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  1. I think it's reasonable to assume dCS have modified the upsampling process since the original RingDAC. FPGA hardware improvements providing increased processing power, they are now upsampling to 24/384 and have introduced a number of filters (as well as modifications) for PCM, DSD and MQA. So I don't think the changes are just limited to the analogue domain. Older dCS dacs were always described as very detailed and lean, having heard a Bartok at the recent Ascot show - albeit through two different sets of headphones (one being Focal which hasn't been described as a warm headphone by any stretch) I would say that the Bartok was far from lean or clinical - it came across very rich and involving. Yes I was listening to the headphone amp in the Bartok as well, so I'm not jumping to any further conclusions.
  2. Nick - glad you liked it, wine is such a personal taste so you never know. My wine cellar is doing a Tannoy listening tour at the moment.
  3. True, I should have made that clear - I was pleased to hear no obvious degradation in sound from streaming from a local hard drive and from an internet service which is progress indeed. I think I came away with a few more recommendations thanks to our listening session.
  4. And yet there are many threads on alternative sites with other people having taken contradicting measurements. I have no dog in the Yggdrasil fight, but there are competing sides of that argument each throwing out their measurement results, testing approach coupled with their analysis credentials.
  5. Having heard The Marcus Miller track with Nick on Sunday through the Zenith SE and DAVE I absolutely agree - Qobuz through the SE with Hires material I could happily live with and forget about CD vs streaming nervosa.
  6. May be that was the set of headphones I heard - because I didn't particularly like the sound either. Other stations were busy and I thought to reserve judgement for another day.
  7. Yes sorry I managed to quote perfectly fine on other replies, but managed to make a mess this one, then found myself incapable of editing and correcting the post after I realised what I'd done.
  8. Very kind offer -Thank you ! London, so no problem at all, I will drop you a PM.
  9. Quite a few people convert PCM to DSD 512 using HQPlayer - claiming they prefer the sound through certain dacs (T&A DSD DAC, Holo Audio etc.) - but this does require a powerful PC - I7 and an NVidea card - the latter can be used to offload some of the processing from the CPUs. It all depends on the filters you turn on in the software to how much work it has to perform to convert and up-sample. The author claims (and he would) that he can apply more sophisticated filters with greater flexibility (user choice) via a powerful PC and CUDA (NVidea) offloading than can be done in an FPGA based dac. Most people don't want a hefty PC in their living/listening room so you then use an HQPlayer network adapter on another device (Sonore, Intel NUC etc.) to connect to the dac - but then you may have driver issues (no DSD 512 support for Linux with certain dacs and USB implementations), so it can all get complicated pretty quickly. I couldn't vouch for any of the claims and whether a dac sounds better with upsampled or converted PCM will surely depend on the implementation of the individual dac.
  10. I know this may be a can of worms but how suitable are preamplifiers in products like the Hugo TT2? For example a TT2 directly into something like a Pass Labs XA25 or XA 30.8? How much do you lose or gain? I've seen discussions and it appears the consensus always falls down to people preferring the pre in the chain. I'm just wondering if you are building a system incrementally would this approach with a dac/pre be a viable starting point - even if in time you end up swapping in a full preamplifier at a later point.