No display is a pro not con ! How is any display going to help with sound quality ? I don't understand the obsession with displays. I switch all displays off.
I urge everyone to read Alan Sircoms review in the latest edition of HiFi+ to see how badly wrong the What HiFi reviewer got this one. Sircoms Sara and I quote "it is amongst the tiny handfull of best DACs ever made.....it undercuts all of the other best ever (DACs) by a substantial amount. I suspect for most people the next step up has a dCS logo etched into it. It really is that good". I absolutely agree with Sircoms on this. If you have up to 5k to spend on a DAC buy the arcam and spend what you save on hires digital downloads. If 2k is a stretch (and in today's world it certainly is a lot of money) don't be tempted to buy a 1k+ DAC; keep saving until you can afford the Arcam because your music and your ears will thank you. Now let's see how long What HiFi keep this posting up for. One thing is for certain in my mind they need reviewers who know good equipment when they hear it!
I agree with digdag if this DAC had a dCS or Wadia badge on it then it would sell at 2 to 3 times what Arcamis asking for it. For the record the rest of my system comprises MF Audio pre, Chord SPM1200E, Kef Reference 201/2 all connected with Nordost cabling but with a Cardas Clear USB cable. It really does hold its own and is not outclassed in this company. So good intact that I have bought the unit I had on demo from my dealer.
Perhaps you should consider the impact Pure Music is having on affairs. There is a clear difference in my mind between Amarra and Pure Music. The former is more fluid and natural sounding whereas Pure Music sounds very boom and tizz! This demonstrates there is no better way of evaluating HiFi than with your own ears and in your own system. In my view the D33 is very worthy of the name Superdac and also beats the Naim Dac which, whilst good needs additional expensive power supplies to sound at its best and lacks finesse which should be associated with products at this price point. So all readers should do themselves a favour, ignore this review and listen with your own ears!
We tested the D33 with a number of digital sources. We used an Apple MacBook loaded with Pure Music software and a range of music files from 256kbps to 24Bit/192kHz . There was also a Cyrus CD transport and Naim NDX (also with the full range of file formats stored on our Musicm8 NAS).
What Hi-Fi did not mention in their review what partnering kit they used to test the D33.
Did they run a PC or Mac as well as a conventional CD transport? Were any other sources tested?
Was the PC/Mac set up correctly and what playback software was used and was this software set up correcty? What type of files was it tested with and how were they created/ripped. Was bit perfect playback achieved?
I have heard the D33 at length and will stick my neck out and say this is light years ahead of anything Arcam have ever made and can be partnered with some proper high end components. It deserves shelf space alongside better kit than the Arcam badge would possibly suggest........
I really do not understand the reviewers summary of this outstanding DAC. Iover the past two weeks I have auditioned the Arcam d33 against the Ayre QB-9, m2tech young, audio lab dac and Benchmark DAC. With ripped and HiRes files on my Macmini and playing via Amarra the Arcam blew all other DAC's, including the Ayre away. It is so natural sounding yet detailed in the way of the very best vinyl and I have a first rate vinyl system comprising Avid Sequel, SME IV, Dynavector XV-1s and Whest Audio PS.30RDT so I have a good benchmark. The other DAC's are good but none has as wide and detailed a soundstage as the Arcam. The Ayre, which has been the class leader at this price point, looses out on the breadth of the soundstage, top end smoothness and sparkle (not a contradiction I promise) and the bass is just so deep and detailed with nuances in the bottom end you simply don't get with the Ayre. If this is not the class leader at its price point then pray WhatHiFi tells us what is because at £2000 i don't think there is one!
Why is the D33 criticised for a not having a display when you have reviewed other DACs (at a similar price point, if not higher) which are not criticised for the same thing? odd.....
Good question digdag!
No AES/EBU is disappointing at this price point as that is the norm for partnering with a good CD transport.
Though it is not mentioned in the review, I believe that there is an AES/EBU input on the D33.
And having used it with my Linn Ikemi I can attest to the fact it is very,very good.
Yes, there is.
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