- Dec 9, 2019
Welcome to AR @Composer&Audio Geek I suspect you will fit in here very well.Hi! I'm a professional composer and bassoonist, with a keen interest in audio topics in general and recorded music playback in particular. No wonder I found my way here, right? I've lurked for a long time, and finally decided to register mostly so I can tell you all how much I appreciate this site. The reviews and thoughtful discussion have really helped me hone my own thinking about audio, which has been developing steadily over a few decades. Cutting through the woo and nonsense: that's never a waste of time, it seems to me...we all know how badly the audiophile consumer world is bespattered with excrement.
Stuff I thinking about right now:
* I own a Musical Concepts-modded Halfler DH-500 amplifier, which I do love despite its somewhat noisy fan, but I've been contemplating a DIY stereo amplifier kit, some class-D one with that crazy great SINAD I've read about. You know, for fun. I've built my own personal computers for a couple decades, and have some nominal skill at soldering and basic electronics, so I think I could make it happen. And, after all, my beloved Hafler was originally a kit, right?
* An external DAC to pull together/unify/EQ the various signal sources I use, including a SACD player. For the latter, yeah, I guess I'm looking for one with DSD capability and HDMI input. The choices are so limited! Limited to literally one, it seems, the Bryston DMA-3 which to me seems overpriced. Some doodads extract audio from HDMI, so maybe that's the direction?
Anyway, thanks again for the great forums. I've learned a lot here!