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post #16 of 281
Alot of people are deluding themselves by believing that a better cable, amp or source doesn't make any difference.

Because it costs money, most won't admit it is better, simple as that. they are cheap and don't want to spend any serious money for quality.

For you guys that know how much of a difference it makes, congrats on your superb sources!
post #17 of 281
I thought Elephas has the P-05/D-05/G-03X combo instead of the P-03/D-03.

I have a Wadia 581i SE, which would relegate me to this list as well.
post #18 of 281
I would include analog.

I chose not to spend a huge amount on a digital source. This is because chips and processors seem to make a quantum leap every 2-3 years. Manufacturers seem to come out with a new flagship about that often, as well. In my opinion, it's not worth buying current top players. To stay on top, you have to replace them every few years and take a large hit on resale.

That's why I picked up the SA8001 (still Stereophile Class A) which retails about $1,000 and went with the Orbe/SME IV/Yph on analog, which retails around $12,000. I'll still be using the Orbe in five years, but I'll go through two or three more $1,000-level CD players in that time. To me, it makes more sense to put money into the components where technology changes slower.
post #19 of 281
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Originally Posted by Mister Crash View Post
I thought Elephas has the P-05/D-05/G-03X combo instead of the P-03/D-03.

I have a Wadia 581i SE, which would relegate me to this list as well.
yeah. he has the -05 models.

and the wadia is a sweet player.
post #20 of 281
I have an Ontech Monster Dual Mono DAC if that is included as a source. Retail price $4640,00
post #21 of 281
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And what about your other sources Asr?
After listening to the dCS P8i and bel canto CD-1, I've decided to not keep them. The Plinius entered the cage match with them and simply just came out on top for me!

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I would include analog.
I thought about this too but I have no idea who most of the analog owners are on Head-Fi and it'd be too much effort to try and hunt them down.
post #22 of 281
Asr - I think a few vinylphiles will show up in here!

I think once the high-end forum goes up we'll have an easier time discussing the "good stuff."
post #23 of 281
I agree with Uncle Erik on all counts. Digital is tough to stay current with without taking massive losses and a solid vinyl rig can remain competitive for a decade+. Heck, my kit is based on 20 year old designs! Sure I have the "current" versions but overall the sound should be pretty identical.

The high-end forum will certainly be a fun one to post in not out of some snobbish ego trip thing but simply to concentrate on aspects of audio that folks have worked up to (in most cases).
post #24 of 281
Hmm does anyone know of a CDP with digital inputs/bal out around the 3500 range? Most talk about DACs and the like in the 1.5 or below range but need something to save up for since source might be holding me back
post #25 of 281
Cary?
post #26 of 281
Accuphase DP-500?
post #27 of 281
Resolution Audio Opus 21
post #28 of 281
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I agree with Uncle Erik on all counts. Digital is tough to stay current with without taking massive losses and a solid vinyl rig can remain competitive for a decade+. Heck, my kit is based on 20 year old designs! Sure I have the "current" versions but overall the sound should be pretty identical.

The high-end forum will certainly be a fun one to post in not out of some snobbish ego trip thing but simply to concentrate on aspects of audio that folks have worked up to (in most cases).
you might as well throw in the fact that vinyls have infinate resolution so there is real benefit from suffering the continual upgratitus
post #29 of 281
Well okay I could do that...but that might irk those that think rbcd surpassed lp's back in the 80's
post #30 of 281
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you might as well throw in the fact that vinyls have infinate resolution so there is real benefit from suffering the continual upgratitus
This is ofcourse not true, there is only the amount of information on a record that was used on the master! What vinyl does have as an advantage is the second harmonics beyond the 22,5khz, wich is the absolute max. for cdplayers. in theory, the second harmonics goes twice as high as the first harmonic, so 1 20khz signal, if on the master can go to 40khz. As cd is cut off at 22,5 or 21,5khz, that harmonic is cut off. On a recordplayer that harmonic can freely flow, this is why most people say that the highs are still better for vinyl then for cd. But, there is also a limitation on most speakers, not alot kan go as high as 40-45khz...
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