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post #46 of 52
Hi
I want to replace the AT&T optical connector on the back of my Bel Canto Aida. I would like to install a S/PDIF toslink panel mount. Anyone know where I could find one? I have Googled, Parts Express, Full Compass ect.

Thanks
Lemon
post #47 of 52
I honestly think you would do better with the optical connection. Do you have an AES/EBU output? I have found it to be the best sounding of all. If not, seek out high end fiber connections.
post #48 of 52
I use an AT&T-branded ST optical cable between my transport and DAC. I forget the exact specifications that audio components use but it's just a plain jane ST-terminated fiber optic cable, I use similar cables in computer networking.

Aural Symphonics makes the most expensive one I have ever seen. I priced out their Optimism ST cable at $1200CDN... Audioquest makes one, much more reasonably priced.

I have done a lot of comparison between the ST cable and a Kimber Orchid AES/EBU XLR digital cable. The XLR is more extended in the bottom and top ends, and a little punchier, while the ST cable has a really great, intimate midrange presentation I can't get from the XLR. I generally use the ST cable for most listening these days.
post #49 of 52
So Nomad - which did you get in the end?

I've also been researching PC as source and was similarly impressed by AMR's CD-77, until I read a read an opinion on Audio Asylum of tests they did on that vs a Wavelength Cosecant.

They rated the AMR transport higher than the Cosecant, which itself was higher than the AMR USB in.

Since I've not seen any cheap second hand Zanden 5000 mk.4's lying around, I've decided to take the plunge on a Wavelength Crimson since it is highly thought of by a few who have heard it over in Audio Asylum.
post #50 of 52
Does anyone know how a HR Microdac stacks up against these high-end DACs?
post #51 of 52
Think Pico from Headamp for a I2S solution which sounds high end or reasonably so.
post #52 of 52
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So Nomad - which did you get in the end?

I've also been researching PC as source and was similarly impressed by AMR's CD-77, until I read a read an opinion on Audio Asylum of tests they did on that vs a Wavelength Cosecant.

They rated the AMR transport higher than the Cosecant, which itself was higher than the AMR USB in.

Since I've not seen any cheap second hand Zanden 5000 mk.4's lying around, I've decided to take the plunge on a Wavelength Crimson since it is highly thought of by a few who have heard it over in Audio Asylum.
Yeah Wavelength DACs are great. That Zanden would have been decent at least, possibly better.

Uhm you can't really even compare the HR micro dac to dacs of this level... there is at least 2-3 tiers in between
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