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DAC Shootout Starts This Weekend
Okay...as I wait for my BACCH-SP Adio to arrive, I have a few other units that are worth doing a write up on.   Cary Audio DMS-600 is one that was traded in.  This is a DAC/Streamer in one box.  I plugged in the unit.  Downloaded the Cary Applica... 
Back to the DAC
If you want a DAC with no other features I can think of a few.  At the lower end (sub $5k) there are more.     SoulNote DACs are just DACs.  I believe they have a SE version at $7k (d-1), balanced at $9k (d-2) and reference at $35k (d-3 plus cloc... 
Nagra streamer in Munich 2024
I am curious about this streamer as well.  It will definitely be best with PLink into Nagra and Playback products.  If you are not explicitly looking for PLink, just a good streamer, the EMM Labs NS1 is quite good and is similar in its pricing at ... 
JPLAY ? Qobuz iPhone
JPlay has a better user interface than MConnect.  Bubble UPnP is for Android I believe.   I find Jplay is more stable than MConnect with certain devices and MConnect is better with others.  I have not tried either with Hegel yet but if Hegel is su... 
Thoughts? - First Watt F8 / Vandersteen Treo's
That amp will not cope well with very hard to drive Vandersteen speakers.   I would echo Soix's POV exactly.  Those speakers need a bit more oomph.    
Best DAC’S $5k to $15k
So, Chord has a particular sound profile that is unlike most other brands. Detailed, musical and a touch forward.  It has incredible depth between the speakers in terms of image.  It lacks width and height of other DACs in this range.  Other you ... 
Comparing Chord Qutest Dac with the Built in Dac in Lumin T3 Streamer
@tubeguy76 the DAC 204 is the better all around DAC.  Chord is amazing between the speakers.  The Qutest has great depth of image and strong detail.  That said, it lacks the image width and height of the DAC 204.  The 204 is close to as good in te... 
Buying Used Speakers
As a seller, speakers are by far the worst item to sell.  When we say things like fully tested and performs flawlessly, I can tell you at least what I mean.  I connect them to my system and put them through their paces.  I listen to tracks and che... 
40+ watts SET, cost is not a problem
What you are looking for does exist and can sound superb with your speakers.   KR Kronzilla's would be an interesting choice.  The tube is esoteric but it sounds really good and delivers a lot of power.  Not exactly like a 300B but 300Bish. KR al... 
Comparing Chord Qutest Dac with the Built in Dac in Lumin T3 Streamer
I have not compared T3 to Qutest but have compared the T2. This is not a fair comparison. Tonally similar. The T2 sounded much bigger than the Qutest in terms of image height and width. Qutest has the edge in terms of depth and the T2 had a small ... 
Linear Power supply for a Weiss dac 204?
You know they make a matching LPS.  I have no idea if it is in the same price range as the ones you mention but it is quite good.    
Playback Designs MPD6 or Bricasti M21?
Couple notes as a dealer of both brands - the M21 "Network Card" can be used as a streamer the same way as the PBD Stream X module can.  StreamX is a $3K option on the MPD-6.  Both can leverage MConnect and JPlay to work as a streamer or serve as ... 
DAC Shootout Starts This Weekend
So I have recently spent time with the Hegel H600 integrated amp and DAC.  This has been an interesting test as it is a replacement for the old H590 I had.  I want to focus on the DAC first.   After some testing, my feeling is the DAC is very muc... 
I Don't Understand What Determines When A Thread Gets The Axe
So…I checked today and the domestic site that was supposedly for a business in Kansas is already gone.  That was hosted on the Shopify platform and they aren’t going to support open fraud.  The only legacy they seem to have is an entry on malware.... 
A good cd transport for my Chord HugoTT2 DAC with Chord M-Scaler
I would say based on my testing, the Jay’s is the best I have heard. I have had the Ayon here which is also quite good.  I have had the Luxman here and believe it is far better as a transport.  The DAC in it was underwhelming for the price IMO but...