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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. 

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I recently bought a Behringer UCA-202 for the princely sum of £25, and it's very good Smile

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byakuya83 wrote:

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.

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steve_1979 wrote:

byakuya83 wrote:

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.

Clicky

 

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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?

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pete321 wrote:

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.)

http://www.esoteric.jp/products/esoteric/dacon/indexe.html

Just for the heck of it I'd love to have a set up with

http://www.esoteric.jp/products/esoteric/g01/indexe.html

and a pair of monoaural DACs

http://www.esoteric.jp/products/esoteric/d01/indexe.html

So TEAC have access to some serious DAC know-how.

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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  excellent!

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Cypher wrote:

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  excellent!

 

The WHF review was not that good. 

 

If you want something lively try the Jolida FX Glass DAC.

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RE: Best DACs under £1,000

The Mydac is a fine DAC. It isn't particularly lively, more neutral, I'd say.

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p_m_brown wrote:

BTW, I thought your Avi's have a dac in them already?

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?

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Who said I was looking for a new one?

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BigH wrote:

Who said I was looking for a new one?

Ahhh I see.  Smile

 

It was just a (wrong) assumption based on the thread title.

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steve_1979 wrote:

BigH wrote:

Who said I was looking for a new one?

Ahhh I see.  Smile

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.

 

 

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BigH wrote:

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:

HRT microStreamer 

Meridian Explorer

AudioQuest DragonFly

Pro-Ject DAC Box DS

Cambridge Audio DacMagic Plus

Musical Fidelity M1 DAC

Rega DAC

Arcam FMJ D33

Audiolab M-DAC

Chord Chordette QuteHD

Naim DAC-V1

NAD M51

Musical Fidelity M6 DAC

Naim DAC

Burmester 113

Antelope Zodiac Gold/Voltikus

Audio Research DAC 8

dCS Debussy

Chord QBD76 HDSD

Matt

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Wow a big group but as I suspected no Benchmark,  Metrum Octave Mk2 and John Kenny though.

 

Anyone heard the Graham Slee DAC?