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  1. Just WAV. Despite having lots of hires in my library and having run through various playback solutions, to my ears RBCD just sounds magnificent on the ECD kit. They do offer 24/96 variants too.
  2. As this thread has been resurrected...from my experience over the intervening 4 years, the answer to my question is: this https://www.ecdesigns.nl/en/info/upl16 and this: https://www.ecdesigns.nl/en/info/mos16.
  3. Thanks @hopkins I’ve been using my MOS, via UTOS, with a Bryston BDP1 as Roon endpoint and have been pleased with the sound, although UPL is still a marked step up in SQ. My one frustration is the single input on MOS and thus plugging/unplugging of sources - UPL for ultimate SQ, BDP for convenience. As they are so cheap maybe answer is simply 2 x MOS as I have spare preamp inputs. I’d like to see UPL/MOS as a one box integrated player, with a USB input (maybe via onboard UTOS if still necessary) for an additional source. How did the SVC get on in your friend’s system?
  4. Thanks. The Pavane is what, 10x the price of the MOS? So, if things prove close tomorrow ....... I presume that the UPL worked fine with optical in of Pavane? There’s advice on ECD site now that UPL only works with DACs with certain SPDIF receivers.
  5. @hopkins thanks for the report. Just to clarify, the UPL was used into the Pavane in place of the Ambre? When you listened to the MOS, was this fed by the Ambre or UPL? What I/c were you using between MOS and source? I have found the EC designs kit to be very cable dependent, with best results (as ECD suggest) with short single strand plastic toslink. When I tried the MOS with a well regarded brand of glass cable the sound definitely degraded to my ears.
  6. Maybe I’m a bit out of touch, but I’m not aware of much around the price or cheaper that offers, in one box, Roon, Tidal, Quobuz, Hi rate DSD and PCM etc input over Ethernet and balanced/SE analogue out. The fact the latter is via DAC chips which AFAIK only feature on much more expensive items just pique my interest further. But again, eye catching spec headlines and actual performance are 2 different things.
  7. As it’s a Roon compatible streamer, I was thinking more about how it compared with significantly more expensive implementations from Esoteric or Lumin at treble the price and upwards. AFAIK Schiit do not offer a streamer, nor indeed a DAC with the flagship AKM chip.
  8. To revive this thread. The NT505 seems to have a great spec including TOTR AKM4497 chips (same as Linn Klimax, even though of course chips don’t matter...) every format and service you can think of, including the codec that cannot be named, and looks to retail for sub £1100 in UK, but very little exposure in the way of journalist reviews or owner forum discussion. So is this just another case of spec sheet running ahead of actual performance, or a giant killer being kept quiet? Good to hear from owners and recent listening impressions, especially vs Esoteric or Lumin.
  9. Or maybe with RBCD vs an EC designs MOS16. Also a “R2R” DAC (using ECD’s own board) , also AFAIK handmade in Europe (Netherlands), but in this case for €363. Useless as a piece of furniture though.
  10. The Project Pre Box S2 already mentioned would be a good starting point for a modern DAC, should work with your player if it has optical or coxaxial outputs. As for a streamer/file player, a used Bryston BDP1 could be a good choice, about $700 these days and can do everything from local replay from attached drives through to accessing music on your network or from Tidal. Not really doing anything a PC can’t be set up to do, but a neat solution with great ongoing support from Bryston. Best to get seller to update FW to latest version of “Manic Moose” before purchase though. I’ve been “post CD” for 10 years now and if I was starting out again with what I know today, , I’d go straight to the UPL/MOS16 combo here https://www.ecdesigns.nl/en/shop - not a streaming solution, think of it as a cd transport, holding 99 ripped CDs on thumbdrive, plus accompanying DAC. Not the most convenient solution, but I can’t think of anything near the price that demonstrates so well the latent potential of RBCD SQ.
  11. Much of the content of this site and its advertising partners relates to matters someone or other claims to be conclusive and audible, yet if capability of being distinguished in extant blind listening tests is to be the principle standard for verification, then probably the majority of content on this site and others like it is redundant at a stroke. I don’t actually think the latter is the case for a moment, but it does seem that the “gold standard” of being distinguished in blind listening tests is being applied highly selectively in the MQA debate.
  12. When respondents’ inability to distinguish MQA in tests to a significant degree is cited as a damning indictment of the “format”, this is accompanied by the unspoken implication that it is the norm for other formats to be readily distinguishable in such circumstances. Unfortunately, from what I understand that isn’t really the case. So unless someone can point to replicable and replicated tests where, for example, respondents were able to distinguish hi res PCM or DSD to a conclusive degree, surely this is no particular criticism of MQA but of all formats that claim the benefits of “hi res”?
  13. Maybe too quirky, but if it was my money, and I lived in the States, I’d add Well Tempered Labs to the list, most likely used (not sure how much the Simplex is new now).
  14. You’re not going to go wrong with either the Planar 3 or 6. Best thing, as ever, is to audition back to back if possible and decide if the 6 is worth the extra. But any reason why you’re not considering used or at least ex demo for your budget? Used TTs and tone arms are fairly safe buys IME, cartridges AYOR of course.
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