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Re: OT question about sound cards/chip-sets and high-end music systems

On Wed, Nov 25, 2009 at 03:40:33PM +1300, Chris Bannister wrote:
> On Thu, Oct 15, 2009 at 08:51:52PM -0600, Paul E Condon wrote:
> > On 20091015_144147, Nick Lidakis wrote:
> > Equipment: 
> > Adcom GTP-450 Tuner
> > Adcom GCD-700 CDcarousel/player
> > Adcom GFA-5000 dual audio amp
> > Vandersteen Model 2 woofer/mid/tweeter combo (2 ea)
> > 
> > I want to listen to classical music in the family room after my twin
> > 8yr old grand-daughters have gone to bed. So dedicated listening but
> > not dedicated space. No interest in whole-house sound system. No
> > interest in 'quality' head-phones.
> > 
> > I have been out of touch with the high-end audio world since I bought
> > this system. I had never heard of Pass Labs until you mentioned them
> Get yourself a "qood quality" turntable, Linn Sondek comes to mind, and
> some decent vinyl and then you are talking "high end."
> More and more people are turning back to records as they realise
> anything else is just a compromise.

And don't forget a good quality phono preamp, as I'm sure that much gear
these days does not  have such facilities. Might as well throw in "good quality"
record cleaner, stylus gauge, and record brush. And if anything else is just
a compromise then you might as well throw in a good quality turntable speed
controller. VPI makes for a penny under a grand USD. You'll also need a good
quality turn table stand to isolate it from mechanical vibrations. If you've
got problems with floating floors, etc., then you'll need something with more 
mass and possibly fillable with lad shot, i.e., something a 'lil better than good

Don't get me wrong; I *love* the sound of my VPI turntable, but sometimes,
like at the end of wicked sixteen hour shift, the last thing I wanna do is
futz with the record brush, stylus cleaning solution, etc., etc., when I need
to salve my soul. 'Tis easier to pickup the Nokia N800 (instant on) and play
some tunes via my tubed USB DAC. And please don't think for a minute that a
quality USB DAC playing FLAC files is that far removed, these days, from a
decent vinyl setup.

Paul, if you're still following, did you happen to hear about the Devilsound
Labs USB DAC? Link: http://www.devilsound.com/DAC/

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