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Discussion in 'High-end Audio Forum' started by magiccabbage, May 14, 2015.
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  1. FunkyBassMan
    Well in pro audio I've heard all kinds of stuff, most impressed with the Apogee line.

    I got roped in to Chord by hearing the Hugo2 and loving it, realizing I could bring it on my trips. I liked it so much it got me listening in detail to the high-end stuff. Now I wish I hadn't lol.

    But Stereophile says some Meridian is as good as a Dave because it does MQA and sounds better on certain instruments. So I guess there are other alternatives out there.
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  2. FunkyBassMan
    I agree. I did a ton of A/B with the TT2 and it wasn't even close to the Dave (to my ears). Sure, it has nice clean transients, smooth even reverbs, wide soundstage and all that. But I'm a musician so I'm not too interested in the more technical audio elements like that (except to the extent that they're clearly lacking in a deficient unit, which is obviously not the case with either). Probably a lot of the classical listeners are into that stuff, so more power to them. But I'm more into whether the music as reproduced hits me with the power and emotion I feel like the producer/player/composer was going for, and in that regard it felt like it has 1/4-1/3 the musicality of the Dave.

    To note, this was paired up with M-Scaler on both it and the TT2. I wasn't interested in either unit alone, really. Maybe there's less of a difference heard that way, dunno.

    But of course that's only one opinion among thousands, so take it for what it's worth.
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2019
  3. Triode User
    It’s ok, there are plenty of us who have also listened extensively to both TT2 and Dave and provided Dave is within budget limits then there is no question that Dave is miles better and worth getting.
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  4. Amberlamps
    I'm so close to buying one it's nuts, I'm £1k short, I just have to get that and then I'm upgrading. I don't work now so £1k isn't the easiest thing in the world to conjur up without either getting a loan or taking Dave out on credit, which is not happening as I have 7/8ths of the money already. I will have the last of the cash needed soon and Dave will be mine.

    I hate not being able to work nowadays, as it interferes with everything, especially when it comes to buying new toys.
    Deftone, Mikey99, Aslshark and 2 others like this.
  5. iDesign
    And if you listen with the Blu Mk II, you will be even further impressed because it removes all of the issues with computer-based USB audio. Two nights ago I did A/B comparisons between a CD and the same album in TIDAL and the difference isn't even close. In fact, the difference is so significant that I have completely written off and given up on USB audio for now. There is no amount of gadgets like the ZENith, NUC, Audiolinux, Stylus, JitterBug, clocks, OCXO, TCXO, SoTM, Paul Hynes, etc. that will ever fix all the issues with USB audio. The DAVE + Blu Mk II is the ultimate.
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2019
  6. musickid
    I was planning to trade in my H2 to get a TT2 to use with my HMS. Would going for a solo dave be a big mistake here? (trading in my HMS and H2 and paying the difference). It has been said that it is possible to live without dave's transparency but not the musicality of the TT2/HMS. If i went for a solo dave it would be at least a year or more till i could add an mscaler. I have listened to solo dave and the TT2/HMS and appreciate the differences more transparent vs a warmer musical but 'heavier sound'. Appreciate advice as i don't have much time to make a decision.
  7. Triode User
    I totally agree with you. For evaluation purposes and development of cables I have Dave, TT2, Blu2 and HMS and often when just listening for pleasure my preferred kit is a CD on Blu2 to Dave.
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  8. naynay
    There is still hope.
    Rip a cd album to SSD and play it through the CX-EX.
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  9. musickid
    Very nice simple chain nay.
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  10. iDesign
    No thanks, hold my beer while I put another CD in my Blu Mk II.
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  11. ZappaMan
    At least your dealing with some constants, all this stuff about linear power network switches etc, where does it end.
  12. musickid
    It doesn't end that's the point...:zipper_mouth:
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  13. Pastwa
    Come on, let's be serious, if someone wants the ultimate 'pc mode' experience with DAVE then something like Aurender W20 or similar quality digital transport would be required in the chain, not the cheap toys mentioned above (JitterBug, etc.).
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  14. Amberlamps
    £16.5k for a streamer, yeah, not a chance I would buy something like that. Not only because I can't afford it, but because I'm sure that other much cheaper products would be just as good.

    You can buy a decent little car for £16.5k
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  15. Amberlamps
    Can dave work with a flash drive plugged into it's usb B port ? If so with an adapter, that would completely eliminate any usb problems from a pc.

    Also, is daves usb port galvanically isolated ?
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