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Burr Brown Vs. Wolfson Vs. Cirrus
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Does it really matter when it comes to the make of the DAC? Marantz keep mentioning about their superior Cirrus Super DAC - any thoughts?

Consider everything remains the same in a component, does the use of one particular DAC make or break the system?

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user="unleash_me" wrote:
Consider everything remains the same in a component, does the use of one particular DAC make or break the system?

Every DAC has it's own charactor, Burr Brown has warm sounding , Wolfson tend to be a little digital rather than analog etc etc.

 

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user="Thaiman" wrote:
...Every DAC has it's own charactor, Burr Brown has warm sounding , Wolfson tend to be a little digital rather than analog etc etc.

Interesting.

Inspite of getting a WHFSV 5 Start rating and using 2 seperate Burr Brown DACs, the Pioneer PD-D6 was termed "bright" by these guys.

Wonder why!

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Every DAC has it's own charactor, Burr Brown has warm sounding , Wolfson tend to be a little digital rather than analog etc etc.

Sweeping generalisations, and there is so much more in a CD player to influence the sound than just the DAC it uses, 

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I would say the conversion process is the most important part of any digital system, and the analogue sound you get out will be heavily influenced by the quality of the converters over everything else.

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user="Thaiman" wrote:
Every DAC has it's own charactor, Burr Brown has warm sounding , Wolfson tend to be a little digital rather than analog etc etc.

Sweeping generalisations, and there is so much more in a CD player to influence the sound than just the DAC it uses, 

Yes, everything count, it was just for example....sorry I shouldn't make statements like that without some evidence Smile

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Re: Burr Brown Vs. Wolfson Vs. Cirrus

 Indeed.

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Re: Burr Brown Vs. Wolfson Vs. Cirrus

wasnt burr brown taken over by texas instruments quite a few years ago??

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...and the industry marketing luminary shall remain nameless who once stood up at a conference and said 'the new player uses four Brer Rabbits'

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...and the industry marketing luminary shall remain nameless who once stood up at a conference and said 'the new player uses four Brer Rabbits'

It sounded all warm and fluffy, until Dr Fox came on the DAB and it lost total control.

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...and the industry marketing luminary shall remain nameless who once stood up at a conference and said 'the new player uses four Brer Rabbits'

I remember the review: "lacks restraint".

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user="Andrew Everard" wrote:
Sweeping generalisations, and there is so much more in a CD player to influence the sound than just the DAC it uses...

So...does that mean the DAC is not 'that' important provided the rest of  CDP components are up to the task. If it is so, then why do companies give so much importance to the DAC they use and advertise it loudly?!

 

Does it also mean a "better DAC" can take care of an otherwise incompetent system?! 

 

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Re: Burr Brown Vs. Wolfson Vs. Cirrus

Excuse my sweeping statement kinna post, from my experienced, DAC play a very big part in "How cd player will sound!"  as in bright, smooth, fast...etc

I don't mean the like of power supplies, clock or transport has no part in it though.  of course they are all important!

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DACs obviously have a huge part to play in cd replay, otherwise why would people use transports and then spend £££s on separate DACs which they then say improves their systems?

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user="Wild Willy" wrote:
DACs obviously have a huge part to play in cd replay, otherwise why would people use transports and then spend £££s on separate DACs which they then say improves their systems?

Exactly the point why I asked the question in the first place!

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Re: Burr Brown Vs. Wolfson Vs. Cirrus

Well, bear in mind that in any DAC the 'A' component (analogue) can make a huge difference, and it could be that the overall design of the circuitry, as well the as the analogue section being isolated from a lot of other "noise" could be the reason a £100 Beresford can (NB, not *will*) outperform a £300 CD player...

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