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Go-Dap DD Socket1 (DD/DA Converter) for iPhone & iPod (LineAmp:OPA627±9VUPTune)

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Pros: A warm romantic signature with detail in a subtle form. Doubles as a portable battery pack/charger. Has coax and optical out as a DDC

Cons: Idiosyncratic charging procedure

 

 

Introduction

In the past 2 years VentureCraft has been successfully creating amps and DAC/Amp packaged components with their GD-03, Go-DAP 4.0 for iPhone 4(s), and Go-DAP X for their multi OS (iDevice, Android 4.1+, PC USB Audio).

 

This is VentureCraft's first DAC-only product but with a twist. Leveraging on the existing AKM AK4353 used on the Go-DAP 4.0 and Go-DAP X, they have continued with the trend of using the same DAC in their DD. The difference between this iDevice DAC with it's competitors is the multiple choices of pre-amp OpAmps offered - OP275 (base standard), OPA627AU, Muses01, and Muses02.

 

Features

 

 

As with the other Go-DAPs, the DD Socket 1 comes with a 2200mAh Lithium that can be used to charge the iDevice during play, or dedicated for the DAC use. It sports a Toslink optical  and coax out and therefore can be used as a digital transport. It also sports a 9Vrms output to drive the internal OpAmps.

 

The Setup

The different OpAmp pre-amp options are rather interesting. Each OpAmp ever so slightly influences the output from the DAC prior to feeding into the amp. In this case the loaner DD1 Socket 1 I have from VentureCraft is the OPA627AU. As such I've paired it with a matching Leckerton UHA-6 MkII with a pair of OPA627AP installed.

 

 

 

iPhone 4S

DD Socket 1 with OPA627AU OpAmp pre-amp

Leckerton UHA-6MkII with also a OPA627AP OpAmp.

Headphone Lounge (Chris_Himself) Silver/Gold OCC cables with Rhapsodio RDB+ v1 and FitEar tips

 

Sound Signature

With the aforementioned setup, the DD seems to present a mild and mellow signature that seems quite suitable with Jazz, Classical and generally slower genre. There's also a touch of lush warmth to the signature giving a slight sense of richness to the overall signature. Despite that lush richness, detail isn't lost but more subtle rather than a glaring "right in your face" approach.
 
Despite being warm though, it doesn't focus on deep sub-bass but "warms up" more from a mid-bass to upper bass area. MIdrange is also rich with detail which starts to show its' emphasis in upper mids -   tracks with strong female vocals benefit from this. The trebles extend high and maintain a sense of airiness without any harshness.
 
Aside: For no logical reason, I'm a believer of burning in amps but not DACs. This DAC with an OpAmp pre-amp is therefore somewhat unique. I've opted to burn it in to smooth out the highs. As such my comments the absence of harshness or brightness.
 

Conclusion

This DAC definitely presents an interesting alternative to the current Fostex HP-P1, CypherLabs Algorhythm Solo, and other iDevice-supported DAC offerings. In terms of it as a DDC, it supports both Toslink optical out like the HP-P1 but also with a Coax like the CLAS. An added feature which is shared with the current CLAS but not with the Fostex HP-P1 is that it can charge the iPhone. Some of the idiosyncratic charging operation is that it has to be "switched on" to charge and the operator must remember to switch off when disconnecting the microUSB charging cable (or the battery will drain). Its DAC function is also disabled whilst it's being charged - as such the use and charging operations are mutually exclusive.
 
Sound-wise, despite all 3 aforementioned iDevice DACs are from the same manufacturer of DAC by AKM, the models are different and in addition with the DD Socket 1's ability to swap OpAmp pre-amps provides some flexibility to the DAC that the others can't. The different DACs can influence the lineout before getting fed to the external amp. As such instead of swapping DACs altogether, one could just swap the OpAmps to have a slightly different flavour.
 
The DD Socket 1 is a refreshing addition to the portable iDevice DAC world.
 

 

Go-Dap DD Socket1 (DD/DA Converter) for iPhone & iPod (LineAmp:OPA627±9VUPTune)
Description:

Go-Dap DD Socket1 is a high performance portable DD/DA converter which converts the digital audio signal of iPhone/iPod, using AK4353, a DIT built-in type DA converter with high performance 96kHz-24bit and S/N ratio 102dB, to DD or DA and connects with amps of analog line input and devices of digital input. One of the unique features of Go-Dap DD Socket1 is that opamp is replaceable so that one can pursue his/her own sound preference (*Replacing opamp(s) must be performed at his/her own risk: opening up the unit expires its warranty).

Details:
DetailValue
BindingElectronics
BrandVentureCraft
ColorBlue
EAN4571263351216
FeatureLine Amplifier OPA627±9VUPTune Digital Output: Optical, Coaxial Analog Output: Stereo Mini Jack iDevice Charging Function Large Capacity Battery 2200mAh Made in Japan
LabelVentureCraft
ManufacturerVentureCraft
ModelS1AJ30
MPNS1AJ30
PublisherVentureCraft
StudioVentureCraft
TitleGo-Dap DD Socket1 (DD/DA Converter) for iPhone & iPod (LineAmp:OPA627±9VUPTune)
Item Height0.71 inches
Item Length5.28 inches
Item Weight0.37 pounds
Item Width2.68 inches
Package Height2.6 inches
Package Length7.3 inches
Package Weight0.65 pounds
Package Width4.2 inches
PackageQuantity1
PartNumberS1AJ30
ProductGroupCE
ProductTypeNameCONSUMER_ELECTRONICS
Models:
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