This tempting CYP DAC packs much to like in a functional box
Optical ins and outs
impressive punch and attack
Slight lack of solidity
Looking through CYP’s catalogue, it’s easy to think that the company builds products primarily designed to serve a technical purpose, rather than sound great.
However, this is the second CYP DAC we’ve had in for review, and the second with serious sonic credentials.
The AU-D150 has an optical input that can handle music files up to 24-bit and 192kHz and a USB that’s limited to 16-bit 44.1/48kHz, while on the output side you’ve got the expected RCAs and unexpected optical.
So yes, it will convert USB to optical (useful if you’re putting PC audio into a home cinema amp).
If you’re playing CD quality files there’s no huge difference between the optical and USB inputs.
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Both have impressive punch and attack married to pleasant fluidity and a cohesive soundstage, and that makes for an interesting, exciting delivery with just about any music.
It’s not the most detailed DAC around, and there’s a slight lack of solidity behind the initial punch of each note, but it’s still tempting.