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Digital Audio Devices / Re: Denafrips DACs
« Last post by mresseguie on Today at 11:56:09 AM »
MCA on AC has a very much upgraded Lampi Atlantic. I don't know all of the details, but it has the preamp function. His Lampi cost him ~$6500. It flat out trounced all the other DACs at the G2G on Saturday. All of us kind of stopped in our tracks when we heard it play. Damn! Nice! Sounding!

The Ares had about 160 hours burn in at the G2G. Everyone agreed that it hadn't yet opened up/bloomed. It would have been nice if it had arrived a week earlier to allow more burn in time. I'm still burning it in - currently at about 190 hours now. Acoustic instruments have been developing this depth that wasn't there before. I played a track that I hadn't listened to in a while and I was very impressed with the drums. The track is "The Sands of Molopo" on the African Rhythms CD. I didn't remember the drums sounding like that on my old DAC MagicPlus or even my Gustard X20u. Guitar, Cello, horns, and voices are much more distinct now. Bass (both acoustic and electric) have taken on extra punch (?) and clarity. All this quality sound on my very modest Nuprime IDA-8 using the Venus as DAC. I'm using a $10 power cord and el cheapo RCA ICs to the Nuprime. My speakers are Jeff Bagby's Adelphos. It's all very sweet sounding.

On Sunday, I told Alvin of Vinshine Audio that I expected I would ship the Venus back to him. However, as burn in approaches 200 hours, I'm seriously considering keeping it. I still have a few more days to decide. I wish I could get my wife to leave the house for a while so I can open up the volume a bit.


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Special Events / Re: CES 2018
« Last post by Nick B on Today at 11:17:08 AM »
  Rollo Audio is proud to announce our partnership with LAMM at CES. We will be featuring the AQUA Formula DAC and Vida transport as well as INNUOS Zenith SE music server.
  Lamm will be showing their reference Preamp, phono stage and SET amps. More info to come on the 400K horn speakers from Germany. Bass horns OMG.



charles
 

Congratulations, Charles. In my earlier audio days, a dealer in California who really got me going in hi end audio represented Lamm iirc.
That was in the early '90s...how time flies....
Nick
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Site Info, Management and Suggestions / Re: Manufactures Wish List
« Last post by Nick B on Today at 11:13:27 AM »
You may be right, Charles. That's a good way of looking at it
Nick
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Site Info, Management and Suggestions / Re: Manufactures Wish List
« Last post by rollo on Today at 10:58:35 AM »
   Could we consider a thread where we the customers suggest to the designers/manufacturers our desires in components, accessories, cables, etc.
   As an example break-in. Manufactures of expensive gear should break them in at the factory. Another a tubed power supply for a DAC and so on.
   I'm sure we all have some input for them.


charles


   I tell ya Nick more gear than you think. The lure for new members and manufacturers who want to listen will come and post when the word gets out about AN Experts Corner and so on.


charles

Hey Charles,
That's an interesting idea. As we have limited manufacturers here, it seems we'd be a bit limited. Please feel free to elaborate more....or anyone else as well.
Regarding break in...YES, what a great idea! If my dealer had only broken in the Antelope dac that took 500 hours  :thumb:
But then again, that's gotta be a big pita for them as well. I do wonder how much gear is returned because guys aren't patient enough with the break in process
Nick
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Special Events / CES 2018
« Last post by rollo on Today at 10:43:23 AM »
  Rollo Audio is proud to announce our partnership with LAMM at CES. We will be featuring the AQUA Formula DAC and Vida transport as well as INNUOS Zenith SE music server.
  Lamm will be showing their reference Preamp, phono stage and SET amps. More info to come on the 400K horn speakers from Germany. Bass horns OMG.



charles
   
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Streaming Players / Re: Tidal has filled a big hole
« Last post by richidoo on Today at 09:47:19 AM »
Thanks for checking Mike
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Tubes / Re: KT150
« Last post by richidoo on Today at 09:26:01 AM »
Last year, Legacy Audio demonstrated their big speakers with these 400W, $50k   KT150 amps.

https://www.ravenaudio.com/Shaman-MK2-Monoblocks_p_13.html
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Tubes / Re: KT150
« Last post by richidoo on Today at 09:24:20 AM »
While the pins fit, the amp doesn't have big enough transformers to get either the full power or best sound quality out of the KT150, so don't be surprised if you find that the stock tubes (EL34 type) sound better than the KT150s, because they are getting all the juice they need to sound their best while KT150 gets half of what it wants and would easily saturate the OPT if allowed to make full power. Hopefully the KT150s will still make better tone and presence than your stock tubes, but usually tubes sounds best when powered closer to their max ratings. Kevin Deal (PrimaLuna importer) is a master marketer but he's not a chister, so I'm sure it will sound good if he says try KT150. I look forward to your take as I'm intrigued by these big tubes also. The little amp will be dwarfed by the huge glass! Pictures please!
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Streaming Players / Re: Tidal has filled a big hole
« Last post by mdconnelly on Today at 08:25:38 AM »
Thanks Mike!

Just a bad rip on Spotify then, I guess.   

Maybe 2013 was the hi rez release? HD Tracks looks cool! I'll have to try one or two of those.

Does Roon recognize the tags on the flacs bought from HD Tracks?

Usually Roon is pretty good at matching the correct release, but on this album, it matched this Jazzsential release - same tracks and with a 2013 date.   But it's not the same release as the one from HDTracks which states the Blue Note label.   Interestingly enough, Discogs doesn't even list a Jazzsential release of this album.


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Site Info, Management and Suggestions / Re: Manufactures Wish List
« Last post by Nick B on Today at 08:16:04 AM »
   Could we consider a thread where we the customers suggest to the designers/manufacturers our desires in components, accessories, cables, etc.
   As an example break-in. Manufactures of expensive gear should break them in at the factory. Another a tubed power supply for a DAC and so on.
   I'm sure we all have some input for them.


charles

Hey Charles,
That's an interesting idea. As we have limited manufacturers here, it seems we'd be a bit limited. Please feel free to elaborate more....or anyone else as well.
Regarding break in...YES, what a great idea! If my dealer had only broken in the Antelope dac that took 500 hours  :thumb:
But then again, that's gotta be a big pita for them as well. I do wonder how much gear is returned because guys aren't patient enough with the break in process
Nick
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