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  1. Hey guys, just wanted to drop by to let folks know that I'm running a blind test of MQA Core Decode vs. original hi-res... It's a way to compare what MQA decoding sounds like with your own DAC especially for those of you who don't have TIDAL and may be wondering about the difference between a stream that's MQA Core decoded compared to say a non-MQA 24/96 stream. After you listen, I would of course love to know your perception of differences. The tracks are randomized and "blinded". Tell me which you prefer and how much difference you perceive! Test instructions and files can be found here: INTERNET BLIND TEST: MQA Core Decoding vs. Standard Hi-Res Audio Thanks all, have fun... Arch
  2. Ayre will be presenting prototypes of the new 8 series at the High End show, which will start thursday in Munich. I presume a new dac/streamer/headphone-amp will be part of the 8 series, as a successor of the QB-9DSD. I also would expect to see a new integrated amp as a successor of the AX-7e. But I'm just guessing. I'm curious what will trickle down from the 5 series, and what new techniques Ayre will be implementing. Who knows more?
  3. Price is negotiable within reasonable limits. Serious buyers may contact me for a number or skype or WhatsApp line for further info. Purchased 2 DACS and 1 Server from a Authorised Dealer for Playback Designs. Keeping 1 DAC and 1 Server for my Main listening room. Potential buyers can skype me and I can give a small tour of my current setup. This unit up for sale is a second DAC I have, since I love the sound of this DAC I went ahead with out thinking about it carefully and purchased 2 DACS, thinking one can be used for my office. Was supposed to be installed for my office setup. Started to realise I'm not using this enough to justify its cost. I have a Syrah Server with another Merlot for my main listening room. My Feedback speaks for it self. Any questions please email me. I can speaker over the phone or communicate via Email. Skype Calls are welcomed if you need a live view to check it out. Virtually Brand New Open Box, Tested Working. Comes with Paper work, Wooden box. Will Ship Via FedEx World Wide. Payment accepted Via Bank Wire, Paypal. Paypal fees has to be covered by the buyer. I prefer to ship to Confirmed address only if paypal is selected as a form of payment to protect both buyer and seller. Condition is 10/10 I have rated it 9/10 Under 10 hour use. Reasonable Offers will be accepted. Shipping in wooden crate hence shipping price is slightly high as FedEx will calculate this shipment based on Dimension. Invoice and Customs paper work can be figured out to ease purchasing. Just let me know what you need put on the invoice prior to shipping out. No questions have been asked about this item. Retail Price: $6500.00 (My unit is virtually brand new! Mint!!) Asking Price: $4850.00 Plus Shipping (Paypal is accepted but fees need to be covered by buyer) Shipping Via FedEx: but I can also ship via EMS.
  4. CES 2017 Meitner MA-1 V2 and EMM Labs DAC2X V2 Announcements Using technology developed in their flagship DA2 DAC, EMM Labs and Meitner Audio has once again updated both their multi-award winning DACs the Meitner Audio MA-1 DAC and EMM Labs DAC2X. In addition to being the perfect companion of their TSDX CD/SACD Transport, the updates provide a huge improvement in transparency, accuracy and overall sound quality. The new V2 unit updates consist of: MDAC™ in both platforms are now fully discrete DSD512/8xDSD D/A converters completely built in-house at EMM Labs' manufacturing facility in Canada Their multi-award winning MDAT2™ DSP has also been refined and updated to synergistically work with the new 8xDSD MDAC™. The new MDAT2™ DSP does real-time transient detection, processing and up-conversion of all incoming audio, PCM and DSD, before sending it to the new MDAC™ The DSD audio signal path has been re-designed allowing for further enhancements in transparency during the DSD to Analog conversion process Proprietary hardware galvanic isolation for the USB Audio interface Supports sampling rates of 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192kHz at word lengths up to 24 bits through all 6 digital inputs, Support for DSD128/2xDSD and DXD streaming via USB Audio Support for DSD (DoP) streaming via TOSLINK, SPDIF and AES No configuration necessary, just plug and play. Every other digital system from its proprietary jitter removal MFAST™ to its super accurate clock, MCLK™ has also been carefully revised as well for better sound. The V2 version pricing: Meitner MA-1 MSRP is $7,000 US EMM Labs DAC2X MSRP is $15,500 US Please note the V2 units performance are immediately noticeable and not subtle. So it’s quite a big jump in performance from the standard MA-1 and DAC2X to the V2 version. They are also offering an upgrade package for customers with older MA-1s and DAC2Xs to upgrade their units to V2. MSRP is: $1,750 US Note - Most units purchased in 2016 would already have newer hardware and you can just update the unit with the finalized firmware to make it V2. If you're not sure if your DAC already has the newer hardware, contact your EMM/Meitner dealer with the serial number.
  5. I have just read a positive review in July number of Italian magazine AudioReview about this new little DAC from Project http://www.box-designs.com/main.php?prod=preboxs2digital&cat=s2-line&lang=en A very reasonable entry level price for experimenting with MQA, but apparently not at all entry level performance. Main specs from Pro-Ject infosheet: • Dual mono construction • High end ESS Sabre ESS9038 dual DAC • Proprietary clock circuity design • Organic polymer capacitors and thin film miniMELF resistors • MQA hardware decoding • DSD64, DSD128, DSD256 & DSD512 (DSD over PCM) • Up to 24bit/192kHz for optical & coax inputs • 7 selectable digital filter characteristics • 1 proprietary optimum transient digital filter • Headphone output on the front (6.3mm) • Synchronization of all internal oscillators • Jitter as low as 100 Femtoseconds! • Gold plated four layer PCB • Full alu/metal sandwich casing in silver or black SRP: € 349,00
  6. A bit of reflection between the Ares vs Pontus: Comparing the Ares to Pontus On "OS" mode. Before I go any further, let me just say that my observations about these two pieces is just that; an observation between the two Denafrips. The Ares compared to other DAC that I have heard and owned, is fantastic DAC to own for that price. If one contemplating climb up the Denafrips ladder,great. One may choose to keep the Ares and use it in a second system. But, if one chooses to stay with the Ares ,you are still head of the curve from what's readily available out there. The Ares in its own right is a great DAC for the price. I sold my Schiit Bifrost 4490 after I heard the first notes from the Ares. Now , Ares vs Pontus ( OS )mode, Assuming that the Ares only operates in OS mode. I'm using USB. Pontus is a tad bit under double of what the the Ares can deliver ( meaning: I felt that was getting about 150-60% of the Ares can dish out) On clarity , intelligibility; with the Pontus there is more micro dynamics, more transient, a bit larger stage and more headroom and a better sense of size and scale. The Pontus sonic character is cleaner, livelier, more presence and emotions. Instruments separation is better and the Pontus is a bit more natural . Again, with the Pontus as good as the Ares is, I find myself thinking that as much as I love what I was hearing from the Ares, I found that the Pontus is much more easier to listen to, it's much more easier to follow the music. It's easier to get drifted deeper and deeper into the music , that speaks volumes for the Pontus . Now my question is maybe I should have listened to Alvin and got me the Venus or the Terminator..? We don't know what the future holds, but for now, I am extremely happy to have the Pontus in my house till or if I decide to go up the chain ( Terminator ) I have said before : the terminator must be something very very special if the Ares and Pontus can sound so freaking good. I don't how you guys do it , but, well done Denafrips people , we've been waiting, and you guys have delivered. Next time , Pontus: OS vs NOS
  7. What I want is some program that will run on a cheap tablet (to be purchased) that will search and select CD quality music files stored on an external hard drive (files ripped to flac from physical CDs using Exact Audio Copy) and will send the selected files to the USB input of an external integrated amp containing a built-in DAC in order to play the files through my main tower speakers.
  8. Sound Liaison has released a handy sampler to test your DAC's preference. http://www.soundliaison.com/all-categories/6-compare-formats Test your DAC! Format Comparison sampler Which format is best for your DAC? Every DAC has it's own character, some sounds better using PCM files and some sounds better using DSD files...... Some people find the convenience of FLAC files more important. Here on this page is a list containing 2 minutes of a song in 11 different formats. The song is called 'A Fool For You' and is performed by Carmen Gomes Inc. It’s taken from the album 'Carmen Sings The Blues'. http://www.soundliaison.com/studio-showcase-series/276-carmen-gomes-sings-the-blues All the different formats have the same source file, DXD 352kHz (Studio Master). We used the AUL ConverteR 48x44 for the conversion to DSD and Wavelab for the conversion to the other PCM formats and FLAC. When you compare different sample rates always start with the lowest resolution. During listening don't focus too much, hearing is as individual as taste but hearing is also something which can be acquired, like the taste of good wine. You can choose from the following formats: 1. DXD 352kHz 2. PCM 192kHz 3. PCM 176kHz 4. PCM 96kHz 5. PCM 44kHz 6. DSD 256 7. DSD 128 8. DSD 64 9 . FLAC 352kHz 10. FLAC 192kHz 11. FLAC 96kHz
  9. Ayre Codex. I am the original owner and have owned it for maybe 18 months. Excellent condition. I have used it to drive my Audeze LCD-3s directly with which it does a marvelous job. Only reason I am selling it is that I just don't have time to listen to headphones by myself. Original boxes and accessories included. Asking price: $1250 includes shipping and paypal, USA shipping only. Feel free to make offers.
  10. NAD M51 for sale. This is very clean, but has 4 faint markings on top where rubber feet from an Audio Research preamp sat on it for a while. Other than that it is nearly perfect. Has most recent firmware. I am the original owner. Includes original double-box and packing with remote and accessories. Pictures available upon request. Asking price $900, includes shipping and paypal, USA shipping only, feel free to make offers
  11. I recently purchased an LFD integrated amp for my Harbeths, so now I need a DAC. I have but a single requirement: A Toslink input. This is due to the fact that I have an excellent HDMI/Toslink switcher that reduces all my sources to one Toslink. Things I DON’T need 1. USB 2. volume control 3. DSD or MQA 4. balanced outputs My requirements are so modest, I am certain I can find a nice older DAC for a bargain price. Two used DACs I found on Audiogon that seem to meet my requirements are as follows: 1. Metrum Octave (since sold) 2. Musical Fidelity X-DAC v3 (with Power supply). I am asking the CA community for more suggestions for used DACs that were good “way back” around 2004-08, but have dropped in value due to not having the connectivity or features audiophiles expect today. Thank you for your help.
  12. Meridian Explorer2 DAC. Included, if you want it, is an Audioquest Evergreen miniplug to RCA stereo cable. $179 with cable $159 without cable Buyer pays shipping
  13. You probably already know about: https://www.facebook.com/stereophilemag/posts/10155024621014198 Now I would like to ask a question in the hopes of clarifying/improving my knowledge of DACs - to me, from what I know, I do believe that JA is confusing input bit depth with actual resolution of the DAC, which is 20 bits as per the ultra high precision, non audio parts used by our friends at Schiit, and at most 19 bits on most delta-sigma DACs. Is this a true statement ? Thanks! v
  14. Oppo has announced a few more details on their upcoming UDP-205 disc player.... Lossless High-resolution Audio Audio format support has been expanded to multi-channel DSD64/128, as well as 192kHz/24-bit PCM used in high-resolution lossless formats such AIFF, ALAC, APE, FLAC and WAV. (DSD64 is played back in native mode or converted to PCM, DSD128 converted to PCM.) http://oppodigital.com/blu-ray-udp-205/
  15. Excellent condition (including original packing), with latest updates and working perfectly. Fine sound and ease of use. ExaSound e22 DAC Mk 2 £1950/$2500 (UK price new £3500) ExaSound PlayPoint Network player £1050/$1350 (UK price new £1995) The complete solution: buy both e22 and PlayPoint for £2500/$3250 (UK £ price new £5495) Reason for selling is to economise by selling my second system. Shipping included if within UK. Craig
  16. Hi, Could anyone help me with or give me pointer where to find info to connect the Amanero module (https://amanero.com) to the DAC board of my AN DAC 2.1x over I2S. I want to exploit the 18/bit192Khz capabilities of the AD1865, connecting my DAC 2.1x (Signature) via USB, bypassing the CS8412 receiver as this only goes to 96Khz. Thanks.
  17. Hi, I have recently purchased a Lindemann Musicbook (MB) 20 DSD. I couldn't see many posts/info on MB here, so I thought I'd start a new thread to see if there are other users who'd be willing share their experiences. I favour one box solutions, I started with a Benchmark DAC1 then owned a Zodiac Gold for years. I run my MB directly into my active speakers as it has a very good analog volume control. It's been enjoying great reviews and I'm not at all surprised as I'm really impressed with it. It can upsample or play native DSD (256) and hi-res PCM (384) files, the remote app supports TIDAL streaming too. At the moment I'm mostly using my MB with USB connected to Macmini running Audirvana + 3. It would be good to hear from other users with their opinions and experiences. I'm hoping the sound will improve a bit more as I clock more hours on it but I'd be happy to share my experiences and answer any questions. Happy listening to all.Mev
  18. Hello Anyone has listened this unit? i'm very interested in it, but i can't find any review yet it seems a great amplifer+DAC combo
  19. has anyone worked with this chip yet?
  20. Hi, dear CA forum members! This is my first topic here, I would like to ask if Gungnir MB is a good deal for a first DAC. Is it as good as reviews and some people tell? What alternatives do I have with this budget? Before answer, you should know, that I'm 17 years old and this summer I'm going to work, to earn enough money for the dac which will stand in my Dad's (and mine too) audiosystem. He'll buy other stuff. Also I want to build special PC for audio (like C.A.P.S).. maybe it is an overkill for 1350$ dac? Thank you! Misha
  21. This is the absolute best value all in one integrated amplifier on the market today! New retail for $3500 asking $2395 + Paypal. I'll ship for free.Perfectly maintained Simaudio Moon ACE, all in one unit.Featuring the MiND (MOON intelligent Network Device) module which provides convenience and a full graphic interface, allowing you to effortlessly access your digital music library with power and flexibility; Add TIDAL and an unlimited world of music awaits you. The DAC is also Roon Ready and easily plug into your Roon ecosystem. The ACE is both intuitive and easy to use. Featuring all new advanced setup software, this is the most configurable and customizable MOON component ever offered. Bridging digital and analog audio at a price-to-performance ratio that is impossible to beat, the ACE includes a high resolution DAC with DSD decoding up to DSD256 and 32-bit/384kHz PCM. At the other end of the audio spectrum, a moving magnet phono preamplifier rounds out this complete package.The finest sounding and most complete “all-in-one” available, the ACE can do virtually anything expected of a high-performance audio component of this nature. Accentuated by the world renowned MOON sonic signature - visceral tight bass, transparent midrange, precise natural highs - along with lifelike sound, plus countless features, the ACE will be the “heart and soul” of all your musical indulgences. Top rated, reviewers choice award after award given for this unit: WhatHiFi, Soundstage, Stereophile, Digital Audio Review, all give this unit top rankings and so will you! Significant Design Features • 3 line-level inputs including a front-mounted 1/8” mini-jack for personal media players. • Headphone output on 1/4” jack located on the front panel. • Seamless integration with our MiND app. • 8 digital inputs include USB (hi-res audio), SPDIF (2), Optical (2), Qualcomm® aptXTM audio for Bluetooth®, WiFi and Ethernet. • OLED type screen which provides more detailed information. • Simple MiND setup via on-board software menu. • Moving magnet phono preamplifier input. • Analog inputs are configurable to “pass-through” mode, which bypasses the gain stage to accommodate components like a home-theater processor, whose own volume control is used. Specifications Output Power at 8Ω 50 Watts per channel Input Sensitivity 370mV - 3.0V RMS Input Impedance 22,100Ω Gain 37dB Signal-to-noise Ratio 100dB @ full power Frequency response (full range) 10Hz - 80kHz +0/-3dB Crosstalk -100dB THD (20Hz - 20kHz @ 1 watt / 50 watts) 0.02% / 0.02% Intermodulation distortion 0.005% PCM Bit-depth range / sampling rates 16 - 32 bits / 44.1 - 384kHz DSD sample rates DSD64, DSD128 & DSD256 Thanks for looking and feel free to reach out with any questions and Serious Offers. Price is Firm.
  22. I have a very limited budget, but I consider myself to be an audiophile (My definition of an 'audiophile' is simply--There is a sweet spot, and I know where it is). I started with a Dragonfly v 1.2, which was defective. But, as a result of that experience, I learned more about the workings on my computer, and eventually Audioquest replaced the DF. Then I heard about the Schiit Modi 2 external DAC which would give me the full 192 on my Linux machine. It arrived yesterday, one day early, and the result is a spectacular sound. The replacement Dragonfly is now attached to a spare laptop, and runs a compact stereo system in the bedroom. I am a big fan of saving money and getting the most bang out of every dollar. My 'system' is a pair of vintage Advent Loudspeakers (circa 1975-composite boxes, re-foamed in 1990) and a three legged Harman/Kardon 330i which pushes 20 watts per channel. The computer is a vintage Dell Vostro with 4GB of RAM running Ubuntu Linux 16.04 LTS. I had an old pair of AR interconnects, which were close-out priced at $5 a few years back, and USB interconnect was borrowed from an external hard drive enclosure--nothing fancy or expensive. Whilst some amongst us like to talk about how expensive their hobby has become, I am the contrarian who because of circumstance, am quite proud of the sound my re-used, re-furbished, and vintage system with a very low overhead cost. The Schiit Modi 2 is key to making all the pieces work. I have a rather extensive collection of soundboard recordings from the 30 years of the Grateful Dead, and an array of 24 bit/192 audiophile pressing recordings in my hard drive. The Modi 2 makes everything sound better. Dare I say it, even 320 MP3 files sound great. I have no beef with Audioquest, they were prompt to replace the v1.2 and it does a wonderful job up to 24/96. But there is a whole new world of music on 176 and 192 recordings that just get lost with a Dragonfly. Money wise-the discontinued v1.2 can still be bought for around $79-- but my advice would be to pony-up another Dub and get the Schiit Modi 2. You will hear the difference the first time you cue up a 24/192 file, and never regret the extra $20. I have a friend who has invested well over $150,000 in a system, and I know he will never admit it...but I think my rig sounds better.
  23. We recently moved into a state-of-the-art warehouse and decided to do a little spring cleaning. The following is a list of used, floor model and overstock gear that we are letting go at fantastic prices. If you have any questions about anything you see here, just let us know. Used, Floor Model and Overstock Sale + FREE Tidal Offer from Audioengine Here's some of what's available. Be sure to visit here to see the full list. AURALiC Vega DAC (Used) was $2799 now $2380 visit page » AURALiC Altair Wireless Streaming DAC in Black (Used Floor Model) was $1899 now $1650 visit page » EMM Labs DAC2X in Silver (Used) was $15,500 now $7995 visit page » Shunyata Research MPC-12A w/ Venom HC Power Cord and SSF-38 Feet (Used Floor Model) was $2550 now $1850 visit page » ENIGMAcoustics Dharma D1000 Headphones (Used Floor Model) was $1090 now $899 visit page » Luxman DA-250 USB DAC/Headphone Amp/Preamp (Open Box - ONLY 1 AVAILABLE) was $2750 now $2350 visit page » Ayre Acoustics QB-9DSD USB DAC (Used - ONLY 1 AVAILABLE) was $3450 now $1999 visit page » Lehmann Audio Linear Headphone Amplifier in Black (Used) was $1119 now $799 visit page » ELAC Discovery Music Server was $1099 now $899 visit page » Pro-ject Debut Carbon DC Turntable in Gloss Black (Open Box - mint condition) was $399 now $329 visit page » Pro-ject 1Xpression Carbon Classic Turntable in Mahogany (Open Box - mint condition) was $999 now $799 visit page » Musical Surroundings Nova II Phono Preamplifier in Black (Open Box - mint conditon) was $1200 now $999 visit page » Project Audio Phono Box S Phono Preamplifier in Silver (Floor Model) was $199 now $149 visit page » FREE 90-day Tidal subscription with Audioengine purchase visit page » 1.844.CIAMARA (1.844.242.6272) www.ciamara.com
  24. For financing another project selling this incredible Network Player. You can find only great review about this gear, play like Lumin A1 but more cheaper (case). Both A1 and T1 share the same Hardware and PSU unit. The voltage is set to 220/230V. Original boxes and accessories. Can ship everywhere. My request id 2950€ + SS Please contact me in case you need more information.
  25. My upgraded Lampizator Level 4 Generation 4 DAC is for sale for 1990 EUR (2290 EUR with extra tubes) including shipping to EU (not including PayPal fees or shipping outside EU). Original boxes and certificate of authenticity/guarantee are included. This is the standard 230V L4 G4 that I bought from Kemp Elektroniks (audio distributor from The Netherlands) on August 2014. They upgraded the unit with: - Allen Bradley resistors - Furutech gold plated IEC inlet. That unit had the standard S/PDIF (RCA) digital input and RCA analogue output. Then I sent it to Lampizator to install the following upgrades: - USB Input - DSD Engine - Convert it to fully balanced - 4 new Jupiter Copper Wax capacitors - 2 sets of XLR outputs (Very important for me to be able to connect the DAC to two different amplifiers not having to connect and disconnect cables). I cannot understand why this is not a standard feature in most DACs. - Replace RCA input connector with a 75 ohm BNC connector. The unit has 5 years transferable guarantee from August 2014. Still more than 2 years of official guarantee ahead. After the upgrades I tried different tubes that will I include in the package and sound much better than the default ones (Sovtec): - 2 pairs of Sylvania 6SN7W Short bottle. My favorite tube - Pair of Sylvania 6SN7W big bottle. My favorite too. - Pair of Ken-Rad 6SN7GT VT-231 . My second favorite. Bass to die for. Plastic holder in one tube is broken but it fits perfectly in the DAC and it does not affect the sound. - 2 pairs of 1578 Russian tubes. The best Russian 6SN7 tubes, comparable to the best. Very recommended by Lampizator. - Pair of Tungsol 6SN7WGT tubes. - Sylvania 5Y3WGT rectifier tube - Bendix 6106 rectifier tube (More than 400 EUR in nice tubes) As you can see in the web, this DAC would retail for about 4500 EUR not including the tubes. This is the DAC that made Lampizator famous. It is their best seller that you do not see usually for sale as people normally do not let them go. This Lampizator DAC sounds amazing and it has been very well built. Before doing the upgrade, Lukasz told me in an email: “... the DAC looks very clean and good. It was a specially well made demo unit for potential distributor. ….” Some reviews: ( many more here: REVIEWS ) LampizatOr Level 4 DAC Mono and Stereo High-End Audio Magazine: Lampizator level 4 DAC test review Pictures (click for higher resulution images): Cheers, Victor.