Originally Posted by dmk005
Actually, I would argue it is not unfair. Bel Canto told me they think their 24/48 over USB sounds better or at least as good compared to what they have heard from any current DAC who claims to support 24/96 over USB. The only one I know of is the DAC1.
Perhaps they were indeed thinking of the Benchmark when making the claim, perhaps not. Fact remains that I couldn't even distinguish the DAC3 from the Benchmark when the DAC3 was given 'even more' advantage - (24/96 - not just 24/48) while the DAC1 got 24/96 too. (and as most people here agree, which connection type, USB, SPDIF/etc, don't matter).
As mentioned, one of my listeners had a 'slight preference' for the DAC3, which was reproducable, so appearantly he had the better ears, but it was a minor preference.
And all that's is even leaving the difference between 'perfect reproduction' and 'sweet sounding' alone.
One thing I can say is that Im fairly sure that Bel Canto, like Benchmark, have not committed the sin of trying to 'pretty up' the sound just to sway uncritical people with 'earpopping' effects.
|As for USB being a must, that may be an overstatement since there are other options but from a practical pov, I prefer USB because it is universally available with every PC and MAC currently sold and I enjoy the flexibility computer as a source component brings to me. I know SPDIF supports 192/24 and therefore the DAC3 would be comparable to the DAC over SPDIF but I wonder about Bel Canto's claim.
Agreed I guess, it might be very convenient at certain moments. For someone who is 'serious' about their home setup though, it's simply not much of an issue since with a $50 pci card you get more range (both cable-length and khz/bitdepth-wise).