Cocktail Audio

Does anybody have any experience with Cocktail Audio? Any thoughts?

They seem to have an interesting product line that spans a lot of digital needs/functionality.

http://www.cocktailaudio.com/
My New Year's resolution is 3840 × 2160

HT:Polk LSiM 706 LSiM 705's VR3 LSiM 703's LSiM 702's| Marantz AV7704 | Sunfire TGA-7401 | Oppo UDP 203 | Sony PS4 Pro| Directv Genie HD DVR | Samsung 75" Q8 QLED | SVS PB13 Ultra | MIT EXP 2's (Fronts & Center)

ManCave: Parasound Halo A21 | Parsound Halo A52+ | Marantz AV7002 AV PrePro | Usher Dancer Mini-x DMD's | Usher BE-616 Center | SVS Ultra Surrounds | SVS SB4000 Sub | SVS SB2000 Sub | Oppo UDP 203 | MIT Shotgun S3's | PSAudio Stellar GCD | Music Hall MMF 5.3se TT w/ Soundsmith Carmen | Mytek Brooklyn DAC+ | Lumin U1 Mini | HP Elite Slice PC | ROON'd for life | Samsung 50" SUHD TV | Sony PS4

Patio | Polk Atrium 8's | Yamaha R-N303BL |

Office |Cocktail Audio X14 | KEF LS50 | Peactree Nova 125SE |

Bedroom | Focal 905's | Chromecast Audio |

Garage | Polk Monitor 5B's

Closet Yamaha M80 | 2 Polk MP3K subs| Yaqin MC100B with Shuguang Treasures KT 88's & CV181Z's | Tesla E83CC's | Marantz 2252B | Marantz 2385 | Bluesound Node |Polk SDA SRS 2.3 |
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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 6,934
    There was some discussion about them here recently: https://forum.polkaudio.com/discussion/comment/2503948#Comment_2503948
    • "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • tophatjohnnytophatjohnny Posts: 2,479
    Looks like a decent unit. If it lived in my house my ripping schedule would destroy that portion on the unit..other than that...I"d like to know how it sounds.
    "if it's not fun, it's not worth it & remember folks, "It's All About The Music"!!
    *****************************
  • Mikey081057Mikey081057 Posts: 6,428
    I think they have units that support USB external ripping drives... Is there a drive out there that you can stack cd's in and "let 'em rip?"
    My New Year's resolution is 3840 × 2160

    HT:Polk LSiM 706 LSiM 705's VR3 LSiM 703's LSiM 702's| Marantz AV7704 | Sunfire TGA-7401 | Oppo UDP 203 | Sony PS4 Pro| Directv Genie HD DVR | Samsung 75" Q8 QLED | SVS PB13 Ultra | MIT EXP 2's (Fronts & Center)

    ManCave: Parasound Halo A21 | Parsound Halo A52+ | Marantz AV7002 AV PrePro | Usher Dancer Mini-x DMD's | Usher BE-616 Center | SVS Ultra Surrounds | SVS SB4000 Sub | SVS SB2000 Sub | Oppo UDP 203 | MIT Shotgun S3's | PSAudio Stellar GCD | Music Hall MMF 5.3se TT w/ Soundsmith Carmen | Mytek Brooklyn DAC+ | Lumin U1 Mini | HP Elite Slice PC | ROON'd for life | Samsung 50" SUHD TV | Sony PS4

    Patio | Polk Atrium 8's | Yamaha R-N303BL |

    Office |Cocktail Audio X14 | KEF LS50 | Peactree Nova 125SE |

    Bedroom | Focal 905's | Chromecast Audio |

    Garage | Polk Monitor 5B's

    Closet Yamaha M80 | 2 Polk MP3K subs| Yaqin MC100B with Shuguang Treasures KT 88's & CV181Z's | Tesla E83CC's | Marantz 2252B | Marantz 2385 | Bluesound Node |Polk SDA SRS 2.3 |
  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 3,215
    ^ I too have been curious of the "jack of all trades" machines that Cocktail makes. I would love to get a decent ripper, but other than these, there really isn't much out there for component rippers. The fact that they have SO much tech in them makes me wary.
    You find anything, let me know Mikey.
    Auralic Vega G1/Rega TT/Denon SACD - PS Audio SGC - PS Audio M700x2 - Elac Adante AF-61
  • tophatjohnnytophatjohnny Posts: 2,479
    I think they have units that support USB external ripping drives... Is there a drive out there that you can stack cd's in and "let 'em rip?"

    USB hubs and have a party. I do. 😂
    "if it's not fun, it's not worth it & remember folks, "It's All About The Music"!!
    *****************************
  • Mikey081057Mikey081057 Posts: 6,428
    Ya know for .70 per cd this might be worth consideration.

    https://www.musicshifter.com/packages.php
    My New Year's resolution is 3840 × 2160

    HT:Polk LSiM 706 LSiM 705's VR3 LSiM 703's LSiM 702's| Marantz AV7704 | Sunfire TGA-7401 | Oppo UDP 203 | Sony PS4 Pro| Directv Genie HD DVR | Samsung 75" Q8 QLED | SVS PB13 Ultra | MIT EXP 2's (Fronts & Center)

    ManCave: Parasound Halo A21 | Parsound Halo A52+ | Marantz AV7002 AV PrePro | Usher Dancer Mini-x DMD's | Usher BE-616 Center | SVS Ultra Surrounds | SVS SB4000 Sub | SVS SB2000 Sub | Oppo UDP 203 | MIT Shotgun S3's | PSAudio Stellar GCD | Music Hall MMF 5.3se TT w/ Soundsmith Carmen | Mytek Brooklyn DAC+ | Lumin U1 Mini | HP Elite Slice PC | ROON'd for life | Samsung 50" SUHD TV | Sony PS4

    Patio | Polk Atrium 8's | Yamaha R-N303BL |

    Office |Cocktail Audio X14 | KEF LS50 | Peactree Nova 125SE |

    Bedroom | Focal 905's | Chromecast Audio |

    Garage | Polk Monitor 5B's

    Closet Yamaha M80 | 2 Polk MP3K subs| Yaqin MC100B with Shuguang Treasures KT 88's & CV181Z's | Tesla E83CC's | Marantz 2252B | Marantz 2385 | Bluesound Node |Polk SDA SRS 2.3 |
  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 15,955
    If you boys are interested in a good ripper, this might be one of the better products on the market. It's currently not in the US, but I've been keeping my eye on them - hint, hint.
  • Mikey081057Mikey081057 Posts: 6,428
    Were you going to show us a link? Or are you really tantalizing us?

    :p
    My New Year's resolution is 3840 × 2160

    HT:Polk LSiM 706 LSiM 705's VR3 LSiM 703's LSiM 702's| Marantz AV7704 | Sunfire TGA-7401 | Oppo UDP 203 | Sony PS4 Pro| Directv Genie HD DVR | Samsung 75" Q8 QLED | SVS PB13 Ultra | MIT EXP 2's (Fronts & Center)

    ManCave: Parasound Halo A21 | Parsound Halo A52+ | Marantz AV7002 AV PrePro | Usher Dancer Mini-x DMD's | Usher BE-616 Center | SVS Ultra Surrounds | SVS SB4000 Sub | SVS SB2000 Sub | Oppo UDP 203 | MIT Shotgun S3's | PSAudio Stellar GCD | Music Hall MMF 5.3se TT w/ Soundsmith Carmen | Mytek Brooklyn DAC+ | Lumin U1 Mini | HP Elite Slice PC | ROON'd for life | Samsung 50" SUHD TV | Sony PS4

    Patio | Polk Atrium 8's | Yamaha R-N303BL |

    Office |Cocktail Audio X14 | KEF LS50 | Peactree Nova 125SE |

    Bedroom | Focal 905's | Chromecast Audio |

    Garage | Polk Monitor 5B's

    Closet Yamaha M80 | 2 Polk MP3K subs| Yaqin MC100B with Shuguang Treasures KT 88's & CV181Z's | Tesla E83CC's | Marantz 2252B | Marantz 2385 | Bluesound Node |Polk SDA SRS 2.3 |
  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 5,669
    edited June 12
    Ya know for .70 per cd this might be worth consideration.

    https://www.musicshifter.com/packages.php

    I agree for someone with a large library that is a great option. Heck, I only have 400-500 CDs and that was a pain to rip. I can't even imagine poor Johnny, except I think he enjoys it!

    On the other hand, as a card-carrying cheapskate, I don't think I could bring myself to pay $330 to have my 500ish CDs ripped...
    HT Rig:
    Denon AVR-X4200w; Peachtree Audio NovaPre; B&K TX4430; Bryson BPD-1; Mains: Dynaudio Excite x18; Center - Polk cs400i; Heights, Center Surround - Klipsch KHC - 6 In-Ceiling; Surrounds - Monoprice in-ceiling; Sub - HSU VTF-2 MK5; LG UP870 4K BDP; NVidia ShieldTV
    ;
    Master Bedroom
    Cambridge Azur 551r; Definitive Technology SM45, NHT Super One CI surrounds, Martin Logan Dynamo (original), Squeezebox Touch
  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 3,256
    Just my 2 cents...I completely understand the desire for an "all-in-one, Jack of all trades" piece of equipment, but (and here's the 2 cents part) I've never been completely satisfied with any I've looked in to. Inevitably I've found that none of them mastered all aspects they were trying to cover. Something somewhere will suffer. You'll have to decide which aspect is more important and then decide if that one piece does that aspect well enough.

    I over estimated. That's a 3 for a nickel piece of info at best.
    Main System:
    Joule-Electra LA 100 MKIII Upgraded by Rich Brkich Pre
    Butler Audio TBD 2250 Amp
    PS Audio DirectStream DAC and MemoryPlayer Transport
    LSA-1 Statement
    SVS SB4000 & SB2000
    Wireworld Equinox 7 bi-wire, Wireworld Silver Eclipse 7 IC

    Secondary Rig:
    Parasound P5, Audio Electronics by Cary Constellation
    Marsh a200s, Audio Elecrtonics by Cary Hercules
    Pioneer Elite DV-45a, Denon DVD-2910
    Klipsch Epic CF-1, Vandersteen 3CE sig
    Analysus Plus Oval

    Backup Gear:
    Pass Labs Aleph 30, McCormack DNA-125, Parasound A21
    Marantz SA-14S1
    Usher CP-6311/Tyler Acoustics Taylo Reference Monitor, LSA-1
  • tophatjohnnytophatjohnny Posts: 2,479
    DSkip wrote: »

    Dang Skip.. Looks cool.
    "if it's not fun, it's not worth it & remember folks, "It's All About The Music"!!
    *****************************
  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 15,955
    kharp1 wrote: »
    Just my 2 cents...I completely understand the desire for an "all-in-one, Jack of all trades" piece of equipment, but (and here's the 2 cents part) I've never been completely satisfied with any I've looked in to. Inevitably I've found that none of them mastered all aspects they were trying to cover. Something somewhere will suffer. You'll have to decide which aspect is more important and then decide if that one piece does that aspect well enough.

    I over estimated. That's a 3 for a nickel piece of info at best.

    I tend to agree. That’s why I haven’t pursued Aria yet. They look like great products with a great app to boot. I’m not sure how the longevity of these products will be either given the rise of streaming.

    In this world though, I like what I see from them.
  • Mikey081057Mikey081057 Posts: 6,428
    $7K for the Aria...
    My New Year's resolution is 3840 × 2160

    HT:Polk LSiM 706 LSiM 705's VR3 LSiM 703's LSiM 702's| Marantz AV7704 | Sunfire TGA-7401 | Oppo UDP 203 | Sony PS4 Pro| Directv Genie HD DVR | Samsung 75" Q8 QLED | SVS PB13 Ultra | MIT EXP 2's (Fronts & Center)

    ManCave: Parasound Halo A21 | Parsound Halo A52+ | Marantz AV7002 AV PrePro | Usher Dancer Mini-x DMD's | Usher BE-616 Center | SVS Ultra Surrounds | SVS SB4000 Sub | SVS SB2000 Sub | Oppo UDP 203 | MIT Shotgun S3's | PSAudio Stellar GCD | Music Hall MMF 5.3se TT w/ Soundsmith Carmen | Mytek Brooklyn DAC+ | Lumin U1 Mini | HP Elite Slice PC | ROON'd for life | Samsung 50" SUHD TV | Sony PS4

    Patio | Polk Atrium 8's | Yamaha R-N303BL |

    Office |Cocktail Audio X14 | KEF LS50 | Peactree Nova 125SE |

    Bedroom | Focal 905's | Chromecast Audio |

    Garage | Polk Monitor 5B's

    Closet Yamaha M80 | 2 Polk MP3K subs| Yaqin MC100B with Shuguang Treasures KT 88's & CV181Z's | Tesla E83CC's | Marantz 2252B | Marantz 2385 | Bluesound Node |Polk SDA SRS 2.3 |
  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 15,955
    $7K for the Aria...

    Yeah. It looks like their cheaper models are discontinued so not sure where to go from there.

    Look hard at reviews on Cocktail. The software bugs seem to be a big complaint and could make it completely useless. That’s another reason I don’t like these types of products - proprietary software. Support could just disappear and if the final version is buggy you are left holding the bag.
  • tophatjohnnytophatjohnny Posts: 2,479
    $7K for the Aria... [/quote

    Ouch!! Big Not 4 me😂😂guess I'll have to settle for the mega Lightning app😂😂
    "if it's not fun, it's not worth it & remember folks, "It's All About The Music"!!
    *****************************
  • Mikey081057Mikey081057 Posts: 6,428
    Honestly I was looking at the reasonably priced X14 as a ROON endpoint/desktop music streamer and maybe adding an external USB drive to it. I have plenty of storage and liked the feature set of the http://www.cocktailaudio.com/home/sub01_10.php. It retails for ~$900 smackers.

    My New Year's resolution is 3840 × 2160

    HT:Polk LSiM 706 LSiM 705's VR3 LSiM 703's LSiM 702's| Marantz AV7704 | Sunfire TGA-7401 | Oppo UDP 203 | Sony PS4 Pro| Directv Genie HD DVR | Samsung 75" Q8 QLED | SVS PB13 Ultra | MIT EXP 2's (Fronts & Center)

    ManCave: Parasound Halo A21 | Parsound Halo A52+ | Marantz AV7002 AV PrePro | Usher Dancer Mini-x DMD's | Usher BE-616 Center | SVS Ultra Surrounds | SVS SB4000 Sub | SVS SB2000 Sub | Oppo UDP 203 | MIT Shotgun S3's | PSAudio Stellar GCD | Music Hall MMF 5.3se TT w/ Soundsmith Carmen | Mytek Brooklyn DAC+ | Lumin U1 Mini | HP Elite Slice PC | ROON'd for life | Samsung 50" SUHD TV | Sony PS4

    Patio | Polk Atrium 8's | Yamaha R-N303BL |

    Office |Cocktail Audio X14 | KEF LS50 | Peactree Nova 125SE |

    Bedroom | Focal 905's | Chromecast Audio |

    Garage | Polk Monitor 5B's

    Closet Yamaha M80 | 2 Polk MP3K subs| Yaqin MC100B with Shuguang Treasures KT 88's & CV181Z's | Tesla E83CC's | Marantz 2252B | Marantz 2385 | Bluesound Node |Polk SDA SRS 2.3 |
  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 15,955
    I really want to like the Cocktail gear. If you get one report back.
  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 3,215
    Mikey I was looking at that one too and you can pick one up used (eBay, Audiogon etc) for around 6-700
    My worry is that it’s lacking in good instructions and not enough adopters to work through troubleshooting
    The only other option for me that’s plug and play and not $7k is the Bluesound vault.
    Auralic Vega G1/Rega TT/Denon SACD - PS Audio SGC - PS Audio M700x2 - Elac Adante AF-61
  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 3,256
    edited June 12
    I've been watching this segment of the market and I'm leaning towards using computer/other makeshift means and waiting it out. I feel like things are making huge strides and within the next couple of years someone will get it "right."

    I know that's not what any of us here want to embrace, I know I'll probably do what I do and get a hair and buy something one day prematurely.
    Main System:
    Joule-Electra LA 100 MKIII Upgraded by Rich Brkich Pre
    Butler Audio TBD 2250 Amp
    PS Audio DirectStream DAC and MemoryPlayer Transport
    LSA-1 Statement
    SVS SB4000 & SB2000
    Wireworld Equinox 7 bi-wire, Wireworld Silver Eclipse 7 IC

    Secondary Rig:
    Parasound P5, Audio Electronics by Cary Constellation
    Marsh a200s, Audio Elecrtonics by Cary Hercules
    Pioneer Elite DV-45a, Denon DVD-2910
    Klipsch Epic CF-1, Vandersteen 3CE sig
    Analysus Plus Oval

    Backup Gear:
    Pass Labs Aleph 30, McCormack DNA-125, Parasound A21
    Marantz SA-14S1
    Usher CP-6311/Tyler Acoustics Taylo Reference Monitor, LSA-1
  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 3,215
    Well said Kerry.
    Auralic Vega G1/Rega TT/Denon SACD - PS Audio SGC - PS Audio M700x2 - Elac Adante AF-61
  • tophatjohnnytophatjohnny Posts: 2,479
    kharp1 wrote: »
    I've been watching this segment of the market and I'm leaning towards using computer/other makeshift means and waiting it out. I feel like things are making huge strides and within the next couple of years someone will get it "right."

    I know that's not what any of us here want to embrace, I know I'll probably do what I do and get a hair and buy something one day prematurely.

    I did and with zero regrets as it is future proof in the Dac department!🎩not to mention the crazy clock add on should one get frisky😀
    "if it's not fun, it's not worth it & remember folks, "It's All About The Music"!!
    *****************************
  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 5,669
    kharp1 wrote: »
    I've been watching this segment of the market and I'm leaning towards using computer/other makeshift means and waiting it out. I feel like things are making huge strides and within the next couple of years someone will get it "right."

    I know that's not what any of us here want to embrace, I know I'll probably do what I do and get a hair and buy something one day prematurely.

    I did and with zero regrets as it is future proof in the Dac department!🎩not to mention the crazy clock add on should one get frisky😀

    I’m glad you like it Johnny but I don’t think there is any such thing as future proof in the DAC department. That’s like saying a 1080p tv 10 years ago was future proof🤣
    HT Rig:
    Denon AVR-X4200w; Peachtree Audio NovaPre; B&K TX4430; Bryson BPD-1; Mains: Dynaudio Excite x18; Center - Polk cs400i; Heights, Center Surround - Klipsch KHC - 6 In-Ceiling; Surrounds - Monoprice in-ceiling; Sub - HSU VTF-2 MK5; LG UP870 4K BDP; NVidia ShieldTV
    ;
    Master Bedroom
    Cambridge Azur 551r; Definitive Technology SM45, NHT Super One CI surrounds, Martin Logan Dynamo (original), Squeezebox Touch
  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 5,669
    kharp1 wrote: »
    I've been watching this segment of the market and I'm leaning towards using computer/other makeshift means and waiting it out. I feel like things are making huge strides and within the next couple of years someone will get it "right."

    I know that's not what any of us here want to embrace, I know I'll probably do what I do and get a hair and buy something one day prematurely.

    You can get a SB Touch on eBay for >150. Add the enhanced digital output, upgrade to a switching power supply and send it to a really good dac and while you might not have a high end streamer, mine sounds awfully close to my Bryston BDP-1...

    That would be my choice if one wants to wait it out...
    HT Rig:
    Denon AVR-X4200w; Peachtree Audio NovaPre; B&K TX4430; Bryson BPD-1; Mains: Dynaudio Excite x18; Center - Polk cs400i; Heights, Center Surround - Klipsch KHC - 6 In-Ceiling; Surrounds - Monoprice in-ceiling; Sub - HSU VTF-2 MK5; LG UP870 4K BDP; NVidia ShieldTV
    ;
    Master Bedroom
    Cambridge Azur 551r; Definitive Technology SM45, NHT Super One CI surrounds, Martin Logan Dynamo (original), Squeezebox Touch
  • tophatjohnnytophatjohnny Posts: 2,479
    edited June 13
    rooftop59 wrote: »
    kharp1 wrote: »
    I've been watching this segment of the market and I'm leaning towards using computer/other makeshift means and waiting it out. I feel like things are making huge strides and within the next couple of years someone will get it "right."

    I know that's not what any of us here want to embrace, I know I'll probably do what I do and get a hair and buy something one day prematurely.

    I did and with zero regrets as it is future proof in the Dac department!🎩not to mention the crazy clock add on should one get frisky😀

    I’m glad you like it Johnny but I don’t think there is any such thing as future proof in the DAC department. That’s like saying a 1080p tv 10 years ago was future proof🤣

    Let me restate that for you. According to Xuanqian (creator of the G2) yes future proof in the DAC department that He will offer. And if unable to perform any said upgrades (if that's even possible to get it better) by way of firmware updating, then at owners expense, send it back to the bench for said upgrade..again it's hard to imagine it any better but I'm sure the clock unit would give a little boost. So unlike your 1080i comparison I'm pretty sure Xuanqian knows his stuff..and even if that was bs...the thing is a flipping monster and it sure ain't leaving my little set up anytime soon..not even for an upgrade!! Hope that clears up your thoughts as to why I used the term Future proof..it came from the top of the Auralic Chain. Just a matter of time and I will know when firmware updates post. I'll sure try to keep all posted .
    "if it's not fun, it's not worth it & remember folks, "It's All About The Music"!!
    *****************************
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 6,934
    rooftop59 wrote: »
    I’m glad you like it Johnny but I don’t think there is any such thing as future proof in the DAC department. That’s like saying a 1080p tv 10 years ago was future proof🤣

    What additional things do you need a DAC to do in the future that it doesn't do currently? It converts digital signals to analog, and it always will.

    Are you referring to it being able to convert things like MQA?
    • "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • EndersShadowEndersShadow Posts: 16,698
    Meh, I did my entire library in a couple weekends just spending a couple hours each evening ripping while I was also browsing the web, so its not like I was really working that hard.....

    dbpoweramp and mediamonkey worked great for those purposes.

    Free 30 day trial and I didnt even need it all. (Millions of threads on this forum about ripping if you search).

    Put a CD in, start the rip, it finishes and spits it out, rotate in the next one.
    "....not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted." William Bruce Cameron, Informal Sociology: A Casual Introduction to Sociological Thinking (1963)
  • Mikey081057Mikey081057 Posts: 6,428
    edited June 13
    joecoulson wrote: »
    Mikey I was looking at that one too and you can pick one up used (eBay, Audiogon etc) for around 6-700
    My worry is that it’s lacking in good instructions and not enough adopters to work through troubleshooting
    The only other option for me that’s plug and play and not $7k is the Bluesound vault.

    So I ordered a NEW x14 from an ebay authorized re-seller for $676 shipped....We will see if it does all I want it to do on my desk or if it goes in to the FS.
    My New Year's resolution is 3840 × 2160

    HT:Polk LSiM 706 LSiM 705's VR3 LSiM 703's LSiM 702's| Marantz AV7704 | Sunfire TGA-7401 | Oppo UDP 203 | Sony PS4 Pro| Directv Genie HD DVR | Samsung 75" Q8 QLED | SVS PB13 Ultra | MIT EXP 2's (Fronts & Center)

    ManCave: Parasound Halo A21 | Parsound Halo A52+ | Marantz AV7002 AV PrePro | Usher Dancer Mini-x DMD's | Usher BE-616 Center | SVS Ultra Surrounds | SVS SB4000 Sub | SVS SB2000 Sub | Oppo UDP 203 | MIT Shotgun S3's | PSAudio Stellar GCD | Music Hall MMF 5.3se TT w/ Soundsmith Carmen | Mytek Brooklyn DAC+ | Lumin U1 Mini | HP Elite Slice PC | ROON'd for life | Samsung 50" SUHD TV | Sony PS4

    Patio | Polk Atrium 8's | Yamaha R-N303BL |

    Office |Cocktail Audio X14 | KEF LS50 | Peactree Nova 125SE |

    Bedroom | Focal 905's | Chromecast Audio |

    Garage | Polk Monitor 5B's

    Closet Yamaha M80 | 2 Polk MP3K subs| Yaqin MC100B with Shuguang Treasures KT 88's & CV181Z's | Tesla E83CC's | Marantz 2252B | Marantz 2385 | Bluesound Node |Polk SDA SRS 2.3 |
  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 5,669
    Clipdat wrote: »
    rooftop59 wrote: »
    I’m glad you like it Johnny but I don’t think there is any such thing as future proof in the DAC department. That’s like saying a 1080p tv 10 years ago was future proof🤣

    What additional things do you need a DAC to do in the future that it doesn't do currently? It converts digital signals to analog, and it always will.

    Are you referring to it being able to convert things like MQA?

    My analogy was inapt. I am not referring to any new formats or capabilities, but to the sound quality. DACs that cost $2000 8-10 years ago are easily bested by $500 DACs now. No area of audio is evolving faster, as @DSkip will note. Who knows 5-10 years from now what you will be able to get for a few hundred bucks??? That’s all I was saying, no offense meant to Johnny or his sweet new toy!
    HT Rig:
    Denon AVR-X4200w; Peachtree Audio NovaPre; B&K TX4430; Bryson BPD-1; Mains: Dynaudio Excite x18; Center - Polk cs400i; Heights, Center Surround - Klipsch KHC - 6 In-Ceiling; Surrounds - Monoprice in-ceiling; Sub - HSU VTF-2 MK5; LG UP870 4K BDP; NVidia ShieldTV
    ;
    Master Bedroom
    Cambridge Azur 551r; Definitive Technology SM45, NHT Super One CI surrounds, Martin Logan Dynamo (original), Squeezebox Touch
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