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    Nagra DAC, TAG McClaren FM tuner



    Nordost mains filter (Steve has a dedicated mains spur. In the back ground is the Pi-Q power supply.


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    I thought I'd bring the Soundblaster E5 round to compare it briefly with the Pi-Q. We connected the SoundBlaster E5 (which has a line out socket) into the Modwright 36.5 and I drove the E5 via A2DP Bluetooth using downloaded lossless TIDAL tracks from the mobile phone (this is the setup I use in my car - connected to the AUX input of the stereo system). We compared it to the Pi-Q on a few tracks.

    After doing so I asked Steve what he thought. He was off axis, but said basically what I thought i.e. the Pi-Q had more drive to the sound than the E5. He thought the E5 maybe had more detail. I'm not so sure about that - on axis I thought the E5 displayed a more spacious 3D soundstage and definitely lacked the drive of the Pi-Q.

    So that is two systems in which I found the Pi-Q to be relatively 2D soundstage wise compared to other digital sources.

    At the end of the day I'd rather listen to the Pi-Q to the E5, because the E5 doesn't have the balls to do really well on more dynamic sounding music.

    This Pi-Q was being fed via a 500 power supply whilst the E5 was running of its battery so it didn't disgrace itself for what is a cheap unit really.

    Anyway, onto Steve's system... which I'll post about later.

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    Whilst the prose will come later, here is a quick video of some Brubeck.


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    50k EASY? Looks like Nordost valhalla cables.
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    If purchased all at retail new quite a bit more s I think. That TT is expensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by User211 View Post
    Whilst the prose will come later, here is a quick video of some Brubeck.

    Nice, but did you listen to any REAL music? Good result for the Pi!

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    On the way back from London, stopped off at Cyclopse's place.
    Oh, so you can go all the way down to London for a bake-off, but not come up to Wrexham!

    Marco.

    P.S Barry will get 'all excited' (possibly to the point of creating a damp patch) when he sees all that Nagra..............
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    No London was family dealings. Steve is a Bristol man.

    Music was everything really - rock, reggae, electronic, acoustic etc. Steve has taste.

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    But you chose to swerve that and record the 'audiophile pap'...?

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    I wasn't really thinking about the music - just getting a video done of the kit.

    Anyway, you should get your arse down here to get your ears and mind reset. Really, LOL.

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    Lol... Why - what in your opinion needs 'resetting'?

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