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post #1156 of 1357
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Originally Posted by kyokyo0412 View Post

If you need DSD then mytek. If PCM, go to D2.

Did you listen both of them?

post #1157 of 1357

A Good reviwe on the Mytek

 

http://www.hifi-advice.com/mytek-192DSD-review.html

post #1158 of 1357
Project86,

Would it be true to describe the D2 as clear, detailed and transparent, while in comparison the Audio-GD Ref7 is richer, fuller, has more body, substance and tonal density?

Also, which one would you say sounds smoother? Thanks.
post #1159 of 1357
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Originally Posted by vlach View Post

Project86,
Would it be true to describe the D2 as clear, detailed and transparent, while in comparison the Audio-GD Ref7 is richer, fuller, has more body, substance and tonal density?
Also, which one would you say sounds smoother? Thanks.

 

That's a fair description if a bit simplistic - it implies the D2 as being thin or harsh, and the Ref7 as being dark or possibly dull up top. None of those is really true, so the analogy only goes so far. Plus I thought the Ref7 focused on micro-detail more than the D2 which has a sort of "big picture" sound that I find unique and intoxicating (and hard to explain).

 

Smoother is a tricky one because neither is really the type to smooth out a poor recording. In a sense the Ref7 is smoother in terms of being slightly warmer and thus drawing attention away from the highs. But the D2 has better transient response which can sound more musically correct, therefore being less fatiguing after a while (the Ref7 is not fatiguing per se but if I notice the decrease in attack and decay accuracy then it distracts over the long term). 

 

Both are very nice though. 

post #1160 of 1357

It is not a side by side compare.

post #1161 of 1357
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Originally Posted by project86 View Post

That's a fair description if a bit simplistic - it implies the D2 as being thin or harsh, and the Ref7 as being dark or possibly dull up top. None of those is really true, so the analogy only goes so far. Plus I thought the Ref7 focused on micro-detail more than the D2 which has a sort of "big picture" sound that I find unique and intoxicating (and hard to explain).

Smoother is a tricky one because neither is really the type to smooth out a poor recording. In a sense the Ref7 is smoother in terms of being slightly warmer and thus drawing attention away from the highs. But the D2 has better transient response which can sound more musically correct, therefore being less fatiguing after a while (the Ref7 is not fatiguing per se but if I notice the decrease in attack and decay accuracy then it distracts over the long term). 

Both are very nice though. 
Thank you for elaborating on the differences. I was actually implying the D2 might be "leaner" as opposed to thin & harsh, and i am under the impression that 1704-based Audio GD DACs go the other direction with their beefy power supplies and discrete analog output stages. Ideally i would opt for the product that strikes the best overall balance in SQ. At any rate, i think i can make some deductions and form a general feeling for these two units based on your feedback - which i appreciate smily_headphones1.gif
post #1162 of 1357

So after camping out by the door till 5pm (DHL >.>) D2 is here!

 

And being forgetful as always I forgot to get a USB 1.0 cable and no RCA/TOSLink/Coax either... so I didn't get to hear in until 3 hours ago.

I'm not the best with words, less so on impressions (Not as refined as many can be ;P)

 

I've no proper headphones atm (unmodded Fostex T50RP atm) so I borrowed a friend's rig (Bryston BHA-1 and balanced T5P mod), Anedio pretty much dealt with my key issues for that rig which were

  • Overly bassy
  • Lack of depth (soundstage)
  • Instrument separation

 

On my 'main' rig currently (un-modded Fostex T50RP), the Anedio D2 replaced the DACport.  Not exactly a fair comparison, but what I have biggrin.gif.

Things are much clearer now, sound is more...coherent?  Kinda like coming together as a whole, while still allowing you to focus on micro-detail.  Once I've got more tracks in from my selection I'll post more, currently using my friends stuff and youtube so urgh

 

EDIT: No NAD M51, but might be heading over to a few dealers to check out more DACs.. (Lindemann USB DAC, Calyx 24/192, NAD M51)


Edited by DTrewwye - 12/29/12 at 9:47am
post #1163 of 1357

Ah yes....

 

My D2 came in Friday. I've got it set up with a SBT-EDO and have been alternating between direct listening with a LCD2v2 and through a BHA-1.

 

Coherent is a pretty good description. It is definitely a step up over my Lavry DA10.

 

I'm working on adding a Legato II. It might take a couple of months to get it though because there is a wait list.

 

Head Fi => empty wallet.

post #1164 of 1357

I have read every page on this forum and my wallet will pay for my time spent.  I have the Anedio D2 Dac on pre order.  My headphone is the the Audeze LCD ver 2.2.  I have read good reviews for the amp in the D2.  I have also read about the Woo wa6-se working well with the D2.  If I remember correctly, project86 was one of the proponents.  I am assuming that the hookup with the D2 to the wa6-se is bypassing the internal amp of the D2.  (If this is not the case please correct me).  My question is what advantage is there to using the wa6-se with the D2 vs the D2 by itself?  SQ, detail, headroom, bass, please tell all.  
Thanks
OneTallGuy
 

post #1165 of 1357

I haven't heard the WA6SE but I do use my D2 with a variety of tube amps. It's basically about adding a pleasing coloration that helps you enjoy a certain headphone or certain music. The D2 amp is about as neutral as it gets, which isn't always the most pleasing thing to listen to if that makes any sense. You may find that you enjoy a certain type of music more with the D2 and other music more with the tube amp.  

post #1166 of 1357
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Originally Posted by Riker View Post

Thanks Project86.

 

Initially I had my eyes on a pair of Denon AH-D7000 but they got sold before I could pull the trigger. Now there is a pair of LCD2R2 (new) up on canuck audiomart that I am considering. My only hesitation is comfort, they are big and heavy and that worries me a bit. Also for sale is a pair of T1 but those I already tried and they sound really good, a bit light in bass and I did not find them all that comfortable. From what I have read, the LCD2R2 have really good bass, which is important to me, but also good mids and highs as well. I am sure I would be very happy with the sound quality of the cans, it's the size and weight that worries me.

 

What is your opinion regarding comfort ?

 

Thanks so much,

Stephane


I own the Audeze LCD 2.2.  I have been listening to the wonderful sound for over 6 months.  I have seen some questions about the weight and/or comfort.  I have never had any problem with either.  I did have some cheaper Sennheiser headphones prior to the lcd's that were very light but tight on the ears.  One curious unexpected advantage of the LCD's is quiet when I move my head while resting on the headrest of my recliner.  The other Senn's plastic squeeked.


Edited by OneTallGuy - 1/6/13 at 3:59pm
post #1167 of 1357

I have had the LCD2 R2.2 for about 9 months now.  Previously I had some Grado RS 1’s.  I find the weight of the LCD’s a non-issue.  The weight of these cans is what it is.  I find the sound so gorgeous that I am rarely aware of the weight.  I have never found them to be a strain or a burden on my neck.  What bothers one person may go completely unnoticed by another.  The thick lambskin pads can get a little warm during hot weather (not that we get much of that up here) but again, they sound so great to me I could care less.

post #1168 of 1357

So after a fair bit of auditioning against the NAD M51, the Anedio is heading back to NJ.

 

Excellent performer, though it wasn't much of my preference.  Anedio gives an extremely coherent sound, liquid smooth and very relaxing. I did have to strain for some micro-details, rather than the NAD which had them readily on hand.  Both however do many things well, including soundstage/separation/imaging.

post #1169 of 1357
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Originally Posted by DTrewwye View Post

So after a fair bit of auditioning against the NAD M51, the Anedio is heading back to NJ.

Excellent performer, though it wasn't much of my preference.  Anedio gives an extremely coherent sound, liquid smooth and very relaxing. I did have to strain for some micro-details, rather than the NAD which had them readily on hand.  Both however do many things well, including soundstage/separation/imaging.

I'm interested to know more about your findings as i've narrowed it down to the M51 or D2 for my next DAC purchase. Which one would you describe as sounding richer/fuller vs leaner/cleaner? How about dynamics, speed & transients? Thanks.
post #1170 of 1357
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Originally Posted by vlach View Post


I'm interested to know more about your findings as i've narrowed it down to the M51 or D2 for my next DAC purchase. Which one would you describe as sounding richer/fuller vs leaner/cleaner? How about dynamics, speed & transients? Thanks.

 

Anyone tried Benchmark DAC2?     same dac chip as D2.   price is the same as M51.

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