Anyone tried the SB+ from www.at-view.co.uk

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  1. DannyBoy73

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    Hi,

    Has anyone experienced the SB+ (based on SqueezeBox 2 & 3) from http://www.at-view.co.uk/sb2.htm???

    They claim its Audiophile streamer.... Looks a a little bit home made but would be very interested if it does what it says on the tin!

    Cheers
     
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    I think Mr_Sukebe has one.

    Tends to hang out in the Hi Fi Forum. Might be an idea to PM him for an opinion :smashin:

    HTH
     
  3. Mr_Sukebe

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    You called?

    I'm not sure what you want me to say about it.
    It's basically a re-bodied SB3 on steroids. So it's housed in two seperate boxes, the control unit and DAC in one, the PSU in the other, joined by a supplied bundy cable. The PSU appears to be massively overspecced (a good thing). The control unit has uprated clocks and the DAC circuit looks like a purpose built piece of kit (not small). It has standard RCA/phono outputs and a single BNC digital output.
    As the main element is still an SB3, functionality, upgrades are all the same as an SB3.

    I've personally compared mine to a variety of kit and believe that on sound quality, that it's roughly on par with a dedicated CDP costing around £1500.
    It superceeded a modded Meridian 500 transport with a Bel Canto DAC2, each of those units individually cost £1300 new.

    Hope that helps.
     
  4. DannyBoy73

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    Hi cheers for the info, much appreicated.

    I used to have the 500 Transport and upgraded it to the Meridian 596. If its in that ball park then I think I might have to try it.

    Have you tried it with vs without an external DAC? I've got a Meridian Processor with I think a very good DAC built in. I'd be interested to compare vs the SB+'s DAC.

    Cheers
     
  5. amcluesent

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    Don't forget the Transporter, it has the better PSU and hi-end DAC. Plus it has the CPU to run 24/96 hi-rez material; a s/w update should give native support for 24/88.2 (e.g. Linn Records studio masters)
     
  6. DannyBoy73

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    Ah, does the SB+ nor Squeeze box 3 support 96 or 88.2 material??

    Do we think more and more material will come along in this format?
     
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    I've never heard a transporter, but other comments I've read on the net infer that the SB+ has the edge on sound quality.
    Having said that, the transporter does have the advatages of digital inputs and can support formats above 24/48 (24bit, 48khz). There's very few groups selling those files as yet (Linn being one), but chances are that they'll be more prevalent in the future.

    When I first got the SB+ I used it with my old Bel Canto DAC2, which IMO is a very good DAC. The SB+ was very similar in all areas but the bass, and in the bass, it was better controlled and timed than the BC DAC2.
     
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    Hi There,

    How much is the SB+?

    I'm going to be buying my first squeeze box soon :) I've got some old Arcam kit at the moment (Arcam Alhpa 8 Amp and Power Amp)

    Cheers
     
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    >How much is the SB+? <

    Reckon on spending a bag of sand
     
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    What are people's opinions on whether they think the sb+ does away with the need for a cd player? would the sb+ sound better than a wadia 170i with lavry da10 do you reckon?
    And how heavy are the 2 boxes?
     
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    The control box is pretty light, as it's got very little in it, i.e. the motherboard from the SB3 and the new DAC motherboard.
    The PSU has a toroidal transformer that pretty much fills it's box, so that's quite heavy.

    As for comparisons with your 170/Lavry, well I've never heard them, so would be rather presumptious to comment.
    At-Tunes are happy to run a home dem, that would be my suggestion.
    If you asked me to guess based upon other DACs I've heard, then I'd guess the SB+ would probably have the edge, but not by a massive amount.
     

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