mgrif104

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Update from Nordost Heimdall to Frey speaker cable
@roadcykler  are you actually suggesting that there’s no difference (other than price) between any cables whatsoever? So, you can use the cheapest lamp cord (or even smaller gauge - no reason to waste copper) and you’re good to go for speaker cab... 
Update from Nordost Heimdall to Frey speaker cable
@akg_ca +1 Cables are so very system dependent, an extended audition in home is necessary. It just can’t be accomplished at the dealer. That said, I did make an initial determination between Transparent, AQ and Nordost at the dealer to determine... 
Update from Nordost Heimdall to Frey speaker cable
@couger4u  That’s where it started for me - Tyr II interconnects (xlr balanced). I auditioned them against what I had (Cardas something), Transparent and AudioQuest. The Nordost - in my system with my gear at the time - was noticeably better than... 
Update from Nordost Heimdall to Frey speaker cable
I am also in the Nordost ecosystem. I suspect you’ll hear an improvement. Depending on the rest of your system, you might be completely satisfied or be tempted to go further up the chain. Regardless, Frey is noticeably better than Heimdahl.   As ... 
NAD C658 upgrade -> Auralic Altair G1.1,... ?
I have Auralic gear though the Aries G2 and Sirius G2.1 processor. I had the Vega G2.1 DAC as well until I upgraded from there - but it was quite good and fully competitive with other $7k+ DACs.  I mention this because i don’t have direct experie... 
T+A DAC 200 or WEISS 501
@roccity  I agree with Juan at BlissHifi in that it’s implementation and not file type that makes the biggest difference. My previous Dac could also play DSD files natively and indeed sounded good doing so through the Sirius processor, but the di... 
T+A DAC 200 or WEISS 501
I purchased a DAC200 late last fall from Juan @blisshifi (great dealer to work with BTW!). On PCM vs my previous Dac, it was only slightly better - more different than better. However, using the DSD converter path, the DAC200 is superior. Upstrea... 
Final Dac
I see that you’re new to Audiogon. Welcome. Hopefully you find it a helpful and friendly place to share ideas and experiences.  You also recently posted about a few other DACs - a list which also included the MMT. So, we can assume you’ve narrowe... 
(20 year old) 1.0 meter Kimber hero xlr and Audioquest diamondback xlr cables
@duketbrd88  good questions. I had a somewhat similar experience. I had been using some new Cardas xlr cables between my DAC and preamp and decided to audition some different ones at the recommendation of my local dealer. I tried them in my syste... 
MBL Owners: The "Why" Behind Our Choices and the Search for the Ultimate "Wow" Factor
I love the sound. I was going to purchase the 101 MK IIs but decided I just couldn’t live with them. Same with their smaller models. I don’t have a dedicated listening room - it’s my living room. And, they’re just too gaudy. I know some love thei... 
Network Acoustics Products?
It’s a fair and good question. I’ve found everything makes a difference, it’s just a matter of degrees.  I invested in the NA Eno (with cable) and initially tried it alone but didn’t hear much of a difference. Then I put in an improved switch (En... 
DAC vs Music Server
@ricred1  good post and an important lesson to many of us. I also have found the streamer to be at least as important as the DAC. In my system. I’ve been curious about the Oladra but have been hesitant over their software and am skeptical of Roo... 
Can’t demo, better preamp, T+A P 3100 or NAIM NAC332/NPX300
I own the T+A PA 3100 HV - their integrated amplifier (and their DAC 200). So, I am clearly biased and you should take my comments as such. There is a reason I own this brand. I upgraded from their R series integrated (very nice sounding itself).... 
Auralic Vega G2.2 Owners
I had the Vega G2.1. As the G2.2 is so new, there are not many out there as of yet. My understanding is the G2.2 has improved processing power enabling more future developments than the previous iteration. I’m not sure how much of an upgrade it is... 
What’s the best DAC < 6k (system specific)
I fairly recently purchased the T+A DAC 200 after an extended home audition (thanks Juan at Bliss Hifi - great dealer to work with - highly recommended!). I was also considering going up to the T+A SD 3100 HV - their reference DAC.  Initially, i...