I can't help feeling that DACs are the latest big con of the hi Fi world.
You've got the HRT one at under £200 (arguably still overpriced) and then you've got ones at many hundreds or thousands of pounds with off board PSUs. When the former makes do with USB power.
Lots of TVs, CDPs etc have competent DACs, but we're still being told to spend again.
TV room : Samsung 60" plasma-ATV3, -AVI ADM40,/Sonos ZP90,, Sky using Sonos for On Demand, PS3
HiFi : Sonos ZP90 - AVI ADM9 RSS + AVI SUB
Bedrooms : 2 x Sonos Play 3
IPad Mini for Sonos & Spotify / AKG K551
I recently bought a Behringer UCA-202 for the princely sum of £25, and it's very good
How do you measure the effectiveness of a DAC?
Here's a review of the Cambridge Audio DACmagic. Scroll down to the measurements section of the review for details on how the performance of a DAC is measured.
PC > AVI Neutron Five 2.1
Sony NWZ-A847 64GB Walkman > Westone UM3x
Oh NO not Ken Rocksalt!
Well I had an interesting shoot out recently between the rather futuristic looking M2Tech Young dac and a Leema Elements dac.
They both sound superb but the Leema edged it on dragging out the most detail, most connectivity and the fact tht it is also a decent preamp with analogue volume control. Both available for under £1k and definately worth a try (at home, back to back imo).
BTW, I thought your Avi's have a dac in them already?
Synology 212j, Sonos Connect, Leema Elements Dac, Pro-Ject Debut, Arcam A38, Kef R100, Chord cables
Teac aren't necesarily the first company you'd think of when buying a DAC, but I think the 501 is real winner.
I have a lot of respect for TEAC products, especially as I can see techniques and technology from their high end range, Esoteric, filtering down to TEAC products (expertise with class D, DACs, etc.)
Just for the heck of it I'd love to have a set up with
and a pair of monoaural DACs
So TEAC have access to some serious DAC know-how.
Observe the signature in its natural habitat.
Don't forget the Micromega Mydac. I've been reading a lot of reviews of this one and they all are extremely positive. I think I'm gonna check it out
The WHF review was not that good.
If you want something lively try the Jolida FX Glass DAC.
The Mydac is a fine DAC. It isn't particularly lively, more neutral, I'd say.
Good point. The ADM's already have a perfectly good DAC built into them.
Why is the OP looking for a new DAC? Is it for the ADM's or is it for another system?
Who said I was looking for a new one?
Ahhh I see.
It was just a (wrong) assumption based on the thread title.
Yes I can see why people got that idea but it came about as someone was looking for a new dac and I did some research and came across a few I did not know like John Kenny, just thought I would get other opinns on here and pull our knowledge together for others looking for advise, as this question comes up fairly often.
Well, also in the interests of general enlightenment here's a list of the DACs featured in the July WHF group test:
Pro-Ject DAC Box DS
Cambridge Audio DacMagic Plus
Musical Fidelity M1 DAC
Arcam FMJ D33
Chord Chordette QuteHD
Musical Fidelity M6 DAC
Antelope Zodiac Gold/Voltikus
Audio Research DAC 8
Chord QBD76 HDSD
What classical music are you listening to?
Wow a big group but as I suspected no Benchmark, Metrum Octave Mk2 and John Kenny though.
Anyone heard the Graham Slee DAC?
© 2013 Haymarket Publishing