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    Posted: May 01 2016 at 11:47
Originally posted by dragonflight dragonflight wrote:

Well, it's about a year later than I intended but I finally got around to building my 'Gainclone' amplifier, finished it off this week and is currently blaring out 'Brave' as I type.

It's based on the Texas Instruments LM3875 chip and incorporate my Raspberry Pi/IQAudio PiDAC combo. It also has a cheap DAC to bring in optical digital audio from my TV.

The music is crystal clear. Acoustic guitar and piano in particular are sharp and filled with detail. The bass is tight and firmer than my A&R Cambridge A60. I've extremely impressed and there's every chance I'll do another for my office. Then there's the bedroom, the workshop, the....

If you can wield a soldering iron, you can build one of these. Great fun and very rewarding.

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Earphones.
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^ That's more like it   
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The music ingestion area.
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11 pages of 'with my ears' of course - I didn't know some folks listen to music in their home with kneecaps, elbows and very sensitive eyes.........
..........or by long-distance teleport travel from other dimensions........
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Well, it's about a year later than I intended but I finally got around to building my 'Gainclone' amplifier, finished it off this week and is currently blaring out 'Brave' as I type.

It's based on the Texas Instruments LM3875 chip and incorporate my Raspberry Pi/IQAudio PiDAC combo. It also has a cheap DAC to bring in optical digital audio from my TV.

The music is crystal clear. Acoustic guitar and piano in particular are sharp and filled with detail. The bass is tight and firmer than my A&R Cambridge A60. I've extremely impressed and there's every chance I'll do another for my office. Then there's the bedroom, the workshop, the....

If you can wield a soldering iron, you can build one of these. Great fun and very rewarding.

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I actually listen most of the time through my Dynaudio MKII's in my studio 95% of the time.  I also have a great Sonos surround sound that is just awesome!  When traveling I use my Shure SRH840's which I also love (my second pair as I wore the other ones out!)
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I work from home 2-3 days a week, so I just connect a speaker to the laptop and listen to Spotify. Not the highest of fis admittedly but good enough.
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Mostly headphones - but I also use Yamaha nearfields for mixing and occasionally for listening. Yamaha CD & Amp with Mission speakers for normal listening.
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Originally posted by Padraic Padraic wrote:

I thought I did invest in a nice DAC.  Wink  The unit has a dual-core Burr-Brown in it.


If that chip is a 1796 than say no more. :)
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I thought I did invest in a nice DAC.  Wink  The unit has a dual-core Burr-Brown in it.
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Originally posted by Padraic Padraic wrote:

Originally posted by progbethyname progbethyname wrote:

Originally posted by Padraic Padraic wrote:

OK, finally have this sorted.

My modest little setup involves an ASUS chromebox with a dedicated "music OS" called daphile.  All my music is resident on another old desktop computer that now serves as an NFS server (thus mounted on the chromebox as an NFS share) and a subsonic server (so that my wife and I can listen to music in the car, at work, etc.).  The chromebox is connected to the iFi Micro iDSD DAC and headphone amplifier (http://ifi-audio.com/portfolio-view/micro-idsd/).  iFi is the "baby brand" of AMR, by the way.  Right now my headphones are ATH-M40X (my wife got me them for Christmas because I put them on my Amazon wish list - she didn't know I use the wish list as more of a bookmarking tool than anything, but whatever).  Next Christmas I'll upgrade to Senn 650s.

I control the playback via the iPeng app on my iPhone, but any app suitable for controlling a Logitech Media Server (LMS) would do - the chromebox is running squeezelite I believe.

The sound quality is night and day over anything I've ever owned.  Particularly classical music, the clarity is just superb and I couldn't be happier.


You talk about night and day sound quality. Wait till you get those 650's you have your eye on and replace them with your current pair. The ATH M40's pale in comparison to the 650's.
now just So ya know your headphone amplifier better support a 300OHM headphone with ease or those 650's will not be brought to the life if you will. Otherwise, your system doesn't sound that modest. Lol.
DSD and DSX files, if supported from your gear sounds pretty nice but as nice as precious analogue warmth. :)

Anyway. Get those SENS. You'll be amazed by the improvement if your gear supports them properly.

Happy listening. :)


The headphone amp will have no issues driving the 650s.  Big smile


In the great words of Monty Burns...."Excellent!!!"

Say. How would you feel about investing into a nice DAC??
Put aside those DSD files and run standard red book bit depth at 16/44.1k through a nice quality DAC.
You think your classical music sings now??
You have something to look forward to.
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Unfortunately don't have turntable but really want a one, and definitely when I'll end my education and start adult life (NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO) I'll make a room only for listening to music with walls covered with records awwww. Now I have to satisfy with small hi-fi (a sony cheap model) and car. Well it's nice to ride in the night with some prog on (or lana del rey hue hue hue hue).
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Originally posted by progbethyname progbethyname wrote:

Originally posted by Padraic Padraic wrote:

OK, finally have this sorted.

My modest little setup involves an ASUS chromebox with a dedicated "music OS" called daphile.  All my music is resident on another old desktop computer that now serves as an NFS server (thus mounted on the chromebox as an NFS share) and a subsonic server (so that my wife and I can listen to music in the car, at work, etc.).  The chromebox is connected to the iFi Micro iDSD DAC and headphone amplifier (http://ifi-audio.com/portfolio-view/micro-idsd/).  iFi is the "baby brand" of AMR, by the way.  Right now my headphones are ATH-M40X (my wife got me them for Christmas because I put them on my Amazon wish list - she didn't know I use the wish list as more of a bookmarking tool than anything, but whatever).  Next Christmas I'll upgrade to Senn 650s.

I control the playback via the iPeng app on my iPhone, but any app suitable for controlling a Logitech Media Server (LMS) would do - the chromebox is running squeezelite I believe.

The sound quality is night and day over anything I've ever owned.  Particularly classical music, the clarity is just superb and I couldn't be happier.


You talk about night and day sound quality. Wait till you get those 650's you have your eye on and replace them with your current pair. The ATH M40's pale in comparison to the 650's.
now just So ya know your headphone amplifier better support a 300OHM headphone with ease or those 650's will not be brought to the life if you will. Otherwise, your system doesn't sound that modest. Lol.
DSD and DSX files, if supported from your gear sounds pretty nice but as nice as precious analogue warmth. :)

Anyway. Get those SENS. You'll be amazed by the improvement if your gear supports them properly.

Happy listening. :)


The headphone amp will have no issues driving the 650s.  Big smile
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Most of my listening these days is in the car. If I listen at home I am usually in the garage where I hook my cell phone up to the old Rotel preamp powered by a Carver TFM -15cb.  I found a killer (for the price) Infinity 2.1 powered sub stereo set for $20 at a thrift store. Sounds great!
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Originally posted by Argonaught Argonaught wrote:

I guess I am the only one on this thread to have a turntable in the bedroom? 

very tempted ... considering my vinyl storage is 1 foot outside the door
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Originally posted by Catcher10 Catcher10 wrote:


^ Ouch!!! No way....yucky foo-foo Thumbs Down



Seconded.

You know me. Analog warmth reigns over all audio formats. By a large margin as well.
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Originally posted by Padraic Padraic wrote:

OK, finally have this sorted.

My modest little setup involves an ASUS chromebox with a dedicated "music OS" called daphile.  All my music is resident on another old desktop computer that now serves as an NFS server (thus mounted on the chromebox as an NFS share) and a subsonic server (so that my wife and I can listen to music in the car, at work, etc.).  The chromebox is connected to the iFi Micro iDSD DAC and headphone amplifier (http://ifi-audio.com/portfolio-view/micro-idsd/).  iFi is the "baby brand" of AMR, by the way.  Right now my headphones are ATH-M40X (my wife got me them for Christmas because I put them on my Amazon wish list - she didn't know I use the wish list as more of a bookmarking tool than anything, but whatever).  Next Christmas I'll upgrade to Senn 650s.

I control the playback via the iPeng app on my iPhone, but any app suitable for controlling a Logitech Media Server (LMS) would do - the chromebox is running squeezelite I believe.

The sound quality is night and day over anything I've ever owned.  Particularly classical music, the clarity is just superb and I couldn't be happier.


You talk about night and day sound quality. Wait till you get those 650's you have your eye on and replace them with your current pair. The ATH M40's pale in comparison to the 650's.
now just So ya know your headphone amplifier better support a 300OHM headphone with ease or those 650's will not be brought to the life if you will. Otherwise, your system doesn't sound that modest. Lol.
DSD and DSX files, if supported from your gear sounds pretty nice but as nice as precious analogue warmth. :)

Anyway. Get those SENS. You'll be amazed by the improvement if your gear supports them properly.

Happy listening. :)
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Originally posted by Catcher10 Catcher10 wrote:

Originally posted by Padraic Padraic wrote:

OK, finally have this sorted.

My modest little setup involves an ASUS chromebox with a dedicated "music OS" called daphile.  All my music is resident on another old desktop computer that now serves as an NFS server (thus mounted on the chromebox as an NFS share) and a subsonic server (so that my wife and I can listen to music in the car, at work, etc.).  The chromebox is connected to the iFi Micro iDSD DAC and headphone amplifier (http://ifi-audio.com/portfolio-view/micro-idsd/).  iFi is the "baby brand" of AMR, by the way.  Right now my headphones are ATH-M40X (my wife got me them for Christmas because I put them on my Amazon wish list - she didn't know I use the wish list as more of a bookmarking tool than anything, but whatever).  Next Christmas I'll upgrade to Senn 650s.

I control the playback via the iPeng app on my iPhone, but any app suitable for controlling a Logitech Media Server (LMS) would do - the chromebox is running squeezelite I believe.

The sound quality is night and day over anything I've ever owned.  Particularly classical music, the clarity is just superb and I couldn't be happier.
 
ClapClap Plenty of classical DSD files to download, but as you know they are spendy.....pick and chose wisely my friend!


I've seen some performances in DSD going for $75!  Ouch  No way.
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