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  1. Introduction Would love to have opened this up, but I only have a small living room. Visited by Metatron and George47 yesterday, together with George's AudioNote (AN) 2.1, an AN4.1 he is currently sheltering and the Matrix SPDIF 2 that he recently reviewed. I bought a Schiit Eitr and so we had a three way comparison between my current DDC, the SingXer F1, the Matrix and the Eitr. The main aim was to repeat the get together a couple of weeks ago where we compared the AN2.1 and Border Patrol (BP) DACs in Metatron's system, but in mine. My system (briefly): USB Storage/StarTech/Raspberry Pi 3 powered by R-Core Chinese LPSU via LT3045 Sonore ultraRendu powered by R-Core Chinese LPSU via LT3045 DDC DAC EAR868/EAR534 Focal 1008be II One thing I have been wrestling with for months is edge. I think there are a number of reasons for this and present in different, although similar, ways. I have made progress but this was again bothering me, especially as I thought I had more or less put it to bed a few weeks ago - this was a driving force behind trying the different DDCs. They made NO DIFFERENCE on the edge front, but something else did, which I will return to later. We made up a review music list, which was modified over the day: See Appendix A. The DDCs Metatron was delayed so George and I initially compared the DDCs. My view: F1 https://www.shenzhenaudio.com/singxer-f-1-xmos-usb-digital-interface-board-xu208-chip-high-end-u8-upgraded-version.html Detailed. Eitr http://www.schiit.com/products/eitr Detailed. Bit more weight to the intruments. Bass perhaps a touch better defined. Matrix http://www.matrix-digi.com/en/products/158/index.html Wow. Detailed. Weighty presentation. Warmer. Excellent sound stage. More below. The DAC comparisons were therefore done with the Matrix. The DACs The DAC comparison was obviously very straightforward: 4.1 > 2.1 > BP. Actually ......no. I bought the Border Patrol having done long comparisons with the Bel Canto DAC 3.5vb, Schiit Yggdrasil and the Lampizator L4G5. All are good DACs but their presentations will suit different tastes and systems. For me the BP wasn't as detailed as the Yggy, or as euphonic as the Lampizator, but it communicated music in a joy filled and enthusiastic fashion that I find extends any music listening session. Listening to the AN2.1 at Metatron's was very similar to the BP, but added: a bit more bass weight; detail; and spacial positioning. It repeated this in my system. The AN4.1 is a bigger and MUCH heavier beast. I believe this IS probably the best of the DACs .....but NOT in my system; system synergy. The 4.1 extracted more detail and nuance but just lacked the boogie factor of the 2.1 and BP. Intellectually I believe the order of the DACs in terms of detail and presentation is 4.1 > 2.1 > BP; in the right system. However, in my system the order for me was: 2.1 > (4.1 = BP), where the detail and nuance of the 4.1 was equaled by the BP's boogie. We ended the day playing Streetwalker and Billie Jean via the 2.1, what a blast. Edge While trying the 4.1 we useed the SE inputs, but decided to try the balanced, this failed for some reason (I suspect my cables). I realised that I had plugged the balanced cables into my Oppo 105D a few weeks ago. Removing these cables appeared to reduce the edge we were hearing. I will be testing this again today. Matrix I am very impressed by this small box of tricks. It is not simply that I am hearing added detail from very familier tracks it warmth and instrumental weight makes me listen to whole albums where before I might have been inclined to listen to certain tracks. Conclusion I suspect I will be buying the Matrix. I am very happy with the BP DAC, which I think is an absolute bargain. However, if an AN2.1 comes up at the right price I suspect I will find it very hard to resist. Thanks to George & Metatron. Appendix A - Music Playlist --------------------------------------------- Let Me Touch You Fir a While Alison Krauss & Union Station Live (Qobuz) Track includes some high notes that can be hot on my system Columbus Mary Black Live at Oympia (DVD rip > 16/44) My favourite recorded version of this artist and song. Keith Don't Go Nils Lofgren Acoustic Live Virtuoso Guitar Son of Man Phil Collins Tarzan Soundtrack (CD rip) Can be far too hot on my system Happy Martin Sexton Seeds (CD rip) Sharp Recording Crucify (2015 remaster) Tori Amos Little Earthquakes (Qobuz) Come Together Brian Bromberg Wood (Qobuz) Big fat bass! Unfinished Sympathy (2006 remaster) Massive Attack Collected (Qobuz) Hella Bar Talk / Enterprising Young Man The Music of Star Trek The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (Qobuz) Powerful stuff. Jungle Tash Sultana Notion (Qobuz)
  2. The Lyngdorf 2170, a true digital amp or if you prefer 'power dac' ,a complete one box solution that replaces preamp,power amps and dac, and it includes Lyngdorf's 'room perfect' room correction . http://www.lyngdorf.com/products/tdai-2170 Keith
  3. Topping D70 USB balanced DAC - dual AK4497 Immaculate condition. Original retail box with protective packaging, UK power cable, USB cable, remote control. Copy of user manual printed from digital file. £300 firm - cash on collection from Highgate N6 or can courier at cost with payment by Ppl or BT.
  4. Black Ice Audio (Jolida) tube FX Glass WiFi dac with upgrades (with headphone jack) The very latest spec of this dac which is well regarded. Link below is to a 10 dac shootout highlighting why it is so popular. Also a link to the new Black Ice Website (still being updated). https://azavclub.com/what-is-new-1 https://www.blackiceaudio.com/components/glass-fx-dac-dsd-wifi/ So this dac has the following upgrades 1) 5v regulator to dac board now a NewClassD Mk2 (I did not do the 12v and that would be king as it feeds the tubes - maybe the owner could do that at a later date). 2) Only U.K. dac to have 4x key signal resistors on the tube board to have been upgraded to the special Vishay Naked Z-Foils (Jolida/BIA) carried this out in the USA. 3) Couple low voltage caps upgraded and to higher values. 4) Fuse now AMCE silver cryo with their crystal CFC coating. 5) Output capacitors are now Mundorf Supreme. 6) Volume pot for the RCA output is bypassed, so at max volume. However it will operate fine with a set of headphones via the front jack output. Selling with the stock new-issue Tungsol 12AX7 (unused). I used triple meca JHS Sylvania 5751 black plates to very good affect - selling separately. Collection with demo welcome. Global material and shipping pressures means these have now just jumped to $999 before any upgrades, shipping, tax etc. No power cable to be shipped with the dac - box is too small to accommodate a U.K. plug. Price with Tungsol’s £650 + £5 post Price with the extra 5751’s £775 + £5 post (these tubes sell for £250 on their own) Rare chance
  5. Selling my Topping TP32 Class T TA2024B Digital Amplifier with USB-DAC AMP. Not been used that much generally, it is now surplus to requirements. Info: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Topping-TA2024B-Digital-Amplifier-USB-DAC-black/dp/B00898T2BS Not sure if I still have the original box. Will be well packaged anyway. £50 including postage. Offers considered. Collection is ok also. *Please sanitise and wear mask for collection* Payment by cash on collection or Paypal Gift/Bank Transfer. Location NW London
  6. Auralic Vega G2 for sale, excellent condition, I bought it Nov 2019, comes with original box. Courier pick up or collection/meet in person is fine, I’m near Aberdeen. £3000. Please PM if interested. Gus
  7. Just looking for a Wadia 15 or 15i, i don’t mind if it has some issues like a channel imbalance though a chassis that’s in decent condition is preferable. I’m based in the UK and willing to pay for any shipping. Please message me with any offers. Thanks in advance.
  8. Hey all! It's time for me to find a new home for my Marantz CDA-94. I brought this really hoping to use it but circumstances have changed and I don't think I'll get the use out of it. And I need to make some space! There's a mark on the top front plate, but beside that this unit is in rather good condition and as far as I can tell it works perfectly. I've never used the DAT inputs/outputs, but I assume given the rest of the unit working that they are fine. I've moved this in and out of my system swapping it with my Teac UD-501 along with using it as a dedicated DAC for my Sansui CD-917XR (I also need to get around to selling that!) and a couple of other sources including a Pi streamer etc. It's always impressed me in its quality - especially these TDA chips. There's something super special about this era of Philips DAC (this is a Philips unit in tarted up Marantz clothing). It sounds exceptional and iirc there're three separate transformers in this and it's built like a tank - thick metal plates everywhere. There's some great info on TVK (http://www.thevintageknob.org/marantz-CDA-94.html) if you want any more reading. This unit hasn't been serviced by me and from looking at the internals I would guess that it has never been recapped since it's mostly filled with what I assume are original Elna caps. There're no noticable issues inside but of course I can't guarantee the condition. I'll include a standard figure-8 lead for the unit. If you have any questions please feel free to ask! Ideally collection only from Cheltenham but can post at an extra cost. Looking for £550 or trades for any other equipment especially other vintage gear but will consider anything.
  9. Selling my Chord Dave DAC (black) that is in mint, as new condition. I’m the original owner. Has only had light use in dust free cabinet. Comes with all the supplied packaging and accessories, i.e. remote, power cord, bnc cables, usb cable, toslink cable and manual. You won’t find a better example of the Chord Dave DAC in the used market. Not a single mark, any flecks in the photos are from dust on camera lens or dust particles on the DAC. Prefer collection (Lancashire) or will post via Royal Mail Special Delivery to UK. Prospective buyers may be reassured by my 100% feedback on ebay where I have recently sold high end audio gear (PM for details) .
  10. For sale is my Peachtree Audio Grand Integrated x-1. Details and specification of this discontinued unit can be found on the Peachtree web site Grand Integrated Amplifier - Asynchronous USB DAC | Peachtree Audio I have the original boxes (it comes triple boxed) as well as the remote. It is a very heavy unit so collection/inspection from Huddersfield is preferable but delivery can also be arranged. The unit is in excellent condition as can be seen in the photos. Asking price £875 delivered to UK or £850 collected.
  11. Up for sale is my Mytek Stereo 192 DSD DAC / Preamp. I purchased this new so I am the original owner. Lightly used, the unit is in mint condition and comes boxed with manual and power lead. Online reviews will show that this is a highly rated DAC which can also function as a preamp and has a built-in headphone amp. Conversion is up to DSDx128 and PCM up to 192 KHz/24bit. Features:- 32 bit ESS Sabre DAC (8 mono DACs to 2 stereo outs) Native 192kHz PCM and DSDx128 conversion Ultra-low jitter (10 pico second) internal clock generator Internal hardware PCM upsampler for CD sources to 192kHz/24bit (can be disabled) Choice of Sharp and Slow PCM Filters; 50k/60k/70k DSD Filters Choice of Transparent Analog or Digital stepped volume control with Bypass for the purest signal path Independent control of Main Outs and Headphones High Current, High Slew Rate ultra low distortion 500mA audiophile headphone amp AES/EBU, S/PDIF, Toslink, ADAT digital inputs FireWire400, USB2.0, USB1.1 computer interface Analog inputs as well as outputs Wordclock In/Out Apple and RC 5 remote control compatible 115/230V switchable linear power supply
  12. Hi Guys I recently got my hands on a Metrum Acoustics ONYX (hell of a dac btw). All inputs bar the AES are in use. I have a trichord genesis cd player with a coax out (which I rarely use). I've bought an SDIF to AES cable. Will this work, at least operate like an additional coax input to dac? I notice SDIF to aes converter boxes for sale online.
  13. Up for sale is my Mytek Stereo 192 DSD DAC / Preamp. I purchased this new so I am the original owner. Lightly used, the unit is in mint condition and comes boxed with manual and power lead. Online reviews will show that this is a highly rated DAC which can also function as a preamp and has a built in headphone amp. Conversion is up to DSDx128 and PCM up to 192 KHz/24bit. Asking price £525 incl. UK shipping. Features:- 32 bit ESS Sabre DAC (8 mono DACs to 2 stereo outs) Native 192kHz PCM and DSDx128 conversion Ultra-low jitter (10 pico second) internal clock generator Internal hardware PCM upsampler for CD sources to 192kHz/24bit (can be disabled) Choice of Sharp and Slow PCM Filters; 50k/60k/70k DSD Filters Choice of Transparent Analog or Digital stepped volume control with Bypass for the purest signal path Independent control of Main Outs and Headphones High Current, High Slew Rate ultra low distortion 500mA audiophile headphone amp AES/EBU, S/PDIF, Toslink, ADAT digital inputs FireWire400, USB2.0, USB1.1 computer interface Analog inputs as well as outputs Wordclock In/Out Apple and RC 5 remote control compatible 115/230V switchable linear power supply
  14. I have for sale a Matrix Audio X-Sabre Pro DSD DAC (please note this is NOT the MQA version). I bought this second-hand from Elite Audio in November 2018 for £1200 and I've now changed to a Denafrips Pontus II so this is up for sale. It has numerous connections (AES, Co-ax, Optical, USB and IIS) and provides RCA or XLR outputs. And it can also function as a digital PRE if required. And a remote too! Product details https://www.matrix-digi.com/en/products/318.html A couple of reviews: https://6moons.com/audioreviews2/matrix/1.html https://www.hifi-advice.com/blog/review/digital-reviews/spdif-dac-reviews/matrix-x-sabre-pro/ Please note the unit wasn't connected to anything in this photo - just showing the display working! I'd like £675 delivered in the UK - collection possible too. Cheers
  15. Possibly wtb DENAFRIPS ARES II or Pontis II. Please PM if interested.
  16. Under the banner of new start ups and new products I would like to introduce the Sonnet Morpheus DAC which I have had the pleasure of discovering recently. https://www.sonnet-audio.com/Morpheus.html Its a fully balanced R2R DAC, non over sampling with some clever engineering to acheive a very low noise floor. Sonnet digital audio is a new venture by Cees Ruijtenberg who is famous for his design work at Metrum acoustics. Sonically the Morpheus is rich, detailed, organic and natural sounding and is perfectly happy driving a power amp directly. Definitely worth checking out. If you would like to have a listen to the Morpheus please let me know as I have a demo unit available. Sonnet Morpheus – ULTIMATE RESOLUTION AUDIO All the best, Oran Ultimate Resolution Audio
  17. Selling my Chord Qutest dac. Bought it recently as always wanted to hear one, especially after trying Chord Dave in my system. Good used condition with all accessories, but no original box and no manual. Manual can be downloaded. £795 posted or can be collected in SE London. Bank transfer or PayPal friends/family please.
  18. Hi all, ive just ordered some ATC SCM 40 actives and really need advice. I have asked on the ATC thread but now been politely thrown out for taking the discussion in all directions . I mean that nicely, they have been kind and helpful. I would be grateful for advice on using my new speakers with kit that allows me to stream music, add tv for movie watching and also ps5. im after 1/2 box solution with a warm sound I.e not too treble harsh/forward. I don’t know anything about DACs and preamps except the huge prices one can go to! I did expect to spend around £5k and thought of Chord TT2 but is that sound right? I haven’t entered a hifi store in decades and my last kit was Naim amp into Dynaudio Audience 52s. This was very liked by us but I do feel the ATCs are a good choice. I just need the right path to using for music and movies. We watch movies a lot via streaming if that helps. sorry for the long description. thanks
  19. For sale Denafrips Pontus 2 for sale. comes with original box but no power cable or remote as supplied Perfect condition, prone to fingerprints Purchased in Jan 2021, still under transferable 3 year warranty Selling due to upgrade to T+ Gaia not included or for sale £1250 + shipping
  20. The manual on the 2Qute I had said that you shouldn’t use a linear PSU, but I notice on checking the Qutest manual that it doesn’t mention anything of the kind. I heard someone say it sounded better with a linear PSU (notably Terry of Pursuit Perfect System) but I’m interested if any readers on here have tried and what proportionate percentage benefits if you had to say. If it’s worth it, it’s an inexpensive upgrade.
  21. Right i have had this DAC for over ten years and it has worked till now without any issues . However it is now giving out distorted sound crackling after it has been switched on for about 2/3 minutes . I have opened up the unit but could not see any obvious issues . I have neither the knowledge or skill to repair this and as the chipset is very old not even sure if you can get another replacement set to complete a repair. When it worked it was a lovely DAC and one of the real musical kind . I am sure there are better ones out now but on its own it just plays music and sound wonderful. So anyone that can collect this and has the time and skill to repair it then you can have it and i hope you enjoy it as much as I have . I currently have so many DAC's sitting doing nothing that it is not worth me paying to have this fixed . So make your interest known on this thread then drop me a PM and we can arrange things .
  22. Withdrawn, decided it's simply too good to sell B.M.C. UltraDAC, Preamp and Balanced Headphone Amplifier. A complete change of direction means that my superb B.M.C. UltraDAC is up for sale. This DAC/preamp is easily as good as the reviews suggest and the patented volume control circuit means that it sound just as good at low volumes as it does with higher ones. As an added bonus the balanced headphone amp is simply exceptional. https://hifipig.com/b-m-c-audio-ultradac/ https://alpha-audio.net/review/review-b-m-c-audio-ultradac/ Complete with remote, Instructions, double box and all packaging £2,250 posted and insured. Although close offers might be considered. Just to be totally transparent there is just the very slightest mark above the On/off button, which I have never noticed until I did the photographs, I've tried to show it in the last photo but it is so very slight it was almost impossible to capture and I doubt it will ever be seen under normal conditions.
  23. I am afraid I don't often post but have just had an epiphany whilst equipment wrangling with my lockdown work laptop and Spotify - it keeps me sane or at least mostly sane. I have previously been about single manufacturer Brit-fi (Rega) dating from early Planar3 days. I have dabbled with a nice Chinese all purpose DAC/ HeadAmp Aune X1 gen3 which is becoming inheritance kit to my nephew (to join my Rega3+CyrusTwo) Enough pre-amble here is my International chain from new and dusty parts: USA(ish):(Dutch)Chinese x2: \ German : British : Danish (apologies for ascii flowch-art) It is an Apple Mac w\Spotify via USB into a Topping E30 with 1st gen SBooster 5v Power Supply into Topping L30 headAmp/pre amp - fork to Sennheiser HD600s or Naim Nap140 + Dali Zensor1 It is the speaker route I want to highlight: extraordinary with a jaw dropping 3D Soundstage. My NAP140 has never done such things with the NAC42+Linn Saras (flat as the proverbial Shrove Tuesday pancake). I could further proselytise. But will stop TL:DR. Anyone else with tales of multi-national hifi revelations? Dave
  24. For sale is my Cambridge Audio Azur DacMagic 100. I bought this 2 years ago from a well known moderator of this parish but have now re-jigged my system so is no longer needed. From memory, I paid £50 for it and would be happy to get my money back for it plus £10 carriage. The wall-mart power adapter has been hard wired in the past but works very well, see last image. Sounds very good indeed, lovely little DAC for very little money.
  25. Matrix Audio X-Sabre High Resolution Audio DAC MQA Full Decoder Matrix Audio, in partnership with MQA Ltd., has created the MQA-supported X-SABRE Pro audio DAC to let you experience the abundant music details in the artists' recording room. X-SABRE Pro is an MQA-enabled DAC which can fully decode the original MQA files without any assistance from third party software (MQA Core Decode). Powerful Hardware Platform X-SABRE PRO (MQA) used the ES9038PRO advanced 8-channel D/A chip, and its inner DSP unit and analog circuit have the high performance and better user experience. The new generation XMOS XU216 USB asynchronous transfer interface and new AK4118 S/PDIF receiver chip, with powerful computing performance and multi-channel processing performance, make X-SABRE Pro (MQA) has excellent digital audio conversion capability. IIS Port X-SABRE Pro (MQA) is equipped with the most complete input ports of this series, in addition to optical, coaxial, AES/EBU, USB ports, we even added a IIS·LVDS input via a HDMI connector to differential transmit IIS signal, maximize the transmission performance of the IIS port, to make the data from the short-distance transmission between the chips into high-speed interconnection between the devices, get rid of the USB transmission or S/PDIF transmission re-encoding, and let the original digital audio stream directly into the D/A chip.. Highly regarded, fully loaded DAC. If you are a fan of Audio Science Review this is one of the best measuring DACS, if you're not then it just sounds pretty damn good. For fans of MQA it's a full decoder and renderer and it also has an I2S input if you want to experiment with alternatives to USB. Only selling as I've recently purchased a Chord Hugo TT2. These are just under £2K new and this one is in excellent condition. Purchased from Audio Affair in June 2020, copy invoice will be supplied to new owner. Price is £1495 including UK next day delivery. See also the listing for the Matrix Audio X-SPDIF converter which will convert USB to I2S and is a perfect match to the X-Sabre Pro.
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