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post #16 of 108
Why no DIY?

The Zhaolu D2.5 sounds great. Even better when modded.
Most mods can be done by your supplier.
Only opamp swaps (afterwards) or a Zapfilter require you to open the unit.
post #17 of 108
If you can, try to get the Oritek Zhaolu 2.5 AD. It's about $425 bucks from Ori. Just PM him, he's a real nice guy to work with. It has a nice analog sound that helps tame the k701, which can sound harsh some times due to the high details. There was a recent shoot out between the Oritek Zhaolu and a zap filtered Zhaolu, with the Oritek coming out out top. So if you wanted a Zhaolu, this might be your meal ticket.
post #18 of 108
Here is a very good solution for you, it would appear to have just posted:

http://www.head-fi.org/forums/showthread.php?t=242628
post #19 of 108
x3 on the beresford TC 7510...now at MKV stage. admittedly my first external DAC, the sound thru the SB3 was excellent...tight bass, well represented mids...and more important to me slightly warm trebles...which worked well with my Rocket 1000 signature speakers. it is fun and fast...female voices are luscious! significantly better than the SB3 analog out and this DAC has a good Headphone amp that had my ultrasone's treble tamed and the sound was quite dynamic...I felt the HP amp actually was just better than my Xenos ( which costs just slightly more and very well reviewed)
I read about the Musiland and the Constantine...but was looking for bang for the buck and very happy with my choice.
post #20 of 108
Micro DAC is $299, has a money back guarantee, is a great product that supports S/PDIF and USB, and the owner frequents this board.

GAD
post #21 of 108
Yah I'm loving my Micro DAC.
post #22 of 108
Thread Starter 
The Headroom site says they won't get any for like two more weeks -_-

If I don't get to change sources from this turd iPod soon I'm gonna go crazy! I miss streaming songs from foobar/iTunes, but now that I'm spoiled on hi-fi, I have to have a DAC on my PC
post #23 of 108
Thread Starter 

new question

Can anyone find a place where a good DAC with K701s are readily available? I'm having the toughest time even finding one. The Constantine still interests me but I don't know about having it shipped from so far away.

Anyone tried the Musiland MD-10? Specifically with the K701s?
post #24 of 108
When I had my K701, I listened via a Zhaolu 1.3 with the AD1852 chip. The sound was a bit thin with scary detail, but after swapping in some nice OPA2107 opamps in the Zhaolu, it warmed the 701 quite a bit.

ifiaudio has the Zhaolu D2C with the CS4398 chip (which is a bit warmer and less detailed than the AD1852 chip) on sale for $150. That's a really good price considering you can swap DAC boards in the Zhaolu 2.0 series. Just bypass the 4 output caps and throw in some different opamps and you're in business! Oh, and ifiaudio is in Nebraska...
post #25 of 108
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Originally Posted by yossi126 View Post
TC-7510 really is that good?
better than the constantine and Zhaolu?
If you google tC-7510 and zhaolu at the same time you'll find that people who felt that the Zhaolu was in any way better than the TC-7510 is after they had HEAVILY modified their Zhaolu.
Constantine? Don't let us laugh. That's way below in ranking.
post #26 of 108
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Constantine? Don't let us laugh. That's way below in ranking.
Oh really? Based on what?
post #27 of 108
The more I listen to the Constantine, the more I like the sound. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it if you could easily flip a switch to get between coax/digi and usb, but as it is right now, you have to unplug the usb to do so. =[
post #28 of 108
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Oh really? Based on what?
Compared to the Beresford of course!
post #29 of 108
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Compared to the Beresford of course!
Yeah...I forgot...according to Herandu, the Beresford is the best DAC on the planet, bar none! Whatever floats your boat, Herandu!
post #30 of 108
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Yeah...I forgot...according to Herandu, the Beresford is the best DAC on the planet, bar none! Whatever floats your boat, Herandu!
Best bang for your bucks it is for sure. Except for the Stella and the Benchmark, which other DAC below U$2000 can touch it in stock form? None.
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