128x128

patrickdowns

Responses from patrickdowns

New Pass Labs Go To
Wow! He relocated to Arizona, but did anyone have a clue he was going to retire soon after? I never purchased from them, but they were the go-to shop for Pass gear. Bummer.   
The Ultimate Audio Modification: Golden Ears
Excellent post imo. As someone with 66 year-old ears, it resonates. I have listened to my Stereophile CD Test Disc recently to check my ears’ frequency responses, and I can still hear to 12Khz (I was hoping it was still 15Khz). What it doesn’t rev... 
Old CD player back from the dead—prompting many questions!
Thanks, @bigkidz !  
recommendation of amps
j_andrews Did you ever get the Van Alstine DVA M225 mono amps? I am VERY curious about those. THX  
Old CD player back from the dead—prompting many questions!
Thanks, @yyzsantabarbara re "This post may be of use to you."  
Old CD player back from the dead—prompting many questions!
@grossman616 - That’s awesome. Steve McCormark is a great guy and wonderful designer. .  
Old CD player back from the dead—prompting many questions!
@yyzsantabarbara Very cool. BTW, I have shortlisted the Yggy DAC again. They make 2 versions now iirc, and I'm not sure which is best.   
Old CD player back from the dead—prompting many questions!
Thanks @grossman616 ! That's great to know that your Cal Audio is still going strong. Oh if I only knew then what I know now, I never would have sold my dead DNA-1 chassis to SMc. I would have just kept it and waited to have a new amp built.       
Old CD player back from the dead—prompting many questions!
kb54 re: Sorry, I know this is off topic, but I am interested in the difference between the Sig IIIs and Treos. What is causing you to consider upgrading? Welllll, how much time do you have? 😂 I am resistant to change and changing favorite br... 
Old CD player back from the dead—prompting many questions!
curiousjim Yes on the contacts. I have just shipped the Apollo off to be repaired (hopefully), and then I will have 2 working CD players. I am in no rush to do anything, which is perfect because I make hi-fi decisions at glacial speed! "The man w... 
Old CD player back from the dead—prompting many questions!
8th-note Thank you—though it is clear that you are by far the more diligent tester, something at which I do not excel usually. Your array of digital gear is impressive in breadth and quality, and the conclusions you have drawn are fascinating to ... 
Old CD player back from the dead—prompting many questions!
@designsfx ​​​​​​, I think that is good advice. 👍  
Old CD player back from the dead—prompting many questions!
I could buy the Aqua, but it would put a big dent in my reserves to be allocated for other upgrades. Given that I do most of my listening via streaming, it would make more sense to invest that kind of money into a DAC/preamp and speaker upgrades t... 
Old CD player back from the dead—prompting many questions!
@lalitk  Thanks for the info! Looks good. https://www.hifi-advice.com/blog/review/digital-reviews/cd-player-reviews/aqua-la-diva-m2/  
Old CD player back from the dead—prompting many questions!
facten Thank for the tip on the Sim/Moon 260D ... that one had escaped me, though I have heard and been impressed with their integrated amps. I like the option of adding an onboard DAC. Jay's Audio gets praise, but I try to buy from N. America snd...