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  1. Someone reported the insane volume level issue present on Dragonfly Black (and supposedly Red) is still present on Cobalt when using Windows 10.
  2. Same issue. Driving my Black, I can't go past 5 or 6 (MAX) without it exploding my headphones (Senn 558) on Windows 10. On other headphones, it may be notch 2-3 before my ears or headphones are damaged. No such issue with any other DAC such as the Radsone ES100 or my Geek Outs.
  3. MSRP it's worth about $4,700 for the headphone system, depending on what components are hooked up. I'm very happy with it generally speaking. Of course, I didn't pay anywhere near that.
  4. If people are going to these bars and expecting to hear the best vinyl (meaning, the actual platter) experience (and using digitally sourced vinyl), then they're not understanding the hobby or technology and are misinformed. I think mostly these bars are using older LPs that were NOT digitally sourced though, so I don't think it's that big of an issue. On the other hand, if they're going to these bars for the physical experience (ie, cool looking machinery, excellent sounding speakers, nice lounge atmosphere, etc.) then they're getting their money's worth and I'm sure it's really fun, unique experience. Personally, I think most people who go to these bars go for 75% experience/atmosphere, and MAYBE 25 percent "sound".
  5. As someone with 2 sets of Adams, they're really not that great sounding for a living room unless your ears are directly in line with the tweeters. Otherwise, everything goes out of phase and sounds weird. Their vertical dispersion is crap. If your guests are sitting directly in that narrow band though, they sound great. Would highly advise getting a set of stands that are perfectly measured for couch sitting (ear height) or just putting them on a desk with appropriate stands for the ear height. Or just go with Edifier who, from everything I've read, makes great speakers.
  6. I don't know your budget for a DAC + speakers (around 500 combined or so, I guess), but you can stay at/under that with this DSD enabled DAC: https://www.amazon.com/TOPPING-es9018k2m-opa2134-Decoder-Amplifier/dp/B07B46KQVP/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=topping+dac&qid=1555195542&s=gateway&sr=8-3 I've never heard this DAC myself but people all over online are touching themselves over it.
  7. The A2 series has a DAC. The A5 series doesn't and I have no idea why.
  8. This is standard practice for big concerts at arenas/stadiums, as well as sports. This is why I stick to either club or theater sized shows --- almost never issues with those. Other than the fact I enjoy the more intimate nature of those shows and you get a lot more bang for your buck.
  9. To narrow that down, we need to know your budget. There's lots of speakers out there with DACs...kind of just depends on what you're looking for. These are both within the 500 dollar range: https://vanatoo.com/shop/speakers/transparent-one-encore/ Swan Speakers m300 Personally, I would always choose for an outboard DAC, so I can control what my speakers sound like/what files they can play. But I understand the simplicity of an onboard DAC as well.
  10. One option for you, and you'd have to play around with the pricing: Senn 6xx (or 600) from Massdrop/Ebay/wherever: 200 - 250 dollars HRT Music Streamer HD DAC (provides both Single Ended and Balanced outputs) - 300 dollars (roughly) Schiit Magni 3 or JDS Atom - 100 bucks Pangea Audio Premier or Premier SE USB cable - 20 to 40 bucks And you'd be set.
  11. I've heard 1.5K, 2.5 and up to 5K systems that sound as good as 10K or 20K systems. The specific 10K system I heard sounded amazing, but vs 1.5 - 2.5k system, I didn't think it sounded 8K better. 8K "different" Maybe/Probably...But not necessarily "better". (it did sound better, but not at 8k worth) It was very enjoyable though. It sounded like a 10k system. The 20K system I heard was technically astounding, and you could tell was high dollar. However, the musical enjoyment compared to a 1.5- 2.5k or even the 8K system I heard wasn't even close. I think about 5K is a sweet spot before the laws of diminishing returns start to kick in hard. That's not to say a 10 or 15k system won't sound like a 10 - 15k system. It just depends on how much further your 10 - 15K will take you vs a 5k system. (probably not a ton, but varying factors will have to be taken into account)
  12. Alan Parsons never said this. It's a fake quote. https://boingboing.net/2012/02/10/alan-parsons-on-audiophiles.html
  13. Reference system under 2k: Adam t7V active monitors - $500 RME ADI-2 DAC - $900 - $1000 iFi iPurifier3 - $100 ifi iSilencer 3.0 - $50 ifi AC iPurifier - $100 Audioquest Carbon USB B cable - $150 UMI power conditioner - $150
  14. Really unsure what you expected to happen this time based on a) the topic and b) previous interactions regarding said topic. However, by closing the thread, it appears the hardcore objectivists have won by influencing the shut-down of the conversation. @Galen have you considered putting up a video of a sound demo between your cables and other cables? I understand sound demos aren't the be-all/end-all of what a product will sound like in the real world, but at least it would give you some indication of differences (if they exist).
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