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In Reply to: RE: CAL Delta & Alpha posted by Luminator on December 14, 2020 at 09:17:17
Glad to hear another owner's ancient CAL products are still plugging away like mine. The laser unit is still available (Panasonic RAE0113Z) on places like fleabay, but am not sure how involved it would be to swap it out.
Never tried fuse swaps, but the pair of tubes that I have in the Alpha is probably worth more than the DAC itself (had been using a pair of Mullard M8137 for many years).
But I am so used to that combo's sound.
Of course, users have always tried a wide variety of powercords, digital cables, and interconnects on the Delta & Alpha. But these cables do not have to be expensive, in order to work well with the CAL duo.
The CAL Alpha can also use/accept the 5751 tube. AFAIK, none of the people I know who have had the Alpha ever had a tube failure.
CAL supplied two different remotes, for the Delta. As a right-handed person, I prefer the fatter model. The search and skip buttons are conveniently located on the remote's lower right, which is where my thumb lies. Also, I've memorized the top 4 buttons, so I use the fat remote in the dark.
I have the one on the left in your picture - the tall/skinny version. But yes the buttons are tiny. Not having used the other, I don't know any better :).
I have a bunch of AX7's and 5751's - too much hassle to keep swapping around and so just stuck the 'best' tubes that I have for the unit in the Alpha and called it a day (that was probably a decade or more ago).
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