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Von Schweikert synergy
I've owned a few model Von Schweikerts (VR3/4 iterations), even newer (VR2, 4jr), think the VR3's sound better, overall, then the new stuff, fwiw.. With them I've ran the PS Audio HCA-2 and Spectron Musician II/II to FANTASTIC RESULTS. They love f... 
Blind Shoot-out in San Diego -- 5 CD Players
"It was impossible for Alex's presence to exert influence on the test subjectsÂ…"So, none of you have ever heard of this famous horse intelligence/psychology/body language with worlds acclaimed smartest animal of the 1800's, a horse, able to do mat... 
HagUSB vs Other USB Interfaces/Devices
Doesn't the musicland have a USB input?How does it sound? via the USB? I'd really appreciate a review and comparison to other dacs if you could.Quite curious to compare it against the nixon usb tube dac and my Quad 99CDP, as I really like the top ... 
Review: Musical Fidelity CDpre24 vs Cary CD 308 vs Nixon TubeDac+ vs Xindak SCD CD Player
Thanks, all, for the kind words. I had fun listening to each of these machines and have a couple more players to comment on (Modwright Sig. Truth SACD1000 and Wadia 301) but need more time with them to get a feel for what they are capable of.Gitar... 
ok guys get me into 200+ wpc
I've owned a few 200-300+wpc @8ohm amps, yet couldn't find one that did the muscle-amp thing better then a PS Audio HCA-2. It had deeper, faster and more articulate bass then any of the monster amps, played just as loud, yet was vastly more refine... 
Would an external DAC improve the sound of my SONY
If money is not a concern, you may want to take a step back and reevaluate where you're at and where you want to be. Don't get stuck on what you have currently, look around, don't limit yourself. I'm highly skeptical of mods, personally, so will l... 
Would an external DAC improve the sound of my SONY
Thanks for the kind words, Maril555. Sorry to say that I've not used a MCH SACD player much as a transport enough to give any suggestions, but maybe if you started a new thread on the subject you'll find someone who can suggest something in your p... 
Would an external DAC improve the sound of my SONY
The Sony 999 dvd/sacdp is a HORRID transport, lots of garbage comes out of the digital output, that's why you hear little difference with the MF dac, which sounds stunning in the proper system. Get a proper transport, even a cheap Theta Basic or P... 
what amp with the vr-4's
PS Audio, Bel Canto and Spectron digital amps have been my favorites of the many dozens of amps I've used with VSA speakers. I can't imagine any sub 5 figure tube amp driving them to levels I like to listen to, and with the type of music I enjoy, ... 
ipod and dac?
The iRiver 120 model has digital output. There is an online review of it by a self-claimed audiophile, but it's a pretty worthless review as it does not use the digi-out to a dac....I've tried the Philips, iPod and Samsung players in my main syste... 
Sony jukebox CDP-CX400: Can it sound good?
I tried the jukebox to a dac thing for a while ($500 Pioneer Elite player, various $1000-$2000 dacs) and thought it sounded good...that is, at least until I bought a cheap/used Theta dedicated transport, which completely outclassed the changer in ... 
DAC on Universal player
Sell the denon, buy the marantz universal (dv8400 or SA12v2). That will give you a very appreciable improvement on all formats for very little money. Denon doesn't make music very well at all with any of their players, they can only seem to get vi... 
McCormack DNA 1 Deluxe vs Parasound 2200 II
The McCormack, to my ears, no contest. The Parasound 2200mkII isn't a very good amp by todays standards, even for a bass amp it's lacking, far too slow and devoid of the ability to articulate finer bass details, not to mention the midrange and top... 
Marantz SA-14: Original vs. Version 2?
Any idea as to how much? The machine was promised last month, yet, as far as I know, it still doesn't actually exist in the US (at least at 110V).... 
Marantz 8260 vs. Jolida 100 on redbook
I heard the JD-100, in home, with a handful of tubes, at the same time I had the SA-14 and a Musical Fidelity A3 24 dac and a Theta transport on hand. The Jolida came in last place. It's killer for $600, but more money, in this case, brought what ...