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Old 12th October 2012, 05:11 PM   #18541
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I listened to a high end system in a hi-fi store a couple of weeks ago. I was interested to hear how their Focal speakers compared with my B&Ws. The player hooked up to them was a very nice new Marantz SACD, and I didn't pay attention to the amp. I listened to some CDs and was not much impressed. The system sounded very 'digital' and thin to my ears. I kept my opinion to myself (no reason to be rude), thanked the dealer for the demo, and was about to leave when I noticed the speakers were plugged into an integrated DAC and amplifier which I later found was selling for no less than $16,000.
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Old 12th October 2012, 05:35 PM   #18542
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I listened to a high end system in a hi-fi store a couple of weeks ago. I was interested to hear how their Focal speakers compared with my B&Ws. The player hooked up to them was a very nice new Marantz SACD, and I didn't pay attention to the amp. I listened to some CDs and was not much impressed. The system sounded very 'digital' and thin to my ears. I kept my opinion to myself (no reason to be rude), thanked the dealer for the demo, and was about to leave when I noticed the speakers were plugged into an integrated DAC and amplifier which I later found was selling for no less than $16,000.
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What focal speakers were they Ben?
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Old 12th October 2012, 05:38 PM   #18543
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Diablo Utopias, I think.
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Old 13th October 2012, 04:24 PM   #18544
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Slightly more up market than my 826v Wse's!!!! Wonder what your player would sound like with that amp and speakers!!!!!!!
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Old 13th October 2012, 05:49 PM   #18545
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I'm hoping to cram them in the case, actually. I currently have a bunch of the 'off-piste' LM317 regulators with LEDs in there, but I'm working up to something better - just not sure what. I'd ideally like to build them myself because that's half the fun.
I wonder how you can squeeze all the Tx and regulators inside the case. If you have completed the work please post up a photo
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Old 13th October 2012, 06:51 PM   #18546
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It can get very difficult to keep tidy lol ;-)

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Old 13th October 2012, 06:54 PM   #18547
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@UV101 I dunno, but the Marantz SACD was only being used as a transport. My system is polar opposite to that one - lots of VA, lots of large boutique caps, huge bass and a very analogue sound - very lifelike to my ears, and not much audible difference between CD and a new vinyl record. In fact if I queue the same album up on both sources and switch between them, most people can't tell which is which.

@higlander - No idea. Fingers crossed. Sure I'll post a pic when I work something out.

Edit: Wow Ian, that mega post came in while I was typing.
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Old 13th October 2012, 10:21 PM   #18548
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@UV101 - Wow, what a job !! I don't think I can do that . For me I really found it difficult to squeeze everything into the CD63 case BUT you did it !!
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Old 14th October 2012, 07:02 AM   #18549
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I cheated, that's a cd67 chassis which is a few mm wider than the 63!

Brent did get a similar amount into a 63. Ricardo's is also busy and Ben has already done a fair bit too
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Old 14th October 2012, 08:15 AM   #18550
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I'm working on getting the 5 PSUs safely into plastic boxes with rectifiers and stuff. The smoothing capacitors are the main problem right now. I should squeeze 3 down the right-hand side of my 63KI chassis and 2 along the front panel, or vice-versa.
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