DAC recommendations for Jplay
Posted 14 July 2011 - 09:41 AM
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Posted 15 July 2011 - 12:13 PM
I would reccomend you NOS DACs made by Audial (http://www.audialonline.com). I have the AYA II DAC with USB/SPDIF input. The USB input works in adaptive mode and supports max 48 kHz sampling frequency. S/PDIF supports max 96 kHz sampling frequency. This model however is probably not in regular offer any more, but there are others. Now, they are launching 192 kHz, asynchronuos USB mode, NOS DAC based on famous TDA1541A chip (the same chip is used in my AYA II). Real reference.....Mr.Rogic has a lot of knowledge in digital audio field. Try to contact him.
Posted 15 July 2011 - 01:56 PM
Posted 24 July 2011 - 07:30 AM
1. Mytek Stereo 192-DSD - ESS Sabre, full set of inputs/outputs. This is their first converter targeted at computer audiophiles rather than pro market.
2. Musica Ibuki DAC - minimalistic design based on old 16-bit chip, BB 2704, passive elements and one double triode old tube. Unique, beautiful and suppose to sound amazing. I find it hard to believe by looking at the interior, but Wojciech Pacuła in his review was so impressed with it, that he decided to introduce a new kind of award - Red Fingerprint, a label for products, which can do something others cannot, regardless of their price. And note that Wojciech rarely raves about sth, especially at that low price. Full review in English here.
Posted 29 July 2011 - 09:58 AM
There are tw o kinds of dacs
between 1) 500 and 1100 $ dacs and 2) 2000+$ dacs
the best sounding group per class varies largely in price while being equally good. There is not ONE best sounding, but there is a small group of best sounding ( depending on taste and synergy in your particular system) in those two price classes. Within the "best sounding "group price varies bigly
In the the cheaper first group i would recommend, Marcin the JKDac. It is a minimalistic dac wit superb power supply and heavily modded HiFace USB/I2S connverter. I would have bought it but I need a SPDIF dac and John Kenny does not sell (yet) a spdif version it costs 500 € and is made in Ireland (*within the EU) See http://www.audiocirc...d.....sg968970 and http://www.tirnahifi........10564#p105
I know Bhobba from forums and he is at least as critical as I am ( for what that is worth;)
My system is and active 3way system with digital filter and Room correction:
Windows 7 ultimate laptop+ Jplay--> JK MK2 USB Hiface-->DEQX HD version with 0.2 ps clock-->spdif out-->3x Burson Audio DAC*--> 400watt woofer servo amp, 2x Jadis (modded) DA-5 tube amps--> Open Baffle 3 way speakers treated with Ennemoser C37 lacquer
*waiting for delivery
Posted 29 July 2011 - 11:27 AM
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Edited by kyrill, 29 July 2011 - 06:16 PM.
Posted 29 July 2011 - 08:59 PM
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Posted 29 July 2011 - 09:12 PM
Posted 29 July 2011 - 11:05 PM
Very happy to see you here
I didn't mean to say it's ugly, just that there are other DACs prettier available, but maybe not at this price though..
No, I know you didn't say ugly but as you say you either pay for looks or sound - seldom do you get both except when you pay a lot of money
Your offer is very tempting! I'll send you PM tomorrow.
Talk to you then - our annual email conversation - we have email corresponded in 2009, 2010 & now 2011
Looking forward to reading your impressions about jplay
As I said in above, I already recommend it in my instructions posted out with my JKDAC & my JKSPDIF devices Also see here http://theartofsound........stcount=15
I will post more with the new version
Posted 12 September 2011 - 12:33 PM
I got a new DAC since yesterday - Musica Ibuki USB DAC. It's absolutely amazing, I fell in love with its sound from the first seconds. I have no idea, how they did it, because it uses old Burr-Brown PCM2704 chip, very 'primitive' implementation you may say and really crappy PSU (my mobile's charger looks more impressive), but the sound... I wouldn't believe it if I haven't heard it myself. The tonality is brilliant, fabulous mid-range, presence of musicians and effortless 'flow'. It's the best DAC I've heard regardless of price, period. I'll definitely buy sth for hi-rez in future, but for now my search for the DAC is over. Everything Wojciech Pacuła wrote in that review is true.
Posted 12 September 2011 - 03:42 PM
What model did you get, and what sort of money are we talking??
I got a new DAC since yesterday - Musica Ibuki USB DAC.
Posted 12 September 2011 - 03:58 PM
Edited by Marcin_gps, 12 September 2011 - 05:58 PM.
Posted 24 September 2011 - 06:16 PM
Posted 25 September 2011 - 09:23 AM
Posted 25 September 2011 - 06:58 PM
Yes, Ayre QB9 is very good, although to smooth and delicate for me
I think system synergy is ever important. For instance, in my headfi gear, the QB9 sounds faboulous. Endless details, musicality. It rocks. Smooth, delicate? Sometimes. Raw and rough? Open your mouth and shut up baby!
In my stereo it is much more anonymous. The details and the warmth and the bass arent exactly there as I know they can be. That being said, I have tuned my headfi gear for almost 3 years now, while the stereo is has yet to receive serious attention. I am looking to move to a new house within the next 6 months, and THEN I will have a look at all the things that could be improved.
That being said, I believe there are better dacs out there. But they dont come cheap.
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