Originally Posted by Azure
What other sources have you guys (that heard this DAC; swt61 and looser101?) listened to? How does it compare to higher end sources/other sources in the same price range? Was the front plate hand-madeor did you use a service?
It absolutely trounces anything I've heard at 3 times the price, and my guess is that it will compete with big buck CDP's. I'll have some actuall comparisons after the Austin meet Oct. 7th. It's far superior to the Lavry DA10 I had recently at $1000.00. Philodox and looser101 said it handily bested the Eastsound CD5, and looser101 said he prefered it over his modded CIA DAC. I listened to a Rega Jupiter a week ago in Shreveport, LA. I believe it retails for $1800.00. I don't have one to do a side by side comparison, but it was just a week ago, and I definately like the Zhaolooser better. The bass is far superior to the Jupiter IMO.
The front plate was made by me, it's Bloodwood and Quilted Maple.