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The Iconoclast SPTPC Speaker Cable Review

Apr 29, 2021

You Don’t Know What You’ve Been Missing Until You Hear It The Iconoclast SPTPC Speaker Cable Review by Alón If you’ve been an audiophile for, say, at least a week, you’ve no-doubt read many reports from reviewers about their experience of being shocked, gobsmacked, flabbergasted and rendered utterly speechless by the performance of a product under their review. I promise I’ll try to contain myself. So let’s just cut to the chase, shall we? My system sounds better than ever. Period. The Iconoclast SPTPC speaker cables have taken my already high-performance and resolving 2-channel analog set-up to a higher, even…

Topics for the April 26th, 2021 Digital Audio Discussion Forum

Apr 23, 2021

Summary It’s been a while since we’ve had a digital focus group meeting. In that time, David has been busy exploring a number of high-performance, low-cost DAC. He’ll discuss how he measured some of them to better understand how their sound differs. David will also talk about what he’s learned from having a second system.   Interesting new gear:   Most-talked about:   Network Acoustic ENO Streaming System: a passive ethernet RG filter and cable that allegedly improves the sound quality of network players. The ENO filters RF present in copper Ethernet cables.  Cost is about USD $1430   You…

Tech Talk: Yes, you can play your DSD files on an iPhone!

Mar 29, 2021

In my home stereo, everything digital runs through my phone (or ipad), which I attach to either a Dragonfly Cobalt and from there to the preamplifier, or else to a Pro-ject pre Digital S2 DAC. So if I am going to play DSD files they have to go through one of these. The Pro-ject decodes DSD files and I was interested to see how they sound. After a bit of a struggle, I found a solution, at least for the Pro-ject. Onkyo’s HF Player app comes in two versions, one free and one that costs $10. The paid version plays…

Alón’s new toy: UberLight Flex

Mar 29, 2021

I turn 61 this month and my eyes seem to need more light than ever to do their job well.  I’ve always been a warm glow incandescent lighting kinda guy, so when I’m just needing to find a record’s lead-in groove in my dim listening room I can use the warmest color-temperature setting and lowest light intensity setting. But when I’m fiddling with a cartridge set-up or cleaning a stylus, or trying to read the small words on the back of a component, Kick it all up to maximum and wow, what a joy to be able to see everything again!   So,…

New Toy – Spiral Groove SG 2.2 by Larry Deniston

Jan 26, 2021

Well, doing as I do, several months ago while enjoying listening to my system, I was also thinking about the next upgrade. Where’s the weak link in the current system? What’s going to give me the biggest bang for the buck if I make a replacement? It’s always been part of the process for me. That, and instigators like David and Kevin, who are always happy to “help” with suggestions for the next piece of gear. I believe it was David that suggested the Spiral Groove when he learned that I was considering a replacement for my VPI Prime –…

Speaker Cable Questions Answered by Galen Galeis

Jan 22, 2021

1. Is it better to run long cables (RCA or XLR) or long speaker runs?  It is better to keep the signal at the load end, and not on the cable itself. A speaker cable has many amps of current, and the current squared times resistance losses go up with the square of the current. This is why speaker cables are such heavy aggregate AWG size, to make the cable look invisible to the current relative to the 2-16 ohm load. If our speaker cable was twice the resistance of the load, most of the signal would be lost across…

Iconoclast Introduction and Cable Comparison

Dec 30, 2020

Iconoclast Introduction and WireWorld Cable Comparison Albert Dall Hello SFAS members, As a lot of you have heard, since spring and Covid shutdown times, I’ve been changing my system around quite a bit. It has been turning out for the better. One of the first tests of change I implemented involved speaker cables and interconnects. I ran across the PS Audio Forum https://forum.psaudio.com/t/belden-iconoclast-interconnects-and-speaker-cabling/2038 where there was a long-running discussion of some new cables. This was the Iconoclast Cables discussion thread that dates back to March of 2015. What I enjoyed reading was how the cable designers Galen Gareis and Bob…

Smyth Research Realiser A16, Product Review, by jazzfan

Sep 23, 2020

The Worlds Most Advanced 3D Headphone Processor Pros Best 2-channel/multi-channel 3D virtualization available Personalized capture/reproduction of actual measured speakers and environments New feature upgrades available via firmware updates Cons Expect a steep operational learning curve The user interface is less than optimal The small display panel is challenging to read from a distance Optimum performance can only be achieved by taking personal measurements The unit must be returned to the UK for service/repair Preface Since I began this hobby in the mid-70s, I always preferred the three-dimensional holographic presentation of a good stereo sound system. Today well-recorded music on the…

MSB Technology Factory Visit, by Larry Deniston

Jul 26, 2020

After SFAS received a generous donation of HiFi equipment which included an older MSB DAC that needed repair, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to visit the MSB Technology factory while dropping off the DAC.  Even though they were in the midst of moving into their new factory location in Watsonville, brothers and co-owners of MSB Technology, Daniel and Jonathan Gullman were very cordial and accommodating.     All of the MSB products are designed and manufactured in the US, so it was great to be able to see their headquarters.  The MSB chassis and modules are made…

New Toy, Spatial Audio M5 Sapphire, by Larry Deniston

Jul 25, 2020

Spatial M5 Sapphire Speakers In looking for the next improvement in my system, I started thinking about speaker upgrades and thinking about open baffle designs.  I'd heard the Linkwitz open baffle speakers at Kevin's, Don's and Linkwitz' homes and always was very impressed.  While impressive, the Linkwitz require a larger room than I have (according to the Linkwitz website) and was somewhat deterred by the multiple amps and active crossover required to drive them.  Then I remembered some other open baffles I'd heard at some audio shows, particularly the Pure Audio Projects and Spatial Audios.  As I conducted my research,…