Contemplating a dCS Paganini stack

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I have found what appears to be a great deal on a Paganini DAC, Upsampler and Word Clock. The clock has been updated to have asynchronous USB inputs, and all components are in as-new condition and fully updated by dCS. The question is basically this.... for the price, there are newer DACs out there that have newer tech and capabilities that I have not even looked into yet. They are also in the same price range as the Paganini setup. The dCS however, was the pinnacle of state of the art digital when launched, and remained so until the Bartok took it's place.

What do you digital guys think?
The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, Mcintosh C2300 Arcam AVR20, Oppo UDP-203 4K Blu-ray player, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk Audio Legend L800 with height modules, L400 Center Channel Polk audio AB800 "in-wall" surrounds. Marantz MM7025 stereo amp. Simaudio Moon 680d DSD

“When once a Republic is corrupted, there is no possibility of remedying any of the growing evils but by removing the corruption and restoring its lost principles; every other correction is either useless or a new evil.”— Thomas Jefferson

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  • nooshinjohn
    nooshinjohn Posts: 25,099
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    Clipdat wrote: »
    No.

    What do you mean?
    The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, Mcintosh C2300 Arcam AVR20, Oppo UDP-203 4K Blu-ray player, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk Audio Legend L800 with height modules, L400 Center Channel Polk audio AB800 "in-wall" surrounds. Marantz MM7025 stereo amp. Simaudio Moon 680d DSD

    “When once a Republic is corrupted, there is no possibility of remedying any of the growing evils but by removing the corruption and restoring its lost principles; every other correction is either useless or a new evil.”— Thomas Jefferson
  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 12,601
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    I mean "No, don't do it."
  • nooshinjohn
    nooshinjohn Posts: 25,099
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    What would suggest?
    What is your reasoning for saying no?
    The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, Mcintosh C2300 Arcam AVR20, Oppo UDP-203 4K Blu-ray player, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk Audio Legend L800 with height modules, L400 Center Channel Polk audio AB800 "in-wall" surrounds. Marantz MM7025 stereo amp. Simaudio Moon 680d DSD

    “When once a Republic is corrupted, there is no possibility of remedying any of the growing evils but by removing the corruption and restoring its lost principles; every other correction is either useless or a new evil.”— Thomas Jefferson
  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 12,601
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    What are you trying to accomplish exactly? I thought in another post you said you were really happy with where your system was at.
  • txcoastal1
    txcoastal1 Posts: 13,132
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    Clipdat wrote: »
    What are you trying to accomplish exactly? I thought in another post you said you were really happy with where your system was at.

    We're never happy >:)
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  • nooshinjohn
    nooshinjohn Posts: 25,099
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    Clipdat wrote: »
    No.

    What do you mean?
    Clipdat wrote: »
    What are you trying to accomplish exactly? I thought in another post you said you were really happy with where your system was at.
    I am happy, but if digital is going to be the primary source for me going forward, I want to get everything out of it that I can.
    The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, Mcintosh C2300 Arcam AVR20, Oppo UDP-203 4K Blu-ray player, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk Audio Legend L800 with height modules, L400 Center Channel Polk audio AB800 "in-wall" surrounds. Marantz MM7025 stereo amp. Simaudio Moon 680d DSD

    “When once a Republic is corrupted, there is no possibility of remedying any of the growing evils but by removing the corruption and restoring its lost principles; every other correction is either useless or a new evil.”— Thomas Jefferson
  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 12,601
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    Do I recall in another post you stating you picked up an Aurender or Auralic product? That would probably be a better way forward.
  • nooshinjohn
    nooshinjohn Posts: 25,099
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    Clipdat wrote: »
    Do I recall in another post you stating you picked up an Aurender or Auralic product? That would probably be a better way forward.

    I am not as happy with the Auralic Vega as I thought I would be. The display is terrible for one, and the sonic improvement is not there. The DAC in the Yamaha CD-s2100 sounds as good.
    The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, Mcintosh C2300 Arcam AVR20, Oppo UDP-203 4K Blu-ray player, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk Audio Legend L800 with height modules, L400 Center Channel Polk audio AB800 "in-wall" surrounds. Marantz MM7025 stereo amp. Simaudio Moon 680d DSD

    “When once a Republic is corrupted, there is no possibility of remedying any of the growing evils but by removing the corruption and restoring its lost principles; every other correction is either useless or a new evil.”— Thomas Jefferson
  • treitz3
    treitz3 Posts: 18,327
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    Which Vega, John?

    Tom
    ~ In search of accurate reproduction of music. Real sound is my reference and while perfection may not be attainable? If I chase it, I might just catch excellence. ~
  • nooshinjohn
    nooshinjohn Posts: 25,099
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    treitz3 wrote: »
    Which Vega, John?

    Tom

    The original
    The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, Mcintosh C2300 Arcam AVR20, Oppo UDP-203 4K Blu-ray player, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk Audio Legend L800 with height modules, L400 Center Channel Polk audio AB800 "in-wall" surrounds. Marantz MM7025 stereo amp. Simaudio Moon 680d DSD

    “When once a Republic is corrupted, there is no possibility of remedying any of the growing evils but by removing the corruption and restoring its lost principles; every other correction is either useless or a new evil.”— Thomas Jefferson
  • treitz3
    treitz3 Posts: 18,327
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    Please forgive my ignorance but is that just a DAC?

    Tom
    ~ In search of accurate reproduction of music. Real sound is my reference and while perfection may not be attainable? If I chase it, I might just catch excellence. ~
  • nooshinjohn
    nooshinjohn Posts: 25,099
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    treitz3 wrote: »
    Please forgive my ignorance but is that just a DAC?

    Tom

    Yes...
    The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, Mcintosh C2300 Arcam AVR20, Oppo UDP-203 4K Blu-ray player, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk Audio Legend L800 with height modules, L400 Center Channel Polk audio AB800 "in-wall" surrounds. Marantz MM7025 stereo amp. Simaudio Moon 680d DSD

    “When once a Republic is corrupted, there is no possibility of remedying any of the growing evils but by removing the corruption and restoring its lost principles; every other correction is either useless or a new evil.”— Thomas Jefferson
  • GlennDog
    GlennDog Posts: 3,085
    edited December 2022
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    but if digital is going to be the primary source for me going forward, I want to get everything out of it that I can.

    In a word . . . Lampizator

    Reach out to Rob or Fred .... are the North American reps if ya wanna buy new

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    Refurbished can be had thru the mother company in Poland

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  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 12,601
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    Clipdat wrote: »
    Do I recall in another post you stating you picked up an Aurender or Auralic product? That would probably be a better way forward.

    I am not as happy with the Auralic Vega as I thought I would be. The display is terrible for one, and the sonic improvement is not there. The DAC in the Yamaha CD-s2100 sounds as good.

    Either you got the wrong Vega (I was referring to one of their streaming DACs), and/or you have a bottleneck elsewhere in your system.