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post #16 of 19
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Originally Posted by Patu View Post
No it was not. Does DA100 have upgraded PS or tube buffers? No it doesn't. With those two, X-DACv3 costs about twice as much as DA100 so comparing that combo against DA100 would be a different thing.
Whatever..I'm just curious how the DA100 sounds compared to the XDAC3 with the upgrades.. You seem defensive about the whole thing..
post #17 of 19
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Originally Posted by kool bubba ice View Post
Whatever..I'm just curious how the DA100 sounds compared to the XDAC3 with the upgrades.. You seem defensive about the whole thing..
Well I got this "of course it sounds inferior without tube buffer and PS" -feeling from your post.

I just made a point that those upgrades take DACv3 to a whole another price class and I don't see why they should be even considered in this thread. That setup should be compared to DA220 or something.
post #18 of 19
I purchased a brand new X-Dac V3 for $482 (S&H included) form Music Direct. I then purchased a Little Pinkie PSU for $175 including S&H. For $657 I believe I have a killer DAC. Next I will spend about $75 to $100 in parts to further upgrade the internal components for a grand total of $750.

I would then like to compare it against other similarly priced DACs to see which has the best sound for me.
post #19 of 19
Actually there are several dacs you can try at that price range. The Lite 60 is a good one to try if you are handy with a solder or want a slight tube sound in your system. Dack Ack! 2.0 is also a good nos dac to try out. X dac needs more component such as the tube buffer and dedicated ps to sound its best. A used MF A324 is also a good choice to try, along with Bel Canto 2. If you really only want the two dac mentioned above then I would go for the stello for its features, build quality, and components used inside.

Oh I almost forgot, VDA2 is also a good dac to try out. All these dac you can find on audiogon if you are patient for a good price.

Good luck!

Mike
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