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Ok, bought something, and this time it'd better go through or there'll be hell to pay. :swearing:

Just picked up an MHDT Constantine+ on ebay for $310 shipped (they're $435 shipped new from MHDT). This will be replacing my 0404, and serve as a better source for a later amp upgrade.

Now I just have to grab a digital coaxial cable and I'll be set.

Pix -



(Not the one I got, random pic snagged from google)
post #4102 of 38788
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Originally Posted by Namrac View Post
Ok, bought something, and this time it'd better go through or there'll be hell to pay. :swearing:

Just picked up an MHDT Constantine+ on ebay for $310 shipped (they're $435 shipped new from MHDT). This will be replacing my 0404, and serve as a better source for a later amp upgrade.

Now I just have to grab a digital coaxial cable and I'll be set.

Pix -



(Not the one I got, random pic snagged from google)
Awww, right on.

Can't wait to hear your impressions.

Do you plan on using it primarily via USB or coax/toslink?

I've found the coax/toslink on my Paradisea sounds significantly better than the USB ... fuller, better sound stage, more detail ... just an obviously better sonic image.

The USB is good ... but I'm only going to use it when I have to ...

...

Post some thoughts once you get a listen ...

    
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Awww, right on.

Can't wait to hear your impressions.

Do you plan on using it primarily via USB or coax/toslink?

I've found the coax/toslink on my Paradisea sounds significantly better than the USB ... fuller, better sound stage, more detail ... just an obviously better sonic image.

The USB is good ... but I'm only going to use it when I have to ...

...

Post some thoughts once you get a listen ...

Yeah, definitely will be using coax, I've heard bad things about the USB input.
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lol, we all get distracted...
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lol, we all get distracted...
If his Constantine comes through with the smooth, musical and delicious sounds that my own MHDT Paradisea provides ... then it will be a distraction worth investigating.

BTW Nammy: if you end up liking the DAC and retaining it for a while, I'd be interested in a 1 week swap somewhere down the line if you agree to such ...

I'm thinking five or six months down the road; and, if you end up hanging on to it, I'd certainly enjoy a trade somewhere down the line.

I've read that it's a bit more detailed than my Paradisea while still being very non-analytic and analogue sounding ...

Just a prelim heads up ...

    
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If his Constantine comes through with the smooth, musical and delicious sounds that my own MHDT Paradisea provides ... then it will be a distraction worth investigating.

BTW Nammy: if you end up liking the DAC and retaining it for a while, I'd be interested in a 1 week swap somewhere down the line if you agree to such ...

I'm thinking five or six months down the road; and, if you end up hanging on to it, I'd certainly enjoy a trade somewhere down the line.

I've read that it's a bit more detailed than my Paradisea while still being very non-analytic and analogue sounding ...

Just a prelim heads up ...

I'd love to, I was just telling bryan how I immediately wanted the paradisea after I bought the Constantine. <3 tubes.

I have a feeling I'll be hanging onto this for quite some time, unless I suddenly fall into a crapload of money and can properly go balanced.
post #4109 of 38788
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I'd love to, I was just telling bryan how I immediately wanted the paradisea after I bought the Constantine. <3 tubes.

I have a feeling I'll be hanging onto this for quite some time, unless I suddenly fall into a crapload of money and can properly go balanced.
If your going to be using a tube amp ultimately ... then I think the MHDT Constantine is a wise choice.

That's just my personal take on things as I'm always reluctant to overtly "smear" the sound of an original recording via tubes in my playback chain.

IF Solid state amp THEN tube DAC
IF Tube amp THEN non tube DAC

That's the equation my own (inexperienced) inner ear follows anyway ...

I understand the different sonics that different tubes can convey, but I'm still not keen on over doing the tube-like influence on things.

Just seems reasonable.

...

Then again ... many other folks I've talked with online have sworn by their Paradisea/Tube amp combos ...

So, it's a matter of personal preference I guess.

Anyway ... give yourself some time with your new DAC and if you end up liking/keeping it ... we can hook up a bit later on a trade.

    
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I understand the different sonics that different tubes can convey, but I'm still not keen on over doing the tube-like influence on things.
Nah MOAR TUBES.

Eventually I want to add a tube buffer/section to one of my future cdp's. Yummy.

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