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Old 03-14-2019, 12:15 PM
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Default Cary DMS-600, DMS-550, and DMS-500.

Iím interested in feedback on the sound quality and functionality of these Cary network player/DACs, particularly when data is streamed directly to their Ethernet input from a Roon core server. It would be a bonus if you have compared any of the Cary network player/DACs used in this manner to any other network player/DACs (i.e., Esoteric N-1, Bricasti, Auralic Vega 2) used this way.
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Hello..I have owned the DMS-550 for almost a year.

I love it...Outstanding DAC-does MQA...the Roon stuff.

I've been pretty impressed with it.
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Analog Preamp....McIntosh C1100
Amps...McIntosh MC2301 (2)
DAC ....Cary Audio DMS-500
Speakers....Martin Logan CLX-Art
Subwoofers.... Martin Logan Balanced Force 212's (2)
Turntable....Clearaudio Innovation-TT5 Linear Arm-Ortofon Cadenza Blue Cart
Interconnects/Power Cables...Nordost Odin 2..Odin..Valhalla 2

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Thanks. Before the 550 and 500, what DAC were you using?
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Thanks. Before the 550 and 500, what DAC were you using?
I used a Sony HAP-Z1ES hd streamer/dac. Was very nice but the Cary audio is in another league.
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Analog Preamp....McIntosh C1100
Amps...McIntosh MC2301 (2)
DAC ....Cary Audio DMS-500
Speakers....Martin Logan CLX-Art
Subwoofers.... Martin Logan Balanced Force 212's (2)
Turntable....Clearaudio Innovation-TT5 Linear Arm-Ortofon Cadenza Blue Cart
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Old 04-05-2019, 12:05 PM
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Thanks. I'm seriously considering the DMS-600. It seems to check all my boxes.
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I've had my DMS-500 since late 2016, it was finicky at he begining, would loose connection to the network, had trouble reading certain audio formats, if I remember right, took couple of firmware updates.
No more issues.
I'm extremely happy with it now.
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