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Cayin iDAC-6

Reference DAC at a great price - A few impressions from a month of listening.

A review on: Cayin iDAC-6
EvenR

Pros: Unique flexibility in sound settings, Great detail retrieval, Almost unmatched build quality, display, volume knob and inputs.

Cons: Sounds best when warmed up (if using tube setting)

  When i first got the Cayin iHA-6 and iDAC-6 combo and paired it with my HD800S, i wasn't too thrilled. Compared to my previous HDVD800, there was more detail present from the dac, but it came with some extra brightness and a general sense of being a bit overemphatic. It sounds thin, the soundstage is small and the treble is not well-integrated in the mix when starting from...
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An EXCELLENT DAC in the crowded $1000 Price Point
An EXCELLENT DAC in the crowded $1000 Price Point
M2 Tech HiFace 24/384 DAC
M2 Tech HiFace 24/384 DAC

M2 Tech HiFace usb dac

Pros: Works well with pc.mac etc, clear, great clarity

Cons: bit bright for iphones, needs CCK, needs lots of volume on mobile devices, soundstage narrow, more height than width

Music Hall 25.3 amp/DAC: An entry-level setup
Music Hall 25.3 amp/DAC: An entry-level setup

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Schiit Audio Bifrost DAC

Schiit Audio Bifrost DAC

“This is my non review of the Multibit upgrade to the Bifrost ('Bimby'), in which I don’t try and describe to you how it sounds. I think reviewing audio equipment must be like trying to describe sex with smoke signals. Unless you actually experience it for yourself, it’s just a bunch of pointless puffing. Instead I’ll tell you how it feels, which is brilliant.   Listening to Bimby I can’t...” --Padgett

100% Positive Reviews
Schiit Gungnir

Schiit Gungnir

“Much has already been written about the Schiit Gungnir Multibit (Gumby), so I'm not going to reinvent the wheel here. Rather, I'll briefly discuss my interpretations on various questions, opinions, and disputes that are central to people's decisions regarding buying this DAC.   My evaluation system   Source: iPod Classic ---> Apple lossless ---> Pure i20 dock ---> optical...” --hodgjy

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Yulong Sabre D18

Yulong Sabre D18

“I had an entry level Arcam rPac and was impressed with how it made my music listenable again ;-) Needless to say within the month I was looking at the next level of performance but set a $1000 threshold for my next Dac. From what I could tell, coax S/PDIF & Balanced outputs delivered the best sound in most setups. I researched similar Dacs for several months and...” --JohnsTO

100% Positive Reviews
Meridian Explorer

Meridian Explorer

“Absolutely killer product at the price   I originally got into the audiophile game about 5 months ago when I bought a pair of Thinksound On1 headphones at an extremely good price. I was floored by these woodies and the sound that I was able to get from them, even through my phone, but I felt that my PC audio was an absolute let down as it always felt like it was much flatter and less...” --biggysmalls

100% Positive Reviews
Schiit Modi

Schiit Modi

“This isn't a review so much as throwing my throwing 2cents into the "great little DAC for the price!" pot. I think if I was starting out and I needed gear, this with the magni, or the Asgard, would be my first choice.   I use this at work with the PSY RCA/USB cables. They are plugged into a Schiit Lyr with some nice Russian tubes. I usually this setup with the HD650, sometimes the...” --SursumCorda

100% Positive Reviews
Hifimediy Sabre USB DAC

Hifimediy Sabre USB DAC

“This DAC was good enough for me to buy twice.  90% of the sound quality of a odac for cheap.  Buy it from the oregon warehouse website if you're impatient, shipping from china is slow.  New savitech usb receiver version adds support for 88.2khz and an ASIO driver which is a nice option instead of wasapi.  Haven't heard the asynchronous version but it can only be even...” --uncola

100% Positive Reviews
JDS Labs ODAC

JDS Labs ODAC

“ Intro:  JDS Labs, Is an American company based in Collinsville, Illinois. They make headphone amplifiers & DAC’s. Mr. John Seaber is the man behind JDS Labs.  We might remember JDS Labs when they produced the popular cmoy-BB amp & later on, their Objective2 which was a game-changing amplifier. JDS Labs has also manufactures their own products: C5/D Portable amplifier/DAC,...” --YoYo JoKeR

100% Positive Reviews
Maverick Audio TubeMagic D1 Plus DAC

Maverick Audio TubeMagic D1 Plus DAC

“ I bought my Maverick TubeMagic D1 about 8 months ago and use it everyday at work. Its on about 6 hours a day and I have had zero issues with it. Its a very well built unit and sounds great when paired with my ATM50's and Foobar on my PC.   I had the factory upgrade the OpAmps with OP A627's for 30 bucks and the sound is very warm and pleasing for good old rock and roll, hip hop, and...” --presb4

100% Positive Reviews
iFi Nano iDSD

iFi Nano iDSD

“[Impression] iFi nano iDSD and iCAN with a splash of iPurifer iFi Audio has gained a great success over its Micro line of small sized desktop gears, and now it is pushing into the portable world with the Nano series. The nano iDSD is USB DAC that not only works with PC, but also has OTG support for the iDevice with OS7 (via camera connection kit / CCK) and Android that have USB Audio Class...” --ClieOS

100% Positive Reviews
AudioQuest DragonFly Red USB DAC, Preamp, Headphone Amp

AudioQuest DragonFly Red USB DAC, Preamp, Headphone Amp

“ Disclaimer: I am no way associated with Audioquest, I bought the Dragonfly RED with my own money and this review reflect my honest opinion after 1 month of daily usage. I am more an audio enthusiast than an audiophile, so take this in consideration. Plus, English is not my native language and to write this review (my first one) took time and patience. Happy Reading!!!    ...” --crazywipe

100% Positive Reviews
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