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    new Nagra Tube DAC

    A pictures of the Nagra Classic PSU to My Nagra Tube DAC. Together with the C.E.C. TLO 3.0 the dac makes absolutly world class sound spinning CD. My computer rig with NAS and Tidal is equally good but a little difference.A few high res files, but not everyone, has an even higher SQ.
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    new Nagra Tube DAC

    My new Tube Dac Also testing a Nuprime super cheap cd transport. Exceptional good sound quality for little money.
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    new Nagra Tube DAC

    I recommend the cd Nameless by Dominique Fils-Aime Listen to the song Birds. Via the C.E .C transport and Tube Dac I use the old qliche: She is in the room singing for you, A somewhat spooky feeling. I also got a heavily tweaked Spotify playback system. Even on Spotify she is there!
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    Focal Top of the Line Speakers a Decade Old Now. New ones coming out? Or has Focal abandoned the Uber High End?

    I have Focal Grande Utopia EM about 5 years now. Me and My audiophile friends couldn’t understand the enormous buzz about Magico speakers in U S A when they appears on shows here I Europe. The always sounds underwhelming and no comparison to my Focal. For the first time on recent Stockholm Hifi...
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    new Nagra Tube DAC

    The CD that mesmerized my tube/vinyl friends was Reference Recordings RR 136 Saint-Saens Introduction and Rondo capriccioso. Very well recorded and one of the most beautiful classic pieces I know! (it also contains the famous organ symphony)
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    A new SOTA integrated tube amp

    I recently had a visit by the man who built my Sarabande amp - Lennart of LennArts labs. He praised the sound of my new Nagra tube dac ( see another tread by me on this dac) He told me that Sarabande is hard wire with about 500 soldering points, The volume control alone is 55 soldering points...
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    new Nagra Tube DAC

    So far six of my Audiophile friends have listen to the new dac. They all new my setup inside out. Three of them has developed a new tube amp and one of them will starts manufacturing it ( the prototype sounds very well) Anyhow they all agreed that the new Dac was a major step up in sound quality...
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    new Nagra Tube DAC

    Phil If you got the possibility go for the full upgrade It’s hard to describe but everything is better even the flowing organic sound that made the HD dac equal the sound of a good vinyl rig. I suppose dac x is even better but at the moment I can’t imagine how, I don’t think there are any to...
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    new Nagra Tube DAC

    After a long burn in period i finally could give the new dac a seriously listening. And wow it was not a small improvement over the already good HD dac. Everything got better. Microdetails not heard before pop up. Things buried in the mix now could be here clearly. The soundstage expand in...
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    new Nagra Tube DAC

    because I got a very favorable offer on the private market for my old dac and had to accept and sell very quick. That quick sell made the new buy possible. I trust nagra's reputation for excellent products so I was sure the new would be better. Question how much better.
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    new Nagra Tube DAC

    I have had the Nagra HD with PSU now for a long time and was very pleased with it. Fantastic sound both with C.E.C TLO 3.0 transport and with computer Mac pro laptop with AUDIONIRVA plus and my 3000cd collection on NAS. TIDAL is very good and even Spotify played via Aragon spotify box on the...
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    Which transport for my Nagra HD DAC

    The price of the new Nagra HD dac X is a whopping 64000usd so one of the most expensive dac ever. I gather that the new dac is not an upgrade to my HD dac but a completely new beast.
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    Finzi on vinyl What a fantastic recording

    I bougth the reissue vinyl from reference recordings of Arnold’s overtures And compared it to the original. I use the track Smoke (duplicated on the original) And the original was clearly better. Dynamics was better and it has more “clarity”. Still the reissue is very good but the original is...
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    A new SOTA integrated tube amp

    This is my new turntable in the same imperial red color as the amp and speaker
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    A new SOTA integrated tube amp

    I have no experience in home of amps costing around 150k but have tried at home numerous pre+monoblocs combos in the up to 60k region having learned that separates sounds better and of course looks heftier. Sarabande both sound better than all this combos and looks more impressive and...
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    A new SOTA integrated tube amp

    With the reputation VAC has I understand that this 450ilQ is a world class amp So is LennArt labs Sarabande. Which is the best we will never know, I doubt I will never have the chance to listen to the VAC in a controlled environment. For decades the saying is that for true high end you need a...
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    A new SOTA integrated tube amp

    My Focal Grande Utopia EM speakers are in imperial red/black color. By far the most beautiful of the utopias differen colors including the new utopia evo’s colors. LennArt labs asked Focal about the color code for that specific red color and so my Sarabande amp is color matched to the speakers...
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    Finzi on vinyl What a fantastic recording

    Thanks for info The demo side with extra dynamics explains way the original double vinyl is so expensive used.
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    Which transport for my Nagra HD DAC

    The Dvd from mckennitt live performance at Alhamra is also very good.Filmed at The palace garden of Alhambra gives a magic touch to performance. Played via my Oppo player and into my main rig it’s a gem The sound quality of this DVD is very good.
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    Which transport for my Nagra HD DAC

    Thanks for info. The new x dac looks beutiful But I assume it is much more expensive than the present one. I wonder if some has compared the old hd dac with a stand-alone Vivaldi 2.0. dac
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    Which transport for my Nagra HD DAC

    Still very pleased with the nagra dac. Now there are used Vivaldi 2.0 DACs so I am a bit curiose if there are anyone who have compared the two DACs?
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    A new SOTA integrated tube amp

    The volume control on Sarabande is very important for the excellent sound quality. Extensive listening test confirmed that Sarabandes hard to build and expensive volum control gives a superior sound quality compared to a more conventional type. I asked LennArt labs to describe the control: The...
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    Finzi on vinyl What a fantastic recording

    I must correct again. The original 2 vinyl of Arnold’s overtures are 33rpm not 45. But the music is spread over 2 vinyls and the current issue is only one. A sonic benefit to have the music spread over 2 vinyls instead of one?
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    Finzi on vinyl What a fantastic recording

    Ok thanks tima. It is 34usd for a single vinyl. I think the 250usd used is for the 45 rpm double vinyl originally issued. 45 rpm better in theory but have anyone compared
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    Finzi on vinyl What a fantastic recording

    My vinyl friend with all this records from company reference recordings came over with RR Malcom Arnold Overtures. One of the best records musical and soundwise I have ever heard. But over 250usd Used. Why can’t they make a reissue of this spectacular recording
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    What are the MOST DYNAMIC Tube Amplifiers and Integrateds out there?

    My LennArt Labs Sarabande integrated SOTA amp has incredible dynamics and fantastic bass Not so many watts but Big power supply. Lots of Lundahl transformers. As stated in a separate post it’s better my previous high end amps Momentum monos, pass labs xa 100 monos, VTL 400W stereo amp etc...
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    New Full-Range Ribbon Speaker Line Debuting in Munich

    I Also listen to this set up in Muchen. I have no expectations and never heard about this company. But what surprise this speakers was up at the same level as the best at the show regardless of price. Fantastic sound. So open and airy. Big soundstage. Micro o micro details in spades. Excellent...
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    A new SOTA integrated tube amp

    I haven just changed my vinyl player In Stockholm veteran hi fi shop, veteranhifi.se. is an institution when it comes to vinyl and tube amps. The owner “Mirre” has constructed the player Maximus and it comes with the arm Cantus S. I still use my Mandake PU. Price around 20k USd The main...

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