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  1. lojay

    Chord Electronics - Blu Mk. 2 - The Official Thread

    It would be very helpful if those who own or tested extensively side by side the BluDave and PS Audio Directstream set out: (a) the type and genre of music they used to compare the two DACs; and (b) the speakers / headphones being used. That would be more conducive to a comparison especially to...
  2. lojay

    CHORD ELECTRONICS DAVE

    My Utopias have responded very well to upstream improvements for the DAVE. Let me preface this by saying that I haven't been using the Utopias for a long time. Until my most recent listen, I felt that Utopias had a bit of bloated mids, a severely constricted sound-stage and a cavernous...
  3. lojay

    Chord Electronics - Blu Mk. 2 - The Official Thread

    Thanks Rob for your response. My apologies for going through questions that have been covered before. The issue I face however is that I am driving speakers directly from the BluDave, and this translates to having to play sounds at around 0 dB to +4 dB. Hope this does not translate to...
  4. lojay

    Chord Electronics - Blu Mk. 2 - The Official Thread

    I am comparing the Dave alone with the BluDave and I find consistently that while dynamics and overall sound quality are improved, the volume I am getting out of the BluDave is a few dB less than straight through the USB. Anyone have the same observation? I am connecting my Dave/BluDave from my...
  5. lojay

    Chord Electronics - Blu Mk. 2 - The Official Thread

    I have not compared the two. It will require me to lug 15 kg worth of equipment being the BluDave back to my office which I haven’t done yet. My post was not intended to compare my headphone system to my speaker system, it was purely to clarify an earlier post of mine that the effect of the...
  6. lojay

    Chord Electronics - Blu Mk. 2 - The Official Thread

    I haven’t tried ferrite cores yet. There is an issue about dropouts though (not sure if this is the right term), I hear slight milli-second long dropouts during playback. I switched my BNC input to nos 3 and 4, as recommended here, and it seemed to have gone away, but then it came back again. It...
  7. lojay

    Chord Electronics - Blu Mk. 2 - The Official Thread

    I've received the Blu 2 and have tried the BluDave on my speaker rig at home (to Omega CAMs directly with HFC Ultimate Ref RCAs) and headphones at work (to DIYT2 and Sennheiser Orpheus HE90). I must say that the improvements are immediately noticeable. It seems wrong to put it this way, but the...
  8. lojay

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

    I am probably one of the very few people who have an SoTM SMS-1000SQ Ultra (with clocks etc). I am using a standard switching power supply (with the USB powered by the Uptone LPS-1) and am waiting for a Paul Hynes SR7. It is more detailed and resolving than my Mac Mini - Microrendu (powered by...
  9. lojay

    The JPS Labs: Abyss AB-1266 Impressions Thread

    Are you running this through the DAVE? Do you prefer going through the Moon amp or directly out of the DAVE?
  10. lojay

    Hifiman Edition 6 Headphones

    I think Google translate didn't translate this properly. Fang is saying that it's commercial suicide to sell products at $1000 when each headphone brand is competing to price their TOTL headphones at higher and higher prices. To be honest his Chinese text is more level headed and fair to a...
  11. lojay

    The Stax Thread III

    I listen almost exclusively to classical and acoustic pieces. I find the bass of my HE90 anemic but for the type of music I listen to it does not bother me. How does the Omega and HE90 compare in relation to classical music? 
  12. lojay

    The Stax Thread III

      If not for the fact that Omegas are impossible to be repaired with the original drivers, I would have bought one. But there seems to be no unanimous view** on whether one prefers the Omega to the HE90 (or the SR009 for that matter), the HE90 being (according to what I've read) a more coloured...
  13. lojay

    CHORD ELECTRONICS DAVE

    Welcome back Roy, my best wishes to your family in these difficult times.
  14. lojay

    CHORD ELECTRONICS DAVE

    Thank you, this is very insightful and allows me to better understand the detailed review you posted earlier on. It seems we share the same goals in audio but I'm still taking my baby steps with headphones. I completely agree with you on the danger of sacrificing transparency and resolution for...
  15. lojay

    CHORD ELECTRONICS DAVE

    Thanks for your wonderful review. Do you think that the emotion, richness and wetness of the Totaldac Twelve could be replicated by the DAVE with down stream equipment such as a more romantic sounding tube amp? In terms of tonal balance and density what are your thoughts in the comparison...
  16. lojay

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

    I am connecting my music server (via Roon on a work computer) through an optical ethernet connection to a standard router and via optical to my microrendu. Does upgrading the (a) workplace computer to dedicated NAS, (b) optical ethernet cables (c) the router and (d) the power supplies to the...
  17. lojay

    CHORD ELECTRONICS DAVE

      Why are you selling your DAVE?
  18. lojay

    Epic Woo WA5 / Eddie Current 4-45 Shootout

    Ultimately I sold the EC445, dropped out of the Studio queue and got a SR009 & DIYT2 rig instead. I seldom use the HD800 nowadays and am experimenting with the Abyss and hopefully the Utopia one day, both connected directly to the Chord DAVE. I still have the Teton but I never use it.
  19. lojay

    CHORD ELECTRONICS DAVE

    Roy, that post is absolutely a gem. Those who have been following you on this thread and on PMs have really had the benefit of your enlightening approach to audio. In short, what I have learned from you is that if you want to be able to distinguish the subtle differences in DACs, you need to...
  20. lojay

    CHORD ELECTRONICS DAVE

    Thanks Paul, I tried turning off the monitors but have not heard a noticeable difference. It might be that the other EMI sources in my room are still in play. I generally find that the transducer plays the greatest role when it comes to imaging. But the DAVE is special not only for imaging but...
  21. lojay

    CHORD ELECTRONICS DAVE

      Thanks Paul. Will simply turning off the monitors and unplugging them work? That would leave the only device giving out EMI my computer, which I could get rid of once I find an optimal source or server to feed the DAVE. How are you finding the DAVE compared to your MSB and Nagra?
  22. lojay

    CHORD ELECTRONICS DAVE

      Thanks Roy. The DAVE is the DAC I have been looking for. In fact, it totally exceeded my expectations. I thought that the strength of the DAVE lies in better front to back layering of instruments in a live recording. Turns out that on top of that, there is an unexpected uncanny ability to...
  23. lojay

    CHORD ELECTRONICS DAVE

    Immediate thoughts (under 1 hour): 1. I prefer the T2/SR009 to the HE1000 connected directly to the DAVE.    2. Compared the DAVE to MSB Analog via AES (this allows me to AB the DACs in under 5 seconds). My T2/SR009 has opened up in terms of the clarity, stage depth and width compared to the...
  24. lojay

    CHORD ELECTRONICS DAVE

    The DAVE has arrived.   
  25. lojay

    CHORD ELECTRONICS DAVE

      Interesting stuff Roy. Did you find the depth or front-back layering of the SR009 improve with the DAVE (notwithstanding the show conditions)?   I have placed an order for the DAVE and will be expecting it late April. My office rig will be as follows:   Headphones: Stax SR009 / Hifiman...
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