Originally Posted by Shahrose
slim. I have personally tested his claims with computers and there is no difference from switching a lot of the components he mentioned. Read above for more details.
Secondly, you own the 01US which is different from the 02US. Do not generalize its sound to different models, no matter how similar you assume they are.
Cables do make a difference but they were, as I've said multiple times, tiny compared to the differences heard from DACs, amps, headphones and even transports. Many other people, including you have found these differences. I have yet to see other people finding the same as the reviewer by switching their hard drive or CPU. Go ahead and switch your RAM and tell me if you find any differences in sound. Until then, please do not argue about the topic until you have actually tried it like I have.
If you had read carefully what I wrote, I didn't say that the Musiland sounded this or that way. I described what the Musiland sounded to my ears and let the people draw their own conclusions.
If I infer that the Musiland 01 and 02 share the same weaknesses and are poorly designed (they have trouble generating the 44.1K frequency, their transformer is not even rated for 96K+...) that is simply a matter of stating facts.
Concerning what the reviewer found out, I shared some of his findings in my system but never brought it up.
Back when I was still experimenting with different usb cables, I ordered by accident the wrong kind of Belkin gold usb cable. Since I couldn't use it with any usb transport and I didn't want to throw it, I replaced the cheap usb cable that go between my usb hub (to which 3 hard drives were connected) and my notebook and noticed an improvement in sound. It was unexpected and I never thought it would matter. I also noticed (very small) improvements when I replaced of the usb cable of the hard drive with a better one and also put the hard drives on isolating pads.
A few months ago, I changed my RAM from 1.25GB to 2GB. I did not do it for audiophile reasons but because my computer needed more RAM. After that, it sounded smoother.
I am not even talking about the difference 2 different computers can make to the sound...
However, I won't botter proving or disproving that what I heard was placebo or not.
Until a few months ago, before I started this thread, most head-fiers would have told you that all usb to spdif converters sound the same (as long as they are bit perfect) and that all digital cables are the same. Now there is a little bit more "open minded" people. The same is probably going to happen for those tweaks the reviewer talked about. I just don't have the time nor the ressources to prove to people that the difference is audible.
For those who are curious, I invite you to read once again what cPlay developpers have already published in their website. See here: http://www.cicsmemoryplayer.com/index.php?n=CMP.Guide
So to respond to your: "Until then, please do not argue about the topic until you have actually tried it like I have." I have tried it and I have found changes. I just didn't want to bring it up (earlier) because a lot of people think there absolutely no possiblitly that such things would make a difference, and are "placebo-ed" into thinking that they cannot hear a difference.
Placebo work both ways ...
Concerning the cables and other "tweak" accessories, they are very audible in resolving systems.
Personally, I would say that more than 50% of the sound "performance" of my system is coming from the power cords, power filtration, audio rack, and different vibration control devices. This is coherent with the new measurements Nordost has made with live music. (see here: http://www.nordost.com/downloads.asp?offset=14).
No magic there, just listening with my ears and not what is supposed and what is not supposed to make a difference in my system.