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Need advice on an unforgiving system.

post #1 of 11
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Hey, all,
Here's my setup: iPad streaming lossless -> Pure I-20 -> Schiit Gungnir DAC -> Woo Audio WA2 w/very good tubes ->HD-800.
Here's my problem: It's a good mid-fi system, but it's incredibly unforgiving--so unforgiving that 95% of my recordings are basically unlistenable. I have 15 or 20 recordings that sound truly glorious--magical--and maybe another 10 or so, like Ziggy Stardust, that are acceptable. Effectively, that's now the sum total of my music catalog, since I find myself listening to these recordings over and over. I guess when I got into audiophilia, I just didn't anticipate how much time it'd take to find good recordings (not having SACD capability doesn't help), and that process is getting old very fast. I find myself buying music not because I'm drawn to the music itself, but because it's well recorded. To make matters worse, I just don't see myself owning multiple set ups (I have a spinal disease, which means I have to be supine 99.5% of the time--one "rig" is all I can manage). Downgrading would entail a real loss--my catalog may be limited, but even the word "magical" doesn't quite do the pleasure justice. I'm just not seeing a solution.
post #2 of 11
Hmm - an interesting and unfortunate problem. What do you find objectionable about the recordings? Is it the noise level? Poor dynamic range? What is it about the "bad" music that is being revealed? I assume you have tried these? http://www.hdtracks.com/
post #3 of 11
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Originally Posted by billybob_jcv View Post

Hmm - an interesting and unfortunate problem. What do you find objectionable about the recordings? Is it the noise level? Poor dynamic range? What is it about the "bad" music that is being revealed? I assume you have tried these? http://www.hdtracks.com/

Thanks for your reply, billybob_jcv. Yes, just as you say: noise level and abysmal dynamic range are the prime culprits. I've been hovering around hdtracks.com, but have read a number of negative reviews, which have made me shy. I assume you've had good luck with the site's offerings?
post #4 of 11
No - actually, I have never used hdtracks.com - I just remembered seeing it. My current gear is not worthy of fancy bitrates. smily_headphones1.gif
post #5 of 11
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Thanks for your reply, billybob_jcv. Yes, just as you say: noise level and abysmal dynamic range are the prime culprits. I've been hovering around hdtracks.com, but have read a number of negative reviews, which have made me shy. I assume you've had good luck with the site's offerings?


Both HDTracks and Linn Records are very good. However I believe you can find more promo codes for HDTracks.

post #6 of 11
You know, there are some types of music where the poor quality of the recordings is considered part of the charm - like old Blues recordings. For example, have a listen to some old Blind Lemon Jefferson, or maybe Bo Carter with his classic tune...

post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thanks for your replies. I was unfamiliar with Linn. I downloaded an album today. As it turns out, the ipad (and iPod) won't allow you to sync anything with a higher bitrate than 24/48khz. Who knew? Seems so silly, and not a little bit aggravating. Seems I need to reconsider my source chain. In any case, my thanks.
post #8 of 11

Exactly the reason I upgraded to a FiiO X3 as my source.

post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 
It looks like a really impressive audio player--not just because it supports 24/192 in a variety of formats, but also because it has a mini-Jack to coax adapter. That I can tell, the only weakness seems to be it's memory: 8gb upgradable to 64. Nice tip. Thanks.
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Originally Posted by Chesterfield View Post

It looks like a really impressive audio player--not just because it supports 24/192 in a variety of formats, but also because it has a mini-Jack to coax adapter. That I can tell, the only weakness seems to be it's memory: 8gb upgradable to 64. Nice tip. Thanks.


If memory is an issue, iirc, the X5 will have 2 sd ports, so 128gb + 8gb?

post #11 of 11

Maybe throw in a tube buffer like the ifi to smooth things out a bit? 

 

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