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    Posted: September 05 2014 at 23:11
I've spent the past couple weeks getting my system all set up and upgraded.
New speakers last week:


Put a new cartridge in my turntable today:


Extremely happy with the results.
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Originally posted by Dean

A fellow Pi-man!Big smile Welcome! 

I plugged a Behringer UCA222 DAC into my Pi ... Instant external DAC for less than 30 and uses the same electronics as almost all the other medium to low priced External DACs on the market costing quite a lot more. I currently use RuneAudio but it doesn't recognise USB CD drives, which is inconvenient.

I don't know whether the GainClone would be an improvement on your A60, I believe the later model Cambridge amps used the same NatSemi power opamp, but that probably not the point of building your own. You'll have to keep us updated on how you get on if you do build it.


I've never used a USB DAC - I've read so many negative reports about them. Actually, the audio on the Pi B+ is much improved and is perfectly enjoyable through my existing system as it is. The bass isn't as tight as I'd like but not off-putting. I've got my eye on a Pi DAC from iqaudio.com. The one for the Pi B+ is due out any moment now so hopefully that'll sort the bass out.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote progbethyname Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 02 2014 at 14:17
More on an outward level now because I bought some broadway acoustic wall panels and placed them intricately all over my 13X13 living room. I suffered from hardcore flutter echo and excessive ringing due to the 'hollow nature' found in my living room. The increase in stereo imaging and bass control is huge. This is one of the best soud upgrades I've ever done. Now I can crank my music very loudly and it will sound as clear as a bell.

Thank you prime acoustics!!! :)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Dean Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 02 2014 at 10:14
Originally posted by dragonflight

A&R Cambridge A60 amp + A&R Cambridge ARCAM One speakers. All bought 30 years ago and still sounding beautifully smooth. Mission PCM CD player packed in a view years ago and haven't got around to fixing it. Currently using a 12 year old Sony DVD player.

Have recently gone digital using a Raspberry Pi B+ hooked up to the above amp (still waiting for a dedicated DAC for the Pi). Runs Music Player Daemon controlled from my Android tablet and pulls in music from my server which lives out in my workshop. This has revolutionised the way I listen to music and I'm rediscovering stuff I haven't listened for ages.

Next project is to replace the amp with a home built GainClone. That's one for the cold winter months.
A fellow Pi-man!Big smile Welcome! 

I plugged a Behringer UCA222 DAC into my Pi ... Instant external DAC for less than 30 and uses the same electronics as almost all the other medium to low priced External DACs on the market costing quite a lot more. I currently use RuneAudio but it doesn't recognise USB CD drives, which is inconvenient.

I don't know whether the GainClone would be an improvement on your A60, I believe the later model Cambridge amps used the same NatSemi power opamp, but that probably not the point of building your own. You'll have to keep us updated on how you get on if you do build it.


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A&R Cambridge A60 amp + A&R Cambridge ARCAM One speakers. All bought 30 years ago and still sounding beautifully smooth. Mission PCM CD player packed in a view years ago and haven't got around to fixing it. Currently using a 12 year old Sony DVD player.

Have recently gone digital using a Raspberry Pi B+ hooked up to the above amp (still waiting for a dedicated DAC for the Pi). Runs Music Player Daemon controlled from my Android tablet and pulls in music from my server which lives out in my workshop. This has revolutionised the way I listen to music and I'm rediscovering stuff I haven't listened for ages.

Next project is to replace the amp with a home built GainClone. That's one for the cold winter months.
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Pioneer CD setup + AKG headphones, currently. Also, as an alternative to CDs, I favour lossless formats. The most favourable lossless format for me would be FLAC
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^ well a (wealthy) man anyway.


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Just remember what a wise (and wealthy) man once said: 'If it's tubeless, it's useless'. LOL
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Originally posted by PrognosticMind

Mostly through my various digital devices. If from my computer, I will run a direct-out to the PA in my bedroom, or simply use a pair of high-quality SONY studio headphones. I'd really, really like to acquire a decent turntable and start collecting the classics on vinyl once I have the income.


I don't know what you mean by "decent" but there are several entry level tables from Pro-ject, Music Hall, Denon, Marantz under US$400, some may include the cartridge. If not a very nice one can be had anywhere from $75-$120.

Then you need to see if your current receiver/amp has Phono inputs, if not you will need a phono preamp, which can be had for about $150-$200.

There is also the used market where you can get higher up for a bit less money than new.

Enjoy!
      
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Mostly through my various digital devices. If from my computer, I will run a direct-out to the PA in my bedroom, or simply use a pair of high-quality SONY studio headphones. I'd really, really like to acquire a decent turntable and start collecting the classics on vinyl once I have the income.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote progbethyname Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 04 2014 at 20:49
Upgraded the headphone listening experience. Bought a new SS AMP and DAC to pair with my HD 800's and its sublime.

Soon I will be buying floorstand speakers with a power amp that can support 100W into 8 ohms
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My Sony'mdr-V6 can do wonders to any format, but I mostly use cd's
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1.) I use my computer to play my digital collection and Spotify on tiny desktop speakers + sub ... one of the speakers is blown so the sound is pretty off.  Sometimes I plug in headphones but usually not.
2). I have a U-turn orbit turntable which I plug directly into my $99 receiver with phono input.  Its not the best but it works for now.  I have a pair of polk bookshelf speakers sitting on the floor that I play from.  
3).  Plug my phone into the aux port of my receiver and play from there

I do most my listening at work with headphones on and I'm too cheap to do anything about my poor listening situation at home
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Michael678 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 28 2014 at 12:01
CD, Spotify, Youtube, and Windows Media Player. that's about it. i listen to albums and songs daily (especially the latter), and sometimes just full album sides, 1st or 2nd (or any of how many there is in a specific album, if that makes sense).
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I listen to my music in two ways - 

1) My apple mac

2) Naim Unitilite via a pair of REGA RS3 - absolutely glorious sound - not the most expensive system out there, but can recommend most highly.  My Hifi shop were shocked when I suggested that combination, they said you cannot put naim with rega, but after auditioning, they closed the shop and were impressed!!
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^Latest addition to the Soild State Man Cave rig: Yamaha YP-D8. One of the best TTs Yamaha sent across the Pacific to the USA.
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Originally posted by Finnforest

Wow that arm is a beast! Looks like a piece of plumbingLOL



Or a babies arm holding a fence needle.
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Wow that arm is a beast!  Looks like a piece of plumbingLOL


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