I've something else for you to possibly consider for your "back burner".....Touraj Moghaddam, the designer of many Roksan products, like the Xerxes TT, is now starting to cause a stir with his Vertere cables: http://www.vertereacoustics.com/SteveR750 said:Spot on Cno. And havi ng just spent half an hour chatting to the nice people at Roksan, I am not going to do anything for 2-3 months, as I think they have lined up exactly the next step I am looking for
Oh, you tease!SteveR750 said:Spot on Cno. And havi ng just spent half an hour chatting to the nice people at Roksan, I am not going to do anything for 2-3 months, as I think they have lined up exactly the next step I am looking for
I just find the M2 bounces along more energetically, which I like. Plus to my ears the bass is just better - goes lower, more tuneful and more agile, which cannot be a speaker issue. Looks like I'm going to be one of the few who hasn't been totally knocked over by it, maybe I have a duff early sample. I still haven't written it off, it's a NAD after all...jerry klinger said:Steve
I've now had a brief listen to the NAD (after using an M2!!) and am not sure I wholly agree with the comments about bass/rhythm etc - yet.
I suspect that the way the NAD interacts with the speakers (and then with the room) has a bearing on this. That is, I can't help thinking that if we both had better speakers we wouldn't have these issues - or, to put it another way, if digital amps of this calibre and dynamic range are going to become commonplace, speaker manufacturers had better put as much into bass control/quality as they have recently into the top end (for hi-res recordings etc).
Meantime - smooth, effortless, detailed and revelatory are adjectives that roll off my keyboard.
OK, how about a range of DACs, a range of Preamp with onboard DACs (so think K2, M2, and and),DavieCee said:Oh, you tease!
Give us a hint at least!
I think I've experienced that each time I've veered away from NAD, which is why I would be very nervous about trying something else again.CnoEvil said:Very interesting.
Sometimes, when you find the brand that just sounds "right" for you whenever you hear it, everything else can seem to fall short.
My only suggestions are an ISOLATOR, or use the optical connection. I stopped using USB to eliminate just this problem, though it obviously varies between computers and DACs depending on designs.SteveR750 said:no, nor a ground terminal like the Chord to earth to the amp. I'm warming a bit to it's sound, it's similar to the NAD in some ways. It's not as smooth as the Qute, though the detail is all there. If I can fix the USB connection, and more importantly my music library then I'll be a bit more inclined to keep it until Roksan launches something. Somehow though I find myself thinking about the NAD. It's a big itch as I suspected it might be. It's beautifully made, and just works so perfectly and seamlessly well. This M-DAC is like some home made device in comparison.
I'll try that cleanup.Overdose said:My only suggestions are an ISOLATOR, or use the optical connection. I stopped using USB to eliminate just this problem, though it obviously varies between computers and DACs depending on designs.
RE the WMA extensions, providing you don't want any of the WMAs, do a search for all locally stored WMAs and delete, then refresh the library. This should do the trick.
On a slightly unrelated topic, have you tried a Linux OS and medi player? Just wondering, as I haven't had any faff related to drivers with any Linux install. They can be dual booted if you didn't already know.
Maybe, just maybe, it would be if you listened 'level matched'. A quick google shows Chord are still using quite a high output level.SteveR750 said:I had hoped the difference would have been smaller, £500 or so smaller.....
Not at all, as it happens, I've put the Qute in the box to be returned. I can't justify such an expenditure on what is quite a small change in the overall scheme.Craig M. said:Maybe, just maybe, it would be if you listened 'level matched'. A quick google shows Chord are still using quite a high output level.SteveR750 said:I had hoped the difference would have been smaller, £500 or so smaller.....
Anyway, whatever, enjoy your new dac.
Edit: apologies if you think I'm being a c**k, it's a disease...
Well, I do respect your quest for the truth. I share that goal and have spent a lot of time contemplating what really is the truth about sound quality in hifi. I use what I would call very affordable cable. I plug my equipment directly into the wall. I currently have my amp sitting on a $50 ikea coffee table. I use a $99 digital streamer. I try and view all hifi claims with a skeptics eye. But I still reject the objectivist purist view that nothing matters but speakers.Craig M. said:I think a part of the reason I'm so happy with what I have is down to realising (to my own satisfaction) that there is no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, and it is getting caught up in some of the dodgier upgradeitus (or believing what you read in mags/forums) that leads to dissatisfaction with one's own kit. So far, every time I've 'gone' with the objectivists, I've been happy. The other part, just to contradict myself, is actually finding the pot of gold. Good luck with the search.