I had the pleasure of listening to Chanh’s system today with SteveM, Albert and Andrew. I have only been back into Stereo for the past two years and have found the complexities of servers, computers and DACs a barrier to getting into this digital source. I spoke to Chanh last year and decided to upgrade my CD player and wait before getting into computers as a source and concentrate on my vinyl setup. I thought it was time to have another listen and Chanh kindly invited me to listen to his system. Chanh has a specially built room with fantastic equipment. I was impressed with the sound and especially the clarity and soundstage.
The equipment that was used was Chanh’s server, an Accuphase SACD player and Andrew’s Sotm sms-200ultra. I found it a difficult task to compare these and particularly how to articulate the differences playing the same music.
I found Chanh’s server and the Accuphase SACD player difficult to differentiate. Both sounded great, bearing in mind the whole system was excellent. I would be happy with either source, from a value perspective the Accuphase SACD player was considerably more expensive.
Next Chanh set up Andrew’s Sotm sms-200ultra with direct comparison with the Accuphase SACD player. The difference was more noticeable with more clarity from the Accuphase, although again I found the music of good quality. I would agree with Andrew that this unit was good value. Chanh made some small set up changes with minor difference in the sound.
I would be happy to have any of these in my system, although both Chanh’s and Andrew’s servers are still DYI and require some expertise to set up etc. I really enjoyed the Accuphase but this is beyond my budget although re sale value is good (as opposed to the DYI servers). I will continue to watch the developments with interest, and in the mean time enjoy my Denon DP62l turnable the I bought from Chanh!