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Re: Mini Torii vs SE84ZS vs SE34I.3
Reply #30 - 12/27/12 at 00:36:27
 
So a pre instead of a zstage.

DAC still mandatory.

The airplay will stream and full resolution. The DAC should have a constant volt output.

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Reply #31 - 12/27/12 at 01:15:45
 
"So a pre instead of a zstage."

Why do you say that?

From the ZStage specs:
Gain              Adjustable from 0 to 5 volts

and......

DESCRIPTION

The ZSTAGE is a single-ended triode stereo gain stage.  It uses a single tube operating in class A with no negative feedback.  It accepts any standard 2 volt line level source like a CD player or DAC and has a variable output via the front mounted gain control.  It can also be used as a purist tube preamp where multiple inputs are not needed.  
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Reply #32 - 12/27/12 at 01:23:19
 
Sorry, I didn't detail the logic in my head. If I was going to spend 600 on the ZSTAGE, then getting the additional features of a CSP2+ seems more intelligent to me.
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Reply #33 - 12/27/12 at 01:27:02
 
That said, the Airport Express has Burr Brown DAC and has an output voltage at 2V.
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Reply #34 - 12/27/12 at 01:53:34
 
I have never understood what the Airport Express did. Is it a cheap little DAC? I see that it works wirelessly so you can stream from your phone or whatever else you have. But a computer through a DAC should sound better, shouldn't it?
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Reply #35 - 12/27/12 at 02:41:26
 
An Airport Express will take audio from either an iOS device or iTunes and play the content out its audio port. It has a Burr Brown DAC in it, not amazing, but decent. It can be wired or wireless in terms of transport.

A direct computer -> USB -> DAC connection would be better.
I could use a Mac Mini or similar for that.
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Reply #36 - 12/30/12 at 00:39:36
 
I have decided on the integrated with a pre-amp. I am getting a turntable as well so hopefully this will be quite the setup.

One last question, are the two outputs on the pre-amp both active at all times? IE: Would I be able to run a sub from one out and the other to the SE34I.3? This would be my initial setup until I get some better full range speakers.

Thanks in advance!

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Reply #37 - 12/30/12 at 01:00:20
 
According to the CSP+ page:

Outputs are stereo with a single mono output jack for running sub-woofers or center speakers in a 3 speaker stereo array.

CUSTOM OPTIONS
2 pair of stereo output jacks with relocated headphone jack.
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Reply #38 - 12/30/12 at 01:11:48
 
Thanks! Clearly I am blind Smiley
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Reply #39 - 12/30/12 at 01:52:00
 
Awesome Ron! Let the waiting begin! Smiley
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Reply #40 - 12/30/12 at 02:06:01
 
Thanks Lon! I am so excited!
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Reply #41 - 12/30/12 at 03:21:46
 
If you're excited; just imagine how elated we are having helped inform, guide and influence you!
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