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Grant Fidelity 24/192 TubeDAC-11 Digital to Analog Converter with Tube Output Reviews

Headfire

Outstanding value according to the price

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Pros: neutral and smooth sound, fair power to drive various cans to IEs, good dac out

Cons: poor quality of included power cable, small vibration, some noise on volume

I use it with optical input and it is fantastic. The sound is quite neutral and can match with any sort of headphones and IEs. Through the USB input, the sound is less dynamic and microdetail is a bit inferior.   The tube get really hot if you turn it on for days, but you can take it away if you don't need it.   Included power cable didn't work at all. I got one with $3 at local store and it works fine.   After a year of use, the volume makes horrible noise as its rotating. Using some grease sorted out the problem.   Not recommended to plug in and out heavily with bulky plugs, such as Furutech.   (added)   When I touched it while it is working I...
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SwanSong

Tube DAC-11 Tube Rolling by Digital Newbie

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Pros: Buffer section allows full flavor of each tube, Multiple I/O's

Cons: None yet but remote would be nice

I don’t have access to demo equipment so I troll the forums and look for some user feedback pattern that jives with my personal preference sound wise.   Well my search for an entry level DAC, preferably tube based began Oct 2012.  A couple of the DAC's I looked at began with Maverick, Matrix mini-i, Matrix Quattro and others but the term tube is used loosely in entry level equipment. I started focusing in on a true vaccum tube buffered DAC made by Grant Fidelity called Tube DAC-11 pretty early that had all my requirements for a modest $350.  As I began cross-referencing reviews and forums it became obvious that for its price it could be a giant killer, giant killer...
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project86

Extreme versatility - and great sound too

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Pros: Tons of input and output options, great sound no matter which ones you use, price is quite reasonable, excellent service and support from the seller

Cons: A remote could come in handy, including the RCA to 1/4" adapter for driving headphones from the tube out would also be nice

      A few years back, I recall hearing praise for a little DAC from Grant Fidelity called the TubeDAC-09. It was a compact unit with a good amount of inputs, offering both tube and solid state outputs. It reminded me of the Maverick Audio TubeMagic D1, also a popular unit in its price range, and I believe the two models were somehow related. Fast forward several years later, and Grant Fidelity has a new model: the TubeDAC-11. Rather than building on the original, the 11 is a completely new design. The only thing it shares with the 09 is the basic form factor and the TubeDAC name.   This time around there should not be any other products showing up with...
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