (I'm sure I'll get used to it).

Zero fatigue.

That's something I thought I'd never say about the RS1's ... but the tube DAC just butters things up so nicely that even extended loud listening is effortless for the most part and there's still loads of detail.

The Stello amp completely transformed the Paradisea tube DAC (which was already nice sounding).

I even had to move back to the more 'tubey' sounding WE396A tube as the GE tube no longer worked very well.

I had used the GE tube because it was a bit brighter and more detailed when playing through the XM4 but with the huge boost in transparency and detail provided by the Stello amp, now the smoother/sweeter sounding Western Electric fits the system better and the GE tube is a bit grainy and edgy.

I A/B listened between the Stello/Paradisea setup and my old XM4 (fed by the same DAC) and the difference is astonishing. Moving to the XM4 is like throwing a woolen blanket over a set of really nice reference grade monitors.

Amazing pair the Stello and Paradisea. Wish we could have a Houston meet so you guys could hear this setup.

Anyway ... Saturday night.

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I'll be consuming ale and listening most of the evening.

(BTW: that CD in the photo above is a great Brahms recording by Mstislav Rostropovich and Rudolf Serkin, "The Cello Sonatas." I'm a sucker for good chamber music)

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Pray for me.

    
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God, that is pr0n indeed. I'm a sucker for cello suites and sonatas. Is it Bach's cello suits?
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God, that is pr0n indeed. I'm a sucker for cello suites and sonatas. Is it Bach's cello suits?
Not Bach (though I have a bunch of his stuff as well) ... it's Brahms.

Quite the lovely recording. Don't listen to Brahms too much ... I'm mostly a Bach, Mozart, Beethoven freak ... but some of his stuff is quite decent.
    
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Damn, seeing the Paradisea up close makes me want my tubes so badly. Talk about being in good company...

I want to do a Head-Fi & OCN Unite meet. With our main players in different parts of the country though, it is very difficult. CanJam 09 is set for late May in Los Angeles next year - I'm probably going to set some cash aside far ahead of schedule, so if anyone else is considering it as well, you'll have at least one other person to hang with when you're not listening to a Blue Hawaii/crazy stat rig or talking with a rep from a high-end company.
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Damn, seeing the Paradisea up close makes me want my tubes so badly. Talk about being in good company...

I want to do a Head-Fi & OCN Unite meet. With our main players in different parts of the country though, it is very difficult. CanJam 09 is set for late May in Los Angeles next year - I'm probably going to set some cash aside far ahead of schedule, so if anyone else is considering it as well, you'll have at least one other person to hang with when you're not listening to a Blue Hawaii/crazy stat rig or talking with a rep from a high-end company.
May's probably good for me. As long as it is mid to late May. Graduation's gonna be a pain in the ass.

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Not Bach (though I have a bunch of his stuff as well) ... it's Brahms.

Quite the lovely recording. Don't listen to Brahms too much ... I'm mostly a Bach, Mozart, Beethoven freak ... but some of his stuff is quite decent.
I haven't heard Brahms' cello suites, but I'm sure they are very good. I find a lot of his stuff hard to get into, most are too complex for me to understand. And then the romantic flair makes it even harder to wrap my head around his music. Though depending on the musician, if they take a more classical/baroque approach to the interpretation, Brahms could easily be one of my favorite composers.
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music. Though depending on the musician, if they take a more classical/baroque approach to the interpretation, Brahms could easily be one of my favorite composers.
The Italian flavored stuff of his sort of grates me the wrong way ...

Even though, at minimum, it's still fairly genius composing.
    
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I recently snatched a good deal on the Little Dot Mk3 off head-fi, all I can say is it's magnificent!







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Looks good, I'd find somewhere else to put it, amps don't like vibration. And my PC at least vibrates like crazy, too many fans.
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