2021 Audio Plans

Andyman

Junior Member
Well they do sound sooo sweet! I turned my desk 90 degrees and now face mine (see avatar) about 12' away face on and they sound so much better that when I was just left ear facing.

As to 2021 plans, it's The Purge continues here. I still have about a dozen pieces of Keg's here I need to kludge through and see if I can get running, but parts are en route for 2 as I type. The real work will be selling off all my unplayed vinyl, CDs, and unused parts, (tubes, carts. drivers) from both me and Keg; literally thousands of low priced items, but there's no real rush on getting them gone.
I also intend to get more fluent in ripping some of my keeper vinyl to HiRez with my Focusrite Scarlett 2i2. I did a side a few weeks back, and need to refine the process as to the initial rip. DC offset is something I should look at.
 

Audionut

Next Round Is On Me
2021 plans, hmm....
1. Purge; already started. Sold off some special pieces of equipment and happy that someone will enjoy them (versus sitting on my shelf).
2. Finish iconic build
3. Build H808 wood horns.
4. Nail down a digital setup
5. Upgrade preamp
6. Upgrade bases for 2a3’s
7. Build plinth and tune up TD160 or upgrade TT?
 
Hmmm, 2021 plans:
1) prep for 2022 move, what stays and what goes...
2) 2 amps from Paul B
3) build 2 new sets of speaker cabinets suitable for display in the living/den i.e. learn how to veneer...
4) more experiments with autoformer crossover networks
5) build more pedals and a pedal board
 
Are you thinking of bringing them in as is or veneering them in some nice wood?
My current thought is to give them a fresh coat of battleship/theatre-grey and leave the decals they way they are. Veneer would look very nice and would likely increase the odds me getting them inside. I kind of like the idea of veneering the horn flares only.

@mred, I showed her the picture of your nicely set up room last night. So far, so good!
 
My current thought is to give them a fresh coat of battleship/theatre-grey and leave the decals they way they are. Veneer would look very nice and would likely increase the odds me getting them inside. I kind of like the idea of veneering the horn flares only.

@mred, I showed her the picture of your nicely set up room last night. So far, so good!
I am happy to hold the enabler torch here.
 
Slightly revised plans for 2021.
  • Looking at a record cleaner. Actually, not looking--already decided on what I'm getting. Now I'm just collecting returnable bottles so I can afford it. 😁 And thinking of selling the cartridges I won't be using anymore, despite liking them quite a bit. Those and a tax refund will get me there.

  • Room treatments--I may get a couple more thingies from GIK Acoustics. I haven't yet mounted the panels behind the speakers (I need to mount the 65" TV on the wall, but don't have anyone to help lift one end of it), but I need some smaller panels on the rear wall to get rid of some "slapback" echo reflecting off of it. I'm going with those octagonal 12" panels in a green fabric that matches the diffusers behind the speakers. Given the materials I'd have to buy to make my own, buying these already made really doesn't cost too much more, especially given the time it would take me to build something of my own.

  • Replacement for the Reisong Chi-Fi turd is en route to me now. Solves a problem of getting me clean amplification, as well as a DAC that can handle DSD. This is for the computer system, which drives KEF LS50s and subwoofage under the desk. Review forthcoming. (It will be getting a shakedown in my main system as well.)

  • I have an old record player to restore...time to make a parts list and order things in. My only concern is that the Bakelite case has a crack on the back (bought it that way), and am not sure how to repair it. Also debating tearing the whole thing down for a cleaning and polishing, and repainting the top of the changer in a near-factory-original finish.
 

MikeyFresh

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Replacement for the Reisong Chi-Fi turd is en route to me now. Solves a problem of getting me clean amplification, as well as a DAC that can handle DSD. This is for the computer system, which drives KEF LS50s and subwoofage under the desk. Review forthcoming. (It will be getting a shakedown in my main system as well.)
:popcorn
 
I'm actually very happy with my main home audio rig these days, so for 2021 I hope to finally get off my tired old butt and realize an idea I've been kicking around for awhile, which is a high-quality PC/DSP-based multichannel (4.1) audio system in my car. Probably best to at least give this a try some time before it's time to trade vehicles... :rolleyes:
 
That's what I dislike about newer cars--we are stuck with the poor-sounding factory systems that have zero flexibility. All I want is the ability to play FLAC or DSF files in the car. My head unit plays FLAC up to 24-bit/192kHz, and the upgrade head unit I'm thinking of (mainly for a larger screen) can play DSF. Meaning, I don't have to spend days downsampling files or worse, applying lossy data compression. With the right SD card and USB memory stick (512GB), I can carry as much as 1TB of files in the car.

There's not even a good option to add our own digital player--AUX ports in cars are noisy. A couple of car models use Android-powered head units, and some are easily "rooted" so we can sideload apps and make them more useful. I don't know what I'll do when I have to upgrade to a newer car. Crutchfield is my first stop to see if a vehicle I'm looking at has upgrade capabilities.

So if road trips resume later this year, I may be moving my current head unit to our spare/winter car, and getting a larger screen for my daily driver.
 
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