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post #106 of 160
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Originally Posted by shipsupt View Post

I can only assume there is still a market out there for the non-USB, no internal amp DAC.... In fact, it would be me!  blink.gif  I don't have many sources that I use USB from, and since I own a few amplifiers already I don't really look for my DAC to come jam packed with one...  In my case I'd like all the $$ to be going into the DAC side of things.

 

That said, there is something to be said for the amount of features these things come loaded with now... and the fact that the headphone amp isn't total crap is impressive, right?

 

Maybe I should be checking out the D18...

 


 



 

 


I agree with you that once you already have a system and are only looking to upgrade certain parts of it, devoted components would generate more of a drive to purchase, but I think for newcomers or someone who just wants to get something and be done and still satisfied with the system to a certain extend, integrated DAC/AMP definitely has more attraction.

As for D18, so far it seems that only Project86 owns it, maybe he should do a loan program/test listen too. I have been holding off simply because it's Christmas and I have so many other things to spend my money on, but maybe in the next few days I won't be able to stand the itch and will simply buy it.

post #107 of 160
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Originally Posted by Philharmoniker View Post


I agree with you that once you already have a system and are only looking to upgrade certain parts of it, devoted components would generate more of a drive to purchase, but I think for newcomers or someone who just wants to get something and be done and still satisfied with the system to a certain extend, integrated DAC/AMP definitely has more attraction.

As for D18, so far it seems that only Project86 owns it, maybe he should do a loan program/test listen too. I have been holding off simply because it's Christmas and I have so many other things to spend my money on, but maybe in the next few days I won't be able to stand the itch and will simply buy it.

 

 

You know, I have considered sending the D18 around for people to check it out, like I did with the Quattro stuff. At the moment I've got it in a dedicated setup with my AD Labs Svetlana 2 tube amp and the W1000x, and I honestly don't think I want to go without it for any length of time. It is just that good. But we'll see what the future brings.
 

 

post #108 of 160

For those of you who already tested the Quattro DAC, and also have experience with the M-Stage amp, can you please compare the M-Stage amp and the Quattro DAC internal headphone amp? rolleyes.gif

 

 

Thanks.

post #109 of 160
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Originally Posted by project86 View Post

Yep, the Yulong D18 is an interesting piece. It's kind of a bold move to release a non-USB DAC these days. And it only has one each of coaxial, optical, and AES/EBU inputs. So it certainly isn't the most versatile thing in the world.

 

I can see the point though - some people will simply NEVER use the USB input (for example, I don't think the majority of people in this loaner program are using it much), and the argument could be made that USB to SPDIF converters are becoming a commodity item, so including that function is not needed. And the built in headphone amp thing could go either way too: some people love them, others hate the fact that they are paying for something their will rarely if ever use. 

 

I'll cover the D18 versus Quattro comparison more in depth, when I formally write up my thoughts on the D18.
 

I was one who DID use the USB input on the Matrix quite a lot.  I fed it hi-res masters of recordings I've done as well as converted FLAC files.  I lament that my Mytek DAC doesn't have USB (which means I need to build or buy a USB to SPDIF receiver).  I do question why, when it's easy to integrate a USB DAC into a decoder, that Yulong chose not to.  The chip options are many!

 

project86, I look forward to your impressions of the D18!

post #110 of 160
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Ok, who wants this stuff next? Juman231 is having difficulties finding any listening time and he doesn't want to hold up the line. I told him he could keep it for a bit longer, but I'd still like to have the next participant lined up. Right now the stuff is still in Southern California. Any volunteers?

post #111 of 160

Present in FL if no SoCal takers.

post #112 of 160
If you're sending it x-country, I'd like a listen once it's back in California.
post #113 of 160
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So Juman will be able to take a listen Sunday or Monday. That's not too far away, so I figure we'll just wait. It makes no sense for him to ship it out without having spent much time with it, only to save a week or so. 

 

rroseperry seems like the next logical choice to get it since he is in the same area. Unless anyone else has a strong desire to get it first.

post #114 of 160
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Originally Posted by Tom W View Post

Regretfully, I am going to have to forgo the opportunity to audition this gear.

 

Tom W


If at all possible I'd like to get back on the list....

 

I'm mostly recovered from a substantial loss of hearing in one ear due to a buildup of fluid in my middle ear and while still not 100% it's improving every day and by the time the gear makes its way to me I should be fine.

 

Tom
 

 

post #115 of 160
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If at all possible I'd like to get back on the list....

 

I'm mostly recovered from a substantial loss of hearing in one ear due to a buildup of fluid in my middle ear and while still not 100% it's improving every day and by the time the gear makes its way to me I should be fine.

 

Tom
 

 


Sure, no problem. Happy to hear you are feeling better.

 

 

Can you (and any other potential candidate for next in line) post here just saying what area you live in? I'm having a hard time keeping track since I get so many PMs every day. I know rroseperry is in California, so that may be the next logical place for it to go. 

 

post #116 of 160

South Florida in my case
 

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Can you (and any other potential candidate for next in line) post here just saying what area you live in? I'm having a hard time keeping track since I get so many PMs every day. I know rroseperry is in California, so that may be the next logical place for it to go. 

 



 

 

post #117 of 160
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Can you (and any other potential candidate for next in line) post here just saying what area you live in? I'm having a hard time keeping track since I get so many PMs every day. I know rroseperry is in California, so that may be the next logical place for it to go. 

 


I'm in West Central Florida

post #118 of 160
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Just a minor update - I've decided the package should go to rroseperry next since she is in California, then it can head across country to Florida for Tom W and mwilson.

 

Juman, I'll send you the address when you are ready.

 

EDIT: Sorry Renee! 


Edited by project86 - 12/18/11 at 6:34am
post #119 of 160

Got it.

 

I'll definitely listen and give my impression of the gear tomorrow.

 

 

post #120 of 160
@project86 not a problem wink.gif

Looking forward to this.
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