DAC recommendations for Jplay
Posted 23 January 2014 - 10:56 AM
This is the first DAC based on Sabre chip that I like. I was a bit shocked when I found out it uses ESS9018 Sabre after I spent some hours listening to VEGA and not knowing about technical details behind the DAC. Why? Because every single Sabre-based DAC I tried before was harsh and unpleasant to my ears, although I haven’t heard them all. So how does it sound? If I had to describe it using one word, I’d say it sounds ‘neat’. I had to be pressed hard to find flaws in the sound produced by VEGA. Whatever I played sounded nice and polished. But it wasn’t just a cheap trick, a shortcut to hide flaws in recordings and make everything sound similar. Actually VEGA doesn’t have much of its own character. It does sound a bit warm, but I think it’s achieved through very low distortions and low jitter. Resolution is very good, but what really grabbed my attention was how accurately VEGA draws layers in space. I haven’t heard a DAC that can do it better. Timbre is natural. Voices and instruments have proper size and weight. Overall the sound is very smooth. USB input in VEGA is of highest quality. From DACs I tried, only dCS Debussy had similar SQ level via USB. I like Debussy a bit more than Vega as I think it offers more nuanced, more sophisticated sound, but overall it is a similar level of performance, only different taste, which considering price difference is quite exceptional.
Overall score: 9/10
Below on the picture together with SPEC-RSAM3EX amplifier.
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Do you use this cable as a spdif cable without a bnc connector?
I learn it is a discontinued cable? http://www.acrolink....t.....0_3.html right column beneath
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Posted 26 January 2014 - 10:31 PM
It was interesting to hook up the Metrum. With the Elijah Quad Braid USB cable used with the Hegel HD20 a track would only play 20-30 seconds and then stop, and it was not possible to change this behavior with any JPLAY setting. I then tried the stock USB cable supplied with the Metrum and it worked! In fact, I can now play whole CDs or hirez albums with JPLAYmini, which was not possible with the HD20, so a HUGE bonus!
Marcin, with the sensitivity the Metrum has shown for cables, will it run with the JCAT USB cable?
Lenovo T410-i7-8GB-Win8 I> JPLAY 5.2A I> MC19 I> Metrum Octave MkII I> Naim 102 PreAmp w HICAP I> 2 x Naim 250 I> Avondale Audio BlackLine Cable I> B&W CM9
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Posted 27 February 2014 - 01:52 PM
Do you know this review from Paul hynes on his metrum quad?
No money at this time for this but hard to resist…(i wish also change rca output for better and the pulse transformer by a lundhal LL1572 on the octave and remove the one in usb/spdif converter)
I think also octave Mk1 (and metrum quad, octave MK2 with bypass of usb input too) due to design (and result through my ears) can be one of best dac with best equipements arround it. I have mod mine with a bnc from amphenol instead rca plug for digital input. As i prefer sound without coax cable, it is direcly connected to my Kenny MKIII by 2 amphenol elbow. An another good friend prefer also this direct connection with his forsell dac (excellent dac too). I wish change my kenny even if it's a great product for berkeley alpha usb or Bel canto Ulink + ifi in futur…
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Posted 17 March 2014 - 12:50 PM
Finally I decided to return back AGD Master7. I don´t want to keep a faulty unit, even if issue is not big. So now I am in the search for a new DAC/wp-content/forum-smileys/sf-yell.gif/wp-content/forum-smileys/sf-yell.gif/wp-content/forum-smileys/sf-yell.gif/wp-content/forum-smileys/sf-yell.gif!
Among the huge offer in the market I have reading last weeks and I can´t decide between the HEX and the VEGA. Both of them seem great devices.
The Hex seems kind of 1st class old school DAC and has very possitive reviews but VEGA seems to be one step beyond the HEX. But on the other hand, digital volume control in preamplification stage (which I won´t use now) is not very well reviewed and I wonder if I am paying an extra cost in respect to HEX for a feature that I don´t use, and that it is not very good.
Would be great to know your opinions!
Thank you very much,
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