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    Re: Gryphon Ethos CD player + DAC

    The link says:

    The company tells us that ďcorrectly implemented upsampling eliminates the need for conventional, steep-slope analogue filtering altogether.Ē


    It's advertised as being special,...
  2. Re: How much power (wpc) is more than enough for most speakers and systems?

    I like overkill. My main speakers are 92 dB sensitive 2-way monitors at 8 Ohm impedance, and I use an amp of 100W/ch into 8 Ohms (130 W/ch into 4 Ohms). The monitors can easily be driven with great...
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    Re: Digital cable shoot-out

    As far as I know, my MIT SL Matrix Plus digital cable is not available as BNC.
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    Re: Digital cable shoot-out

    No MIT either. And if I understand correctly, it's only BNC cables. Irrelevant for me as I use AES/EBU.
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    Re: Octave Jubilee 300B

    What is puzzling, Mike? Octave strives to sound neither like tube nor like solid state, but like music, as it seeks to amplify the signal faithfully. And like music it sounds to me, which is why I...
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    Re: Magico or Avantgarde ?

    A distance of 2.5 meters ear to tweeter is incredibly short. I would not listen to any speakers that up close except monitors, which is the type of speakers I have, and I sit further away too (2.65...
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    Re: Auditioning Amps And Speakers...

    I don't usually listen blindly, but recently in a DAC shootout in another system I was able to repeatedly and reliably point out the better DAC that way.

    But what you say about controlled volume...
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    Re: Denafrips Terminator R2R DAC

    I just checked the links again, and they work as advertised.
  9. Re: New DAC Question after swapping out L509X for Rogue CMII integrated

    Preamp stages (i.e. digital volume controls) in DACs often underperform, and from what I have heard, MSB is no exception (unless it's the Select II). The importance of a great analog preamp cannot...
  10. Re: New DAC Question after swapping out L509X for Rogue CMII integrated

    If this is of any help ;):

    My amplification cost almost $ 30K, and my DAC cost $ 2,399 (for specifics on my components, see signature).

    Do I think this makes sense? Hell yeah. The total...
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    Re: Denafrips Terminator R2R DAC

    You're welcome, Dan. I suspect some of the perceived enhanced transparency and openness of the Terminator in my original review can be attributed to slight differences in tonal balance. Audio is...
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    Re: Denafrips Terminator R2R DAC

    Mine was on and running 24/7 for almost 14 days.
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    Re: Denafrips Terminator R2R DAC

    Yup, wrote a rave review on Audioshark:

    https://www.audioshark.org/computer-digital-audio-11/denafrips-terminator-dac-13463-page14.html

    and returned the DAC, for reasons specified:
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  14. Re: 50 Years Ago, Apollo 11 Launched to the Moon: A Look Back at the Epic Day

    Some commenter on YouTube joked about conspiracy theories:
    yes, the moon landing didn't occur -- the moon really didn't land...
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    Re: If you havenít heard it, you have no opinion

    LOL!

    Don't get me started on this one... ;)
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    Re: If you havenít heard it, you have no opinion

    And then there are those who go to shows and then opine how a particular brand always sounds bad and thus sucks. I am thinking in particular of those folks who have heard Magico bright, thin and...
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    Re: The Audiohpile Ear

    That is true. I have become skeptical myself. I have given up on audiophile power cords for example. They mostly do nothing. One time I even heard deterioration of sound. I have given up on...
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    Re: The Audiohpile Ear

    Ok, let me modify:
    In principle we should be able to measure everything we hear. But currently we don't know how to do that, since we know too little about human perception. *)

    The same way as...
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    Re: The Audiohpile Ear

    Being a scientist myself (albeit in an unrelated field, biochemistry), I agree that we can’t measure everything we can hear, and I trust my ears too. I would hope that most engineers also know that...
  20. Re: MSB Reference DAC - Another thumbs up vote and quick review

    Thanks, Ken, for the informative answer!
  21. Re: MSB Reference DAC - Another thumbs up vote and quick review

    Ken, may I ask in which way, sound wise, do you think the Select II DAC produces a significantly higher level of realism?

    Thanks
    Al
  22. Re: MSB Reference DAC - Another thumbs up vote and quick review

    May I ask for specifics why you preferred your Esoteric to the MSB? Did you hear both DACs in the same system?
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    Re: Why no turntable?

    Digital is just as stable if you play physical CDs like I do. I always get my digital to work, never a problem with my current CD transport in the 5 years since I have it. Sometimes it pays off to be...
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    Re: Why no turntable?

    Ha, if hip cool includes destroying your records upon playing, I'm all in...
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    Re: Why no turntable?

    Hehe, Mike, no chance against the Schiitty DAC ;).
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