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Re: Recommendations for DAC
« Reply #180 on: Apr 05, 2019 at 06:11 AM »
Magkano and where can you buy the psaudio direct stream?


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Re: Recommendations for DAC
« Reply #181 on: Apr 05, 2019 at 07:24 AM »
Magkano and where can you buy the psaudio direct stream?


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Re: Recommendations for DAC
« Reply #182 on: Apr 05, 2019 at 02:59 PM »
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Re: Recommendations for DAC
« Reply #183 on: Apr 23, 2019 at 06:52 PM »
Got the Chord Hugo TT2.  As a headphone amp, this thing impresses!  Timing, attack, bass, details, PRAT. It’s very musical with my LCD-3s.  Will see how it performs as a DAC on my system tomorrow.
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Re: Recommendations for DAC
« Reply #184 on: Apr 25, 2019 at 12:04 PM »
Bottom line, if you want a DAC that will make you forget your records and turntable for a while and own a great headphone amp to boot (favorably compared to the Cavalli Liquid Gold amp in one review), the Chord Hugo TT2 is it.
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Re: Recommendations for DAC
« Reply #185 on: May 09, 2019 at 02:49 PM »
Bottom line, if you want a DAC that will make you forget your records and turntable for a while and own a great headphone amp to boot (favorably compared to the Cavalli Liquid Gold amp in one review), the Chord Hugo TT2 is it.
How did you decide on the TT2? What did you compare it with?

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Re: Recommendations for DAC
« Reply #186 on: May 11, 2019 at 02:38 AM »
How did you decide on the TT2? What did you compare it with?

 I compared the Chord TT2 with my present DAC - a Bel Canto DAC eONE 1.5.  I also listened to the Chord MScaler by itself connected to the internal DAC of a Denon AVR. Then I listened to TT2 and MScaler stacked together on the same Denon setup.  The TT2 by itself sounded smooth and devoid of digital glare but adding the MScaler removes all traces of digital glare (which I thought was already gone with the TT2 alone) and you are left with exceeding smoothness. But alas - buying both together was a financial challenge for me.  I'll have to consider the MScaler as a future upgrade. 

I compared the headphone output of the TT2 to my current balanced mos-fet DIY amp. Ganda ng output ng TT2, thanks to its DAC.  And also due to its powerful and clean sounding analog output stage.

This TT2 DAC/headphone amp is all about timing. Chord's DAC designer Robb Watts is on to something - he starts with a knowledge of psycho-acoustics and designs his DACs around his experiments which according to him shows that human hearing can be affected to a surprisingly large degree by even infinitesimally small timing errors on the starting and stopping of musical notes (transients).  Check his lectures on Youtube.

I also listened to Ted Smith and his lectures on the PS Audio's Direct Stream DAC, which he designed.  I guess I was more convinced by Robb's more detailed and sensible lecture. Also I heard from reliable sources that PSAudio is on the warm side and given that my stereo system (Harbeth / Accuphase) is on the warm side, I went with Chord.     
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