Originally Posted by ciphercomplete
Component-wise and sound-wise how would this thing compare to the DAC 100 that kingwa sells? They are roughly the same price but the DAC-100 doesn't have a headphone out obviously.
I put the same question across to him, as I was keen on the DAC100.
What he said was that the DAC section of the Compass will be nearly the same as the DAC100, and would be using the same high grade components.
You have to also keep in mind that the Compass is actually a NO PROFIT product, and maybe he is also taking in some loss for the initial promotional pricing of USD250..
So if you ask me, it is practically the same in the DAC area and much more than that in the Compass..
|Realistically, is this going to be good value?
It depends on what you exactly mean by value ;
1) if you look at the design, components used, so much that it is going to be no profit, seems a good value to me.
2) The fact that Compass is both a DAC and headphone amp without compromising on either - also add to the value
3) It comes from a manufacturer who is well respected for his quality gears - adds to the value too.
On how it perform in reality, as far as my thinking goes, the 3 points above logically makes me believe that Compass is a superior piece of gear.