whipsaw

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This is purely subjective opinion. Aqua LaScala/ Atma-Sphere Class D
But one does not need to paint flames onto the Pinto.  😂😂  
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FWIW I actually owned, and forgot to mention, a Merason DAC-1 after the Pontus II, and found the Aqua to be superior in my system. I did like the sound of the Merason, but, like some professional reviewers, found it to be a touch too smooth. If I ... 
This is purely subjective opinion. Aqua LaScala/ Atma-Sphere Class D
Aren’t all opinions purely subjective? Purely? I wouldn’t say that. Opinions don’t appear in a vacuum. Some are well-supported by facts, while others are not. For example, if one person were to assert that DAC A is clearly better than DAC B, w... 
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@pennfootball71 The Lampizator may well be a fine DAC, but your ludicrous characterization of the Aqua DACs raises serious questions about the value of your related opinions.  
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@curiousjim  Aqua claims approximately 10,000 hours, equivalent to two hours listening a day for 13 years. The tubes are not expensive, either.  
This is purely subjective opinion. Aqua LaScala/ Atma-Sphere Class D
@sbank I believe that you may be confusing two models. The current La Scala is the MkII, and I do not believe that there has ever been a MkIII. There is a La Voce S3, which is the latest in that line, but as you suggest the La Scala is widely cons... 
This is purely subjective opinion. Aqua LaScala/ Atma-Sphere Class D
She couldn’t believe how George Winston’s Steinway sounded. She said she’s never heard a Steinway reproduced that close before. BTW she has a Steinway Grand in her home. This is very interesting to me, as when I was asked early on to describe t... 
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I went from the Pontus II to an Aqua La Scala Optologic, and found it to be a significant upgrade. I have not compared it with either a Terminator or Holo May, but have absolutely no interest in changing at this point.  
Audio Science Review = "The better the measurement, the better the sound" philosophy
Important of course - but in my world not the job of the dac. You don't believe that DACs impact timing?  
Audio Science Review = "The better the measurement, the better the sound" philosophy
If you even hint at how measurements can serve a useful purpose on this site, you will get the same mean, nasty, uneducated response. This strikes me as a dubious claim. Feel free to prove me wrong by linking to examples of mean or nasty respon... 
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"Seven cent cotton and 40 cent meat, how on earth can a poor man eat?" – Pete Seeger, American Industrial Ballads  
Where did you buy your first audio gear?
Audio Consultants, Evanston IL, 1970s. Simon (the owner) retired in 2019, and closed up shop. Helluva run (opened in 1967!), and it was a terrific store.  
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Slightly above your budget, but I expect to keep my Aqua La Scala for many years to come, and prefer to the Merason DAC 1.   
Looking for good recordings of female vocals I have not yet tried...
Thanks to @daniel25 for the Eilen Jewell recommendation! I was not familiar with her, and like her work very much. Also well recorded.  
Green Mountain Audio
FWIW I was a big fan of Roy's speakers, and owned two pairs over the years. I did not own the Diamante, but I expect that they would be well worth renovating. I would also be inclined to first try replacing the foam, rather than tinkering with the...