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    Schiit's Saga Preamp Impressions

    The tube buffer output impedance is not the same at all frequencies, it rises a little at the low end. This, in series with the input impedance of the amp will result in a slight rolloff of the low's. Very slight and with most amps, too slight to think you would hear it. The passive output...
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    Schiit's Saga Preamp Impressions

    The Saga volume control doesn't got to 0. There is a mute switch. In passive mode it is only putting two resistors between your source and your amp. If you are using cables from the Saga to your AMP that are longer than 10 feet or have very high capacitance it may roll off the highs a...
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    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    Hmm. So can't be wrong. Hmmm. And anything that is marketed and sold as an audio improvement has to be one or they wouldn't sell it. Here is a quote from Schiit audio concerning their USB cleaner-upper. "Yes. Some listeners say Wyrd improves the sound of their system. We won't make any...
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    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    The putdowns begin. We're used to it. The audio reviewers at the high end magazines subjectivists usually admire think very highly of the speakers I own, Mid priced speaker of the year at TAS when they first reviewed it. Stereophile raved about it too. I think Paul Barton knows what he is...
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    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    Not understanding the assertion and not agreeing with it aren't the same thing. You believe than an error free transmission of data to a DAC can be differentiated by ear from another error free data transmission to a DAC due considerations other than data errors. I don't. It's a common...
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    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    A statistically valid test can be applied to a single person. Medical tests are a different matter as you can't both treat and not treat the same person over and over until you get a statistically valid sample. You can, for example, easily prove whether a given individual can foretell the...
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    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    You know that I wasn't talking about speakers and heavy drapes.
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    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    I have about 1000 albums ripped to FlAC that are resident on one of the three hard drives in my PC. They are also on a USB drive connected to my router so I can access them with the computer off. The computer is running Jriver Media Center as is a Raspberry Pi that is connected to the Schiit...
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    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    Don't condescend. I am getting it. Absent actual data that supports this, I am skeptical that a transport that is not causing actual data errors sounds different than any other. I don't believe a competently designed disk player is going to present enough "crap" at its SPDIF output to screw...
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    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    It seems to me that if the type of drive in question can rip a CD without error into a computer it will be able to do the same into a DAC. Seem relevant to me. Superior in durability or reliability, I can't say, but superior in function is not the same thing.
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    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    I am not that informed about headphones but they really are just really small speakers. In what way would a headphone transducer be designed to be driven from a high impedance source? High impedance speakers can tolerate a higher source impedance but they don't require it. It seems to me that...
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    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    Raising the output impedance causes the frequency response to track the impedance curve of the transducer. If you want an equalizer, buy one you can actually adjust.
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    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    CD drive, DVD drive, who cares? I have owned more universal players than CD only players and I don't see why a CD only transport mechanism would be superior. I have a BD and a DVD drive in my PC and both will rip a CD into the computer error free on the first pass.
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    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    My mistake. You are correct HDMI and SPDIF outputs only. My Yamaha is more "audiophile" in looks and has balanced and unbalances audio outs but both are connected to my AVR via HDMI and I can't hear any difference between them. I only use them for movies and multichannel audio disks that the...
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    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    It sends bits in the from of electrical signals. Did you think I meant it mailed it a piece of paper. As long as the DAC isn't seeing data errors they are "proper" enough. The bit stream out of a cheap CD player is not likely to be any more error prone than that of a overbuilt audiophile...
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