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    Talking Twisted Pair Audio BuffaloII dac kit

    I have built 3 TPA dacs so far and will no doubt make more of their kits. The latest ESS es9018 processor is sweet sounding. Lots of sound stage but not fatiguing. The midrange is beautiful. The bass is more balanced and tighter than when I listen to the Buffalo24 or the Opus I had before. I use the Mux to switch between four inputs. There are 3 transformers and 2 Placids power supplies. One powers the dac and the other powers the Legato output stage. There is a LCDPS ps for the Mux. I am having some dropout problems that need to be sorted out but it sounds great. I use the Shigaclone transport the most, but keep thinking the Esoteric P-10 should sound better but the Shigi wins every time. I am making a larger case for the BuffaloII soon that will give me balanced outputs. Then the balanced LDR preamp! The torture never stops:D
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    D: SDTrans384 via I2S Teleporter-> Twisted Pear Audio Buffalo III DAC w Legato III I/V via XLR to Relaixed2 Preamp via XLR to Parasound A-21-> SDA-2.3 w/ RDO, Soniccrafts caps, Larry's Rings;
    A:Dynavector DV-10x5-> Nothingham Spacedeck-> TPA Retro via XLR to Relaixed2;

    C: Flac with Mediamonkey4 via coax SPDIF from Juli@24/192 -> Buffalo III
    V: Vinyl rips-> ESI Juli@24/192-> SPDIF-> Buffalo III

    SACD: Sony 333es via RCA

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    Great work again as always Jeff! I may have to take one of those "older" DACs off your hands one of these days... :D

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    you have been busy Jeff...looks good though :D


    Quote Originally Posted by zingo View Post
    Great work again as always Jeff! I may have to take one of those "older" DACs off your hands one of these days... :D
    Jake, what did you win the lottery?

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    I really want to build one of these to run on DC with the rest of the 2-Channel DIY system I am building. I know it has been done before...
    HT: Ninja Master LSi9s, Ninja Master LSiC, Slightly Modded LSiFXs, Modded LSi7s, Outlaw LFM-1 EX and Polk PSW125
    Outlaw 970 Preamp, Outlaw 7700 Amp, Velodyne SMS-1, Oppo BDP-83,
    2 APC H-15s and a Panamax 5400 for good measure ;)
    Stereo: DIY Alix Music Server, DODD Audio Battery Tube Buffer, Modded DAC-60 and MF V-Link (for now), DIY Silver ICs, Battery Powered Class D SDS-254 Amp, and GR-Research N2X Speakers

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