Some interesting reading......
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David, It is amazing the amount of really great info held within some of these forums. We have had some pretty heated discussions with a tremendous cross section of opinions being displayed.
I absolutely love true balanced. I was running my Audiomeca CD into an Audiomeca DAC into a YBA Passion integrated. The combination was so amazingly quiet it created an absolute velvet Black background. Sounds would emanate from what seemed like total sonic darkness. It was almost uncanny. Detail like you could not believe.
Once again however, it is so important to define TRUE balanced configuration, not just XLR connectors.
Best of Luck, Ed.
Ed, yes indeed, you're right about the value of this place.
Rowland was one of the first to go "truly balanced" so I think I'll take advantage of that.
My current CDP only has RCA, but I'll be getting a balanced Playback Designs CDP/SACDP/DAC later this month and was wondering if it would be worth it. The Rowland Continuum is so darn quiet as is (perhaps due to the Power Factor Correction conversion to DC), but, what the hey, why not guild the lily. I spent a small fortune already, so a new Analysis Plus IC won't be a proportionally large expenditure.
Ahhh, you inquisitive friend, it's the Playback Designs MPS-5.
See Mike Lavigne's excellent review at Playback Designs Review
The combination of SOTA CD/SACD playback and a super DAC that can serve as the basis of a future music server was just too much to pass. I bought at the introductory price.
These are early-production from a couple of guys that left EMM. One of the principals of Chambers is also a principal in Playback Designs. The $5,000 introductory discount was a powerful incentive to stick my neck out, along with Mike Lavigne's review and the early endorsement by David Robinson (of Positive Feedback)and the potential to surpase EMM and others at the top of this little heap.
I have concerns about buying a potential orphan, but these guys do have a strong history. You might want to talk with Jonathan Tinn to get background. They'll be at the next CES, but not RMAF. Mike Lavigne has known these guys for years.
BTW, I assume that you may work something out before then, but if you haven't heard it by then you hear mine at RMAF.