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post #136 of 483
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Some questions:

 

Would the DACport out of a MAcbook to Grado RS-2i and/or Beyer DT880 600s sound good? Right now I have a nuforce uDAC, out to either a headstage Arrow 3G or a LD 1+. Will the DACport make a substantial difference in any of the configurations with the above amps and headphones?


 

I never test 2 headphones you mentioned in DACport, but from my experience, DACport is better than set up uDac2 + M-Stage in term of detail and overall refinement sound.

post #137 of 483

How does this compares to the Apogee One?  The Apogee One is only $249.

 

http://www.apogeedigital.com/products/one.php

 

 

apogee-one-macbook.jpg

 

 


Edited by DjAmTraX - 5/27/11 at 12:41pm
post #138 of 483

if you read the original review, Headphone Addict finds it superior to Apogee's mini, which is two steps above. (one = $250, duet = $450, mini = $750)  but this is the new version of the one, which like the new version of the duet, has just come out, so it hasn't yet been reviewed here.  Could be lots better!

post #139 of 483

http://centrance.com/blog/2011/05/22/come-see-us-at-the-show/

 

Some news about the DACport LX

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The Home Entertainment Show, aka T.H.E. Show focuses on High-End Audio & Home Theater. It will be held this year in Newport Beach, CA from June 3rd through the 5th. CEntrance will be exhibiting its popular DACport and DACmini, and will also show something new – DACport LX, our latest product.

 

Designed to be the smallest 24/96 USB DAC, DACport LX is mighty for its size. It shares the technology with our award-winning DACport, and comes with a fixed output level. DACport LX is ideal for connecting a Mac or PC to an external amp with speakers. It will bypass the built-in sound card offering a professional-level improvement in sound quality, jitter and noise. Check out DACport’s reviews to get a sense of what DACport LX will bring to the table.

 

post #140 of 483
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http://centrance.com/blog/2011/05/22/come-see-us-at-the-show/

 

Some news about the DACport LX

 


So an ampless DACPort basically.  Interesting.  

 

post #141 of 483

any clue how much cheaper?

post #142 of 483

From their latest blog entry , it is $349.95

post #143 of 483
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From their latest blog entry , it is $349.95


$350 for an ampless DACPort that costs $399?  Unless they are doing something to enhance DAC performance beyond removing the amp section I think that is a bit much.

 

post #144 of 483
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$350 for an ampless DACPort that costs $399?  Unless they are doing something to enhance DAC performance beyond removing the amp section I think that is a bit much.

 


Have you looked at the price of a Pico DAC-only lately?  It's $299 with no amp and only 16/48 native with up-sampling to 24/96, but no native hi-res support.  On the other hand, I do think $299 would be a better price point for an amp-less DACport, to make up for the lack of an amp.  Even better would have been to add a line out to the headphone amp, and maybe charge a little more above the standard DACport.

 

post #145 of 483
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Have you looked at the price of a Pico DAC-only lately?  It's $299 with no amp and only 16/48 native with up-sampling to 24/96, but no native hi-res support.  On the other hand, I do think $299 would be a better price point for an amp-less DACport, to make up for the lack of an amp.  Even better would have been to add a line out to the headphone amp, and maybe charge a little more above the standard DACport.


I agree with all of that.  Including Pico gear being on the high side.  As good as the DACPort sounds I am intrigued about how much better it could get if I provide my own amp section.

 

post #146 of 483

plus isn't $349 like the $499 "standard" price?  I'd imagine this might realistically be $299 street, which would be quite reasonable.

post #147 of 483
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plus isn't $349 like the $499 "standard" price?  I'd imagine this might realistically be $299 street, which would be quite reasonable.



That would make it even more interesting, though why do you say the standard Dacport price is 499?  Even CEntrance's web site lists it at 399.

post #148 of 483

from what I know, when the first time DACport hit the market, they're at $499

 

post #149 of 483

and a lot of dealers used to list the price as $499 list, Sale: $399, even though it wasn't a sale, per se, since it had never been any higher.

post #150 of 483

For something for me to easily setup with my laptop when I'm at work, I'm impressed! Only had it for about 2 hours, did a quick comparison with my iMod/iQube combo, and its close! In fact I think the Macbook Pro/Amarra/Dacport combo wins in soundstaging and clarity, not as "musical" and the bass lacks some "oompf" in my opinion via the short comparison.

 

Very happy with the purchase from AVU :)

 

Man, it does get hot though... does that mean its a battery hog since its converting that much energy into heat? Will prob stick to my iMod for on-the-go listening and not switch to the iPad/Dacport~

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