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  1. I have a CD200, but use a Denon for DVD, BluRay etc video. Can also be used as a CD transport with coaxial output. £336.
  2. When they say newly-designed, it's been around for at least 8 years. Bear in mind these are used by DJ's who throw them around and demand much higher mechanical and physical reliability than audiophiles.
  3. The only expensive standalone DAC I ever owned was a PS Audio PWD Mk2. Their product description says: The Digital Lens, called NativeX, is selectable from the front panel or the remote. Engaging NativeX will reduce incoming jitter levels jitter on any input of the PWD to below 1 pico second, regardless of how jittered the incoming signals are. I had the temerity to ask why, if the DAC can clean up any input, why do you need to spend $6,000 on their transport? I don't recall getting a straight answer. I was using the CD200 with the PWD Mk2. Having read their forum as a (former) product owner, it appears to me at least that there is a culture difference between the USA and the UK that in the USA you can't really mix cheap and expensive components, and if you go high-end the whole system down to the last fuse has to be high-end. UK audiophiles seem much more prepared to accept a Tascam CD200 or that you can't beat a £30 Mogami XLR cable. Just my impression.
  4. There is a scope for interpretation, but most decent DACs are designed to deal with a 'noisy' data source, or you can get an external device like the Innous Phoenix. In our digital world we get large amounts of data instantly in so many ways, whether from 4G, 5G, wired ethernet, from servers all over the place, the idea of getting digital data from shining a laser at a plastic disc just seems too antiquated for me. There may be someone who considers CDs to be collectibles, I don't, but I do like collecting vinyl.
  5. I contacted Tascam and asked them about how the CD200 would differ from the Esoteric devices made by the same group and costing $5,000 or more. Here is the full email. I took this to be very good advice to avoid spinning discs, better to stream, and money is better spent on a good DAC. Soon after this I bought a Devialet Expert Pro, to which I streamed wirelessly from an Auralic Aries Femto (the devices were inches apart but preferred not to use usb) and after Devialet went Roon Ready I now stream to it using a direct ethernet connection from an Innuos Zen Mk3. The Zen has an ultra-low noise ethernet output and the Devialet reclocks the incoming signal. The Zen is in my office, feeding the Devialet by a 25m cable. The Zen is fed directly from my modem, which is inches away. There is no ethernet switching or wifi involved. Dear Sir/Madam, Thank you for your email, your enquiry has been registered in our system under reference number: Pioneer ticket ref nr: 25553 Hello Mr [], difference will be the durability of the mechanism and a reduction of jitter, which in turn helps your DAC achieve a greater audio conversion accuracy. To a certain level jitter is not an issue when extracting data (computer files and the like), but when a real time DA conversion is done to the data stream, jitter becomes very important and can create minute timing issues in the DA conversion. Whether it would be actually audible is another thing altogether. Audio is a very subjective. Regards Please note that it is not possible to reply to this message. Should you wish to reply, then please contact us at: ensuring that you fill in the reference number, which will allow us to respond more efficiently. Kind regards Pioneer Europe NV (UK Branch) Customer Relations Department Tel - 0330 123 1240 or 0870 600 1539 I have owned several TEAC and TASCAM products. I currently uses a TASCAM CD200 that uses the CD-5020A drive unit. I feed the digital output into a high quality external DAC. Is there any reason why the digital data stream from a VDRS transport (as used in Esoteric) should be any better than from the CD-5020A transport? Surely both provide perfectly accurate digital data streams? Kind regards DISCLAIMER This response is provided in good faith but Pioneer cannot warrant the accuracy or completeness of information given,its suitability for any particular purpose and it may contain technical or typographical errors. All liability of Pioneer howsoever arising is expressly excluded to the fullest extent permitted by law.
  6. I have a CD200. Bought it from GAK. It's in my loft as I no longer spin discs, but it's the last disc spinner you will ever need.
  7. ssfas

    Kit list

    I had a Leica 180 Telyt-R and 2x APO, an optically very high quality system to 360mm focal length, manual focus and on a Leica M10 without any image stabilisation, pretty perfect for safari where most things are bone idle and are either static or slowly wandering around. It was no good for whales at Husavik in Northern Iceland. Anyway, I sold it back to the guy I bought it from as he wanted it back after a few years. I've got whales coming up again next year and wanted to help my son out with a digital body. This one was £1450 including a mount adapter (normally £260), whereas the Sony AR7 III was £2,100. The touchscreen menu system on the Z6 is magnificent, I just need a week to learn how it works. There last DSLR I had was a Canon 350D, about 2006 or 2007.
  8. ssfas

    Kit list

    Bought this today, Nikon Z6 and FTZ mount adapter, plus a 70-200 f/2.8. On a promotion deal at Park Cameras, where I received excellent service. I had a Sony A7RII that I used with Leica M and R lenses, bought for £700, trashed and sold for £400. Wanted a mirrorless to share with my son, to use M lenses and a longish lens with good low light capability, for landscape and things that move fast. First zoom or auto-focus lens I've used in over 10 years, being happily Leica M and Q. The body is very clever indeed, although I've little idea about how it works, but a lot of it is touch screen enabled. I looked at an A7RIII. The menu system was terrible, it's now diabiolical. The demo unit was in silent mode, I asked the sales manager to turn the shutter sound back on and 5 minutes later he still hadn't found it. Could only do it by resetting the camera to factory default. That was the end of Sony, plus I don't like the half-white lenses, very ugly.
  9. Hong Kong Macau Guangzhou All in 1984
  10. For your amusement, I've put on the Flickr thread some unedited scans from Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Macau from 1984. You may recognise some of the HK buildings going up, GZ and Macau seem to have been completely rebuilt.
  11. Inspired by @Sir_Franc who only had to go to the south coast
  12. There's always an element of luck. I shot this at f/1.7 to get most of his face in focus, f/1.4 is often too shallow, and the lucky bit was his little prayer wheel being in plane. To be honest, it's such a good lens you must be a really bad photographer to take a poor image, which I do quite often. Even the original Leica 50 f/1.4 from 1960 is better than what most other brands make now. My greatest photographic achievement of 2019 was finding an unused black body Leica M6 0.72 TTL for my son as a graduation gift. Lucky boy.
  13. Thanks. My wife is slightly obsessed with monks and I have a quite a few nice monk pictures. The second one above is one of those ones where you experience something really magical that is difficult or impossible to capture in an image. A guy playing a trumpet is easier. It was also a fantastic gig at the Church of sound in Stoke Newington. 4 tickets for my son and some friends cost me £20 and then £100 on food and drink, but all nice and freshly cooked. So, if permitted, follows my wife's entry as the first one I was looking in the other direction until she tapped me on the shoulder. The other one is the opposite of the above, just a guy sitting on the floor doing his thing, but makes a nice portrait, again demanded by the wife. 3 of the 4 are taken with the same Leica 50/f1.4 ASPH that I use most of the time and feel very lucky to have.
  14. Here's a couple of random ones, a trumpeter called Corey Wilkes with Kahil El’Zabar and some chaps in Gangtey Monastery, Bhutan. This was very dark, ISO 6400, f/1.7, 1/90th.
  15. Not yet convinced the Q2 is a necessary upgrade from the Q, having bought the Q new for £2,900 when it came out. Was using another pocket Leica yesterday.
  16. I have a vinylflat and the sleeve option. It did work when I used it. Happy to sell it for half price.
  17. I immediately took a Roon trial and have ordered an Innuos Zen Mk3 as a Roon Core to replace my Auralic Aries Mini. Should be here next week. Roon Core currently running off my business QNAP, not really up to the job.
  18. Who on earth would want to modify a Harbeth crossover? If something broke, I'm sure Harbeth would do a repair, but my experience is that they are ultra-reliable. Also Harbeth is not really about upgrading. Choose the right size model for your room and stick with it.
  19. I think this was considered for a few minutes, but Harbeth have very streamlined production, only one model on any day, high reliability and most are exported. Retrofitting and rebuilds would not fit kindly into their operation.
  20. The whole room is on a springy floor, so you can't have people walking around with records playing. The Townshend Podium solves that problem completely and is much cheaper and less hassle than the cost of a turntable with built-in isolation. The Townshend Podium works because you can set the loading of the springs extremely accurately, which is the only way to get truly effective damping.
  21. 1.Townshend Podium under my turntable 2. Quad ESL63 in place of Harbeth SHL5+ 40th Anniversary 3. BK 400w sub in place of REL 230w S/2.
  22. ssfas

    Audiophile Servers.

    I used a TASCAM CD-200 as a digital source when I used CD's. Excellent unit, currently in my loft as I now have a Denon DN-500BD for playing DVDs to the TV and stereo, and CD's should I ever want to (which I don't). These pro units offer fantastic value for money, are very slim and very good. I've never had an issue with the fact that Devialet Expert does A/D and D/A on phono sources. It would be heresy to some. I have a very good phono system and it sounds just as good through the Devialet phono stage as my previous expensive valve one. Devialet has a 2-way usb, so when playing records the A/D stream can be taken via usb to a laptop into Audacity or similar, and stuck on a server. Or you can just enjoy playing records.
  23. ssfas

    Audiophile Servers.

    My previous system comprised about 5 components, all replaced by the Devialet. I lost on sale about 20% of the cost of my old system, including which the cost of the upgrade to Devialet was about £4,000. The old system had a full Aries and used MinimServer from my QNAP. I kept the full Aries and used it for streaming as the old Devialet streaming card was not very good. I had an Aries Mini in my office, and when Devialet installed the new Core Infinity streaming card I sold the Aries and installed the Aries Mini both as a server and player. So I have options. Typing on my MacBook now, I'm streaming from Qobuz OSX via Devialet Air. If I wanted to play something from my server, I would use Audirvana OSX. I could use Qobuz via Audirvana, but prefer the Qobuz app and I often play from my Qobuz offline library. If I don't have my laptop handy, I can use Aries Lightning from my iPad (using the usb connection). If I don't have either, I can use Bubble uPnP from my Android phone. Devialet will auto-detect wireless or ethernet coming to it, but you do have to select usb via the app or remote. My wife and kids play from their phones using Spotify from their phones, which the Devialet will auto-detect. The real pleasure of Devialet Expert is its flexibility and ease of use. You can play to it multiple ways, whatever is convenient at the time, and never have to go near it as it auto-detects, only having to change source when using usb or phono inputs. It also detects Airplay, but that limits it to 16/44. The unit has only one button on the front, which is used to power on and off if pressed hard, if pressed softly will switch between sources, which I use to select phono when playing records.
  24. Try this for vocals Then this
  25. ssfas

    Audiophile Servers.

    I use an Aries Mini as a server. It has an external PSU. It is plugged into a Devialet 250 Expert Pro. Cost of the server was £350, £230 for the PSU and about £250 for a 1tb SSD drive - so just over £800. Backed up to a QNAP. I play either direct via usb or via Audirvana v3. Why pay £5,000 for a server?