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Metric Halo LIO-8

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and yes I did mean 8 not sure how that happened

The dac/pre section of this unit is freaking spectacular, don't know how you would do better for the money. You'd still be able to phono pre with a high output mc or mm cart

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My only concern with units from MH or Sonic is that I am locked into Mac, of which I have never owned or wanted to own. I recently did create a hackintosh on an old computer and laptop. I am going to demo a Prism Orpheus soon to see what that is like. Have you heard one of those Al or JP?

I would also like to demo the LIO and the Antelope Audio Zodiac plus that is coming out next month. Choices, choices.

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The metric units you have to configure with a mac, but after that, it can be used standalone.

But macs are better anyway.

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Andy, I haven't heard the Prism or the Antelope DACs, and I remain curious about the DAD and of course the Pacific Microsonics options, but I really love the Amarra/ULN-8. Oh, and Macs rool!

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Macs are for old people who like shiny things ;)

any many recording and mastering engineers

I liked the ULN-8 over the Berkeley Alpha in my short time with them. Barry Diament loves them and places the ULN-8 over the pac micro units in his experience. He did a comparison of most of the top flight studio units and chose the MH ULN-8. Doesn't mean you'll like it but in his extensive research it was the one for him.

Anyone in the NYC area, Baltimore/DC area or Phili that wants to compare/hear a unit before they buy I'd be open to a mini meet. It is the best digital I have owned/heard with the possible exception of the spectral cdp that retailed for $20K. I did not directly compare them but the spectral cdp is burned in my brain. The dacs from spectral I have heard are good but they did not shake the ULN-8 or spectral cdp from my head.

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I think I will hold off for a while. The LIO-8 isn't going anywhere.

Macs are for old people who like shiny things ;)

Shiny things are good.

Edited by tyrion

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This is looking like my eventual upgrade path as well. Dont know when that will be though.

I do sometimes miss the immediacy of computer playback.

I'll probably end up having 2 different rigs though.

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It still has more channels than I'll ever need or use, but makes much more sense than the ULN-8 for my needs. Interesting :palm:

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I'd want one with 2 mic pres to use for a phono stage ,but otherwise, yah, very attractive package.

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My wife just called with the estimate for the trip to Europe and after I got back in my chair I have put myself on a purchasing freeze. The only exception is the wifi tablet. This will have to wait for the end of the year.

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My wife just called with the estimate for the trip to Europe and after I got back in my chair I have put myself on a purchasing freeze. The only exception is the wifi tablet. This will have to wait for the end of the year.

Any chance you're coming by Madrid? :prettyprincess:

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:( what a pity. Hopefully next time. However we could meet in Scotland, my wife would like visiting again Edinburgh and the Highlands. If we can make dates meet... ;D

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I will let you know as soon as I know the dates we will be there. I want to try to get together with Doug for dinner when I'm in Edinburgh. Despite the cost, the travel agent suggested a whiskey tour to my wife and she seemed into it.

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Despite the cost, the travel agent suggested a whiskey tour to my wife

How much did you pay the agent to say that? :P

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Nevermind, I just found out that Vintage King demos their gear so i will use them. Very convenient since the rep lives very close to me and even brings me the gear.

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