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Old 27th August 2002, 08:57 PM   #11
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Have you heard of any success stories when using cdenhancer with tda1305?
I would say so!

This is hands-on experience, I built this player for someone else:

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The player has grown a bit, and gained some weight ;-)
It was a tight fit though, since the player is very slim...

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I must admit i have always had your cd enhancer in mind, but wasnt really shure, since im building a dac i wasnt supposed to spend much cash on the rotel.
It may not come as a big surprise, that I'm no fan of separate dacs. S/PDIF data transfer and related reclocking issues (say hello to jitter) have always seemed utterly redundant to me, since a synchronous dac is already present in the player - it just needs a decent output stage.
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I guess the only expensive part is the Sowters, have you got any good source for them?
I have, since I buy in larger quantities these days. These are a bit (...) larger but are by far superior to the Sowters (double C core, overdimensioned potted X-formers custom made). Contact me in private if you need more details (I wouldn't want to come across as a vendor and get booted out, I kinda like it in here).

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Old 27th August 2002, 09:36 PM   #12
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hehe... i would say this is my lucky day =D
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Old 31st August 2002, 01:10 AM   #13
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Remco,

did you compare your set-up with Guido's set-up sonically? If yes, how were the results?
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Old 31st August 2002, 10:54 PM   #14
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Remco,

did you compare your set-up with Guido's set-up sonically? If yes, how were the results?
I did at the 2001 triode festival. Guido was demonstrating the effect of different PLL VCXO's which sounded to me like different icings on the same cake, so not very interesting. To throw everyone off balance and put things into perspective, I went and got my player to play the same piece.

Bjorn Aaholm told me later on that he was holding his breath during playback with the CD enhancer. Although I considered that a compliment, I don't think it would be a good idea for listening on long term.
Guido told me a few weeks ago that he perceived the CD enhancer sound w.r.t. his dac as 'open and transparent'. That's a very good description, and an impressively accurate and articulated judgement from the 5 minutes he listened to them 1 on 1.

If I were to compare Guido's and my player it would be very hard, due to bias (duh) and the fact that they are on opposite sides of the spectrum. Rather, I'd compare them to cars. Guido's dac is like a Ferrari: fast, detailed, superb first impression, but very tiring over time. You won't drive it across the lower 48 states. The CD enhancer is like an Aston Martin: relaxed, laid back, not keeping you on the tip of your chair, but you can drive it for hours without fatigue and with real pleasure.

It really depends on your taste I suppose. Both principles can be brought to great height when well implemented. In this league, there are no bad machines. I have given up the ego thing a long time ago and won't try to convince others into liking my circuit just because I do. Hence, speaking strictly for myself: I've had a tubed pcm63 dac which I would trade any day against this. I like the relaxed character instead of the nervous edginess. I think most horn lovers will tend to choose the pcm63, horns also have that Ferrari image to me. I can see what people like in them.
I do wish though more people would try judging their own ears instead of relying on others advice (just in general, no personal intentions). 1-bit converters are often bashed, mainly because they're not expensive enough, it seems. If you paid $60 for a pcm63 IC, it has to be good, right?

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Old 31st August 2002, 11:11 PM   #15
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Remco,
Thank you, you somehow second an impression. I like your way to answer very much!
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