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  1. #1
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    Default Tweak habits...........

    I put together a 3rd system today with components I was not using.
    I could not help but notice the tweaks I incorporated out of habit:

    The system:
    Rotel 960bx (60w) amp
    B&K Ref 20
    Pioneer DVD w/usb input
    PSB Alpha B1's
    Yamaha 8" servo sub
    Auricle Dig. Sig. 1.5m
    Auricle Kapton Rca's
    Nordost flatline spkr cables
    Rapport sub IC's
    OCC 12/3 pc w/Oyaide connectors on Ref 20
    P&S 5262 recept (brand new not broken in) on dedicated 20 amp w/12ga romex.
    Adcom ACE 515 conditioner

    ELCHEAPO TWEAKS USED:

    Hubbell Hospital grade (8215C) 3 prong connectors (On Rotel & DVD) used on all (original) 2 prong plugs.
    Brass rca caps on all unused inputs (Pre & DVD)
    Raquet balls cut in half to support components
    Lg. rubber bands to suspend speaker cables from floor (mounted to back wall)
    3/4" MDF platform with spikes for the sub

    The tweaks add up!
    This is a BS system I put together because I got sick of this stuff laying around not being used.
    I plan on using this system for my computer system but lack a DAC at this time.

    I have to say this system is pretty damn good considering the price, and that these components were laying around unused.
    I am sure when the P&S recpt. gets some more hours on it, it will sound even better.

    Listening to some Roy Orbison right now & have to say this system is pretty spacious (tweaks?).


    Ya got any cheap tweaks?
    Lets hear em!

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    Any cheap USB DAC recommendations for this system?

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    I DO NOT want to have to "Cyber Bully" you, but I will if I have to!
    Now answer the question, you know some good cheap tweaks or not?

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    Upgrade the caps in the hi pass section of the Alpha's xover and clean and condition your connectors with Deoxit/Deoxit Gold or Stabilant 22.Thats all I have for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FTGV View Post
    Upgrade the caps in the hi pass section of the Alpha's xover and clean and condition your connectors with Deoxit/Deoxit Gold or Stabilant 22.Thats all I have for you.
    Ok, your off my list FTGV, thanks for the info.
    The rest of you are still on my list!
    You scared?
    I have all your address'!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pepster View Post
    Any cheap USB DAC recommendations for this system?
    Most inexpensive USB capable DAC's use a BB 27** series IC for the USB data that limit their resolution and are jitter prone.There are however some budget DAC's that use a better method of data transmission protocol(asynchronous).Musiland and the ones in this link are some examples of the latter.
    http://www.highresolutiontechnologie...treamer-II.pdf

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    Athanku sir!
    Great info, and exactly what I am looking for!

    The rest of you, the "Guilt Trip".

    What if something was to happen to you tonight and you were to die taking a great tweak with you!
    Share it now, or "Sleep well my friend".
    Sleep well!

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    I know of a cheep tweak that will make everything sound better!
    v v v v v v

    Attachment 53547

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    Quote Originally Posted by zarrdoss View Post
    I know of a cheep tweak that will make everything sound better!
    v v v v v v

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    Amber!!!! I have some in the fridge now!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zarrdoss View Post
    I know of a cheep tweak that will make everything sound better!
    v v v v v v

    Attachment 53547

    Today, zarrdoss, TODAY!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TOOLFORLIFEFAN View Post
    Amber!!!! I have some in the fridge now!!!
    Been there, done that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pepster View Post

    Lg. rubber bands to suspend speaker cables from floor (mounted to back wall)

    Ya got any cheap tweaks?
    Lets hear em!
    Rubber bands tend to loose their elasticity and disintegrate over time.
    I would suggest using ty-wraps instead as an economical and more durable alternative.
    Ensure that sufficient ty-wraps are used to distribute the weight of the held cable sufficiently so it is not damaged.
    Last edited by xcapri79; 11-27-2010 at 07:14 PM.

    Main HT/2 ch:
    Pioneer SC-07, BDP-05FD, Emotiva XPA-5 x 2, XPA-1 x 2,
    Polk Audio LSi25, RTi12 x 2, LSi15 x 4, LSiC x 2, PSW1000 x 4,

    MB HT/ 2 ch:
    LG 47LM5800, Pioneer SC-1523, BDP-23FD, Sony BDP-S790, Emotiva XPA-2, XPA-5,
    Polk Audio LSi25,15, CSi5, LSiFX, PSW505 x 4

    Listening Room 2 ch:
    McIntosh MC162, MC202, C15, C41, C42, MA6500, MA6900, MCD201
    Emotiva RSP-2, RPA-1, ERC-2
    Adcom GCD 750, GFP 750, GFA 5802
    Polk Audio LSi7,9, 15

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    Quote Originally Posted by pepster View Post
    Been there, done that!
    I haven't been drunk since the 27th of November 2010!:tongue:

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    Quote Originally Posted by pepster View Post
    I haven't been drunk since the 27th of November 2010!:tongue:
    Working on it.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by ken brydson View Post
    Working on it.....
    I am not near as think as you drunk I am!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pepster View Post
    I am not near as think as you drunk I am!
    Couldn't have slurred it better myself. Skinny Jamaican's (Appleton's and diet coke) and decorating the tree....

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    Quote Originally Posted by ken brydson View Post
    Couldn't have slurred it better myself. Skinny Jamaican's (Appleton's and diet coke) and decorating the tree....
    I pride myself on my "slurring"!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pepster View Post
    Any cheap USB DAC recommendations for this system?
    http://www.amazon.com/High-Resolutio.../dp/B002KC52B8
    "He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you." Friedrich Nietzsche

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    Thats the original,I believe only the mark II version (linked to in post #6) operates in the prefered asynchronous mode.

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    Heres alittle problem I think I may have with external DACS.
    I have a B&K Ref 20 (20bit) & Ref 30 (24bit/96), and Atoll PR5.1 (Burr Brown 24 bit/96).
    Wouldn't I be "stacking" dac's considering I need a pre to run my amps?
    From External DAC to the Pre's dac?
    All the above have as good or better Dac's than most externals.
    Dac to the pre's dac?
    Doesn't add up to me?
    What am I missing other than the USB input?
    Any help?

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