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Old 10-31-2019, 11:12 PM
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Try a Rossini, it will outperform the S7i easily, I have listened to the S7i also, step from 381i to S7i is much smaller then S7i to Rossini.
I will be able to tell in literally eight notes.
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Old 11-17-2019, 03:53 AM
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Has anyone yet been able to compare the dCS Bartok to the Lumin X1 played in the same system, thereby affording a very good A/B comparison?
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Old 11-17-2019, 05:09 AM
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Listening to a Bartok now.

At least comparing with CDs I'm not impressed, the S7i is still better.

We'll see later today after it has some more warm-up time.

I am using the S7i as a transport and am comparing AES/EBU on both, with the output run back into the input on the S7i so the latter can't take advantage of ClockLink.

Update:
Nope. Even though I have the Bartok on loan through Tuesday it’s already back in the box.

For 16/44.1 Red Book it’s bright and a bit harsh compared to the S7i. Great soundstage and articulation but not quite as wide as the S7i.

I’d say it’s definitely second best now, making my “DACs to buy if my Wadia dies” now:

1) dCS Bartok
2) Moon 780Dv2
3) Ayre QX-5 Twenty
4) ARC Ref CD 9

My dealer is getting a Rossini Player in, so I will definitely want to compare to that.

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