8 2 DAC with power amp or pre dac with one power amp?

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8 2 DAC with power amp or pre dac with one power amp?

Postby lee337 » Sat Jul 08, 2017 9:35 pm

Hi

I know it's ultimately subjective but which option above would offer most value? An 8 2 DAC with power amp, say a Power or Smart or Q or Pre DAC with X Power?

Price wise there's little difference for me at the minute.

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Re: 8 2 DAC with power amp or pre dac with one power amp?

Postby callen24 » Sat Jul 08, 2017 9:47 pm

th x power option.
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Re: 8 2 DAC with power amp or pre dac with one power amp?

Postby lee337 » Sat Jul 08, 2017 11:13 pm

callen24 wrote:th x power option.


So, the X Power over bi-amping with the 8 2 DAC and a 8 Power?

Really?

I don't doubt you, I'm just surprised. The X Power that good then?

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Re: 8 2 DAC with power amp or pre dac with one power amp?

Postby callen24 » Sat Jul 08, 2017 11:55 pm

lee337 wrote:
callen24 wrote:th x power option.


So, the X Power over bi-amping with the 8 2 DAC and a 8 Power?

Really?

I don't doubt you, I'm just surprised. The X Power that good then?

Thanks


i had 8xpdqx - an earlier version of 8.2 dac. biamped with Q power, then a single smart power, i got another smartpower and used them in mono.
Then i was considering x power as next step.
had a demo of 8xpd bi amping with a single xpower, It sounded slightly different, but i thought it was at a similar level to 2 smart power.
I wouldn't get an xpower brand new, not particularly good value this way.
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Re: 8 2 DAC with power amp or pre dac with one power amp?

Postby angelface » Mon Jul 10, 2017 11:20 am

I have a friend also member on here who has an 8vs2 and a CDi (at the time he had a CD8x)

Once we tried my then new Mono X and smart power + and PSX-R to see what improvements we could hear.

Mono X were the only really significant improvement but that is because his Totem Arro speakers like oodles of current.

Moral of my tale is it does depend on the rest of the system especially speakers.
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