Managed to get an hour or so of listenig last night prior to the game.
The very fist impression is that the 30 day return window may as well be 30 minutes. It's not going back.
I played with all three of my sources, first up was CD and I listened to a bit of the first London Grammar album. The striking thing about how the sound is different is the clarity. Everything is just so much more precise. That massive bass is controlled, and the vocals sound so natural and "there".
Next I moved on the AEX and Apple Music. The changes here were pretty much the same, and tracks I've listened to a million times just sounded better - Dire Straits, The XX, Carrie Underwood, The Prodigy, Faithless, Placebo - a real good mix.
Finally, I put on some records. I should point out at this stage that I also pruchased a pair of Chord Clearway RCA interconnects to replace the freebies that came with the Fono MkII. Although I'm not a believer in spending 100s and 1000s on cables, I do think that a well constructed, reasonably priced cable makes sense.
Wow. The biggest revelation in the evening was the vinyl playback. It was like having a new deck. The separation, precision, clarity - all stunning. Albums from The XX, Oasis, and Nirvana Unplugged were a sheer joy to hear.
The only downside is that the new setup for vinyl seems a little unforgiving. For the first time ever I was able to hear the difference with tracks near the inside of the record, they seemed - on a couple of ocassions - to be ever so slightly slow.
I'm now torn as to what to do next. I have the Cyrus 5 and will sell it. The question is which of these two options do I follow?
1 - Sell the amp and put the money into a better cartridge or stylus depending what I get for it?
2 - Sell the amp and CD player (Cyrus 6) and replace the CD player?
Of course, either of those questions would then open a whole other can of worms.....
One last thing, the CD player is connected with Analogue RCA cables (decent hand built ones). Would the DAC in the new amp be better than the one in the CD player if I was to get hold of an optical cable and connect across that way?