Is there going to be a review of Teac A-H01S? Seems like a very good value with amp and DAC in 1 box.
Bought this DAC a fortnight ago in Richer Sounds in Edinburgh and am fairly impressed with it.
The niggles, however, are minor but are there. When an input isn't in use, the blue indicator for that input flashes until your source is powered up. This is accompanied by a clicking sound, plus, if you disconnect another item while listening to a different source, the sound drops from whatever you are using while the other item is disconnected. That's probably about it.
Otherwise, sound quality is good both from TV, CD and computer. For computer based music it really shines - WAV tracks are played with a good but controlled depth and accompanied by a nice midrange and slightly rolled off treble that never becomes harsh.
The four star review is right (IMO) but perhaps for different reasons in my own experience than the ones listed in the review.
Got my Teac UD-H01 from richersounds for 150£ !!!
This item does sell for 300£ everywhere else, putting it next to it's strongest contender the rdac. Which is a clear mistake. Not because it under performs, it's because it's not as well known as Arcam.
I strongly disagree with the review of what hifi.
In my setup with the
-Marantz PM6004 and
-Monitor audio BX2,
the first thing i heard compared to my onboard hd soundcard, was the
amount of detail the treble and midrange revealed.
It's not run in yet, so the bass is lacking giving the midrange less body, and less overall dynamic, and shifting the tonal balance towards the high freqs. The treble is too forward, but not harsh, rather clean and transparent. The midrange, although impacted from the yet lacking bass, is sweet and especially in the female vocals, very involving.
Overall it is very promising, i will post an update after I put more hours into it. (I'll give it a month or so.)
As well, this is my first DAc. But I don't think it would've been worth spending 300£ for this item. My sound is different, but did not wow me yet.
I think people buying Arcam rDac/CA Dacmagic plus for the same price as they bought their amplifier is crazy.
Everybody who doesn't want to spend a lot of money on a Dac, but think they need one, give this one a go!
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