DAC for existin CD Player and DVD

laughalotmike -- Thu, 11/18/2010 - 11:56

I am pretty new to digital music having used Vinyl until 1994 and pretty much nothing except cheap computer speakers since then.

I have Just invested in the following.
Yamaha RX V3800 receiver.
Creek evolution Cd Player
Monitor Audio RX1 Speakers Fronts
RX Centre
Vector V10 rears
Paradigm DSP 3400 Sub

I love the sound I am getting now however I have been advised that if I added a Valve DAC to the Mix between the CD and Amp my sound would be warmer richer and a whole lot closer to Vinyl without the clinical CD Sound etc
Listen to mainly Classical guitar, Jazz and Old Style. Rock Deep purple etc with the occasional symphony or concerto thrown into the mix

Any opinions good or bad and what would your recomendations be
Budget Would be around $1000-1500

paulwelch250 -- Sat, 08/20/2011 - 18:20

This unit should be pretty good:  Creek evolution Cd Player
I would not trust this unit: Yamaha RX V3800 receiver.
Try a Jolida (the American company (.com), not the Chinese one (.net)) JD202, JD801, or JD1000
even the 40 W one will sound like 80 to 120 W RmS solid sate amp in terms of power but much more musical and smooth
the tubes will help get the "digital" sound out.
If you still want more imrovement or still want a DAC, if the Creek has co axial digitial out port run that to the ARCAm r-DAC
(approx. $429) and you will find that unit greatly improves CD and DVD players in the range of $100 to $1000.
If still wanting to spend $1000 on a DAC why not try the marantz CD/SACD/USB $999 player very flxible, very detailed and musical

Jolida and other tube aps... Why a Tube Amplifier?
The comeback of the tube amplifier as told by Rick Rosen of Stereophile is not a matter of nostalgia; it is a matter of excellent sound reproduction. Even the average ear can recognize the holographic soundstage, smoothness, and the crystal clear resolution that a tube amplifier can deliver. At low volume levels, the sound is clear and linear; at moderate volume levels, the sound is full and satisfying; and at loud volume levels, the sound will not punish your ears.
Aren’t Vacuum Tubes obsolete Technology?
No. Many people believe tube technology is obsolete since they think solid state has replaced it. One example used to exemplify obsolescence is the comparison of the small size and high computing speed of the personal computer (solid state) that has replaced the 1950’s Enac computer which used 18,000 vacuum tubes, had the power of a modern calculator and fit in a room the size of 3 double garages. No doubt integrated circuits are a significant technical advancement that has made many of the communication and computing devices of modern times a reality. However, tubes were never designed to be utilized as integrated circuits (on/off switching), tubes were designed to amplify. A good example of how tubes create power is your microwave oven (happens to be powered by a vacuum tube). Press the start button and your microwave oven will develop 900 to 1400 watts of power on demand. If that moderate sized oven used integrated circuits for power, it would be the size of a refrigerator. Tubes are still a $2.4 billion industry in the U.S. and is utilized in high power applications such as transmitting equipment, radar, RF equipment, x-ray machines, medical equipment to name a few. In relation to audio equipment, vacuum tubes perform superbly as an amplification source. From a technical viewpoint in terms of cost, size, power, reliability and performance, the vacuum tube amplifier is as viable as the solid state amplifier if not superior on all accounts. Another key feature is tube amps will start sounding their best within 5 minutes after power up, where as many solid state amps require 30 minutes to several hours warm up time to sound their best.
I have never used vacuum tubes before and they make me nervous?
In a sense, you have been using tubes all your life, light bulbs. Although the light bulb and the vacuum tube are used in different applications, there are some similarities in how they operate. If you drop a light bulb on a cement floor, it will break; you have to change the light bulb every so often; and last but not least, if a light bulb has been on for an hour and you grab it, then you will burn your hand. So it is with a vacuum tube.
Will I have to replace the tubes all the time?
In JoLida vacuum tube amplifiers and most others, the vacuum tubes are rated to last a minimum of 3,000 hours. This is why we will guaranty them for 6 months to a year. For the average listener, this is approximately five years. The cost of replacing all the tubes on the JD 502B is $120. Tubes in preamps often last 10 years or more.
How long can a tube amplifier last?
If maintained properly, a tube amplifier can last 30 years or longer. If you look in the classifieds for amplifiers for sale over 30 years of age, most of them are tube.
Many JoLida amplifers are only rated at forty, fifty or 70 watts of power output, that doesn’t seem like much power.
It is a rule of thumb that one tube watt is equivalent to two or three solid state watts.
Our 40 watt amp has often played much louder than even 150 watt RMS per channel transistor amps, especially in complex speaker loads
and speakers rated at 4 ohms.  Jolida 70 watt amp has been able to play just as loud and at same time more musically than most
200 RMS per channel transistor amps and at 30% the cost.


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