New price drop!! Almost new Wadia S7i Music Center Decoding Computer. New discount of $5,000 from$18,000. I dare you to compare the GNSC Statement to ANY digital source.
This Wadia is a DAC/USB/PREAMP/TRANSPORT. It is 7 months old and has been modified by the legendary Great Northern Sound Company. Please Google for 5 star reviews (and that is for only the stock S7i). The GNSC S7i is on par with the stock 9 series. Comes with full warranty. From HI-Fi Advice.com:
GNSC (Great Northern Sound Company)
The abbreviation is short for Great Northern Sound Company. This company is specialised in modifications to Wadia products. Steve Huntley, who runs the company, used to work for Wadia as an engineer so he should know a thing or two about the products. If anyone knows Wadia's products' critical places, he would be the man. The Wadia 27ix has been upgraded with the Statement upgrade, which is the best upgrade they offer. From what I can detect with the bare eye, they changed capacitors, added capacitors and a filter, isolated the transformers, added damping pads and removed some SMD resistors. It is all done very neatly and you only see the upgrades by comparing to the original. Sadly I don't have the regular 27ix for comparison and had to rely on my picture-archive for comparison. The modifications may not seem much but they mean a great deal for the sound.
Wadia 861 versus 861 GNSC
I've compared my own 861 once to a friends Statement-upgraded 861. That was a huge difference and only the price of the upgrade and the fact that I would have to ship my player all the way to the US made me not go for this upgrade. The difference was mostly in musical terms. A much bigger soundstage, a more relaxed and more colourful presentation, more fluid highs (no dryness at all, compared to my regular 861 which I sold for that reason) and altogether the GNSC 861 sounded just more like real music to me and, dare I say it, more ANALOG. I've owned my 861 for any years and have compared it to many other players and dacs. Two friends still have an 861 and I hear one on a weekly basis. I know it very well, and that's why I dare to compare it with the 27ix GNSC from memory."
Don't get fooled by all the 24/192 marketing BS:
"Hegel designs everything from the ground up. They don’t do asynchronous. Nor do they do 192kHz, claiming, as does MBL, that what they have to go through to achieve the higher sample rate increases jitter and negates the benefits of the higher sampling rate."
New $2K drop on 6/8/12