Hmmm I think that the opinion of the op is a bit biased. Having heard both dacs in my system, I agree with many of his comments. But we are comparing an oversampling DAC here with a non oversampling tube one. He also used a solid state amplifier for the comparison. My personal opinion is that Havana is more colored than Stello. It has this warm sound that most of the tube DACS have, which is very pleasant with a solid state equipment, but some times becomes overkill with tube one. Stello is a much more forward sounding chap and it shines in an all tube setup... Havana on the other hand is very sweet. Its no opamp and tube output probably make it a great choice in overall solid state systems . I don't know if it is a matter of price, or design, but I would be thrilled some time (I'm already saving money) to try a zanden 5000 and find if at this price range, NOS dacs share the same sound characteristics with the entry level ones!
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7/30/09 at 9:25am