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post #781 of 1636
Gelato shop a few miles away has pistachio occasionally. It's so good. I'm a sucker for fruity gelato, though, since the flavor is so strong; blackberry, red currant, lime, etc. Ice cream tends to do chocolates and so forth alright. Gelato doesn't have quite as much lead on those.
post #782 of 1636
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Originally Posted by Maxvla View Post

Gelato shop a few miles away has pistachio occasionally. It's so good. I'm a sucker for fruity gelato, though, since the flavor is so strong; blackberry, red currant, lime, etc. Ice cream tends to do chocolates and so forth alright. Gelato doesn't have quite as much lead on those.

Max, stop. :biggrin: it's close to 95 degrees here in India now and this is making me thirsty. I don't get good ice cream here.

post #783 of 1636
It's about 30F here, so hot I need some gelato to cool off.
post #784 of 1636
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Originally Posted by Radio_head View Post

  1. I noticed no staticky quality.  There was no lack of grace or roughness. 
  2. Tonal balance was not lean to me.
  3. I did not notice accentuated micro-details.  

I ran the Teac in the exact same configuration as Mike Moffatt.  
I agree. When I had the Teac unplugged in my system I detected no audible flaws at all.
post #785 of 1636

I think I have nailed the entire problem. our difference of opinion. I am a vegan. so I only eat soy ice cream! granted it sucks. I will give you that one. well, once again it succks by other peoples account. I wouldn't know. as I have been a vegan all my life. mom raised me that way. I like it though!

post #786 of 1636
^^^ Now this is the kind of commentary I was looking for when I joined this thread.

I think I'll go and eat some ice cream...
post #787 of 1636

I've had some bad pies and burgers, but it's really hard to spoil a good salad sandwich.

 

I love my NAD M51 too.

post #788 of 1636

This thread took an interesting turn... :D

 

I ended up buying a USB/SPDIF converter made by a local company for 90 euros which, according to the many reviews I've read, rivals the Audio-GD V3 converter. I'm happy with the noticeable bump in quality, but I am still plenty curious and will probably try out a few DACs in the coming months, just because it's GAS time.

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[ and will probably try out a few DACs in the coming months, just because it's GAS time.
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Is that what you do when you're feeling gassy?
post #790 of 1636

It's the best cure for my GAS, but a real laxative for my wallet :D

post #791 of 1636
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Originally Posted by purrin View Post
 

 

Assuming digital input - where I could use digital PEQ:

 

DAC

An MSB DAC or the AG-D M7/OR5. I'm still due for a shootout to see how close it may be. The MSB Analog may not be resolving enough for me. Unfortunately, I don't want to spend $20K for a better MSB. Getting an MSB DAC is like buying a Porsche. By the time I get all the options I want, the Cayman (the real Porsche since the 911 is so bloated now) is $120K.

 

AMP

Eddie Current 445, otherwise known as the "God Amp". Only five made in the first run. Don't know if there will be any more. 4 x 45 tubes. Will be running EML Meshes. Only 3 watts per channel.

 

SPEAKERS

A new high-efficiency open baffle design. The OB speakers you saw in the Bay Area Meet thread were a proof of concept using Moth Cicada drivers I had on hand and cheap $70 15" stamped frame woofers from PartsExpress. I slapped the thing together the week before the meet (although I had already done some of the design work / simluations keeping the Cicada drivers in mind months ago.)

 

I'd probably go a three for maybe four way for the final design. Aura NS18 18"woofer, Fostex FE208EZ 8" for mids, and Fostex FE108 4" for the highs. The 4" is a strange choice, but there isn't 2" driver / tweeter with the range and efficiency I want, unless of course Donald North designs one, which would be cool. I still need to evaluate a few more drivers to make a final decision. The Acoustic Elegance Dipole15/18 seem interesting as well. Since I would have digital EQ at my disposal, I would just run single caps and coils for the crossover circuits to keep them as simple as possible. Crossover components are evil.

 

The system would be bi-amped with the 445 powering the mids and treble. Reasonable priced but powerful solid-state (such as the Crest CA2 power amp) would handle the woofer amping duties.


Ok, sorry if I was doucetastic upthread. got off on the wrong foot.

 

the one DAC I would be interested to hear is the Hugo with AP1 or Hydra-X, testing FPGA against Sabre. I might do so. Kudos to the time you put into this.

post #792 of 1636
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Originally Posted by doctorcilantro View Post
 


Ok, sorry if I was doucetastic upthread. got off on the wrong foot.

 

the one DAC I would be interested to hear is the Hugo with AP1 or Hydra-X, testing FPGA against Sabre. I might do so. Kudos to the time you put into this.

I have tested Hugo with and without Hydra-X. 

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While at first, on electronic music I thought the coax input with hydra is better than the hd usb input, as it had more bass that went deeper, on classical music I observed that the usb input had better details, speed, transients, dynamics, soundstage &  imaging and precision.

I think the usb input from Hugo is very good on it's own.

 

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Originally Posted by purrin View Post
 

 

Assuming digital input - where I could use digital PEQ:

 

DAC

An MSB DAC or the AG-D M7/OR5. I'm still due for a shootout to see how close it may be. The MSB Analog may not be resolving enough for me. Unfortunately, I don't want to spend $20K for a better MSB. Getting an MSB DAC is like buying a Porsche. By the time I get all the options I want, the Cayman (the real Porsche since the 911 is so bloated now) is $120K.

I found MSB Analog Dac to be very resolving, not as resolving as signature but still very resolving. And it is resolving in a very natural way, nothing is pushed by force in front.

 

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Details & Micro-details

The Analog Dac made me hear somethings for the first time in many songs that I know intimately, and this is available on the whole audio spectrum from very low bass to high treble.  In Leonard’s ‘”Going Home” song,  I have heard how he touched his face with the microphone or with his hands, the sound showing that at that moment he hadn’t shaved for a day or two.

The transparency and details increase with the upgraded power source.


Edited by dan.gheorghe - 3/11/14 at 10:01am
post #793 of 1636

proper power regulation should make any component sound better. as do cables and such. if for nothing else perhaps my teac sounds so good because I am using a power conditioner and cables that are 50x the price of the dac. most people are not going to do that to a $849 component though. improving the power regulation inside the unit worked wonders too. with msb one obviously does not need to do these things. in fact I would not dare open my msb and I am very capable of doing so safely.

post #794 of 1636
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.................... because I am using a power conditioner and cables that are 50x the price of the dac..........................

Holy sh** dude, what conditioner and power cables are you using? Apologies if you already mentioned this.

 

Cheers

Mike

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Thread Starter 
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i hope we can move on now.

 

That's for clearing that up. I appreciate your sincerity and honesty.

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