Music Server (standard PC running Windows 10, streamlined) £300
SMSL M8 DAC £100
Counterpoint Natural Progression Mono amps £1000
Nakamichi Soundspace 10 (currently used just as a pre-amp) £500
Aurum Cantus F6600 floorstanding speakers £600
I'd love my Counterpoint NPM amps to be tested but shipping them would cost me an arm and a leg!
I'd like to see more vintage products tested so I can see how much technology has changed over the years.
Aurum Cantus is another one I didn't see listed.
Started out as an Italian company and now is Chinese.
Yes, I've been a long time lurker here and I find some of the comments to subjectivists here pretty shocking really. I don't think that's what ASR is all about though.
I appreciate and applaud Amirs' work here, it gives us mere mortals a window into the science behind audio, and has opened my...
Thank you for a clear and concise answer Solderdude.
EDIT: Following on from this, you said in most cases the differences won't be audible, so what about in other cases? Would it be possible that say, for instance, a piano waveform is different to the point of being audible, is this possible?
Yes, but I think also a good first step would be to see if there's a possibility if differences in the audio waveform.
No, I don't mean noise, I mean actual differences in the audio played through the DAC.
Well doesn't it matter because some people say that they can hear a difference.
If the waveforms show that there is a difference then shouldn't that satisfy your needs as a scientist or don't you feel like you should give it an equal footing?
It's easy to scoff but I'd like a definitive answer.
I understand that the digital side of the DAC is just data and using expensive USB cables and the like isn't going to make any difference to the sound of the music, but what about the analogue side? Would it be possible to record a track and compare waveforms to see if there are actual any...
Source - Desktop PC
DAC - SMSL M8
Pre Amp - Nakamichi Soundspace 10
Power Amps - Counterpoint NPM Hybrids
Speakers Aurum Cantus F6600
I'd like to change to a proper pre-amp as the Nakamichi is a surround sound system.