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Old 05-14-2021, 06:48 PM
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Hi again AudioAf Fam.

When my little girl was born 5.5 years ago, I became scarce on this forum, let my membership lapse, lost touch with my audio system for anything other than watching PG movies, etc.

Little girl is finally getting more self sufficient, I'm becoming reacquainted with my stereo (for playing something other than Frozen 2 soundtracks), and I again have the itch to upgrade my various systems.

First component up is to replace the Esoteric DAC with something which will work asynchronously (USB) with the latest MacOS / Mac Mini.

Perhaps the DAC just needs a firmware flash or something, but heck with it, I'll throw it on another system and move onto a DAC with more capabilities (ideally RoonReady, ethernet input capability, and MQA). Budget is $6k or so. I've been looking at the SimAudio Moon 390 Network Player here: https://simaudio.com/en/product/390-...-preamplifier/ for no other reason than it will match the SimAudio Moon monoblocks in my rack. Not a great reason to select something.

I’ve missed you!

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Old 05-14-2021, 07:08 PM
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I could be convinced to upgrade to McInosh MA9000 or MA12000 if you think the Dac section is pretty good.
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Listening Room (HT Portion): Vandersteen VCC-5 Center, Vandersteen VSM Signature Surrounds, JL Audio CR1 Crossover, JL Audio f110 v2 Subwoofer, Marantz SR 5010 Receiver, Wireworld

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Old 05-14-2021, 07:24 PM
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Welcome back Karl!
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Old 05-15-2021, 02:16 AM
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Karl, welcome back!
Missed you too!
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Old 05-15-2021, 07:54 AM
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Hello Karl - I joined when our three were also becoming self-sufficient (hint: that never actually happens, but all good).

Many great options these days - lots of knowledgeable people here.
I try to keep the computing/communication separate from the DAC, but opinions vary.
I am not familiar with your DAC, but for a little money you can attach a 'renderer' or 'network bridge' * in front of it. Many options.
In my case, I put a SOtM Neo in front of the Chord DAC. Roon now 'sees' the Chord DAC as an endpoint and adjusts accordingly. Low cost and painless.

Computers and software are constantly changing; DACs tend to be more mature.
My 2 cents.

*same thing
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Old 05-15-2021, 10:41 AM
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CL —- this is not a bad idea. And I suppose it is also an argument against an integrated with a digital stage. Thanks for the feedback!

I do have an itch to try full MQA

Kinda also an itch to try tubes in some stage again.

Man, once this upgrade itch starts!
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Listening Room (2 Channel): Vandersteen 5A speakers, Simaudio Moon Neo 400M Mono Block Amplifiers, Esoteric D-07X DAC (preamp) via Apple Mac Mini (Roon), Furman IT-Reference 20i Power Cond., Wireworld.
Listening Room (HT Portion): Vandersteen VCC-5 Center, Vandersteen VSM Signature Surrounds, JL Audio CR1 Crossover, JL Audio f110 v2 Subwoofer, Marantz SR 5010 Receiver, Wireworld

Office: KEF R500 Speakers; Sonos Amp fed by Roon
Family Room: Monitor Audio Silver RX6 speakers, McIntosh MA6600 Integrated Amplifier, Pro-Ject RME 9.1 TT w/ Sumiko Blackbird MC Cart.
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Old 05-15-2021, 02:22 PM
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CL —- this is not a bad idea. And I suppose it is also an argument against an integrated with a digital stage. Thanks for the feedback!

I do have an itch to try full MQA

Kinda also an itch to try tubes in some stage again.

Man, once this upgrade itch starts!
Thank goodness you have a very modest Tour Guide!

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MX136, MC1.2KW(10) MC2KW(2), MCD1100, MS750(2) MVP881, C1000C/P/T, MPC1500, HT-2 SUBS(2) HT3F(2) WS350(2) XRT2K, XCS2K, XR27(2) XCS350(2) JL GOTHAM v2 SUBS(2) SILENZIO MUSIC SERVER, LUMAGEN RADIANCE SCALER, SONY VPH-G90U 4K PROJECTOR, STEWART 120" MOTORIZED SCREEN, CINEMA-TECH SEATING, WW PLATINUM CABLES
Reference System: ACCUPHASE A250 AMPS, C3850 PRE-AMP, DP950 CD/SACD TRANSPORT, DC950 DIGITAL PROCESSOR, DG-58 DIGITAL EQUALIZER, T1200 FM STEREO TUNER, PS1230 POWER SUPPLY, HRS-SXR CUSTOM RACK w/ M3X SHELVES, TAD REFERENCE ONE MK2 LOUDSPEAKERS, WW PLATINUM CABLES
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Analog Rig: CLEARAUDIO INNOVATION WOOD, UNIVERSAL ARM w/ Da VINCI' CART, 2nd UNIVERSAL ARM w/ GOLDFINGER STATEMENT CART, HRS-MXR REFERENCE RACK-GLOSS BLACK w/ M3X SHELVES, AESTHETIX RHEA SIG PHONO-PRE, BRYSTON BHA-1 HEADPHONE AMP, WW PLATINUM CABLES
Reference System: BURMESTER 911MK3 AMP(3), 088 PRE-AMP, 089 CD PLAYER, 100 PHONO PRE-AMP, 948 POWER CONDITIONER, ACCUPHASE DG-68 VOICING EQUALIZER, AVID ACUTUS REFERENCE SP TT, GRAHAM PHANTOM II SUPREME ARM, BENZ MICRO LP-S CART, GRANDIOSO P1/D1 STACK, G1 RUBIDIUM MASTER CLOCK, N05 NETWORK PLAYER, SILENZIO MUSIC SERVER, HRS-SXR CUSTOM RACK w/ M3X SHELVES, SONUS FABER AIDA SPEAKERS, JL FATHOM F113v2 SUBS(2) SOUND ANCHOR STANDS(2) WW PLATINUM CABLES

Library System: GRANDIOSO M1 MONOBLOCK AMPS, C1 LINESTAGE PRE-AMP, K1X CD/SACD PLAYER, G1 MASTER RUBIDIUM CLOCK, E02 PHONO-PRE, SILENZIO MUSIC SERVER, AERIAL ACOUSTICS 20T V2, AERIAL SW12 SUBS(2), CANTON REF K1s, VPI HRX TT w/ SDS POWER SUPPLY, ORTOFON CADENZA BLACK CART, KLAUDIO RCM, SHUNYATA DENALI 6000/S v2, SHUNYATA OMEGA QRs, WW PLATINUM CABLES
Esoteric/Bryston System: ESOTERIC C02-X PRE-AMP, P-02X TRANSPORT, D02-X DAC, G02-X CLOCK, BRYSTON 28B3 CUBED MONOBLOCK AMPS, BRYSTON BHA-1 HEADPHONE AMP, SHUNYATA DENALI 6000/S v2(2) EVEREST 8000 POWER CONDITIONER(2) AMR-DP777-SE DAC, SILENZIO MUSIC SERVER, TAD REFERENCE ONE MK2 LOUDSPEAKERS, QUADRASPIRE RACK, WW PLATINUM CABLES
Accuphase/Canton System: ACCUPHASE E800 INTEGRATED, DP570 CD/SACD PLAYER, T1200 FM STEREO TUNER, DG-68 VOICING EQUALIZER, PS530 POWER SUPPLY, CANTON REF K3s, CANTON REF K5s, SILENZIO MUSIC SERVER, HRS MXR REFERENCE MAHOGHANY RACK w/ M3X2 SHELVES, WW GOLD CABLES
Bryston Active System: BP26 PRE-AMP, MPS2 POWER SUPPLY, BAX-1 CROSSOVER, BDA-3 DAC, BDP-3 PLAYER, BCD-3 CD PLAYER, BIT15(2), MODEL T ACTIVE SPEAKERS, 21B3 CUBED AMPS, SILENZIO MUSIC SERVER, TARGET RACK, WW SILVER CABLES
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: LUXMAN CL-38u SE PRE-AMP, JBL L300 SPEAKERS, BRYSTON BDA-3 DAC, BCD-3 CD PLAYER, BIT15, 3B3 CUBED AMP, SILENZIO MUSIC SERVER, WW SILVER CABLES

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Old 05-15-2021, 08:31 PM
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Simaudio makes a very nice sounding network player and their DACs within them sound amazing. Just my opinion as I am currently using an older Simaudio DAC and still love it. If youre looking at the MA9000 or MA12000, keep in mind that the DACs within are now upgradable which is very nice. That being said, if I already owned Simaudio amps, I would be more inclined to match them with a Simaudio DAC or network player.

Enjoy your time with you daughter because they grow up fast. It seems like yesterday that I too was playing Disney soundtracks on my system for my daughter. Later she was introducing me to her music and I miss that. Shes off to college now and I dont see her much anymore.
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Old 05-16-2021, 07:12 PM
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Stahle — Love your note. The audio content plus the reminder about sweet time. I am enjoying every minute with the little girl and cherishing it. We focused on careers and waited too late to start a family…. thankful this little one came along. After rounds and rounds of IVF over the years since having her it looks like no more will be coming along for us. She is a very spoiled little girl.
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I could be convinced to upgrade to McInosh MA9000 or MA12000 if you think the Dac section is pretty good.
I recently picked up the MA9000 and love it.

On another note and as been said, enjoy the time with your precious little one as they do indeed grow up fast (mine too is now in college).
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