The Great Tidal To Tape Experiment - Now in DSD 256

Discussion in 'The Tape Forum' started by Prime Minister, Feb 5, 2018.

  1. Prime Minister

    Prime Minister Site Owner Staff Member

    I've been enjoying making tapes off if tidal immensely, but I always figured that my little Audiogram Dragonfly was not allowing me to maximize the quality of my tapes. So it was time to try something different.

    So tonight, I'm sampling the pleasures of a North Star Design Intenso DAC. This Italian made beauty sounds about as beautiful as it looks. And it looks bloody fantastic. Pictures don't do justice to it. To neither the looks nor the sound!

    Now I need to figure out how it all works. :)
     
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2018
  2. Prime Minister

    Prime Minister Site Owner Staff Member

    Here she be:

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  3. TubeHiFiNut

    TubeHiFiNut Administrator Staff Member

    Nice looking DAC! :)
     
  4. Prime Minister

    Prime Minister Site Owner Staff Member

    Didn't want to say much until it warmed up. But after about an hour of running it has started to come into its own. The crystal clarity and details that were there since the first track are still there, but now there is some richness to be heard. Male vocalists are starting to acquire some chest.

    More listening to be done...
     
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  5. Prime Minister

    Prime Minister Site Owner Staff Member

    You have no idea. It's stunning.
     
  6. marantzfan

    marantzfan Administrator Staff Member

    Glad to see you embarking on the DSD journey. I’ll tell you, digital to me has never been the same since I ventured this direction.
     
  7. Prime Minister

    Prime Minister Site Owner Staff Member

    It's actually a return to DSD, to be honest. Been here before. And it still sounds damn fine.
     
  8. Prime Minister

    Prime Minister Site Owner Staff Member

    Now, this is still early listening, and I'm still adjusting to the incredible clarity of this beast. I'm hearing things on recordings I've had for years, that I've never heard before. Amazing.

    It will be interesting to see if this will end up beguiling or annoying.
     
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  9. fiddlefye

    fiddlefye Senior Member

    You almost make we me want to try out some of these cool toys and systems. Almost.... (time for another LP)....
     
  10. Prime Minister

    Prime Minister Site Owner Staff Member

    Next time you are in Toronto....
     
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  11. fiddlefye

    fiddlefye Senior Member

    I've been talking with Bruce about possibly meeting up in TO in March. Not sure of his schedule yet, but I think that is my break week, so maybe!
     

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