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  1. This is only slightly more useful than when the dullards try to evaluate how someone's system sounds through a Youtube video. Slightly....
  2. Interesting what you noted about the imaging popping out more in front of the speakers when called for. I notice the same thing with the T+A DAC 8 DSD when ran in 512 DSD mode. The soundstage expands in every direction, including forward, with its single bit DSD converter vs. it's traditional PCM Dac. Is this because it's pulling more detailed and accurate phase information out of the recording? Or is it just some sort of distortion? I have no clue and limited knowledge on the matter, but I do know that i quite enjoy it.
  3. @Miska, What has been your favorite or best sounding DAC that has the 1bit DSD converter so far?
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    T+a dac 8 dsd

    Anyone got DSD512 going on a Linux streamer yet? I’m dying to try this out on my SMS-200, hear no difference to my Windows streamer, and put my SMS-200 on eBay lol!
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    PS Audio DS upgrade to SNOWMASS

    The original Directstream must’ve really sounded like crap considering every firmware update has made a “quantum leap” in sound quality.
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    New Aqua Formula DAC (Multibit R2R)

    You: Stereophile never gives a negative review, they “like” everything. They are snake oil propagandists whose sole purpose is to provide ad space for Hifi companies. Stereophile: gives a negative review. You: they obviously screwed up the review because my DAC is the best.
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    New Aqua Formula DAC (Multibit R2R)

    Well actually, I'm reading directly out of the January 2019 Stereophile, which was the entire point of my post. Thanks for "correcting" me though. "Aqua Acoustic quality's Formula xHD processor sounded as smooth and warm and enjoyable as Jason and Mr. O suggested, but I don't regard it as a pleasure machine, nor do I see it as a cure for systems that sound too bright. In my system, the Formula xHD was simply too opaque for a perfectionist DAC at any price. My head is shaking in disbelief." -- Herb Reichert
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    New Aqua Formula DAC (Multibit R2R)

    Looks like Stereophile let Herb Reichert listen to the Aqua this month for a second opinion review on JVS. His impressions were not favorable either, low transparency. The double whammy.
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    Audiophile PCI USB Cards

    I have been very pleased using this less well-known card w/ external power into a T+A DAC 8 DSD: http://matrix-digi-usa.com/other-series/x-hi_usb The price is right and I have no desire now to look elsewhere.
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    Border Patrol USB DAC

    Yes, i did. I burned in 2 weeks. It was practically unlistenable out of the box; like someone took a treble control and turned the knob all the way to the left. It did open up but never sounded good in my system.
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    Help CA Find New Speakers

    My vote is for an appropriate size Focal or Sonus Faber Homage Tradition. Amazing build quality and looks, and both transparent enough to let you hear review gear nuances without being annoying or fatiguing.
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    Border Patrol USB DAC

    I tried out the BP SE Dac and returned it. Did not like it, in fact I thought it sounded worse than my Fostex HP-A8 for about one third the price. Weak bass, average at best imaging, rolled off and kind of grainy highs that lacked air. It has a pretty good tone to it, but that was the only saving grace for me. Not surprised it measured terribly in S’phile. I now have a T+A Dac 8 DSD, and am really enjoying it. Now there is a true bargain at 4 grand if you can feed it DSD, or even without.
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    system for college student

    Sonos or HomePod, single speaker.
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    Now This I Don’t Understand :~|

    Says the old fart on his Harley ?
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    T+a dac 8 dsd

    I am having such a blast since putting this Dac in my system, what an absolute pleasure to listen to. It is absolutely perfect for my tastes. I ordered some Benchmark XLR to RCA cables that leave pin 3 floating, since a standard adapter was causing distortion. I’ll report back after it arrives.