hlinden

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I ended up getting the Leema elements dac in the end. Just plugged in today. After the success with the Tucana I found it hard not to try the Leema DAC (bought unheard on eBay 😨).

Need to get a new USB cable before I can use it with tidal but connected to my arcam cds27 it makes a night and day difference. A much better clarity and detail. Funny thing I just read up on after nosing around the bitrate display on the DAC, the CDS27 converts SACD to high res PCM over the digital outs (actually the DAC in the cds27 can't actually decode dsd, it just converts to pcm then decodes).

Thinking a leema phono stage is next on my list.

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had a question for leema this week , there is no hydra 2 manual online . lee himself replied the very next day . first class service i think and over the years been impressed

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2 hours ago, hifinutt said:

had a question for leema this week , there is no hydra 2 manual online . lee himself replied the very next day . first class service i think and over the years been impressed

Same for me, before i got the tucana i posted a question regarding current when driving low impedence speakers on their website and Lee replied within 24 hours. Stellar customer serviceand sealed the deal for my purhcase.

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Congrats on the Leema Elements dac, its a nice bit of kit with plenty of connection options along with analogue pass through making it easy to integrate a TT into to a digital system.

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Finally got the USB cable and the Leema is a fantastic improvement for soundstage and detail when streaming Tidal.

My old Meridian Explorer II is now surplus to requirement. If anyone fancies a trying MQA I can post it in a padded envelope.

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Was going through this and checked out your profile to see leema Tucana, then realised you’d obviously updated the amp as people were talking about a cheap amp, which had me confused. Then saw your photo of the amp!

I do think you made a great move with the Tucana and what looks like a fab partner to your speakers. There is defo something in keeping the DAC separate because in doing so you can upgrade a DAC as it becomes obsolete and DAC tech is moving fast such that if you’ve bought a dac in an amp it can easily become outdated and what you are doing by buying stuff separate is getting no compromise which you get with dacs in lone components (other than imo dacs in very good streamers and amps which cost alot). On the other hand buying a good amp, performance is not going to change as much outside the digital domain . Tbh I don’t agree that spending on dacs doesn’t get you as much as amps in pound per pound terms. Hear some reference dacs and people revise their views. 

Its good you didn’t get the Brooklyn as I thought that you’d be doubling up with its pre and dac too and not getting best value so far as all the money being on the DAC, plus I’ve tested/reviewed the mytek Brooklyn on my kit and it has airy treble , requires careful partnering, and it’s nowhere near as good a chord Qutest DAC. MQA is not a  deal breaker agreed  because it’s always about quality of the DAC rather than formats. 

If you haven’t had the elements DAC long and can potentially swap it, I would try the chord QUTEST as I think it will easily beat the elements DAC which I say based on its reputation, the reviews, the pedigree and reputation of chord and my familiarity with it as an owner over other chord dacs. It may not look much but it punches well above it’s weight. At the very least try and borrow one and assuming you like it’s sound signature and it can connect everything up, I suspect you might be changing it. It’s defintely the best dac you can get for £1200. It won’t over analyse everything with a good smooth amp.

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