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post #31 of 41
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he means he already ordered it
IMO, that still means he's dreaming. Or perhaps he's having a serious nightmare about delivery dates.

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You'd need a source selection device / preamp to choose from multiple sources. DACs usually don't have that built in.
Many DAC's DO have an input selector so yes, you can use them as input switches. That's also how I plan to use mine: my pre-amp only has 1 in and one output (plus 2 headphone), so I'll use the DAC as switch. Now I only have to choose one...

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I was also looking at the DA220 earlier but it seems no one has had a chance to try it out yet
The Stello DAC220 has already been reviewed, but the MK2 version isn't out yet (at least over here). It will be late this month or July.

The following DAC's are on my shortlist, but don't let that guide you:
DA220 MKII
DA220: it's heavily discounted over here ATM, so a viable option.
D01: delivery problems (of D02) and lack of reviews (D01 is still in prototype stage) hold me back on this one.
post #32 of 41
I'm also looking at a new DAC and it will be used with both a transport and as part of a computer setup. I know it's heresy to some here but that DAC3 has the look and USB plus it's got balanced outs. I'd initially been hot and bothered over the new Stello MKII but I think I'll wait for the DAC3 to be released. It seems like a prime contender for my use/need.

FWIW, if you're interested in the new Stello DAC, a dealer just posted one FS on Audiogon.

The Stello
post #33 of 41
Thanks for the link, but I'm at the other side of the pond. Importing it is hardly worthwhile, as we have an official importer here that's reasonably priced & friendly to deal with (as far as I can tell for now).

BTW The MKII also has USB & it's balanced. I take it you like the level control of the DAC3. And as a matter of fact I'm also planning to use it with both a transport and a PC (later on).
post #34 of 41
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So if I bought something like a Krell CD-DSP, would I still need a seperate dedicated DAC? It has built in digital inputs like the Wadias, so it can be used as a DAC for soundcards as well. If I do need a DAC what would best pair with this player? What DAC would best pair with something like the Krell KPS-20T transport?

Thanks, David
post #35 of 41
I saw a link to this German site on audioasylum and am somewhat intrigued by the DAC they are advertising.

USB->I2S conversion module included!

Has anyone had any experience with this product?
post #36 of 41
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Originally Posted by skyline889
So if I bought something like a Krell CD-DSP, would I still need a seperate dedicated DAC? It has built in digital inputs like the Wadias, so it can be used as a DAC for soundcards as well. If I do need a DAC what would best pair with this player? What DAC would best pair with something like the Krell KPS-20T transport?

Thanks, David
Hi David,

YOu don't need a separate DAC if you're getting the Krell CD-DSP. It has a built in DAC/Processor, so you can use either as a dedicated DAC or as a stand alone player. Having said that, I think that type of a player is tremendous overkill if ALL that you're willing to play on it are compressed computer files. You might want to go with something cheaper if you're going to be using your computer as a source.

If you're using a Krell 20T transport, you may want to check out the Levinson 360 or 360S Dac as well as Krell DAC 64 or the Musical Fidelity A324 DAC. I think the latter is a fantastic DAC for the money.
post #37 of 41
I was wondering about that DA220 MKII, it looks nice, kinda appeals to me :-)
Iron_dreamer's impression on the old DA220 was very positive, he ended up selling his Lavry Black...
The new one also has USB input which is great.
Anyone heared it, or saw a review on it ?
Iron_Dreamer ?
post #38 of 41
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Originally Posted by bifcake
Hi David,

YOu don't need a separate DAC if you're getting the Krell CD-DSP. It has a built in DAC/Processor, so you can use either as a dedicated DAC or as a stand alone player. Having said that, I think that type of a player is tremendous overkill if ALL that you're willing to play on it are compressed computer files. You might want to go with something cheaper if you're going to be using your computer as a source.

If you're using a Krell 20T transport, you may want to check out the Levinson 360 or 360S Dac as well as Krell DAC 64 or the Musical Fidelity A324 DAC. I think the latter is a fantastic DAC for the money.
Thanks, for the advice, not many people seem to have much experience with this player. I will be using it with my soundcard as a DAC, that's true, but only for occasional gaming and DVD use, for music I would use it as a cd player. There's one on Ebay right now, but the seller is a zero feedback seller, so I'm not sure if I want to buy that one. What would be a good price to pay for it?

Thanks, David
post #39 of 41
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Originally Posted by skyline889
Thanks, for the advice, not many people seem to have much experience with this player. I will be using it with my soundcard as a DAC, that's true, but only for occasional gaming and DVD use, for music I would use it as a cd player. There's one on Ebay right now, but the seller is a zero feedback seller, so I'm not sure if I want to buy that one. What would be a good price to pay for it?

Thanks, David
Im not sure how much the Krell CD-DSP would fetch, but I've seen the Krell KPS-20IL go for about $3500 on Audiogon. I suspect it sold for about $3000. My guess is that about $1500-1800 for the CD-DSP, but that's just a guess.
post #40 of 41
mytek stereo 192 DAC
post #41 of 41
or the lavry unit.
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