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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Catcher10 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 22 2020 at 13:05
Originally posted by Davesax1965 Davesax1965 wrote:

Regarding noise floor. 

I switch on a Korg MS synth I had (used to have the original, now I have the reissue, which is SMD and not TTL, I can hear the difference) and because of the inherent filter design, I can hear noise. Or. I pick up one of my guitars with P90 pickups in it, there's noise as well. Inherent noise.

If you listen to a 70's recording, there's inherent noise in it. Valve amps, old pickups, bad electronics. 

So how, can I ask, can you tell "original recording noise" from "modern hi fi amp noise" ?

And why oh why oh why does it matter if you can or not ? Given the cost of reducing it. 

If noise is present in the original recording and in the mastering process a de-hisser was not used then yes, you should hear it. I don't like de-hissing because you are removing content regardless, I say leave it alone. Listen to an original pressing of ItCOtCK, its well known the tape heads were dirty, not aligned well and the recording was lacking upper freq so it has a veiled sound, but it is what it is.
IMO, if you do not hear this noise in your system then you have work to do in the synergy of your audio gear, it's not picking up what is actually there...
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I wanted a Schitt Audio Modi/Magni combo DAC/Headphone amp, but I could never get them to ship it. They were having supply chain issues.

My next infatuation was with the Cambridge Audio DAC Magic 200, but I couldn't make myself pay that much.

Finally, I purchased an iFi Zen 2. Matched with an Audio-Technica ATX50, it works fine and didn't leave my wallet smoking.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Catcher10 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 15 2022 at 14:46
Originally posted by jamessavik jamessavik wrote:

I wanted a Schitt Audio Modi/Magni combo DAC/Headphone amp, but I could never get them to ship it. They were having supply chain issues.

My next infatuation was with the Cambridge Audio DAC Magic 200, but I couldn't make myself pay that much.

Finally, I purchased an iFi Zen 2. Matched with an Audio-Technica ATX50, it works fine and didn't leave my wallet smoking.

iFi makes nice gear....
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I've got a couple of headphone amps. A iFi Hip DAC and a Cyrus Soundkey. Usage depends on the situation. I use the Hip DAC with Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7b headphones with balanced connection. The Cyrus I use with AKG K92s. I use an Android phone with the brilliant USB Audio Player PRO app. Stream music from my NAS for local and remote connections.
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