This was the first RAS get together of 2012. Sadly Dave, Doug and Duell could not make it due to circumstances beyond their control. In attendance: Jay (agfrost) Chris (cstmar01) Brock (heiney9) Blake (blakeh) Rob (scot62) Aaron (ALL212). Jay got to meet face to face with the rest of the RAS group. We had planned to compare Doug's un-modded Music Hall 25.3 to my modded one. It was also the debut of my Lenco turntable project. So we compared the Music Hall to my ModWright Sony and the SS out of the Music Hall to the tube output. (Tube out has coupling caps between the op amps and tubes along with caps on the output). The rest of the meet was a BYOM, or Bring Your Own Music event.
A new face was in the mix as Chris made the long drive down from WI. This took the pressure of our newest member, Jay as we directed hard times to Chris who took it well. Really, Chris, Steely who? (He remembered them after hearing a tune..it was an association thing). And Jay wasn't able to answer some Roxy Music questions without some prompting. It was great meeting you Chris and we hope to see you again.
The room was setup different than usual due to the number of folks planned. The other setup also puts corners by each speaker which has a slight negative effect on bass even with acoustic treatments. However, there is more bass available now from the DAC mods and the Lenco turntable.
Gear list is in my sig. The mods to the Music Hall 25.3 DAC include a NOS 6DJ8 tube, Mundorf MKP series op amp/output coupling caps, Burson discrete HD op amps, Belleson Super Regulators with larger Wakefield heat sinks and Elna Silmic II's on the downstream filter side for the op amps. The Lenco sports a trimmed top shell, larger Mirko stainless steel bearing and spindle and a clean and lube. The arm is an Advanced Analog MG-1 linear tracking air bearing arm.
Around the room from the left clockwise, Blake, Brock, Jay, Aaron and seated Rob flashing the peace sign and Chris. It was a great time! Jasper wanted to know who put all the coats on his afternoon nap spot.