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post #376 of 951

I was able to test the d1 a few day's ago and found it to have great build quality and a great headphone amplifier.

It was very nice but, I definitely won't be buying one as me the dac sounds exactly the same as my emu 1820m (adds/subtracts nothing from the sound).

 

post #377 of 951


 

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Originally Posted by jackmccabe View Post

I was able to test the d1 a few day's ago and found it to have great build quality and a great headphone amplifier.

It was very nice but, I definitely won't be buying one as me the dac sounds exactly the same as my emu 1820m (adds/subtracts nothing from the sound).

 

 

As always you should of course buy and play what makes you happy....

 

But I would like to say that I have personally never heard any dac, cd or vinyl player that is better at bringing out texture and messages from the bottom end than my Anedio with its saber chip. There are many systems that I agree would have a similar tonality, especially Burr-Brown based systems which I find neutral and precise (which I like). And I would guess that if you were listening to classical music (with focus on midtones) through a tube amp the sound from a middle of the road Burr-Brown based system and the Saber based Anedio probably would be quite similar.

 

But for me listening to electronica, with deep deep notes, the Anedio is a real revelation, I can hear messages in the music that I haven't even heard in $30.000 floorstanding systems.

post #378 of 951
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Originally Posted by jackmccabe View Post

I was able to test the d1 a few day's ago and found it to have great build quality and a great headphone amplifier.

It was very nice but, I definitely won't be buying one as me the dac sounds exactly the same as my emu 1820m (adds/subtracts nothing from the sound).

I have to admit that before I got the D1 I was just running my I-pod through the LOD into my M-Stage and when I initially hooked up the Anedio I certainly didn't get any kind of wow revelation....I was pretty shocked that there wasn't any kind of magic veil that lifted nor was I miraculously transported to center stage with the musicians.  I was really disappointed...until I sat down and started switching back and forth between LOD and Wadia to the D1.  Though the comparisons I immediately found the instrument separation had improved, the instruments and voices just sounded much truer to life .  Much more like you would expect a live event to sound.

 

Needless to say, now that I know what I'm listening for I can say that the D1 allows for a much clearer window to the performance so I can simply just sit back and enjoy.

 

Anyway, best of luck to whatever you choose.  It's all about what you enjoy after all. smile.gif
 

 

post #379 of 951

 

Anedio aficionados: Who among you are using tube amplifiers in your headphone system?

 

I am looking for a clearer idea of how the D1 will fit into my system, vis a vis my particular sonic preferences. 

 

- your previous DAC?

- your current amp?

- what changes, improvements with the D1?

- characterize the D1 in non-generic audiophile terms--is it warm, thin, analytical, lush etc

- connections: USB, Spdif etc?

- USB/Spdif device?

 

 

post #380 of 951

I just jumped on the D1 DAC. I guess it'll be a couple of weeks until it gets here. Can't wait to see how much better this will sound compared to my soundcard. I was also considering a Schiit DAC but I didn't want to wait. 

 

I'll post my impressions when it gets here :)

 

 

 

 

 

post #381 of 951

Don't get me wrong, I found the d1 an improvement over onboard/ipod sound but I just found it didn't improve on my emu 1820m which I find to be perfection.

Then again I find pretty much all decent dac's over $100 to be perfect.

post #382 of 951

Depending what I'm listening to, I find it hard to tell apart DACs.  However, with well-recorded material that I'm very familiar with, I can pick out subtle differences when moving between grades of DAC -- by that I mean, say, moving up to a DAC with a far more comprehensive power supply and lower distortion.  The one area I'm very sensitive to is the sound of piano. I've rarely found digital components that make it sound other than harsh and at least slightly fake, ignoring DACs that deliberately induce distortion, such as NOS DACs.  I think if I listened to the same music I liked when I joined Head-Fi, I wouldn't care to upgrade my gear very far, but have found a great deal to appreciate in jazz and classical that I previously didn't, which, for the above reasons, I have gained benefit. 

post #383 of 951

I also find it very hard to find differences between dac's and even when I do it is very hard to describe.

I personally don't like NOS dac's or dac's that add colour as I prefer to leave that to my amp and headphones.

post #384 of 951

Never mind my earlier questions, as I just ordered one anyway. Wish they had a USPS Priority option, because $67 for UPS ground to HI is a friggen ripoff, as well as being a slower shipping option.

post #385 of 951
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Originally Posted by pigmode View Post

Never mind my earlier questions, as I just ordered one anyway. Wish they had a USPS Priority option, because $67 for UPS ground to HI is a friggen ripoff, as well as being a slower shipping option.



The difference is smaller than you might think. I say this only because I happened to mail a package to Honolulu last week, and it was roughly the same size/weight as the Anedio give or take a few inches. USPS priority was only about $12 less than UPS after I insured it for $900. I think USPS was one day faster than UPS would have been. I'm on the west coast so shipping from Anedio might be a little different, but probably not by a large amount.

post #386 of 951

 

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Originally Posted by pigmode View Post

Never mind my earlier questions, as I just ordered one anyway.


 

Haha, that's how it rolls sometimes - ain't it?

 

But don't worry, it's a fantastic DAC. Just don't expect it to "wow" you right away, it's a slow grower and keeper kind of product I think. I'm growing more and more fond of mine day by day that's for sure...

post #387 of 951

To those taking the leap of faith-you will be rewarded(and right here on earth,too) But beware, with the Anedio it is GIGO. Try your VERY BEST program material. I have found, however, that even relatively poor sources are less bothersome. Regards and thanks for supporting a super product and company.

post #388 of 951

Sorry about that--was just venting I guess. After reading through the thread a couple of times, the anticipation levels are up there to say the least. 

post #389 of 951

Another review of the Anedio DAC1. This one is by John Darko, I've been looking forward to it, because theire reviews use to be honest and a good source.

BTW  our friend project86 is mentioned ;). 

 

http://www.digitalaudioreview.net.au/index.php/audio-reviews/digital-source-reviews/item/249-anedio-d1-dac-ess-sabre-9018

 

The final note is good. However, I must say that this is one of the worst reviews I've ever read on digitalaudioreview.net. Much sauce,  much rehash, much blah-blah,  very little  new information. 

 

 

 

post #390 of 951


 

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Originally Posted by Cortes View Post

Another review of the Anedio DAC1. This one is by John Darko, I've been looking forward to it, because theire reviews use to be honest and a good source.

BTW  our friend project86 is mentioned ;). 

 

http://www.digitalaudioreview.net.au/index.php/audio-reviews/digital-source-reviews/item/249-anedio-d1-dac-ess-sabre-9018

 

The final note is good. However, I must say that this is one of the worst reviews I've ever read on digitalaudioreview.net. Much sauce,  much rehash, much blah-blah,  very little  new information. 

 

 

 


 

I thought it was a decent review but maybe one to many references to chocolate and melbourne vs sydney....NY vs LA etc.....we get it, we get already.... it's about finding a DAC that suits your tastes....

 

In the end he did seem to like it though and what he saying is of course that choosing a DAC in this price range is more about finding one that you like than what is considered the "best". He also ran into the same issue as myself with the headphone amp - it doesn't like hard to drive headphones which end up sounding flat and lacking in the bass department.

 

I would have liked a more bold conclusion though because I don't think anyone has done a better implementation of the saber chip to date.... not that I'm an expert but that's my gut feeling after reading a lot of user impressions of the W4S DAC2 and similar products.

 

Some highlights:

 

 

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Its ability to immerse the listener is a soup of prismatic detail is striking and immediate:  every page turn of Scott's songbook, every creak of the piano lid, every master tape drop-out.  It's all here.  There's even a pervading sense of the size and nature of the recording studio.

 

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a bass bounce that's fit and well toned (and free of flab).  Dynamics are positively sinuous.  A lean toward upper-mid presence finds favour with leading edge guitar notes, percussive counterplay and - classical fans take note - string definition

 

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It is never tiring - even with guitar-driven indie rock (hello Clearlake). There's too much fun going on to ever cause the listener to quit

 

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Want a detailed, fast sound full of natural tones and timbres?  This is your guy.

 

I would agree with that... but it's a little but dangerous to call it a midrange focused DAC as he does. IMHO it's all about the synergy in the system and if you want more bottom end presence just kick in the bass boost or use an equaliser - the important thing is that the Anedio is amazing at digging up information. What the user later does with that information is up to personal preference.


Edited by TwoEars - 5/25/11 at 4:43am
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