What point are you guys trying to make? Someone wants to argue semantics with me and another wants to bring a sound card into this discussion.
post #16 of 18
8/26/09 at 11:04am
|"Don't think that I only see a magic black box when I look at a converter. I know very well what's inside it. It is my job to know. I design electronics, and have evaluated, tested and tried almost every dac-chip out there to come to the right choice for each project.
For this purpose we have designed a multi-functional D/A converter board with the best clocks, excellent discrete analog stages, the best power supplies, controlled impedance digital lines (no reflections-no jitter), a central low-capacitance socket and a multitude of small pcb's on which all dac chips were mounted. All kinds of jumpers were used to accomodate each of the dac chips, so that -for the first time- all chips could be evaluated in exactly the same optimized environment.
The differences were clearly audible, and most people shared the same preferences for certain converters. No surprise there.
Everybody -in different locations, at different times, without knowing from each other- told the same story, that they found the differences between opamps more important than the differences in dac chips.