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  1. #21
    Join Date: Jul 2013

    Location: Kingsbury, NW London

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    I'm Clive.

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    Chord Qutest is my DAC choice. Great DAC, really smooth and detailed, love it to bits.
    I know, I know, boring, itís not expensive (relatively) and it does what it says on the box.
    SOURCE:Auralic Aries G1, OPPO UDP-205 BluRay, SkyQ, Technics SL1210M5G/Achromat/MN Bearing/Isonoes with Boots/Origin Live Encounter Mk3A/Hana SL or AT-OC9XSH or AT33PTG/II, PS Audio NuWave Phono Converter
    DAC: Chord Qutest, Chord Mojo/Poly
    AMPLIFIER:Bryston BP17-3 Pre & Bryston 4B3 Power
    SPEAKERS: Spendor D7.
    HEADPHONES OPPO PM-1 with Atlas Zeno cable, B&W C5 v2
    CABLES: Analogue: Speaker - Chord Signature. Interconnect - Atlas Mavros XLR x2, Atlas Mavros Ultra, Chord Indigo Plus XLR.
    Digital: Atlas Mavros Ultra x2, Atlas USB, Chord Optichord.
    Mains: Chord Power Chord x2, Black Rhodium Libra/MK/Shurter or Wattgate x4, IsoTek Orion 6 way, Sounds Fantastic 6way Mains Blocks.
    STORAGE Synology DS216J NAS with 2 x 3Tb WD Red hard-drives.
    TV LG55B7 OLED

  2. #22
    Join Date: Feb 2013

    Location: W Lothian

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    I'm Grant.

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    great stuff, keep em coming. fantastic diversity so far with no one the same
    Regards,
    Grant .... ؠ

    I've said it before and I'll say it again: democracy simply-doesn't-work
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    OPPO BDP-103D DARBEE - JBE SERIES 3/B&O SP1/PROJECT PHONOBOX DS2 USB - QUAD VENA 2 - IFI PURIFIER 2/TWIN PRO MONOBLOCK POWER AMPLIFIERS - LEAF HD BLUETOOTH - OPPO PM-3 PLANAR, SONY H900 & NURAPHONE HEADPHONES - ZBOOK/ IFI SILENCER/WIN10 PRO/AUDIRVANA 3 PLUS/TIDAL - SMSL M6 DAC & IFI SILENCER - RPI 3+, DIGIONE HAT/VOLUMIO2 - FULL RANGE TWIN TELEFUNKEN SPEAKERS - CABLE INC CHORD, MOGAMI, SUPRA & WIREWORLD

    **Men are not punished for their sins, but by them**
    ***SMILE, BE HAPPY***

  3. #23
    Join Date: Feb 2013

    Location: W Lothian

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    I'm Grant.

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    Added this purifier from ifi to my vena2 usb.. Has a nice effect and has improved it a good bit.. Good buy.
    Regards,
    Grant .... ؠ

    I've said it before and I'll say it again: democracy simply-doesn't-work
    .... ..... ...... ...... ................... ..... ..... ..... ..... .....
    OPPO BDP-103D DARBEE - JBE SERIES 3/B&O SP1/PROJECT PHONOBOX DS2 USB - QUAD VENA 2 - IFI PURIFIER 2/TWIN PRO MONOBLOCK POWER AMPLIFIERS - LEAF HD BLUETOOTH - OPPO PM-3 PLANAR, SONY H900 & NURAPHONE HEADPHONES - ZBOOK/ IFI SILENCER/WIN10 PRO/AUDIRVANA 3 PLUS/TIDAL - SMSL M6 DAC & IFI SILENCER - RPI 3+, DIGIONE HAT/VOLUMIO2 - FULL RANGE TWIN TELEFUNKEN SPEAKERS - CABLE INC CHORD, MOGAMI, SUPRA & WIREWORLD

    **Men are not punished for their sins, but by them**
    ***SMILE, BE HAPPY***

  4. #24
    Join Date: Jan 2017

    Location: Guernsey

    Posts: 118
    I'm Richard.

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    I wanted a half width unit to fit my rack. I use a Border Patrol NOS. Like it a lot, cost was around £1k from the manufacturer in the U.S. (an ex-Brit).
    Analogue: Linn LP12/Keel/Karmen/Tranquility/Radikal/Trampolin 2/Ekos SE/Audio Technica ART-1000 into Gold Note PH-10/PSU-10

    Digital: Cyrus CD XT Signature into Border Patrol SE DAC

    Amplification: Modwright LS36.5 pre into Modwright KW150SE

    Speakers: Boenicke W8

    Interconnects: Reference Fidelity Saturn and Oriton Orange Symphony

    Speaker Cabling: Townshend Isolda

    Mains: Various MCRU kits/Russ Andrews Power Cords/X Block

    RCM: Velvet Vortex Ultrasonic

  5. #25
    Join Date: Feb 2011

    Location: glasgow

    Posts: 2,382
    I'm tony.

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    The best ive heard is the Dac built into my TQ Claymore, its usb only but marries up with my Innous zen very well.

    For streaming i use a seg/dorado/cca into the tqc...as a bang for buck streaming solution its excellent vfm.

  6. #26
    Join Date: Sep 2009

    Location: Leek, Staffordshire

    Posts: 207
    I'm Dave.

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    Up to a few months ago was using an M2Tech Young.

    Thought I'd try something different and went for an ex-demo Matrix Audio X-Sabre Pro (https://matrix-digi.com/en/products/318.html) and paired this with a Matrix Audio X-SPDIF 2 (https://matrix-digi.com/en/products/314.html). Bit of a pattern emerging here
    Dave

    Currently listening to:

    Wilmslow Audio Gemini speakers with external crossovers | Temple Audio Bantam One | Matrix Audio X-Sabre Pro and X-SPDIF 2 | Inspire Quest TT | Roon Server | Reference Fidelity Interconnects

  7. #27
    Join Date: Feb 2013

    Location: W Lothian

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    I'm Grant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emmings View Post
    Up to a few months ago was using an M2Tech Young.

    Thought I'd try something different and went for an ex-demo Matrix Audio X-Sabre Pro (https://matrix-digi.com/en/products/318.html) and paired this with a Matrix Audio X-SPDIF 2 (https://matrix-digi.com/en/products/314.html). Bit of a pattern emerging here
    the sabre in my vena is the ES9018K2M which does 127db.. that one seems to up it to 134db
    Regards,
    Grant .... ؠ

    I've said it before and I'll say it again: democracy simply-doesn't-work
    .... ..... ...... ...... ................... ..... ..... ..... ..... .....
    OPPO BDP-103D DARBEE - JBE SERIES 3/B&O SP1/PROJECT PHONOBOX DS2 USB - QUAD VENA 2 - IFI PURIFIER 2/TWIN PRO MONOBLOCK POWER AMPLIFIERS - LEAF HD BLUETOOTH - OPPO PM-3 PLANAR, SONY H900 & NURAPHONE HEADPHONES - ZBOOK/ IFI SILENCER/WIN10 PRO/AUDIRVANA 3 PLUS/TIDAL - SMSL M6 DAC & IFI SILENCER - RPI 3+, DIGIONE HAT/VOLUMIO2 - FULL RANGE TWIN TELEFUNKEN SPEAKERS - CABLE INC CHORD, MOGAMI, SUPRA & WIREWORLD

    **Men are not punished for their sins, but by them**
    ***SMILE, BE HAPPY***

  8. #28
    Join Date: Dec 2017

    Location: Lincolnshire

    Posts: 88
    I'm Martin.

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    Pro-Ject Pre Box S2 Digital is what I have and a powersupply from ebay... Seems ok to me...

  9. #29
    Join Date: Oct 2008

    Location: Glasgowshire

    Posts: 7,283
    I'm availableforweddingsAndBarmitzvas.

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    Ran an M2Tech Young for a few years after moving from a Rega and various Beresfords.
    Both great dacs, the modded Young bettered the Naim dac to my ears when I did a direct comparison.
    Both It and the Beresford responded well to modding and improving the power supply.

    Currently enjoying my PS Audio Directstream dac.
    Free firmware upgrades of its FPGA, like a better dac for free every year or so.
    Has the Bridge II network streamer card, so acts as a Roon endpoint, does Spotify connect, Tidal and Qobuz.

    Very unique technology wise in the way it goes about things.
    It sounds different...just music playing in the room.
    Responds really well to good cables too, particularly balanced into its matching preamp.

    I2s into it from the Oppo sounds terrific, great for both music n movies.
    Better sounding than Ethernet directly into the Directstream in fact.
    Happy with my modded Oppo as transport for all things digital, until PS Audio release their Octave Server.

    2nd System I use the Logitech Trnsporter playing my Roon library, great dac in that an AKM AK4396 multi-bit Sigma-Delta chipset. Proper attention paid to galvanic isolation, quality of power supply all that good stuff.
    Way better than a Touch, ran both for a few years.
    Sounds great.


    Never got on with Sabre Dacs, found them edgy and unenjoyable, one of the JKenny ones I heard I think?


    Quote Originally Posted by struth View Post
    the sabre in my vena is the ES9018K2M which does 127db.. that one seems to up it to 134db
    Last edited by Gazjam; 26-03-2019 at 22:15.
    Sorry,
    I can't un- hear what Iíve heard with my own ears to fit your clip board science...

  10. #30
    Join Date: Oct 2011

    Location: Bacup

    Posts: 425
    I'm Andrew.

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    Yulong Sabre DA8 DAC. Before that a Rega DAC, Cambridge Audio Dacmagic isodac, the flat one where the transport sits on top, Iím still using the transport. I also have QED DAC in the attic somewhere too. The Yulong is the best so far combining detail with listenability.

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