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  1. Up for sale is my Bel Canto Dac 2.5 brought from Midland Audio Exchange about 18 months ago as ex demo at the time. This is a wonderful Dac and has served me well during the time only to be replaced with a Lampizator Atlantic. In the time that Ive had the Dac its seen off quite a fair amount of competition to say the least. Features of the Dac includes a wonderful preamp, I used to use it quite effectively to drive my AN monoblocks. It has USB, optical, 2x Spdif, AES and analogue inputs. Outputs are RCA and balanced. The preamp can be bypassed which is how I used it in latter days when I brought a passive preamp. A remote control is included. When I get home tonight I will add a few pictures. Im looking for £700, buyer to pay for postage or collect from Dudley in the West Midlands. User manual http://www.belcantodesign.com/pdfs/UG_DAC2_5v1.pdf Online review http://www.positive-feedback.com/Issue66/belcanto2.5.htm Pictures of the actual item for sale Untitled by henleymajor, on Flickr Untitled by henleymajor, on Flickr
  2. Teddy Pardo TeddyDAC, satin black finish Due to major changes to my system, I now require a DAC with balanced outputs and volume control. Which means this fantastic TeddyDAC is up for grabs. I recently ‘upgraded’ to a Chord Qutest but sold it on because I preferred the Teddy – it’s that good. The Chord just had the edge in terms of detail, but the Teddy was a keeper due its warm analogue sound, free of nasty digital edge, a natural body weight to instruments and voice, big bass and massive dynamics. I am the second owner, I bought this in Feb 2012 and I believe it was under a year old at that time. I have the original packaging. This can manage up to 24/192 on spdif (2 x phono inputs and one optical), 24/48 on USB I believe. In excellent condition. There is one really tiny nick which I never noticed before now, spotted when I took photos (circled in photo). Perfect working order, however, for the sake of openness I should mention it does struggle to lock on to 24/176 for some reason and always has. I just set my streamer to upsample 24/192 and all is fine, only own two albums at that bitrate anyway. Asking £525. Please see my other items for sale: https://hifiwigwam.com/forum/topic/131984-fs-zingali-zero-otto-floorstanding-loudspeakers-high-efficiency-excellent-condition/ https://hifiwigwam.com/forum/topic/131982-fs-octave-v70se-tube-amplifier-integrated-black-box-immaculate-condition/?tab=comments#comment-2360143 https://hifiwigwam.com/forum/topic/132293-fs-chord-epic-twin-speaker-cable-bananas-375-m-pair/ Photos: Manufacturer’s product page: https://www.teddypardo.com/dacs/teddydac.html Testimonials from that site: "I cannot explain what happened, but when I sat down and had another good listen I was met with probably the best digital sound I've experienced in my system!" Read the full review on TNT audio “The TeddyDac wiped the floor with the stand-alone nDac. Better clarity, soundstage.......well just about everything!” “The nDAC regained some composure and PRaT when powered by the Teddy XPS but the Bass was ill-defined and booming, drowning out the vocals and musical detail. I am absolutely sold on the TeddyDAC and look forward to gaining even more performance during the 14 day burn-in period.” "It is an astonishing piece of equipment. The musicality and ease of presentation is spectacular. There is apparently nothing wrong with digital as a recording and playback medium. I am pleased to write, that I came to discover this fact with your DAC only. Recordings that were tiring to listen to, sounded dense and congested are actually enjoyable. The level of detail retrieval is nothing short of wondrous, improvements are universal: dynamic range, treble, midrange, bass, PRaT, sound stage width and depth, subtlety and I could go on, but you know this already. Bypassing my old but highly modified and updated Naim NAC-42 is a revelation. The analogue signal from the DAC now is sent directly to a Marchand Electronics active crossover unit, that is used to feed a highly modified NAP-160 to drive the bass/midranges and a NAP-110 for the tweeters."
  3. Just replaced this amazing bit of kit with Auralic's sensational Vega G1. Streaming made easy, Tidal, Quobuz integrated into Auralic's own control interface Lightning DS (Apple). Play Spotify, bluetooth, as well as wired or wireless. Comes pre-fitted with 1TB internal SSD, original packaging & tool, and with iFi ultra low noise PSU. 2.5 years since bought new from Audio Emotion, £685 worth of musical goodness, for just £395. Postage will be whatever it costs, collection & demo available if you're near St Albans. Check the reviews on the web, but in summary it's a terrific streamer & dac.
  4. As per headline, Auralic Aries mini for sale, owned since new and fully boxed, working etc. No point in writing a lot of stuff here, you guys know what it does, if you don't you can look it up on the web. Purchase also includes iFi power supply (this makes a MASSIVE difference to the sound). Can be supplied with 2 TB SSD or without storage. £450 with 2 TB SSD and enhanced power supply £350 including power supply (no hard drive included) Any questions, just drop me a line and I'll get back to you as soon as I see it.
  5. Up for grabs is my Antelope Zodiac Gold DAC, preamp and dual headphone amp and matching Voltikus power conditioner/supply, both in black. I've had the units from new but couldn't really say how old they are, I would estimate 4-5 years old. They are in very good condition with only a minute paint chip on the edge of the Zodiac unit, but you have to look VERY closely to see anything. Functionally there are are no issues. The remote control has some scuffing which is in line with it's age and use. They will come complete with original boxes, manuals and original leads (mains, link between Voltikus and Zodiac, optical cable and USB cable) as well as the metal remote. The unit has multiple digital inputs (USB, 2x optical and 2x S/PDIF). For full disclosure, there is an issue with the polystyrene packing for the Voltikus (pictures below). I'd like a quick sale so am asking £1,275 including delivery to UK mainland and of course the units are available for collection/inspection from Huddersfield. There are a couple of similar units on a well known auction site for c. £1,750 so I think the pricing is a real bargain. I can also include a 1m Acrolink digital cable (6N-D505070II) for an additional £85. Any questions, please feel free to ask. Photos on Flikr here (also lower definition images below) https://www.flickr.com/photos/yorksmark/albums/72157702797422282 Mark
  6. Selling my Yamaha CD-S3000 SACD/CD Player/Dac. Immaculate used condition. Comes in original packaging with remote control. Would consider PX offers. Looking for a DAC with volume control. Collection from Woolwich Arsenal. £1950
  7. Hello All, I have bought a set of Sennheiser HD650 for my son for Christmas. At the moment he is living in student residence studying classical guitar at the Royal Academy. He has a Mac Book Pro and a Samsung phone to deliver music. Can anyone advise me on a DAC/AMP combo for up to £200 max. Everything keeps returning to Chord Mojo but its just too much cash. Could be a desk top or portable. So far looked at. Oppo HA-2SE Schiit Fulla 2 And loads of other leads and youtube videos and only one that grabbed me was OPPO HA-2SE. Any advice welcome. Refine sound out of PC and just headphone amp?
  8. Bram49

    Bel Canto Dac 3

    Stereophile Class A dac with an excellent 100 step preamp. AES, SPDIF, COAXIAL, OPTICAL and USB inputs. Balanced and single-ended outputs. Very good condition, with original BC packaging, boxes, instructions, etc. Very spacious and detailed sound, with exceptionally refined treble. Worth pampering with a good mains cable! £500?
  9. Bit of a rambling one here Wammers so please bear with me. Bit of background - I have an HP Microserver with 32TB of space servering up all my media via Plex over a wired network throughout the flat. While I haven't been keeping up to date on the latest tech in hifi, I'm fairly comfortable learning new stuff, so feel free to go into techy detail if you think it will help. For example I'm happy to run a separate server software for music only if that's going to make things easier - server can handle plenty more stress. Bedroom Requirements I'll be moving my stereo system out of my bedroom and into the spare room - looking for a simple, streamlined replacement solution for the bedroom and my thinking is to either get a fully wireless system or, at most, a wired system with a single box that streams everything to attached speakers. Due to space limitations, the speakers have to be (a) very forgiving of placement and (b) not very big. As it won't be a critical listening system and merely there for enjoyment and convenience, what are my best options? At the moment I'm considering Sonos or Bluesound but I'm not even sure how it would work. Do I need to have a base to connect wirelessly to the speakers or are they controlled on the phone? If they can be controlled by phone but it's preferable to have the base, why is that? And how does the sound of, say, two Sonos Ones compare to having, the Sonos Amp plus two small bookshelf speakers? Remember that the point of this system is fun and unobtrusive and above all, easy to use - so while I want good sound, it doesn't need to compete with a proper hifi. In this case, good enough is good enough (but I also don't want it to sound like a pair of Monster Beats!) Budget isn't set but lets start at £1k and see what answers I get Computer/Hifi Room Requirements The stuff moving from the bedroom - I have a Resolution Audio Opus 21 CD player which I love, so that's staying, and the Totem Sttafs are staying too. I'll probably be replacing the Roskan Caspian MkII with something that has better synergy. Now the main question is whether the onboard DAC on the Opus frmo the PC is worth using, or should I be looking at something more recent too, to open up higher res audio? The Opus 21 DAC is 4 Burr Brown PCM1704 @ 32 - 96 kHz / 16 - 24 bit. Would I be better off grabbing something that can do it all (MQA/DSD etc). I have to admit that while I'm comfortable with tech, this is an area I've fallen waaaay behind the eightball on, so happy to be schooled and convinced either way here. I usually tend to err on the side of future-proofing though, so if there's something I should be looking at, I'm all ears (and I usually like the Chord DAC sound if that helps) Again, budget is moderately flexible, let's say £1k for the amp and £500 for the DAC as a starting point. (These will all be second hand so I think we'll have plenty to play with) Other questions For the Computer/Hifi setup I'm also open to a one-box solution with onboard DAC if that's going to work more elegantly. I was eyeing up the Peachtree Nova but thought better of it as it doesn't have the latest Hi Res capabilities, but if there's something else I should consider, feel free to point it out. At the moment I'm considering amps from Sim Audio, Plinius, Ayre and Sugden (whatever falls within the c.£1k range second hand) so would need to compete with that sort of level, but obviously if it has onboard DAC I'd spend more (c.£1.5k) as I'd be saving on the DAC side of things. Experience tells me this is likely to be less of an option than the separates though.
  10. Boatmancalls

    Some DAC advice please

    Hi I currently have an aging system comprised of Rotel 991 SA CD player Naim nac72/hicap/nap140 amp mission 773 speakers Android TV with Spotify premium connected to a Cheap £100 Topping DAC via Toslink Synology NAS I’ve been amazed at how good the optically linked TV can sound with Spotify at 320kbpm and wondered if addding a better DAC might improve things further ? The bit I don’t understand is what difference does it make changing the source of the digital information entering the DAC. Would I benefit from a better source than the TV ? If so what would you recommend and why? Btw - budget ~ £700 Many thanks
  11. Excellent DAC with the really extensive feature set. It's ideal as the main hub for your multimedia and TV as HDMI ARC is supported. Effectively, DAC is capable to capture HDMI output from your source and capture the audio stream only with HDMI (video) out forwarding to your TV set. That way, you could easily route HDMI audio from your source. It's a really great feature not commonly supported. Apart from HDMI support 2x analogue (front 3.5mm and rear RCA ports), optical, coaxial and USB inputs are supported. Also, DAC features balanced and single-ended outputs together with digital output (passthrough). Really great connectivity on offer. You will be hard-pressed to find any device with a similar feature set and sound quality at this price point. This was taken out of the original box for picture taking, but otherwise as new condition. There is still a screen protector in place and device packaging itself includes all original accessories intact. £215 with free UK shipping
  12. incognito73

    NuPrime IDA-8 Integrated Amplifier

    Exemplary amplifier form NuPrime. This was imported from US as it was very difficult to source NuPrime audio components without the official UK distributor presence (to this date) It is roughly 1 years old in perfect condition with original accessories (including Bluetooth dongle) and packing. https://nuprimeaudio.com/product/ida-8/?v=79cba1185463#tab-local_3 £650
  13. iFi Audio iDSD Micro DSD D-A Convertor. £350 iFi Audio Micro iUSB3.0 Power Supply. £320 iFi Audio Mercury USB Cable IN EXCELLENT CONDITION. £85 iFi Audio Gemini Dual-Headed USB Cable IN EXCELLENT CONDITION. £120 All in excellent condition with box and accessories.
  14. The Lyngdorf 2170, a true digital amp or if you prefer 'power dac' ,a complete one box solution that replaces preamp,power amps and dac, and it includes Lyngdorf's 'room perfect' room correction . http://www.lyngdorf.com/products/tdai-2170 Keith
  15. wHIZZY

    Roksan Kandy K3 DAC

    Seems like an bargain price for a decent DAC. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ROKSAN-KANDY-K3-DAC-Silver-Finish-Save-900-BNIB/202480727615?epid=2243184324&hash=item2f24cab63f:g:~rUAAOSweUlbM7an:rk:1:pf:0
  16. Mr Underhill

    Border Patrol

    I am surprised that BP don't have a thread on here, so let's start one! I only own the baby in the range, the Border Patrol DAC. This little box is just superb, and knocks that ball out of the park in terms of VFM. I compared it to the Schitt Yggdrasil, at twice the cost, and a Lampizator, at four times the cost, and preferred its balance of sound. My version just has a spdif input and the uprated PSU. Downsides? It will handle files up to 9624, but really only uses 16/44.1. Won't handle DSD, or unfold MQA. But, really when it sounds THIS good I don't care. I agree with this, even if my experiences with 'other' DACs is rather less extensive: https://parttimeaudiophile.com/2017/04/16/review-borderpatrol-usb-digital-to-analogue-converter-se-version/ M
  17. Jolida FX Tube DAC DSD Tube DAC/Preamp with headphone amp New, only opened for these photos. Very well regarded and known dac - likely the only or one of the only DSD versions in the U.K. Can be used as a preamp directly into a power amp for digital only systems or just a quality tube DAC with headphone amp. (Does not use a remote control function). Comes with the stock TungSol 12AX7 tubes. The boxes there are shipped in a small so a UK pluck/cable does not fit. So one only has to add a UK mains cable to get set up. A USA cable is included in the box. Technical Specifications: Output Level: 0 V to 2.3V (±1dB, 47K ohms) (SIN SIGNAL 0dB SPDIF IN) Frequency Response: 20-20 KHz (±0.5dB) Bandwidth: 10Hz to 70kHz + 1dB SNR: >90dB (20Hz-20kHz) Dynamic Range: 126 dB Distortion THD: Less than 0.01% (1kHz) Headphone Impedance: 30 Ohms Construction Details & Features Amplification of the analogue signal is done via the vacuum tubes PCM: 32Bit/384KHz DSD: DSD 64 / DSD 128 Asynchronous Burr Brown Chip AD1896 DAC Chip: PCM 1795 R Style Transformer Price £460 incl U.K. post.
  18. Hello I admit right now that my skills in this area are woeful so please have a good laugh at my ineptitude then offer me some sensible advice. I recently bought a Metrum Quad DAC which has replaced a Perpetual Technology P3-A DAC . Now I like the sound of the new Metrum (please ignore this as I am not really wanting to start another you cannot hear any difference thread) . However I have noticed that the output into my Valve Concordant Exhilirant Pre is much lower than the Perpetual meaning I need to wind the volume up by about an extra quarter and on some low level recordings (Ry Cooder Bop til you Drop being a case in point) the volume is full on and still not really loud enough . I asked a question about this on the Metrum Forum and was informed that all of their DAC's are at proper Red Book 2MV output. I looked at the Perpetual Manual and that also states that it is 2MV Red Book Standard output . Now one is very much louder and more able to drive the Concordant than the other so something is not right. How can I safely test the output of each DAC ? My thought was that with signal coming through the unit I put a meter test on the phono lead out using the centre pin and the shield . Is this first of all safe for the DAC and for me ? Secondly would this give me the correct reading to compare the outputs for both units . Yes I knoe I should know this but truth is I do not I have seen outputs given for many units like Tuners /Tape Decks and DACs but never really understood how they were tested .
  19. QuestForThe13thNote

    Chord Qutest with linear PSU?

    The manual on the 2Qute I had said that you shouldn’t use a linear PSU, but I notice on checking the Qutest manual that it doesn’t mention anything of the kind. I heard someone say it sounded better with a linear PSU (notably Terry of Pursuit Perfect System) but I’m interested if any readers on here have tried and what proportionate percentage benefits if you had to say. If it’s worth it, it’s an inexpensive upgrade.
  20. carwacster

    FS Audiolab MDAC

    As new, in black. Comes with remote control and original power lead. Would prefer buyer to collect £370
  21. Introduction Would love to have opened this up, but I only have a small living room. Visited by Metatron and George47 yesterday, together with George's AudioNote (AN) 2.1, an AN4.1 he is currently sheltering and the Matrix SPDIF 2 that he recently reviewed. I bought a Schiit Eitr and so we had a three way comparison between my current DDC, the SingXer F1, the Matrix and the Eitr. The main aim was to repeat the get together a couple of weeks ago where we compared the AN2.1 and Border Patrol (BP) DACs in Metatron's system, but in mine. My system (briefly): USB Storage/StarTech/Raspberry Pi 3 powered by R-Core Chinese LPSU via LT3045 Sonore ultraRendu powered by R-Core Chinese LPSU via LT3045 DDC DAC EAR868/EAR534 Focal 1008be II One thing I have been wrestling with for months is edge. I think there are a number of reasons for this and present in different, although similar, ways. I have made progress but this was again bothering me, especially as I thought I had more or less put it to bed a few weeks ago - this was a driving force behind trying the different DDCs. They made NO DIFFERENCE on the edge front, but something else did, which I will return to later. We made up a review music list, which was modified over the day: See Appendix A. The DDCs Metatron was delayed so George and I initially compared the DDCs. My view: F1 https://www.shenzhenaudio.com/singxer-f-1-xmos-usb-digital-interface-board-xu208-chip-high-end-u8-upgraded-version.html Detailed. Eitr http://www.schiit.com/products/eitr Detailed. Bit more weight to the intruments. Bass perhaps a touch better defined. Matrix http://www.matrix-digi.com/en/products/158/index.html Wow. Detailed. Weighty presentation. Warmer. Excellent sound stage. More below. The DAC comparisons were therefore done with the Matrix. The DACs The DAC comparison was obviously very straightforward: 4.1 > 2.1 > BP. Actually ......no. I bought the Border Patrol having done long comparisons with the Bel Canto DAC 3.5vb, Schiit Yggdrasil and the Lampizator L4G5. All are good DACs but their presentations will suit different tastes and systems. For me the BP wasn't as detailed as the Yggy, or as euphonic as the Lampizator, but it communicated music in a joy filled and enthusiastic fashion that I find extends any music listening session. Listening to the AN2.1 at Metatron's was very similar to the BP, but added: a bit more bass weight; detail; and spacial positioning. It repeated this in my system. The AN4.1 is a bigger and MUCH heavier beast. I believe this IS probably the best of the DACs .....but NOT in my system; system synergy. The 4.1 extracted more detail and nuance but just lacked the boogie factor of the 2.1 and BP. Intellectually I believe the order of the DACs in terms of detail and presentation is 4.1 > 2.1 > BP; in the right system. However, in my system the order for me was: 2.1 > (4.1 = BP), where the detail and nuance of the 4.1 was equaled by the BP's boogie. We ended the day playing Streetwalker and Billie Jean via the 2.1, what a blast. Edge While trying the 4.1 we useed the SE inputs, but decided to try the balanced, this failed for some reason (I suspect my cables). I realised that I had plugged the balanced cables into my Oppo 105D a few weeks ago. Removing these cables appeared to reduce the edge we were hearing. I will be testing this again today. Matrix I am very impressed by this small box of tricks. It is not simply that I am hearing added detail from very familier tracks it warmth and instrumental weight makes me listen to whole albums where before I might have been inclined to listen to certain tracks. Conclusion I suspect I will be buying the Matrix. I am very happy with the BP DAC, which I think is an absolute bargain. However, if an AN2.1 comes up at the right price I suspect I will find it very hard to resist. Thanks to George & Metatron. Appendix A - Music Playlist --------------------------------------------- Let Me Touch You Fir a While Alison Krauss & Union Station Live (Qobuz) Track includes some high notes that can be hot on my system Columbus Mary Black Live at Oympia (DVD rip > 16/44) My favourite recorded version of this artist and song. Keith Don't Go Nils Lofgren Acoustic Live Virtuoso Guitar Son of Man Phil Collins Tarzan Soundtrack (CD rip) Can be far too hot on my system Happy Martin Sexton Seeds (CD rip) Sharp Recording Crucify (2015 remaster) Tori Amos Little Earthquakes (Qobuz) Come Together Brian Bromberg Wood (Qobuz) Big fat bass! Unfinished Sympathy (2006 remaster) Massive Attack Collected (Qobuz) Hella Bar Talk / Enterprising Young Man The Music of Star Trek The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (Qobuz) Powerful stuff. Jungle Tash Sultana Notion (Qobuz)
  22. I'd be grateful for further input from experienced wammers who have already been generous and patient... After a super-helpful conversation I landed on a Bluesound Node 2 as my new DAC/Streamer solution - and I couldn't be happier. My next project had dual purposes: do something about my complete and embarrassing lack of backup of my NAS take advantage of that backup to access my whole music collection in my northern man-cave in Kendal (and at Kegworth and ...) I bought myself a 3TB WD My Passport HDD drive. After a typically helpful Wam conversation (seriously!)... ... I spent an enjoyable, informative and scary morning with generous Dave (slavedata) looking at Pi-based solutions and have <whimpers pathetically> probably ruled that out. The most obvious solution is a second Bluesound Node 2. Formatting the HDD: Bluesound Node 2 can read (only) FAT32 and NTFS so I'll go with FAT32 (exFAT is equally platform-agnostic and doesn't have the 4GB file size limit but that is hardly a real world constraint for a music collection. Have I got this right? Connecting the HDD: If I buy a second Bluesound Node 2 it will live in Kendal; but the external drive (HDD) will regularly travel between there and the midlands for the purpose of backing up my NAS. I have read a couple of confusing threads on the generally excellent Bluesound support site which seemed to mix up USB memory sticks and external drives, and implid that I may have to reindex every time I plug the HDD into the Node 2; and/or that if I plug the same HDD into the router then I won't. That was the point at which I stopped reading and came to the wam... Reindexing doesn't take forever and isn't a showstopper but if I can just plug-and-play then obviously I'd rather do so. How shoud I be connecting my external drive/HDD to th Bluesound Node 2? Direct to USB port? Or via router? All advice much appreciated. Many thanks, Nigel
  23. I bought a few years ago a fancy silver wire USB cable, quite short and hand built, not too expensive but certainly not the £3-5 pounds of a standard USB printer cable (I think that's USB > USB B, I can't say for sure - it's a standard USB port to an almost square port, not micro or mini). The cable has been having some trouble recently (it's glitching / failing when bent out of shape) so just to get me running a few minutes ago I took a normal USB printer cable and subbed it in. Result - working sound, but not as I was used to from this system, just muffled somewhat. I could only stand this for 2-3 songs (listening to Reputation lol) so I swapped back in the fancy silver cable and restarted the album. How (since it wasn't working)? Just a different USB port on the laptop to minimise bends in the short cable (it's like 30cm). Any everything sounds better(!). The highs, the dynamics, the range, the whole sound is much improved. Which leaves me sorely confused. This is USB 1, not even 2, and it's a DIGITAL signal. How could a swapped out cable cause such changes to the sound? HOW? weird. I will admit to some volume changes on the amp in between tests but even trying to match volume it's clearly better. Am I insane? Is a 'fancy' cable making a difference to a DIGITAL signal? Huhhhhhhhh? Experiences welcome.
  24. Hello everyone, It's been a while but I hope you are all well. I've always had what I would consider to be a solid/modest mid-fi system. PC/Tidal > Cambridge Audio Dac Magic > Marantz PM8003 > Bowers and Wilkins CM7 with good quality power/speaker cables, interconnects and very conscious speaker placement for listening sessions. Room size 3.5m(D) x 4m(W) x 2.6m(H) Pretty much my dream set-up for a good 6 years and have had some great times with it. I recently heard my bothers new Amphion Two18 studio set-up, I was blown away. At the same time, I borrowed my friends entry-level Stax set-up consisting of SR - 207 Earspeakers and SRM -252S energiser/amp. (the speed of electrostatics!) Again, blown away. The overall impression I got was how resolving both systems are. Everything was bigger and better - Not just frequencies but the placement of instruments, depth of the music, details such as the sustain of reverbs on the vocals. You get the idea. I've been a musician for 20 years (but still learning to listen) and it made me realise that I was missing the true sound that the creator(s) wanted his or her work to be like. The whole process of making music takes a huge deal of time/effort and talent for musicians/engineers/mixers/mastering engineers to craft the end product and I'm guessing that all we truly want is to be in the (mix) room with them - the truest representation of how they intended it to be - with no loss of resolution in every department. I felt like I never got the whole picture, in this case, sound. I guess I'm ready to get into high-end sound. With that being said, and with a budget of £1k - 2k. What would give me the most tangible improvements? Dac, amp or speaker? List of potential gear I'm eyeing out: Speakers: Bowers and Wilkins 804S Amp: Yamaha A-S 1100 / A-S 2100 Dac: Mytek Brooklyn v1 Spotted most if not all in the used market. Thanks for your time and input. Always appreciated.
  25. Millennium

    Aune T1 Tube (ish) DAC

    Hi Anyone else have one? I have a V1 Aune T1 with an aftermarket tube - the original tube was too cheap and I had to get a couple more since the second I got was out of balance on the channels. I'm not sure what tube I'm running now but it's not particularly fancy or NOS. The tube here is only used in the DAC stage, somehow, I'm no expert but it's not an output stage tube afaik. I really like it! My comparisons are a Z906 headphone output (pretty crap) and a CA Dacmagic XS v2 (good but I believe held back by the USB based power). It's got body, it's got highs, I'm driving 600 ohm DT990 Pro and it's just amazing. Such a full bodied sound. I'm experiencing occasional channel imbalances when using it to drive actual speakers, but with headphones it seems just fine, it's quite old now so I don't mind this so much (and the 'phones sound so much better anyway). So - just curious if you also have this "cheap" DAC and how you rate it?