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PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 9:23 pm 
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petersch wrote:
Maybe he's selling the MP-D2 to get the new upgradable MK2 version? I considered selling mine but ordered the upgrade parts instead for me and a bud.
I'm never hasty to judge another persons actions unless it's blatantly obvious, in this case (like the rest of us) it looks like they found something better. I like the Chords, Lampizat0r and D2 so you never know what came along that's better to ones ears. Lets maybe get back to discussing the D2 before the thread ends up getting derailed too far.




It will be interesting to hear your thoughts once you get through the upgrade process.

A suppression filter for the D2.

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Probably only relevant if someone accidentally builds a VHF tower over the top of your house. But wth its cheap, and certainly wont hurt.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2018 12:27 pm 
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Ive been playing with a few different caps in the D2.
You wouldnt think that 1 cap could make much of a difference, but the 1000uf cap that sits on the little dac board seems to be in a critical location.
The Audio Note Kaisei bipolar. Quite expensive but a really lovely cap in that location. Far better than the stock Silmic.
I think the Muse ES bipolars are good as well.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:41 am 
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Following this thread with great interest.....to be clear is the Sabre chip the "stock" one that the unit comes with?

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islanddave wrote:
Following this thread with great interest.....to be clear is the Sabre chip the "stock" one that the unit comes with?

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AK4490 is the stock chip


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 12:40 pm 
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James_W wrote:
islanddave wrote:
Following this thread with great interest.....to be clear is the Sabre chip the "stock" one that the unit comes with?

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AK4490 is the stock chip


I heard mention of the Sabre chip as being the best all around chip, but dont know the model designation number for it.

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It's right on the main page under DAC types in the available options section.

http://www.musicalparadise.ca/store/ind ... duct_id=80

MP-D2 MK2 ES9038PRO (+$490.35 CAD)


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James_W wrote:
It's right on the main page under DAC types in the available options section.

http://www.musicalparadise.ca/store/ind ... duct_id=80

MP-D2 MK2 ES9038PRO (+$490.35 CAD)


Thank you.
I had no idea which chip the Sabre was.
Ouch $490 for a chip.


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islanddave wrote:
James_W wrote:
It's right on the main page under DAC types in the available options section.

http://www.musicalparadise.ca/store/ind ... duct_id=80

MP-D2 MK2 ES9038PRO (+$490.35 CAD)


Thank you.
I had no idea which chip the Sabre was.
Ouch $490 for a chip.


That would be for two chips, and that is not expensive. The Wyred for Sound dac jumps $1500 US when you upgrade to the ES9038PRO. I have listened to the MP-D2 MK2 with the AK4497 and then switched to the ESS9038PRO and I did prefer the 9038. Larger sound stage, more low level detail, more base. Gary (the designer and owner of the company) was gracious enough to let me come to his house on a long weekend and audition the dac, running the music through my own streamer. Super nice guy, very knowledgeable. Gave me some good tube and capacitor recommendations. My dac should be arriving by DHL today, am looking forward to playing with my new toy.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2018 7:30 am 
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muse45 wrote:
Dcs, Chord, EMM Labs, Wadia, Metrum, Resonessence, Linn.
These are the GOds of digital audio, and they don’t use tubes in dacs for a reason.
That reason is you will never obtain the best result in using tubes in the d/a chain.

Do it at the preamplification or amplification level , if it’s that tube signature you crave in your sound.


Armchair expert. Every dac needs some form of built in amplification to deliver 2V to the rest of your system. If you prefer op amps, jfets, tubes, pic your poison.
A classic example of needing to amplify a tiny signal to line level would be a phono stage, taking .4mV up to 1 or 2V. Some of the best phono stages in the world rely on tube amplification. Whether a signal is derived from and analogue or digital device is irrelevant, you are still amplifying an analogue signal in the end.
There are no "Gods" in digital audio, just large advertising budgets pushing devices of varying levels of quality. In the end if you like the sound, buy it, listen to it, enjoy it. Next year there will be something new on the horizon.
That is why I ordered the MP-D2 MK2, tune it to suit my system, upgrade dac chips as they become available.


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Next year there will be something new on the horizon.
I really hope so. :mrgreen:

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2018 12:59 pm 
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Nakamichel wrote:
ykznarf1964 wrote:
Next year there will be something new on the horizon.
I really hope so. :mrgreen:


Was that tongue in cheek, or just the cheek. Pretty funny though.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 3:33 pm 
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Today I swapped in a brown base GZ34 rectifier tube.
Holy crap it made a heck of a difference...more bass, more details, nice tone
Definitely worth it.


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I just re-skimmed over this thread I did not see my answer, sorry if I missed it, but...

I have been really enjoying my MP-D2 for the last year or so with my library (mix of AIFF and FLAC) that is about 80% rebook and maybe
20% hi res downloads (24/96-192).

I have not tried any DSD files, and I am wonder how:

I would first import them into my library?
And
Then play them through the MP-D2?

I run a MAC Mini with Audirvana Plus (Version, 2.6.8) and then USB into the MP-D2... XLR out to my Sonic Frontiers Line1.

I would like to buy a few primo albums from somewhere like: http://store.acousticsounds.com/c/372/DSD_(Single_Rate)_2.8MHz/64fs_Download

And see how they compare with either my rebook or HiRes versions to see if this format is as most declare it to be.

:?: :?: :?:


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2018 12:50 pm 
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In theory you should be fine. Download, import and play.
Let us know what you think of the sound quality.


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Guess what I’ll be doing over the next few weeks? :mrgreen:


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