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Corda Symphony info and impressions

post #1 of 428
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The Corda Symphony was released on October, 2008. It's considered per Jan as the succesor to his praised Corda Opera, and is considered by him as his best amp to date. Some people have been lucky enough to grab one, and their impressions can be found in the next pages.
If you are interested on it, you can check Meier Audio's site at:
Meier-Audio
post #2 of 428
Looks great, the black/silver motif really works.

So what do you guys think for price? $1700-2000?
post #3 of 428
That looks very tasty.

I wonder if it has a built in DAC.
post #4 of 428
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Yes, it has a built in DAC with the Wolfson WM8741 as the D/A converter and some Texas Instruments ones for the USB to S/PDIF inputs. It's actually a great DAC structure... It's supposed to be better than that of the Opera. And the Symphony even has 3 digital inputs!
I don't know about the price, but considering that all the amps had a price drop, I think this one will be meant to fill the price category of the Opera; about $1300-1400... but maybe it could cost a bit more
post #5 of 428
That amp/DAC is very much on my shopping list when it becomes available.
post #6 of 428
Crap, that's a really expensive new headphone (Denon D7000) and a really expensive new amp to buy. Curse you head-fi!
post #7 of 428
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Would you buy it when it comes out??
I wonder how good the balanced concept can be...
post #8 of 428
wow! looks nice.

post #9 of 428
I want...
post #10 of 428
reading the specs it looks like an Opera with a better and more flexible DAC. I agree with jma790: I bet the price will be in the (original) Opera range ~€800-900. Hard to tell these days how much that will be in US$ in October...
post #11 of 428
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Originally Posted by calaf View Post
reading the specs it looks like an Opera with a better and more flexible DAC. I agree with jma790: I bet the price will be in the (original) Opera range ~€800-900. Hard to tell these days how much that will be in US$ in October...
And an upgraded volume control, etc. And apparently the same gain factor, which I found a bit tricky with the Opera. It's a nice-looking unit, anyway, and ought to be a solid performer. Good news.

best,

o
post #12 of 428
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Originally Posted by orkney View Post
And an upgraded volume control, etc.
right you are! I missed that:
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Discrete volume control using relais and an EBE digital encoder rotary switch.
1dB step size, 30 steps.
never heard of this approach to a discrete volume control. Is it something which has been used for other amps?
post #13 of 428
Nobody can say his amp's aren't stylish. I wonder if there are improvements to the amp section...
post #14 of 428
Looks very nice IMO, and the idea of selectable digital filters on the DAC is very intriguing. I'm starting to drool
post #15 of 428
Thought you went totally tubular.
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