Originally Posted by diomania
As Balthazar2k4 observed, when comparing DACs at different volume levels, you will hear difference.
I agree, more volume will sound louder and visa-versa. But why does my 105 play may familiar recordings with a better clarity, at all
listening levels? Treble is clearer ie. symbols sound more realistic, voices "s's" are smoother or more natural. Note:I only have two channel and no equalization like Audessy, but bass is more prominent and detailed to my ears, the 103 was a little leaner.
Individual instruments and vocals are easier to hear or pick out, with better detail or resolution. I can't say for sure about dynamics, I think both models are very close regarding dynamics.
Anyway, the same individuals at this forum are on some sort of campaign trying to discredit people who claim they hear differences from amps and players etc. for some reason? The differences would be small in the grand scheme of things, and probably a lot of my friends and family wouldn't notice the differences I noticed. For one, they don't spend any time listening to the same recordings on my system and most could care less about it and have no interest in high fidelity sound.
I think differences in gear sound are overstated mostly, but to say you only need to match the output levels or volume to make the gear sound the same is wrong, IMO. But I think a better sounding source or DAC will sound better louder than one of worse SQ.
No proven facts, DBT or measuring with mics is needed. The sound differences of these two components for example, I could hear it.
Now paying the extra money for these small increases in SQ, that is up
to the individual wether or not it is worth it.
If you guys really want your heads spinning, check out the claims from modding these units! Modding includes changes to analog amplification, power supply upgrades, parts quality upgrades.Edited by Todd68 - 1/9/13 at 11:20am