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I added a USB DAC & headphone amp to my audio set up last week. It's really helped in terms of listening to music on the computer. Not having to reply on my PCs soundcard and all the buzzing/interference that came with that.

 

Has anyone else used USB DACs and what difference did you notice?

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40 minutes ago, Jurassic Shark said:

 

I used a super cheap USB DAC due to noise issues with the internal sound.

 

I went for the Cyrus Soundkey. Noticed a nice improvement in overal quality and detail from my PC and phone.

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1 minute ago, Alan said:

 

I went for the Cyrus Soundkey. Noticed a nice improvement in overal quality and detail from my PC and phone.

 

Interesting! I don't use a USB DAC for my other PCs where there's no noise issues with the internal sound card, but perhaps I should do a comparison of the overall quality with and without the DAC.

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2 hours ago, Alan said:

Has anyone else used USB DACs and what difference did you notice?

 

@King Mark uses an external DAC I believe

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Deja vu... ;)

 

On 3/4/2020 at 9:39 AM, Alexcremers said:

- I once had bookshelves by B&W but I sold them again because the mids were too silky sounding. I like a more neutral presentation. Mids is where everything happens.

 

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These were the B&W speakers I had. Yes, they were bullet proof.

 

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Not too long ago I wanted to buy this vintage CD player:

 

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I loved the design and especially those buttons! But then I thought to myself, when a CD player is that old, you're asking for problems, so I didn't go through with it.

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4 hours ago, Naïve Old Fart said:

What happened to it?

 

I sold it foolishly when I purchased my first Laserdisc player.

 

Fortunately I picked up a NAD 5420 for pocket change a few years ago:

 

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It's a bit flimsy but has a beautiful delicate sound with an "inky black" noise floor (Hi-Fi Choice's words). 

 

It complements my Musical Fidelity B200 and Linn Kan's wonderfully (these are pics from the internet - my stuff is in storage @Jurassic Shark) LOL

 

Oh and my Kan's are white - painted 'em myself ;)

 

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2 hours ago, Alexcremers said:

Not too long ago I wanted to buy this vintage CD player:

 

I loved the design and especially those buttons! But then I thought to myself, when a CD player is that old, you're asking for problems, so I didn't go through with it.

 

My champagne Pioneer CLD-99 is also quite pretty in a retro way :)

 

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My NAD player is 30 years old yet it works perfectly. The only snag is occasionally the disc tray won't open or close but it's usually a quick fix.

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1 hour ago, Alexcremers said:

 

B&W.

 

35 minutes ago, Jurassic Shark said:

 

I've been ticking makes of speakers off, mentally.

Monitor Audio...not really

Mission...no

KEF...possibly

Cyrus...hmm

AE...probably not

Meridian...no

Spendor...hmm no

Linn...no

B&W...seems the likeliest possibility.

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