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post #31 of 65
The SixMoons article is interesting. I don’t recall many manufacturers comparing their equipment to live music.


This aspect would be intriguing:

“Perhaps the most shocking comparison came at the hands of Mr. So Long Ming whose Spanish guitar of the recording was the same he used to play live that day.”


This level of equipment is art as much as technology.

Mitch
post #32 of 65
Something related.

Stereophile (Jan 2006) did an equipment report on a turn table set from down under, the Continuum Audio Labs Caliburn, Cobra and Castle which are the turntable, tonearm and stand respectively. Total cost USD 90,000!
post #33 of 65
I'm not sure what to say about the Zanden units, but wanted to congratulate Adam for getting through that long initial post with only one which is a true accomplishment indeed.
post #34 of 65
Zanden just won Soundstage Award for the year 2005 for "Innovation In Design":

http://www.soundstage.com/revequip/z...00_premium.htm

http://www.soundstage.com/revequip/z...e_followup.htm
post #35 of 65
[QUOTE=Thaddy]I wonder what people who buy equipment like that listen to? [QUOTE]

Well, you never know. It could be some rich kid listening Britney Spears from a $100000 setup.
post #36 of 65
Thread Starter 

Clarification about Caliburn turntable- it costs only $64,999!

Well, I cheched the Stereophile January issue. The price of this turntable is only $64,999. The stand costs $24,999.
The reviewer suggests to go the extra mile and get the stand for extreme stability protection again shocks, (good) vibrations, ...
So the total is $89,999 and not $90,000 as reported!
Actually I am curious whether this stand would protect the turntable against Califonia Earthquake?!

See you on the Whatever Side of the Moon

Adam
post #37 of 65
Quote:
Originally Posted by Wmcmanus
I'm not sure what to say about the Zanden units, but wanted to congratulate Adam for getting through that long initial post with only one which is a true accomplishment indeed.
So mean but so true...
post #38 of 65


Over $50,000.00!!!!!


post #39 of 65
Thread Starter 
Hold on Guys! Before you gonna buy the $64,999 turntable (+$24,999 for a stand),
read carefully what the reviewer says about the Zandem at the very end:

Quote:
Originally Posted by AdamCalifornia

Once you've heard just how good CD can sound with the Zandem, all else is gaslight.
You might even trade in your LP collection, turntable and phono stage, because you may not need them any more."
So you're saving at least $64,999 by not buying the turntable!

Anyway, See you on the Zandem Side of the Moon

Adam
post #40 of 65
Quote:
Originally Posted by Patrick82
I wouldn't buy this player even for $50 because it doesn't have upsampling. 44.1 kHz shows what's on the CD but it doesn't sound like real life to me. It sounds too dull, smooth and little bright at the same time.
IME with proper power conditioning 768 kHz sounds more consistent, cleaner, more real life and less bright than 44.1 kHz. It also makes me hear much more in the recording,

But it may be a great player for those who can't hear a difference with higher kHz, I guess it depends on what ears you have.
FYI upsampling doesn't improve fidelity. In most cases quite the opposite.
post #41 of 65
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Originally Posted by Jon L
I would personally buy something solid like Benchmark or Lavry for $1000 and mod it to my tastes, then spend the money left over on building a dedicated listening room and buying amps, speakers, room correction device, etc.

Then again, what's scary is that people who will buy something like this probably already have preamp/amp/speaker/room that cost at least as much.
Just to play Devil's Advocate, what if you were very rich, and truly loved music, and already had the dedicated listening room and amps, speakers, and room acoustic repairs? Would it be wrong for you to buy this?
Who's to say that if someone like me, for example who listens to music 3 hours a day, couldn't really enjoy this to the fullest. If it concentrates on perfecting Redbook (and I am a SACD/DVD-A multichannel lover) without upsampling/converting and uses the finest components possible and the finest technology possible, and gives you the best sound that a component could give...wouldn't it be worth it, if you already had the cars and the house and the beautiful works-with-homeless-children wife?

I live on credit and have a sizeable debt from this passion we call audiophilia, but I try to buy the best things I can within my budget times 2.
If somebody can afford it, it doesn't necessarily mean they don't get the same joy out of it as any of us, unless they are buying it to impress others.

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Originally Posted by theghostwhowalks
Yeah, sorry. There's no way that thing is 5x better than my Reimyo... I've actually heard it (The Zanden).... as well as some of the more expensive two box players (The new Esoteric P-01/D-01 is really amazing but overpriced as well).
Again, please don't shoot me...but looking at the other side of the fence, a good portion of the members would say the same about paying 8 times's as much as their player for the Reimyo. I know the Reimyo sounds incredible, but most people would say that it doesn't sound $12K better that an Eastsound E-5. The same can be said with the dCS Verdi & Scala, and the Meitner CDSD and Dac6E. But they are some of the best players and performers avaiable, and that extra 20% is worth the money to those who can handle it. It's all relative.

I was in a high end store once, and a rich old woman bought the Sonus Faber Stradavarius, because it went perfectly with the wood theme in her den, and would probably never turn them on, but that is one small example in a world of audiophiles.
post #42 of 65
Quote:
Originally Posted by immtbiker
Just to play Devil's Advocate, what if you were very rich, and truly loved music, and already had the dedicated listening room and amps, speakers, and room acoustic repairs? Would it be wrong for you to buy this?
Who's to say that if someone like me, for example who listens to music 3 hours a day, couldn't really enjoy this to the fullest. If it concentrates on perfecting Redbook (and I am a SACD/DVD-A multichannel lover) without upsampling/converting and uses the finest components possible and the finest technology possible, and gives you the best sound that a component could give...wouldn't it be worth it, if you already had the cars and the house and the beautiful works-with-homeless-children wife?

I live on credit and have a sizeable debt from this passion we call audiophilia, but I try to buy the best things I can within my budget times 2.
If somebody can afford it, it doesn't necessarily mean they don't get the same joy out of it as any of us, unless they are buying it to impress others.
Good points. Some folks have huge amounts of money. They buy private jets. They go on a weekend vacation that costs $50,000. To that person, spending $50,000 on a CD player or turntable is nothing. It's like spending $100 to you or me. And at least a CD player or turntable lasts longer than a weekend. It's not for me, as I don't have anything like the kind of money we're talking about, but I don't see how anyone can say that someone who buys such a thing is a fool.
post #43 of 65
the way I see it, if you buy one of these players, the CDs you listen to would have to have been made in the last few years in the most expensive studios in the world in order to get enough detail and fidelity.

That means you would be listening to the last U2 album for the rest of your life . Which means, if all I listen to is, say, the Fall or other British indie bands - the cheap DVD player I'm using as a source is the best CD player in the world!


sorry for butting in on your thread, please continue
post #44 of 65
so you are deliberately degrading the sound eh ? ORGANIC ... bastards......somebody ban this adam.
post #45 of 65
Quote:
Originally Posted by Embio
That means you would be listening to the last U2 album for the rest of your life .
Actually..."How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb" is a horrible low-res recording. I'm using it as a coaster so I don't get wet rings on my coffee table.

There are some great recordings from the '60's/70's/90's and current times. The 60's and 70's remasters from the orignal analog masters can be some of the best stuff out there. Forget about the 80's revolution. They didn't believe in real instruments, except for rocker bands like Pat Benetar and Motley Crue but the record companies felt it wasn't important to spend money on quality pressings.

I am very disappointed in Bono allowing his artistry to be issued in such a horrible release. I guess that's why there's a U2 Ipod, for people who like 128kbps music.
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