I dunno Macca, when I heard the Chord Dave with Mscaler, the experience was enlightening. I haven't had as much experience with Digital as analogue but I would suggest the Dave would be as good a reference as anything out there.
If you put the same Caiman I heard, on the same system as the Dave, you'd swear it was broken.
I felt the same when I heard a Dave with and without M-Scaler (there's a pass-through button on the M-Scaler). The difference was so marked with M-Scaler engaged that alarm bells rang and as I wasn't in charge of the remotes, I felt maybe a subtle level change had been done. Nothing like proper hands-on here though and if the M-Scaler really was doing what I thought I heard, it totally answers the analogue lovers criticisms of the 'domestic' digital medium, albeit at mad money again - it gives the music more 'timbral textures' for want of a better term. Why does nobody else use the tech, which apparently can be licensed? Could I hear this if compared blind. I *think* I could on the right music, but no idea at all otherwise.
The smallest difference in mean volume level is a killer though and it's so easy to skew opinions that way. I thought I was above that kind of thing until I fooled myself a few times here when trying to do comparisons using headphones and trying to use the volume control to match levels as best as I could (so a very amateurish way of A-B. I got confused as to which was which and kept preferring the ever-so-slightly-louder one, either 'A' or 'B' so forgive me my scepticisim for now at least... For this bod, a lesson learned. I remain open minded on the M-Scaler, but price rules it out for me...
'Never quite said what I wanted to say to you Never quite managed the words to explain to you Never quite knew how to make them believable ..And now the time has gone, Another time undone...'
I have seen you mention this before when I was still allowed to play on AoS. I have tried various coax cables, and noticed very little difference. Any recommendations? I am currently using a Canare LV61-S made by Mark Grant, and I also have a Belden coax made by Blue Jeans, Without spending more on the cable than the DAC, what should I be looking for?
I like Belden video grade cable. Works very nicely and sounds better than most. Can't recall the cable code number and I don't have any immediately handy without ripping the system apart. It sounds better than a quite costly Townshend cable I have.
If it is the RG-6 version, it is likely to be the 1694A? Same as my Blue Jean's cable.
When I had my AV setup I bought some of the Blue Jeans 1694 and the 1505. Don't think I used the 1694 as I just found it too stiff. I used the 1505 until recently when I swapped them out for some of the Mark Grant stuff as I just fancied a change.