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Originally Posted by cky8 View Post

I always listen to low or moderate volume. I don't understand why some people always need to test how "loud" they can sound? But they could have their reasons. Other than possibly destroying your ears I couldn't think of anything else.

 

My sincere thanks to project86 and all others who contributed to this thread. The Anedio D1 DAC could possibly be my best audio equipment purchase ever biggrin.gif


Yeah I don't get that either. I was referring to the fact that with my setup prior to this at moderate volumes the detail was lacking and I would have to turn it up to here it's full sound. Maybe it's just my ears playing tricks on me but the D1 makes it sound the same no matter what volume I use.

Cheers!
post #362 of 951

That's an important attribute to consider. I understand your issue. Some equipment need to go past a certain volume point before you could hear everything. So any other equipment that still can faithfully reproduce it very well at low volume already tells something about the quality.

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Originally Posted by cky8 View Post

I always listen to low or moderate volume. I don't understand why some people always need to test how "loud" they can sound? But they could have their reasons. Other than possibly destroying your ears I couldn't think of anything else.

 

 

Well... some music just begs to be played loud... rock n' roll or metal of course... and I for one like my electronica with a bit of authority to it - you haven't heard massive attack until you've heard it in a system that can bring that low low bass alive.

 

But classical music and regular pop I like at moderate levels and I do agree you need to be careful with the volume if you want to keep enjoying this hobby....


Edited by TwoEars - 5/20/11 at 4:04pm
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Anyone in the DC area have a D1?  I wound up getting an Audio-GD NFB1 instead.  It sounds great and noticably different than my other DACs with some music and none at all with others.  I actually like it a lot but I can't say my feelings mirror what people on here on saying about the D1 - so I'd love to compare them.

 

I could get the D1 too and just send the looser back but that's a lot of work.  Does the D1 ship instantly or is there a delay?

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Originally Posted by Joelc87 View Post

Still loving my D1, but I'm probably going to get rid of my HD-650's, I hate to see them go but, I just can't afford to keep around headphones that don't go well with my setup, I'll probably get some RS2's since I like the Grado's closeness mixed with the D1's spaciousness, they seem to balance each other out kinda well.  Plus at 32 ohms the Grado's are easy for the D1 to drive.



The RS/1i is really good with it.

 

- Ed

post #366 of 951
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Originally Posted by Permagrin View Post

I guess this is a good place to post this. As I said earlier for some reason when I plug in the D1 to my laptop with digital coax I don't get any sound. It is an optical output and I switched the output in the audio software mixer to digital out but still nothing. I checked the BIOS to see if maybe optical was disabled but to no avail. I'm thinking maybe there might be something in the registry which I need to flip the flag on, will try that when I get home.

Regardless I was thinking about getting a USB to Coax cable if that fails. I was wondering what the max bit-rate would be in that case. Would it be 44 as it's coming out of my laptop's USB or 192 as it's feeding into the coax of the D1?

Thanks in advance!



I went through a similar process with one of my laptops.  It had a combined analog headphone / digital optical out.  The USB sounded fine; I think the optical out sounds better.  But you have to get an optical cable and the adaptor so that it can be used with the 3.5mm out from the laptop.

 

- Ed

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I could get the D1 too and just send the looser back but that's a lot of work.  Does the D1 ship instantly or is there a delay?

 

Mine shipped after a couple of days, they spend a few days testing it from what I understand and they even give you a printout of the testresults. After that I thought the sound improved after 20-30 h of burn in.
 

 

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Spot on here dude. Nice to see someone with an objective viewpoint rather than promoting their own choice. Refreshing!

 

Opted for the 160D due to it's 3-in-1 abilities, to be paired with LCD-2s. 



Hey no problem. I'm not here to make anyone buy anything.... just documenting my experiences. We all have different needs, different tastes, different budgets, different priorities, etc. My opinion remains that there will NEVER be a single DAC, amp, headphone, speaker, etc that will meet the needs of ALL users. Even with price as an unlimited factor, it just isn't possible. I used to own the Sony R10 and as good as that was, I can see some people not being satisfied by it in some ways. 



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Originally Posted by Joelc87 View Post

Still loving my D1, but I'm probably going to get rid of my HD-650's, I hate to see them go but, I just can't afford to keep around headphones that don't go well with my setup, I'll probably get some RS2's since I like the Grado's closeness mixed with the D1's spaciousness, they seem to balance each other out kinda well.  Plus at 32 ohms the Grado's are easy for the D1 to drive.


No sense in keeping it if it doesn't work for you or you no longer use it. According to my wife and my wallet, I need to adopt that habit more myself. 

 

 

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Originally Posted by cky8 View Post

I always listen to low or moderate volume. I don't understand why some people always need to test how "loud" they can sound? But they could have their reasons. Other than possibly destroying your ears I couldn't think of anything else. You are welcome Permagrin! wink.gif

 

My sincere thanks to project86 and all others who contributed to this thread. The Anedio D1 DAC could possibly be my best audio equipment purchase ever biggrin.gif

You are very welcome! I feel the same way. 
 

 

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Has anybody tested Anedio D1 DAC with Audio-Technica W5000 headphones? I am looking for a good DAC that will match well with my W5000. My amp: Audio-Technica AT-HA5000, source: Squeezebox Touch. I will be thankful for your recommendations!

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Has anybody tested Anedio D1 DAC with Audio-Technica W5000 headphones? I am looking for a good DAC that will match well with my W5000. My amp: Audio-Technica AT-HA5000, source: Squeezebox Touch. I will be thankful for your recommendations!


The D1 is a neutral DAC which cannot possibly degrade your setup given you have a Squeezebox Touch. It'll be a clear improvement! However it's debatable if you'd still need that AT-HA5000 amp as the headphone out from the D1 is very good for low impedance headphones.

 

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Originally Posted by korzena View Post

Has anybody tested Anedio D1 DAC with Audio-Technica W5000 headphones? I am looking for a good DAC that will match well with my W5000. My amp: Audio-Technica AT-HA5000, source: Squeezebox Touch. I will be thankful for your recommendations!



It sounds excellent straight from the built in amp to my W1000 and W2002, but I don't have a W5000 to try. When paired with your amp, I imagine it would sound excellent though, unless you are counting on the DAC to give you some boost or coloration somewhere. 

 

I think some other D1 owners have used some of the nicer AT woodies with it, but I don't recall if anyone had the W5000.

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Project86,

 

I also happened to have access to a Sony R10 transport + DAC combo.  How do you rate the Anedio D1 against the Sony?  Can you tell me the differences?

 

Also, how do you rate it against Berkeley Alpha DAC?

 

Does the D1 sonic quality independent of the input used? (for example, BNC coax vs Toslink)

 

I intend to use it as a sonic reference with my LCD-2 headphones.

 

Thanks.

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In general I would like the DAC to be neutral, however it can also add more body to the sound of W5000.

As I already have the amplifier maybe I should look for another and cheaper DAC that does not include amp?

post #374 of 951
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Originally Posted by Viper2001 View Post

Project86,

 

I also happened to have access to a Sony R10 transport + DAC combo.  How do you rate the Anedio D1 against the Sony?  Can you tell me the differences?

 

Also, how do you rate it against Berkeley Alpha DAC?

 

Does the D1 sonic quality independent of the input used? (for example, BNC coax vs Toslink)

 

I intend to use it as a sonic reference with my LCD-2 headphones.

 

Thanks.

 

Sorry for the confusion - I was referring to the Sony MDR-R10 headphones, not the CDP-R10 transport/DAC. I've never heard that one so I can't comment on it, sorry. It looks very nice though.

 

The Berkeley Alpha I've heard a few times but never in my own system. Without an A/B comparison it is hard to say. But I remember being really impressed with the Alpha at the time, thinking it must be roughly as good as my MBL 1511E if not better, and for less money too. 

 

The D1 sounds the same to me no matter which input I use. Using a good transport (Marantz SA-1 with mods) I run both toslink and coaxial to the D1. Cycling between the inputs, I can't tell any difference at all. In my opinion that's how it should be, and if it isn't then there is some type of design flaw somewhere.

 

Sorry those aren't definitive answers to your questions. Just for info, I do have a new higher end DAC here for comparison - the Resonessence Labs Invicta ($4,000). I'll be comparing it to the Anedio and will post my impressions when I've had more time for listening. 
 

 

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Sorry for the confusion - I was referring to the Sony MDR-R10 headphones, not the CDP-R10 transport/DAC. I've never heard that one so I can't comment on it, sorry. It looks very nice though.

 

The Berkeley Alpha I've heard a few times but never in my own system. Without an A/B comparison it is hard to say. But I remember being really impressed with the Alpha at the time, thinking it must be roughly as good as my MBL 1511E if not better, and for less money too. 

 

The D1 sounds the same to me no matter which input I use. Using a good transport (Marantz SA-1 with mods) I run both toslink and coaxial to the D1. Cycling between the inputs, I can't tell any difference at all. In my opinion that's how it should be, and if it isn't then there is some type of design flaw somewhere.

 

Sorry those aren't definitive answers to your questions. Just for info, I do have a new higher end DAC here for comparison - the Resonessence Labs Invicta ($4,000). I'll be comparing it to the Anedio and will post my impressions when I've had more time for listening. 
 

 



If D1 is comparable to 1511E and also comparable to the Alpha DAC, then the D1 is no small achievement!

 

I also agree that when designed and implemented properly, all digital inputs should sound the same.  Apparently, this is not the case with the Alpha DAC.  AES/EBU on Alpha appears to have the best sounding digital interface.

 

Can't wait to read your post on Invicta.  It'd be very interesting to see how it stacks up with D1.  I suspect Invicta will sound differently with different digital inputs and I also suspect D1 may beat the Invicta in sound.

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