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RE: PC/MAC based replacement for dcs stack

Steve, thanks much for the links.

But I had read those threads and hoped someone here with experience replacing or comparing the dCS stack vs the Empirical Audio Spoiler, Benchmark DAC1, DEQX, Northstar DAC192 or Extremo, etc. can provide more detail.

I guess I'd also be curious if anyone has compared theh dCS stack to the EMM Labs CD/SACD Player which supposedly upsamples to twice the rate of DSD (though I'd have to use the Lamm L1 in the chain which, as i indicated in the original post, is something I'd rather not do, and it also does not move me to a PC/MAC based solution allowing me to put my thousands of cds in storage).

So, rather than resurrect old threads separately I decided to create this new thread for the purpose of detailed comments regarding replacement of the dCS stack.

And with regard to those threads above, the first thread mentions the dCS in comparison to the Spoiler DAC was "only found pleasing with SACD." I wonder if that includes the dCS upsampling to DSD and, if so, wheher the dCS upsampling to DSD was preferable to the Spoiler DAC.

And the other two threads do not provide much detail regarding a direct comparison to the dCS.

Brucemck2, if you are reading this I would appreciate if you could provide detail as to the DEQX being "stunning". Did you find it much better than your dCS stack? Or was it stunning performance for the money, but still not up to the dCS? Any detail as to other components (amps/speakers/cables, etc.) that you used at the time would also be appreciated.

And, if anyone else has any comments please chime in.

Thanks again.





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