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    Quote Originally Posted by bmichels View Post
    AHHH ! So I shall also look at for example the EMM-XDS1 V2 DAC/CD/SACD which was on my list ? anyone heard it ?
    Yes indeed. I have the Meitner MA1, which is the same product as the EMM Labs DAC 2X, except the latter has some higher quality components. I do like the sound of if, it brings all the details but has no harshness in the sound.


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    Re: Nagra HD DAC

    Quote Originally Posted by Kuoppis View Post
    Before setting up his own joint Andreas Koch was working at Meitner as well.


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    actually Andreas has quite a bit more relevant experience than that.

    he started with Studer/ReVox designing digital in the 80's, then with Dolby again designing digital, then with Sony in the 90's working on designing the 8 channel dsd 'Sonoma' which was the original dsd recording mixing device.

    likely Andreas has more dsd background than anyone else and been at it longer.

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    The Nagra HD is a nice DAC. I can see where many would like its sound. To me the industrial design of Nagra is pretty cool but since many of the products do not fit the standard audio footprint it is hard to mix their products into a setup. Not my first choice but I would never question why someone would desire to purchase it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Lavigne View Post
    Sony in the 90's working on designing the 8 channel dsd 'Sonoma' which was the original dsd recording mixing device.
    This was done together with Meitner at Meitner as Sony contractors in case I remember it correctly and triggered both Meitner's and Koch's DSD development path.

    Koch worked first for Meitner before he went to set up Playback Designs (and took the other German guy with him).

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    Re: Nagra HD DAC

    I have never heard the famous ACCUPHASE sound. The DAC that I prefer so far is the NAGRA HD DAC. Very musical but very precise.

    --> Is ACCUPHASE in the same emotional territory than NAGRA ? Similar or different sound signature ?

    Their TOL DP-950 (CD/SACD) + DC-950 (DAC) is at the same price than the NAGRA HD DAC + NAGRA CDT !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kuoppis View Post
    Yes indeed. I have the Meitner MA1, which is the same product as the EMM Labs DAC 2X, except the latter has some higher quality components. I do like the sound of if, it brings all the details but has no harshness in the sound.


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    Another MA-1 user here. Everything is up sampled to double DSD. The DAC 2 has a much more sophisticated power supply. I enjoy its treble performance, an area a lot of digital has difficulties due to digital filtering.

    It beats the Nagra DAC I had previously, (but I am talking about the original Nagra with Sharc DSP). 24/96, 24/192, DSD no problem via the USB interface.

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    Re: Nagra HD DAC

    I also have a complete Nagra system. I just received the Nagra Classic Preamp. In few words it blew my mind and exceded my expectations.

    This is what my Classic Amp was missing. Jazz Preamp but the classic preamp is many steps ahead. One of the best preamp I've listened to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by audioholic View Post
    I also have a complete Nagra system. I just received the Nagra Classic Preamp. In few words it blew my mind and exceded my expectations.

    This is what my Classic Amp was missing. Jazz Preamp but the classic preamp is many steps ahead. One of the best preamp I've listened to.
    I am happy for you that you enjoy so much your NAGRA Classic Preamp. I can see in your signature that you have some wonderful "toys" including the great C.E.C. TLOX CD Transport. I hope it sounds as goos as it looks ?

    I also see that you owe a HD DAC and a Classic DAC. As you know I am very tempted to get the HD DAC since it is so far the only DAC that was bringing me emotion and soul. All the other TOL DACs that I heard sounded (to y ears) "perfect" but... life-less.

    --> My question is: Does the Classic offer also this great Nagra sound or do I have to go the HD DAC to really get this magic that moved me ? Does the HE DAC sound really better than the Classic DAC ? Also, does the MPS really bring a substantial sound quality increase ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by audioholic View Post
    I also have a complete Nagra system. I just received the Nagra Classic Preamp. In few words it blew my mind and exceded my expectations.

    This is what my Classic Amp was missing. Jazz Preamp but the classic preamp is many steps ahead. One of the best preamp I've listened to.
    Congrats on your Classic Preamp...can you share more about it vs your former Jazz? My dealer is getting a Classic preamp soon and I'll be able to demo it at home...Thanks in advance
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