...When in fact all you really need is
PanasonicTX-P46GT30B..Yamaha RX-A1010...Music Fidelity M3i...OPPO105EU...KEFR100/R200C/3001SE/HTB2SE...SkyHD2TB...QED Copper Speaker Cable /HDMI/Analogue...PS3...IPAD2
I have just upgraded my power supply for my M-DAC & it sounds different but not sure if it sounds better... Anyway its on 30day trial period.. So yes in a way source does make a diference... I suppose it also depends what you can do to the source.
No rules. If it sounds good to you it sounds Right!!.Transpor:t . Oppo BDP-105EU Blue ray player. DAC:Musical Fidelity V90. AMP: Arcam AVR450. SPEAKER'S: Boston acoustics M340.
Obviously. That's analog, so it clearly beats the stuffing out of your nasty, digital OPPO!
M-Audio USB Transit->Benchmark DAC1->Beyerdynamic DT880 (600 ohm) / AKG K701
Who is your power supplier? Mine (Npower) only have one grade of electricity available: 240 volts, 50Hz alternating current.
On the road: HP Elitebook 8540w, Sennheiser HD650, Bose Computer Mini Monitors.
Home: Denon DBP-2010, Humax, Panasonic Plasma, Monitor Audio ASB-2, AKG K240 Studio, Audio-GD NFB 12, Audio Pro Addon T8 active monitors, definitely no fancy cables.
Mine is from Mains CABLES ARE US..(Regulated Linear PSU) My system now sounds much clearer & fuller.. Pleased so far.
Also one thing I am beinging to notice with any upgrade you need to play as many Albums as possible.. To really hear what the new Equpiment is doing to the sound. Now i dnt just hear.. I see the music.
I don't want to bring out a heated discussion, but this weekend I did a listening test, to determine differences between the Musical Fidelity V-DAC MKII and my two CD players, Marantz CD6000Ki and Marantz CD5000.
Both my CD players and V-DAC MKII are connected to a Marantz PM7200 amp via the same type and brand interconnects, Wireworld OASIS 5. I compared the V-DAC (connected to my iMac) with both CD players and my Marantz CD5000 connected to the V-DAC in comparison with CD5000's own DAC and Marantz CD6000 KI.
I evaluated using Denon AH-D5000 headphones and Acoustic Energy Aegis Evo speakers.
I didn't hear any differences. None. Zero.
Conclusion? All CD players sound the same? To conclude this I have to listen to every single CD player out there, which would be ridiculous, but I don't think I will ever upgrade my source again, and when my cd players and DAC break down I probably will buy the cheapest CD player/DAC out there.
Interesting, but I think this needs unpacking in a few respects. For one (or two), what format are the files on your iMac in, and how is the iMac connected to the V-DAC?
What classical music are you listening to?
There were no differences apparent to the OP via whatever files were used and when also compared to CD players, so the file format is not particularly relevant I would say. I have carried out similar tests using various CD players and DACs and came to the same conclusion.
Digital sources are now not much of a consideration for me, with only functionality being of any real concern.
Mac mini > AVI ADM9Ts
I have connected my iMac via Nuforce Impulse USB cable. Formats are MP3 256 KB/ps, AIFF and Spotify Unlimited (160 KB/ps) I have set the V-DAC mKII to upsample to 88.2 kHz.
Apart from this set-up I also compared the V-DAC directly with my Marantz CD5000's DAC, by connecting the V-DAC with my CD5000 via a digital interconnect, I was able to switch directly between CD input (CD5000) and AUX (V-DAC). I honestly wasn't able to hear any differences. I am not trolling and it certainly isn't my intention to insult anyone who spends a lot of money with this hobby, though I'm aware I have insulted some...
I didn't hear any differences.
All CD players sound the same? To conclude this I have to listen to every single CD player out there, which would be ridiculous, but I don't think I will ever upgrade my source again, and when my cd players and DAC break down I probably will buy the cheapest CD player/DAC out there.
I've done similar tests and had the same results as you.
PC > AVI Neutron Five 2.1
Sony NWZ-A847 64GB Walkman > Westone UM3x
As far as I'm concerned, what you hear, is....well.....what you hear; and you should be free to report it, without having to look over your shoulder.
"Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens we have to keep going back and beginning all over again." André Gide
Wait, there was a difference I noticed and still notice, not in comparing the V-DAC with my CD players, but between Spotify and iTunes. Spotify sounds different, somewhat darker en fuller and not just the streaming file, but the iTunes library played by Spotify as-well.
And yes I have unchecked "Set the same volume levell for all tracks" in Spotify and unchecked "Sound Enhancer" in iTunes.
This is funny because earlier I had compared iTunes alternatives like Pure, Vox, Fidelia etc. and I didn't hear differences, well apart from a subtle difference in sound between Fidelia and iTunes, but I felt it was just a sound enhancment in Fidelia which was easily mimicked by equalizing iTunes by turning the 4kHz slider down a bit. But in retrospect I think the sleek looks of the Fidelia app made me listen differently...
The insult is merely percieved. You have only stated what you have found to be true. If I too had invested large sums of money in equipment, I'd feel the need to believe its superiority, otherwise, what would I have paid all that money for?
Is it possible Spotify has a built in EQ? You could always compare the file outputs using something like Audacity (If you could be bothered).
Sounds like a job for steve_1979.
Was it Stereophile mag. which said that the Sony PS1 was as good as a $6,000 cd player?
Here is Art Dudley's review of the PS1. He really likes it! And John Devore too, apparently... And John Atkinson.
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