I got an order in for a DAC-19DSP & C2 combo (through AmpCity). I think they will be great with my K601's, but I'm having some doubt about the pot in the C2. I'm rather sensitive about channel imbalance and there seems to be some C2's out there with pot issues. Any input would be appreciated on this. I've looked at the pictures of the C2 innards and the pot seems to be rather small. What make and model is it?
I think that the channel imbalance will be the most noticeable with high sensitivity cans and the ACSS connection.
I remember than when opening up the C2, I noticed it was an ALPS blue. It is not the worst but not the best neither.
I might upgrade (in the future) the ALPS pot to the Goldpoint stepped attenuator to get perfect balance at the lowest values. However, since I am only using the hd-650 with it, it is not on the top of my upgrade priorities.
Hi slim.a, I just looked at your pictures and see that there is a tube amp on top of your system. Did you try to pair that amp with DAC-19DSP? Is C-2 much better than your tube amp? I am using miniwatt n3(tube amp) with DAC-19DSP, so I just want to see if there is any reason for me to buy C-2 as well :-).
I have to admit that I haven't spent much time at all listening to the dac19dsp+Little Dot mkIII. However, I have listened a lot to the dac19mk3+little dot mkIII vs. dac19mk3+C2C and there is simply no comparison.
I like the little dot mkIII very much and I think it is an excellent entry level amp. It is surprisingly quiet for a tube amp. However, the C2C and the C2 improve on every category in comparison with the little dot mkiii. They even sound tonally richer and more diversified than the tubed Little Dot mkIII.
If you are using "regular" RCA interconnects and an entry level tube amp, there are good chances that you will get a big jump in performance if you move the c-2 (with ACSS cables).
Anybody experimented with the DAC 19 DSP DIP switches?
The flexibility and bypass of the DSP with the PCM1704uk DACs is one of the very desirable combined features that made me quickly decide to jump into purchasing this DAC. I'm sourcing it with an Emprical Audio Off Ramp 3 on a computer server. It's a very high quality, 24 bit low jitter SPDIF source that should fare very well with the DSP bypassed. (Although I haven't gotten that far.) The DAC 19 arrived yesterday and it's been running in my system for about 4 hours as I write this. I've left the DIP switches at default for the time being. I intend to let the system run for at least a week before I begin experimenting.
I barely had it out of the box and the cover removed when I began to imagine how wonderful it would be to have a complete Audio-gd system. This is serious, majestic, beautiful hardware.
I experimented very quickly with the NOS setting but wasn't too much convinced. I tried it with both 16/44 and 24/96 data.
My guess is that the 8x oversampling used by the dsp-1 is doing an excellent job at all frequencies. Along with the discontinued PMD100, the DSP-1 is the only digital filter I have listened to that sounds natural at 16/44. Many DACs need 24/96 data to not sound horrible (at least to my ears).
BTW Newk Yuler, did you get a chance to listen to the DSP bypassed with your Off-Ramp 3? What do you think of it?