A good example of a product sourced off the shelf, unless Lindy and Cyp are part of the same company/group.
Separated at birth?
Above, The CYP AU-D250, Below, the Lindy.
I suspect it was manufactured by a Chinese company as a generic do it all DAC, expect other brands to present the same thing under a different banner and maybe even in a new set of clothes. A 'knock-off' version will likely be on ebay soon, if not already.
However, it seems that the requirement for better connectivity and remote function has been taken on board. It looks like a good solution.
Mac mini > AVI ADM9Ts
To be honest, neither the Lyndy nor Cyp (which I also assume are the same product) seem appealing. I usually find that products loaded with extra features + striking cosmetics + a fairly low price do so at the expense of quality. The 3 star review of the Lyndy in WHF confirms those suspicions for me.
M-Audio USB Transit->Benchmark DAC1->Beyerdynamic DT880 (600 ohm) / AKG K701
I wouldn't have any problems with sound quality with regards to the price, the price of £350 is not cheap for any DAC and much cheaper audibly transparent DACs can be had for much less. In fact the price is similar to other DACs of comparable design, ie DACmagic Plus and Matrix Quattro DAC. Spending this sort of money should really get you more than just a DAC anyway.
The ratings thing would also not put me off. It would be interesting though, to see independent reviews of both items, though I suspect that reviewers might need to be careful to remember what they wrote about one of the items before penning the review of the other.
I've just bought some Seiwin SN-4a actives from Studiospares at about £100 for my computer setup. They're true actives with 40W and 20W RMS to the 4" woofer and 1" silk tweeter. They are super value for money, play loud and clean and are dynamic and punchy.
Any pics of your setup?
System here http://www.whathifi.com/forum/your-system/my-dream-system-oh-maybe-one-day
Will try and upload some.
The Audiosmile Kensai is a really impressive small passive standmount that can be converted into an active floorstander, well, sort of, by bolting on to the Audiosmile Advantage, an active subwoofer with power amps built in to feed the Kensai. An odd way of doing things and not a combination I have heard but I think this counts.
They're certainly interesting speakers but not proper actives. They're just regular passive speakers with active subwoofers.
PC > AVI Neutron Five 2.1
Sony NWZ-A847 64GB Walkman > Westone UM3x
This is a gem of an fully active system from B&O, but likely not to appeal to audiophile taste or those who prefer conventional HiFi styling - but having recently seen and heard one, the sound quality is tremendous - would certainly suit a Gen Y professional interested in top quality sound without having to faff about with separates, and the looks stunning to my eyes.
Also would be good for parties, as they take up little room, and can play exceptionally loud if needed...
I'm already thinking of a spot in my bedroom for one as a second system....
Frankly, I've yet to be convinced of the sonic benefits of inexpensive DACs (or CDPs). I found hooking my mac mini straight into my preamp to be more enjoyable (due to convenience - sound quality differences were negligible) than using a budget NAD or Marantz CDP. I've also found little difference (other than frequency response) between my Squeezebox Classic and an Emotiva XDA-1 DAC. So rather than invest in an inexpensive DAC, I'd rather allocate that money to the rest of the chain and use my sources as is.
Yes, i know what you mean, steve_1979, but the Advantage does contain the power amplifiers for the Kensai so you feed the signal via interconnects from a preamp just as you would any normal active speaker. In a way it's an active floorstander but with separate enclosure for the tweeter and midrange unit. As you say, an interesting design, even a strange one. I have heard the Kensai though, and as a passive mini monitor it is very effective. In its active floorstander form, though no idea
The configuration is very similar to my AVI Neutron system but with two subwoofers rather than just one. It's a sort of active/powered/passive hybrid configuration. The subwoofers are fully active. The stereo speakers are regular passives but because the amplifiers that drive them are specially designed and optimised for the speakers that they're powering they really have more in common with powered speakers.
Ultimately though they're still passive where it counts because the tweeter and mid-bass drivers don't have their own specific amplifier for each individual driver. There's only a single amplifier driving both the tweeter and the mid-bass driver with the crossover placed after the amplifier has amplified the audio signal.
I would have thought that all audio DACs are capable of reproducing all frequencies with the audible range (20Hz - 20kHz). Which part of the frequency range do you think isn't getting reproduced by one of your DACs?
All of the range was being reproduced. It's just that the Classic seemed warmer and the XDA seemed bright. In either words: neither seemed to have a neutral frequency response (which I would assume is deliberate for whatever reason).
Ahh, I see what you mean.
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