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MrSinghsStereo

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I think you could do a lot worse than reach out to Terry Ellis from pursuit perfect system, he used to be a regular on the forum and has his own YouTube channel these days and has come across some very exotic equipment l, he is also very well versed in the Dirac live software suit and has very good knowledge of room treatment products and installation. I know he does offer a service for this type of problem and could also steer you in the right direction re electronics.
View: https://youtu.be/TIGoZ4Aex_w
i have seen some of videos in the past but thanks for the advice.
 

A-Line

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hello, i am new here and am now suffering from upgradeITUS.
my amp and speakers are £60k in total but my sources are less - £10k, £6k and £4k for the cd player / dac , turntable and streamer.
so do I upgrade the dac / transport to the £30 k mark eg a dcs rossini / ch precision or do I keep what I have and save for a rainy day?
I spend most time listening to cds, then vinyl, then streaming (hard drive or Tidal).
i guess the question is, will i get more out of my amp/speakers if I upgrade the sources.
Your source components is where the sound starts, so the short answer is yes.
Not sure why you settled on dCS for digital anything as there are better digital source components than dCS in terms of sonics for far less money.

The best digital these days is either with a DAC or a digital streamer/DAC, no transport. No CD/SACD player, whether a one box solution or as a separate DAC/transport, can compete sonically with hi-rez downloaded files.

If you have hi-rez files on a laptop/tablet then maybe check out this:

Linn's current Klimax DSM music streamer is also quite excellent but not quite to the level of the Soulution DAC.

Just my opinions.
 
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An update on my original post, I have taken the plunge on the dCS Rossini Player Apex which should be delivered to me by the end of Jan 2023. Its been a little bit of a madcap journey - having opted for the nagra dac which sadly had a fault and then taking a punt on the dCS Bartok plus Rossini clock , removing the Aurender N20 streamer and being disappointed by the Luxman D10X cd player.... but now i am set on the dcs solution and the box count will be reduced by 3 which has made mrs singh very happy. once I take delivery and run it in I will explore some wife friendly room treatments which hopefully will make a subtle difference, allbeit I tend to listen near field taking the room out of the equation. oh and lastly, i managed to bag the limited edition Audio Technica sound burger which is a lot of fun!
 
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MrSinghsStereo

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Good luck and have a good time, mate. (y) :cool:. Wish you all the best, friend.

On a serious note, how does it sound...? My Hifi is just great.
the meridian 808 dac/cd player remains a fine machine - big bold soundstage, deep bass and not in the least fatiguing. Where the bartok improved matters was resolution, better flow and transience. when bartok 2.0 firmware was released it went one better - bigger, deeper soundstage , more resolution etc other dcs owners said it achived 85% of the rossini 2.0. the main thing which stood out was how good the bartok in built streamer is and its streaming over ethernet was better than over usb. this meant i did not need a stand alone streamer so i removed the aurender n20 from my set up which my wallet was very pleased about. I then introduced the rossini clock into the system which i purposely delayed as i wanted to hear what v2 did to the bartok. the clock has been an utter revelation. i cannot describe what it does but the music just flows so easily and i am tapping my feet to anything which is played - even - puff the magic dragon on spotify ( my 3 year old sons favourite). Out of curiosity, i did purchase an older melco server and that works very well sending music to the dcs dac over ethernet. i now have the option to get a rossini player apex at a good price and prior to the planned price increase and so i jumped at the chance. this means i no longer need both the 808/bartok as the rossini player has a built in cd transport. by all accounts the apex is a fantastic upgrade to the dcs range and the reworked analogue stages are so good that it removes the need for a pre amp.
 

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the meridian 808 dac/cd player remains a fine machine - big bold soundstage, deep bass and not in the least fatiguing. Where the bartok improved matters was resolution, better flow and transience. when bartok 2.0 firmware was released it went one better - bigger, deeper soundstage , more resolution etc other dcs owners said it achived 85% of the rossini 2.0. the main thing which stood out was how good the bartok in built streamer is and its streaming over ethernet was better than over usb. this meant i did not need a stand alone streamer so i removed the aurender n20 from my set up which my wallet was very pleased about. I then introduced the rossini clock into the system which i purposely delayed as i wanted to hear what v2 did to the bartok. the clock has been an utter revelation. i cannot describe what it does but the music just flows so easily and i am tapping my feet to anything which is played - even - puff the magic dragon on spotify ( my 3 year old sons favourite). Out of curiosity, i did purchase an older melco server and that works very well sending music to the dcs dac over ethernet. i now have the option to get a rossini player apex at a good price and prior to the planned price increase and so i jumped at the chance. this means i no longer need both the 808/bartok as the rossini player has a built in cd transport. by all accounts the apex is a fantastic upgrade to the dcs range and the reworked analogue stages are so good that it removes the need for a pre amp.
This has to be the the best achievable or imaginable of its kind. I can only fantasies the experience you are having.
The problem with my Hifi is it doesn't allow me to truly feel the music like yours does and so to that end thanks for your considerations MrSinghsStereo and give my love to your family.
 
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