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#1 rexp

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Posted 12 October 2014 - 11:27 AM

Hi All, would appreciate DAC recommendations that work with Jplay Mini. I tried a Chord Qute EX so far, it sounded worse than the DAC inside my HP laptop so I'm assuming there is a problem with this combo. Many thanks!
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#2 gregr73

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Posted 02 September 2015 - 08:59 PM

so I'm assuming there is a problem with this combo.

 

I would say so. Yikes.


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#3 gregr73

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Posted 02 September 2015 - 09:01 PM

I can recommend the Ressonessence Concero. I use a Burson Conductor  Virtuoso (pcm1793) myself with the Concero as a USB bridge.


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Thesycon 3.34 - "Low latency", "Auto"

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#4 gregr73

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Posted 02 September 2015 - 09:03 PM

I would say so. Yikes.

 

Are you sure you have Jplay setup correctly? Have you tried WASAPI as well KS?


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Vinnie Rossi LIO (DAC/AVC/Tube)>Vandersteen 1Ci's & KEF LS50's

Windows Server 2012 R2 / AO 1.4 (Core mode, Signature "XX")

Thesycon 3.34 - "Low latency", "Auto"

Jplay 6.2 (Single PC, KS, ULTRAstream, 40hz, 5 sec, Clock Setting "1")

Fidelizer Pro 7 (OS Timer unchecked)

Process Lasso 8.9

 


#5 dtb300

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Posted 03 September 2015 - 12:19 PM

Wadia Di122 is another DAC in the price range.  1499 is list price so you should be able to get it for a bit less.



#6 danny86

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Posted 06 October 2015 - 11:19 AM

I strongly recommend the Nad M51. Then get the Yellowtech Puc 2 Lite converter. No need for a pre, go directly to power amp. 

Sound is amazing. 



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Posted 19 December 2015 - 06:30 PM

PSAudio MK II used. Upgradabe later to a Directstream.

#8 Johnj

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Posted 29 December 2015 - 05:59 AM

If you got DIY skills the DDAC is fantastic I also like the Cunas made by John Kenny

Read the reviews on the web around both 


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