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Surround processors as CD DACS?

Discussion in 'Hi-Fi Stereo Systems & Separates' started by jookster, Feb 23, 2005.

  1. jookster

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    How good are Surround processors used as DAC for CD use?

    Experiences , opinons?

    Cheers! :thumbsup:

    BTW I know I told MPK that listening is the best answer to this sort of thing but was wondering about people's experiences in this area!
     
  2. alexs2

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    Some are very good and some are not......I know that's a bit of a broad generalisation,but I think it holds true in that for instance,whilst my Tag is pretty good,it's not comparable to either my Perpetual technologies P1A/P3A,or my more recent MF X-Dac3,and the same is also true of the AV30R,and a few other processors and receivers I've tried or heard.
    I've certainly heard far worse than the Tags as well.

    I would say,in the limited time I had to listen to one,that Meridian(don't ask me which model number I have no idea,but not cheap!)are easier to listen to from the CD point of view,but so much also depends on partnering equipment,and the music you listen to.
     
  3. Knightshade

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    I'd always go down the DAC route.
    As Alex has stated there are some good and some bad processors. I haven't heard any (what I would call) really good processors but I haven't heard Meridian processors.
    I just prefer the idea of one piece of equipment doing it's own specific job and nothing more. Purist I guess....
     
  4. Mr_Sukebe

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    A couple of years ago I dem'd the Naim AV2 as a DAC/Pre-amp.
    Comparing it against a CD5, and using the AV2 as a pre-amp, I really couldn't tell the difference.
    The only real drawback was that the pre-amp section of the AV2 was only really on par with a Nait 5, so clearly it would be a major limiting factor.

    My guess is that a good AV processor from Linn or Meridian would be a very interesting alternative.
     
  5. jookster

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    Hi Mr Sukebe,

    I don't quite understand what you mean about the pre-amp section of the AV2 being a limiting factor. How did you test it then?
     
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    Jookster,

    Do you prefer the thrill of the chase or the kill ? Cease your questions and get the Denon :)

    Mike.
     
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    trust u to say that Flimber, I guess you recommend the Denon over the Meridian!?!
     

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