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post #256 of 267
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Originally Posted by blueangel2323 View Post
 

The tube output should add a bit of warmth and round out the edges, but it's still close enough to neutral that I wouldn't expect a night and day difference. If you don't like the tube output there is always the SS output and preamp out too.

 

Good to know; I wouldn't want to depart to much from neutral so it could be a good fit. Definitely appreciate the added SS flexibility as well.

 

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Check my review regarding TD-11 with traditional studio monitors.  I don't think you'll be disappointed with the tube output feeding technically true sounding studio monitors.  The TD-11 will make your MP3 and 24bit/96 or 192 sound great.

 

That's what I like to hear! Sounds like this might be my next purchase. Eventually...

post #257 of 267
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Originally Posted by SwanSong View Post
 

Blueangel, that sucks!  Is that a USB issue?  Because I have a digital converter in the mix, my friend thought he was able to play 88.2khz files, i'll have him test to be sure.

The USB DAC chip doesn't support native 88.2, but 88.2 files can play just fine, it will just be resampled by your software.


Edited by blueangel2323 - 11/6/13 at 7:32am
post #258 of 267
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The USB DAC chip doesn't support native 88.2, but 88.2 files can play just fine, it will just be resampled by your software.

So if my USB to Coaxial converter supports 88.2 then TD-11 can support it via coaxial input?

post #259 of 267
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So if my USB to Coaxial converter supports 88.2 then TD-11 can support it via coaxial input?

I'm not sure - try it. I think the chip treats 88.2 and above as 96, and 88.1 and below as 64?

post #260 of 267

TD-11 front headphone plug, will it drive Hifiman HE-500 to full potential?  Until I can afford a dedicated tube amp, any $500 and below recommendations??  The TD-11 with the JK Ciunas USB converter is a match made in heaven for studio monitors.  Now it's headphone rig time!!!!!

post #261 of 267
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Originally Posted by blueangel2323 View Post
 

I'm not sure - try it. I think the chip treats 88.2 and above as 96, and 88.1 and below as 64?

I can't tell whats happening in the TD-11 but my player is sending 88.2 and my USB converter in getting 88.2.  The TD-11 looks like it takes all formats up to 192 via coaxial input.  The sound is differently hi-res that's all I know.

post #262 of 267

It does accept up to 192, but I wasn't sure if it had native support for odd in-between formats like 88.2. My Yulong D100 apparently resamples everything to 132, and the TD-11 is a Yulong design so it might be doing something similar.

post #263 of 267

Anyone happened to use or audition the Grant Fidelity RPF-120 MKII Reference Power Conditioner?  If so, please PM.  Specifically, I'd like to hear about its effects on tonality and warmth.  Thanks,  

post #264 of 267
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Anyone happened to use or audition the Grant Fidelity RPF-120 MKII Reference Power Conditioner?  If so, please PM.  Specifically, I'd like to hear about its effects on tonality and warmth.  Thanks,  

I haven't tried that particular one, but in my experience power conditioners only improve the sound if you have very poor quality power. If you have clean power to begin with, a power conditioner will have no effect whatsoever.

post #265 of 267

If most of us were only so lucky to be able to have clean power!  Most of these lower priced power conditioners really are more like glorified power strips.  They can be very effective in what I call "sound," but timbral accuracy seems harder to come by.  That's why I was asking about the GF.  I will be changing the wall outlet for my computer audio system in a few days and I know from experience the improvement is often substantial.

post #266 of 267

Grant TD-11 for sale with upgrade tubes included!!!

post #267 of 267

I accidentally rolled in some Voskhod 6N2P tubes. Surprising a good sound. I'm not sure this tube is even supported. I'll give it a more thorough listening and report back later. 

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