I have the Audio Mirror DAC and so does another Head-FI'er, DarkAngel.
I was the person in the Audigon thread that had compared it to the following DACs/CDPs:
- Eastern Electric Minimax Tube CDP (Electro-Harmonix tubes)
- Museatex Melior Bitstream DAC
- Channel Islands Audio VDA-1
- Benchmark DAC-1
At the time of my comparison, I owned all the above mentioned equipment including the Audio Mirror D1, but not the Benchmark DAC-1. At present, I have sold all of the DACs/CDPs and kept the Audio Mirror. I also bought a Benchmark DAC-1. The Audio Mirror is being used in my main speaker-based system. I suppose this is a testament to how much I like the Audio Mirror DAC. The Audio Mirror is the first NOS DAC that I had owned.
The creator of the Audio Mirror DAC, "Vlad", apparently sent his design to be manufactured in China. It is being debated that his design was copied by the Chinese manufacturer and is now distributed as the DAC-Ah. The DAC-Ah can be purchased in North America via Poth Audio.
I have taked photos of my Audio Mirror and compared them directly to the DAC-Ah and they are virtually identical. There are visual differences in large green output caps and possibly an increase in voltage to the DACs themselves. The outer casing has a gold top cover and a small "Audio Mirror" badge on the top and the bottom has 4 gold cones permanently affixed. I have had two versions of this unit - the original version did not have this badge.
Regardless of this debate, the sound is what really matters, and frankly, it is truly an amazing design for the money. Break-in was around ~100 hours and the sound is extremely appealing. Images pop and the soundstage is more forward than the Benchmark DAC-1. There is a warmth in the midrange that is very seductive, almost tube-like - something the DAC-1 cannot compete against, but not as warm as the Minimax.
I hope this helps you,
Originally Posted by bobeau
Noticed on Audiogon forums some folks making a fuss of this... it originally sold for $500 and appeared by some accounts to best the major $1k and under DACs. Unfortunately the price has been bumped to $1k, and it's not transportable, does not include an amp, justa DAC.
Anyone here have experience with one of these?
Website (at bottom): http://www.audiomirror.com/products.htm
Audiogon reviews: http://forum.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/fr...6441&read&3&4&
Note I have absolutely no affiliation with this company, just curious why this hasn't been discussed on Head-fi if it's truly all that... probably plumb the used market for one.