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Bizzel

Excellent DAC with minor flaws. Marks the start of high end sources.

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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...
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