Pros: Built like a tank, more I/O than you can shake a stick at, highly resolving, brightens dark cans.
Cons: Developed sticky pot quickly, power LED is far too bright.
I'm surprised there isn't a review yet for the DAC1 since it was a popular purchase choice just a couple of years ago. This is a great little 24/192 unit that provides an excellent step up from nearly all CD players that I've heard and certainly from integrated decoders in sound cards and the like - this is in another league. Impressions are obviously very personal and subjective so you should know up front that my review system is: Squeezebox (FLAC) -> DAC1 -> HD650s (w/APS V3 recable) where the DAC1's integrated headphone amplifier is being used to drive the headphones (more on that later). Audio Quality The DAC1 is studio grade equipment so I was expecting good...(read more)