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post #1396 of 1811
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Originally Posted by phototristan View Post
 

 

I don't think power cables make a bit of difference. See the link in my sig for why, ie.:  http://www.audioholics.com/audio-video-cables/power-cables

 

Experience speaks louder than other peoples opinions. You should try one for yourself.

post #1397 of 1811
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Originally Posted by RubyTiger View Post
 

 

Experience speaks louder than other peoples opinions. You should try one for yourself.

The author of that article, Kurt Denke, owner of Blue Jeans Cables is very experienced. There has literally never been anything he has said that has not been true. 

post #1398 of 1811

Darku - Are you running JPlay with your new USB card in your Conductor? I see that Burson's info page on the new card specifically calls out the compatibility with JPlay. 

post #1399 of 1811
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Originally Posted by mscott58 View Post

Darku - Are you running JPlay with your new USB card in your Conductor? I see that Burson's info page on the new card specifically calls out the compatibility with JPlay. 


 



Are the benefits of the module only for user's of JPlay? Will it matter if I use Songbird for my media player? Thanks for the info on the new module also Darku.
post #1400 of 1811
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Originally Posted by phototristan View Post

The author of that article, Kurt Denke, owner of Blue Jeans Cables is very experienced. There has literally never been anything he has said that has not been true. 
Well, the cable part is not true. And I'm pretty sure he lies to his wife too :P
post #1401 of 1811

Anyone paired conductor with Grado gs1000?

post #1402 of 1811
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Originally Posted by phototristan View Post
 

The author of that article, Kurt Denke, owner of Blue Jeans Cables is very experienced. There has literally never been anything he has said that has not been true. 

Each to his own. Just because somebody has a technical explanation that cannot explain why they make a difference doesn't change the fact that differences can be heard and of course it depends of the equipment the power cables are used with. 

 

Gonna quote myself :

 

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As I said before we rely most on our vision, so the hearing is not our best sensory input, thus most of us don’t have a very good audio memory. This is an interesting test for audio (rhythm) memory. If you score badly and cannot tell the differences between different rhythms, it will be very hard to tell the differences between some audio gear ( as soundstage, details, dynamics, transients differences are harder to distinguish than rhythm changes). However, in time your audio memory gets better and your ears more sensible to these aspects.

This may be one of the main reasons this hobby grows on you in time.


Edited by dan.gheorghe - 1/23/14 at 1:41am
post #1403 of 1811
Damn I only got a 68% on that test, maybe my wife is right and I don't know what the hell I'm talking about after all..........
post #1404 of 1811
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Originally Posted by goldendarko View Post
 
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Originally Posted by mscott58 View Post
 

Darku - Are you running JPlay with your new USB card in your Conductor? I see that Burson's info page on the new card specifically calls out the compatibility with JPlay. 

 



Are the benefits of the module only for user's of JPlay? Will it matter if I use Songbird for my media player? Thanks for the info on the new module also Darku.


I'm not running JPlay, but I am 100% sure that the benefits of the new USB module will be available for any software player and for any OS. Because the new module from a hardware perspective is just better and more stable. It has 3 dedicated clocks, compared to just one of the original module, I also has a faster, more reliable and stable C-Media 6631A module, compared to Tenor 8802 or any Tenor chip, and it has a better power management. Overall I feel this is how Conductor should be from the start.

I listened another few tracks yesterday and I feel it is just better with this new module: more air = better sense of space and deeper sound, slightly warmer and smoother = less digitus, very easy on the ear.

Will try comparing the two again tomorrow (today after work will shot some strong ales with fellow Dan and citraian), it is kinda a pain in the ass swapping the modules as I need disasembling the top and back cover, take our the DAC module and USB module, listen and then do it again for the next module. 

Conclusion: new USB module sounds like a good S/PDIF interface (in the 100-200 USD range maybe)

post #1405 of 1811
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Originally Posted by DarKu View Post
 


I'm not running JPlay, but I am 100% sure that the benefits of the new USB module will be available for any software player and for any OS. Because the new module from a hardware perspective is just better and more stable. It has 3 dedicated clocks, compared to just one of the original module, I also has a faster, more reliable and stable C-Media 6631A module, compared to Tenor 8802 or any Tenor chip, and it has a better power management. Overall I feel this is how Conductor should be from the start.

I listened another few tracks yesterday and I feel it is just better with this new module: more air = better sense of space and deeper sound, slightly warmer and smoother = less digitus, very easy on the ear.

Will try comparing the two again tomorrow (today after work will shot some strong ales with fellow Dan and citraian), it is kinda a pain in the ass swapping the modules as I need disasembling the top and back cover, take our the DAC module and USB module, listen and then do it again for the next module. 

Conclusion: new USB module sounds like a good S/PDIF interface (in the 100-200 USD range maybe)

And it only costs 60 EUR. Nice!

post #1406 of 1811

 I recently tried switching between Aiff and Flac files on HDTrack's. Maybe it's just me but I soon could not hear a difference.  Rat's,  I just heard a news' report that all Fruit Loop's taste the same! I'm crushed.

post #1407 of 1811
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 I recently tried switching between Aiff and Flac files on HDTrack's. Maybe it's just me but I soon could not hear a difference.  Rat's,  I just heard a news' report that all Fruit Loop's taste the same! I'm crushed.

I've downloaded two albums from that website, one 24/96 and the other 24/192 and they both sounded awful. One of them is glitchy and the other sounds thin.

The music they stock is ancient and can be picked up in bargain buckets up and down the country. If it actually sounded any better than a CD rip I'd be willing to pay a little more. I wouldn't go near HDtracks again.
post #1408 of 1811
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I've downloaded two albums from that website, one 24/96 and the other 24/192 and they both sounded awful. One of them is glitchy and the other sounds thin.

The music they stock is ancient and can be picked up in bargain buckets up and down the country. If it actually sounded any better than a CD rip I'd be willing to pay a little more. I wouldn't go near HDtracks again.

 

I believe your saying that the problem is with HDTrack's, or is it the 24/96 and 24/192 bit rates that your are referring to? The Burson Conductor is able to play up to 32bits so I would think there is a difference between 16/24/192. Lately, I have ben buying a few files from Pro Studio Masters and I really like their site and music.

post #1409 of 1811

Tony - I've been using HDTracks since they first started and have never had a problem. I've also compared their hi-res files against Level 0 FLAC ripped files and found the HDTracks to be clearly better. Even did the A/B test with the well known Jazz at the Pawnshop and in my experience the hi-res was better sounding, more resolution, separation, etc. 

 

Using hi-res on my Conductor I've also not had any glitches with anything from HDTracks. I've had a billing issue or two and have found them to be pretty responsive, so you might want to reach out to them if you're having issues with the files. 

 

Happy listening - mscott

post #1410 of 1811
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Originally Posted by mscott58 View Post

Tony - I've been using HDTracks since they first started and have never had a problem. I've also compared their hi-res files against Level 0 FLAC ripped files and found the HDTracks to be clearly better. Even did the A/B test with the well known Jazz at the Pawnshop and in my experience the hi-res was better sounding, more resolution, separation, etc. 

Using hi-res on my Conductor I've also not had any glitches with anything from HDTracks. I've had a billing issue or two and have found them to be pretty responsive, so you might want to reach out to them if you're having issues with the files. 

Happy listening - mscott

I've bought 24 bit WAVs from other sites and they've sounded excellent. Both downloads I've purchased from HDtracks have sounded diabolical. Nothing at all to do with the Conductor. They sound equally bad out of my Metrum Octave MKII.

Perhaps I've just been unlucky, but I've seen rather a lot of complaints about HDtracks in these and other forums.
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