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

On Tue, 01 Dec 2009 21:52:45 -0500
Nick Lidakis <nlidakis@verizon.net> wrote:

> 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
> quality.
> 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/

If you're going for a USB DAC, how about this one:
:drooling: ...


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