Responses from dpac996

A light-hearted essay on loving music vs the audiophilia obsession
@essrand thanks for sharing. I understand you, my audio-gear-addict brethren. The comment (analogy) about how discovering A’gon was spot on. It is like a superhighway of gear access one in which I have accelerated massive gear swapping binges many... 
Kimber Kable - Naked Cables
Uber expensive cables that if you sneeze on will likely be damaged; this stuff just gets better and better. The name, too. Lol 
Bricasti M3 In the house
Hi @pdreher I did try that (running direct) and it is excellent— very transparent and such but I prefer the body and tone better using my Luxman C900u; I might revisit this experiment a few more times with other XLR cables though; I have had exper... 
Bricasti M3 In the house
@teajay I sure am looking forward to that review!I love this DAC. I’m pretty sure it’s settled now, day 25 or so; During this time, I have continuously re-confirmed what I first heard on the early days; First impressions matter, and when we hear g... 
Bricasti M3 In the house
@radiohead99 the M3 volume control is analog. The manual says range is -90 to +6 dB so I’m thinking there is an active stage;256 dsd is 4x the normal 64DSD sample rate, correct? So the interface can easily handle the bitrate; 
What are the top 3 USB cables being used today in reference systems?
I’ve got an Audience AU24SE USB cable that was excellent when I was using usb; I’ve moved to Ethernet and don’t need it; If interested PM me;Thanks 
Are integrated amps technically better than separates?
In a word: No 
Do we ask too much of our audio systems?
@mapman and @oregonpapa you guys are spot on are as many comments here. I'd like to add, there have been many live shows where the actual sound was pretty crappy--I surely don't want my system to sound like that!Cheers all! 
Sound quality of Roon vs. Lighting
Very interesting discussion; I have noticed variation in SQ with Roon over the past 18 months; used many different PC’s including OSX and some dedicated Roon core servers; IMHO, I think much of this SQ variation has to do with USB. The hallmark si... 
My Long List of Amplifiers and My Personal Review of Each!
I’d love to know what the secret is to hearing subtle changes in amplification ( assumed to be level matched or all bets are off) over You Tube; kind of a stretch but maybe I’m not doing it right. Do you run your laptop into your high end home sys... 
Bricasti M3 In the house
Hi @teajay yes. Mike is a very experienced audiophile and knows the gear very well. I highly recommend Audio Archon! Super happy customer here. 
Bricasti M3 In the house
@rsf507 thanks for the kind words. I was told by the dealer it has the latest upgrade to the main board; He also said that the M3 with revision surpasses the M1se and comes extremely close to M21, But I have not heard any other Bricasti DACs so I’... 
Bricasti M3 In the house
The M3 is a game changer for me; I compared extensively USB to ETH; Result:No more USB; In general, I have been up and down the USB link for 2 years. I dislike USB as an interface for high end digital audio--way too much involved to make it sound ... 
Non Analytical Sounding DAC Upgrade- Budget $1,500 or less
Chord Qutest incredible value; according to the designer Rob Watts, they selected the best power supply for the overall low noise design; stick with the stock supply and you can’t go wrong.Immensely musical for the price of admission. 
Looking to upgrade DAC from SA8005
I like Marantz stuff always have; I have the 8004 and it’s very musical, not the last word in extension but it is a heck of a value for the age; I can’t recommend these two highly enough at your price point:Chord Qutest and Schitt Saga+; Highly un...