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post #211 of 220
Ebay Australia.
post #212 of 220
If you can get it at that price from Ebay then go for it, though I'd be a little hesitant if it didn't have an Australian warranty. Or you can go to a store that sells them and haggle the price down.
post #213 of 220
Just when I think I'm going to buy something this place throws up another piece of audio joy. In the market for a DAC, not only is this loaded with inputs I get to hear what a 'real' CD player sounds like into the bargain.

Any updates on how it compares to the Benchmark and Lavry, very well according to some of the posts in this thread.

Currently unavailable at Richer Sounds.
post #214 of 220
Anyone have any input on how this CDP sounds as a stand alone DAC? I'm thinking of using it to feed my SP MPX3 through the DAC. I will be sending the signal from my PC via digital coax.
post #215 of 220
I'm very glad to use CA 840C as a stand alone DAC. SQ is perfect for my ears
post #216 of 220

840C PASS THROUGH

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.
post #217 of 220
I had the 740c long enough to burn it in, to my ears it had some serious flaws, such as a lack of dynamics, it shaved everything clean with no overtones, bass was soft and lacking inpact, to me it sounded like overprocessed digital. Even though it has plenty of detail it actually omitted low level information from discs I was very familiar with. In the beginning it can wow you with detail retrieval but after a while it left me totally uninvolved, just my opinion but it was not my cup of tea.

Phill
post #218 of 220
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.
post #219 of 220

pass through feature of 840C

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Originally Posted by SCOTTY1 View Post
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.
In the last paragraphy of the pass-through section, he seems to say that it works using single-ended (RCA) outs. "The performance of the Azur is marginally better using the balanced outputs...but do not let this stop you if you have only single-ended (RCA) inputs on your pre/integrated." Seems to me to say you can use the "marginally inferior" single-ended outs and run them to your RCA pre/integrated inputs.

Unless I really got it wrong (possible!), he is saying that pass through sends an unprocessed analog signal thru the analog outs. The balanced are better but the analog aint chopped liver.
post #220 of 220
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Originally Posted by Gollie View Post
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.
Gollie,

Now that you've had time for a break in, how does the unit sound with bright material? Several posters mentioned a digital sheen on the highs. Like a hard edge to the highs. I thought a tube amp would help this.
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