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How’s the overall reliability on older Dave’s?still going strong?
 
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How’s the overall reliability on older Dave’s?still going strong?

I bought it when it was first released. I would say it's basically left on all the time since then (late 2015). Still working great and still sound fantastic.

Similar here, I have a Dave from about the same time and it has been fully powered (not in standby) since new apart from the odd day here or there. I have compared it to a year old Dave. They sound identical and I would challenge anyone to tell them apart.
 
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Have moved the furniture to get my speakers wider, about 2.5 meters, just great sound stage coming through.

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Regarding Dave and transparency, if one adds a good amp to the Dave how much transparency does it lose. Does a Dave with external amp still sound more transparent than a TT2 connected directly?
 
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Regarding Dave and transparency, if one adds a good amp to the Dave how much transparency does it lose. Does a Dave with external amp still sound more transparent than a TT2 connected directly?
In my opinion, yes. But I am using speakers. Anyway, the Dave transparency is miles better than TT2 so there is a fair bit to play with before Dave plus a power amp is worse than TT2 solo but it obviously depends a lot on the amp used.

As always though, one must try for one’s self to know for sure.
 
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Chord has increased prices again of TT2 and DAVE

New prices are

TT2 - £4750/$6725
DAVE - £10,000/$14,000
 
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Chord has increased prices again of TT2 and DAVE

New prices are

TT2 - £4750/$6725
DAVE - £10,000/$14,000
Such weak crap. Every few months.
 
Jun 10, 2022 at 5:33 PM Post #20,471 of 22,704

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Yes, wish Dave looks more similar to TT2 or had an updated OLED screen
Ugh, no, no, no. No colored marbles for me, please. I avoid all Chord products with cheapie plastic colored marbles. You’d think for the price they charge for these things, they could include a decent user interface with discrete OLED displays. Linn has this all over Chord, IMHO.
 
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Ugh, no, no, no. No colored marbles for me, please. I avoid all Chord products with cheapie plastic colored marbles. You’d think for the price they charge for these things, they could include a decent user interface with discrete OLED displays. Linn has this all over Chord, IMHO.
Completely agree. Chord needs to hire an industrial designer and also work on their graphic and packaging design. There is no shortage of students coming out of the Royal College of Art & Design they could hire.
 
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Chord has increased prices again of TT2 and DAVE

New prices are

TT2 - £4750/$6725
DAVE - £10,000/$14,000
Hardly surprising. Inflation is now running close to 9%, a two decade high. Sadly, the worst is yet to come. The cascading effects of the pandemic, the war in Ukraine, supply chain malfunctions, climate change effects etc. will cause economic havoc in the coming years. If the war in Ukraine spills over to Nato countries, that will send most Western economies into a free fall. Let’s pray that does not happen! The real interesting question is how long production can continue given supply chain issues.
 
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Chord has increased prices again of TT2 and DAVE

New prices are

TT2 - £4750/$6725
DAVE - £10,000/$14,000
At this rate we will be able to sell our used DAVEs for more than we paid for them, rather like the anomalies in the used car market created by the shortages and long lead times for new cars. 😂
 
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I can definitely hear a difference from the Dave and TT2. But it wasn’t a night and day difference. Bass texture and depth, soundstage all increases. Seems like the Dave has more emphasis on accentuating mids. Seems mid forward. It does have more layers than TT2. TT2 is flat in comparison. TT2 does seem more relaxing of a listen. I can imagine why some people might like TT2/HMS more. Overall it is good. I’ll probably keep. Piano sounded amazing.

Guess I was expecting more of it being injected in my veins lol.

Weird thing I noticed. I used to EQ the LCD5 a bit but straight from the Dave zero EQ.
 

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