www.technologytell.com/hometech/95331/emotiva-xda-2-dac-review/ Unfortunately most of his testing was done on less than stellar $550 monitor speakers. Would have preferred it done a higher end paradigm. But he also found it comparable to a $9500 anthem. And no mention of how he set it up (bit perfect), was the room controlled for. But I think he got the essence of it for people looking to upgrade their computer sound - an important demographic! And he sure heaped praise on it. He had me at "imaging is dead on balls accurate". Very well put sir! ;D
Transport: Sony UBP-X700 UHD-Blu ray player spdif PC using Musiland Digital Times WASAPI via BNC connection - DAC: DC-1->XLR XPA-1 , RCA->Basx A-100 CD: Denon DCD 600 PCM 61 DAC. RCA Amp: XPA-1 gen 2 using XLR connections. Speakers: Axiom Audio m80 V3, Sennheisser HD700 headphones. two pairs 12 guage each bi-wire speaker cables per monoblock Headphone amp: Basx A-100 (INCREDIBLE VALUE!!)
I liked this review. Written in common, everday language...as though you were sitting with the reviewer chatting over a few Beers.
The XDA 2 the reviewer describes is very much like the XDA2 I hear at home.
Interesting that "Ventura Highway" gets pointed out...
I've heard "Bread" (Manna) sound SO incredibly believable! " Take Comfort"...has the crunchy, resonant guitar chords, and you keep hearing vocal harmonies being made up of distinctly seperate voices like maybe you've never heard before!
"Spanky and our Gang " sounds stunning....despite the "pseudo stereo" on some tracks used to over emphasize "L&R" effect that was new to most people then. "Leopard Skin Phones" was a song dedicated to describing the then "new" Stereo LP. This band was amazingly talented...originating in the late 1950's "folk music" scene. You HAD to be good!
Elaine's voice sounds so good!
I don't remember a lot...but I can STILL hear Elaine singing "Lazy Day"....when I was in Kindergarten...45 yrs ago. Some things never go away. What wonderful, happy memories this song brings to me.
The old Carpenters records are no less compelling. .just sad that a few of those songs correlate in my mind to very tragic event in my little home town.
Music is like that....
The XDA2 is an astonishingly good box!
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Elaine McFarlane's voice (Spanky) was just one that defined a generation.
The "Complete Mercury recordings" album has about 80 tracks....and a few entertaining out takes!
Some of the material would be SO diffcult to perform...but Spanky did it WITHOUT needing technology to fx anything. They were THAT good!
Elaine also filled in for Cass Elliot (After Mama Cass' passing) alongside the Mamas & Papas back in the day.
She (Elaine) was THAT good!
EDIT: My "point" here was not to sidetrack a thread with my idea of a record review....but perhaps to say that the XDA-2 "gets the point across" on some of these older recordings....which I consider to be highly relevant pieces of music from our times!
Last Edit: Apr 27, 2013 22:18:54 GMT -5 by flyhigh
Post by SticknStones on May 8, 2013 19:15:08 GMT -5
Nice Review and thanks for sharing. I got a pm from a friend on the boards that bought my HD600 Sennheiser that is willing to sell me his XDA-2 as I always seem to be too late on the Emporium. I hope to get that little puppy soon. I listen to music through my laptop going to the V-link then UMC-200. This will be a huge upgrade for me.