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    the new butler's are a new design (without balanced xlr inputs) so it would be a big undertaking to mod them. I think i am happy with my latest design though. It doesn't photograph all that well, but in person i like it. I'll take some pictures anyways.

    as for the attenuator. the pot has no interaction with the actual audio path, it is just used in the digital domain to control the attenuator board remotely. The thing you are looking at will work but will limit you to having to go back to the amp or soundcard to attenuate the volume of the sub. The joshua tree; on the other hand, would allow you to remotely adjust the attenuation from your dash
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilMayfield View Post
    I was thinking, looking at the design of the amps, it would look pretty cool if you had some frosted plexiglass covers made. Not to cover the whole thing, but with a cut out in the center for that middle portion to poke through. Maybe frosted... Think like an iceberg. I may just be nuts
    that would look cool too, but it's just a bit too 'flashy' for my tastes. If i had the room to cover the whole amp i bet frosted with portions (maybe a design of some sort) that was left clear would look pretty trick though
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    I finally have everything that i need (componentwise) and they do look nice:


    This is my first fully active system and i'm pretty excited!

    now onto the install and tune
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    Hi Scott,really awesome setup,I also have the phaze and they are the best for my tastes!
    Some questions :
    -do you run the zapco with balanced input?How did you connect it?
    Do you have the scheme of the symbilink cable and made an adapter?
    -How do you run everything in active if the dac is only 2 channels?Do you have more than one dac?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 00christian00 View Post
    Hi Scott,really awesome setup,I also have the phaze and they are the best for my tastes!
    Some questions :
    -do you run the zapco with balanced input?How did you connect it?
    Do you have the scheme of the symbilink cable and made an adapter?
    -How do you run everything in active if the dac is only 2 channels?Do you have more than one dac?
    hey christian,

    thanks for the compliment, to answer your questions:
    yes i will run the zapco with balanced inputs.
    the phaze pin configuration is as follows:
    Pin 1 = ground
    Pin 2 = + phase
    Pin 3 = - phase


    the zapco symblink wire config is:
    L+ white
    L- yellow
    R+ red
    R- black
    +15v blue
    -15v green

    basically i just made a cable that has two xlr's connected to a symblink cable. not that hard to do

    i have the pin out at home if you don't have a symblink cable to hack up.


    as far as running everything active, i have a phaze ldx-23 active x-over. this is the layout (digital from the mobo to the dac, then balanced after that)
    mobo > dac > attenuator > x-over > amps
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    That WILL sound good!

    Fine combination of good parts AND a well thought through design (signal-wise).

    Wouldn't it be an idea to control the attenuator with the PC? Just get an analog-out phidget/velleman board on USB and you're set. You could even combine with a potmeter so you can overrule the PC if needed...

    What about an xtronic case for the pc? The design is different but could look nice next to the amps....maybe
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    So if i understand well,you basically connect xlr 1 to L+ and L- xlr 2 to R+andR- and where do you take the ground?shorting blue and green?

    I don't think the xtronic case will fit the phaze.
    What if you hide the lower part of the td1500,with the wood that cover from the middle of the amp,leaving the whole silver surface visible and with a design that isn't too much flat,but have the connectors and cables hidden.Then you can put the crossover completely shown,above this surface and between the 2 phaze,with the balanced cable that go under the wood,having some sort of central unit controlling them.You can then put some blue light inside the phaze and have some cool effect,you can even replace the light behind the tube.I think it will look nice.
    Below the xover,you place the zapco with the cover in par in the wood,max 1-2 mm outside,that seem like a sign.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scott_fx View Post
    the new butler's are a new design (without balanced xlr inputs) so it would be a big undertaking to mod them.
    It shouldn't be hard at all. I'm just talking about modding the top cover from one of the new amps, assuming they will sell just the cover.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 00christian00 View Post
    -How do you run everything in active if the dac is only 2 channels?Do you have more than one dac?
    The digital signal goes from the PC to the DAC which converts it to 2 channel analog. Then the anolog signal is divided up by the x-over. Each x-over output is balanced analog.
    All active means he does not have any passive x-overs in the signal chain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by durwood View Post

    Go job ont he setup, I thought I was the only one who went back and forth on how I wanted it to look. At least your equipment matches unlike mine. I'll be checking out your progress.

    And now why do you think my equipment is sitting in my room for almost a year?
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