But what about new fuses?I do realise this is another rabbit hole, but I will try to answer...
The dCS is a pretty fancy kit so what it does to translate those bits to music, it does really well. So what I observe probably has mostly to do with the DAC itself, clocks, jitter attenuation, those fancy balanced output buffers, etc more than MQA vs not-MQA and it is difficult to be sure about any thing when it sounds so good to start with. But on very good recordings, that final "MQA rendering" up to e.g. 384kHz offered by the dCS DAC does seem to add some extra level of "being there" resolution that is fairly easy to hear, even with my old ears, also when I compare the same source through Roon via microRendu into the Mp-50 via USB... It is not easy for me to explain since I am not a hifi-journalist and refuse to use those words that they use. And I have not done any kind of A/B tests so I am clearly on thin ice here. But yes, that extra rendering does something to the better, on very good recordings... but it is marginal compared with for example a new amp, and inconsequential compared with getting new speakers, and completely nonsense compared with getting a better room
edit: I guess what I am saying is don't worry about it, there are so many other aspects to improve compared with the potential and tiny benefits of the MQA rendering.
They didn't answer how second unfold of MQA might be implemented (if at all) in the TDAI-3400.Hi
the 2nd unfolding of MQA is primarily a filter with 'compensation' for errors related to the conversion in the DAC chip in operation
- as the process of your TDAI-3400 does not feature any DAC chip, MQA has their difficulties in designing the integration
but do not expect any significant change to the performance – even if MQA 2nd unfolding should be added
Anyway, how good are the Lyngdorf FR-1 speakers? Can they compete with very good floorstanders?
I don't care about measurements. For me the actual sound is the most important criterion to determine if I want (or prefer) some audio device. I had opportunity to test my Lyngdorf amp before purchase and no ”bad“ measurement would not changed my opinion, back then or now. Note that Peter Lyngdorf himself said that perfect measurement is not equal to perfect sound (cant find that video right now, but it was about RP).
I like the analogy that an ideal amp is a "wire with gain", requiring no 20kHz AUX-0025 LP-filter (or even the 40kHz AUX-0040 filter Amir uses) to prevent out of band (noise shaping + switching) noise from being included in THD+N calculations... Like in the old days, when my Yamaha amp could reproduce DC-100kHz without an increase in noise above 20kHz, inaudible or not. On the positive side, with compatible piezo-electric tweeters, the ultrasonic noise of class-D can double as a pretty efficient mouse repellant (or bat repellant, depending on the model).See Review and Measurements of Lyngdorf TDAI-3400 Amp & EQ (Part 1) for the rebuttal
Did you try it with rca connection.I had the Denafrips Terminator (and have a Lyngdorf 3400). I ended up selling it. It was superior to optical input but not that different to sources connected by AES. Because the 3400 is a digital amplifier, it effectively reconverts the analog output from the Denafrips DAC to digital, amplifies it and then does its own d/a conversion. I don't think this can be bypassed.
Some here have reported significant improvements with other 'high end' DACs, so I guess your mileage may vary.