I've set up a Listening Test among these three USB DACs:
- NuForce uDAC-2 ($129)
- Behringer UCA202 ($29)
- Benchmark DAC1 Pre ($1595) – The Benchmark is included mainly as a reference to help establish any “sound” the Benchmark ADC1 doing the recording might have. It represents a product well past the “point of diminishing returns”.
This test is in response to NuForce having stated several times they compromised the measured performance of the uDAC-2 in favor of better sound quality. So this is a chance to compare the uDac-2's sound to the other 2 DACs above in the most fair and balanced way I could come up with (although feedback on how to do better next is very welcome).
I would encourage anyone interested to download the appropriate files from the article, listen, and post your comments here or directly at the end of the blog article. But, for now at least, please don't give away too much if you're fairly certain which files might belong to which source to not spoil the fun for others just yet. Feel free to either post general comments, or message me privately. Thanks!