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Old 29th May 2009, 11:47 PM   #411
3lviz is offline 3lviz  Finland
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I thought that is what I just said and what we all agree about.

No desire for any arguing here, just for enjoying the music.

Its all good . Hugs .
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Old 30th May 2009, 01:28 AM   #412
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Is that true? I would've thought that objective measurements will have a bearing on subjective experience insofar as the accuracy of an electronic sound-generating device goes.

What I want from a DAC is transparency/accuracy. I want the analogue signal coming out of it to be as close to the one that was originally digitised in the first place. Is that not the ultimate goal of a DAC?
Well, i have heard Benchmark DAC-1 for 2-3 years so far. The device is supposed to be pretty much flawless in every test there is. I mean there is not much you can do better with the measured results. Pretty much all DACs get the same "neutral" results in the tests. But to me B32s is much better playing music than DAC1. The 0.0X% better (or worse, who cares) bench results would not explain the much more enjoyable sound quality.

Its all about what you want to listen to. For me B32s is the recipe, but maybe its not for the rest of the world. That leaves you to find out what you want. Imo, there is no shortcut.
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Old 1st June 2009, 04:12 AM   #413
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Default Buffalo32S + Juli@ I2S - Yessss

I am very happy with my new Buffalo32S. Brian and Russ have produced an amazing DAC.

The Buffalo32S is stunning. I did not expect such a leap in soundstage and detail compared to the Perpetual DAC. Music is more enjoyable even at lower volume levels, there is so much more detail and pinpoint location of instruments and vocals.

I use surplus dual linear power supplies which have LM723 regulators. They were already set up for +/- 15V @ 1.5A operation. I had to modify one of them to get +5V which was a little challenging since the supplied schematic did not match the actual units. These supplies are probably overkill.

I am using the I2S outputs from Juli@ sound card, each connected to rather long RG174 mini coax cables due to the layout of my office. I have been driving the Perpetual P-3A ( soon to be up for sale, I think ) in this configuration for a year or so. Lock ON is instantaneous.

I am using the latest version of cPlay with the SOX upsampler at 96kHz. cPlay has two upsamplers each with different upsampling rates, so I will be trying different configurations.

No fancy packaging for me yet. I just attached the power supplies to a piece of poplar, the DAC to a chunk of that "clipboard" pressed board material.
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Old 1st June 2009, 09:02 AM   #414
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I am very happy with my new Buffalo32S. Brian and Russ have produced an amazing DAC.

The Buffalo32S is stunning. I did not expect such a leap in soundstage and detail compared to the Perpetual DAC. Music is more enjoyable even at lower volume levels, there is so much more detail and pinpoint location of instruments and vocals.

I could not agree with you more; I am running cPLAY 25, with SPDIF directly from the Juli@ board upsampling to 96kz; it is time to take the plunge on the I2S mod.

To Brian and Russ - it has been a pleasure to build the psu's and put the Buffalo together - worked first time - no problems locking, no nasty high-pitch noises - nothing but music.

A very satisfied customer.
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Old 1st June 2009, 10:07 AM   #415
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I can only confirm this. The 32s is indeed amazing. I had mine up and running one hour after the package arrived (using previously assemled LPBPS and LPDPS). In the absence of music, there is absolute silence when turning up to full volume, not a trace of hum or hiss. And it immediately locked in narrow to the SPDIF-outputs of three differnt players I tried. I'm not an expert in soldering, but I had no problem so far with any of the TP-kits, all parts clearly labeled, easy to assemble. And I experienced a truly first rate customer service from Russ and Brian when I had a question. I really don't know how they find the time for this, with all the other work, but somehow they do. Thanks a lot!
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Old 1st June 2009, 10:53 AM   #416
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can we have more people comparing the buffalo 32 to their previous DAC? like DAC-AH, MF X-DAC, TDA1541A NOS, WM8410, other CDP (accuphase, Rotel, Cambridge ) etc...
How's the mid, high, low, decay, soundstage, etc before and after buffalo 32?

I just happen to hear a buffalo sabre, 9008(IVY + LPBPS and LPDPS). Wasn't impress due to the extreme dull/ dark sounding presentation (IMO which I simply cannot accept). This is why I am really hesitant to get one, B32s.

Thanks in advance.

Hi Russ/ Brian, I am not trying to ruin ur thread but just gathering honest opinion.
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Old 1st June 2009, 01:04 PM   #417
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Are you really going to rely on what someone else's ears (read as lots of personal interpretation) tell them about lows, mids, highs, soundstage to make a purchasing decision? Thats like asking someone to test drive a car for you and then you go buy it! I think all you can rely upon is that many people like it and thats about as far as you can take a comment like that without hearing it...

I just find it interesting on what people need or what qualifies as decision makers nowadays...
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Old 1st June 2009, 03:08 PM   #418
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I just happen to hear a buffalo sabre, 9008(IVY + LPBPS and LPDPS). Wasn't impress due to the extreme dull/ dark sounding presentation ..
You just happend to hear it? In what system, comparing with what other DACs or players? I wouldn't like it if it would sound the way you write, but mine is certainly not dull/dark sounding.

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Old 1st June 2009, 05:18 PM   #419
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I just find it interesting on what people need or what qualifies as decision makers nowadays...
Well, before I put the $$ in, I just want to hear what owners are saying about them. There isnt one set I can check out locally. This is the best out of this non Ideal situation, I guess......

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You just happend to hear it? In what system, comparing with what other DACs or players? I wouldn't like it if it would sound the way you write, but mine is certainly not dull/dark sounding.

Kurt
Its being compared to 4x TDA1541A NOS thru SPDIF, everything else being the same. The only advantage is sabre has deeper soundstage, other than that no other attribute is close to the 4x TDA1541A NOS.

I just wanted to be sure coz I read too many good user reviews to hear something very contradicting. I am also guessing... undue mods may have being done to it.
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Old 1st June 2009, 09:02 PM   #420
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I have heard in my system (some of these belong to me)
Theres others I tried but the below is the ones I've had

Benchmark DAC1
Modded Beresford TC7510
Buffalo+IVY totally rigged out with Paul Hynes shunt regulation ,Russ's latest filter for the IVY
Buffalo32S currently using Paul Hynes regulation for the VD and VA
Pedja Rojic AYAII (upgraded with TDA1541S2)
One of those CS4397 Ebay dacs (highly modified)
PCM1794 Ez dac ,
various TDA1543 including Audiosector based and a Storm audio Pandora using x 16 parallel chips
Various diy 1 x and 2 x TDA1541A's with various output stages TDA1545 Monica3

For me three dacs stood out between these, The modded Buffalo, Buffalo32s and the AYAII

If I'm honest the modified Buffalo gave the new and fresh (not much burn in ) Buffalo32s a hard time, one thing the modded Buffalo dac wasn't and that was dull/dark sounding, its dynamics was some of the best I've heard, bear in mind its regulation was not standard and this to me had a large impact on the sound, also the newer IVY filter made a difference

Buffalo32s is now maturing nicely and continues to improve, tbh I was a little disapointed at first but now its had a week or so on it , the grounding issue now sorted and since adding the shunt regulation its sounding much more to my taste, it now does some things better than the modded Buffalo

AYAII will always remain one of my favourite sounding dacs, this is a personal thing, some music with this dac just sends me into a trance, it does not have the dynamics of the modded Sabres though
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