Ernie: Give one of the $50 Absolute PC's a try. It should keep you happy for the meantime which will give you plenty of time to do your research.
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Hi Ernie, since you've already tried a Harmonic Tech interconnect, buy one of the AC-11 powercords for approx $100. I'm using that on my EMC-1 and LOVE it! My EMC-1 is so pleasing as is that I don't think I will invest in the
DAC upgrade, in case the beautiful analog sound becomes digitized by the 192 upsampling. Would the unit you're buying be able to have the new DAC card removed and the unit returned to EMC-1 status? If so, you have nothing to lose in trying the new DAC. The EMC-1 is my favorite CD player by far, and I have tried several against it, including a 3-piece Meridian setup, the Marantz SA-1 SACD player, and the New Tjoeb $579 tube CD player.
You will love it, I am sure.
Dekay: Where do I find the Absolute? Is it very flexible?It's new to me. Thanks.
Sc53: Thought about the HT IC and PC, but won't have the rear clearance to use either. May have to use my ultra-flexible Red Dawn, and a soft PC as well....
The upgrade DAC card is indeed a superquick drop-in, and is thus instantly reversible....
Read somewhere that EC will provide THREE versions of the EMC-1 soon: Mk II with 24/192, around $4500; DVD-A and SACD
versions at $5500-6500!
I'll have to top-shelf the EMC, probably atop a Neuance, too. Is the EMC easily loaded blind?...or will I have to get a stepstool for my short spouse? (Can't tell WHAT her current quasi-grin portends! WAF, WAF, WAF---can I rig up a switch extinguishing that blue display, too?)
Hi Ernie: Search Absolute on the first page and it will bring up the ad and the dealer. The PC's were part of a big hullabaloo a while back because of some suspected schills in the threads about them, but the units themselves sound great. I use two BMI Whales and an Absolute in the living room setup and all Absolutes in the spare room system (including the CDR). They are not as good as the BMI's (which are a big step up in my system), but they do sound better to me than the other $200 and under PC's that I have used in the past, on anything that I have tried them on so far (source, amp, tubes and SS). The PC will need 2.5" to make the right angle bend (if you can spare the extra half inch, I just measured it:-) and the sound is smooth, yet open. Maybe I will get a little backup on this as many people are now using them.