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IPOD and DARED MP5 making music
« on: June 04, 2007, 21:36 »
An IPOD, Monitor Audio RS6 and a very small amp

Ipods are meant for teenagers.
Cheap amps are not hi fi.
All amps sound the same.
Small amps cannot drive floorstanders
Audiophiles are retired ah peks who have time to sit down and enjoy the whole CD.

The Dared tube hybrid amp looks better in red than Scarlett Johansson in a red dress.

Wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong wrong and hmm I guess the last one is wrong too  ;D

I unpack my new Dared MP5 hybrid tube pre-amp with a solid state 10w pc power section. The packaging can put many other more famous brands to shame. The word is ATD. Attention to detail. There is adequate packing material to make sure this amp survives a rollercoaster ride from ROC. The first thing you see when the box is opened is a set of gloves and a cleaning cloth, which will be needed to wipe off the inevitable fingerprints you leave behind on the chrome polished surfaces.

Next the cabling (USB connectors, RCA cables and a phones to RCA cable) are neatly stored in their own bag. My Reference series Marantz looked like it came in a NTUC plastic bag.

I use my IPOD docking station, the supplied cables and hooked it up to my MA RS 6 (91 db speakers) with QED XT 300 wires.

I have a playlist of test songs which I keep in my IPOD for auditions, so I crank this section up. The volume is set at 9 o’clock in my new 3.5 by 4m sound room.

Do you know the feeling of palpable presence? How much does it cost to invite Yo Yo Ma into your home to play in front of you? Now, I know, it costs 200USD for the amp plus USD 19 shipping.

Feel like having Earl Klugh over for dinner, just flick on the switch. Of course I recorded much of these in lossless formats but I also included some techno, and if you suddenly feel your feet move involuntarily, this amp is the cause. 128kb recordings, this setup milks the best out of it.

There is bass, a delicate mid and treble, although with a modest damping factor it won’t embarrass the grip a Krell solid state super powerful amp has. Its about finesse, and lounging with a magazine, a bit of port or sherry and a good book, although with such fine tunes emitting from the system, it will be hard to concentrate on the book.

Ever had the sensation of Natsukawa Rimi’s (夏川りみ) voice massaging your senses and leaving you unable to move about. Emil Chau seems to sound like he decided to do an impromptu live performace in my room. I hear some nuances which I have not heard before and the imaging is stable and set behind the speakers.

This setup is small change for something not much bigger than a toaster, although it does get warm.
Tomorrow, I will invite Bach and Mozart to come jam with Anzen Chidai  Switch off the lights and enjoy the music with a dull glow from the tubes, so this is what I have been missing all this while….


« Last Edit: June 04, 2007, 21:45 by petetherock »
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Re: IPOD and DARED MP5 making music
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2007, 21:43 »
wah, as a diehard ipod user (bought the original ipod), your writeup makes me salivate...but how come you don't list your ipod in your .sig?
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Re: IPOD and DARED MP5 making music
« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2007, 22:09 »
Fever mode with poison flowing in the blood that creates Hallucinations.

Bad sign.  ;D

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Re: IPOD and DARED MP5 making music
« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2007, 22:21 »
ROFL!!

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Re: IPOD and DARED MP5 making music
« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2007, 22:24 »
I blame hifiluv for posioning us!  ;D

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Re: IPOD and DARED MP5 making music
« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2007, 22:32 »
Good luck pete - u got tube poisoning lol

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Re: IPOD and DARED MP5 making music
« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2007, 22:35 »
Picture picture !!

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Re: IPOD and DARED MP5 making music
« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2007, 22:38 »
I am a tech goondu, when the brothers visit my place, they can help me post pictures, or I can email them to those who know how.

BTW maybe I can persuade those other folks with the same amp to bring theirs and let me set up a HT system with it and my MAs  --- woo hoo!

Actually for those who want to try it, bring a nice CD player, that will be interesting.
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Re: IPOD and DARED MP5 making music
« Reply #8 on: June 04, 2007, 22:43 »
I am a tech goondu, when the brothers visit my place, they can help me post pictures, or I can email them to those who know how.

BTW maybe I can persuade those other folks with the same amp to bring theirs and let me set up a HT system with it and my MAs  --- woo hoo!

Actually for those who want to try it, bring a nice CD player, that will be interesting.


I have a MP5 :)

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Re: IPOD and DARED MP5 making music
« Reply #9 on: June 04, 2007, 22:49 »
Lai la, AMK area MP 5s unite and arise, let the sonorous voices carry forth and bring tubes to DTS and HD!

One more set and we have a tubey HT system - thought about it already, 5.1 direct from my Toshiba into 3 pairs of MP5 and a SVS PB 12+ playing Superman Returns (plane crash scene)

One more pair needed :)
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« Reply #10 on: June 05, 2007, 10:16 »
Are you inviting Diana Krall over as well!  Pls tell me you can hear her sultry and soulful voice warming your heart.. :D

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Re: IPOD and DARED MP5 making music
« Reply #11 on: June 05, 2007, 18:17 »
has it enough juice to play a bass heavy song?
Thats what i'm wondering for tubes and FS.
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Re: IPOD and DARED MP5 making music
« Reply #12 on: June 05, 2007, 23:43 »
U lah Pete ! :)

Make me so "re-interested" in my MP5 again (neglected it for a while as very busy and it is in the living room while I hang out in the study room mostly).

So today went to IKEA and bought a shelf to put the MP5 and move it to study room. HEE HEE




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Re: IPOD and DARED MP5 making music
« Reply #13 on: June 05, 2007, 23:45 »
Billy rack?

Add a remote for the Ipod and you have a nice system you can use whilst studying.

I am waiting to reno my sound room before I listen more :)
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Re: IPOD and DARED MP5 making music
« Reply #14 on: June 05, 2007, 23:48 »
Billy rack?

Add a remote for the Ipod and you have a nice system you can use whilst studying.

I am waiting to reno my sound room before I listen more :)

Good eyes ! :)

Ya.. got an Apple remote... :)

I wonder what Apple will announce next week ... a touchscreen ipod ? :)