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Happy New Years and thank you for all the work you've put in for us! Very interesting stuff!

post #842 of 1331
Happy new year!
post #843 of 1331
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Originally Posted by Gary in MD View Post
 

I have gone with my other idea and I'm now using the Benchmark as a pre-amp, at least for a couple of days until I box it up and return it.  I already have an RAN for it, and had printed out the shipping label when the Niles switch crapped out on me.  The Benchmark has two analog inputs, which means I can A/B 2 other units at the same time.  I assume that it is treating both exactly the same, and initial tests with the Yulong and DM Source hooked up seem fine.  Just a heads up, so far, through 1.5 songs, I hear more differences by changing the Yulong filters than I do between the Yulong with sharp filtering and the DM Source... but there's still lots of testing to do. 

 

Happy New Year folks!

Happy New Year, Gary!  Sorry about that switch!  Good switchgear is apparently not cheap...

 

Gungnir home safe and sound.  Thanks for giving it a go.  Sorry it was temperamental while it was there.  Good to know it competes with other DACs in the category :)

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Originally Posted by Gary in MD View Post
 

I have gone with my other idea and I'm now using the Benchmark as a pre-amp, at least for a couple of days until I box it up and return it.  I already have an RAN for it, and had printed out the shipping label when the Niles switch crapped out on me.  The Benchmark has two analog inputs, which means I can A/B 2 other units at the same time.  I assume that it is treating both exactly the same, and initial tests with the Yulong and DM Source hooked up seem fine.  Just a heads up, so far, through 1.5 songs, I hear more differences by changing the Yulong filters than I do between the Yulong with sharp filtering and the DM Source... but there's still lots of testing to do. 

 

Happy New Year folks!

 

 

Cheers,       Thanks for the courage, effort, and subjective approach.     Happy New Year Gary!


Edited by yfei - 12/31/13 at 4:47pm
post #845 of 1331

Happy New Year, Gary!  

 

I must say, I admire you courage in reporting "indistinguishable" results.  I really respect that. 

 

With the Chordette joining the indistinguishable, you've saved me a pile of money!

 

n

post #846 of 1331

Gary - Happy New Years. Thanks for all your hard work. This thread is a rare treat.

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Somehow this does not surprise me. Years ago there were a handful of companies that could produce decent DACs nowadays it's everyone and their grandmother. The features and capabilities of latest chipsets is a boon to the price/performance ratio. Good it means we have everyone coming out with decent Dacs and prices are dropping - bad is that they will sound more and more alike.

It's like restaurants buying intermediate products and slapping it together versus made from a scratch...

Happy 2014 folks
post #848 of 1331

I'm about one beer from pulling the trigger on the Emotiva.  Anyone know when the sale ends?

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Sunday, and Emo says no future "sales".
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I'm about one beer from pulling the trigger on the Emotiva.  Anyone know when the sale ends?

I pulled the trigger after Gary's first testing day post. Seemed like a forgone conclusion. Arrives tomorrow and I can test it against my $150 Topping d20 DAC.  If they sound alike I'm going back to vinyl

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I pulled the trigger after Gary's first testing day post. Seemed like a forgone conclusion. Arrives tomorrow and I can test it against my $150 Topping d20 DAC.  If they sound alike I'm going back to vinyl

+1 on the vinyl, atleast money spent there brings big improvements.

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+1 on the vinyl, atleast money spent there brings big improvements.

 

I would make the comment that it's perhaps not so much "improvement" as it is making art.

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I would make the comment that it's perhaps not so much "improvement" as it is making art.

you would?  under what circumstances would you make that comment?  would you announce that you were about to make it first, every time?

 

;)

 

sorry, bored.

post #854 of 1331

I am of the opinion that with the physical limitations of the medium, beyond a certain point of technical proficiency it's all just painting with different strokes.

 

It's 5am. Why haven't I gone to bed yet? Gonna pass out soon.

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I am of the opinion that with the physical limitations of the medium, beyond a certain point of technical proficiency it's all just painting with different strokes.

It's 5am. Why haven't I gone to bed yet? Gonna pass out soon.
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