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At last... (Audiolab) - part I

Discussion in 'audio' started by sq225917, Aug 5, 2010.

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  1. Space is the Place

    Space is the Place pfm Member

    The existing digital inputs are joined by three line-level analogue inputs, providing source selection and volume control in the analogue domain. The preamplifier section is fully balanced and all analogue input signals are converted to balanced form, helping to reduce distortion and noise. Class A gain structures are present throughout, and users may choose between preamplification in the analogue or digital domain in respect of the digital inputs. In addition, the 8200CDQ adds a direct-coupled, discrete, Class A headphone amplifier, accessible via a socket on the front panel...

    ...works as an analog line level preamp too!

    Im still waiting for the dac (although it looks like its not going to come in at the original price of £399)

    [​IMG]
     
  2. Cliff

    Cliff pfm Member

    To use this to front a hard drive system, assuming you've got a computer with some music files on the hard drive and some music playing software, such as iTunes, Media Player, Foobar...

    a USB cable.
     
  3. Space is the Place

    Space is the Place pfm Member

    Well i can tell you they dont answer emails for a start, communication seem poor, Shame they aren't as helpful and generous as the guy who designed the new CD players!

    Any way this is what they are supposedly bringing out, the monoblocks look interesting (to me, not to you obviously:D) wondering if they are Class D?

    8200CDQ: CD player, digital decoder and preamp in one box.

    8200DQ: DAC/preamp – basically an 8200CDQ without the transport mech

    8200A: 2x80W integrated amp

    8200P: 2x100W stereo power amp

    8200M: 125W mono power amp

    8200MB: 250W monoblock
     
  4. S-Man

    S-Man Kinkless Tetrode Admirer

    Naim CD3.5, but through WD25Ts it wouldn't matter anyway.
     
  5. Moorgate

    Moorgate Registered User

  6. JamesJamerson

    JamesJamerson pfm Member

    Whichever numpty is in charge of the web-site needs to be taken outside & shot.
     
  7. Moorgate

    Moorgate Registered User

    That would be me thank you.
     
  8. JamesJamerson

    JamesJamerson pfm Member


    duh...... the Audiolab site.
     
  9. Moorgate

    Moorgate Registered User

    duh...thanks for clearing that up.
     
  10. Space is the Place

    Space is the Place pfm Member

    Id be interested to hear your thoughts on it, and how it compares to the more expensive CD players/Dacs you sell from different manufacturers. :)
     
  11. Moorgate

    Moorgate Registered User

    Unfortunately we didn't have it for that long. We did compare it with a Quad CD player (new model) and a Rega Apollo and it was clearly better than both but we did not have time to compare the DAC. At the time broadband issues stopped us trying it as a streamer. We are likely to be stocking it so will post more detailed info when we've got one.
     
  12. sq225917

    sq225917 Bit of this, bit of that

    Moorgate, please pm me once the first one lands in your lap.

    Simon
     
  13. Cereal Killer

    Cereal Killer 432 Point5

    Shame they didn't redesign the fascia or at least go back to the bigger central screen of the origional design.
     
  14. Pete the Feet

    Pete the Feet pfm Member

    Mass hysteria and a stampede in the camp. Calm down chaps you''ve not even heard it yet. I've not seen this much enthusiasm since the release of the Naim Dac where people were singing its praises before they had even heard it. If you hang on a month or two no doubt there will be a few on the seconhand market like the Naim Dac.

    Has it got a firewire?

    As for CD drives perhaps they've got a few to use up. They will eventually release one without.


    I must be more optimistic.

    On a positive note it is in silver therefore will match a macmini and it also looks to be available in the all important black where it won't match a macmini.
     
  15. bec143

    bec143 pfm Member

    At the risk of sounding a bit like "he who must not be named"...

    I think you are going to be dissapointed if you think that any new DAC is going to slaughter any of the many decent DACs out at present. I've listened to too many. IMO, there are differences for sure, but they are pretty small compared to things like speakers.
     
  16. Cereal Killer

    Cereal Killer 432 Point5

    And good DAC is exactly that.
     
  17. Space is the Place

    Space is the Place pfm Member

    What youve got to realise Pete is, some of us have been waiting for this for two years! :D

    Now if its as good as some of the better Dacs/CD players out there remains to be seen of course. Functional its perfect (for me anyway).
    In digital the law of diminishing returns is kicking in at quite a low price, my recent experience of this makes me question spending a significant amount on any digital source.
    The other thing is if something is very cheap no one will take the performance of it very seriously.

    What i have learned (with the exception of some speakers) is that most hifi is way over priced, and offers little if any performance gains over cheaper well designed alternatives.
     
  18. Pete the Feet

    Pete the Feet pfm Member

    I've got the cheapish Dacmagic and do wonder what else is out there but getting to hear it in my system is another matter.

    After reading IWC Doppel and his reviews which seemed fairly extensive, he seemed to be in favour of the DacMagic for the price but lets face it we all like to hear good things on what we have purchased.
     
  19. Pete the Feet

    Pete the Feet pfm Member

    A Dac bake off would be a good idea, probably easy to set up. Then we would really know if there is much difference or if it is all bullshit.
     
  20. dss

    dss Musical Bons

    That is something that would be a useful thing is it.

    Band A) £300 ish
    Band B) £700 - £800
    Band C) £1500 +

    DS
     
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