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Old 17th February 2021, 11:48 PM   #1
Chris In Milwaukee is offline Chris In Milwaukee  United States
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Hi all,

First post to the group. Iíve loved reading through so many posts, here and in the Planet10 speaker forums.

A friend turned me onto the Pass designs and Iíve been doing a ton of research and decided that Iíll build an Aleph J. The rave reviews of it make it irresistible. So I ordered a board set and the semis from the DIY store. As I peruse the BoM on this, there are several options for devices. Are they ordered by preference, class, or any other criteria? Or no particular order?

My current stable includes a pair of Klipsch Heresy IIs, JBL L-20Ts, Technics SE-A70 Class A-ish (so it says on the label) amp and SU-A80 preamp, a Denon DP-47F turntable, and a couple of Proton cassette decks, all of which I bought while stationed in Japan in the 80s on the USS Midway . I never have been able to keep a CD transport alive for some reason! I must admit that I love my ďvintageĒ equipment (tough to hear myself say when I remember buying them new) and the collection sounds great in my own ears. But I donít know what I donít know. I recently bought a Schiit Modi DAC for streaming to get a feel for what better digital is supposed to act like. Itís a starter DAC before moving up the food chain. Looking forward to seeing what true high-end audio sounds like in my own house. I did work in a hifi shop in Memphis for a while so have experienced higher end solid state and tube amps along with similar speakers from the likes of Totem, Energy, and others. So ready to step up my game.

I was an avionics tech in the Navy, working on F/A-18s during the Gulf War and taught discreet electronics, digital, and radar as well. So I know my way around schematics and soldering irons. This is going to be great fun!

~Chris

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Old 18th February 2021, 02:15 AM   #3
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sorta smarter getting hooked on weed, or something ...... this can be obsessive

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Nah, he jumped straight onto the better stuff

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Old 18th February 2021, 03:23 AM   #6
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Chris,

Welcome and that's a nice project you have chosen.

Have fun and look forward to your build updates.
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Old 18th February 2021, 03:43 AM   #7
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Are they ordered by preference, class, or any other criteria? Or no particular order?
Glancing over the BOM, all the parts listed on their look like nice parts. I think there are just multiple options in case something is out of stock or if you have a preference for a particular brand or product line. Personally, I wouldn't spend much time thinking about it because all the options can be overwhelming and you are unlikely to notice a difference between them.
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Glancing over the BOM, all the parts listed on their look like nice parts. I think there are just multiple options in case something is out of stock or if you have a preference for a particular brand or product line. Personally, I wouldn't spend much time thinking about it because all the options can be overwhelming and you are unlikely to notice a difference between them.
Excellent. Time to dig in then.
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Hi Chris -

Welcome to the pleasuredome. Relax, and enjoy your stay.

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Just follow the guide for noobs - it's very good and well made. That is what I did and I had zero issues. Advice is take your time and focus as it's easy to make mistake, be very meticulous and you should be fine..agree that this hobby can get addictive!!
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