I was very lucky a few days ago to listen to a Wadia 170iTansport.
I knew I was going to be able to listen to it for a few hours so I chose a few wav rips of CDs and imported them into iTunes.
I restored my second generation 8Gb Nano so I would have “uncontaminated” storage. It’s now loaded with all the wav rips.
I listened to the digital output of the Wadia connected to the Behringer SRC2496 via a Chord Signature Digital Cable.
Performance using the Behringer was absolutely ideal for dinner parties and background music. There was absolutely no chance of anyone being dstracted by any emotion from the music. The best results were with the Behringer upsampling to 24Bit 88.2k before doing it’s D to A conversion.
I was a bit concerned that the results I heard were so far from what I have read in some magazines’ reviews so I connected the same digital cable to the Naim HDX as a source and using the same rips all the passion and feeling of the music was restored.
Well, what does that mean? I guess it says that the 170iTransport works in some systems and not in others.