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There is also a review in the Absolute Sound.
Many thanks for the review Stercom. I've been anxious to hear what people say about it. I wanted to see and hear it for myself but even the Sony flagship store in NYC didn't have one (and they didn't anticipate getting one either ). I asked how can you buy a $2K high end audio piece of equipment without auditioning it and he gazed at me as if I was speaking in Martian.I was curious if you looked under the hood to see what D/A converter is used and what the output circuitry looked like, discrete or op amp, and if op amp, which one.Does anyone think this can compete with the Auraliti PK90 -> DAC (Sonore exD or Northstar Impulso) ??Sorry for all the questions.
They told him DSD conversion is not defeatable, however, they are consideringproviding something at a later date to enable defeating the DSD conversion, butat this point it looks like it would require a return to the factory for implementation.....
The DAC chip is a Texas Instruments PCM1795. It is worth about 4 dollars in quantities of 1000.Sony probably paid two bucks for it.......
Yeah, you can easily turn the DSD remastering off and anyone who has used it in a home environment would know that or least tell their friend about it before he nixed a buying decision. Whatever. My wife is a professional musician and I hear a lot of live music. This technology is very good. I"m sure if you redo the output stage it will sound even better. Peace.
I have been looking at this as a replacement to my sonos, but the cheap DAC and lack of a digital out are deal killers for me. Also "DSD Remastering" seems marketing speak for a simple data conversion with possible upsampling. In general I have never liked upsampling, it just doesn't sound quite right.Curiously for half the price you can get what seems almost the same player with a digital out and minus the DSD Mastering. The hard drive is only 500GB, but 1TB isn't really enough anyway so I would end up using USB drives in any event. It also comes with an amplifier section that would go unused, but at least that may give it some added life as a second digital only system down the road. http://store.sony.com/500gb-hi-res-music-player-system-zid27-HAPS1//cat-27-catid-All-Res-Audio?vva_ColorCode=000000Other than the small hard drive and lack of DSD mastering, is there any other reason not to save $1000 and get this unit?
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