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    Default Kimber USB Cable,CA DacMagic Plus Review

    Well,after several hrs relistening to my music library on the DacMagic Plus with the new Kimber USB,I am thoroughly convinced of one thing! I would have a very hard time telling the difference between a cd,and the DacMagic Plus with the Kimber in place! Some recordings sound less than perfect when I buy computer music! On almost all my cd's,songs sound perfect on the Rega!(thanks Dawgfish) On the well recorded music I buy through the computer,this cable has taken the music up a notch! The difference the Kimber made is the last small step to cd quality! I've noticed less harshness,and more resolution in the music.The music is all around you,like a cd! Not right in front of you! Theres a wonderful soundstage! It sounds fabulous!
    I use the balanced outputs on the DacMagic with Analysis Plus Copper Ovals,and now the Kimber Cable USB. Anybody looking for an awesome DAC,in the $700 price range,would be a fool not to try this combo out!
    Big thanx to thsmith for the awesome karma!
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    So are you using the Rega as a Player or as a Transport?
    2-Channel:

    Source 1: PC
    Source 2: Rega Apollo CDP
    USB > SPDIF Converter: Stello U3
    DAC: Audio GD NFB-7
    Preamp: Audio Research LS-15
    Power Amp: BAT VK-500
    Speakers: Magnepan 3.7's

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    Source 1: HTPC
    Source 2: Oppo 103
    Pre/Pro: Marantz av8003
    Power Amp: Rotel RMB-1095
    Fronts: LSiM-705's
    Center: LSiM-704c
    Surrounds: LSiM-702's
    Subs: Dual SVS PC12-NSD's

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    Player, The Rega does not have balanced outputs!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobsauto49 View Post
    Player, The Rega does not have balanced outputs!
    huh?

    Anyhow, if you're using the Rega as a full-on Player, and you prefer it to the PC > DacMagic, it's probably because you like the DAC in the Rega better than the DAC in the DacMagic, not because you like the Rega as a source better than the PC as a source.
    2-Channel:

    Source 1: PC
    Source 2: Rega Apollo CDP
    USB > SPDIF Converter: Stello U3
    DAC: Audio GD NFB-7
    Preamp: Audio Research LS-15
    Power Amp: BAT VK-500
    Speakers: Magnepan 3.7's

    HT:

    Source 1: HTPC
    Source 2: Oppo 103
    Pre/Pro: Marantz av8003
    Power Amp: Rotel RMB-1095
    Fronts: LSiM-705's
    Center: LSiM-704c
    Surrounds: LSiM-702's
    Subs: Dual SVS PC12-NSD's

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    I run the Rega as a player/unbalanced ic's to my pre. I run my Dac/balanced ic's to my pre.
    I competely understand the point you are making,however,as stated in my op,I think with good quality recordings,the difference is negligible!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobsauto49 View Post
    ...I think with good quality recordings,the difference is negligible!
    Wanna find out for sure? Run the digital output of your Rega to the DacMagic, and then run the analog output of your Rega to the preamp, then also run the DacMagic to the preamp. Play a CD. Switch back and forth between inputs on your pre. This will let you know which DAC you like better.

    Edit: when doing this, I suggest using the unbalanced outputs on both the DacMagic and the Rega to keep the volumes more similar. A lot of times balanced outputs are louder, and then they will sound better in an A/B comparison unjustly.



    Have fun!
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    2-Channel:

    Source 1: PC
    Source 2: Rega Apollo CDP
    USB > SPDIF Converter: Stello U3
    DAC: Audio GD NFB-7
    Preamp: Audio Research LS-15
    Power Amp: BAT VK-500
    Speakers: Magnepan 3.7's

    HT:

    Source 1: HTPC
    Source 2: Oppo 103
    Pre/Pro: Marantz av8003
    Power Amp: Rotel RMB-1095
    Fronts: LSiM-705's
    Center: LSiM-704c
    Surrounds: LSiM-702's
    Subs: Dual SVS PC12-NSD's

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    Thanx for the tip!!

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    I think what the OP is saying is the Kimber cable has brought up the quality of his computer audio a notch or 2. He's just saying in comparison to the Rega is all.

    Congrats man, always a good thing when SQ moves up a notch.

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    It is a nice cable Bob and glad you like it. SOme people have posted they like it even better without the ferrite beads, never tried because you would have to desroy them.
    Speakers: SDA-1C (most all the goodies)
    Preamp: Joule Electra LA-150 MKII SE
    Amp: Wright WPA 50-50 EAT KT88s
    Analog: Marantz TT-15S1 MBS Glider SL| Wright WPP100C Amperex BB 6er5 and 7316 & WPM-100 SUT
    Digital: Mac mini 2.3GHz dual-core i5 8g RAM 1.5 TB HDD Music Server Amarra (memory play) - USB - W4S DAC 2
    Cables: Mits S3 IC and Spk cables| PS Audio PCs

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    Bob, I had a feeling you'd love that Rega.

    Transport: Oppo BDP-103/USB HDD (flac)
    DAC/Preamp: Benchmark DAC/PRE
    Power Amp: Parasound HCA-1500A
    Speakers: Harbeth Compact 7ES-3 Monitor
    Cables: Kimber Hero/8TC; DH Labs D-75

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    Darn nice system you pieced together there Bob. If I may suggest, when or if the time comes, move up to a Rogue pre, or Bat, Vac, Cary....you may have a hard time wiping that grin off your face. Happy listening man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steveinaz View Post
    Bob, I had a feeling you'd love that Rega.
    Well Steve,You were spot on! I'm listening to my cd collection all ovetr again,and it sure is a pleasure! And as much as I love that Rega,I cant emphasis how well the CA DM Plus sounds with the balanced ic's,and the Kimber Cable USB! I have no problem showing my system off to my buddies through the Dac!
    I remember Dan(Mantis) hearing the DacMagic Plus for the 1st time,and it sounded like he chit himself! Thats kinda how I feel about it! Dont get me wrong,if I want the best possible music,its comin from the Rega,no doubt! But the DM is nippin at its heels!

    Of course i'm in heaven every night,with a new tube pre,speakers,all new cables,and a really hot,forgiving,Redheaded,Pregnant Wife who's in the horny all time stage of pregnancy! Life's a liitle too good right now! I'm waitin for the sky to fall!
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    Quote Originally Posted by tonyb View Post
    Darn nice system you pieced together there Bob. If I may suggest, when or if the time comes, move up to a Rogue pre, or Bat, Vac, Cary....you may have a hard time wiping that grin off your face. Happy listening man.
    Sound World in Appleton has a Cary SS amp as a demo that i'm having a hard time lookin away from! That will probly be my next step! Right now i'm waitin on quad of NOS tubes for my pre! F1 has lead me to the promise land of tube heaven! New tubes should be here shortly! Cant wait! There is 4 junk electro-harmonix tubes in there now!
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    Cool man, Appleton has a Hi-fi shop ? Darn, things must have changed out there since my days of stopping off on my way to Shotgun Eddies for a rafting booze infested trip down the Wolf river.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobsauto49 View Post
    Sound World in Appleton has a Cary SS amp as a demo that i'm having a hard time lookin away from! That will probly be my next step! Right now i'm waitin on quad of NOS tubes for my pre! F1 has lead me to the promise land of tube heaven! New tubes should be here shortly! Cant wait! There is 4 junk electro-harmonix tubes in there now!
    Nice system you put together there. Got to get up to sound world in Appleton and check it out. Is it better than HIFI heaven?

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    I like it alot better! They have alot of product in the store to listen to! Dali,ML,KEF,PSB,Monitor Audio,NAD,Analysis Plus,Cary,some Rega,and more! Paul is the Manager there,and he sat with me upstairs for 5 hrs,listening to gear!! Never acted impatient,very good to work with! And gave me a nice discount on the whole package I bought!
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