For that price I'd rather buy a Mac mini ($600), 2 x 500 GB maxelerate HD's ($770), a Wavelength Brick USB DAC ($1750) and Apple's incoming iTV gadget ($300), total $ 3400 ....TomDac said:Not that I'm getting one, but check this thing out....
Spike,Spike said:If you're looking at $3k+ (starting price) for the Opus, here are several other alternatives worth considering
If you're looking at the Opus vs the lesser Musica or Symphony for the DACs, then a serious contender would be the SlimDevice Transporter with the AKM DACs for $2k and run it off your network (assuming you're already set up). According to Alex Peychev, the digital guru behind APL HiFi, the AKM DACs are head-and-shoulder better than the current crop of Burr-Brown or Crystal Logic.
Now, if you are not that technical-minded, and just want a very musical source coming from a huge hard-disk server, the RWA Modded Olive can be had for around $1500. Yeah, I know that the Musica & Symphony come with puny hard-drives, but Vinnie Rossi of RWA confirmed that you can hook up an external hard-drive to the USB input and play from there.
I'm keeping my eye on the RWA Olive Symphony as an upgrade to my system around the Xmas time-frame
I disagree with this statement since the modifications will be done to reduce the jitter performance (as well as other aspects of the player). For example, the mods provided by Reference Audio Mods include, but not limited to:DrJRapp said:The Musica device itself is "jittery" as hell which doesn't make it an ideal candidate for an upgrade platform.
The BenchMark DAC1 can only do so much with the signal coming from the "jittery" midfi Musica. It's what I'd call a band-aid to cover the jitter problem which should be solved correctly by upgrading to a better clock. Talking to the folks at Reference Audio Mods and Vinnie Rossi of RedWine Audio, they both converge on the same mods to take the Olive to a new level. It's kind of interesting to see both of the "upgrades" involve removing parts from the signal path rather than just component swapping.DrJRapp said:I have a Musica which I play thru my Benchmark DAC1 which in itself has special reclocking to reduce jitter, yet it is unable to handle the Musica output and deliver what I call "quality" sound. Then again, my standards are high.
SpikeSpike said:I disagree with this statement since the modifications will be done to reduce the jitter performance (as well as other aspects of the player). For example, the mods provided by Reference Audio Mods include, but not limited to:
Hmm, the modified Olive unit now sounds like a high-end music source to me
- Replacing AC power supply with battery driven unit.
- Direct connect DAC output to output jack by removing ALL output op-amps.
- Replacing stock oscillator with ultra-low jitter SuperClock.
Is the Slim Device - Transporter have the ability to connect directly to and drive / control amplifiers? Or does the Transporter require a pre-amp.? Or can it be connected either way?