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    My general advice is to listen more to people and ask questions. You don't know as much as you think you know. Everyone can stand to learn new things, but you have to be open to it.

    There is a lot of misinformation, sales pitch and outright lies in high end home audio. You need to do your homework to understand the fundamentals of how audio reproduction works, a skeptical mind for analyzing and detecting hoodoo, and a willingness to do tests to verify the truth for yourself. None of this is difficult. It just takes stripping away emotions and sales pitch and focusing on logic and science.

    I highly recommend the three links in my sig file. They have valuable information and hard proof to back up their claims, and the people who prepared these videos aren't trying to sell you anything, jut inform you. If you have sincere questions that I can answer, I'm happy to do that. If I don't know the answer, I'm in touch with audio engineers and I can inquire with them and find references for you to read online.
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    Quote Originally Posted by millionrainbows View Post

    a DAC which uses military-grade Burr-Brown converter chips
    military grade? You mean K stamped chip I take it?

    What is the advantage of "military grade" audio?

    Are you talking about the old PCM-1702 chip?


    Can you really not hear the difference in a CD and an SACD???
    I never have. I have a good sized collection of SACD's because I find that many had been remastered before SACD release and that can make a difference.
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    "Military grade" is a term that is sometimes misused by high end audio salesmen. They throw it around to try to infer that it means that the equipment is better. However, it doesn't mean that the performance is any better than standard electronic equipment. It just means that it is able to continue to work under extreme situations, for example at high temperatures or in the presence of EMF. As long as your living room is at a comfortable temperature and you don't happen to live in a nuclear power plant, there is no benefit.
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    I listened to my music on McIntosh MC2000 amps for my AMT and midrange drivers and a pair of Class D amps for the woofers on my Hawthorne Audio Rainier III Signature Edition Open Baffle speakers with a McIntosh MDA1000 DAC/Preamp.








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    Military grade components are held to a higher standard than consumer grade components. Required to operate at elevated temperatures, exhibit higher tolerances and adhere to more stringent measures of quality control, your answer is as general as the terminology itself.

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    Like the toilet seats you hear about on the news!
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    Just wow on the McIntosh amps and setups. I wouldn’t mind listening to those myself. I’m all for tube amps and this is some classic stuff. ‘The MC2000 was designed by Sidney Corderman, McIntosh co-founder and designer of the legendary MC275. Sidney was coaxed out of retirement to commemorate the firm's 50th anniversary with this design.’
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