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Offline zenelectro

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Steam Punk
« on: September 27, 2013, 03:25:46 PM »
Lately I have really needed a half decent valve based 1541 0 x OS DAC for development work on CD transports, zenclocks and I2S stuff etc. etc - and listening :)

Time is in short supply ATM so I bashed this beast together in a day flat from bits of an old DAC that was lying around. Just about done.
Board is one I did myself a few years ago.

Looks kind of sci fi / steam punkish I reckon. All good fun!

Z

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Re: Steam Punk
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2013, 10:32:04 AM »
looks cool zen i would love to hear it one day please post to perth
still discovering the link between electronics and audio reproduction.so much to learn and so little time

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Re: Steam Punk
« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2013, 01:17:30 PM »
Looks good T.

Does this mean the long awaited Zenelectro USB->I2S interface isnt too far away?    ;D     
It's all about the music,, not the equipment.

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Re: Steam Punk
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2013, 02:17:51 AM »
looks cool zen i would love to hear it one day please post to perth

Just to be clear - this is not intended as a KillerDAC beater, I doubt it will that good.

I have put it together mainly with bits I have on hand and added a few sprinkles of fairy dust.

I mainly want it to get the I2S reclocking / driver optimised and for future clock tweaks.

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Re: Steam Punk
« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2013, 03:18:41 AM »
Reminds me of this    :D





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Re: Steam Punk
« Reply #5 on: September 29, 2013, 01:32:06 PM »
Reminds me of this    :D


Yep, those two big oil caps definitely have the dual-engine thing going on!
The rectifier tube must be the energy source.

But the question is, can I get it to warp factor 9? :) :)

It might warp time and space
But can it play rhythm and pace?


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Re: Steam Punk
« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2013, 02:01:20 AM »
Just about done, things are getting more serious now - why hold back :)

Separate supplies for everything including each heater.  Chip regulators ditched for discrete.
All electros on dac board ditched.
Ditched all receiver chip related stuff.

I think it might sound OK.

Should I change thread name to Enterprise?
« Last Edit: December 03, 2013, 11:17:14 AM by zenelectro »

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Re: Steam Punk
« Reply #7 on: October 02, 2013, 07:48:12 PM »
Just about done, things are getting more serious now - why hold back :)

Separate supplies for everything including each heater.  Chip regulators ditched for discrete.
All electros on dac board ditched.
Ditched all receiver chip related stuff.

I think it might sound OK.

Should I change thread name to Enterprise?

Nice, ASC oil caps good choice. nice liquidity smooth warm.

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Re: Steam Punk
« Reply #8 on: October 02, 2013, 08:07:19 PM »
Sure Scotty (Zen electro) I am sure you can give the Captain Warp factor nine as long as those caps hold!!! :o

You leave those regular non warp dacs wondering what the hell happened. Engineering and imagination its a wicked combination.

Enjoy the journey and the destination Zen...




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Re: Enterprise
« Reply #9 on: October 02, 2013, 10:02:29 PM »


Should I change thread name to Enterprise?

Yes
still discovering the link between electronics and audio reproduction.so much to learn and so little time

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Re: Enterprise
« Reply #10 on: October 03, 2013, 02:16:44 AM »


Should I change thread name to Enterprise?

Yes

That was rather enterprising of you Kajak! :)

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Re: Steam Punk
« Reply #11 on: October 03, 2013, 02:36:02 AM »
Just about done, things are getting more serious now - why hold back :)

Separate supplies for everything including each heater.  Chip regulators ditched for discrete.
All electros on dac board ditched.
Ditched all receiver chip related stuff.

I think it might sound OK.

Should I change thread name to Enterprise?

Nice, ASC oil caps good choice. nice liquidity smooth warm.

Thanks, WRT L+S+W yep, hoping so.  

Other bits will change, the OP stage has Black Gate NX on the HT - that's all I had lying around of
half decent quality.

Need some decent OP caps - Duelunds are thin on the ground around these parts.  

Finished / tested +5-5-15 low noise discrete regs for DAC tonight, all good.

Should have music tomorrow.
« Last Edit: December 03, 2013, 11:15:45 AM by zenelectro »

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Re: Steam Punk
« Reply #12 on: October 05, 2013, 01:07:27 AM »
Enterprise ready for takeoff!  Warp factor 10!


"Make it so zenelectro"

:) :)
« Last Edit: December 03, 2013, 11:16:04 AM by zenelectro »

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Re: Steam Punk
« Reply #13 on: October 20, 2013, 01:13:22 AM »
 :-*Can't wait to hear your thoughts on how it sounds Terry

I see my enterprise gag gained some traction  :-)
« Last Edit: October 20, 2013, 01:30:09 AM by matt200sr »

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Re: Steam Punk
« Reply #14 on: October 20, 2013, 01:42:20 AM »
Enterprise ready for takeoff!  Warp factor 10!


"Make it so zenelectro"

:) :)

Enterprise, Great name, go with it. The Killer Dac had the same origins, someone said its a killer Dac because it kills every other Dac.

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Re: Enterprise - was Steam Punk
« Reply #15 on: October 20, 2013, 10:42:20 AM »
Enterprise ready for takeoff!  Warp factor 10!


"Make it so zenelectro"

:) :)

Enterprise, Great name, go with it. The Killer Dac had the same origins, someone said its a killer Dac because it kills every other Dac.

This is the sound of the low level background noise - it's not 'hiss' as per most DAC's:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPoqNeR3_UA" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPoqNeR3_UA</a>

Yep - I know what your thinking, who would make a youtube clip of 24hrs of Enterprise engine noise!
And it's got over 1 million hits!

Only on the www :) :) :)

Z






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Re: Steam Punk
« Reply #16 on: October 20, 2013, 10:49:50 AM »
:-*Can't wait to hear your thoughts on how it sounds Terry

I see my enterprise gag gained some traction  :-)

Well you see I live in a house full of 'trekkies'.   

My kids are all Trek nerds - Star Trek / Dr Who....  I figure it's better than some of the trash on TV and
they'll probably have a good laugh about it when they get older.

Z

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Re: Steam Punk
« Reply #17 on: October 27, 2013, 01:32:33 AM »
:-*Can't wait to hear your thoughts on how it sounds Terry

I see my enterprise gag gained some traction  :-)

Well you see I live in a house full of 'trekkies'.   

My kids are all Trek nerds - Star Trek / Dr Who....  I figure it's better than some of the trash on TV and
they'll probably have a good laugh about it when they get older.

Z


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iu1qa8N2ID0

Don't lose your Religion



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Re: Steam Punk
« Reply #18 on: October 27, 2013, 09:34:55 PM »
:-*Can't wait to hear your thoughts on how it sounds Terry

I see my enterprise gag gained some traction  :-)

Well you see I live in a house full of 'trekkies'.   

My kids are all Trek nerds - Star Trek / Dr Who....  I figure it's better than some of the trash on TV and
they'll probably have a good laugh about it when they get older.

Z


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iu1qa8N2ID0

Don't lose your Religion





always liked that phrase....................... 8) a good one to share