Foot tapper posted:kevin J Carden posted:
Whilst several forum contributors are very happy with it, my recent experience (see Melco thread) concurs with yours that Melco into NDS sounds dull. If you try NDS again, I’d strongly urge you to listen with a different server. I think you’ll get a very different result.
Good tip, thank you Kevin. So Core into NDS/555PSDR it is. Once again, we keep being reminded how everything makes a difference to the ultimate sound quality, even the upstream server (i.e. Melco via ethernet vs Core via ethernet).
Best regards, FT
A common feature of many of the threads on this forum is how expensive boxes can sound dull, but some other combination is so much better. I have gone through this myself, but the conclusion I have come to is that it’s not the boxes but the setup once you get to a certain price point. As Darke Bear has reported the spacing and relative position make a huge difference along with all the other setup things including dressing and cables.
Another common complaint is that there are bad recordings. My experience is that when a recording is dull it is just a manifestation of the setup being non optimal. In my experience the setup is sometimes optimised on a group of favourite recordings to the detriment of others. The problem is that it’s easy to forget what the instruments sound like.
I also read of the music being tiring. Again in my experience it’s the setup.
Having visited the factory recently I am amazed that a Statement and 252/300 with an NDS/555 DR with SL speaker cable into £35k speakers can sound so uninspiring. Admitted the Statement was better. Using the Core instead of TIDAL was abysmal. Must have been a bad network day. My dealer also says he has been underwealmed in the past. It made the demo a disappointment for me as I really wanted to understand how much the boxes can improve the SQ. I left feeling my CDX2 into nDAC/XPSDR into 282/SCDR into 300DR into Sopra 2s all connected with SL is streaks ahead. It would not be if the setup is right.
Blackmorec made very interesting observations about distortion recently. The demo systems were distorting the signals. Anything that gets the timing wrong takes the natural sparkle, clarity and wow out of the musical notes.