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Integrated Amps: An Addicts Guide Part, The Third.

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9 hours ago, Cafad said:

Consonance, like many other companies, have changed models several times with the cd-120 and I am not aware of anyone who knows when this happened or what it might mean regarding performance of the players and varying options.  Mine was bought second hand back in either 2008 or 2009 ( I think, probably early 2009) so it was probably somewhere between a 2005 and a 2007 model.  They won several awards for the cd-120 over the years so I don't think Consonance would have changed it any more than they had to between models.

 

Cheers mate!

Hello Jeff - thank you for your infos, profound as always ! 

I have an offer for a cd120 Linear (seller says « demo gear from a shop, manufactured 2014 »). I listen to many kinds of music (pop, funk, soul, jazz, electro, ambient, new wave, classical, songwriter, bluesrock a.s.o.) but 35 % is rock / hard rock / rarer metal. 

 

So I’m glad I have your infos - I guess the Linear ‘14 still sounds presumably at least similar to the one you heard back then.
 

That’s why I probably won’t buy the Linear, rather the better allrounder cd120. Greatly helpful, thx & cheers.

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My apologies for taking so long to read your review Jeff. Time at present just seems to be passing by.  Thanks for another one of your excellent reviews.
 

I’m rapt that the Heschl sounds so good with the ML2’s, it is easily the best amplifier I have had in my system, so I guess it’s no surprise that it sounds so good.
I didn’t realise how good the dac in it was until I started trying to find an affordable replacement once the amp went to your place.
Yes the HAL 350 is expensive but when you consider that it is a 350w integrated with a top quality built in DAC then to buy a quality pre and separate similar power amp and dac would cost more.

I’m looking forward to the hearing more about how the Heschl and the Wilson Benesch speakers sound when you have the time.

 

cheers,

Terry

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Just because I can. :)

 

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I thought I'd document the one and only use of usb audio via computer in my listening room.

 

I am still using the little yellow hard drive via the Oppo 205, but I'm using the Oppo as a digital source and sending the signal via coax to the Heschl.  The Heschl's internal DAC is far superior to the Oppo's.  And a long way ahead of the Droplet too for that matter.  

 

Comments on the Heschl's coax vs usb inputs to come later.

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Quite a bit later it would seem, still better than never.

 

I had been really enjoying the Heschl with the ML2 Ltds when I decided to try out the usb input and I noticed several things.  All of which make sense in retrospect but my foresight a month ago was not working so well.  

 

In Terry's system the Heschl's coax input was a touch on the edgy side, it was certainly listenable (I liked it quite a lot in fact) and still beat out the droplet in the opinion of both of us and we probably would have stopped there (and still been happy) if Rod hadn't pushed us to try the usb input.  Well the usb input opened up the soundstage, dropped away the noise floor and smoothed out the presentation to a point that I would simply not have believed possible if I hadn't heard it for myself.  To put it simply the difference was very large indeed and I know Terry had some "issues" with returning to listening to the coax input after having heard the usb performance.  

 

Once again in my system I was quite happy with the performance of the Heschl using the coax input and I don't really have a usb source that I can dedicate to full time duty so I was successfully putting off trying the usb input for quite some time and sticking with the coax.  But I had to try the usb eventually, and I did, and the difference wasn't very big at all!  

 

In fact, in my system I prefer the coax.

 

How can that be you ask?

 

Well Terry's VA speakers have a lot more treble energy that my Lenehan speakers do, loosely speaking they are a bit brighter and a little harder, (or, if you prefer, my Lenehans are a bit smoother and a bit darker in presentation) and that extra treble energy was what made all the difference.  The "usb effect" either removed it or somehow refocused it and that caused the "very large indeed" effect heard at Terry's place.  The Lenehans don't have anywhere near that level of treble energy evident, they are pretty smooth already, so changing over to the usb input smoothed them over a bit more (an effect that was not needed in my opinion) and since I like a bit of energy and edge to some of my music I ended up preferring the coax to the usb.  Very convenient since I didn't really want to have to convert/set up a usb source in the first place.  

 

I didn't get the spacious sound stage opening effect that Terry did, and that's a bit disappointing I will admit, but it's something I will just have to live with.  It may well be the small room I'm forced to deal with, if so then things may change for the better in a few weeks when I move in to my new flat.  My new lounge will be twice the size of the old one, and I'll be free to treat the place as much as I want since I'll own the walls so if I want to punch holes in them and hang icicle foam from them then I damn well will. 

 

I guess that means there will be a new Addicts Guide thread starting up too.  Eventually, when I recover from the move.

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On 16/06/2020 at 8:43 PM, Cafad said:

in a few weeks when I move in to my new flat.  My new lounge will be twice the size of the old one, and I'll be free to treat the place as much as I want since I'll own the walls so if I want to punch holes in them and hang icicle foam from them then I damn well will. 

 

I guess that means there will be a new Addicts Guide thread starting up too.  Eventually, when I recover from the move.

Addicts Guide to....?

- lounge rooms

- lounge sofas

- new flats

- punching holes in walls

- room treatment 

- all of the above

 

either way can't wait 

 

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cafads 'effing floorstanders addicts guide thread.

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6 hours ago, wasabijim said:

Addicts Guide to....?

- lounge rooms

- lounge sofas

- new flats

- punching holes in walls

- room treatment 

- all of the above

 

either way can't wait 

 

Ummmm, probably not... chances are I'll be sticking with amps... but I guess anything could happen.

 

1 hour ago, warweary said:

cafads 'effing floorstanders addicts guide thread.

Not a bad idea, but I think I'll move on to lighter components if given a choice, my back isn't as young as it used to be.

 

If only Tom hadn't found those Dyns, then his stand mount thread would still be active.  I know he doesn't regret buying them, but quite a few of the rest of us very much regret him buying them.

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