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Audio-gd Reference 1, without a doubt.


You mean the Reference 7?  It replaced the Reference 1 some time ago.  And if you want the best version, it's the Reference 7 HE, which has a separate power supply/regenerator.

post #122 of 126

I am going to reply to a comment made, well before, by one of the members who said that Wavelength tube DACs didn't provide a big enough bang for the buck.

 

My personal view is that the biggest bang for the buck is in the first $250-$1,000 one spends and that, in most cases, the bang gets smaller as the price increases.

 

Neverthelss, I have made a number of steps up and the acquisition of a dedicated Mac and a Wavelength tube Dac (Crimson) would be a lateral step or even a step down price-wise as a substitute for the Audio Note (UK) digital equipment I am currently using and, since computer audio is far from a perfect substitute to a DAC+Transport (separates or in one box), there are a number of other characteristics trade-offs that need to be evaluated, not just the audio.

 

But the idea of "bang for the buck" does still resonate with me, because if you put me in a corner i would have to admit I am almost as happy with the sound I get from an older Arcam rig CD-192T) that I have in my summer place than my Audio Note CD4.1x.

 

I don't like the sound of all $8,000 Dacs, but the ones I like the most cost at least that much.

 

post #123 of 126

Hi Sir,

 

I currently have a Classe DAC1, Timbre tt-1 and a Theta DS Pre Basic. Question, how is the sound of SFD2 Mk3 compared to them? Will it be an upgrade? I am also a fan of the old school DACS. Hope anyone can advise.

 

Regards

post #124 of 126

I couldn't name any DAC that cost ~5k and i'm totally fine with that tongue.gif

post #125 of 126

I wouldn't. I'd buy a HE-500, a Liquid Glass, a DAC HD, and be done with Head-Fi. ;)

post #126 of 126

Wow, a two and a half year old thread necro'd...

 

Oh well, lets have some fun.

 

I would buy a Resonessence Invicta and with the remaining $3/400 I would buy a cable... All done.

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