Brilliant set of links, cheers. I'm very tempted to send some cash in Armonia Hifi's direction.
Tuners : Meridian 104, Naim NAT101, NAD 402
CD Players : Micromega Stage 6, Micromega Stage 4
Amps : Naim Nait 2, Musical Fidelity X-150
Speakers : Ruark Prologue One, Proac Tablette Reference 8 Signature
Interconnects : Chord, DIY, dunno
Really I gone off the idea of a new cd player, next I will probably buy a BD player.
Have you considered the possibility of moving to computer based music?
A Sonus connect with the Cullen/W4S mods will drive ADMs directly, add a NAS drive and a cheap usb optical disc reader, probably cost under a grand.
We do so many shows in a row,
And these towns all look the same,
We just pass the time in our hotel room
And wander 'round backstage,
Till the lights come up, and we hear that crowd,
And we remember why we came.
Sorry for multiple posts. Think my hard drive must be dying.
Why bother with any disc format for music? Just get an Apple TV and stream wirelessly from your computer or a NAS or iDevice.
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Yes I'm considering it also.
A Sonus connect with the Cullen/W4S mods will drive ADMs directly,
So will an unmodified Sonos Connect...
No signature worth mentioning...
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Quite right, poor phrasing on my part.
I is my opinion, based on experience, that some dacs react badly to noisy transports, otherwise decent dacs sounding harsh and grainy with the 'wrong' transport.
The Connect is easily set to output bit perfect data, but it also outputs substantial jitter and out of band noise, competent Dacs should deal with the jitter without a problem and probably with the noise too but what I have heard suggests that some Dacs are less competent in this area than others.
I have similar issues with my AEX, a well regarded dac from a british manufacturer sounded quite poor and substantially worse than the AEXs onboard processor yet my sub £30 Fiio sounds similar (same chipset I believe) and seems to provide better drive to my active monitors along with extra functionality.
For a moment I thought you had written Woof, Woof.
The thought that we might have similar views on a product did cause concern, if only for a moment.
How does the AVI DAC in the ADMs cope? Do AVI themselves have anything to say on the matter?
I am sure others will have a view.
There are owners using AEX and Sonos units without any reported issues. I don't know of any issues personally and have not been made aware of any either.
I just take the optical out from the Mac mini though and have not yet tried the AEX, as it's tied up as a network extender and print server.
Mac mini > AVI ADM9Ts
A Pioneer stable platter off ebay - about £50. Mine brings up the track information within about one second of the tray closing and reads scratched discs better than anything else.
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