Originally Posted by palmfish
I guess theres a reason why yours was posted on eBay, huh? Ive compared my Asus to the Benchmark DAC1, Grace Audio M903, and Violectric V800/V200 and it holds up very well. The differences are so minute that they may simply be my imagination.
Anyways, this isnt the forum for an objective/subjective discussion so I'll leave my point where it is. I havent used my TT in a while and this discussion has sparked a craving to listen to some records, which I plan on doing tonight. 😀
Interesting. "My" Essence One lost out at original owner's to Benchmark DAC1 by ??? ( lots...) I use Pioneer PD D6J CD/SACD player, for CD via coax into heavily modified Technics SU-A60 preamp/DAC and this combo made mincemeat out of Esssence One. It was difference one could hear across the street. Considering I had high hopes for the Essence One, this was a very unpleasent surprise. That Technics, even in stock form, is one of the most dynamic 32/44.1/48 kHz DACs - at 18 (IN A WORD: EIGHTEEEN) bit. Pioneer PD D6J is no slouch in dynamics department, yet it can not hold candle to the SU-A60. Very few can. Here owner and service manuals you can download :http://www.hifiengine.com/library/technics/su-a60.shtml
SU-A60 is also a very capable phono and line stage, with GREAT sounding tone controls. Please note these comments apply if properly modified only - otherwise it can be a very nervous sounding unit in wrong system. Check the owner manual, it can be hooked up in various ways, bypassing most of the line level if desired, it has external processor loop ( equalizer and other processors if required ). It is a rare unit and true sleeper.
I am not familiar with Volectric at all, but did consider Grace, although I have never seen it or heard yet. It seems to be a very good unit, not terribly expensive for the features and quality offered. As I require DSD capable DAC in the first place, I will wait till something comparable comes along. Being a Stax Lambda Pro and AKG K 1000 user, conventional headphone amps are also of little interest to me - so a DSD DAC minus hp preamp is a more reasonable choice in my case. For PCM and more conventional HPs, Grace would be on top of my list.
Enjoy your listening to vinyl, and given the time, please do go through Ricker interview. Loads of info, IIRC half speed mastering is covered in Part 2.
After hiatus from CD for almost half a year, as I write this, listening to the CD derived from the DSD128 master I recorded the previous Wednesday - uverture from Verdi's La forza del destino, Delius' Walk to the Paradise Garden, among other works. Great for CD, yet compared to DSD master ...