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TwoEars,  On this quest I'm not looking for enjoyable sound so to speak.  I'm looking for a revealing sound.


I understand what you're asking for - both the anedio and benchmark and very neutral and revealing.

 

But then there is a difference - where the Anedio is "open, musical, clear and flowing" the benchmark I find "compressed, harsh, tight and overly aggressive" in comparison.

 

The both do the same thing but in very different ways.

 

And don't get me wrong - the benchmark is not bad, it would do for studio work if you want to find every single thing that possibly could sound bad on a recording. But it would never be my choice for personal use.

post #122 of 256

Gotcha..

post #123 of 256
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*****Recommendations Please*****

 

 

I'm looking for what I call a listeners DAC for critical listing.  What you might call Analytical or Transparent.  I want it be be highly revealing and very detailed.  Any Ideas?

 

Does the Benchmark DAC1 still fit this bill?

 

The JKenny Dac32 is worth a listen and wont break the bank

https://sites.google.com/site/hifacemods/

post #124 of 256
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TwoEars,  On this quest I'm not looking for enjoyable sound so to speak.  I'm looking for a revealing sound.

 

The M2Tech DAC is also very revealing if thats what you are looking for http://www.m2tech.biz/young.html

 

It may depend on what you are looking in terms of features inputs/outputs so a pro DAC like the Metric Halo might be more appropriate? 


Edited by complin - 9/12/12 at 5:35pm
post #125 of 256
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The M2Tech DAC is also very revealing if thats what you are looking for http://www.m2tech.biz/young.html

 

It may depend on what you are looking in terms of features inputs/outputs so a pro DAC like the Metric Halo might be more appropriate? 

 

 

AES input

 

Balanced outout

post #126 of 256
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TwoEars,  On this quest I'm not looking for enjoyable sound so to speak.  I'm looking for a revealing sound.

 

Lavry might fit that bill better than anyone.

post #127 of 256

The old generation Esoteric offerings may suit your needs - say, P-01 / D-01.

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Originally Posted by preproman View Post

*****Recommendations Please*****

 

 

I'm looking for what I call a listeners DAC for critical listing.  What you might call Analytical or Transparent.  I want it be be highly revealing and very detailed.  Any Ideas?

 

Does the Benchmark DAC1 still fit this bill?

post #128 of 256
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AES input

Balanced output

 

Not sure why AES matters since your transport doesn't likely have one but... PS Audio PWD2 w/ 2.1+ firmware.

post #129 of 256
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The old generation Esoteric offerings may suit your needs - say, P-01 / D-01.

where can you find a 01 setup at a reasonable price?

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Not sure why AES matters since your transport doesn't likely have one but... PS Audio PWD2 w/ 2.1+ firmware.

 

 

Offramp 5 or Alpha USB

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post #132 of 256
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Yes Dave,

 

I've been looking at this.  For this particular rig I guess it's come down to:

 

 

Master 7

Lavry DA11

Banchmark DAC1:  what's the benefit of this high current op-amp?

 

 

                                            DAC1  DAC1 USB   DAC1 Pre

 

 

State-of-the-art LME49860/LME4562 high-current op-amps NO Ouput stage only Throughout entire analog stage  

Edited by preproman - 9/14/12 at 8:12pm
post #133 of 256

The Yulong D18 has AES/EBU; perhaps not expensive enough to qualify however.

 

http://www.audiophilechina.com/cp-show.asp?C_id=236&S_id2=37&s_id=38

post #134 of 256

I think a used MSB Platinum III would be a good choice. They go for around $3K used (w/remote). Nice detail retrieval, includes both AES input and Balanced output.

post #135 of 256
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where can you find a 01 setup at a reasonable price?

 

In Hong Kong, the price is more or less fixed at distributors. There are rarely used ones for sale - the last set I saw on the Hong Kong market was around US$50,000 (UV version).

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