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So. Anyone know where I can get some D2000's under 225$, besides the sold out pro vantage?
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So. Anyone know where I can get some D2000's under 225$, besides the sold out pro vantage?
http://www.compumusic.com/p482053.htm

They're a decent store to deal with. No info on availability though, you'll have to call. The only other store I checked was eCOST and they are sold out, too.
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might be worth waiting for provantage to restock, that price was insane.
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might be worth waiting for provantage to restock, that price was insane.
Yeah, trust me, so much money iss flying out of me :swearing:, waiting wont be an issue

Purchases right now: Books for classes, 2GB of RAM for laptop, 4GB Pro Duo stick for PSP, desktop PC.

All on monday, before my surgery ! Hooray!
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Yeah, trust me, so much money iss flying out of me :swearing:, waiting wont be an issue

Purchases right now: Books for classes, 2GB of RAM for laptop, 4GB Pro Duo stick for PSP, desktop PC.

All on monday, before my surgery ! Hooray!
Ouch. D:

Still figuring out my source issue... 0404 apparently does balanced out, but only through TRS 1/4", which goes unbalanced once RCA comes into play, but I need RCA for the MKIIs. =/

An Opus or a VDA2 will be my eventual solution, but I don't have $400-600 to drop right now.
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Ouch. D:

Still figuring out my source issue... 0404 apparently does balanced out, but only through TRS 1/4", which goes unbalanced once RCA comes into play, but I need RCA for the MKIIs. =/

An Opus or a VDA2 will be my eventual solution, but I don't have $400-600 to drop right now.
Maybe I've missed your plans for amp modification somewhere, but how is changing your source going to have any impact on the fact that the MKII does not accept balanced inputs? The balanced signal will be nullified once it is adapted to RCA either way, be it TRS or XLR coming out of the DAC.
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Ouch. D:

Still figuring out my source issue... 0404 apparently does balanced out, but only through TRS 1/4", which goes unbalanced once RCA comes into play, but I need RCA for the MKIIs. =/

An Opus or a VDA2 will be my eventual solution, but I don't have $400-600 to drop right now.
If the MKII fairs well with the D2000, I'd love to pick it up from you when you sell it. YOU HEAR THAT? DIBS. RIGHT NOW. Haha, when do you think you'll switch to an actual balanced set-up?
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What I want to know is ...

How in the hell can something like changing a power cord amount to such a huge difference in sound?



I got my Zu Birth power cord in today and have had it running for about five hours.

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I'm running it to my source, the Paradisea DAC, as I've read that's the component that will be impacted the most by power cord changes.

...

It's resulted in an unbelievably different sound signature coming through the headphones. Mostly for the better but I also have some minor quibblees (the latter might be burn in related, but we'll see).

The good = dramatic widening of sound stage, just as dramatic of a change in transparency, instruments are much more seperate ... having much more air between them (could be same thing as transparency improvement but I'm making it up as I go). Bass is noticeably tighter, deeper and more punchy, and mids are a tad recessed. Regarding this change to the mids, it seems someone took an EQ and very slightly applied the "classic V" setting ... with the mid sliders sort of below 0k and everything to the right and left sort of slowly going up ... Not overbearding but still noticeable.

The bad = there's a very slight bit of glare present that is not as noticeable with the cheapo plain jane power chord. That Grado thing that I've worked very hard to tame in my rig and which I'm therefore very sensitive too. It's not real bad with the new Zu Birth cable and it only shows up on certain CDs/tracks, but it's definitely a bit more present (being hyper critical). This might be reduced as the cable burns in. Also, I'm not sure if I like the slightly recessed mids. I'm a mid-man, after all and like my electric guitar to be nice and crunchy before I like it smooth and tight (just speaking of distorted guitar tones). It's actually a rather 'pretty' change to the overall sound but it may end up being a bit unnatural for my ear. We'll see as the cable burns in.

...

All in all ... I think the advantages of the pre-burnt-in Zu Birth outweigh the very slight flaws I'm hearing ... the improvements in soundstage, transparency and bass are just freakish.

I've got 60 days to return it for a full refund so I'm not sweating it.

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In fact, I just ordered one of the much praised Iron Lung Jellyfish power cords to test against the Zu next week:

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I've read lots of good things about the jellyfish cable so looking forward to comparing the two.

Once I settle on the one I like the most, I'll be ordering a second cable for my amplifier.

I certainly like the looks of the Zu cable more but if the Jellyfish pwns it, I'll learn to live with the purple.

...

BTW :

I'm already lining up a local sale of my spare Paradisea! Hope it goes through.

    
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Joel, hold onto that thought... next month one of my good friends and I are going on a power cord 'spree' and will be building several different designs. We might even be able to use some help if you're interested. Just wait till next week, to email me... lol
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Joel, hold onto that thought... next month one of my good friends and I are going on a power cord 'spree' and will be building several different designs. We might even be able to use some help if you're interested. Just wait till next week, to email me... lol
Consider me highly interested in as many OCD like listening sessions as you all might require ...

Seriously ... I'll lose sleep.

And that's a good thing.



(I'll give you an email next week)

best,

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