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alright ill add pictures but lets get to the meat of the review Ether Dream there you go a link

i saved up for a couple months after hearing the problems with the riya DACs and with the limited and annoying sound card dac i owned well i was sick of it and ready to go for the real deal. the sound card dac worked when you where lucky but still not very well.

got the etherdream in 3 days i think

the setup is a breeze takes less than 3 minutes

originally with my audiolase i thought the problem with my test pattern was the galvo tuning well that may be part of it but not all my test pattern is close to perfect with the etherdream. i will post pics when i can borrow a good camera.

jacob or j4cbo(PL) is the best when i first got it and didnt understand something i jumped on PL irc and he answered my questions quickly and with much patience.

the issue wasnt even the etherdream it was i had not updated LSX

i have HAD no issues with the etherdream

and even at the base price of 275$ seems like allot its worth it

i payed 325 to get the bad ass case and a psu and now that i have it, i honestly think it would have been worth it at 400+

that may sound crazy but the difference between this and a budget DAC is astounding

all i have to do is turn on the etherdream with a SC dac i had to fiddle with it for hours. the ether dream always works and my computer always recognizes it.

the ethernet capability is also super handy compared to db25 cable it is dirt cheap so i can run it 100ft for under 10$

and of course
NO tuning
NO fiddling
NO having to use a older OS for it to work
NO cable issues(riya)
NO output issues(experienced with riya and sound card DACs)


the combo of this and lsx is incredible and POWERFUl

i wish my camera was fast enough to pick up the vide i even made you guys a show its not great but it was just for fun pm me if you have lsx i can send it to you maybe you can post a video for me??

thanks for reading the long post i hope you liked the review

again sorry about no pictures i hope to get some over the weekend

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Ooooo you finally got it

Glad you finally got a working DAC, it seems you really do get what you pay for with DAC's. I've been through SC and RIYA DAC's as well and they really do not compare to a good DAC
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Ooooo you finally got it

Glad you finally got a working DAC, it seems you really do get what you pay for with DAC's. I've been through SC and RIYA DAC's as well and they really do not compare to a good DAC
yep sadly we both learned the hard way with DACs and software just spend the money. even though you can get a used sc DAC for under 100$ like i did you will most likely sell it to get something much better.

my advice on a projector spend your money on the DAC and software then get galvos and lasers i had galvos software and a laser sitting for more than a month doing nothing a quality DAC and program like LSX and ether dream ARE so essential!!
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yep sadly we both learned the hard way with DACs and software just spend the money. even though you can get a used sc DAC for under 100$ like i did you will most likely sell it to get something much better.

my advice on a projector spend your money on the DAC and software then get galvos and lasers i had galvos software and a laser sitting for more than a month doing nothing a quality DAC and program like LSX and ether dream ARE so essential!!
Yuppp seems like everyone who got an SC DAC to start in projectors sold it for something better. A good DAC/Software is much more essential than having a good laser or scanner set. My 445nm laser is as bad as it gets

Hows your projector going? Mines nearly done... Need to do some work on the case to make it all fit & fix my blue laser
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Hows your projector going? Mines nearly done... Need to do some work on the case to make it all fit & fix my blue laser
not so great i need a baseplate a case and blue and red i want to buy a case and al baseplate next but i have been emailing goldenstar the want 110 to ship the 85$ case i want so im open to case help

blue wont be hard red will be tricky

i have 120$ right now so im moving towards case and baseplate atm
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not so great i need a baseplate a case and blue and red i want to buy a case and al baseplate next but i have been emailing goldenstar the want 110 to ship the 85$ case i want so im open to case help

blue wont be hard red will be tricky

i have 120$ right now so im moving towards case and baseplate atm
Yeah, base plate was a lot for me, since the place I bought it from only sold it in 3 x 7 ft plates. Had to buy more then I will ever need

As for the case, if you don't mind a rack mount case see if your local electronics store has something. I got a 2U case for 30$ and it works amazingly.

I never bought a red, my projector is GB. Perhaps if I had enough money later I'll buy one. PM me if you find a good module! As it is, even if I build a dual 635nm with correction it's the same price as a CNI 400mW 640nm module. Hopefully the 500mW mits diodes will make a good single diode laser to balance out my green/blue.

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Yeah, base plate was a lot for me, since the place I bought it from only sold it in 3 x 7 ft plates. Had to buy more then I will ever need

As for the case, if you don't mind a rack mount case see if your local electronics store has something. I got a 2U case for 30$ and it works amazingly.

I never bought a red, my projector is GB. Perhaps if I had enough money later I'll buy one. PM me if you find a good module! As it is, even if I build a dual 635nm with correction it's the same price as a CNI 400mW 640nm module. Hopefully the 500mW mits diodes will make a good single diode laser to balance out my green/blue.
yeah i might just end up using a rack mount case

mine will be a GB for a while and for the red (i wont start it even till after summer) will hopefully be some diy with the new 635s idk yet
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