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Old 06-12-2018, 02:07 AM
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Default Using ref cd9 as transport and dac9

Hi guys,
Would I have the audio improve if I connect the cd9 to the dac9 using digital xlr cable? Right now the cd9 is connected directly to the pre amp using single ended cable.
Pls help as I'm about to buy a costly digital xlr cable and would like to know wether is worth it or not.
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Old 06-12-2018, 12:23 PM
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I would seriously doubt you would gain anything. I have a Ref CD7 and it sounds much better than my DAC8. Whether playing digital files from my computer or when I tried connecting it to my CD7 and using it as a transport. The Ref CD9 is an excellent CD player, very smooth and analog. I would not try and make it more complicated.

There are things you can do to tweak it. Replace the power cord, I like Shunyata. I makes a huge difference. Replace the ARC tube dampers with Herbie's Ultrasonic RX dampers. You may also want to replace the fuse with a Synergistic Research Blue fuse.
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I have owned the Ref CD9 and have used it as a transport for the DAC9. While this configuration sounded excellent, I preferred the Ref CD9 by itself. In my opinion, the Ref CD9 just sounds more liquid and nuanced than the DAC9 due to its extra pair of 6H30’s and tube rectification.

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I have owned the Ref CD9 and have used it as a transport for the DAC9. While this configuration sounded excellent, I preferred the Ref CD9 by itself. In my opinion, the Ref CD9 just sounds more liquid and nuanced than the DAC9 due to its extra pair of 6H30’s and tube rectification.

Ken
Agreed 100%

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I would seriously doubt you would gain anything. I have a Ref CD7 and it sounds much better than my DAC8. Whether playing digital files from my computer or when I tried connecting it to my CD7 and using it as a transport. The Ref CD9 is an excellent CD player, very smooth and analog. I would not try and make it more complicated.

There are things you can do to tweak it. Replace the power cord, I like Shunyata. I makes a huge difference. Replace the ARC tube dampers with Herbie's Ultrasonic RX dampers. You may also want to replace the fuse with a Synergistic Research Blue fuse.
Thank you for the response. I have changed the power cord to shunyata venom digital and u r right It did made a difference from the standard cord. Gonna try replacing the dampers and the fuse. Great information 👍
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I have owned the Ref CD9 and have used it as a transport for the DAC9. While this configuration sounded excellent, I preferred the Ref CD9 by itself. In my opinion, the Ref CD9 just sounds more liquid and nuanced than the DAC9 due to its extra pair of 6H30’s and tube rectification.

Ken
Understood, guess I don't have to buy the digital cable n spend on dampers n the fuse. Thank you.
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Thank you for the response. I have changed the power cord to shunyata venom digital and u r right It did made a difference from the standard cord. Gonna try replacing the dampers and the fuse. Great information 👍
Though the Venom line is good, I have found the power cables in their regular line to be much better. The HC are a bit better sounding than either the Digital or Analog versions. I originally had a few Venom and I replaced them with Black Mamba CX HC. There was a big improvement in the sound especially on my preamp. I now have all Etron Alpha HC and I don't fell any need to upgrade. The Black Mamba CX HC are an excellent cable at around half the price used of the Alpha HC.
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