mikelavigne

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Nagra T-Audio - Advice Needed
Dan ’Doc B’ Schmalle of the Bottlehead forum was designated by Nagra to be the Nagra tape deck tech for the USA. not sure he is still doing that, but still likely the guy to contact for help with a Nagra T.http://bottlehead.com/ i owned a pristine... 
How much do you need to spend to get digital to rival analog?
ask Andreas about 2xdsd verses 4xdsd. not relevant to this discussion. i have plenty of 4sdsd files where i have 2xdsd too. meh. i like and appreciate the difference but it’s not profound.ADC for some was a Modified Korg. others i think were a Mer... 
How much do you need to spend to get digital to rival analog?
I’m going to put the onus back on you.Please record your analog material to digital - without clipping - so you’re using the same master as source material. Level match the two sources, and record the output from your system. Compare the waveform... 
How much do you need to spend to get digital to rival analog?
I own 15 IPS tape from Ultra Analogue Recordings. I also own the CD and Digital File versions. I listened in my room with Roger Ginsley the Canadian rep for Studer and the engineer behind the recordings. The digital was right there with the Tape.... 
How much do you need to spend to get digital to rival analog?
Anyone claiming that digital is worse than analog because of "real world dynamics" is misguided.  please cite examples so we can all listen and comment. or come over to my room, bring your files and dac, and we can both listen and see where it... 
How much do you need to spend to get digital to rival analog?
So Mike, it appears you have an obvious bias in this regard which makes it difficult for us to interpret what you have to offer in this conversation. obvious bias? really?it’s tempting to get defensive with a comment like that. i will try to stay... 
How much do you need to spend to get digital to rival analog?
Geez...Is anyone going to address the OP’s simple question? early in the thread, this was addressed. it’s basically unanswerable since there are so many levels of analog. maybe if you identify a particular price point of analog you can come up w... 
How much do you need to spend to get digital to rival analog?
i wish i had license to I.D. this person i’m referring to; but i do not. we can leave it at that and move on. if you were sitting here next to me in my room i would tell you.understand that the designer of my music server, easily the top server pr... 
How much do you need to spend to get digital to rival analog?
what brought that 1995 Stereophile article to my attention recently was a private exchange i happened to be on the periphery of, between the designer of my Music Server, and an un-named iconic high fidelity techie we all would know. my Server Desi... 
How much do you need to spend to get digital to rival analog?
as asked the question is not answerable.there are so many levels of analog that you can't really say. i have what many consider to be the very tip top, bleeding edge of digital performance. yet, my best vinyl or tape easily surpasses it.however; a... 
Soulution or CH Precision
regarding darTZeel and dynamics and fast transients, i would say that you have it completely in the service of the music. and that the amplifiers you are considering are 3x or 4x the price of the 108 stereo dart. granted the mono darts are even mo... 
Soulution or CH Precision
i play in that sandbox too; ultra uber Swiss solid state.if you read the current Stereophile you will read about the new darTZeel 468 mono block amplifiers and 18NS preamp, and the CH P M1.1’s are contrasted.http://www.stereophile.com/content/dart... 
VPI's new "Vanquish" Ultra High-End turntable is a STUNNER!
maybe a better name is ’The Harlot’? :-)who would want that thing in their room? hopefully there are choices for the accent color. or maybe VPI visits different customer rooms than i’ve ever seen. i can’t recall a room where that would look right.... 
Active isolation; what can it do for music reproduction?
what might be happening with speaker spikes on the concrete is that it’s digging in a bit on a molecular level so the depth is changing slightly. if you use some sort of disc under the spikes (copper pennies actually work well) then you will stop ... 
Placette RCV Passive Pre between pre and power amplifiers?
agree with George, up to a point.it will depend on the impedance match and output drive between your CDP, and the Placette RVC, and then the same with your amps.the odds are that you will prefer the Placette RVC to your active preamp in the signal...