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post #541 of 633
Has anyone tested this DAC with an external and well regulated PSU as a means to evaluate how much more SQ can be squeezed out of this baby?
post #542 of 633

The Stagedac doesn't use an external PSU. High quality and clean power  is part of the design.

post #543 of 633

Thanks, from the product description and this thread I can tell it's a quality PSU; just asking because someone might have testes an external model with better results.

post #544 of 633

xaval

i see you are an audiolab fan. have you trialled the 8200 range?

 

i am looking to trial the 8200cd or cdq, and possibly the mdac.

will be interesting to compare with my stagedac.

post #545 of 633

I guess you can say that as I've owned a few Audiolabs along the years and the CDM/DAC combo still remains and, as the amp and speakers, have stood the test of time - are they old enough to be badged vintage?

 

I've been tempted to upgrade the DAC but haven't really felt an upgrade was justifiable (as per my view as a financial proposition) as there seems to be an amazing synergy and I've moved house 3 times since I own this system :).

Audiolab has come up with a couple models that sounded a bit better, however, not that much better as to justify the box swap. I'm obviously looking forward for the MDAC for that giant leap :)

post #546 of 633

I've been a happy owner of a silver Stagedac for almost a year.

So, to celebrate its first birthday, I got it a little brother...

 

I ordered one in black.  tongue_smile.gif

 

Seriously.  I have become something of a Stagedac fanboy.

I have tried multiple sources with my headphone setups.  and none of the others give me the sound that i've fallen in love with from the Stagedac.

So, I've decided to make two headphone rigs with it as the source.  (home and work)

 

And so, my musical fidelity M1 DAC will move into the living room, and become the DAC for my home theater.

And my iStreamer will remain my mobile and bedside source.

 

And I will be one happy camper....   biggrin.gif

 

In a perfect world, sure, the Stagedac would have balanced outputs.

But, I'm so taken by its sound signature and its crossfeed and filters that I'm willing to take balanced out of the equation for now...

 

That's an endorsement if there's ever been one!

post #547 of 633
Quote:
Originally Posted by TheWuss View Post

I've been a happy owner of a silver Stagedac for almost a year.

So, to celebrate its first birthday, I got it a little brother...

 

I ordered one in black.  tongue_smile.gif

 

Seriously.  I have become something of a Stagedac fanboy.

I have tried multiple sources with my headphone setups.  and none of the others give me the sound that i've fallen in love with from the Stagedac.

So, I've decided to make two headphone rigs with it as the source.  (home and work)

 

And so, my musical fidelity M1 DAC will move into the living room, and become the DAC for my home theater.

And my iStreamer will remain my mobile and bedside source.

 

And I will be one happy camper....   biggrin.gif

 

In a perfect world, sure, the Stagedac would have balanced outputs.

But, I'm so taken by its sound signature and its crossfeed and filters that I'm willing to take balanced out of the equation for now...

 

That's an endorsement if there's ever been one!

Well done!!!!! :)
 

 

post #548 of 633

and... 

here it is.

 

StageDac_june1-2011.jpg

 

the blue LED looks nice beside the Virtue TWO.2

 

L3000.gif

post #549 of 633

Very nice. What speakers are those?

post #550 of 633

KRK Rokit 5's.

 

 

post #551 of 633

Just looked them up. How do they sound at $150/pair? I'm looking for a good budget bookshelf speaker to complement my LCDs

post #552 of 633

I use KRK RP 6 - sound can be compared to AKG 271 mkII or ATH W5000. Midrange is in front.

post #553 of 633
Quote:
Originally Posted by brasewel View Post

Just looked them up. How do they sound at $150/pair? I'm looking for a good budget bookshelf speaker to complement my LCDs



pretty good for the money.

my impression of them is that they are not quite as good a "near range" monitor as i'd have liked.

they actually sound really nice from 8 feet out and further away.

but, decent at 7 feet or closer.

 

when you get too close, the bass loses a bit of focus, and the highs become a bit edgy.

but, with a little distance, everything balances out nicely.

 

they have quite a few nice features for the money as well.  (including balanced inputs, tonal adjustment, gain knob, etc.)

post #554 of 633

Thanks TheWuss. I'm mostly going to be listening anywhere between 6-8 feet away unless I'm at my computer where I'll be using my headphones. I don't want to divert this thread from the Stagedac though.

post #555 of 633
Quote:
Originally Posted by TheWuss View Post

and... 

here it is.

 

StageDac_june1-2011.jpg

 

the blue LED looks nice beside the Virtue TWO.2

 

L3000.gif



where do i get a headphone stand like yours?

 

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