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post #31 of 65
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Yeah no worries - I wasn't offended at all! I did play some very nice DVD-A's through the C-2C and they sounded terrific.
post #32 of 65
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Originally Posted by Skylab View Post
Yep, with my 800 ohm Beyers it was the same, about 9-9:30 for me, depending on the song.
Cool. I take it you meant the 600 ohm beyers unless, you've got a special arrangement with the company.
post #33 of 65
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YES, sorry for the typo
post #34 of 65
Nice review. I haven't been going through the forums for new threads lately, just trying to keep up with all my subs, and missed it.
post #35 of 65
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Thanks Larry! Really appreciate that.
post #36 of 65

Which to choose?

I currently have Senn 595's and Grado 60's. I want to put together my first dedicated headphone rig. My iTunes library is all lossless, but I don't want the rig to be tied to my computer station. I have my eye on the Wadia 170i transport. Which would be better to pair with the Wadia....the Compass or the C-2C? It sounds like the DAC is very good in the Compass, but that the C-2C outpaces the Compass in the HP amp department for obvious reasons. For a noob like myself with the cans I have, is it smarter to go with the C-2C, just use some lesser iPod dock and use the internal DAC of the Ipod? Would the Wadia signal fed to the Compass with superior DAC yield better results even with "inferior" amplification? I am really looking at just a simple soution that produces good sound for not a ton of money.
post #37 of 65
Kingwa at audio-gd said the compass amp section is 80% of the C-2C, and the compass dac section is 50% of the DAC19SE (a $400 dac sold by audio-gd). Nevertheless (first time I used this word on forums I think :] I feel smart nau), there's no good purpose for choosing the internal dac of the ipod over the compass dac section.
post #38 of 65
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Originally Posted by dermott View Post
I currently have Senn 595's and Grado 60's. I want to put together my first dedicated headphone rig. My iTunes library is all lossless, but I don't want the rig to be tied to my computer station. I have my eye on the Wadia 170i transport. Which would be better to pair with the Wadia....the Compass or the C-2C? It sounds like the DAC is very good in the Compass, but that the C-2C outpaces the Compass in the HP amp department for obvious reasons. For a noob like myself with the cans I have, is it smarter to go with the C-2C, just use some lesser iPod dock and use the internal DAC of the Ipod? Would the Wadia signal fed to the Compass with superior DAC yield better results even with "inferior" amplification? I am really looking at just a simple soution that produces good sound for not a ton of money.
You need a DAC to decode the digital signal from the Wadia i170. Therefore, at least you have to get a DAC and an amp. I think Compass is a good starting point. Analog RCA output from Wadia i170 doesn't offer anything better than the Ipod LOD. If you want the best sound quality possible, use the digital out.
post #39 of 65
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Originally Posted by ttnl View Post
You need a DAC to decode the digital signal from the Wadia i170. Therefore, at least you have to get a DAC and an amp. I think Compass is a good starting point. Analog RCA output from Wadia i170 doesn't offer anything better than the Ipod LOD. If you want the best sound quality possible, use the digital out.
I realize that the Wadia needs a DAC to reach its full potential along with an amp. I was just trying to see if people thought that the internal iPod DAC amplified by the C-2C would sound better or worse than the iPod signal sent by the Wadia, then converted and amplified by the Compass.
post #40 of 65
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Originally Posted by dermott View Post
I realize that the Wadia needs a DAC to reach its full potential along with an amp. I was just trying to see if people thought that the internal iPod DAC amplified by the C-2C would sound better or worse than the iPod signal sent by the Wadia, then converted and amplified by the Compass.
I think the improvement of Compass DAC over ipod DAC is greater than the improvement of C2C amp over Compass amp (i.e. Compass would improve the overall sound better than C2C). On the other hand, if you're planning to get a better DAC than Compass (later on), then its better to get a C2C to match that high-end DAC.
post #41 of 65

My impressions of C-2C after 3 weeks

I have well over 200 additional burn-in hours on my C-2C now and I am really enjoying it. I wasn't thrilled the first week as it didn't seem but a tiny improvement over my Cambridge integrated head out. As time has gone by, improvements are more easily heard- more 3D sounding, fuller, detailed and energetic than the Cambridge (I A/B test every couple of days). This is using a V-DAC from my computer to K701 and SR325is (the improved details are better appreciated with the Grado's I must say). This is my first head amp and I am definitely keeping it (not to say I won't try a tube amp someday).
post #42 of 65
I wish my c2c would get here already! it shipped last week and usually stuff from audio gd comes in a week exactly (unless its routed through new jersey!). hope mine comes tomorrow, can't wait much longer.
post #43 of 65
I feel your pain. Mine took an extra 2 weeks to actually ship out. In the end it was well worth the wait. Hope you enjoy yours as much as I have mine.
post #44 of 65
Yeah, mine took an extra week to go out as well. Im just glad it didnt go out in the batch it was supposed to go out with, lots of "baggers" in that one.
post #45 of 65
Thanks for the review. How's it compare to Meier cantate2 anyone konw?
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