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    I have been moving to more xlr sources as of late so I wanted a preamp with at least 3 xlr(balanced) inputs. I have a DIY phono , CD transport and dac so kits I assemble are doable for me. I found a Relaixed2 preamp and built it up. Relay controlled low gain opamp. I just finished the zircote face and applied the first coat of sea fin. Sounds great and remote controlled. The buffalo 3 sounds sweeeeet!
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    Kewl! Beautiful wood! When I tired the BIII balanced direct to my active xover/amps it nudged me into a balanced pre.

    I'm in for the second GB for the Paradise MC phono pre boards.
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    Damn...some of you folks have unbelievable skill. Impressive.

    I like the look of your wood as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hochpt21 View Post
    I like the look of your wood as well.
    Seriously lol
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    But seriously, can we get some more pics of the gear in your rack... looks pretty darned awesome!
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    Yea, and is that a framed Zep album in the background?
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    Good eyes, hochpt21, that sure appears to be III. Envious of the your skills, bikerboy, looks awesome!

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    Very nice! The looks put my Zen Line Stage to shame, but I'll challenge you on the sound... :)

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    Hi guys,
    Thanks for the props on the setup. I love the way it sounds.
    Rich-I signed up for the gb on the paradise after your response. I have been thinking about that one for a while. The Retro doesn't have enough gain for the denon 103r. I also just got shipping confirmation on the SDTrans384 from Japan. The buffalo is going to be fed clean 1s and 0s from an sd card player.

    Jake- You should bring it over. Digital and vinyl are sounding very nice.
    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

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikerboy View Post
    Rich-I signed up for the gb on the paradise after your response. I have been thinking about that one for a while. The Retro doesn't have enough gain for the denon 103r. I also just got shipping confirmation on the SDTrans384 from Japan. The buffalo is going to be fed clean 1s and 0s from an sd card player.
    Kewl! I like it better than the Pass Pearl II; we won't be having to swap speaker/headshell leads either (the Pearl II inverts phase). Salas of power supply fame has a Paradise in progress too and has been adding some input. I don't know if it will be any better than the Krell MM/MC phono but the bench needs another project. Hopefully there will be another GB for parts. Kewl on the SDTrans384 too!
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    Heavy Plinth Lenco L75 Idler Drive
    AA MG-1 Linear Air Bearing Arm
    AT33PTG/II & Denon 103R
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    Once I finish the secondary wiring on it, I'll let you borrow it to compare.

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    Sweeeeet!

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    A few hi rez pics from the Sony Nex-7 w 10-18 wide angle. I got 4-16 gb sd cards so I have tons of music to convert. The SDTrans384 is a amazing sounding unit. The preamp is so very transparent that I am finding music I previously thought sounded well recorded to be not so good now. But it all sounds so much more real, better space definition, more natural.






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