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Old 02-26-2012, 02:17 AM
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Metrum arrived today! Earlier than I expected.

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I see that the designer of the Black Cat cables also made the Stereolab/Stereovox Reference XV which is supposedly the reference version of the black cat line. Any info on this cable?
Correct, Like I said the TRON is the top Digital interlink--The 700XR/Ref ranges are the top Interconnects and Speaker Range.

I run these all the way through--replaced Valhallas.

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Lunchy - Yes, it's quite an impressive kit - and the parts are fantastic. The case is relatively large, and there was always enough room to work. But I did have a few issues.

1. The manual said to take a parts inventory, but since there were so many parts, I didn't, and was missing some parts in the first few steps. So I'd recommend taking an inventory before you start.

2. Also, get a power cord before you start, so you're not waiting with a finished kit like I was, trying to decide on a power cord. For the first 2 weeks, I used the power cord from my soldering iron!

3. I started my build just as AN Kits released a new version of the manual, so there were some issues with the work flow, but nothing serious, just a few times the picture didn't line up with the wording. But Brian at AN Kits was always very responsive to emails and calls, and even stayed on the phone with me during one critical point at the end as I was powering up.

I have only high praise for the support I got from Brian. If you're interested in building a kit, I'd recommend the 4.1LE.

Dave
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Old 02-27-2012, 05:11 PM
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Adhesiv,

I've had the Arome for only 3 weeks, but I'm pretty happy with it. I put the Pace Car in between the source (UnitiServe) and the DAC. I wasn't unhappy with the UnitiServe directly to the DAC, but I read a lot about jitter reduction, and I thought I 'd give it a try. After adding it, I noticed details in recordings I never heard before - recordings I've had for 25+yrs that I know well. Then I took it out, and they disappeared. Some say that jitter reduction is a scam, but it's not, if you have a good device like the Pace Car. It also enables a DAC with an older design to compete with the newer designs, like the MiniMax Plus, which I also have. Side-by-side, I prefer the AN with the Pace Car - but it is definitley more expensive.

Here's my current signal path:

Naim UnitiServe to Pace Car with an A23 (75 ohm)
Pace Car to DAC with A23 cable (75 ohm)
DAC to Arome with A23 cable (XLR)
Arome to Monbrison with Shindo cable (RCA)
Monbrison to Montrachet with Shindo cable (RCA)

so yes, quite a bit of cable, but each are 1m or less.

Build time on the DAC is tough to say, but probably 2-3 weeks of 2 hours per night.

Dave
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Old 02-28-2012, 04:08 AM
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Dave,

I wasn't aware that A23 made a digital 75ohm cable. Was this a special order or is this a standard cable they sell?
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Thanks for the advice, Dave! I can't wait to get one!

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Lunchy - Yes, it's quite an impressive kit - and the parts are fantastic. The case is relatively large, and there was always enough room to work. But I did have a few issues.

1. The manual said to take a parts inventory, but since there were so many parts, I didn't, and was missing some parts in the first few steps. So I'd recommend taking an inventory before you start.

2. Also, get a power cord before you start, so you're not waiting with a finished kit like I was, trying to decide on a power cord. For the first 2 weeks, I used the power cord from my soldering iron!

3. I started my build just as AN Kits released a new version of the manual, so there were some issues with the work flow, but nothing serious, just a few times the picture didn't line up with the wording. But Brian at AN Kits was always very responsive to emails and calls, and even stayed on the phone with me during one critical point at the end as I was powering up.

I have only high praise for the support I got from Brian. If you're interested in building a kit, I'd recommend the 4.1LE.

Dave
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