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Since its inception ten years ago, the Harbeth User Group's ambition has been to create a lasting knowledge archive. Knowledge is based on facts and observations. Knowledge is timeless. Knowledge is human independent and replicatable. However, we live in new world where thanks to social media, 'facts' have become flexible and personal. HUG operates in that real world.

HUG has two approaches to contributor's Posts. If you have, like us, a scientific mind and are curious about how the ear works, how it can lead us to make the right - and wrong - decisions, and about the technical ins and outs of audio equipment, how it's designed and what choices the designer makes, then the factual area of HUG is for you. The objective methods of comparing audio equipment under controlled conditions has been thoroughly examined here on HUG and elsewhere and can be easily understood and tried with negligible technical knowledge.

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The Moderators' decision is final in all matters regarding what appears here. That said, very few Posts are rejected. HUG Moderation individually spell and layout checks Posts for clarity but due to the workload, Posts in the Subjective Soundings area, from Oct. 2016 will not be. We regret that but we are unable to accept Posts that present what we consider to be free advertising for products that Harbeth does not make.

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  • #46
    I use a Cambridge Audio bluray player as a transport into a Naim Supernait dac, I'm very pleased with the results. (c7es2 & 50" panasonic 1080p plasma)

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    • #47
      I have a couple in the house, neither of which would be considered close to "state of the art"-but each one offers high value.

      Upstairs: Ah! Tjoeb, the Dutch modified (tube output stage) Marantz player
      Downstairs: NAD C 542, very high bang for the buck with built in HDCD decoder

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      • #48
        The first time I replied to this thread, I was using all Naim equipment (cd, integrated, power supply). I've gone back to using Jolida JD100 with a less expensive amp. Still sounds great.

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        • #49
          Wadia's latest 381. Using its built in digital volume control to great effect .
          Attached Files

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          • #50
            Originally posted by Paul G Smith View Post
            Arcam players seem to be most peoples starting point and I am still using my Alpha6 but as a transport, feeding the D/A in my Bryston preamp.
            I was thinking of getting a Blueray player which will play just about everything including CDs and SACDs. Does anyone else use a DVD / Blueray player for audio?
            I'm also considering a SONOS setup.
            I'm considering an OPPO 83 Universal disc player. Has anyone any thoughts...?
            Paul

            "If all else fails, read the instructions"

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            • #51
              Rega Saturn...sounds fabulous with my P3's!

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              • #52
                Exemplar Denon 3910 (redbook, SACD and DVD-A)

                HL-P3ES-2 30th Anniversary in Eucalyptus

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                • #53
                  hi, let's take a break and see what kind of digital sources that we use in our system in HUG:

                  Meridian 507
                  Naim CD5x + Flatcap2x
                  Sugden Masterclass CDP
                  Meridian 508.24
                  Opera Consonance CD120 Linear
                  Marantz CD17mkIII, Marantz CD6000KI and a Modded Lite Tube Dac 50
                  YBA CD1 the double external power supply version, EAR Acute
                  Bryston BCD-1. Wow.
                  Luxman DU 80, Audio Note AN-2
                  Streaming music with Linn Majik DS-I
                  A MacBook, Bel Canto 24/96 USB-Link, and mhdt Havana DAC
                  Macbook Pro - M2Tech Hiface - Naim DAC & Cambridge 650BD - Naim DAC
                  Quad CD- 2, Oppo 980
                  Quad 77
                  PS Audio Perfect Wave Transport with a Bel Canto DAC3 using the Virtual Battery Supply VBS1
                  McIntosh MCD-500 SACD/CD player
                  Luxman D-06
                  Sugden CDMaster
                  Meridian G08.2
                  Marantz CD16
                  EERA DL1
                  Naim CDS2
                  Marantz SA-11S2
                  PrimaLuna Prologue 8 tube CD player
                  Nad M5.
                  Copland CDA-277
                  meridan 500 Mk II Transport running into a Naim DAC
                  Rega Apollo
                  accuphase 800/801 cd-sacd player
                  Cambridge Azur 840C
                  CEC junkie 3300 and tl51xr
                  Arcam Alpha
                  Linn Ikemi
                  NAD 5440
                  NaimUniti (nait 5i)
                  Marantz SA15S1 CD/SACD
                  Arcam Alpha6
                  PrimaLuna Prologue 8
                  Cambridge Audio bluray player as a transport into a Naim Supernait dac
                  Tjoeb, the Dutch modified (tube output stage) Marantz player, NAD C 542
                  Jolida JD100
                  Wadia's 381.
                  OPPO 83 Universal disc player?
                  Rega Saturn
                  Exemplar Denon 3910 (redbook, SACD and DVD-A)

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                  • #54
                    "PS Audio Perfect Wave Transport with a Bel Canto DAC3 "
                    An update:
                    I've had the Bel Canto DAC3 modified to use the virtual battery supply (VBS1). This improved sound quality considerably: more natural tone quality from low to high, better sound stage particularly as regards depth and greater transparency. Altogether more musical.
                    David

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                    • #55
                      Another Arcam to the list - CD37. Replaced my Arcam Delta 70.2a few months back.
                      Ben from UK. Harbeth Super HL5 owner.

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                      • #56
                        Ps Audio PWD/ Bridge streaming Alac, Flac, AIFF , redbook and Hi Rez

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                        • #57
                          Quad 67 connected to Matrix (Synthesis) Dual mono Valve DAC. And even more time using heavily modified SqueezeBox.

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                          • #58
                            I am CDP-less! I have embraced NAS and wireless music streaming!

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                            • #59
                              Originally posted by denjo View Post
                              I am CDP-less! I have embraced NAS and wireless music streaming!
                              What precisely are you using, Denjo?

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                              • #60
                                Hi Labarum
                                Since my Quad 77 CDP packed up several years back, I decided to get a Squeezebox 3 (Classic), with RCA digital out to my Accuphase E560's internal DAC (DAC-20). The SB3 is powered by a shunt regulated Paul Hynes' PSU. The music files stored in my NAS are wirelessly streamed to the SB3. All controls and selection are via the SB3 remote. The SB3 also allows me listen to internet music which sounds quite decent when fed into my Accuphase internal DAC. I am reliably informed that my Accuphase DAC-20 houses a pair of Analog Devices 1955 DAC chip. The upgraded DAC-30 uses a pair of Burr-Brown DAC 1796 which allows up to 192 sampling. I hope this helps!

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