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Channel Islands VDA-2

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

Can anybody tell me anything about this tank?
 

http://www.ciaudio.com/products/VDA2

 

It seems like it fits the price range for decent entry/midrange DACs, but I haven't heard any mention of it on this forum, most of the hubbub is about the upcoming Bifrost, A-GD stuff, etc.

How does it stack up with the "usual" picks that most people have here?

post #2 of 8
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Bump? Any insight?

post #3 of 8

I had one quite some time back and loved it.  Most folks seem to feel it performs at a level well above it's price.

Plus, the build quality is top notch.  I replaced it with a much more expensive unit (Lavry DA11).

The VDA-2 is an excellent DAC, but no USB input though if you're interested in that.

FYI - I believe CIAudio has a new DAC coming out soon that supports USB.   http://www.audiocircle.com/index.php?topic=93103.0

post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the reply--however I'm not too interested in USB input (I'm a PC guy first, so I know better than to use USB for much of anything :P)

post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 

Does anybody have any reviews on this comparing it to stuff in the same price bracket? Matrix Quattro, some Audio-GD stuff, anything?

post #6 of 8

Not exactly what you're looking for but there's some professional reviews listed here: http://www.ciaudio.com/news-reviews/

post #7 of 8

I quite like my VDA-2 / VAC-1.  I have it paired with a self built Bijou OTL tube amp.  They make nice sound together.  I don't feel I'm missing anything.  When I was shopping for a DAC, the few reviews that I saw claimed the VDA-2 was as good or better than the Benchmark DAC 1 and PS DL III.  The Channel Islands stuff is made in the U.S., or at least it still was the last time I looked.  It is compact and nice looking.

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Originally Posted by V-DiV View Post

I quite like my VDA-2 / VAC-1.  I have it paired with a self built Bijou OTL tube amp.  They make nice sound together.  I don't feel I'm missing anything.  When I was shopping for a DAC, the few reviews that I saw claimed the VDA-2 was as good or better than the Benchmark DAC 1 and PS DL III.  The Channel Islands stuff is made in the U.S., or at least it still was the last time I looked.  It is compact and nice looking.

Thanks for reminding me, I had a similar experience when shopping for a DAC back then -- I compared the PS DLIII and VDA-2 and kept the VDA-2.
 

 

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