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Originally Posted by astrostar59 View Post
 

I can't find ANYONE who has not liked the TotalDAC which ever model, reviewers or owners. Many owners do upgrade in the TotalDAC family, but that is a good thing not bad IMO. I have stayed in the Audio Note family because it gives me everything I want. TotalDAC would be my second choice for sure. The Dual is £7.5K as has been compared to many DACs at 20K. 

 

Paradoxper, you could try PM'ing Preproman as he had a TotalDAC dual on a 2 week home demo and also owned the EMMlabs DAC 2X for a long time.

Yes, Prep. I forgot about his retired ass. IIRC he said the EMM was the best he'd ever heard. I'll hit him up.

post #527 of 532
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Originally Posted by paradoxper View Post
 

Yes, Prep. I forgot about his retired ass. IIRC he said the EMM was the best he'd ever heard. I'll hit him up.

Ask him about the sound signature, I am thinking the EMM is detailed / impressive but the TotalDAC is smooth and more real sounding. 13K Euros for a Six inc Server is a great combo. All in one system, job done. I have convertors, wires and power supplies all over the shop for this function...

post #528 of 532
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Originally Posted by paradoxper View Post
 

Yes, Prep. I forgot about his retired ass. IIRC he said the EMM was the best he'd ever heard. I'll hit him up.

There is Elberoth you could talk to as well. He had the MSB Stack IV plus clocks at 30K and seemed to prefer the TotalDAC Dual.

 

http://audioshark.org/computer-digital-audio-11/totaldac-reference-d1-1342.html#.VRLOKuFTrT8

 

​He later went onto the Lampi GG which I also looked at used.

post #529 of 532

Plaskin at Audio Stream reviewed several DAC's and his conclusion is the Totaldac is the best he's heard yet. Mike Lavorgna at Audiostream as well has been gaga over every Totaldac he has reviewed. These are of course reviewers, but they seem to lay out comparisons in their reviews better than anyone else in their field. Check out their favorite greatest bits section.

 

This guy owned the MSB Diamond fully loaded, demoed the Vivaldi, could obviously have any DAC he wants, and chose the 4 box Totaldac Twelve:

 

https://systems.audiogon.com/systems/5045

 

They really are like picking out a turntable for your budget. None of them are plagued with the typical digital issues. You just have to decide, how much resolution and performance do you want?

 

I have had a fair amount of DAC's here also, and have had the D1 Dual, D1 Monobloc, and now the D1 Twelve 4 box.

DAC's I have had through here:

Chord 2Qute EX and Chord 2Qute HD

Auralic Vega

APL DSD-S

MSB Analog

Bel Canto DAC3.5VB MKII

W4S DAC2

Sony HAP-Z1ES

Ayre Codex

Burson DA-160

 

These aren't the highest end DAC's but all are or were the Company top of the line with exception to the Chord's and the MSB Analog.

 

Simply put, none of them would touch the Totaldac D1 Dual.

post #530 of 532
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Originally Posted by a1uc View Post

I tested the Rendu it did sound better than the Totaldac Server but once I had an upgrade done on the
Totaldac server the Rendu wasn't even close .

 

i've heard other confirm that.

in each case, they were using the rendu in MPD or LMS mode.

i recently did a comparison of NAA mode vs. MPD and it was night and day.

you haven't heard the rendu until you try NAA mode (which moves the renderer off of the rendu so all it has to do is pass clean data to the dac).

massive, instantly obvious improvements in detail, soundstage, bass and ability to listen into the decay of notes.

 

so i would say the rendu MPD mode is nowhere close to the rendu in NAA mode.

where it stands versus vincent's server is still an open question for me.

unfortunately i do not have vincent's server available to compare but i'm hoping someone out there can.

i summarized my tests on CA forum.

 

p.s. since i discovered this yesterday, i am one happy camper!


Edited by cat6man - 7/14/16 at 6:31pm
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I am thinking of setting up a second system for headphones upstairs if I do I will buy another rendu  , unless I decide to buy the Dave which is on my mind daily

post #532 of 532
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Originally Posted by paul79 View Post
 

Plaskin at Audio Stream reviewed several DAC's and his conclusion is the Totaldac is the best he's heard yet. Mike Lavorgna at Audiostream as well has been gaga over every Totaldac he has reviewed. These are of course reviewers, but they seem to lay out comparisons in their reviews better than anyone else in their field. Check out their favorite greatest bits section.

 

This guy owned the MSB Diamond fully loaded, demoed the Vivaldi, could obviously have any DAC he wants, and chose the 4 box Totaldac Twelve:

 

https://systems.audiogon.com/systems/5045

 

They really are like picking out a turntable for your budget. None of them are plagued with the typical digital issues. You just have to decide, how much resolution and performance do you want?

 

I have had a fair amount of DAC's here also, and have had the D1 Dual, D1 Monobloc, and now the D1 Twelve 4 box.

DAC's I have had through here:

Chord 2Qute EX and Chord 2Qute HD

Auralic Vega

APL DSD-S

MSB Analog

Bel Canto DAC3.5VB MKII

W4S DAC2

Sony HAP-Z1ES

Ayre Codex

Burson DA-160

 

These aren't the highest end DAC's but all are or were the Company top of the line with exception to the Chord's and the MSB Analog.

 

Simply put, none of them would touch the Totaldac D1 Dual.


I had a hard time letting go of my vinyl setup , I kept trying DACS and none of them made me want to let go of my turntable until the Totaldac.  I also went from a D1 Dual to Monobloc to 4 box Twelve . As soon as I heard the D1 Dual I sold my turntable and never looked back . The only thing I would like to hear is the Dave just to see what all the hype is about .

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