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post #31 of 40
If you use the dac1 digital cables don't matter as it's pretty much immune to jitter.
post #32 of 40
You think so?

I had wonderful sonic results ripping my CD's to FLAC.

My DAC is the Bel Canto DAC2 and I find that the FLAC files are an immense improvement over the CD.

The culprit? Probably jitter from the CD being read in real time from the player. The hard drive negates this, or so I've read. Either way give it a shot, you might be in for a treat.
post #33 of 40
I have a PS Audio, very nice DAC indeed, drive my jeff rowland and Dynaudio C2 better than my TEAC CDP. Tried the DAC1.....the Digital link was better for my taste. I did considered the VDA-2 before but the balanced output was the deciding factor....no regrets.
post #34 of 40
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Originally Posted by ack_0220 View Post
I have a PS Audio, very nice DAC indeed, drive my jeff rowland and Dynaudio C2 better than my TEAC CDP. Tried the DAC1.....the Digital link was better for my taste. I did considered the VDA-2 before but the balanced output was the deciding factor....no regrets.

Maybe you already know this, but the VDA-2 does have fully balanced output. You just need a simple adapter cable to connect it to your balanced amp.
post #35 of 40
Yes i do, forgot to mentioned that the USB input was another deciding factor for me. I was going to get a VDA-2 for my desktop but ended getting the Citypulse DA 7.2x.........bad move
Maybe a good excuse for upgrade again!!! lolx

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Originally Posted by cclragnarok View Post
Maybe you already know this, but the VDA-2 does have fully balanced output. You just need a simple adapter cable to connect it to your balanced amp.
post #36 of 40
This thread has piqued my interest in the VDA 2 and I probably would impulse buy one right now if I could find a used one somewhere.
post #37 of 40
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This thread has piqued my interest in the VDA 2 and I probably would impulse buy one right now if I could find a used one somewhere.
put up a WTB thread, some people might be willing to let go of theirs. or check the FS section every chance you get
post #38 of 40
Look out for the VDA2 on Audiogon, they pop up quite often, there was 2 on sale with the VAC1 recently and for cheap too, $575-$600, retail is $778.
post #39 of 40
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Originally Posted by Killercrush View Post
Look out for the VDA2 on Audiogon, they pop up quite often, there was 2 on sale with the VAC1 recently and for cheap too, $575-$600, retail is $778.
I kind of cried inside when one of the sellers emailed me back saying it was sold. But yeah, thanks for the tip.
post #40 of 40
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Originally Posted by SunWarrior View Post
Perhaps my hearing little difference is due to my inadequate ears.
In my experience DACs at a certain level of quality sound very similar, much more so than any other type of audio component I've compared. Perhaps this is due to the fact that most of them are built using the same 2 or 3 DAC chips. Regardless, whenever I see a review that says something like "DAC A sounds much, much better than DAC B" I immediately dismiss the review and long for more objective comparisons (ideally, with blind test results). 9 out of 10 reviews here (and elsewhere on the internet) are subjective comparisons whose results were already determined in the writer's head before the comparison even began, I'm afraid.
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