Any more recs for some actual disco? I'm not too familiar with the genre.
Tried the Teac HA501/UD501 combo today. Posted it on the AAMML thread but people seem to care more about the portables I took pictures with (those who know me know I never take pictures of anything, even when on vacation. But the Teac's looked so beautifully built I couldn't resist)
Cool faceplates with the M-100s. They have them on the LP2s as well, so I'm told.
C5 straigh out the Zip's HP jack - (it's clean enough you stupid purist!)
TEAC DAC and amp pairing. Gloriously professional build, great feature sets, crystal clean and neutral for the most part, with a slight tizz ~10kHz that I got rid of with their JRiver's para EQ (shelved it down and brought most of the treble down with a high pass as the HD800s weren't anax modded and I'm more used to that)
To expand on that, there was a little bit of grain ~1-4kHz (the only reason I'm being accurate with the numbers is because I brought a bunch of tones and test sweeps on the Clip Zip and also had access to the parametric EQ on JRiver) that didn't like to go away. Played around with the menu, but didn't have any DSD files. The lower end model, the one in the picture that corrupted, was beautifully made - might be one of the most aesthetically pleasing desktop fixtures I've yet to see.
Back to the sound, didn't find it to be overly warm or anything. If not "neutral" at the very least it can be considered balanced. There's a bit of subbass bloom on the amplifier unit. The DAC portion was what really impressed. The amp started panting a bit on the HD800s if I was to be really critical. And by no way do I mean "HE-6 not loud enough needs more headroom" power shortage. In fact the grain could have been mistaken for clipping now that I think about it, as well as the slight tizz, but I spend most of my HD800 time around my cousin's anax mod pair so going back to the stock form gets confusing at times.
Otherwise not much to say. I might have to shop around a bit more and look at the X-Sabre among other things, but these have taken the top spot in my "replace-that-missing-DAC1" mission.
Edited by TwinQY - 4/19/13 at 11:40pm