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I'm currently running the Adcom GFA555. I almost never see this thing clip- I The
I'm currently running the Adcom GFA555... Help... Bob..?
But I do notice a bit of strain up in the 100spl range
Does anybody here know what an amp in clipping sounds like? Actually, you know far more than you realize, it's just that you don't realize. OK... I'll really go out on a limb and tick everybody off. Most of you know what good "Hi-Fi" sounds like, some more than otheres - but that's about it. On the other hand, if you actually *knew* what real, live music sounded like, there'd only be a couple dozen or so audio manufacturers even in business.
Hey Mixsit - I power my Continuums with a DAC 4800A and it can be positively frightening. It will go much louder than anybody should be exposed to with no hint of strain whatsoever. ...
It occured to me, I have a QSC (PLX-1804) which may indeed sound funky in any number of ways, but I could at least try it out for a headroom experiment.
Then he feeds his DAC direct to the amp - no volume control. Man when I heard it did it ever sound good. And one reason for that is there is zero possibility of clipping.
To be honest, I never heard a preamp that I really liked, There are some good ones around, but all I have evaluated have flaws. I don't know why making a good analogue preamp is so difficult? In theory it should be simple... Many seem to be skeptical about digital attenuation, and there are many theories about why this is a bad thing. It just seems like the skeptics takes for granted, that attenuation in the analogue domain is perfect, which it is (usually) not..I'm also going directly from my DAC into the power amps, which is by far the most detailed, open sounding, dynamic and neutral solution I have come across.Before getting my DAC with build-in digital attenuation, I just used the attenuation i Windows Vista, which is pretty good.It does however take a pretty good sound card (Like Lynx AES16e) and software like J.River mediacenter, to get up to par with or exceed the performance of a good CD drive.Anyway, less can do it, if you just want to "preview" the effect of skipping the preamp. Even though the digital front end may not be optimal, it is quite easy to determine which taste the preamp has..Regards,Karsten
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