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Old 20th January 2020, 09:58 PM   #1921
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Have you compared Whammy without/with the xfeed? People seem to like these xfeeds.
Hey Greg, yes mate this is the second time building the Whammy and on this board I spent a good few hours with a plain 20K pot before trying the Xfeed with a 10K Alps.

Now the Xfeed is very subtle, don't worry it doesn't add or subtract from the music but seems to place the music in the front and centre but somehow keeping depth. I guess it sounds more accurate and integrated inside your head and it seems to reduce fatigue somewhat, I can listen for hours or as long as I can stand the phones on my head.

So I would say the XFeed works very well, the Danyuk passive version here (you'll be getting soon!) is the most simple version is seems, follow Patricks component values and it will work in most situations but you can tailor the crossfeed point to suit. Interestingly the Xen motherboard has very different Xfeed component values for some reason.

Zen Mod - fixed the pot squelch and noise, I hadn't screwed the front plate properly! The pot was not connected to the chassis earth! Once this was done, no problems.

So running with 1K for R39/40 inputs, 10K for R4/R8 and no compensation caps yet, might try some 47pF.

While I was under the hood, I added some extra 0.1uf MKP decoupling caps to C1/C3 and C9/C28. Everything sounds very good.

My favorite op-amps it seems are two LT1028. Slightly better maybe than OPA627BM.
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So I would say the XFeed works very well, the Danyuk passive version here (you'll be getting soon!) is the most simple version is seems, follow Patricks component values and it will work in most situations but you can tailor the crossfeed point to suit.
Yes, mine is already in transit. I am looking forward to another build.
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Theoretically, this would increase the capacitance from all that extra socketing wouldn't it?
I doubt it is audible, but I would feel compelled to have a properly soldered riser if I did something like that.
Also, distance is a very important thing regarding the bypass capacitor for the op amp power rail, so the distance as well may effect things.

Like I said, I doubt it would be audible, but both things are things you typically try to avoid with op amps.
If I were to use the Burson as the permanent opamp, I would not stack the sockets like that; I would reconfigure the caps on either side to allow for more opamp space. It's a temporary solution so that I could use the Bursons.
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Default OPA2107AU vs OPA1612AID

Finally tested an OPA2107AU which requires a SMD to DIP adapter. Very clear and precise with a good sound stage. A bit clinical, cold and unexciting. Not harsh. Some may like it but I prefer the OPA1612AID, particularly on Sennheiser HD650 headphones. I'll be sticking with the OPA1612AID as an upgrade to the OPA2134PA.

The OPA1612AID sounds wonderful on all my headphones, HiFi Man HE400i, Sennheiser HD650 and Masters and Dynamic MH40.
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I compared the following op amps, and so far OPA2107AU is the very best. Using hd58x modded:
Opa2107
Lm833n
Opa1642
Opa2156
Lme49720NA
And some waiting to be tested:
Ad8599Arz
Lme49860
Burson v6 classic
Burson v6 vivid

Then i ll note my subjective observations and only then measure few key test with apx555.. will be fun
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