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Talk about some Vintage Iron....  WOW...

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Talk about some Vintage Iron....  WOW...

 

Oh, that's all. :o Some I've refurbished and sold. I try to keep only two at a time, until I find something else that I want. Right now I've been lusting for the fisher 500c. It's 1960 vintage. I've been after one for about a year. There are much harder to find given that they are 40+ years old. 

 

A few months ago I found one for sale and you'll never guess where. Right here on headfi. :basshead: Unfortunately the guy decided that he didn't want to ship it, but he offered to sell it to me if I would drive to Tuscon AZ and pick it up. 

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Talk about some Vintage Iron....  WOW...
+ 6 (I didn't count 'em all). Need to build a new house with more than one audio room 😄
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The "2" and "3" series is also good from pioneer, I'm looking for a 929 right now
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It's also a balancing act with Mrs. Matt. She likes the fact that I get them cheap. She doesn't like the fact that they take up so much room. 

 

The best I've had by far is the sx1280. It was just brilliant with the he4 and speakers of course. I used the he4 exclusively with that receiver. And then, in a move of moronic proportions...I sold it thinking that I was getting the fisher 500c. :angry_face:

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It's also a balancing act with Mrs. Matt. She likes the fact that I get them cheap. She doesn't like the fact that they take up so much room.

 

The best I've had by far is the sx1280. It was just brilliant with the he4 and speakers of course. I used the he4 exclusively with that receiver. And then, in a move of moronic proportions...I sold it thinking that I was getting the fisher 500c. :angry_face:

Damn you, Mrs. Matt!! ;)

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Matt, Preproman 

 

Now that the Emotiva is on its way to the Orient, any thoughts on a DAC ? I have the Gungnir but I have it paired with the Mojo and loath to disturb the pair. 

 

Thanks

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Whoa.  There's lots out there.  What's the budget for a DAC?

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Whoa.  There's lots out there.  What's the budget for a DAC?

i know...loaded question right ? anyway, upto a grand

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I haven't gotten into $1k dac territory, so you'll need to ask Prep about that one. The bifrost uber sounds pretty good to me. :atsmile:

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The John Kenny Ciunas DAC is a good one under 1K also is the Concero.  I liked the JK Ciunas better to be paired with the Emotiva.

 

Also the Maverick Audio TubeMagic D2 is the one MalVeauX use:  http://www.head-fi.org/t/629352/he-500-lcd2-d5000-dt770-sr80-on-a-speaker-amp-emotiva-mini-x-a-100-project/450

 

A few steps up from the Maverick D2 and also under 1K will be the Havana DAC or the Stockholm DAC - http://dhost.info/mhdtlab/havana.htm

http://dhost.info/mhdtlab/stockholm2.htm

 

Right at the 1K mark would be the X Saber.  I have not heard this DAC myself but I'm very interested in it.  http://matrix-digi.com/en/products/49/index.html  It getting some pretty good reviews thus far.

 

There are lots of others as well.  You just have to find one that pairs well with the Emotiva and the HE-4.

 

Oh yeah one that I really like is the Metrum Octave MkII.  I have heard this one - and it's good..  http://www.nosminidac.nl/Octave_English.html

 

If you don't want a tube DAC I would look real good into the Metrum and the Ciunas.

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^^ See told ya. Sometimes you don't have to know the answer but just who to ask. :biggrin: 

 

 

Thanks Prep, that's a nice list that will help others. 

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^^ See told ya. Sometimes you don't have to know the answer but just who to ask. biggrin.gif  


Thanks Prep, that's a nice list that will help others. 
Oh man, you're a walking dacopedia 😃. Seriously, I'm tempted to extend the $1k to $3k just to expand this list. All I then have to do is choose !
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Oh man, you're a walking dacopedia 😃. Seriously, I'm tempted to extend the $1k to $3k just to expand this list. All I then have to do is choose !

 

Your going to make it hard for your self to choose.  The $3K marks bring in a lot of different DACs of course.  Here the used market can be really beneficial.  

 

Not sure if you're looking for DSD or not.  I'm not to interested in it so I don't really look for it in a DAC

 

The PWD2 MSRP is around $4K but you can get it all day long on the "GON" for $2K.  

 

The Ayre QB-9 is a great choice.  It only has a USB input. It comes in at $2.5K

 

The Auralic Vega is $3,500 but is said to be a really good one.

 

The Audio-GD Master 7 is under the $3K mark and sits right around $2.5K and is a really good DAC.  

 

The new Schiit DAC will come in under $3K as well.  

 

Another one from Metrum is the HEX that sits right around the $3K mark. 

 

The Wyred 4 Sound DAC-2 DSDse is about $2.5K - not heard or seen many reviews on this one.

 

If you like messing around with different kinds of setting the Hilo would be a great choice.  Under $3K as well.  To many thing on there for me.  

 

There's the Eximus DP-1 I'm sure you can find under $3K if you look.

 

The Invicta is one as well.  

 

I put my limit at $5K so I got the AMR DP-777. 

 

Also at $5K and up is the Lampizator http://www.lampizator.eu/newdac/lampizator/welcome.html


Edited by preproman - 11/19/13 at 7:25am
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Holy Toledo, this IS some list. I will not hijack this thread anymore (my apologies). We must get a DAC thread going sometime. Anyway, thank you so much and one last comment: for people using 220V like me, the used market is virtually useless. I've tried GON so many times; it's 110v most if not all of the time.
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