Originally Posted by gregorio
It's possible to have some imaging (aliasing) issues with a poorly implemented reconstruction filter but without a reconstruction filter at all, imaging (aliasing) issues are guaranteed! How badly the imaging issues will affect what you are listening to will depend on the music you are playing, the quality of your speakers/headphones and of course your hearing ability.
I had an Anedio D1 for a month. It came with plots showing how well it tested on a bench.
To my ears it sounded brittle and overly digital. Tried a Minimax as well. So two DACs using what is arguably the top delta-sigma chip around, filtering and jitter busting up the wazoo. I did not like.
Went back to an Ack Dack 2.0, a NOS TDA1545. As far as this class of old school DAC chip is concerned this is not supposed to be remarkable, but I prefer it. It sounds closer to what I consider reality.
Apparently my hearing ability is total schitt, and as such I will stay with NOS world, just looking for the next level up. So there you go.
Edited by bobeau - 9/8/11 at 9:48am