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    Considering tubes: Crack OTL much different from M-stage?

    Thanks. I guess I was really just interested in how much different a tube amp was from a SS amp. Is it night and day, or more subtle than that?   I'll be able to answer that question for myself in a while. I have a crack on order.
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    Considering tubes: Crack OTL much different from M-stage?

    Although I'm not an equipment junkie (yet, heaven forbid ), I am curious about the tube sound.   I currently have a music streamer II DAC and a Matrix M-Stage amp. If I were to get a Crack OTL amplifier, would the experience be more than subtly different?   I have a Sennheiser HD 600...
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    Amarra and Music Streamer II

    ;) That applies to so many things on this board.  
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    Reconstruction filters for USB DACs

    Most USB DACs seem to support multiple bit rates. For example, the Music Streamer II which I have says "Supports 32k, 44.1k, 48k, 88.2k & 96k sample rates".   Does anyone know how the reconstruction filters for these are handled? Is there a single reconstruction filter for the lowest sample...
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    Matrix M-Stage amp review: simple, cheap, and excellent.

    Quote:   I have an order with him waiting for fulfillment. He emailed me saying he was on vacation until about today. So I'm keeping my fingers crossed for quick shipping.
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    Getting a Music Streamer II to play at 96k on a mac

    I downloaded a sample 96k flac to test with my Music Streamer II. The DAC's 44.1k LED is lit during playback. I tried with a couple of flac players, including cog. Anyone have an idea why this is?   Stephen
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    Headphones with soundstage of a concert hall

    Thanks for the suggestions. Would the AKG Q701 sound as though the orchestra were out in front of you? I'm trying to stay away from headphones that place the musicians in the middle of your head.
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    Headphones with soundstage of a concert hall

    Thanks for the reply. My collection is 70% classical, but the rest is very diverse (jazz, indie, folk, rock). I'm thinking $200-$700 for a price range, and I have a total bithead amplifier.
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    Headphones with soundstage of a concert hall

    I attended a concert last night (I sat in the 5th row at the Chicago Symphony) and I was thinking of how the experience of the live soundstage differed from headphones I've listened to. Are there headphones that come a little closer to the soundstage you'd get in a live performance? (Keep in...
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