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post #31 of 103
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DAC-19 Applied Current Transmission Technology , even though you only connect to RCA output, but DAC-19 will always operate in ACSS technology, and benefit from ACSS technology, Therefore, RCA output will also definitely bring about improvement in SQ.
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post #32 of 103
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Originally Posted by noinimod View Post
Well, it is worth going full Audio GD even if you're using vanilla RCA outputs lol

dBs: If i'm reading you right, you're using the compass as the dac? I can't speak for your system, but the compass is at best a slightly above entry level DAC; its strength lies in its head amp. Compared to the stand-alone audio-gd dacs, it doesn't come close at all.
Yea, my Compass got me this far so I'm happy. It will tide me over until I have time to decide and muster the $$$ to buy a new DAC. It is still very convenient though for gaming =D I suspect it will be a while though, I'm going to be funding my amp design and test equipment for a while =X
post #33 of 103
The ACSS has two advantages. The first is the ACSS modules inherent has very low coloration, another is while transmit current signal between two gears, can reduce the effect of the signal cables and connections.
If even though applied the RCA or XLR output, the ACSS gear still get the benefit from the first point of above.
post #34 of 103
HeatFan12,
I have a suggestion: Why not sell it ALL and get one high-end DAC and one high-end amp? Wouldn't that make more sense?
post #35 of 103
Maybe he's going to review them all and keep a couple? Sell the rest and buy some uber DAC
post #36 of 103
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Originally Posted by stang View Post
What it means is, the ACSS amplification stage inside the DAC or amp will still be used, and some benefit gained, even if you connect via RCA. You can't connect the ACSS sockets to the RCA in of another amp though, which is what it seems you are implying.
post #37 of 103
What lol? I never implied that I can connect the ACSS sockets to RCA sockets of amp
post #38 of 103
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Originally Posted by IPodPJ View Post
HeatFan12,
I have a suggestion: Why not sell it ALL and get one high-end DAC and one high-end amp? Wouldn't that make more sense?
LOL...

That makes perfect sense, however I have a very Type "A" personality, so boredom will definitely set in.
One of my amps or headphones will probably go first, but I have too much money invested in tubes... It's a vicious cycle I tell you.

In all seriousness, I am glad I held onto this gear to compare. I love trying different things. The law of diminishing returns plays a big role here with these DACs. As time goes on, to get half the money back I payed on some of these, I might as well keep them. Then, eventually they will be discontinued and it becomes a collector's item.....


@stang--- At the moment, the FUN and Beyers are rockin' "The Prisoner", on a cloudy morning in So.Fla.....
post #39 of 103
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Originally Posted by HeatFan12 View Post
In all seriousness, I am glad I held onto this gear to compare.
Me too. Really looking forward to your reviews.
post #40 of 103
HeatFan,
I got the impression in the previous thread that you were going to sell all your excess equipment after the big comparison. Isn't that why you bought the new Audio-GD gear? I would have thought the DAC19 would trump any other DAC in the line-up.

Anyways, you could use the money gained through selling your current gear to buy new gear to try out thus negating the boredom. The money lost through your gear depreciating in value is just the price you pay for being able to try lots of interesting gear.
post #41 of 103
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Me too. Really looking forward to your reviews.



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HeatFan,
I got the impression in the previous thread that you were going to sell all your excess equipment after the big comparison. Isn't that why you bought the new Audio-GD gear? I would have thought the DAC19 would trump any other DAC in the line-up.

Anyways, you could use the money gained through selling your current gear to buy new gear to try out thus negating the boredom. The money lost through your gear depreciating in value is just the price you pay for being able to try lots of interesting gear.
Very true GreyArea...Awesome points....My plan is/was to get rid of 5 DACs. I might still take that road. The thing is, I currently use all these DACs. They are not boxed up in the closet. As I stated in my opening post, I have four in my entertainment center, currently connected to my Blu-Ray, HD-DVD, DVD player and HDTV (the 203.2 is not part of this comparison). I even have a tube buffer connected to one of them. I have two desktop PCs on my desk, each PC has its own amp and DAC connected. On my headphone stand/station my WA2 has four inputs and all have DACs connected to it. The WA2 also has a pre-out, so all these can be heard through my powered speakers etc. etc...

Example- I bet on HD DVD over Blu-Ray and well I lost, but I have accumulated a bunch of movies. So instead of ditching the player, I also use it for redbook CD playback as well with a DAC.

If you look at my other thread, I am very pleased with the Audio-GD products, no doubt. By the time this is all said and done, Kingwa will probably have 12 more DACs...lol

What I have found out is that DACs are very flexible to use in various ways whereas a headphone amp (I have accumulated as well) is well, for headphones only. My previous post was in reference to maybe selling an amp or headphones to fund whatever I choose to purchase, hence clearing out some gear.

The best thing that is coming out of this thread for me is that I am very busy with these comparisons to want to spend any money....lol....
post #42 of 103
Well, they sound like the words of a man who has his addiction well under control
You'll just have to keep enough gear churn to keep you satisfied.

I might try and pick up an HD DVD player to use for CD playback. I bet there's some quality units on ebay that'd only need a good DAC.

Hmm. Actually, I think I need to take my own advice and have a sort out first though. Just realised there's nearly 2000W of amplification in the room I'm writing in now. I don't even gig much any more. I'm going to swap a load of equipment from instrument amps to headphone apparel. I've been collecting gear but unlike you, I can't justify the need any more.

P.S. Is it HeatFan12 because of the 12 DACs?
post #43 of 103
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Originally Posted by HeatFan12 View Post
LOL...

That makes perfect sense, however I have a very Type "A" personality, so boredom will definitely set in.
One of my amps or headphones will probably go first, but I have too much money invested in tubes... It's a vicious cycle I tell you.
Boredom seems to affect everyone in this hobby eventually -- although maybe it's not so much boredom as it is the longing to upgrade to something better. I think you would be much less "bored" if you had top notch gear that revealed everything (or close to everything) in the recording. You should try it sometime. Of course it has to be solid state though.

And the biggest benefit of all to your situation -- you'd really please your significant other.
post #44 of 103
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Well, they sound like the words of a man who has his addiction well under control
You'll just have to keep enough gear churn to keep you satisfied.

I might try and pick up an HD DVD player to use for CD playback. I bet there's some quality units on ebay that'd only need a good DAC.

Hmm. Actually, I think I need to take my own advice and have a sort out first though. Just realised there's nearly 2000W of amplification in the room I'm writing in now. I don't even gig much any more. I'm going to swap a load of equipment from instrument amps to headphone apparel. I've been collecting gear but unlike you, I can't justify the need any more.

P.S. Is it HeatFan12 because of the 12 DACs?


Luckily I don't collect antique cars...lol

No, HeatFan12 was back when I joined in Aug. 2006. No DACs at the time...lol

I picked the number 12, because I thought the Heat would actually make the playoffs 12 straight years...Yeah right..LOL.........At least we have one ring (hope no Mav fans are reading this). I remember going to opening day at the Miami Arena in the Heat's inaugural year with Rony Seikaly and Pearl Washington....We have come a long way....
post #45 of 103
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Originally Posted by IPodPJ View Post
Boredom seems to affect everyone in this hobby eventually -- although maybe it's not so much boredom as it is the longing to upgrade to something better. I think you would be much less "bored" if you had top notch gear that revealed everything (or close to everything) in the recording. You should try it sometime. Of course it has to be solid state though.

And the biggest benefit of all to your situation -- you'd really please your significant other.
Very true indeed. But she will probably put flower vases or some sort of decorations where the gear was and while it might be visually more pleasing to most, it is no fun....

Honestly, for me this is fun. I have a great time. I have a very stressful job and the head-fi community really is an outlet for me. Even the drama that goes on here is fun in its own special way.

Life is short...

Cheers
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