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    Join Date: Apr 2014

    Location: swansea

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    I'm gerald.

    Default CD player or DAC upgrade

    I am getting so fed up with the price of vinyl I have gone back to cd`s .
    I have a Creek Evo cd player and a Beresford Bushmaster tc7530 with the upgrade kit fitted .
    Am I going to gain anything by upgrading one or the other out of interest ?

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    Join Date: May 2012

    Location: Toulouse, France

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    I'm Kevin.


    I changed from an upgraded Caiman SEG to a RME ADI DAC 2 FS and the difference was not subtle, but neither was the price difference.

    Too busy enjoying the music....

    European loan coordinator for Graham Slee HiFi system components..

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    Join Date: Sep 2009

    Location: west mids, UK

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    I'm Phil.


    most certainly worth trying another dac , jolida if you can find one are very analogue and very popular
    When words are many , sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise . prov 10

  4. #4
    Join Date: Nov 2013

    Location: North London UK

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    I'm michael.


    Hi there I had a Bushmaster for years I thought I would make a change and try a SMSL Sanskrit 10 Mk2 the difference was stunning this dac punches well above it's price I was stunned at the detail it brings to my music and streaming cant go wrong for about 100 but make sure to use the external power option,

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    Join Date: Jan 2008

    Location: Norfolk, UK

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    I'm BigBobJoylove.


    Definitely do the DAC, the player itself will have less bearing on the sound than the conversion side.
    Main system
    Ben Duncan mains conditioner
    ATL Audio DC mains trap
    Mac mini running Fidelia
    Samsung QE75Q90T 75" QLED TV
    XMOS DSD Async USB to Coax converter
    RME Audio ADI-2 FS (AK4493) DAC
    AD Audio bespoke balanced valve buffer stage with...
    2x 1959 NOS RCA Red Base black plate 5691s
    Joe Henry-built Pass Labs Aleph 3 Class A power amp
    Reiver Acoustics Edingdales speakers
    BK Double Gem twin 10" subwoofer
    Chord Clearway XLR interconnects
    Mark Grant 6mm UP-LCOFC speaker cable
    Audioquest SLiP Neutrik subwoofer interconnect
    Audioquest Crimson USB interconnect
    QED Quartz Reference optical interconnect

    Secondary system
    iMac 27"
    Samsung Blu-ray
    Technics TRS cassette deck
    Arcam rDAC
    Arcam A85 integrated amp
    Edifier S3000 Pro active speakers
    Atacama SE24 stands
    Chord Chameleon interconnects
    Audioquest Evergreen interconnects
    Silver Studio USB interconnect

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    Join Date: May 2016

    Location: Much Wenlock

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    I'm Gary.


    Jolida didn’t last long with me, rolled lots of valves, flat and lifeless to me.

    Just for fun blow 25 on a JustBoom.

    Topping range, choose the one that suits your pocket.

    Soncoz has a few models.

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  7. #7
    Join Date: Sep 2009

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    I'm Phil.


    fascinating , defo not flat and lifeless here !!!
    When words are many , sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise . prov 10

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    I'm Simon.


    Days don't make any difference, I was told that two weeks ago..

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    Join Date: May 2018

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    I'm Chris.


    Topping E30 if you don't want to 'risk' much money. Give it an iFi power supply and its knocking on most sub 400 competition.
    Soncoz is a great suggestion too they have models at 200 and 430 budget. I have the 430 SGD1 and its a keeper. Balanced outputs on both and very low noise modern circuitry.
    Had a Jolida for years too, do miss its 'analogue/warm' presentation. Different to the above as the tubes influence the sound. Depends on what you like.

    Solid recommendations from the guys which I have positive experiences of.
    System 1: - Amp - Musical Paradise MP-701 - Neurochrome 686
    - Source: Linn LP12 (AT-OC9XEN) - D-Klimo LAR copy - Novafidelity X12 - Soncoz SGD1 -
    - Speakers: Cambridge Acoustic "Grand Master Evolution" - (Quads are in repair!) Subs: - REL T3's -

    System 2 - Amp: Musical Paradise MP 303 - Custom Pre -
    - Source: Audio Technica LP5 - EAR834p clone - Pioneer N-30K - Topping E30 -
    - Speakers: Loth X BS1's - Sub: REL T3 -

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    Join Date: May 2011

    Location: Sheffield

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    I'm John.


    Bought a Gustard A18 from Shenzhen Audio last week. Very good indeed and delivered from China in 3 days, free shipping, no import costs.

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