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  1. Thanks for the clarification. There is damn little information available from the usual sources about these products, and the information I gave about the sources for components and the differences between the EX-M1 and EX-M1+ were from sources I assumed were accurate. Well, you know what they say about assumptions! Thanks again.
  2. First of all, the EX-M1 and the EX-M1+ are not the same amplifier. The + is an altogether better built unit and the speaker terminals are very high quality and made by Furutech as are the gold RCA connectors. I also understand that the circuit of the + is likewise upgraded with better parts and a somewhat modified topology. Frankly, I don’t see how they can sell the EX-M1+ for the price that they sell it for. I’ve seen Integrated amps costing several times the Kinki Studio’s $2900 selling price that aren’t built half as well. Of course, as usual, YMMV!
  3. I once had a Hafler amp. The DH 200, perhaps? It's been a long time. I don't remember it being particularly "soft" but on the other hand, lots of amps use MOSFETs as their output devices and I don't remember any them being characterized as "soft" so I'm not sure that it would be correct to associate the technology with "softness". But I could be wrong about that.
  4. I too would be interested in their new top-of-the-line preamp and the monoblocks. Let me see what I can do about that 😉!
  5. Gee, what you regard as reference level, is kind of irrelevant. It is an excellent amplifier and I have had everything from Krell, to Threshhold to Audio Research (in fact, I replaced an SP 10 and a pair of VTL 140 monoblocs with the HK because it was better sounding, and not by little bit either. But if you’ve heard the HK and still think it’s sub par, then more power to you. That’s why they make so many different brands and styles of amps.
  6. Oh, I have power conditioning. I have a hospital isolated power supply driving my system . It‘s a huge isolation transformer (about 75 pounds of copper and iron) with built-in LRC filters both before the 120 volt primary, and after the 120 volt secondary. I probably should have mentioned it in my equipment list, but it slipped my mind.
  7. There was a time … not too many years ago, when Chinese-made hi-fi components were kind of looked down upon by Western audiophiles. Luckily, those days are going away fast as the Chinese have come on in leaps and bounds lately with cutting edge yet affordable components from digital-to-analog converters to amplifiers, speakers and even turntables. In amplifiers, the days where quirky tube amps from companies like Yaqin and Cayin were all that one ever saw from China (not that they were necessarily bad) have given way to companies like Denafrips and Topping who sell state-of-the-art
  8. View Classified Oppo UDP-205 Blu-Ray Player/Media Streamer Hardly used, like new, Oppo UDP-205 Universal Player/Media Streamer. I’m selling this like-new player for $2999. Buyer pays shipping. Unit is in it’s original double box with all original accessories including the owner’s manual. Seller gmgraves Date 07/07/21 Price 2,999.00 USD Category Music Servers / Streamers
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    Hardly used, like new, Oppo UDP-205 Universal Player/Media Streamer. I’m selling this like-new player for $2999. Buyer pays shipping. Unit is in it’s original double box with all original accessories including the owner’s manual.

    2,999.00 USD

  10. New Performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony From Reference Recordings By George Graves Everybody knows or knows of Beethoven’s last and arguably greatest symphony: The Symphony #9 in D minor, Opus 125. It’s stirring last movement, the “Ode to Joy” is probably one of the worlds best known melodies. Only the “dot-dot-dot-dah” from the opening of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony is better known and that is a hold-over from WWII because it’s actually Morse code for the letter “V” for victory over the Nazis by the Allies (something I always found somewhat ironic given that Beethoven was
  11. No problem. I just wish I could use the coax or optical connection for I2S. It would allow me to eliminate an HDMI switch and connect the I2S through another interconnect. Oh,well, live and learn. Many thanks for your input.
  12. After your last post, I tried both optical and coax connections from the I2S “box“. I could get my Pontus to recognize neither one of them. It simply did not work. I’m beginning to wonder if there aren’t differences between these boxes bought through different vendors (???!!!).
  13. I wouldn’t think so. The only place the DSD signal exists out of any Blu-ray player that supports SACD is over HDMI. The DSD data does not, AFAIK, appear on the “digital out” of any player as it’s not allowed by the SACD protocol specification. The HDMI output of any player have the audio stripped from the HDMI connector and output as a I2S signal before the Pontus sees it as DSD.
  14. Good to know. I didn’t try it because from what I gathered from an Internet article I read, it wasn’t supposed to work. BTW, did you notice any difference between the performance of optical vs coax? This clears up a connection dilemma that I have now that I’ve employed the new Denafrips Hermes DTD box into the system (it wants HDMI too!). Thanks for the clarification and the correction. Much appreciated!
  15. It does . It outputs from I2S from SPDIF, both optical (Toslink) and coaxial, and it outputs also from HDMI and pure I2S over what seems to be a Molex-type I2S connector. Since my understanding is that the Denafrips Pontus only accepts I2S over HDMI, I am unable to test the efficacy of I2S over the SPDIF interconnects.
  16. As I wrote the above, it occurred to me that maybe, just because all of these I2S boxes LOOK the same, doesn’t necessarily mean that they ARE the same. Did I merely luck-out? Still, one should be able to find the proper pin-out by following the instructions provided by Denifrips in the You-tube video.
  17. The Chinese I2S box and the Pontus were on the same I2S interface, IE, the default interface, and no adjustment of the Pontus I2S connection should be necessary. As far as I can make out, the player used as the SACD transport has nothing to do with the I2S/Pontus interface. If your player isn’t working, I suggest you try another. I’ve yet to find blu-ray player which will support SACD that doesn’t work with this set-up.
  18. Sorry to hear that you feel that way, but I can’t please everybody and don’t even pretend to try. OTOH, I’m glad that I was instrumental in saving you from making a big mistake and buying into an expensive, horrible pair of headphones. Believe me, this side of a pair of Stax SR-009s your HE1000SEs are about as good as dynamic phones get. So, my advice would be to put your money in something else - maybe lots of new music!
  19. Having, in another life, worked for Omron, Fujitsu, Oki Semiconductor, and Otari, I have been to Japan and spent more time there than I care to recall, so I can definitely relate to your observations about Japanese mastering and production practices when it comes to music (in the ‘80’s, I bought scores of Japanese video laserdiscs. Always found them to be better than the domestically available versions). I have lots of both 20-bit and 24-bit JVC XRCD titles (many jazz titles from labels such as Riverside and other small jazz labels from the ‘50’s and ‘60’s as well as classics from the RCA and
  20. Amen to that, brother. I have always maintained that the care taken in production is, with all else being equal, more important than format; high-rez or not. Case in point: I have two copies of Prokofiev’s “Lt. Kiji Suite” with Fritz Reiner and the Chicago symphony, recorded in the mid-1950’s by RCA Victor. One is a Redbook “XRCD” from JVC, while the other is a BMG release of the same material on hybrid SACD (part of BMG’s “Living Stereo” SACD series that they released in the mid-2000s). The XRCD sounds so much better than either the Redbook layer or the SACD layer of the BMG release that it’
  21. Glad it worked for you. This setup seems pretty bullet-proof. I would like to try this with a lot of different Blu-ray/SACD players, but that’s fairly impractical. I tried it with three, two Sony’s; one that I had on-hand and a friend’s as well as my Oppo 205, and a buddy’s Oppo 105. Somewhat disturbingly, all the players sounded different streaming SACD to the Pontus through the I2S box, with the transport in the Oppo UDP-205 sounding far superior to the Oppo 105 or either of the two Sony units I tried. While all sounded better than the Oppo 205 operating in the stand-alone mode (playing SACD
  22. Those settings on the Oppo UDP- 205 are irrelevant at least as far as the Denefrips Pontus are concerned as the HDMI input port is I2S only. The default for the audio output settings on the Oppo is “Automatic”, so, when playing an SACD, the player selects the proper options for the Audio-Out only HDMI port (or at least that’s how it seems. I’m really no expert on the Oppo beyond what info is available in the unit’s manual). Some DACS might take the HDMI SACD output DIRECTLY. I know that the DACs in some A/V receivers will do this, but *I* know of no stand-alone DACs that do this (this doesn
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