A giant killer with Parts Connexion Level 1 mod.
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The JD100 is easy to listen to, but I am not sure it will be an improvement over the audio note dac. I have had the JD100 for about a year and have had a Scott Nixon tube dac+ for about a month. The tube dac+ has a fair bit in common with the audio note dac in terms of minimalist design philosophy. I personally much prefer the tube dac+ over the Jolida- it just sounds more right to me, and feels closer to vinyl in many ways. I have tried quite a few tubes in the JD100, and appreciate its smoothness and soundstaging, but I have never been satisfied with its speed or timing- "PRAT"- always seemed like something important was missing- I aggree with the post above that a Naim might be a better bet if vinyl is the reference.
I think the Jolida JD100 is priced exactly as it should be. I think the player fits in perfectly there.
The giant killer is the Music Hall MMF25. I heard both the Jolida and the Cambridge C640 today at separate friends' homes, and have to say the Music Hall beats them both. While I have a player that retails for 5X the Music Hall's price, it isn't that much better than the Music Hall I also own.
Right out of the box with about 50 hours on it (dealer demo unit) it sounded pretty good. Lots of air and extension and excellent bass. The midrange was a little thin however, so I yanked out the Sovteks and put in some RCA Cleartops. Better, but still not as fleshed out in the mids as the Theta/AN combo. I have let it run since Sunday continously and will revisit it in the next couple of days. It definitely has some real potential, so I am hoping that the extra break in time will get me there.
The Jolida is the real deal. 1) Get rid of the stock 12AX7 tubes and go for NOS Sylvania JHS 5751WA Gold Label triple mica blackplates (last pairs on Audiogon went for 150/pr - pricey but wait to you hear the sound, and I've rolled plenty of tubes including the GE triple micas). 2) Get a Chris VenHaus cryoed Flavor 1 PC, and throw the stock PC away. 3) Get rid of the stock tube dampers and get some Herbie Hal-O 9 tube dampers. 4) Burn the unit in for about 100-200 hours. 5) Enjoy the music. Use liberally for a great time.
I purchased mine from Larry Gibson at Down to Earth Audio in Salem, Va. He is a great guy to deal with. I won't say what I paid, but it is a good deal. I had to pay sales tax, but you would probably avoid that, making it an even better deal.
Mine is stock. I replaced the tubes with some RCAs, but I have a pair of the Electro Harmonix 12AX7s on the way. I am using a Sonoran PC too.