Alex, I came across these two blogs which you might find helpful:
"Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens we have to keep going back and beginning all over again." André Gide
Thanks a lot!
Those blogs are interesting read.. I'd agree 100% that all-in-one box streamer is the way forward.. Depending on your taste in music and amplification i think it could sway which you'd prefer out of Naim and Linn.. I'm not a fan of Naim amps at all.. And although it sounded good through naim amps, when i ran the Naim streamer through my Cyrus amp the combination truly blew me away.. Gave it extra punch but knocked off the harshness of the naim amp. I Couldn't believe music from a HDD could sound so musical and realistic.. I've heard people say similar things about very expensive Naim CD players falling short against 2-3k streamers.. Glad you're plugging it! I'm right behind ya pal!!!
Electrocompaniet PI 2 | Naim ND5 XS | Chord Epic | ProAc Studio 115
I am back! After some holidays its time a little bit to start updating and demoing again
I am starting now with my digital source as the turntable is sorted and it is still my main source so far. Since yesterday I plugged the SBT to the amplifier through an M2Tech DAC using toslink connection...
Still too early to judge but my first feeling from stone cold was a lot more space and air, a more open sound.
My plan is to listen to it for something like a week and then switch back to the SBT alone and see what happens...
After living with the M2Tech for a while (connected through toslink) I feel there is some kind of improvement, not sure yet if is worth the price gap between the SBT and the M2Tech.
Next on the list is the Wadia 121 which I will be getting soon...more on this to come.
Not yet tried to demo a Linn stremer as I first want to realize which DAC would think is best and then compare to a Linn streamer.
Enjoying the Wadia 121 now for a week, is getting better and I recognise it's a step up from the SBT itself
Still not sure it will be a keeper as I still feel is missing some involvent and musicality...it is not "analogue" enough.
Had a demo of Linn system, unfortunately the demo was quite bad organized and I could not really hear the differences between the different units as they were plugging the units on different speakers evey time.
More on this later!
I'll agree. Take the SBT and a very good DAC and imho you have a very capable streaming solution with a very, very good SQ. And this may sound like a shock... with respect to usability the SBT beats every DLNA-based streamer hands down.
So the question is... how much are you willing to spend on SQ that you get with the high end streamer?
Even better when you upgrade the PSU on the squeezebox!
The squeezebox streaming 24/96 to my Rega DAC sounded amazing!
I only borrowed the squeezebox from a friend imho its better than AE, with the AE I have I suffer drop outs...not 1 dropout with the Squeezebox
ATV3 > Rega DAC > Rega Elicit R > Rega RS3
Rega RP6 / 10x5 / MP-110
I have already tried that and no luck, couldn't spot any difference worth the cost of the PSU.
I will certainly try the Rega DAC as the Wadia and the M2Tech are a good step up but I am afraid too much "digital" for my taste. [/quote]
Wadia 121 is packed! It will be back to the store this weekend. I will still borrow to Rega DAC for my peace of mind but I am almost sure my decision is made by now!
I'm sure too... quite sad too, the journey is nearly at an end.Btw,
Have you actually got the speakers at home now?
Accuphase E350 amp, Electrocompaniet EMC1UP CDP, Siltech 25th Classic anniversary 330I XLR Harbeth Super HL5 on Sound Anchor Quod ELS63 stands, Chord Odessey2 speaker cable. Grado SR60 headphones.
I will certainly try the Rega DAC as the Wadia and the M2Tech are a good step up but I am afraid too much "digital" for my taste.
Believe it or not the Rega DAC does sound analogue? I know it baffles me too!
Well yes, in a way its a releaf that all pieces are coming together but it is indeed a bit sad as the updates now will be minor tweaks like power cables, speaker cables, ICs, furniture etc...
Speakers will be coming home tomorrow or worst case beginning of next week!
I have heard it everywhere...it is one of the most analogue sounding DAC around...and for 600 eur I think it will be a shame not to audition it. Anyway it will be much difficult to get any close to what I have heard yesterday night with the Majik and Akurate DS from Linn
Have you listened to or considered a Naim streamer? Mine is the most analogue sounding source i've ever heard and why I bought it.. I don't get on with the Naim amp sound at all but listened to it with a open mind and was blown away.. Really did impress me that stored music could sound so natural and fluid..
I think I read these before and a good insight/review.. But will come down to personal preference and how it goes with the rest of your kit.. Both very good peices of kit and def never looked back as far as DS for source
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