|Experience with Intona USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Isolator|
I have an intona. It is one of a very few devices that really improved the sound of my system. More resolution with very smooth highs. It did not effect dynamics at all. I would recommend since it is very lite in weight that you place a heavy obje...
I played around with DSD for a while using the Mytek stereo 192 dac. Felt there was really no advantage in sound comparing DSD to redbook except the DSD files were expensive. I sold the Mytek and got an Audionote 2.1b dac and found an Audionote tr...
|New Tube Amp Use EQ or not|
It depends on how much music is hurting your ears. If it is just an occasional cd I would leave things alone. But if it is a consistent problem that really annoys you then try the EQ. Sometimes an interconnect change can solve the problemAlan
|SACD with LFD/ Harbeth|
See if you can find a Sony 5400ESIn general I have always liked the cd layer of SACD's better than the SACD layer. Just my opinionAlan
|Best DAC for pcm files|
Audio-GD Master 7 $2400 new. This is a R2R ladder dac which can be set to non over sampling. Does not do DSD. 24/192 is the highest. I have had a bunch of dacs but this is the best I have ever heardAlan
|I am sick of Adele|
She is a terrific singer and also writes excellent songs. One of the few pop singers that I actually enjoyAlan
|Are DACs superior to top-graded regular CD Players|
Remember if you choose a dac you need something to feed it, such as a computer or transport or streaming device. Those devices also have a big influence on the sound. It seems most design work is going towards dacs and not cd players. The reason f...
|What's a contender to an Audio Reference 5 SE?|
A preamp that totally changed the sound of my system to the feel of real music was the Shindo Auriges. This is there entry model and they have a bunch of preamps that our really specialAlan
|What music do you use to audition equipment/cables|
Dire Straits "Brothers in Arms" or :Love over Gold"Alan
|How often do you upgrade your turntable?|
I have had 4 tables in 50 years. Changed when I saw a table I had to have
|Vintage DACs. Do they hold up over time?|
Hold up? Do you mean quality of sound compared to modern dacs or will they keep working?Alan
|Advice re the use of OTL amps vs others|
Talk to Atmasphere. I think 30 watts from an OTL may not be enough Alan
|tube vs SS my own little test|
I have had many tube power amps and never had one that didn't sound great after 10-15 minutes. If the amp you brought home had not been played in a long time it may need more breakin. My David Berning ZH-270 tube amps sound perfect right from a co...
|Has anyone used an Audioquest Jitterbug?|
I have 2 Jitterbugs in my system. Slight improvement in sound. Very slight. Regen gives greater improvement. Alan
|What direction with new DAC?|
I love ladder dacs. The best dac I have heard is the Audio-GD Master 7 dac. $2400 * parallel 1704UK ladder chips. This dac does up to 24/192 No DSD. Withthis dac you will never miss DSDAlan