Originally Posted by sridhar3
I'd argue that implementation matters more than which chip is used. The Rega DAC uses WM chips and sounds phenomenal as well.
+1 agreed, implementation is a key factor so to do this you build it yourself right, like I have done with my amps and speakers. Only issue is that I cant solder chips this small safely, so the next best thing is a buffalo 3 from TPA. Then again I cant access the site quick enought to secure an order! slow internet, the providers in Melbourne are woeful where I live, 12km out from the CBD and the only service available: 3G.
Ladies & Guys, I didn't say there was anything wrong with WM chips, its just at the time I made a decision on the EE mini max + because it was around the corner to be release and I always wanted a Sabre 9018 32 bit chip. If WM came up with a 32Bit chip it would definately wind me up like the Bifrost.
Believe it or not the latest sony bluray range have a WM 8524 chip in it. This may not be the top of the range but it has a bias pump so no output cap required, it actually sounds pretty good considering that the s580 is $200AU. So I opt for a different chip to get a taste of what other manufacture has to offer, and believe me the Sony would give the EE mini max a run at its price point even though it will never reach it in SQ!