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07/25/14 at 19:29:56


1  AUDIO FORUMS / General Discussion and Support / Re: PS Audio about to ...
 on: Today at 18:53:59 
Started by beowulf | Post by Lonely Raven

Pals looking at the older Chord DAC. I asked the same question about firmware, and he said it's $500 to take it up to the newer models firmware. Which sucks, but hey, it's their business model. At the price he's getting the DAC, it sounds like even that $500 might be worth it. Plus the Linear power supply for $300. It's an investment, but it sounds like it might have some of the magic the DS has. IMHO - if he can get 80% what I have, at only $2k invested, sounds like a deal to me!



2  AUDIO FORUMS / General Discussion and Support / Re: Recommend to Me
 on: Today at 18:41:35 
Started by Lonely Raven | Post by Lonely Raven

I knew the guitar player of our group would have some suggestions for me! Thanks Lon, I'll dive in and see what I like. Thanks!


3  AUDIO FORUMS / General Discussion and Support / Re: PS Audio about to ...
 on: Today at 18:31:54 
Started by beowulf | Post by Dave1210
Sounds very promising Pal. Does Chord release new firmware updates for their DACs like PSAudio does?  If so, then maybe the height and depth update is on its way.  That said, I wonder how many folks listen to the Chord DACs with headphones vs. speakers.  If it's a lot of the former, the user base might not pick up your observations.  It sounds as if Chord is open to user feedback and takes it seriously.  I wonder if it would be worth contacting them about what you are experiencing.  Looking forward to the DS/Chord head to head comparison.  I'm sure the ZMA will take it to the next level.      

4  AUDIO FORUMS / General Discussion and Support / Re: Recommend to Me
 on: Today at 18:26:39 
Started by Lonely Raven | Post by Lon
Finally, you may know this one. . .sound isn't amazing. . . but. . . .


5  AUDIO FORUMS / General Discussion and Support / Re: Recommend to Me
 on: Today at 18:24:47 
Started by Lonely Raven | Post by Lon
And then this one, wow!




6  AUDIO FORUMS / General Discussion and Support / Re: Recommend to Me
 on: Today at 17:57:16 
Started by Lonely Raven | Post by Lon
Try this one, fascinating.

Spinning Song: Duck Baker plays the music of Herbie Nichols

http://www.allmusic.com/album/spinning-song-duck-baker-plays-the-music-of-herbie...


7  AUDIO FORUMS / General Discussion and Support / Re: Recommend to Me
 on: Today at 17:52:05 
Started by Lonely Raven | Post by Lonely Raven

OK Decware Family - I'm needing some more recommendations - I don't have an example to post, but what I'm looking for is some nice acoustic guitar recordings. Redbook or High-Def, as long as it's recorded well.

I tend to like medieval lute tunes, classical guitar, to acoustic blues and modern folk.

I find the DirectStream has such a realistic instrument representation, and piano sound extremely *live*, I want to give acoustic guitars a chance to come alive in my room!  :)

Thanks in Advance for your suggestions!

8  AUDIO FORUMS / Classifieds / FS-Synergistic Research MIGs
 on: Today at 17:45:40 
Started by kana813 | Post by kana813
Synergistic Research MIG - (Mechanical Interface Grounding).

I have two sets of the large MIGs and two sets of the small MIGs for sale.

The large MIGs sell for $200./set of three, asking $200. for two sets.
The small MIGs sell for $150./set of three, asking $150. for two sets.

Will ship to the US via USPS Priority Mail.

More info at:

http://www.synergisticresearch.com/acoustic-treatment/mig-mechanical-interface-g...

9  AUDIO FORUMS / General Discussion and Support / Re: PS Audio about to ...
 on: Today at 17:38:30 
Started by beowulf | Post by Lonely Raven

If you can deal with .5m, I can spot you my spare Pangea USB cord.

It's a 12v device, right? I'd totally try it with a big dry cell battery! (or hell, a car battery even if you can located it safely)

The DS got that great depth after the Firmware update, so there is something to that depth coming from changes made in the high end.

I'd be happy to have you over for a side by side - my music server should only take a minute to load the Chord driver and be able to flip flop between the two DACs.

I look forward to hearing the Chord - I'm glad I stumbled into those reviews and sent you down that path. I guess it's another one of those Zen-happenstances. Hopefully this makes up for the audio-ruination (another Decware original word) I dealt out on your previous visit.  :)

10  AUDIO FORUMS / General Discussion and Support / Re: PS Audio about to ...
 on: Today at 16:39:23 
Started by beowulf | Post by Palomino
Here's my review of the Chord QuteHD.

Drove 45 min to the showroom.  Gargantuan sand amp system, OK room.  Muddy bass (disappointing) but decent mids, highs and image.  Only compared it to an Auralic which he said was twice the price.

I liked what I heard, but it was nothing special.  It was comparable to the Auralic.  

I was saying goodbye and asked about an in-home demo.  Salesman said yes and asked that I return it mid next week if I didn't want it.  Not wanting to be too much of  jerk, I asked how much because I had found a used one online for a good price.  I didn't want to demo any further if I wasn't going to buy it from him.  The price he gave me was less than the price on the web unit, so I said OK.

Got it home and it was a completely different ballgame.  Great attack, punch, transients and good bass grip.  Pretty musical as well.  Did a wonderful job with everything I threw at it: redbook, hi res and DSD.  Even played MP3s well.  To be honest, if I didn't know the resolution of the songs I was playing, I'm not sure I would have been able to tell.  I stayed up till 1:30 listening.  This DAC definitely raises the level of my system.

I did not get the same sense of musical composition or mix that I got from the DS, nor were the instruments as textured or real.  Some of this could be that I listened to the DS on the ZMA which is an exceptional combo, BUT it was pretty close on my rig and considering the price, I may hang on to it.  

The only tradeoff seems to be size of soundstage.  Its weird because width is good, it just doesn't seem as high.  The sweet spot seemed a bit lower too.  I do think this unit can benefit from a good linear power supply or a battery.  I've had experiences with that improving the soundstage before.  Also, I used the stock USB cord.  Oh, and it glitched out in USB using Audirvana plus.  I knew about this going in from the reviews.  It did not do this in BitPerfect.  I may also try jRiver.

I do think there is something to FPGA and redbook.  This DAC really sounds good, and not just for its price.  I'd like to hear it on the ZMA.