Bought a REGA DAC. Didnt notice as much of a difference as I was hoping! :(
So currently I have a Yamaha A-S500 Amp, Matching Yamaha CDS300 CDP and im running Q Acoustic 2050i speakers.
I bought a DAC since i was planning to use the cd player as a transporter and bypass its inbuilt dac. also I can plug the opitcal out from the tv and toslink from Airport Express. So far ive tried the tv and the cdp and it doesnt sound much different. So much so, i plugged the cdp into the dac then the dac to the amp, and at the same time i connected the cdp directly to the amp through phonos (allbeit it was a cheaper phono cable). So i was comparing the CDP dac to the REGA and the difference was very subtle and i can only describe it like the REGA DAC added a little bit of what you would expect when you press the 'loud' button on a system.
That was using the amp in Pure Direct mode, When i turned off pure direct and let the amp do its thing, the difference was negligible meaning the as500 amp was doing its trickery to make the music sound as good as the source going through the REGA.
My conclusions from this is that the as500 amp is better than I thought when its not in pure direct and it has some nifty features to make the music sound good. My next conclusion is that was it worth buying the REGA if another cheap dac could have satisfied my need (which was to connect cdp, tv and Airport Express)? the REGA is second hand and has had enough hours on it. it was bought 1 year ago by the previous owner and has a receipt to prove it.
Any help would be much appreciated since I dont want to feel like ive wasted my money when i could have spent it elsewhere on my hifi system thanks