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post #16 of 32
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Originally Posted by Mauricio View Post

Notice that I did not tell you that it is a good value because to me it sounds "musical", because "I can hear the air between the instruments", it has "a wide soundstage", "it has good articulation", "the bass is dry", "the imaging is more liquid", blah, blah, blah.

 

I don't see anything wrong with those descriptions if we're in fact hearing them.
 

 

post #17 of 32
How does it perform with the demanding Beyerdynamic T1????
post #18 of 32
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Originally Posted by sonq View Post

I don't see anything wrong with those descriptions if we're in fact hearing them.
 

 

It's my ears and my money. If I can hear what please my ears and the SQ brings me happiness. I really do not give a freak about spec or measurement. I use them as a guide line only. My ears are the ultimate factor for me to spend my hard earned money.

 

If I can seat between two Apogee Duetta driven by two Krell mono blocks and I can not only hear the music but I can SEE the music. I can hear Diana Krall huge and silky voice hanging in the air right in the middle of the two ribbons speakers and I can see the some bright, high  piano notes a feet or two in front and 1/2 feet inward of the right speaker when she is doing a solo but not at the right speaker or in the middle of the two speakers .

 

If another guy either his tin can ears or his lesser quality gear that  prevent him to hear such magic, it 's certainly not my fault. The fact is there is a group of people who like to CONTROL others' ability to perceive music in certain way by using the name of Science to  do so.

 

Be happy and happy listening. Real or illusion, it only  matters to YOU , no oneself. Believe and trust your own ears.

post #19 of 32
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Originally Posted by ACDOAN View Post

It's my ears and my money. If I can hear what please my ears and the SQ brings me happiness. I really do not give a freak about spec or measurement. I use them as a guide line only. My ears are the ultimate factor for me to spend my hard earned money.

If I can seat between two Apogee Duetta driven by two Krell mono blocks and I can not only hear the music but I can SEE the music. I can hear Diana Krall huge and silky voice hanging in the air right in the middle of the two ribbons speakers and I can see the some bright, high  piano notes a feet or two in front and 1/2 feet inward of the right speaker when she is doing a solo but not at the right speaker or in the middle of the two speakers .

If another guy either his tin can ears or his lesser quality gear that  prevent him to hear such magic, it 's certainly not my fault. The fact is there is a group of people who like to CONTROL others' ability to perceive music in certain way by using the name of Science to  do so.

Be happy and happy listening. Real or illusion, it only  matters to YOU , no oneself. Believe and trust your own ears.
Yup. Love to argue you into submission.
post #20 of 32
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Originally Posted by Happy Camper View Post


Yup. Love to argue you into submission.

 

LOL. Peace,brother. It's a just a hobby and YMMV. Happy listening.
post #21 of 32

Can some one tell me if the CA magic DAC plus has a pre-amp variable output control via the control knob or the control knob is for headphone volume control only? Per spec, optional ouput control WTH is optional output control ?

 

I am looking for a DAC with variable output control to drive my active monitors as pre-amp stage. I am pretty much ok with my AE D1 which has an analog pre-amp stage output control but I am always looking for a better upgrade if any.

post #22 of 32

Yes, the DacMagic Plus has a preamp function. 

post #23 of 32
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Originally Posted by ACDOAN View Post

Can some one tell me if the CA magic DAC plus has a pre-amp variable output control via the control knob or the control knob is for headphone volume control only? Per spec, optional ouput control WTH is optional output control ?

I am looking for a DAC with variable output control to drive my active monitors as pre-amp stage. I am pretty much ok with my AE D1 which has an analog pre-amp stage output control but I am always looking for a better upgrade if any.
I use my Dacmagic Plus as a preamp for my desktop system. Works great!
post #24 of 32

Thank you, guys.

 

1.What's the deal with Whathifi describes the Dac Magic Plus as " edgy" ? Is it sibilant or grainy ?

 

2. I know it has a digital volume control instead of analog volume control. Can some one elaborate that for me, please ?

 

3. I read somewhere that the remote control is flimsy in operation since it is a digital volume control?

 

I have come close to order one but these reports really hold me back. 

 

Thank you.

 

Andrew

post #25 of 32
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Originally Posted by ACDOAN View Post

Thank you, guys.

 

1.What's the deal with Whathifi describes the Dac Magic Plus as " edgy" ? Is it sibilant or grainy ?

 

2. I know it has a digital volume control instead of analog volume control. Can some one elaborate that for me, please ?

 

3. I read somewhere that the remote control is flimsy in operation since it is a digital volume control?

 

I have come close to order one but these reports really hold me back. 

 

Thank you.

 

Andrew


I think that is one of the main problems with audio reviews, the language they use. What does edgy mean and I read a review of the same dac and they said the treble was 'polite'...what does that mean? It is telling when two reviewers of the exact same equipment come to two opposite views, one is saying that the treble is somewhat rolled off and the other says it is sibilant.

post #26 of 32
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Originally Posted by HPiper View Post


I think that is one of the main problems with audio reviews, the language they use. What does edgy mean and I read a review of the same dac and they said the treble was 'polite'...what does that mean? It is telling when two reviewers of the exact same equipment come to two opposite views, one is saying that the treble is somewhat rolled off and the other says it is sibilant.


I understand every reviewer has his or her bias opinion and the associated equipments vary from one reviewer to another plus the original recordings vary from one CD to another.  The old saying " take it with a grain of salt" is valid like hell. Still, to cough up $400/$500.00 for a DAC without actually have it in your system is tough to do.

 

What's about the control volume function ?  

post #27 of 32
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Originally Posted by ACDOAN View Post


I understand every reviewer has his or her bias opinion and the associated equipments vary from one reviewer to another plus the original recordings vary from one CD to another.  The old saying " take it with a grain of salt" is valid like hell. Still, to cough up $400/$500.00 for a DAC without actually have it in your system is tough to do.

 

What's about the control volume function ?  


The only thing I have heard against it is that is is digital , and the increase from one level to the next is quite small, so it takes a long time pushing the button to make a large volume adjustment. On the other hand it remembers where you set it, so I don't really see that as a big problem. How often do you change the volume more than just a small amount up or down?

post #28 of 32
Good point since I mostly set my active speakers at certain level and leave them alone.
post #29 of 32
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Originally Posted by HPiper View Post
 


The only thing I have heard against it is that is is digital , and the increase from one level to the next is quite small, so it takes a long time pushing the button to make a large volume adjustment. On the other hand it remembers where you set it, so I don't really see that as a big problem. How often do you change the volume more than just a small amount up or down?

I reset my volume for each song, and often lower the volume for choruses, if they are much compressed. I know I couldn't use this thing in my setup, cause I would soon throw it at the wall for being that slow

post #30 of 32
Is this dac a true fully balanced design, or simply a single ended design with xlr outputs?
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