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Poll Results: DACMini Vs. HA-160D

 
  • 47% (38)
    DACMini
  • 52% (42)
    HA-160D
80 Total Votes  
post #16 of 40

Funny, my search is now also between the HA-160D, the DACmini, and the Grace M903 too.


Edited by NeoDiNardo - 7/28/11 at 1:55am
post #17 of 40

Decided on the Grace M903. Pricy, but ticks more of the boxes I want.


Edited by NeoDiNardo - 7/28/11 at 1:55am
post #18 of 40

So... which has better performance?  

post #19 of 40

I am interested too. Had a glimpse at Playback's review in progress of the Centrance, it says that the Centrance is reminiscent of Pass Lab's amp, transparent, detailed and organic. I just wonder if it could match the Burson in terms of tonal colour and richness.

post #20 of 40

I too am interested. I have a set of HD650's and a DACport, but am looking to upgrade to a powered DAC/Amp and the DACmini and Burson HA-160DS are my two final choices. Now to decide which way to go. The 160DS uses the same DAC and head amp as the 160D so a comparison should still be valid.

post #21 of 40
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Originally Posted by scottv50 View Post

I too am interested. I have a set of HD650's and a DACport, but am looking to upgrade to a powered DAC/Amp and the DACmini and Burson HA-160DS are my two final choices. Now to decide which way to go. The 160DS uses the same DAC and head amp as the 160D so a comparison should still be valid.



Anybody? Should be a few of these out in the wild by now.

post #22 of 40

I've tried both setups and feel that both are good but different. the dacmini is more neutral, with excellent extension both ways. i also found it more musical and has a really good midrange. the burson on the other hand is a tad warm, with good prat and excellent bass. i didn't feel that highs were as good as the dacmini though, and the soundstage was slightly small and congested in comparison with the dacmini. 

post #23 of 40
Bump for any other comparisons. smily_headphones1.gif
post #24 of 40

 I don't know whether to get the Dacmini CX or HA-160DS. I can get the Dacmini CX for $691.65 and I can get the HA-160DS for $899.10. I am going to be driving a pair of Terminator V4's.

post #25 of 40
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Originally Posted by Slickman View Post

 I don't know whether to get the Dacmini CX or HA-160DS. I can get the Dacmini CX for $691.65 and I can get the HA-160DS for $899.10. I am going to be driving a pair of Terminator V4's.

 

Which kind of sound signature you like? 

whats your current amp? 

post #26 of 40
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Originally Posted by jackwess View Post

Which kind of sound signature you like? 
whats your current amp? 

Don't have an amp right now, just been using my X-Fi sound card. I like a bright sound sig but I also love bass so I'm torn. I'm leaning towards the CX because I figured the T4 will probably have alot of bass already but I'm not sure because I won't have them until October.
post #27 of 40
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Originally Posted by Slickman View Post


Don't have an amp right now, just been using my X-Fi sound card. I like a bright sound sig but I also love bass so I'm torn. I'm leaning towards the CX because I figured the T4 will probably have alot of bass already but I'm not sure because I won't have them until October.

 

The Burson amps (generally speaking) they all have nice bass extension and speed. Bass is well defined. 

 

The guy at headfonia made a comparison vs the 160D (basically the same as the 160Ds) 

http://www.headfonia.com/centrance-dacmini-and-dacport/

post #28 of 40

I can't speak for the Burson, but I've had my Dacmini now for a year and I can't part with it for even a day.

 

It makes music sound exactly how I'd expect it to sound and coming home after a long day of work and having a long listening session to decompress is one of the things I do not take for granted.

 

Now the decision to go with the Dacmini basically boiled down to one thing:

 

Optical In, Coaxial, USB, and 1 line in (dacmini)

 

vs

 

Coaxial, USB, and 3 line ins

 

The Optical input is what swayed me in the end.  I wanted to hook up my Xbox to the DacMini since it's such an intergal part of my desktop setup.  You can't go digital with the Xbox on the Burson.  It's as simple as that.  It sounds fantastic.  From what I've read, you really can't go wrong either way.

 

btw, my knob and amp are dead silent.  Music is lifted from a dead silent black background.  I'm not saying the Burson can't do that, but I can say the Dacmini does.  If you can get that out of a 700-800 dollar unit, then I think you'll be doing just fine.


Edited by roker - 9/11/12 at 5:12pm
post #29 of 40

I guess is a tough decision. Best way to find out is to demo both. 

post #30 of 40
The price might sway me, seeing as I can get the Dacmini CX for $200 less.
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