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  1. Golden Ape

    Building own DAC

    Super, thanks very much. This lot should keep my busy for awhile. Really appreciate all the input.
  2. Golden Ape

    Building own DAC

    Thanks for the input, lots of interesting things here. Marsman - I didn't know about the L7, I'll have a look at that, thanks Lucid - humour me, I'm not really after performance or a budget solution, mainly interested in doing a spot of soldering in the evenings. What solution would you go for...
  3. Golden Ape

    Building own DAC

    Mmm maybe I should check the Fiio out - that said it would be interesting to actually build something plus the Fiio E7 seemed to be a portable device, I'd just have it driving a stereo from a PC. As such it seems I'd be wasting its abilities ...
  4. Golden Ape

    Building own DAC

    Yes it is more for *fun* and learning than any other reason - that said if it was going to cost me a lot more to build my own DAC that was significantly less good than an off the shelf one then I probably wouldn't bother. (by the way - could I use a fiio e7 to drive a stereo amp via 3.5mm to...
  5. Golden Ape

    Building own DAC

    Interesting thanks - any idea how these things measure up to off-the-shelf equipment, say like a Beresford DAC?
  6. Golden Ape

    Building own DAC

    Evening all. I remember a while back, possibly several years, there was quite a bit of discussion on here about people building their own DACs - there seemed to be a favourite kit but I can't remember what it was. Does anyone do this anymore? Is it worth it - I guess I'm looking to learn...
  7. Golden Ape

    HTPC help needed

    Great, might give Win8 a try then. Cheers all, I'll let you know how it works out once I've put the beast together.
  8. Golden Ape

    HTPC help needed

    Actually I do have another question. I notice that XBMC recommends running on Win7 (if your'e going for windows that is). Is there some reason not to use Win8?
  9. Golden Ape

    HTPC help needed

    Super thanks for all the good advice - have to get one of those air mice, looks nice. I did wonder about going down the PI route but since I've got lots of media centre bits I just thought it easier to stick with the current setup - plus running iTunes etc etc would make it all a bit tricker. I...
  10. Golden Ape

    HTPC help needed

    I should probably stick with windows - if I had more time then playing with linux could be *fun* but it's more important to get something working quickly. What air mouse do you use by the way? I'm also wondering about shaving some cash of this thing by dumping the i3 3225 for a Pentium - I...
  11. Golden Ape

    HTPC help needed

    Yeh I would be pretty much only using it for XBMC - other things that I use the current one for are: 1) General file store (so fine under Linux) 2) Squeeze box server (again fine under Linux but I'm thinking of dumping the squeeze box anyway). But 3) I do use it to down load/rent films via...
  12. Golden Ape

    HTPC help needed

    Ah good stuff thanks very much. These integrated GPUs are pretty impressive, I think the noisiest part of my old HTPC was the GPU fan which was needed for MPEG4 play back. Should be quite a bit cooler and quieter without that lot. Hmm had forgotten about RAM though - I'll go for some cheap...
  13. Golden Ape

    HTPC help needed

    Great thanks - I think I'm going to stick with my current case, there's not a lot wrong with it other than being a bit bigger than I'd like. Might look into silent heat sinks though...
  14. Golden Ape

    HTPC help needed

    Ah interesting - that was exactly the chip I was looking at (mainly for the low power consumption and good graphics). If you don't mind me asking what motherboard do you have it on and which fanless heatsink (is it in a large case?). Is the HD4000 good enough to deal with bluray and other full...
  15. Golden Ape

    HTPC help needed

    My old media PC has finally had it and I need to upgrade. I'll be cannibalising the old machine and keeping the case (Antec Fusion), power supply and some of the drives. But my big question is what processor/ micro ATX motherboard do I go for? I'm pretty out of date but I see that the...
  16. Golden Ape

    Outdoor prints

    Great thanks guys, exactly what I was looking for, I'll investigate.
  17. Golden Ape

    Outdoor prints

    Morning, I don't often post in here but do enjoy flicking through the numerous fantastic shots that get posted. Anyway I have a question and this seems to be the place for it. I want to get some images printed out, say about A2 or A3 size but the catch is I want to put them in the garden on a...
  18. Golden Ape

    Thinking of switching from iPad 3g to iPad Wifi + iPhone hotspot

    I'm just looking into this at the moment. The o2 live chat option will pop up if you try and ask their 'virtual agent lucy' about tethering. Mind you it's pretty slow to get a response from them, every time I type a question it takes a couple of minutes to get a one word reply.
  19. Golden Ape

    TV card of choice

    Great thanks. I'll take a look at those.
  20. Golden Ape

    TV card of choice

    Relating to another post here I'm looking for recommendations on a freeview TV tuner (PCI or PCI express but not USB) for a media PC. As it seems that the wait for HD tuners goes on I'm only looking for a standard def one. Any favourites, ideally I'd want one with dual tuners?
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