Bodgit

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About Bodgit

  • Rank
    Experienced Wammer

Personal Info

  • Location
    Woking
  • Real Name
    David

Wigwam Info

  • Turn Table
    AR EB101
  • Tone Arm & Cartridge
    Roksan Corus Blue
  • Digital Source 1
    Wadia 861
  • Digital Source 2
    Squeezebox Touch
  • DAC
    Wadia 861
  • Integrated Amp
    MF X-P100/X-A200s
  • Pre-Amp
    Wadia 861
  • Power Amp/s
    Muse Model 300
  • My Speakers
    SCM40 MKI /EPOS ES14
  • Trade Status
    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. I recall Paul McGowan talking about jitter/DAC/sound quality issues. His main comment that I recall was that - as jitter or the need for error correction increases, the DAC has to do more work to rectify the issues, it only has a finite bandwidth so as its work increases, sound quality decreases. I don't know specifically how this impact materialises but there you are.
  2. Exactly. Precise timely delivery of audio data in real time is analogous to wow and flutter for a turntable.
  3. Because for audio, timing is everything. In other applications, it doesn't matter if there's a slight hiccup in the delivery of the data - it can arrive in bursts. Try that with audio...
  4. IMO that's looking at bits a bit too simplistically. In storage I agree, bits are bits, there are 1s and 0s. Copying a set of bits from one media to another media can happen without error. Its in the transfer of bits it gets rather grey. How is a "bit" defined when being transferred? Its typically when a 1 transitions to a zero or vice versa. A stream of 1s and 0s would be represented by a square wave form, but a perfectly square waveform is impossible to replicate. Some cables will corrupt the waveform more than others which has a direct impact on the sound produced since the DAC (or whatever it is) has to decide at which point on this now less than perfect leading edge, the transition takes place. This type of error is in the timing domain and is commonly referred to as jitter.
  5. I love my Wadia, wouldn't change it for anything.
  6. CDs sound best with baked beans poured over them.
  7. Bodgit

    Second Systems

    My second system is mainly my very first hifi with some upgrades, which were then replaced and became my first system. Upgraded components are roughly a 50/50 split between being kept or passing on/sold.
  8. I'll be renovating my ground floor the first 3 weeks in October so if you haven't decided by then you're welcome to borrow my speakers around then! Amps too for that matter, in fact you could take the sofa as well!
  9. I have some very expensive XLR interconnects and speaker cables, bought some years ago when I had more money than sense. They are very nice cables,. don't get me wrong, and they sure reveal the true sound from my hifi. However if buying now I'd be a lot more careful with my £££. In most cases, spending more money on cables is better spent on components, especially speakers.
  10. I'll air my experience over the years in buying hifi gear in the hope it helps a bit. I've always had a good idea as to the type of sound I wanted, based on experience with my Dad's ESL57s and 19670s Quad gear but being more into rock than orchestral work also wanted a more heavy weight sound. The transient response and transparent sound was like nothing else I'd ever heard. In 1990 bought my first system comprising Meridian 206B CD player, Musical Fidelity A100 amp and EPOS ES14 speaker. It was a pretty decent sound for the price and lasted me some years. I always thought the bass was a bit lacking and wanted more "slam"; it was the kind of sound I wanted, I just wanted it "better". First I changed the amps, I auditioned the Musical Fidelity X-P100 pre with X-A200s vs an integrated amp with a valve pre-amp section. I forget the manufacturer but there was very little difference between them, I went for the MFs but only by a hair. Still not satisfied, as the amp change did little, I upgraded the ES14s for their floor standing 3 way ES30s. An improvement but it still didn't scratch my slam itch. So then I thought a much bigger change is needed, which is when (loaded with an £8k budget) I ended up with the Wadia 861 and 300W Muse monoblocks. The biggest surprise in auditioning these was when I changed from single ended RCA leads to balanced XLR - it was like night and day. This setup did me for quite some while, a big upgrade, but still not really satisfied I knew it was the speakers letting me down, which is how I ended up with the ATC SMC40s. So I might suggest that if you're bored with your system you first work out what kind of sound you want to end up with, this gives you your target sound. Then work backwards from the speakers to create that sound - audition different speakers to see which engage with you. A decent front end will sound like most other decent front ends, its the speakers that will most change the type of sound and then choose amps to go with the speakers.
  11. I was thinking a pair of ATC SCM40s would fit very nicely in there, if your budget will stretch, go for the actives :-)
  12. I bought my ATCs from Trevor at Guildford Audio, good guy.
  13. So about £10k spent on the hifi and gimmickery. £10k would certainly get you a pretty stonking hifi :-)
  14. PP, I'll make the offer again...pop round to listen to my system and hear the ATCs. If you're impressed you know that's an avenue worth pursuing, if not then you know to look elsewhere.
  15. For £17k, I'd rather buy a really decent TV and a stonkingly great hifi.