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  1. Yes to me it makes about as much sense to use a separate DAC together with a preamp and a class D amp, as it does using a DAC with a volume control and robust output stage together with a preamp. But in audiophile land that makes me a fool. Everyone knows you must have a stand alone preamp if you want good sound. A real man is judged by the total length of combined external cabling in his rig. That along with the connector count.
  2. Yes quite familiar with those. I would like to hear them.
  3. I think this is why it's best to build the system all as 1. But this means no off the shelf chipsets, or modules. Scratch build out of discrete components.
  4. One day in the near future, you'll be raving about the sound of your AOIP input DAC. Desperately trying to improve the sound, but unable to because the inputs are immune to any upstream noise. OMG that will be terrible when you will have nothing left to do but listen to music won't it be
  5. I think as long as you can achieve 120dB dynamic range or better, all that really matters after that is subjective taste. I think all of these 990 compatible opamps can pull at least that off. Another interesting option here. Even comes in a DIY kit: http://www.fivefishstudios.com/diy/doa17/
  6. Most of what you said is over my head. But I'm told the beauty of this 990 pinout is all of the opamps that use this pinout are directly swappable. And the pins are solid and heavy duty. The bipolar's are more sensitive to noise on the inputs than the jfet. And even though they all measure great, they all sound different. So really it's a matter of personal taste.
  7. Okay lets talk discrete opamps then. What's your thoughts on the John Hardy?
  8. That's something the public will never find out. The OEM's sign NDA's. They claim they come up with the designs. That's how most of the audio world works. When you buy something for the brand, nobody really knows who actually designed it. Several products out these are the exact same thing in different cases. The engineers really laugh when audiophiles argue about how much better the same products sound when in different cases.
  9. Mike from Mivera Audio. He's an OEM designer who decided to shake things up on forums for a bit for research purposes. However he ruffled some feathers in the process. But that was his intention all along because that's the best way to get the information he wanted. He knows loads of engineers in the industry and is well respected based on all I've talked to. He's responsible for many designs that folks who don't like him own. The best way to avoid supporting him is to avoid anything innovative. Because there's a chance he may have something to do with it. Best to stick with tubes and vinyl to
  10. Well I think this goose is about cooked. It was a fun experience anyways. Time to enjoy some tunes!
  11. Yes I guess the John Hardy 990 is the legendary original that started it all with this form factor. I wonder how it compares with these newer designs? http://www.johnhardyco.com/990OpAmpDetails.html
  12. Well the directory definition of endorsement says this: "an act of giving one's public approval or support to someone or something" In which way did your public statement not fall under that definition?
  13. Well somebody with your monkier said this a few posts back: "It'll give you some flavor of the sound of amps like the NORD at around $1500 (not 15,000) for the stereo model and not a huge amount more for a mono pair" - Jud.
  14. The easiest thing is to just use software. Seems like half the folks on this forum right now are doing it with Hqplayer, Roon, Audirvana, bughead etc. Any manipulation to the digital signal is DSP.
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