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post #196 of 330
I think the Metrum Hex is a tiny bit inferior to the AMR. Both fall into the analogue sounding cathegory, but the Hex is very slightly more forward and treble oriented. The Hex handles rock really well, anyway. I felt the AMR + JCAT combo was just a slight step closer in the Hex 'glamourous' tone, with some more forwardness compared to other cables (Acoustic revive, Gemini), and an overall more cohesive than the Hex.
Anyway, the two DAC's should be heard, few words are not enough.
I think, given the price difference is not small, the AMR would be the best deal if actually enjoying the preamplifier, otherwise the Hex would be better value for the money, if comparing the two dac's alone at retail prices.

The one who bought Greed's unit on the sale forums surely had a great deal.

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post #197 of 330
How does the soundstaging compare though?

-Daniel
post #198 of 330
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Originally Posted by antonyfirst View Post

I think the Metrum Hex is a tiny bit inferior to the AMR. Both fall into the analogue sounding cathegory, but the Hex is very slightly more forward and treble oriented. The Hex handles rock really well, anyway. I felt the AMR + JCAT combo was just a slight step closer in the Hex 'glamourous' tone, with some more forwardness compared to other cables (Acoustic revive, Gemini), and an overall more cohesive than the Hex.
Anyway, the two DAC's should be heard, few words are not enough.
I think, given the price difference is not small, the AMR would be the best deal if actually enjoying the preamplifier, otherwise the Hex would be better value for the money, if comparing the two dac's alone at retail prices.

The one who bought Greed's unit on the sale forums surely had a great deal.

 

I didn't think it was possible but USB or maybe some USB cables DO MAKE a lot of difference! Thanks to antonyfirst who brought to my house the Gemini and JCAT that we compared to my current Wireworld Starlight.

 

Well if you like rock the JCAT just brings those rock guitars alive giving a different presentation to the music. With the JCAT the AMR DP-777 just delivered a more live and strong sound and mids came forward with also more slam on the bass and extended treble compared to the Gemini.

 

You know I am just about to order a JCAT for myself...

post #199 of 330

Is the JCAT a Copper, Silver, or Silver coated Copper cable?

post #200 of 330
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Is the JCAT a Copper, Silver, or Silver coated Copper cable?

Got it.

 

- standard length is 1m*
- silver plated copper
- multi-core conductors
- multi-stranded 
- teflon coated
- connectors made of solid aluminium

post #201 of 330
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:thumb: Well done! I really appreciate the effort you made to engage the membership. 

post #202 of 330
D,

This is an interesting link where the founder of Lampizator admits to the Audio Note DAC being the best he's ever heard and a direct source of his inspiration. It paints a nice picture of the type of sound these designers are striving for.

http://lampizator.eu/lampizator/references/audioNote%20DAC4/audionote_dac4.html
post #203 of 330
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D,

This is an interesting link where the founder of Lampizator admits to the Audio Note DAC being the best he's ever heard and a direct source of his inspiration. It paints a nice picture of the type of sound these designers are striving for.

http://lampizator.eu/lampizator/references/audioNote%20DAC4/audionote_dac4.html

 

Interesting article. When did he write it?

post #204 of 330
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Originally Posted by ericfarrell85 View Post

D,

This is an interesting link where the founder of Lampizator admits to the Audio Note DAC being the best he's ever heard and a direct source of his inspiration. It paints a nice picture of the type of sound these designers are striving for.

http://lampizator.eu/lampizator/references/audioNote%20DAC4/audionote_dac4.html

 

Yeah that's a very interesting read.  The Audio Note prices are out of this world.  Good to see Lukasz Fikus and Thorsten Loesch making more affordable options of the same type of sound.

post #205 of 330
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What does this mean exactly?  

 

Does this mean the HD-VDi inputs 1 and 2 ie.. the SPDIF BNC and AES are superior to the USB input?  If so then how much more would you think a high end convert like the OR5 or the Alpha USB would improve the sound?  This is a question for everyone...

I compared the usb input on the 777 to the well regarded SonicWeld Diverter USB-> SPDIF converter, and found that the on board USB input of the 777 sounded better to my ears.

post #206 of 330
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I found the USB of the AMR is extremely sensitive to the USB cable used. The AMR dp777 sucks with the wrong cable (like the Wireworld Starlight, where the sound gets sterile sounding and plain boring). It gets a lot better with good sounding usb cables. The absolute best I tried have been the Jplay JCAT and the RAL Prophecy.

 

This, to me suggests a few contrasting things:

- the USB input in the amr can scale, which is good

- by converse, the USB input in the amr is not very cable tolerant, which is quite bad.

 

Depending on how one sees it, it can be either a good or bad input. In my own opinion, it's not a great quality when a usb input has such a huge fluctuations like the amr. Anyway, technicalities aside, if pairing it with a high end cable, it yelds great results.

Hi AF,

 

How do the JCat and RAL compare?

 

Thanks,

 

gav.

post #207 of 330
The coax out of the Diverter is RCA or BNC?
post #208 of 330
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The coax out of the Diverter is RCA or BNC?

BNC

post #209 of 330
Greetings,

in my hunt for a used Dp-777 I came across a really good offer for a new unit.

How will I best go about with this burning in process? Just leave it turned on or do I have to actually play something on it and what about the different inputs? Does that matter?
post #210 of 330
Mixture of pink noise and real music.
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