clio09

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Need advice on speaker cables
Danlib1,I'm looking very closely at the Anti Cables. Heck, with the money back guarantee I'd be an idiot not to see if they would work in my system. I pretty much know what I'll get with Nordost SPMs and I can easily live with them. However, if I ... 
What is the best DAC to buy used in the $500 range
Why settle for used. You can get a new Audio Mirror D1 DAC for $500 new on Audiogon (sounds like 3 - 4x the price). I just bought one and am thrilled with it. One note, it is non-up/oversampling so if you're not into that philosophy then you'll ne... 
PS Audio vs. Cary
I have not had any experience with PS Audio components other than their Power Plants. However, I do own Cary products and can vouch for their quality and sound. I think you would be very happy with them. If you can swing it you may want to see if ... 
Naim CD player question Which one
Look into SimAudio Moon Equinox or Moon Eclipse. I thought these players sounded better than the Naim 5x when I did purchase comparisons. I've heard a CDX before and thought that sounded better than the 5x as well. Today's Naim CDPs are somewhat s... 
Need advice on speaker cables
Thanks for the responses. Nordost SPM was under consideration even before I started this thread. I am using an older pair of XLOs now circa 1996. I don't know the model, but the cables are thick and are of the green/lavender variety (the shrinkwra... 
Dedicated CD Player Recommendation
I own an Alesis ML9600 which I use as a transport with my Audio Mirror D-1 DAC. Cost me about $2200 for this set-up. Before that I too was impressed with the SimAudio Moon Equinox and nearly bought a new one for $1850 (Audiogon member, if you're i... 
Vac Avatar or Cary SLI-80
I own a Cary V12i and find it quite musical. I have just paired it with a Cary SLP-98L and am using a pair of Spendor 1/2e speakers in the set-up. I'm familiar with VAC and they have a great reputation. Your decision to buy Cary or VAC should come... 
What's Absolute Best Upsampling CD Player $2K-$3K?
Tekhifi,Since you dropped the upsampling requirement I'll weigh in. I went the non-upsampling route. I purchased an Alesis ML9600 CD player/burner and hard drive recorder (40GB) that was modified by Tube Research Labs($1500). I also purchased an A... 
Need some advise on DAC's please....
You may want to look into non-up/oversampling DACS. Audio Note and Shigaraki (47 Labs) have good information on their sites about the concept. Both have good products as well which I looked at closely before deciding on an Audio Mirror DAC availab... 
CDP or Transport/DAC- Need help
I just went through this process and ended up with the following:Alesis Masterlink 9600 (modified by TRL). These can be bought for about $800 new and the mod is $550. Vh (Chris Ven Haus) Pulsar coaxial digital cable with WBT nextgen connectors as ... 
Which Used CD Player for Under $1,500?
I too was looking at the Sim Equinox. It was my goal to do an in home audition with a Jolida JD-100 (I still may). However, as fate (or fortune) may have it I ran into an Alesis Masterlink 9600 CDP, Recorder, and HD unit. This one is a TRL mod and... 
Looking for a good pre-amp to mate with Cary V12i
Jond,Thanks for the response. Reason I ask is that I have read some posts regarding matching based on whether the amp has a high or low sensitivity rating. My current preamp, about 9 years old now is a N.E.W. P-3 (designed and built by Cary). It h... 
Looking for a good pre-amp to mate with Cary V12i
Jond,Thanks for your response. I have been following the Supratek discussions on Audiogon and recall seeing a post or two of yours there. The input sensitivity of my Cary is 3.5 volts, would the Herron be a good match in that respect? 
Should I pay a lot for a DAC?
I have just gone through this process and looked at many DACs: Ack, Benchmark, MSB, Bel Canto, Scott Nixon, Audio Note, 47 Labs and more. I finally settled on an Audio Mirror D1 DAC for $499. It's available on Audiogon brand new from Audio Mirror.... 
Jolida JD 100 vs. Simaudio Moon Equinox
Goatwuss,Thanks for the reply. I own a Cary V12i and have a tube pre-amp as well. I think you could be right about overdoing it with the warmth. I am slowly coming to the reality that the mods may be overblown and that less is more. The mods Reads...