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  1. paul79

    CHORD ELECTRONICS DAVE

    Totaldac Server is a Linux Server, Linux Real time in fact, and it works fine on the DAVE....
  2. paul79

    TOTALDAC DAC

    I think it can surely be done, but the preamp will have to accept the lower input voltage (approx. .5-.7V GUESSING), and make up for it with enough output gain overall. You are asking the preamp to deal with this compromise of which is not standard by any means with regards to line level, and I...
  3. paul79

    TOTALDAC DAC

    All of the Totaldac DAC's have active output stage, except for the Twelve. Yes, this contributes to a more transparent sound and a lower noise floor.   The D1 Dual is best served from the balanced outputs, and Vincent also offers external transformers to convert balanced to single ended (RCA)...
  4. paul79

    CHORD ELECTRONICS DAVE

    Yes, of course, the Twelve has a physical connectable output. So do any other audio components. What I am saying is, it does not have an active output stage after the DAC. The single ended output of the Twelve is derived directly off the DAC's, with nothing in between.   He does offer the...
  5. paul79

    CHORD ELECTRONICS DAVE

    I'm hooked on Euphonics!!   So that said, my preamp is in essence an analog EQ. No argument from me that this could be more transparently done in the digital domain, but I have to believe that altering or equalizing in the digital domain presents its own issues. I have been in audio long...
  6. paul79

    CHORD ELECTRONICS DAVE

    JaZZ, I am not disagreeing with you. Every single electronic device is a compromise and a recreation in relation to reality. We are recreating an event to suit our tastes in our environment, of which is also a hindrance. Music is colored the second it hits the microphone and can never be...
  7. paul79

    CHORD ELECTRONICS DAVE

    Technically you may be correct, but don't forget that volume controlled in the analog domain just might have advantages over volume controlled the digital domain. It is also safe to say that a preamp provides a layer of isolation from the connected components in a sense. I believe there is more...
  8. paul79

    CHORD ELECTRONICS DAVE

    An amplifier or even an integrated amplifer is pretty different than a preamp though. Circumstances are also different in a 2ch system. The differences with and without the preamp are very apparent. Key here though, is a very good preamp. My system always sounds much better with the preamp I...
  9. paul79

    CHORD ELECTRONICS DAVE

    lojay, """Grossly generalised would I be right to say that compared to the Totaldac, the DAVE is a hair quicker in its transient response and timing, but slightly drier, not as good with imaging and depth and has less "ease" in its presentation?"""   Your last question is a good one, and one...
  10. paul79

    CHORD ELECTRONICS DAVE

    Well overall system balance can always be tailored. One must be careful though as components that romanticize or color the sound often result in a trade-off. For instance, this often comes with a sacrifice in resolution and transparency. It can also result in sameness, meaning all music will...
  11. paul79

    CHORD ELECTRONICS DAVE

    Yes, I did try this, but quickly determined that with the Preamp I got more body, more dimension, more scale. Just more more more, without any sacrifice in transparency or resolution that I can hear. Overall a more engaging presentation with the Preamp in the chain. Although, the DAVE does...
  12. paul79

    CHORD ELECTRONICS DAVE

    The one used for comparison is about $30K USD all in. That includes 4 chassis:   Monobloc Twelve DAC's, one per channel Dual output Reclocker to run the DAC's D1 Server/Reclocker with the optional outboard supply to feed and isolate the server module Qnap HS-251 NAS loaded with 2 1TB SSD's...
  13. paul79

    REVIEW: Comparison of 5 High End Digital Music Servers - Aurender N10, CAD CAT server, TotalDac d1-Server, Auralic Aries, Audiophile Vortex Box

    No, the Aries uses Auralics firmware, so they do their own coding. It is basically, a Music Server with no storage. If you dongle a USB Hard drive off of it, it becomes a full on Music Server.   The Aries is better at black around the images, making them more present and more real. More...
  14. paul79

    REVIEW: Comparison of 5 High End Digital Music Servers - Aurender N10, CAD CAT server, TotalDac d1-Server, Auralic Aries, Audiophile Vortex Box

    At my place, the Aries is clearly better over wifi... So maybe there is something going on there. I must also mention, that the Aries with the latest firmware release is a MONSTER! I knew it was one of the most potential sources, and it is finally realized with the latest update. Yes, I prefer...
  15. paul79

    TOTALDAC DAC

    I wouldn't be put off by the multiple Totaldac offerings. He provides different options for different budgets and people's needs. IME, just getting your foot in the door at your budget with a Totaldac, and you are in some seriously fine company. They are just right sounding no matter which one...
  16. paul79

    REVIEW: Comparison of 5 High End Digital Music Servers - Aurender N10, CAD CAT server, TotalDac d1-Server, Auralic Aries, Audiophile Vortex Box

    The SBOOSTER has a very elaborate and nicely done mains filter built in, and is one of the reasons why this supply works so well with so many products. Matter of fact, with the Auralic Aries, I prefer the SBOOSTER to the Hynes SR5 and of course the stock Aries LPS.
  17. paul79

    REVIEW: Comparison of 5 High End Digital Music Servers - Aurender N10, CAD CAT server, TotalDac d1-Server, Auralic Aries, Audiophile Vortex Box

    Why hasn't anybody here tried the SBOOSTER supply with the MR? This is an absolutely killer supply and is very affordable.   I will say they are not the prettiest but they sure do a nice job. 
  18. paul79

    CHORD ELECTRONICS DAVE

    You really cannot be upset about sensitivity to the source. There is no way around this IME. The fact that the DAVE is less affected by the source should make you very happy, actually   :)
  19. paul79

    REVIEW: Comparison of 5 High End Digital Music Servers - Aurender N10, CAD CAT server, TotalDac d1-Server, Auralic Aries, Audiophile Vortex Box

    These network tweaks, as it were, are a balance of trade offs. I am speaking of different RJ45 cables, filters, isolators, etc. You can absolutely have too much. These devices are things that shouldn't matter and the hardware devices should take care of all of these things, but all too often...
  20. paul79

    TOTALDAC DAC

    As you move up the Totaldac line, you simply get more good and nothing bad. More dynamics, deeper, wider, more refinement in detail, imaging, lower noise floor..... They are all very good, but as you move up, you get more. It is tough to explain, but the D1 Dual is the best bang for buck I...
  21. paul79

    CHORD ELECTRONICS DAVE

    Crgreen, What preamp do you use?
  22. paul79

    CHORD ELECTRONICS DAVE

    You asked if the AES connection would cause problems with other inputs being used, I thought...... I think it is time to let your ears decide :)
  23. paul79

    REVIEW: Comparison of 5 High End Digital Music Servers - Aurender N10, CAD CAT server, TotalDac d1-Server, Auralic Aries, Audiophile Vortex Box

    Right. The Twelve has no output stage at all. No opamps either. The transparency of this DAC is really other worldly, and you can drive amps directly with it, so long as they do not require allot of drive, so most tube amps will be no problem. I get plenty of volume output with my Twelve direct...
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