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post #15886 of 26944
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Originally Posted by elmoe View Post

I always liked their products, especially the gimbals, but their prices are just to steep for me.
The upgrades are very pretty. I'll watch my wallet closely sir.
post #15887 of 26944
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Originally Posted by elmoe View Post
 

 

A lossless rip of a CD is exactly the same as the CD itself. If you go digital out from your computer to your CD player (if it has a digital input? Most do), then there will be no difference.


Yeah-I've heard that before. I haven't invested in a computer based rig. Since I've got Sonos-I just have everything stored on a NAS and stream it thru Sonos-and there is some diminishment in quality as it's streamed. Since I've got a stereo-I'd just rather pop in a CD or stream via Sonos on their wireless Sonos speakers throughout the house for "house music" that is enjoyable but not audiophile quality. When I'm in the kitchen or messing around the house, I don't care about audiophile quality sound. I want "good sound" but my priority is access to my digital files and user ease convenience.

 

 I can also listen to Sonos through my dedicated main speaker rig. But, when I want that more audiophile dedicated listening, I'd have to throw down with a multi K DAC probably to get it to sound as good as a nice CDP through my speaker rig. That said, a well recorded CD in lossless through my Sonos listening to speakers or my RS1i sounds really quite good. Just not quite as good as CD. And, if it's a good recording, I would only know the difference if I A-B listened.


Edited by markm1 - 6/15/14 at 6:45am
post #15888 of 26944

Maybe my son will bring me a pair of LCD3 for fathers day....oh wait a minute, I am awake now...well maybe some GS1000i's...I think I need to go back to sleep.

post #15889 of 26944
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Originally Posted by bpcans View Post


The upgrades are very pretty. I'll watch my wallet closely sir.
 

Yes, you have no idea how many times I came close to pulling the trigger on a set of gimbals/rodblocks + headband... only to realize I could buy a used SR325 for less money :D 

post #15890 of 26944
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Originally Posted by markm1 View Post
 


Yeah-I've heard that before. I haven't invested in a computer based rig. Since I've got Sonos-I just have everything stored on a NAS and stream it thru Sonos-and there is some diminishment in quality as it's streamed. Since I've got a stereo-I'd just rather pop in a CD or stream via Sonos on their wireless Sonos speakers throughout the house for "house music" that is enjoyable but not audiophile quality. When I'm in the kitchen or messing around the house, I don't care about audiophile quality sound. I want "good sound" but my priority is access to my digital files and user ease convenience.

 

 I can also listen to Sonos through my dedicated main speaker rig. But, when I want that more audiophile dedicated listening, I'd have to throw down with a multi K DAC probably to get it to sound as good as a nice CDP through my speaker rig. That said, a well recorded CD in lossless through my Sonos listening to speakers or my RS1i sounds really quite good. Just not quite as good as CD. And, if it's a good recording, I would only know the difference if I A-B listened.

 

If you want my opinion, you don't need to spend that much on a DAC to get absolutely great audio quality from your computer. Go with a single ended Audio-GD USB DAC in the 500-700USD price range and you will already have a really great sounding computer based setup.

 

Alternatively, you can buy a USB/SPDIF converter (one of the cheaper one works just fine), and a digital coaxial cable so you can hook the converter via USB to your computer, and your Rotel amp to the converter via coaxial cable (I'm sure it has a digital input). It'll cost you barely over a hundred bucks and you will get the same quality you have now from playing CDs from your CD player hooked up to the Rotel.


Edited by elmoe - 6/15/14 at 6:52am
post #15891 of 26944
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Originally Posted by jaywillin View Post
 


they are awesome, but if i'm going to keep the ps1k's, i gotta sell something !


Sell the 80i's...

post #15892 of 26944

Yo, it's O.K. if some people don't like computer audio.  Really it is.:deadhorse: 

post #15893 of 26944
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Originally Posted by elmoe View Post
 

 

If you want my opinion, you don't need to spend that much on a DAC to get absolutely great audio quality from your computer. Go with a single ended Audio-GD USB DAC in the 500-700USD price range and you will already have a really great sounding computer based setup.

 

Alternatively, you can buy a USB/SPDIF converter (one of the cheaper one works just fine), and a digital coaxial cable so you can hook the converter via USB to your computer, and your Rotel amp to the converter via coaxial cable (I'm sure it has a digital input). It'll cost you barely over a hundred bucks and you will get the same quality you have now from playing CDs from your CD player hooked up to the Rotel.


Thanks. Those are great ideas. I'm going to save this post.

post #15894 of 26944
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Originally Posted by bbophead View Post
 

Yo, it's O.K. if some people don't like computer audio.  Really it is.:deadhorse: 

 

Sure, but he seemed interested, and I aim to please. ;)

post #15895 of 26944
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Originally Posted by markm1 View Post
 


I'm not going to ask, but if you wanted to tell me what you were selling them for, I guess I couldn't stop you:wink:


there's a posting on the b/s/t forum, i'm sure i'd do you a better than advertised price

post #15896 of 26944

I just ordered a Valhalla 2 as my old LD is starting to die and as it was used when I bought it I don't feel like messing with it, plus I just want one of the new Schiit amps. Now that it has an impedance switch it shouldn't have a problem driving any of my phones, including my Grado's (but the old one drove Grados just fine anyway)

post #15897 of 26944
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Originally Posted by markm1 View Post

Funny-I think a lot/most Headfiers source is a computer based system. I guess I'm old school. At my solidly medium fi level, I feel the sound from a CDP is preferable to computer based audio. For me computer based audio is Sonos via a "connect" through my Rotel RA-12 and through my speakers or HPs. But, a lot of you guys are using high end 1K+ DAC. I'm sure that's the way to go to really make computer based digital audio swing.

I've been collecting and listening to CD's so long. I've got a little over 12,000 tracks from my CD collection digitzed now on a NAS in lossless. Listening to both has become integral.  But, when I really want to hear something well recorded, I still reach for a CD.....

Maybe I'm old school and in a couple of years will drop a couple of K on a DAC and change my mind.....

I'm computer based only, other than an iPod when I'm travelling or hanging about outside. In the car it's Sirius radio for me. I really don't feel my modi, or even my STX sound card or one of my integrated amp choices, is holding me back from great sound DAC wise. All that's needed is a tube amp, hopefully this year! I'd actually love to get two tube setups, for the headphones and for the hi-fi. Basically saying I think the DAC is far less important than most of the rest of the chain

With around 15,000 albums on tap, and a smallish house, digital is the only sensible choice for me, but I have to admit I'd love to have all my cd's back and build a listening room with wall storage, it would look cool and be a great place to hang out. I have kept most of my vinyl but I have less than 100 or so and they've all been needle dropped for actual listening.
post #15898 of 26944

Fathers day....final round of u.s. open...race at Michigan...RS1i...Mad Ear....Grand Funk Railroad

 

Life is in deed good.   :beerchug: 

post #15899 of 26944
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Originally Posted by whirlwind View Post

Fathers day....final round of u.s. open...race at Michigan...RS1i...Mad Ear....Grand Funk Railroad

Life is in deed good.   beerchug.gif  
Your life sounds pretty good today WW.
post #15900 of 26944

yeah, this is one of my favorite days of the year  :beerchug:

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