Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by Larry Naramore, Jun 30, 2009.
Any opinions/thoughts from any of our many knowledgeable members.
No. I would get a Shunyata Python Helix power cord used for $600-700, or perhaps one of the new CX cords - I haven't tried those yet.
If you like the sound of the M55 save your money. If you have some extra $$ try the Cambridge DacMagic - about $400. It received good reviews and its cost is in alignment with the cost of your player.
I have a M55 as well and unless you're looking at spending as much on the DAC as you did on the NAD (assuming you bought it new) my personal opinion is that you won't be getting much, if any, additional enjoyment for your efforts. Now, if you need a DAC for a music server or iPOD dock (Wadia or similar) and can use it with the NAD as well, then why not try it and see what YOU think?
It would be advisable to find a dealer with a good DAC, that is already burned-in, and do a two week trial to see if you like the output of a stand-alone DAC as opposed to the onboard NAD DAC chips.
There was no in my post.
Yes, that is would I would do. I tried adding boxes (dac, upsampler) and various power cords (have had 5 different ones on each box), also dedicated power line and power filter. Been there, done that.
In retrospective, I wouldn't have done much different in terms of buying, except that I wouldn't have bothered with PC's worse (cheaper) than the one I recommended. However, I would have done it in a different order:
1. power cords and dedicated power line first
2. power filter
3. dac, digital IC
4. upsampler, digital IC
Phases 3 & 4 I would not recommended to a sane person, but to verified audio lunatics only. I have not mentioned shelves, footers and similar, trying not to muddy the waters further.
Thanks for the replys. I'm sick now but will post later.
Get well soon
Yeah, thinking too much about upgrades can give you a headache. Go buy two gold CDs to help you forget and see if you're not feeling better tomorrow.
I got a NAD C 515BEE CD Player and when I connect that to myMusical Fidelity DAC there is a definite difference, even though that 515 got a modern Wolfson 24/192 DAC built inside , too.
With a CD Player as good as the M55 you would need an outstanding DAC. to get the same upgrade..
But as mentioned already why not get a DAC and use that for iTunes or your iPod Satelite Radio etc.?
Then you can hook it up to your CD Player and judge yourself..
Thanks for all of the replies. I decided that it wouldn't be to my advantage so will spend extra money on more music. BTW I'm perfectly content with my setup but always have that feeling that it could sound better.
Sounds good. More music is definitely a plus. I feel the same way...I'm constantly talking myself out of buying new speakers!
A DAC is a good investment
Opens up the digital spectrum to use
For Mac the Apogee Duet from the Bay is v good value as an I/O Device
Does the M55 upsample? If not, then an upsampling DAC might be a worthy investment.
yes, it upsamples.
O.K. I always thought the M55 and M5 looked like killer machines inside and out, so I am not surprised.
Ah yes, and so it begins. I had a NAD 515, I think it was, anyway it was a 5disc carousel. Sounded pretty good too! used it with a ModSquad line stage, and a Golden Tube 40W amp feeding Klipsch LaScalas. Really great sound. I think that the NAD mated well w/tubes.
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