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    Hello people.
    Please answer the above question also how much more do you like your analog setup ?

    I have a working theory about analog verses digital I need your help. I do not care where it's used nor the kind of playback it's used with. What I do think is bad digital is just that and an analog person hears two rooms away at a show. I feel analog users know bad digital better than most digital users. I have witnessed this in person only then I flip a switch meaning make it better do most notice.
    Kind of like the water mark thread. It's an acquired anoyance as there is plenty of digital downloads I just hate
    and I don't know why. I blame companies like HD tracks and others. For the lack of better quality but also I just hate some of the stuff and never play it.
    Some claim we learn to hear over a life time others say it's when we are young. Well I grew up on analog and nene really like digital until just a few years ago. Could you analog people just never really hear great digital or is it something else. I think at the least its both help me understand the why by telling me what is your digital path to analog output. The whole digital chain of there is one. As of you use an iPod or dap there is none just the device
    thanks in advance
    analog stuff.
    otari mtr 10 2 track 1/4 made new by soren
    otari mtr 10 2 track 1/4 1/2 combo made new by soren
    sota sapphire used eminent tech ver 2 arm
    new sota nova table has magnetic levitation platter and full speed control and latest motor same arm as above
    thorens td124 sme ver 2 arm
    thorens td125 sme ver 2 arm
    kenwood direct drive sme ver 2 arm
    phono preamp Ml no 25 all re capped
    speakers cust infinity IRS V , new caps and LPS , magnets etc.
    mark levivson pre no 26 amps no 33
    digital three cust servers , win ser 2016 , AO
    Dacs lampi various

  • #2
    The most analog sounding digital device I've heard is the EAR digital products. I will be purchasing the EAR Acute Classic (a combo CD player and DAC unit) from my dealer once funds allow. I've owned the previous model a while back and loved it. It has a tube output and really is unlike any other digital product I've heard or used. Every other digital product, just sounds "digital" to me, no matter how expensive or how good it is. It is too clean, lacking depth and body in the midrange. It can be detailed or have a great soundstage and smooth for a digital product, but just doesn't work for my ears. I've owned the Exogal Comet Dac for a very brief period and returned it, trying to get a value digital component, but knew I had to buy the EAR Acute. Esoteric is another product that may love for its digital line, but just too neutral and it just can't get into it. Others may disagree, which is where personal taste enters the equation. The EAR is also more forgiving on bad digital files and really gets the best out of bad recordings too.

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    • #3
      Mytek 192 DSD and a ExaSound e22 . Hoping to hear a T&A DAC 8 DSD
      Chris
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      Kef 201/2, Pass xa30.5, W4S STP-SE, Manley Chinook, VPI Classic, Dynavector DV20x2L, ExaSound e32, Acoustic Zen cables. (Office): Vincent SP331 Mkll, Quicksilver Pre, Lumin D1, (Ken Lau Signiture Edition PSU), Bryston BCD-1, Vapor Audio Breeze, WooAudio W6se,Questyle Audio CMA800R LCD-3,HD800s, HD600, Mr Speaker Ether C Flow,

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      • #4
        I use a very simple and modest costing PS Audio Direct Stream DAC and PWD. It sounds very good for what I play on it.
        Christian
        System Gear

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        • #5
          Right now I'm using a CH Precision stack. D1/C1 with X1 external PS.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by JackD201 View Post
            Right now I'm using a CH Precision stack. D1/C1 with X1 external PS.
            Had the C1. One of the most natural sounding DACs I've heard. But had to sell it to fund my analog rig.



            Originally posted by rockitman View Post
            I use a very simple and modest costing PS Audio Direct Stream DAC and PWD. It sounds very good for what I play on it.
            I'm considering this or the forthcoming Ayre QX-5. The PSA is definitely more budget friendly, though.



            What I have now is the Ayre C-5xeMP multi-player along side a Sonos player. For the amount I play digital, it's fine.
            Kronos Sparta -> Trinity Phono -> Trinity Pre -> CH Precision A1 -> Magico S7s

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            • #7
              Chord 2Qute DAC, Kimber USB cable, Audioquest Jitterbug from a Hp Laptop, streaming Tidal lossless through Audioquest Lan cables and router with filtered PSU. First digital that sounds "right" to my ears (well this side of spending 5 figures anyway).

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              • #8
                Originally posted by rockitman View Post
                I use a very simple and modest costing PS Audio Direct Stream DAC and PWD. It sounds very good for what I play on it.
                May I ask what firmware are you using ? The DS sounds nice
                analog stuff.
                otari mtr 10 2 track 1/4 made new by soren
                otari mtr 10 2 track 1/4 1/2 combo made new by soren
                sota sapphire used eminent tech ver 2 arm
                new sota nova table has magnetic levitation platter and full speed control and latest motor same arm as above
                thorens td124 sme ver 2 arm
                thorens td125 sme ver 2 arm
                kenwood direct drive sme ver 2 arm
                phono preamp Ml no 25 all re capped
                speakers cust infinity IRS V , new caps and LPS , magnets etc.
                mark levivson pre no 26 amps no 33
                digital three cust servers , win ser 2016 , AO
                Dacs lampi various

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                • #9
                  Ok and thanks now when you analog guys and gals play music what format do you like more dsd or PCM ?
                  analog stuff.
                  otari mtr 10 2 track 1/4 made new by soren
                  otari mtr 10 2 track 1/4 1/2 combo made new by soren
                  sota sapphire used eminent tech ver 2 arm
                  new sota nova table has magnetic levitation platter and full speed control and latest motor same arm as above
                  thorens td124 sme ver 2 arm
                  thorens td125 sme ver 2 arm
                  kenwood direct drive sme ver 2 arm
                  phono preamp Ml no 25 all re capped
                  speakers cust infinity IRS V , new caps and LPS , magnets etc.
                  mark levivson pre no 26 amps no 33
                  digital three cust servers , win ser 2016 , AO
                  Dacs lampi various

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by cpp View Post
                    Mytek 192 DSD and a ExaSound e22 . Hoping to hear a T&A DAC 8 DSD
                    Keep us updated if and when you hear the T&A DAC!
                    Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
                    Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
                    ________________________________________

                    -Zellaton Plural Evo speakers
                    -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
                    -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
                    -Doshi EVO and Goldmund PH3.8 phonostage
                    -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
                    -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
                    -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga Mk. 2, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
                    -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
                    -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
                    -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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                    • cpp
                      cpp commented
                      Editing a comment
                      Marty (nc42acc) just got his
                      Last edited by cpp; 06-20-2016, 05:36 PM.

                  • #11
                    Right now am using the battery powered Scaena Music Server with the iFi Micro DSD DAC and iFi USB power supply. Right now.
                    Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
                    Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
                    ________________________________________

                    -Zellaton Plural Evo speakers
                    -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
                    -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
                    -Doshi EVO and Goldmund PH3.8 phonostage
                    -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
                    -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
                    -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga Mk. 2, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
                    -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
                    -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
                    -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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                    • #12
                      Hahaha cool. Dsd ?
                      I should try my battery ifi thing tonight. But with my server I doubt it will improve but you never know in digital
                      analog stuff.
                      otari mtr 10 2 track 1/4 made new by soren
                      otari mtr 10 2 track 1/4 1/2 combo made new by soren
                      sota sapphire used eminent tech ver 2 arm
                      new sota nova table has magnetic levitation platter and full speed control and latest motor same arm as above
                      thorens td124 sme ver 2 arm
                      thorens td125 sme ver 2 arm
                      kenwood direct drive sme ver 2 arm
                      phono preamp Ml no 25 all re capped
                      speakers cust infinity IRS V , new caps and LPS , magnets etc.
                      mark levivson pre no 26 amps no 33
                      digital three cust servers , win ser 2016 , AO
                      Dacs lampi various

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                      • MylesBAstor
                        MylesBAstor commented
                        Editing a comment
                        Expect the unexpected.

                    • #13
                      You are someone who i truly trust in great audio views . I know digital for you will never consume you as analog does
                      but if I can just get you to smile a bit and post hey this is good for digital my work is done lol.
                      analog stuff.
                      otari mtr 10 2 track 1/4 made new by soren
                      otari mtr 10 2 track 1/4 1/2 combo made new by soren
                      sota sapphire used eminent tech ver 2 arm
                      new sota nova table has magnetic levitation platter and full speed control and latest motor same arm as above
                      thorens td124 sme ver 2 arm
                      thorens td125 sme ver 2 arm
                      kenwood direct drive sme ver 2 arm
                      phono preamp Ml no 25 all re capped
                      speakers cust infinity IRS V , new caps and LPS , magnets etc.
                      mark levivson pre no 26 amps no 33
                      digital three cust servers , win ser 2016 , AO
                      Dacs lampi various

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                      • #14
                        Buy the way your website is pretty cool too.
                        analog stuff.
                        otari mtr 10 2 track 1/4 made new by soren
                        otari mtr 10 2 track 1/4 1/2 combo made new by soren
                        sota sapphire used eminent tech ver 2 arm
                        new sota nova table has magnetic levitation platter and full speed control and latest motor same arm as above
                        thorens td124 sme ver 2 arm
                        thorens td125 sme ver 2 arm
                        kenwood direct drive sme ver 2 arm
                        phono preamp Ml no 25 all re capped
                        speakers cust infinity IRS V , new caps and LPS , magnets etc.
                        mark levivson pre no 26 amps no 33
                        digital three cust servers , win ser 2016 , AO
                        Dacs lampi various

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                        • #15
                          As far as digital goes it's primarily CDs and a RBCD player, with an inexpensive Blu-ray player for the few music video DVD and Blu-ray discs I have. At some point I may start ripping my CDs for convenience and portability, and possibly certain select LPs.

                          It's not that I'm against digital file systems, downloads and so on, just that it's still a moving target with a new greatest thing since sliced bread every week or two. By way of comparison I've had one turntable for 38 years which represents a good return on investment from a mature technology. When you ain't got a lot to invest it matters.

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