as far as i can tell rega dac and dacmagic 100 are using the same wolfson chip...but, it' s only part of the story because there are other elements influencing the sound like analogue stage etc...but be warned though, people are sometimes describing "analogue sound" like a good thing, but in many cases it means a certain rollof at certain frequencies..it sounds good on paper, but for me it gets borring after a while, because i'd like to have insight into music...with rolloff and cutoff there is a danger on longer listening session: every music starting to sound the same...
Interesting even though they use the same dac chip the rega and cambridge sound quite different, the cambridge tends towards towards the pecise, lean and brighter the rega more organic, fuller and smoother. Just add another thought - analogue can also mean more natural/organic sounding and can actually have more color and tonal variation. For example eva cassidys voice on one dac can sound cold forward and analytical on another warm and hearing all the various tonal variations that just connect you emotionally with the music.
Stephennic ; thanks for your answer but I think I'll go with the Beresford Bushmaster. The Beresford Caiman is the best sounding DAC I've had so far so it's only logical that I'm interested in the Bushmaster. It also got some great reviews on the web
Great enjoy the BC Dac, I just read some great reviews on it. Head fi has a great forum on this unit, stereo net as well. I would always have a listen first before purchasing as I have bought stuff on reviews before and made some mistakes.
Good luck with the Bushmaster, where do you buy it from? I couldn't get it to come up in the shop section.
With regard to speakers - are you still finding the Zensor 1's are too light in the bass? Its a shame Pioneer don't make some 8 Ohms speakers which go well with the A30. The ones I see on their site at the top look nice - but a bit too compact. think I'll stick to my BA A26's.
There's a dutch Beresford distributor. That's the only place you can buy Beresford DAC's in Holland. Be he has a very good reputation and seems a like a very nice guy
The Zensor 1 speakers will be picked up next week...........I've sold them. I already have bought a pair of Q Acoustics 2020i speakers. I heard them 2 weeks ago and I just got to have them. IMO a real improvement on the Zensor speakers.
I agree. Analogue sound doesn't mean you have less insight into the music. The Caiman DAC I had had the same insight as the Dagmagic 100 but presented in a more musical way and sounded better to my ears.
it really depends of the complete system...since it is hot these days instead of a tube amp i'm using yamaha as-500 as part of my summer setup. dacmagic 100 even with yamaha sounds far from cold and clinical...but, my speakers are vienna acoustic haydn grand, not the usual suspect in most of the partnering kit for dacmagic 100...all cables are van den hul...who knows how it will be if i change one of its components...
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