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The Pro 900 are pretty good headphones...

 

 

Noted. I probably confused them with another model.

I agree with everything else you wrote, except your view of the HD800.

 

 


Edited by Kurt - 9/8/10 at 9:25am

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post #467 of 633

@Kurt,

I am pretty sure that using an HD800 or T1  would show off the difference better. I also have to admit that the comparison was made only few days after receiving the Stagedac, so it was not really burned in.

post #468 of 633

It'll probably take a bit more time for you to become accustomed to the differences as well as experimenting with all the stagedac's settings. 
 

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@Kurt,

I am pretty sure that using an HD800 or T1  would show off the difference better. I also have to admit that the comparison was made only few days after receiving the Stagedac, so it was not really burned in.

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Noted. I probably confused them with another model.

I agree with everything else you wrote, except your view of the HD800.

 

 

Not sure what you disagree with, because I said they were great headphones and on par with many of yours, SAVE the HD 800, which are better -objectively at any rate.
 

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Good points, guys. Also, part of getting accustomed to differences is a learning to appreciate them. Who doesn't know the newby (still sane people) sentence "Yes, it sounds better, but not X amount of money better"?


 

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 ... the HD 800, which are better -objectively at any rate.

 


This is not my experience. But if you say so.

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Good points, guys. Also, part of getting accustomed to differences is a learning to appreciate them. Who doesn't know the newby (still sane people) sentence "Yes, it sounds better, but not X amount of money better"?


 


This is not my experience. But if you say so.


haha... but thats why I said objectively, and not subjectively. I could like an SR-60i better than the HD 800. Doesn't make it a better headphone :P

 

anyways, I hope you are enjoying the combos! must sound great!

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haha... but thats why I said objectively, and not subjectively.

 

Now, that you mention it.

 

 

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I could like an SR-60i better than the HD 800. Doesn't make it a better headphone :P

 

Do additional and indentifiable micro details make one phone better than another?

 

 

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anyways, I hope you are enjoying the combos!


Thank you. I wish you the same!

 

 

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must sound great!


They do. 


Edited by Kurt - 9/9/10 at 3:14pm
post #473 of 633

After feeling like I was going around in circles I just placed an order for a TECH+LINK 75 Ohm digital coax cable to experiment with from Jan. I figure I'd end up spending more if I went to a retail store and the cables seem to be pretty good value for money. 

post #474 of 633

Got the stagedac today, however i'm confused between the rca preamp output and the fixed output. Can someone explain in the simplest of terms what they do? Am planning to connect the DAC to the concerto amp.

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Got the stagedac today, however i'm confused between the rca preamp output and the fixed output. Can someone explain in the simplest of terms what they do? Am planning to connect the DAC to the concerto amp.


put the fixed output into the concerto. The variable output is so it can also serve as a pre amp.

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put the fixed output into the concerto. The variable output is so it can also serve as a pre amp.


Just what i needed to hear, thanks.

post #477 of 633

Can anyone compare between this and Maverick D1, MiniMax? price, features aside, just on the pure sound character.

 

I know not many ppl have 3 DACs at home, but if you have a chance to listen somewhere, that will be helpful.

 

Thanks.

post #478 of 633

 

In searching for new standalone dedicated DAC, I am torn between Audio-GD NFB-2 (USD 450) and Meier Audio StageDAC (USD 670). While NFB-2 is cheaper by USD 220 than StageDAC, StageDAC offers extensive sampling/filter/cross-feed/tonal controls for sound optimization/customization. Otherwise both DAC models use dual WM8741 DAC converters and produced by reputable companies.

 

The DAC will be used in TV viewing and music streaming. Coaxial digital input is connected to HDTV set-top box whereas optical digital input is connected to Apple Airport Express. Audio source from TV programs is unpredictable thus some form of sound optimization/customization is required. Jitter presents in digital audio output (optical) of Airport Express must be tolerated/compensated at digital optical input of DAC. Since in StageDAC, Wolfson WM8804 S/PDIF receiver chip is used for higher jitter reduction and there are various controls to optimize/customize the sound, I suppose the extra USD 220 dollars is worthwhile and I am leaning toward StageDAC.

 

Correct me if I am wrong.

post #479 of 633

How does the Stagedac compare with HRT Music Streamer II+?

 

Thanks, Pedro

post #480 of 633

It would be an interesting thing to know, because the STAGEDAC has a lot of features that lift the price to 670$ and that does not appeal to everyone.

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