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2005-12-24, 23:57 #21mauidanGuest
2005-12-25, 02:58 #22Originally Posted by mauidan
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2005-12-26, 15:44 #23Originally Posted by mauidan
The SB3 to me is closest thing right now to the audiophile dream, it does one job and does it well. I appreciate fully that it is built to be the best possible for a fixed budget and it does a cracking job of it, but being able to spend more to get more would be nice. I have a old Micromega CD player that had replaceable electronics, so that you could buy uprated circuitry to improve the sound. That would be great for the SB.
Better still, how about a SB3 transport, no DAC, but uprated PSU and internal wiring and components in a discrete metal case? Having a seperate DAC is common enough amongst audiophiles to make that desireable I would have thought. As to there not being enough potential customers to make it worthwhile, well how do high end valve amp companies survive with amps at $20K plus?
2005-12-26, 16:48 #24Originally Posted by CardinalFang
2005-12-26, 17:35 #25
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All-digital Class D Amplifiers
Well, from my research on digital amplifiers, it seems like the future is something more like SB feeding a digital signal into a "pure digital amplifier." So this will complete the "all-digital" chain. The only analog stage will be at the final output stage feeding the speaker. Independent DACs will largely disappear from the picture.
Of course, someone might even invent a "digital speaker system". [half laugh -- I have ideas in this regard.]
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2005-12-26, 20:05 #26mauidanGuest
[QUOTE=ezkcdude] the SB3 is better than any Class A Stereophile digital source component. QUOTE]
What Class A Stereophile or any other hiend Digital Source have you compared the SB3 to in your system(please list)?
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2005-12-26, 20:30 #27
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[QUOTE=mauidan]Originally Posted by ezkcdude
The SB3 takes audio files (which would be ripped from audio CD's, for example) and provides a convenient output in both analog and digital (S/PDIF output.) The power of the SB3, then, is that it is a convenient interface between one's computer and audio system.
Interestingly, at least with audio CD's, using applications such as Exact Audio Copy (EAC), one can get a *perfect* (or almost perfect) rip (unless the CD is in bad shape.) Thus the hardware issue of imperfect reading of the bits is solved. A cheap $200 Plextor drive on one's computer can get a perfect rip into a perfect wave file. Thus, when fed into the DAC using S/PDIF, what is input is *perfect*. Hopefully this makes sense as to why the SB3 is exciting technology, at least for audio CDs.
2005-12-27, 00:12 #28Originally Posted by mauidan
In any case, it sounds damned well good enough for me, at the moment anyway!
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2005-12-27, 07:01 #29Originally Posted by ezkcdude
There are and will be more players in this space (and some big ones coming - Apple), so, being selfish, I would like to see SD evolve to the high end as it suits its current dedicated audience more. Quite a few users are already migrating up to modded versions, including me, and to be honest I don't need the DAC part of the SB, just the decoder, interface and radio parts.
The underlying question is one of economics, is it worth SD's while to produce a transport with new power supply (go on, I know SD isn't convinced about this, but it does make a difference :-)) and no DAC/Analogue out, just digital?
Or how about a stripped down SB3, with no DAC, just digital out? How cheap would that be to do, is it a case of just not populating those parts of the board and not testing them either in the QA stage?
2005-12-27, 07:08 #30Originally Posted by MarkZ
Of course you may have other ideas for doing this, but digital speakers have been tried.