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In Reply to: RE: How did you crack the case? -nt posted by E-Stat on July 06, 2017 at 05:19:49
Didn't try to crack the case once I realized I'd have to figure out a way to put it back together securely.
We got cats!
Just clipped the cord at the case and soldered on the Canare Star Quad and covered my mess with shrink tubing.
OK, not ideal and NOT very pretty, but I'll not be posting posting picture and enduring the ridicule, so I guess that's OK.
What did you do at the barrel plug end ?
This is the same part that John Swenson used when he built the cable for his LPS-1 Ultracap supply as reported on Computer Audiophile.
He was traveling and didn't have a soldering iron handy, I think.
How much filter capacitance is found and whether or not it could be increased in that case.
I doubt it comes anywhere close to the 60 farad stiffness of the Uptone LPS-1 which may account for a different sensitivity to the lower inductance of the star quad cable.
At any rate, the Jameco does pretty well for $15!
OK, perhaps I'm not seeing (hearing) a WORLD of difference here, just thought that the iFI iPower $50 wall wart was a bit better than the $12 Jameco with the stock cheap cable.
With the new Star Quad cable (1 meter) instead of the nearly 6 foot thin wire, the Jameco seems to equal the iFI.
Seem to recall that John Swenson heard a big difference with the Star Quad cable compared to the stock cable on the Uptone Ultracap LPS1?
Have a friend who went for an aftermarket cable for the LPS1 as well and said it made a HUGE difference, and that he wasn't at all impressed with the LPS-1 until he went with a rather expensive aftermarket DC cable.
Eventually, I'll likely go with a uRendu and LPS-1, that's if I stay with LMS for my living room DAC/Headphone amp station. Then move the Pi to the bedroom.
Another confounding factor is that I have a new headphone (Kennerton Vali) in the system which is quite a nice upgrade from my old reference, 10 year old Senn HD-600. Too many changes at once can confuse there old ears.
It was following Swenson's report that I did the same thing and likewise found a nice improvement in dynamics replacing the original 18" cable with an equal length of star quad.
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