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post #106 of 142

Sticky!!

bump - I vote this thread be STUCK!!
post #107 of 142
The E-MU 1212m ($165-200) owns the M-Audio Audiophile USB ($150 - $250).
post #108 of 142
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Originally Posted by Jasper994
The E-MU 1212m ($165-200) owns the M-Audio Audiophile USB ($150 - $250).
One is PCI and one is USB so you can't compare them. I could only use one on my laptop.
post #109 of 142
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jasper994
The E-MU 1212m ($165-200) owns the M-Audio Audiophile USB ($150 - $250).
Jasper, notice in the list we have M-Audio's SuperDAC, not the M-Audio Audiophile USB. But anyway, was your post a nomination for the E-MU 1212m in its price range?
post #110 of 142
Since it's "missing" from the nominees I thought I should nominate the Simaudio Moon Nova. It's the little brother of the Simaudio Eclipse, and in it's pricerange (I think it sells for just below $3000 in the US) I found none better when I was looking for sources recently.

Very musical (excellent timing), with good detail, excellent highs (extended, but never sharp) and good bass and mid. Imaging is not bad either, even if some of it's competitors did slightly better in this area.

It easily beats the nominated Naim CD5, and I found it hard to distingguish from the Naim CDX2.
post #111 of 142
Please add Under $2000 universal player: Marantz DV8400.
post #112 of 142
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Originally Posted by Quoth
It easily beats the nominated Naim CD5, and I found it hard to distingguish from the Naim CDX2.
A bare CDX2 would probably struggle amongst peers, now even more since it went up in pricing few weeks ago. ( that's why I did not nominate it as a stand-alone unit )

But adding on XPS2 is a whole different ball game.

that said, costlier the gear ( for digital, i'd say anything above 5k mark ), its performance is not necessarily better more of flavor differences amongst the units. A notion of the 'best' source becomes somewhat of a moot point.
post #113 of 142
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by BigD
Please add Under $2000 universal player: Marantz DV8400.
Added it to both under $1600 and under $2000, because it can be purchased new for $1599.
post #114 of 142
Thread Starter 
After that NY meet, anyone wanting to nominate some of the sources heard there?
post #115 of 142
Quote:
Originally Posted by rsaavedr
Jasper, notice in the list we have M-Audio's SuperDAC, not the M-Audio Audiophile USB. But anyway, was your post a nomination for the E-MU 1212m in its price range?
yes, it was a nomination.
post #116 of 142
Surprised that Cambridge Audio's Azur 640c doesn't appear on the list. I would say it belongs in the $500 category at the very least. I can't compare it to any other players in the higher brackets, so I'd have to leave that categorization to those who are able to make that judgement.
post #117 of 142
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jasper994
yes, it was a nomination.
Ok added. Btw only know I realize we did have the M-Audio USB soundcard on the list, I had listed it without the brand name and did not spot it at first.
post #118 of 142
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Originally Posted by rsaavedr
Ok added. Btw only I know I realize we did have the M-Audio USB soundcard on the list, I had listed it without the brand name and did not spot it at first.
Thank you sir... now all we need to do is figure out where on that list the E-MU actually belongs...
post #119 of 142
Thread Starter 
Bumping to see if there are more recommendations.
post #120 of 142
What about the AOS Piccolo DAC?
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