At last I finally got it.....got a few hrs of quality listen on it so I thought I would post my thoughts....
Adcom SLC-505 passive pre
Carver m1.5t amp
Dahlquist DQ-10's / Polk RT7's
Signal Cable interconnects
AR 16awg/monster bannana plugs (5 ft runs)
My initial impressions out of the box were favorable, very simple, plain, NAD'ish look. Solid feel (10lbs or so) Simple remote. I don't like a lot of bells and whistles so I was immediately impressed.
The amc employs the Sony top of the line transport with a 96khz/24bit Burr Brown DAC according to the literature. Since my old Denon cd player died before the mancave rig became operational my basis for comparison is a rather pathetic Technics 1bit DAC cd player. Obviously the AMC is a far superior unit.
The sound of the AMC is first rate. The most obvious difference is the level of definition and the depth of the soundstage. One of my demo tracks is Elvis "Kentucky Rain" immediately I heard a more distinct separation of the instruments and the percussion had a more crisp feel to it. Another telling track is Dave Matthews "Crash" again, close your eyes and you can just feel Dave standing in the middle of the room. You can visualize in your mind where everyone is on stage. (Of course I've had a few Boddingtons which always helps). On Chris Rea's "Texas" the fade in of the guitar portions is much more noticable whereas before they just appeared. These are just a couple of the subtleties that I am noticing.
I haven't experienced the "oh my God, I'm listenting to a recording for the first time" syndrome as my demo tracks I know very well but I have noticed a level of inner detail that wasn't possible. For the record, I note these changes on both the DQ's and the RT7's.
Well, that's about it for now.....needles to say that I am enthralled. One last thing....the AMC voltage output is 2.2volts as opposed the the 2 volts of the Technics which certainly agrees with the passive preamp......
"Well I got a little brother, several meters high, He's built just like a quarterback, He swears he'll testify, He says he's been to Texas and that's the only place to be, Big stakes big girls no trouble here, That's the place for me....I'm goin' to Texas....."
Really grooving in the mancave now......