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Old 11-15-2017, 06:17 AM
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I have Kaleidescape so those internet and computer based audio issues are not relevant to me. I can't tell the difference between streaming from Kaleidescape to my N01 compared with PS Audio Direcstream Memory Player to the DAC. But Kaleidescape wins hands down in the end user experience compared with disc spinning. Which has drawn me to doubt the requirement for a disc spinner at all.
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Old 11-18-2017, 11:17 AM
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I am with you....friends with advanced streaming setups including Tidal Hirez, Roon setups and even MQA have stopped by and plugged into my setup. NOTHING has sounded better than playback from physical media here. I remain totally unimpressed by the "state of the art" in computer based and network streamed audio.

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Totally agree, nothing sounds better than playback from physical media and even better if you play with Esoteric VRDS transports.
My K-03X sounds terrific, at this moment i definitely stop download FLAC/WAV files and starts to buy SACD, DVD-A and CD's again and more than ever.
With the DVD-A i spinning that discs with my Oppo 105D but i use the K-03X dac via COAX for optimum results
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Old 11-18-2017, 11:56 AM
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I may be in the minority here, but I honestly don't here a discernible difference between playing a CD on my K-03X directly and using it as a DAC playing the same title ripped via EAC to my server. Throw in the convenience of using Roon or JRiver as the front end GUI and it's somewhat of a no-brainer for me. In either case, the K-03X is the strongest link in the chain and will always be engaged when I'm doing critical listening (I have other DACs and sources).
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Old 11-18-2017, 07:31 PM
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...the K-03X is the strongest link in the chain and will always be engaged when I'm doing critical listening...
GSO - I concur with this sentiment. I have two systems, both comprised of CD player, integrated amp, speakers. The one constant is the K-03X. The superior DAC gives me comfort should I (or my heirs) ever wish to rip my collection. A couple of respected audio reviewers have called it 'the last cd player you'll ever own'.

Ivan knows all there is to know about differences b/t 03, 05, 07, and can probably refer you to owners for their thoughts should they not see this thread. Have you called him?
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Old 11-19-2017, 09:10 AM
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GSO - I concur with this sentiment. I have two systems, both comprised of CD player, integrated amp, speakers. The one constant is the K-03X. The superior DAC gives me comfort should I (or my heirs) ever wish to rip my collection. A couple of respected audio reviewers have called it 'the last cd player you'll ever own'.
I don't understand. How does K-03X have anything to do with ripping a collection?
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Old 11-19-2017, 10:45 AM
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I don't understand. How does K-03X have anything to do with ripping a collection?
One would rely on its superior DAC for playback of a ripped collection.
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One would rely on its superior DAC for playback of a ripped collection.


That’s right!!!
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