A few positive reviews of the DAC-72.. should I automatically assume the DAC-68 will sound even better? I don't know.
|I was interested in this particular DAC-72 as it appeared to use some respectable audiophile components with a well constructed PCB and case for what is a very low price and more interestingly it used tubes for the output.
Rather than the 6DJ8 tubes as advertised mine came with a couple of Electro-Harmonix 6922 tubes.
I was well impressed with the construction of this unit but I think an alunium case would have been preferable to the heavy steel case supplied but at the price I suppose that this is not an issue.
It was up against my top of the range Assemblage 2.7 Platinum DAC which cost many times more than this LITE product.
Straight out of the box the bass frequencies sound particularly \"odd\" but after a couple of hours burn-in everything appeared to gell and was sounding like a top class unit.
Now, after a couple of weeks use I can say that I am truely astounded at the capability of this DAC. Everything is etched so clear in the audio picture it produces that I believe that it it the equal of DACS costing thousands of Dollars. it has definately replaced the Assemblage DAC in my sytem and I think it will be a long time before the DAC-72 is relegated to second best.
Finally i would like to say a big THANK YOU to Johnny who was so helpful in answering all my questions and for a fast and friendly service. All good stuff.
John Clark (in the UK)
|I truly have found a little gem of a DAC, cheap too.
I got mine for 350 .00 delivered.
It uses dual burr brown 24 bit chips, and a tube gain stage with 6dj8/6922 series tubes
It really images, and sounds terrific.
I have owned the Museatex Meitner Melior modified bitstream DAC, and this betters it.
A full review will be coming from me.
This thing is an unbelievable performer and value.
Wanna hear the side walls of the soundstage ?
This will do it.
The build quality is superb, mine is the silver version.
It has a large display with large blue lights to tell you what its doing, looks real cool, and looks expensive too.
I hate the least bit of brightness/hardness, and my ears are quite sensitive to it, since I listen for extended periods of time.
I just continue to be amazed at disc after disc.
Its most shocking attribute is its Imaging, thats the first thing I noticed.
Timbre is there too, of course, and freedom from glare.
I sounds so good stock that I am afraid to roll tubes in it, honest.
But, we all know thats coming, LOL.
Being a Ham, Ka7niq is my callsign, I will wait for this winter.
Here in Florida, there are many Ham Fests where rare tubes are readily availiable at HAM RADIO prices.
If they even THINK you are a stereo guy, the price goes way up, LOL
So, I will put my callsign cap on, and "become" a ham agaon, and get me a bunch of rare NOS tubes to roll this winter.
But honestly, I really dont feel the need.
It sounds great the way it came.
I will be doing a full review of this bargain priced DAC in a month or so.
I just wanted to report my very favorable impressions in case someone was considering buying one.
In my opinion, you cant go wrong.