Emm labs DA2 v2 upgrade

Yuen A.

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Is anyone using the NS1 streamer and have you compared it to other USB Endpoints?
Hi Manjy, Some in the other forums say that the EMM Labs NS1 is better than the Aurender N10 and the Sonore opticalRendu .

Urs at Audiophilestyle.com forums says: "The combination [EMM Labs] DA2 V2 with the Sonore Signature is the best Streamer/DAC I ever heard. Previously I owned a used Vivaldi Stack (Upsampler v2, Clock, DAC v2). IMO, the DA2 + Sonore has more space/air around instruments and voices. Another highlight are the lows and lower mids... beautiful and unheard before."
 

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Hi,

Just to share with you guys - when I asked Fred Crowder whether the latest top of the line EMM Labs dacs can compete with vinyl, he said:

"Assuming that money is no object (i.e. one is willing to expend around $100,000+ on a turntable, arm cartridge and phono stage), vinyl is still superior to the EMM DV2 or any other digital setup; however, the gap is getting smaller and smaller. There remain some things that a cost-is-no-object vinyl setup can do better. The miracle is that a digital setup for a fraction of the cost can come surprisingly close. I should also say in all fairness that not all records will beat all digital all the time and many titles are not available on vinyl. Most of my listening is to early pressings of classical and jazz recorded in the late 1950’s through the late 1960’s, perhaps as late as the early 1970’s or to audiophile vinyl. I do feel that EMM comes closer to analogue than any other brand and that Ed Meitner is continually working to improve his products." He also highlights vinyl's "ability to recreate extremely low level ambient detail. Again, digital is getting better in all these areas ."

However, when I countered: "Based on my personal experiences, I found that I cannot really hear all the micro details during live concert performances unless I am sitting close to the musicians. Mostly, I listened at mid-hall , level 2. And therefore I do not feel that I am missing much when listening to digital. What are your thoughts on that?"

He responded: "Again, you comments are spot on. Remember however that we are attempting to recreate a live event which sometimes requires that we “exaggerate certain aspects of the sound, overcompensate if you will. This is also true of imaging. I sit row M normally and imaging is not as pinpoint as an excellent system will reproduce; however, if I sit much further forward the imaging gets better and better, likewise fine detail as we increase direct sound and decrease reflections. If you consider the placement of the mikes, particularly in older recordings, they “hear” more what the conductor might hear. In any event, much of this is academic and you are correct that we normally do not miss the subtle cues in listening."
 
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Yuen A.

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Hi guys,

Allow me to share my discovery: I have just replaced my Ansuz Diamond interconnects with the new Ansuz dtc supreme interconnects. The result is unbelievable! I dare say that most of us have not heard what the EMM Labs DV2 is capable of without it! Inserting the dtc supreme allows me to hear all the subtle details, the density, the richness of sound, the tangibility, the deep bass, all the dynamics in music.

I will be replacing my speaker cables with the new Ansuz dtc2 next week.
 

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Hello guys,

Just to share an observation: I often found recorded brass works (via digital) boring and mechanical. A case in point is this particular recording: Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass Live (CSO Resound SACD). The legendary brass section of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, remarkable not only for its power, but for the refinement and subtlety of its playing, was rendered somewhat mechanical via digital. However, today, with the insertion of the Ansuz Acoustics dtc Supreme interconnects, I found this particular recording fascinating for the first time! Why? Because the brass sounded like the real thing. The dtc Supreme interconnects enabled my DV2 to reproduce the brass with power, refinement and subtlety!
 

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Hi folks

If you have this album, Rhapsody in Blue, Arthur Fiedler, Boston Pops Orchestra, Earl Wild, piano (Living Stereo SACD), give it a re- listen. I did it last night, and the experience was thrilling and intense, with all the excitement of being there! The dynamic range was hair-raising, and the bass drum sounded stupendous. The soundstage was huge and the reverberant acoustic of Symphony Hall was realistically captured. A feat made possible in large extent thanks to the extremely low self-noise of my sound system, including the latest addition, the Ansuz Acoustics d-tc Supreme interconnects.
 

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Hi guys,

When I made the decision to replace my Ansuz Acoustics D interconnects with the new d-tc supreme, I did not expect the replacement to wrought so great an improvement to my sound system. But I was wrong. To give an example: C.P.E. Bach, Symphonies 1-4, Cello Concerto in A, The English Concert, Andrew Manze, harmonia mundi SACD. As good as the SACD was, with its gleaming timbres and razor edge dynamics, the replacement brought sheer improvements in these areas and adds a striking bloom of warmth and a dimensional aspect of greater micro details. It also shows that the EMM Labs DV2 is up to the task.
 

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Hi guys,

I have just replaced my Ansuz Acoustics Speakz D speaker cables with the new Speakz d-tc2. Doing so transformed my sound system to an unrecognizable level. First impression: The soundstage was really huge, with plenty of spaces and air between instruments and vocals. Timbre (micro details) was off the charts. More to come.
 

Yuen A.

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Hi guys,

It seems that the Ansuz Acoustics Signalz D-TC Supreme interconnects and the
Ansuz D-TC2 Speakz speaker cables require a break-in period of just a few days.

Indeed, the amount of improvement was astounding, transforming a system from excellent to amazing!

Just one highlight, Mahler Symphony No. 1, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivan Fischer, Channel Classics SACD:

The reverberation of the bass-heavy "thunder" (the tempestuous finale) was stunning and terrifying!
 

Yuen A.

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Hi folks,

Every component in an extremely high end sound system (including the power and signal cables, resonance control footers and racks) matters. To prove my point, I shall give you an example: Jacintha, Autumn Leaves; Groove Note SACD. Prior to replacing my Ansuz Acoutics D signalz and speakz with the D-TC Supreme and D-TC2 Speakz, certain parts of the pizzicato (plucking the strings) on the double base, the taping or hitting of the drums/percussion instruments, sounded quite indistinct (And the Angels Sing, Something's Gotta Give). However, with the new cables, these particular problem areas were corrected. It now sounded distinct and real! And Jacintha's voice came (more) alive too, with more subtleties, space and air around her voice.
 
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