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Tube DACs aren't too common, nice choice. =D


Picked up some more info on the Marantz CD players - There were three left, priced at $15, $20, and $25. Model is PMD321, apparently retailed in the $350 range. Balanced XLR out.

Most likely picking one up for myself, anyone else who wants one, let me know, we can work out cost, shipping will probably be pretty costly.
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w00t, my sr-225's got in today, had to go grab a 1/4 to 1/8 adapter
wow, they make a world of differance compared to my old phones, but i can see the pads getting uncomfortable after a while (what are they made of? i think i will try washing them a few times).
now just another month and ill go for an 0404 unless someone has some thoughts on something other then an 0404.
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w00t, my sr-225's got in today, had to go grab a 1/4 to 1/8 adapter
wow, they make a world of differance compared to my old phones, but i can see the pads getting uncomfortable after a while (what are they made of? i think i will try washing them a few times).
now just another month and ill go for an 0404 unless someone has some thoughts on something other then an 0404.
Maybe this article will change your mind

X-fi vs Emu 404
http://www.head-fi.org/forums/f46/my...months-167306/

If I were you I would spring for something a tiny bit more expensive. It would save you alot of money and your ears will thank you in the long run. What I'm talking about is the Keces 151 usb dac, its on my to buy list, I heard amazing things about it. Definitely leaps and bounds compared to preludes and emu 404's.

Here is a review on the Keces 151
http://www.head-fi.org/forums/f46/re...s-burn-297021/



How can you resist?
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but how can i say no to s/pdif, midi, xlr and 1/8 and 1/4 inch?
be great for recordings, i have heard mixed thoughts on it, but for the most part people are very happy with the 0404, what do others think?
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Maybe this article will change your mind

X-fi vs Emu 404
http://www.head-fi.org/forums/f46/my...months-167306/

If I were you I would spring for something a tiny bit more expensive. It would save you alot of money and your ears will thank you in the long run. What I'm talking about is the Keces 151 usb dac, its on my to buy list, I heard amazing things about it. Definitely leaps and bounds compared to preludes and emu 404's.

Here is a review on the Keces 151
http://www.head-fi.org/forums/f46/re...s-burn-297021/



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I noticed a massive upgrade in sound going from X-Fi > 0404. The Keces is comparable to the 0404 in sound quality, and more expensive, however I will admit that it's dead sexy. The 0404 is a fugly teal monster by comparison.
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I kinda like the fugly teal, myself. I think it would go well in my mismatched system.

Bronze headphones, oak speakers, maple tuner, brushed aluminum/grey plastic CDP, white interconnects and pink speaker wire.
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Well, this is kind of hard to believe, but the seller for the D5000's made a very grave mistake yesterday when he accepted our terms for the deal and had me send him the money...

...he had already sold them to another person a few days earlier and had completely forgotten about it.

He has offered me a pair of D2000's recabled in APS v3, but the price is a bit much.

I have had some horrendous luck on Head-Fi this past weekend, and now am left with 2 main options:

1) If the price is lowered on the D2000, go for those.

2) Stop messing with this used BS, save up a bit, and go for the DX1000's.

Honestly, #2 is really what I would like to do. These recent events have tarnished my opinion of buying used. Not to mention that it would be pretty satisfying just to forgo my delaying the inevitable and buy my dream headphones.

I need suggestions por favor.
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You can get the d2000 for like $220 on buy.com, and they would be new.

(edit) Looks like it's $235 from third party seller now if you don't want to wait for them to restock.
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And now MY new headphones. =D
looks like all you need now is:
1. HD600 grills
2. an awesome cable!
3. a nice tube amp

Quote:
Originally Posted by s1rrah View Post
Just pulled the trigger on my newest DAC investigation.

And I promised myself I wasn't going to do it!

Oh well. Got it for four hundred shipped. Good deal.

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Will have it by friday. Just in time for a weekend review thread.

I'm planning on generally being solid state on the amp end of things so figured a bit of a tube buffer might work well at the DAC stage.

Should be a better match for my Grados than the Musiland was.

Can't wait to hear it.

tube + Grado = heaven (tubes + Senns = heaven, tubes + AKG's = heaven... hmm... I think I'm seeing a trend...)

No, there are good SS amps and good tube amps. I love the detail that SS typically brings, but sometimes it just sounds so cold and clinical. I love the warmth and energy that tubes bring, but you have to get a really well designed circuit to get the neutrality and detail that I crave. I think that's why I love the millet max. it's a simple design with a tube gain stage and SS output stage.

oh, and I thought you told me you were going to save up?...

Quote:
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Tube DACs aren't too common, nice choice. =D


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Most likely picking one up for myself, anyone else who wants one, let me know, we can work out cost, shipping will probably be pretty costly.
I'm in Just let me know if shipping will be much more than $20

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Originally Posted by [PWN]Schubie View Post
w00t, my sr-225's got in today, had to go grab a 1/4 to 1/8 adapter
wow, they make a world of differance compared to my old phones, but i can see the pads getting uncomfortable after a while (what are they made of? i think i will try washing them a few times).
now just another month and ill go for an 0404 unless someone has some thoughts on something other then an 0404.
Try some HD414 pads! they're my favorite.

Well for a USB DAC I'll be giving the TPA Opus a go soon. I ordered one with the USB module a few days ago. They expect to be able to ship at the end of the month so it may be a bit, but I've heard an Opus before and I can pretty much guarantee it'll be better than the 0404. You can pretty much give it several inputs and outputs and configure it how you want. The basic Opus + input board (USB or SPDIF) and psu board is around $185, then you just need a toroid ($25ish) and to decide what you want for an output stage (if you want one) and case it up.
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post #3090 of 38372
I'd say go for the dx1000 Aura, you know you want it and if you buy the d2000 your only slowing down the inevitable. You have upgradetitis and the only way to stop that is to get the best and from what Ive seen the dx1000's are up there.
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