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post #16 of 23
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Hi AVU,

 

I agree with you and in a sense, it creates a dilemma for me. Do I get the Anedio D2 which by all accounts "should" sound amazing, or do I get the MM+ because I can customize the sound if I'm not happy with the stock sound.

 

With the D2, there is no customization, what you hear is what you get.. and hopefully, it's a sound I like, in my system.. otherwise, I'm screwed.

With the MM+ if I don't like it, I change stuff (tubes, opamp), but that can also become the "search for the holy grail" and expensive, trying a bunch of tubes and opamps and maybe "never" finding that perfect sound after all the mods or feeling like it will never be as good as the D2 in some respects.

 

Hard decision for sure.. in the meantime, I have to save up some coin no matter which DAC I end up with :-)

 

 

 

post #17 of 23

Yeah, I can't help you beyond what I said, because I haven't heard the D2.  From what I can piece together out of the reviews of the D1, the D2 is going to be better than the WFSII.  

 

As to the minimax, the sound characteristics aren't all that random - people have worked them out pretty much over time, especially over on the other forum.  I think there's a fair amount of agreement that the 49990 opamps are the best overall, with the exception of the (incredibly expensive) discrete opamps from burson.  Tubes vary, but there's a good bit of agreement about general sound characteristics there as well.  

 

There's a good guy selling 49990s on ebay from NY, cost would be $40 for the duals if you wanted to use a tube, or $60 for both sets if you went without a tube (which many prefer.)  That would be the most detailed, precise route.

 

For tubes, like I said, there's more choice, but honestly, I think in terms of price for performance, it's hard to beat the tungsram e80cc (about $30) if you want both richness and detail, and a NOS mullard if you want more warmth, richness, analog sound at the expensive of a bit of detail (about $20).  My personal favorites, which are a bit more expensive, are the amperex e80cc (more richness, a bit less detail than the tungsram) (about $60-$80) or the NOS Siemens "silver plate" (around $60).  So I think you're only looking at $100 more, tops.

 

I'm sure you'd be really happy with either unit in the end.   wink_face.gif

 

EDIT - corrected my mistaken listing of a mythical "e90cc" tube.   Sorry, tired. 


Edited by AVU - 3/18/12 at 5:18pm
post #18 of 23

What the heck is a E90CC? Do not use that tube, I've never even heard of it.

 

 If you mean E80CC that is ok. Just trying to clarify so folks don't get the wrong tube and throw it in there that would harm the DAC

post #19 of 23

You might want to investigate the Metrum Octave as well... Good Luck.

post #20 of 23

I own the original Minimax and I have tried to "upgrade" but I can't find a better dac.  The beauty of the Minimax is its ability to fine tune your sound.  I haven't found a 'goldilocks' dac that works for me off the shelf but I can make the Minimax sound great regardless of other changes I make to my system.  I am surprised other manufacturers haven't gone this route.

post #21 of 23
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What the heck is a E90CC? Do not use that tube, I've never even heard of it.

 

 If you mean E80CC that is ok. Just trying to clarify so folks don't get the wrong tube and throw it in there that would harm the DAC


 

Oh, for heaven's sakes - yes, of course, the e80cc - I was just tired. There's no such thing as an e90cc.  Thanks, Bill.  rolleyes.gif


Edited by AVU - 3/18/12 at 5:18pm
post #22 of 23

Just got this DAC 3 days ago and have it running daily...even out of the box is has a very good sound and is a noticeable upgrade to the HRT II Music Streamer(also a lot more expensive).

Have already ordered a Mullard and Telefunken tube because as you all know, there is always a little bit more of sound improvement to squeeze out of a different tube,cable etc.

Sometimes I don't know if it is the music or the eternal search for better sound,that I am into all of this....both I guess!Apart from this I am very relaxed and without any ambition!!!Back to the sofa now!!!L3000.gif

post #23 of 23
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Originally Posted by Morningstar View Post
 

What the heck is a E90CC? Do not use that tube, I've never even heard of it.

 

 If you mean E80CC that is ok. Just trying to clarify so folks don't get the wrong tube and throw it in there that would harm the DAC


 

Oh, for heaven's sakes - yes, of course, the e80cc - I was just tired. There's no such thing as an e90cc.  Thanks, Bill.  rolleyes.gif


FYI, there is most certainly a tube known as the E90CC - American designation 5920.  It happens to be one of the finest tubes you can put into a Torpedo headphone amp.  It's pretty much a direct equivalent (but much higher quality) for the almost ubiquitous 6J6 tube.  The Starving Student Millett Hybrid headphone amplifier was based on the 19J6 - same tube as 6J6, but with different heater voltage.

 

In any event, the 5920/E90CC is a great tube in circuits designed for the 6J6.

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