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And the Linear is nearly twice the price, with fewer connectivity options.

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I'm still waiting on that 2in/4out interface Michael :p

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Just agreed to purchase a dacmini cx, anxious to hear it, my previous dac experience has been audio gd 11.32, schiit Bifrost uber, and california audio labs alpha 16 bit...............I have been searching the net for weeks now daily every hour or so and finally settled on the centrance  for a couple reasons

 

I liked the features of the centrance, stereophile has considered the centrance class A product for 3 years running, I keep hearing tubes used in the description of sound

 

 

I own a dedicated Tube headphone amp, and truly plan t use the centrance as a dediicated dac but I love the idea that I can use a battery to power this on the go if I need to and have an amp and dac in 1 unit

 

I would really like to hear anyones opinion of comparisons between the uber bifrost and the dac mini cx

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If you buy from CEntrance, we have a 30 day policy, so you are safe. But I don't think you will return the DACmini. People tend to keep it wink.gif
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would love to buy new but frankly dont have the $$$$

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While I haven't compared the Dacmini to the Bifrost(v1) directly, going from memory I liked the tonality of the Dacmini more. Granted, I've always found something slightly off in the tone of Schiit gear (not wrong, but doesn't quite jive with me), and again this is from memory so take with a heaping pile of salt.

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Yeah, wont sell mine!  

 

I haven't touched my balanced Stello DA-100 and maxed WA6 in almost a year, so I decided I should sell them soon.  They are great but waiting for the WA6 to warm up when I only have 20 minutes to listen is a pain, and while fantastic with the HD600, HD800, and D7000 or HF-2, I absolutely love the DACmini with my LCD-2 and HE-560.

 

All I use lately in my bedroom rig is my DACmini and HiFI-M8, and I'll never give those up.  In my main rig in the family room I use my PS Audio Perfectwave DAC II with an Eddie Current ZDT, EF6, and KGBH stat amps.  In my basement rig I have the Nuforce DAC-100 and HAP-100.  That's really all I need, and makes me wonder why I need dozens of DACs and amps all around the house anymore.

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Originally Posted by HeadphoneAddict View Post

That's really all I need, and makes me wonder why I need dozens of DACs and amps all around the house anymore.

 

Because we have this compulsion... this sickness that makes us acquire more and more gear :rolleyes:

 

I've been terribly contemplating an M8 to serve as dac for my Nuforce HA-200 monos. Any chance you've heard that combo?

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Originally Posted by Armaegis View Post
 

While I haven't compared the Dacmini to the Bifrost(v1) directly, going from memory I liked the tonality of the Dacmini more. Granted, I've always found something slightly off in the tone of Schiit gear (not wrong, but doesn't quite jive with me), and again this is from memory so take with a heaping pile of salt.

Thanks for the comparisons, I was kind of curious because they both use an AKM chip (different versions of the chips) and so was wondering if the would be somewhat close in signature

 

will find out soon I guess:beyersmile:

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Just picked up a DACmini CX with the VarOut mod.  Loving it so far, but I've notice there is a slight amount of play in the volume knob.  Is this normal?

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I don't have that on mine.

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I hate to chime in on bad news, but my volume know has no "play" in it, either.  

 

The good news is that CEntrance surely has among the best customer service out there.

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Thanks for the feedback guys, I'll contact centrance about this.


Problem solved, opened the case and tightened the two hex screws securing the volume knob to the pot's spindle. Solid as a rock now and tracking has a nice resisted feel.
Edited by fallingreason - 7/18/14 at 3:42pm
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My mini showed up today, I am about 1 hour in as a stand alone unit.................i am impressed with it so far, not blown away mind you, it sounds great as a stand alone. The amp signature is surprising I always expect a bit of high etch / grain with SS. so far I dont feel that here

 

The dac is pretty comparable with the Bifrost uber, as they both use AKM I was actually hoping this would be the case........................This is TONS AHEAD OF AUDIO GD 11.32, the amp is much better and the software is a no brainer, i also found the saber a tad bright / thin

 

this evening I will pare it with the Kenzie tube amp and see if it improves, frankly right now I am feeling I could live with the dac mini and he500 just fine

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Ok I have an issue

 

I want to hook this up so I can use it as a stand alone or as a dac only,  this way I can go back and forth between amps, (tube and built in) what I am doing is hook up rca from the output to my external amp (external amp is off), plug headphones into the mini I get a nasty hum, pull the rca the hum goes away.

 

Plug phones into external amp power it on and I get no hum from the phones

 

I dont want and dont expect to have to plug in and remove RCA cables everytime I want to use externals

 

 

any ideas ??????? 

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