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What source did Ultrasonne have...?

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Anyone catch what CD transport Ultrasonne was using?

It was a Tascam rackmount of some sort? Josh / Stephanie?... anyone?

thanks!!
post #2 of 9
TASCOM CD-160

TAS-160

Cheers,
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This seems like such a shame for the whole Ultrasone line, but especially the Edition 9s. Singlepower, Ray Samuels were using Meridian CDPs (I think around 4K. HeadRoom had a player that was described as costing 12K. Sennheiser seemed to be sharing a Meridian with a gold-plated Maestro from Singlepower. Then folks go to Ultrasone and find the line too bright through a $300 CDP. I had the good sense to take the Edition 9s around to some better sources in order to hear what they were capable of.

The Ultrasone folks, Steffenee and Josh were great and their friendliness helped a lot. But we were there to hear things. It was interesting to note that the Stereophile article mentioned most of the vendors, and managed to leave out Ultrasone.

In my opinion they seriously need to look at upgrading their presentation.
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Originally Posted by ldj325 View Post
This seems like such a shame for the whole Ultrasone line, but especially the Edition 9s. Singlepower, Ray Samuels were using Meridian CDPs (I think around 8K. HeadRoom had a player that was described as costing 12K. Sennheiser seemed to be sharing a Meridian with a gold-plated Maestro from Singlepower. Then folks go to Ultrasone and find the line too bright through a $300 CDP. I had the good sense to take the Edition 9s around to some better sources in order to hear what they were capable of.

The Ultrasone folks, Steffenee and Josh were great and their friendliness helped a lot. But we were there to hear things. It was interesting to note that the Stereophile article mentioned most of the vendors, and managed to leave out Ultrasone.

In my opinion they seriously need to look at upgrading their presentation.
Well... they were using it with a benchmark DAC. So as far as a source/DAC tandem go it was still no slouch IMHO.
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Originally Posted by kramer5150 View Post
Well... they were using it with a benchmark DAC. So as far as a source/DAC tandem go it was still no slouch IMHO.
Well, that might explain part of why some meet attendees found the Ultrasone line too bright.
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I'm a little sceptic here...

The source does make a difference.
How big a difference, is up to you.
But to say the source is making the headphone sound thin, is just ridiculous
Of course that's just my opinion...
Don't believe everything they tell you, or what you read.
Ever tried picking the source in a blind test, anyone..?
Again, IMO (or should I ad; "humble"..?)
post #7 of 9
i think using a $1000 dac at the meet is much more useful than a kilobuck cd player. most people will never own a meridian and most will get a more accurate portrayal of how they will sound on your system.
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On the other hand, a Meridian can make everything that follows sound noticeably or considerably better than they would be a more modest source. People who have owned really high class audio setups will tell you that the source is extremely important in a setup. They can make or break an entire rig.
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Still sceptical...

I have owned only reasonable good hifi through the years, but have heard the best of the best, and I repead that the source will not let the headphone sound thin.
If a headphone sounds thin, than that's what it sounds to you, don't blame it on the source, not even on the amp.
It's possible that you get a mismatch between the source,the amp, and an headphone, but the headphone will still not sound thin, If in other configurations it doesn't sound thin to you, and with changing the source it does, there's something wrong in the system, not just the sound sig of the source.
I am not saying that the quality of the source isn't important btw, it is, but imo it can't make or break the system, unless you downgrade to really horrible stuff.
And just for the record, the last hifi show I visited had an complete, super set up of Meridian components, and sounded absolutely awfull (using the digital loudspeakers, at the VAD show in Holland)
And I know Meridian can sound great...
Again, I'm confused...
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