Originally Posted by nikongod
Were R2r DAC's outmoded because they were surpassed in quality or other technology achieved adequacy at a lower price? [..]
you can not predict with any accuracy what a given individual will like. Let him enjoy his DAC.
I fully agree, I'm just saying that many ppl seem to take that mother-of-tone link as if it were the word of God...when nothing's on that page gives figures or model numbers, it's based on NO technical proof whatsoever...and the bottom link is a url to a webshop, heh.
AKM say that even an AK4396 reaches the R2R noise level performance and that Neko DAC based on PCM1794 I just mentioned has some pretty amazing THD+N figures...someone tell me where teh evil noise is please. All those cliches are history and based on nothing but snobbish audiophoolism until someones does a proper measurements shootout against the newest delta-sigma chips...I'ts a matter of "commercial bs" Vs "hearsay" at this point.
These ppl used AK4399 and it costs $1.5K, The AK4396 was already called the "miracle DAC" and AK4399 is 2 generations older w/ even more refined filtering: http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/416693/cary-audio-xciter-dac
and the Neko DAC I just mentioned includes a WM8804 reclocker on its S/PDIF input, this chip has a datasheet and zillions of measurements available...unlike many in-house reclockers from other companies that don't have any. Surely everyone talks a lot about R2R's amazing noise perfs and reclockers these days, but more often than not ppl have no figures to back up their assertions and expect good faith from their customers
But I've got no problem believing that an analog-colored DAC will sound better than another one w/ uber-low distortion.
Edited by leeperry - 7/31/10 at 8:33pm