- 50 posts total
- 50 posts total
All components, cables, have a sound. You cannot get around that fact. Copper versus silver, tube versus SS, etc. Different tubes have a sound.
The transports you listened to have an impact on the sound. The one is more musical and the other is more transparent. Different reasons why but I will not go into this here. The DAC is just reproducing what is being feed to it and then impacts its own sound characteristics. That is why you try different things in your own system to hear what changes they offer.
My friend had a Nano transport, Rega, NuPrime, Metronome, Cambridge CXC, Sim (not the same model here) and then preferred the Electrocompaniet one up CDP. So you have to try out things for yourself and then decide.
bigkidz1: I agree. Trying things out is the only way. Anyone who says transports don't affect tone is sorely mistaken, in my opinion. The SQ difference between the Moon and the Heed in this regard was huge-- nearly as stark as the difference between COS and Metrum DACs I demo'd a while back.
I decided to go with The Cable Company to demo IC's and it's turned out to be a very positive experience-- so much so that I'd heartily recommend them to anyone shopping for cables. I've ordered Acoustic Zen Silver Reference. Plenty of resolution without fatiguing highs, terrific PRaT and most important of all (to me) -- compelling emotional engagement of the sort that makes me not want to leave the listening chair. I've heard folks enthuse about "rediscovering their music collection" and now I can relate to that. Thanks to the Silver Reference and the Moon, my system's made a big jump in terms of getting out of the way of the music.