In Reply to: Depends on the rest of your equipment posted by A.J. on February 23, 2003 at 12:06:14:
I cannot try nuvista on my system because it is second hand, My system are audion golden night poweramp and zingali speaker
It's also interesting to know your transport. DAC's sound is very influenced by the transport and the digital IC. I believe that you will love the sound of the Nuvista using a tube amp, because the only problem I find with the Nuvista is that it is a bit fatiguing when matched with SS amps, you'll find it very detailed, with excellent bass (tight, extended and rythmic), very nice and engaging mids and extended highs, but has an excess of detail and "airy" feeling that may result distracting from music if the amp is too revealing or agressive.
I cannot comment you about the Chord, my experience with this was short, but I felt it was more "digital" sounding than the Nuvista, with a sense of glare that I didn't like very much, but it was paired with a ML transport and ML electronics that perhaps were not the best match for the DAC.
If it could help you, at the Stereophile website you can find reviews of the Chord: http://www.stereophile.com/showarchives.cgi?624 and of the Nuvista: http://www.stereophile.com/showarchives.cgi?433, read them with the proper dose of criticism and searching the cues between lines. I'm sure you can find more reviews online at http://www.audioreview.com/reviewscrx.aspx and at the Soundstage network: http://www.soundstagenetwork.com/
It certainly does . I have a Chord with a PT P1-A upsampler in front of it and VT proprietary tube pre and main amp. I suffer no glare with the Chord and have trouble believing the NuVista would sound nearly as good in this setup. This is with all silver Pure Note cables.Without the P1-A and coupled to ss amps and lesser cables, I can understand that the Chord DAC64 could have some glare.
I am a fan of new designs and a friend who works for Sony and who had my same digital setup (P1-A to Muse 296 with hybrid I2S connection) loved the Chord so I bought it without audition. The Nu Vista is a limited edition; and, quite frankly, I have enough tubes to worry about without worrying about them for digital input devices. The previous setup I had was very,very good and the Chord was better right out of the box. I have no interest in auditioning other DACS for now.
the Chord, without the P1-A, is slightly better dynamically; but the P1-A cleans up the upper frequencies resulting in a truly analogue presentation. My main criticsm of the Chord is its high output and adjustinging the output from my pre amp slightly reduced dynamics. Also it reverses polarity. Don't forget that the buffer in the Chord makes it more immune to transport quality. Also I found its switching ps doesn't require an expensive power cord upgrade.
both are good and depends on your taste. It's a pity that you cannot try both in your setup and compare by yourself.
To my ears the Nuvista is a bit more analogue-like than the Chord, but it's not perfect and has some sound features which are at least arguable. In any case it plays in a major league of gear competing with things more expensive. If you can get it used for a good price, you don't have much to lose, if you disliked it you would be able to re-sell it without a big money loss.
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