DAC recommendations for Jplay
Posted 22 April 2013 - 08:01 AM
Posted 23 April 2013 - 01:17 AM
I'm interested in knowing how the OR5, BADA and sonic weld diverter compare.
There's a new ifi converter which claims to have better jitter performance than the OR5 too..
Posted 23 April 2013 - 03:52 PM
Phasure NOS1 Asynchronous DAC (it was used with XX HiEnd but I'm sure JPlay with Jriver upsampling enabled would do better) http://www.6moons.co........end/1.html
Though this next maker has ideosyncratic product delivery at best I
have heard good things about the Promitheus DAC http://www.promitheu........bedac.html
Got to love the 5 trannies and the dual NOS TDA 1545
Yellowtec with AES output
Edited by say, 23 April 2013 - 05:59 PM.
Posted 23 April 2013 - 04:34 PM
kyrill - I have a surprise for you and others as I had both old diverter and new hr2 at the same time in my system as well as some other hi-end usb-s/pdif converters like offramp 5, m2tech evo stack and totaldac reclocker. I want to post a comparison of all above. Also I'm waiting for ar-t legato 2 and I think I can borrow BADA USB-S/PDIF here. Interested in my findings?
You bet! Spill the beans!
Posted 07 May 2013 - 10:22 AM
Lampizator lvl 4.5
This is a DAC for music lovers. For people who appreciate 'analog' sound and choose tubes over solid state for their sonic values. I listened to Lampizator lvl 4.5 in my system for few weeks via built-in 32/384 capable USB to I2S audio interface which required Thesycon drivers. The DAC sounds sweet and engaging. Instruments are big and appear with certain immediacy (characteristic of NOS converters). The bass is powerful and rhythmical (foot tapping guaranteed). But in my opinion it's the midrange that is the most important in the Lampizator – warm, full of harmonics, emotional. Soundstage is big and wide. Depth and gradation of plans is not the strongest attribute of Lampizator and could be better. The same applies for extension and clarity of highs. Nevertheless I had a lot of fun with this DAC and didn't pay much attention to weaker spots. If you are looking for a source that allows for enjoyment from listening then Lampizator should be on your checklist. If you value absolute transparency, clarity and resolution more then this DAC is not for you.
Above impressions concern Lampizator Gen 3. I know there is a Gen 4 available now which from what I read is basically a different DAC…
Overall score: 7.5/10
Edited by Marcin_gps, 07 May 2013 - 12:29 PM.
Posted 07 May 2013 - 11:01 AM
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Posted 05 June 2013 - 12:01 PM
Metrum Acoustics Octave
Octave (mkI) looks quite modes – two small boxes in silver finish with couple switches, leds and Metrum Acoustics logo on the faceplate. One box contains power supply, the other D/A section. Inputs are toslink (limited to 96kHz) and s/pdif (rca socket). There is only one pair of RCA analog outs and that's it. No fancy features or looks. The interesting part is inside. Metrum Octave is a non-oversampling DAC like Lampizator. The difference is that Metrum has no tubes and it uses very fast DAC chips (4 per channel) never used before in a DAC. The converters in Octave are normally used in fast data aquisition systems for industrial or medical applications. The manufacturer claims that his DAC doesn't suffer for artefacts common in NOS designs due to very fast data handling.
I listened to the Octave with 3 different USB-S/PDIF converters: Empirical Audio Offramp Turbo 5 (with Hynes upgrades) and my own linear PSU instead of provided wall adapter, Sonicweld Diverter HR2 and Totaldac D1 reclocker. So, how does it sound like? Clean, very clean. And extremely fast. First impression is that the timbre is a bit pale and top end not as detailed as with delta-sigma DACs (this is typical to NOS DACs), but next thing you notice is that your foot starts tapping. I've never heard a DAC as rhythmical as Octave. PRaT is absolutely the biggest advantage of this DAC imho. The sound is very natural and very transparent. I could detect any changes in JPLAY settings immediately. I noticed that Octave's s/pdif input is very sensitive and using high quality usb-s/pdif with it is a must to fully appreciate the DAC. Octave doesn't sound sweet like Lampizator. It's more on neutral side. The sound is very delicate. Voices and instruments are shown very realistically with rich textures. It's not the most dynamic DAC, but music played through it can touch your soul.
Overall score: 9/10
Edited by Marcin_gps, 05 June 2013 - 02:04 PM.
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Posted 13 December 2013 - 11:23 AM
Totaldac which seems to be getting lot of fuzz recently has been in my system for some time already. The concept of the DAC is quite unique as it's not based on any off-the-shelf D/A chips. In fact it's not using any DAC chips – the conversion is done by many Vishay Foil Resistors (100 per channel). Totaldac can work in NOS (non-oversampling) mode and with single digital filter option to compensate slight roll-off in the treble (typical for all NOS DACs). Vincent Brient, the owner and the designer of totaldac, employed FPGA which uses a buffer memory (FIFO) for storing last 10ms of data. According to Vincent, this solution significantly reduces jitter from any digital source (totaldac d1-dual has 4 digital inputs: USB, optical, RCA and AES-EBU). More info on features and technology behind totaldac is on the website. Let me focus on important thing – sound.
The sound of d1-dual impresses from the first notes with expansive soundstage and bold contours. Tonality is rich and very natural. This is not the highest resolution DAC I've heard. The resolution and transparency into recording is great, but it's not what this DAC is about imho. It's more about synthesis than analysis. Totaldac is the most 'analogue' sounding DAC I heard. And by 'analogue' I mean vinyl like raw character rather than sweet & round. If you're alergic to 'digital' sound, this maybe the DAC you're looking for
Overall score: 9.5/10
Edited by Marcin_gps, 13 December 2013 - 12:24 PM.
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Posted 15 December 2013 - 12:35 PM
I have not had a lot of time with it yet, but I am sure this will stay in the system as long as I am using my current speakers which are set up kind of near-field in a very small room.
Posted 15 December 2013 - 07:50 PM
Posted 16 December 2013 - 05:37 PM
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