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post #31 of 46
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I'm back with some short listening impressions as I promissed a while back. I'm very happy with the DAC, the words that came into my mind when I first listened to it were from the project86's review, I really felt the 'analog flow' in my music. I'm very happy with the unit, tested it with several different amps and computers (only via USB) and it works perfectly. The sound feels rich and full, the lows are beautiful, and overall I think the unit is well worth the price, it's a shame they don't sell it anymore on ebay, I'm still waiting for its successor to show up for sale.


Thanks for the post. I checked the other day just to see if they had a new model yet, but it appears they do not. There are several other DAC kits but nothing in a finished state like this one. 

 

post #32 of 46

any comparison with audio-gd dacs especially the NFB-12? dont know if it will be a worthy upgrade

post #33 of 46
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any comparison with audio-gd dacs especially the NFB-12? dont know if it will be a worthy upgrade



Sorry, the only Audio GD I have experience with is the Reference 7, which obviously is not a fair comparison.

post #34 of 46

Hi everybody, I note the dac is for sale currently on e.bay but dosen't say it is a MK3 version, it appears to be identical to the one reviewed here, am in the market for a dac in this bracket, is their anything new about the Lars on sale, considering this one and the Yulong D 100, any thoughts, anything else worthy, dac magic plus just out of price range, would it be worth waiting.

 

 

Cheers Chris

post #35 of 46

You're right, it's on sale again LINK


Edited by Guess? - 12/21/11 at 9:06am
post #36 of 46

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Lars-Audio-USB-01-24-192-USB-optical-coaxial-converter-CAS-system-/160666854060?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item25687da2ac

 

Noticed that it's a different chip but it's hundreds of dollars cheaper. What's the catch?
 

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You're right, it's on sale again LINK



 

post #37 of 46

This is just a USB to coax converter, not a DAC.

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http://www.ebay.com/itm/Lars-Audio-USB-01-24-192-USB-optical-coaxial-converter-CAS-system-/160666854060?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item25687da2ac

 

Noticed that it's a different chip but it's hundreds of dollars cheaper. What's the catch?
 



 

You're new here, aren't you ?   :)

 

FWIW, there are folk out there who have bought DACs to perform USB-to-coax (or SPD/IF) conversion, but there are several dedicated converters out there now. Many of us just want all that USB data converted to sweet, sweet music and, as allyl has pointed out, you need a DAC to do that. 

 

 

 

post #39 of 46

I have read your wonderful review that has made me quite curious about this DAC.

I have a Squeezebox Touch myself and I wonder how it compares to the Lars.

Is there a large improvement in sound quality?
 

post #40 of 46

anyone tried Lars Audio DAC1 MK3 which listed on ebay now?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/160881349299?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

 

 

BTW do see Lars audio on facebook now

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lars-Audio/285360944837881?ref=ts&fref=ts

post #41 of 46

Thanks for the info.

post #42 of 46

Sure, will be great if anyone can follow up a Lars Audio DAC1 MK3 review. The main difference is MK2 used single CS4398 while the MK3 used dual WM8740.

post #43 of 46
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Sure, will be great if anyone can follow up a Lars Audio DAC1 MK3 review. The main difference is MK2 used single CS4398 while the MK3 used dual WM8740.

 

I'm guessing it will still sound similar. WM8740 has at times been used in brighter DACs (original DacMagic) as well as smoother/more musical designs (Rega Saturn). So it probably has more to do with the output stage that makes this device sound the way it does.

 

Still, I'm thankful for the new front case appearance. Not sure if that's just a sticker slapped on there or what, but from what little I can see it's an improvement over the big black text on the MK2.

post #44 of 46

I do like the sticker much better than the huge black text on their case, but looks like they just change their mind!


post #45 of 46

how u think if this compare to a schiit Bifrost Dac?

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