Originally Posted by Hatmann
With due respect, it's easy to have thousands of posts when you have such strong opinions on gear you couldn't possibly have heard.
Neither did you. The reason why the dac will be better is because it has an analoge stage(discrete), wich the cdplayer lacks. Simple as that, even you could read the forums.
Especially the analogue stage is perfect for modding, better resistors and caps will enhance sound considerably. Better opamps...
I guess you expect a bit too much for the money, sorry.
You posted the link to the emotiva forum, so i suggest you read it carefully...then you can filter out quite some information about components used and design. Also some people have concerns about the digital volume control...wich has more impact on the sound then an analogue pot! There is a headphone socket on the dac, but there is no headphone amp stage in there(like most amplifiers, hence they sound all mediocre), so, i can tell you beforehand that the headphone out will sound mediocre compared to a dedicated dac-headphone amp combination.
We'll see when the first reviews will come who's on the money here. That'll be summer/autumn.
So, with all due respect, i know what i am talking about and i will not be easally blown away. heard it all, from cheap to ultra high end.
Nonetheless it's a neat dac to keep an eye on, but i am sure i would change some things in the dac to enhance sound!
As you can read in the emotiva forum, also other experienced people allready have some concerns about the dac... You have to cut corners for 300-400 quit and wanna do it all. It's simply impossible! there will be some weaknesses and by modding you can eliminate them yourself...You can also determin how much you wanna spend on the higher end components, since a modder doesn't have a target selling point to consider but only wants best sound.
Just to counter attack the vacuum; Any bold statements from emotiva is also just advertising! Will it be better then the dac in the cdplayer, no doubt about that (Analogue stage)...will it beat alot of really high end gear, not so sure about that.