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post #5001 of 38130
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Any other programs like DFX 8? Can be free or cost $.
ewww. use foobar+dsp_delta& download youP-PAX drivers. Theres your sound enhancement right there , and all for the cost of free.
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i have sigmatel onboard sound.
and what is.... foobar+dsp_delta
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post #5003 of 38130
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@Aura:
Does your DAC upsample? If so, is it to the usual 192khz? Does this take the grain out of your badly produced CD's? I like the Paradisea a lot but I have to admit, I am liking what I am reading about the PS Audio DA III (also available w/ Cullen Mods).

I also like the Musical Fidelity X-DAC v8. Have you (or any members) heard either of these?
Hey Gollie, sorry been a busy night for me.

My Parasound does indeed upsample, but it takes normal 44.1 khz to 8x, which is 352.8 khz. I would say that it does take grain out of most of my albums, but is also more revealing of an album that was badly recorded and produced to begin with. Point in case would be with Incubus' Morning View, which is one of the few albums that still dissatisfies me even with my recent improvements to my rig.

Regardless, a solid DAC can really carry an entire system and serve as the backbone. Dare I say that my Parasound has made a bigger difference than my Moth... I'm still undecided. The former certainly has more value.
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After spending $1500 on the MPX I'm going to have to hide the CC statement if I spend $1600 on a DAC.
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post #5005 of 38130
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After spending $1500 on the MPX I'm going to have to hide the CC statement if I spend $1600 on a DAC.
Cambridge Audio Azur 840C. One of the best modern DAC's out there. For $1,100-1,300 used, it's a giant-killer.

That should save you at least a few hundred if you decide to upgrade.
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post #5006 of 38130
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Cambridge Audio Azur 840C.
The links that come up on google say this is a CD player. Are there two versions?
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Ok, I read up on it...

Looks promising. There is one for 1095 on A'gon. I'm going to email the seller.

Good recommendation. I wish I could rep you! <3
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The links that come up on google say this is a CD player. Are there two versions?
It has digital input, meaning that you can bypass the cd-component and simply use it as a DAC. As you can see, it is extremely versatile.

If I hadn't discovered Parasound, I would probably own an 840C myself.
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post #5009 of 38130
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It has digital input, meaning that you can bypass the cd-component and simply use it as a DAC. As you can see, it is extremely versatile.

If I hadn't discovered Parasound, I would probably own an 840C myself.
Been reading up on it for the past hour and it is hard to find any information on people using it as a stand alone DAC. What I did read is that it is a FANTASTIC CDP but that it only oversamples to 24/192 when used as a stand alone DAC.

I might just go with the PS Audio. I'll talk to the people that I emailed on A'gon and see what they say. The used versions are very attractive for ~$1000, but I will have to see.

I have spent ANOTHER day researching this stuff. It feels never ending at times. Bedtime for now.
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I really don't understand how oversampling could make the audio sound better, although I really don't know anything about oversampling. How I preceive it is that its basically like taking a SD video and encoding it to 1080p... I think my DAC oversamples to 24/192, but I don't really know if it makes a difference .
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