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  1. There are many great soundtracks and scores cited in the thread. Here are three of my favorites. #1: Interstellar - Hans Zimmer. I read that some here are not a fan and I totally understand. As a rule there are composers who I tend to like better but the score for Interstellar hit it out of the park. I just simply love it and it speaks to me on many levels. The pipe organ used in the score is located at Temple Church in London and was played masterfully by resident organist Roger Sayer. The dynamics and emotion obtained make the music it's own character. I was able to find a
  2. I messaged Chris about this very topic earlier this year. With the name change to Audiophile Style it seems appropriate to at least discuss the pros/cons of the inclusion of vinyl specific forums. Sub topics could include: Tonearms: pivoted and linear tracking Cartridges: moving magnet, moving coil, moving iron. Turntables: direct drive vs. belt drive, suspended vs non-suspended designs, plinth materials etc. Preamps: solid state vs. tube Pressings: new vs. old (not all new pressings are bad, in many are quite good). This could also include mastering sour
  3. Is there still a market for a PS3 with the correct software to create SACD.iso files? Thanks -
  4. Yes - similar followup question to @Confused - My D1100 would support up to 384kHz single BNC so I would think there would be some improvements but clearly not those found using it as a. "system", which for me is an entire McIntosh stack. In this case, the analog side of things plays a major role in the over sound just as we see in @austinpop review of the Chord units working together. Would be nice to try with a loaner if possible. However, if you know your system needs attention in other areas, that might be the better buy. I think I am just about done and thinking of a new Audi
  5. austinpop - By chance did you use the M Scaler with another DAC that does not support the Dual BNC configuration for the much higher sample rates and taps. I have a Mac D1100 and love it. Mostly use the proprietary DIN cable for CDs and SACDs. However, the potential to upscale to 384 could be something that might be worth a try. This would mean my SACDs would still use the DIN, but the PCM would use SPDIF/BNC. Thoughts or suggestions? BTW, very nice review. Thanks for your efforts.
  6. Kimo - A few thoughts in your integrated search. I am a McIntosh owner and very happy with my gear which consists of a D1100 DAC/pre, MCT450 SACD/CD transport, and a MC152 power amp. For the integrated consider the following. Both are rated at 200W and will easily exceed this rating in some situations. The both have built in upgradeable DAC modules. MA8900 https://www.mcintoshlabs.com/products/integrated-amplifiers/MA8900 MA7200 https://www.mcintoshlabs.com/products/integrated-amplifiers/MA7200 There are also a few interesting options o
  7. I got into audio quite by accident by wondering into a local high end store when I was round 11 or 12. Mom had gone to a few stores in this strip center and somehow I ended up in this store. It was located in central Pennsylvania. While there they showed me around and let me listen to all kinds of systems. Brands I remember them having where Luxman, Threshold, Dual, Magnepan, Phase Linear and Tandberg. After many trips to the store, listening and learning, I ended up with my 1st major upgrade. Perhaps 14 or 15 at the time. In collage we had a few great stores in town but my favorit
  8. I think I am going to keep my system as it stands. Overall it is pretty good. I only have two local dealers left and most of my system has come from them or local dealers that are now out-of-business. For a long time this hobby has been fun but recently the fun has slipped away. Going to try to be happy and not OCD recordings and the system to the point where listening is no longer enjoyable.
  9. Auditioning and purchasing audio gear is more difficult now than it was many years a go. Depending on where one lives, you may not have access to dealers that cary a variety of products let alone take them home for a home audition period. Enter the internet. While there are options to purchase and typically return if one is not happy with the gear they bought (typically 30 days or so) this potentially causes a number of problems and stress: 1. The hassle to buy and return it if not happy for whatever reason 2. Actually getting the refund processed 3. Maybe doing all over
  10. I currently own one of their basic power products and have looked at several other items including the DirectStream DAC and the P12 Regenerator. They have a various generous trade in policy and you do not have to trade a DAC for a DAC. You could trade an integrated for a Power Plant for example. I am currently considering a P12 for my system. Everyone I have ever spoken with at PS Audio has been very helpful and willing to spend time to answer my questions. It is probably worth giving them a try. I think I am going to with the P12 and maybe the P15.
  11. Torq - Welcome to CA. Thanks for your input and experience with R2R. I had looked at a few FPGA based DACs and will most likely get one at some point. I ended up with my NOS R2R as I wanted to try somethings whose lot in life only did D/A and did not take on other duties like a preamp or a streamer of some sort. My closest dealer is 250 miles away so I did not have an opportunity to audition the Chord. I had read about it and it is interesting how some like the Dave while others like the PS Audio DirectStream DAC. I almost purchased it over my Mojo Audio v3. The deciding factor to give it a tr
  12. amfrank - Good to read you found an R2R that is working for you. Agree on the 'more pleasing ' comment. It is very interesting how the same CD from the same transport and interface can sound so different from one of my DS based DACs to the new R2R DAC. Not 100% sure which DAC you found. Please provide link for make/model. buonassi - Welcome to the R2R club and the NOS crowd. Somewhat niche but I am finding it rewarding. My Mojo Audio V3 is still breaking in. Definitely experiment with the different inputs. I had been using the optical in while my new SPDIF cable arrived. While I kn
  13. Thanks kvik - very comprehensive and detailed list. Clearly missed a few and quite a number that have been discussed here and some other forums.
  14. KingsRex - Over the years quite a few. Currently I use the McIntosh D150 for SACD/CD on it's custom DIN connector and the Mojo Audio V3 which I just received a week or so for CD. Before that I had used a Benchmark DAC1 HDR. Long before that I either used what was in my CD player or an external DAC such as a Apogee DA1000E with DC power supply. When looking back at players/DACS I have liked and upgraded from I discovered the DAC chip itself was almost always an R2R ladder and some were NOS. This is what prompted me to revisit this tech. The discrete R2R approach is also
  15. Hi all. Thanks for all the interesting replies. Has anyone used the Shunyata Denali 6000T or other of their products. Some of the videos they have on their website are very interesting.
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