tuga

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About tuga

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    Oxfordshire, UK
  • Real Name
    Ric

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  • Digital Source 1
    HQPlayer/MacBookPro
  • Digital Source 2
    NAA/CuBox-i
  • DAC
    Teac UD-501
  • Integrated Amp
    Bespoke transistor
  • My Speakers
    Stirling LS3/6
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    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. tuga

    DAC Off Part 2: Qutest vs RME ADI-2 DAC

    Years ago I listened to what was then a very advanced system a couple of times. It was an all-Lyndgorf setup with the CD transport feeding the Millennium "power" DAC driving the 2-way open baffle satellites and corner woofers. The amplifier handled the crossovers and used the RoomPerfect DSP module for room correction. They've since partnered with Steinway but I've never listened to any of their current setups.
  2. Live is live. It can't be reproduced in a facsimile fashion, at best our system will produce a reasonably credible illusion, but this depends on the recording as much as it does on the system.
  3. Recordings can sound dry/wet just as systems can. If a recording sounds dry, it can be the system or the recording. If all recordings sound dry, it's probably the system. Dry recordings are the result of close-mic'ing and/or too little reverb added in the case of studio productions. Some analogue gear produces a certain wetness or bloom. This is true for studio and for domestic playback gear.
  4. tuga

    DAC Off Part 2: Qutest vs RME ADI-2 DAC

    Resistor network?
  5. These are some of the best I've listened to. Real stereo! http://www.playclassics.com/ Free samples here: https://audiophilestyle.com/forums/topic/54969-playclassics-trt-sound-master-file-giveaway-for-ca-members/
  6. tuga

    DAC Off Part 2: Qutest vs RME ADI-2 DAC

    This one from the Benchmark site is much more comprehensive: https://benchmarkmedia.com/blogs/application_notes/13095789-volume-control-technologies
  7. tuga

    DAC Off Part 2: Qutest vs RME ADI-2 DAC

    An interesting piece on the subject of digital volume control: http://bitperfectsound.blogspot.com/2013/03/digivol.html?m=1 if you play 16-bit music, and pass it to your DAC in 24-bit format (something which most high-end DACs require anyway), then, depending on the quality of your DAC/preamp combo, you can in principle dial in up to 18-36dB of attenuation without audibly truncating the the music data. All this assuming that your digital volume control is done in a first-class manner using a 64-bit audio engine
  8. tuga

    DAC Off Part 2: Qutest vs RME ADI-2 DAC

    Of course not.
  9. tuga

    DAC Off Part 2: Qutest vs RME ADI-2 DAC

    HQ Player has a convolution engine which alows some room correction similar to what the RME does. Audirvana let's you use VST plugins.
  10. tuga

    DAC Off Part 2: Qutest vs RME ADI-2 DAC

    What are your settings in the music file player?
  11. tuga

    DAC Off Part 2: Qutest vs RME ADI-2 DAC

    It's NOS but not filter-less. NOS (Non-Oversampling, SuperSlow) The DAC includes another filter which is called Super Slow in its data sheet. The impulse re- sponse looks perfect, but checking the output signal with an Oscilloscope reveals steps that are more typical for so called Non-OverSampling (NOS) devices, so we renamed it NOS within the DAC filter menu. Note that there is no audible distortion, the steps equal high frequency har- monics that are mostly higher than 20 kHz. Please also note that Slow and NOS filters cause much more aliasing into the audio band and out-of-band noise than Sharp filters.
  12. tuga

    DAC Off Part 2: Qutest vs RME ADI-2 DAC

    Does it have a low-pass FIR filter when in NoOverSampling mode?
  13. tuga

    DAC Off Part 2: Qutest vs RME ADI-2 DAC

    Do you intend to play Redbook without any up/oversampling nor filtering? You'll be producing a lot of distortion and if I'm not mistaken you may even risk damaging your tweeters if you play loud...
  14. Unfortunately hype, price and box count are not a guarantee for either high fidelity or good sound (to me these two words have the same meaning and are thus interchangeable).