Well I chime in. I have had the V-Dac for 3 days and used it for about 20 hours. My comparison is with Creative X-Fi XtremeMusic and Asus Xonar D2X. I like the warmth and engaging sound signature, I even noticed those punchy highs anadin talked about, but PRAT seems somewhat off for sure. It is quite detailed and clear, i picked up more microdetails with it than with my other equipment.Bass could be better and have more weight. Xonar has that PRAT I crave for, but it is too neutral for my taste and could be more engaging. If only there would be DAC that could have all the positive traits of Xonar D2X and V-Dac for about the same money - it would be steal money wise. I will continue burning in my V-DAC, but tbh I don't expect miracles to happen. I have never heard CA DAcmagic, but the way it is described makes me precautious. Seems that it sound signature is closer to Xonar and it has more flexibility with different input and output options. I had hopes that this would end my lust for new audio gear, but it seems that I have to save more for MHDT Havana or Paradisea + /3 DAC .
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12/31/08 at 4:02am