Originally Posted by billybob_jcv
BTW Magick, regarding your latest thread title: "When does a person need an intervention?" - I'm sorry, but you are WAY past intervention. You left intervention at the station about 15 cars ago. I have a very close friend with an autistic son that is 22 years old. For the boy's entire life he has been obsessed with trains, SUVs and Sponge Bob. Now, I'm not saying you are autistic - but how do you feel about Sponge Bob?
Personally, I also REALLY like trains & Sponge Bob - but I can take or leave SUVs.
Sorry - I'm in a silly mood this morning...
No one's noticed, or said anything, but I've been using Hall and Oates lyrics and song titles for a while.
I'm just spending according to the rate I'm told I should spend, but I figure it's better that I put the money into vehicles, as investment... "vehicles". Pardon the pun...
Originally Posted by warrenpchi
That's an option as well. It's very "Ima kicka your assa" if you ask me...
Yeah, that one.
IMO, we have too many black & red cars already. I like black and red, who doesn't? But really...
The Weiss MAN301: First impressions
On first blush, this Weiss MAN301 is the BOMB. I'm not sure if it's a transport/DAC or a sledge hammer. It's a little larger than a modern BD player but weighs as much as a 5.1 receiver. It's German high-end, and you can tell it immediately. The fit and finish are beyond reproach, which you'd expect from a $12k transport/DAC/music server. The setup is chimp-easy, the DAC, preamp, and transport is all in the box, but I've found that I like the transport/DAC but the preamp is a little quirky. Good but quirky. So I have it hooked up, as follows: MAN301 > McIntosh MX151 > McIntosh MC402 > Wilson Watt/Puppies. And it's just eye-poppingly brilliant.
The disc transport is perfectly silent, you can't hear a disc spin, even with your ear against it, and the eject mechanism can't be heard at 6' (seriously). It plays most things; red book, SACDs, and MP3/FLAC discs, but there's no DVD-A functionality, which bums me out a little, as I have ~300 DVD-As that I listen to at times, despite the fact they're ripped to my server. However, I still have the Oppo BDP-105, and it's a great player as well, so that base is sufficiently covered. As a standalone player, it's faultless, fast, and silent, I can't ask for anything more.
Speaking of music ripped to my server... Once I had it connected and went through the basic setup, which included setting up my iPad and getting the app for it, I was stepped through the music library setup. It went out and found my server, I'd already went in and made an account for it, and it jumped in, read my iTunes pref files, and took off. In as much time as it took to configure the iPad app the way I wanted, it was ready to go. This is the latest version of the app and firmware, and the lag and compatibility issues mentioned in some beta unit reviews have been fixed. Also it catalogs the files from my PC, my wife's Mac, and everything that's AppleShare, DLNA, and SMB compatible on the network, provided sharing is turned on (duh). It works via static IP or DHCP, I chose the former and set it up in my server range. Neato thing here, I can access it from any DLNA device for playback, and soon that will work anywhere in the world, streaming my library to me, anywhere I have an iDevice and IP address (there are rumbles about possible Android support, in time*). Balla'.
Everything having to do with the player and server is handled through the app, which is the best I've seen. It has a very "Apple" smoothness/style to it, which is high praise. Blister Apple for their walled garden and iron fist diplomacy all you want, I do it too, but their software works well. IOW, the Weiss server/app just works, and it's elegant and polished, the best I've seen. Navigation, selection, cover art, liner notes (if available), lyrics, etc. are all right there, just a touch away. Kudos to Weiss for actually shipping a consumer-ready device this early on, when most companies fall on their faces and don't get things working for years (I'm looking at you, McIntosh).**warning some audiophile-speak incoming**
So, I guess we're to the sound, but I'm not prepared to make a firm comment about that yet, but I can say it's extremely detailed, hyper-detailed, if you will. To me, for the most part, DACs are DACs are DACs. I can point out mediocre ones, and usually very good ones, like the one in my MX151, but so far this is on another level. What I normally attribute to DACs are the dynamics of a piece, the expansion of soundstage. My Zodiac Gold is very analytical, to a fault (which I like), with a moderate soundstage, and impressive dynamic range. It's very good, IMO. The a fore mentioned MX151 is also very dynamic, though it isn't quite as detailed, but it has an immense SS, with a hint of warmth and a feeling of "presence" and authority.
The Zodiac Gold: detailed, analytical, dynamic, controlled, in one word "logical". Many would say cold, I'd say colorless.
The MX151: Expressive, dynamic, open, with a feel of power and a dash of warmth, in one word "powerful". Some fault its lack of detail, I think it's just a trade-off for a more inviting, and moving, musical experience.
What I've noticed so far, with my top 5 test albums; Rumors
, Little Earthquakes
, Wish You Were Here
, and Mozart's Requiem Mass
. ALACs ripped to my server.
The Weiss MAN301: very detailed and dynamic, but also expressive and powerful. It lacks that bit of warmth of the MX151 but is moving and inviting, nonetheless. Combine that with almost granite-etched imaging and a full, deep soundstage and you have quite a cocktail. At this point, I'd say it's head and shoulders over the Antelope and McIntosh offerings, or anything else I have.
*Interesting note, it "found" my McLaren IRIS system with my car parked in the garage, connected via WiFi. But since you can't turn sharing on in IRIS, I couldn't get into it, which is a good thing, in retrospect. However, this means when the internet streaming functionality is available I can possibly use it directly from the head unit, while driving along. That's not a given, just an assumption.Edited by Magick Man - 3/21/13 at 10:49pm