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RE: Comparing DAC's

"I owned a Wadia 7/9 DAC and Transport. Believe me, this is no reference compared to modern DACs such as the Ayre QX-5 Twenty. Not even close."

There was a time where I thought CD playback was hopelessly flawed, and it would never sound right regardless of technology or money spent.... (I've felt this way about high-resolution digital audio for the past 15 years.) The experience with the Wadia 7/9 at an audio store in Cleveland in the early 1990s transformed my outlook on CD playback. The Wadia/Rowland/Avalon system, to this day, threw the most sculpted soundstage I've ever heard.

(One of the CDs was a Deutsche-Grammophon Pierre Boulez Stravinsky "Petrushka" w the Cleveland Orchestra..... It felt like I could smell the floor polish inside Severance Hall.... I have this CD, but never sounded like it did in that Cleveland audio store, "Sound Resource", which closed just a few years after that.)

But this doesn't mean everybody who experienced it would like it.....

If the Wadia 7/9 system weren't so darned expensive (even used- the resale value of this product is insane), I would have sought one.

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