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to me the duet has deeper bass, potentially better detail and images better than the cosecant and the cosecant provides vocals and instruments in the midrange with more body and warmth. Mike you and I see the duet in different terms or are describing the same thing very differently. I see the duet as faster, maybe more dynamic and brighter but you has described it as warmer. I would not classify this dac as being warm at all it reminds me more of the ayre cx7e fast detailed , great image but maybe just a touch thin in the mids (or accurate and I have become used to mids thicker than natural?)

Either way I would unconditionally recommend the duet to any mac user who is looking for a great dac under 1k that punches far above its class. By way of tech data this unit is said to use Cirrus CS4272 dacs I know nothing about then other than they are a 2003 design according to the Cirrus page. Anyone know anything about these chips?

My North Star uses the Cirrus CS4396. I like the DAC (as a whole unit) a lot :)

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JP#s/tyrion FOTMJP#s/tyrion FOTM

First of all, those 2 need to get a room and finally get it over with. The pre-sexual tension that they convey is killing us.

...and they change equipment more than most people change their underwear ;D I'm surprised they're not from Italy (Nik, cough, cough).

At least they can both say they've tasted a lot of nectar before they die. After all, isn't the thrill of the chase half the fun (except if you're Wyle E. Coyote, who never finishes the chase) :dance:

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Plenty of people.

The problem comparing me to Wayne is that, Wayne buys stuff with cold hard cash.

I, on the other hand have sold my soul to the devil whose name also goes under the name of Master Card, Visa and Sir Charge.

...and John, pawn shop is such a Bohemian term. I'd rather think of it as a lifelong payment plan.

Then there's Bozebuttons...

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Damn, as a Mac user, you guys are making it harder and harder for me not to pick one up to try.

Mike and jp11801, I've got couple of questions for you -

  • How does the volume setting work - do you just set it at its maximum volume to use it through an amp?
  • Does it work with Front Row?

I set the volume for max there is a knob on the unit as well as a screen interface for volume

I just tried it with front row and yes it works

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Damn, as a Mac user, you guys are making it harder and harder for me not to pick one up to try.

Mike and jp11801, I've got couple of questions for you -

  • How does the volume setting work - do you just set it at its maximum volume to use it through an amp?
  • Does it work with Front Row?

When you download the software there is a volume control that lets you set it at 0. On the Transporter when you max out volume it goes to 0. The SB3 does not. So I am assuming that the volume control has been disabled at this setting.

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they can call it whatever they want, but all attenuators stop at 0, regardless of what the scale says. for instance, the Singlepowers stop at 0, even though it's marked at 5 dots, or whatever. my capitole could be marked 1 to 101 instead of -100DB to 0DB, but it would still stop at zero.

Yup, I get that part, I'm just confused about what Mike was trying to convey about the differences between the Duet, Transporter and SB3.
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