Your explanation/distinction and rationale is clear (At least to me).
Thanks Charles. Every now and then you cross path with someone who is hell bent on proving their point that they miss the big picture 😊
The OP already stated that PhoenixNet is not a good match with MU1 hence my recommendation to try Muon Pro Kit which is universally praised for its simplistic design and positive attributes on lowering the noise floor.
@rshad0000 , great to hear you are testing the MU1 with the Dave and also testing the N20! Very interesting. Any insights yet on the differences you found between the MU1 and the N20?
While I’ve heard some say Dave can be a tad analytical with some material, I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s not at all the case with the MU1, or the N20 for that matter. My guess is Dave has a touch more detail than the Tambaqui.
As an aside I rearranged my shelf this evening and reorganized my cabling, this time with exceptional care. I really think my system sounds different now, in a good way. I think the mids got better.
I’m not a jazz guy but right now I’m listening to the epic London Brew, a loose modern interpretation of Miles Davis’ classic, and it’s fantastic….
The main differences I hear... The Aurender N20 is very transparent, dynamic and has quiet backgrounds. The Grimm is very smooth, yet still dynamic, and adds some really nice texture to the music. I have to say that I prefer the Aurender Conductor app more because its easier for my family to use when I am not around, but I'm still good with Roon. Overall, I've been really impressed with the Grimm. Crazy that the N20 is so large and heavy(power supply and battery) while the Grimm is a much smaller unit and a lot lighter.
I'm surprised I like the Grimm so much with the Chord Dave. I actually tried the Chord M-Scaler with the Dave at one point and I just did not prefer the sound for some reason and sold the M-Scaler. The upscaler on the Grimm, however, I do like. Great rythym and pace with the Dave and is very synergistic for lack of a better term.
I'm going to continue to listen and will probably make a decision by the end of this week on whether to keep the Grimm or not. The extra texture and smoothness the Grimm adds, at least in my system, is pretty addictive.