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3/31/08 at 4:09am
I have an 840C. I have a Densen pre-amp. which is RCA only. I saw in the Doug Schroeder review mention of the "pass through" feature. Can anyone explain whether if I buy an XLR out to RCA I'connect I can access pass through or has it got to be via either the co-axial or optical out.
WOW!!! The840C and MPX3 combined with the Soloz Silver reference IC really meshes well together. I picked up Amazon.com: The Lord Of The Rings: Fellowship Of The Ring (The Complete Recordings): Howard Shore: Music which is a fantastic way to demo full symphony recordings. I am floored. Yes, I love the movies (1st is still the best) but this compilation of the recordings has gone well beyond my expectations. I can listen to any of the disks on repeat for hours. They are so relaxing and musical. If you have seen the movies as many times as I have, I can close your eyes and walk through the movies as you listen. This by far ranks at the top of my OST library.
I'm using my Black Sand V1 PC on the Cambridge and my Zu Mother on the MPX3. Tubes are still the same (Ecc32 + Tung Sol D-Getter 5687's) and cans are HD650. I have the volume set in between 9 and 10 o'clock.
The CDP had a lot of detail from the first time that I plugged it in, but over the past few hours (around 50ish now), I can hear a much wider/deeper soundstage. I feel like I am sitting in the chamber as they are recording. The note separation is perfect to my ears. I can hear the mallets actually striking the drums on the hard bass lines. Nothing seems out of place. The bass is deep and powerful while not being overbearing. The mids and highs are transparent and musically pleasant. The sound coming from the complete set up is very warm and enjoyable. I have gotten inadvertent goosebumps several times when choral voices come in. It is an experience that has to be heard to be believed.
The 840C is a definite winner in my book. Coming from the MHDT Paradisea+ (a great DAC), the Cambridge is better in every way.