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what's an upgrade from a Havana dac?

post #1 of 37
Thread Starter 

If you know and like the Havana dac but have moved on to something that you like even more, please tell me about it.

 

I love my Havana dac, but I want to upgrade from the Scott-Nixon tubedac+ that I use in my other system. My price range is up to 3k.

 

I have recently learned about the many modifications one can make to the Havana, and have upgraded to the K chips and fuse. They do make a difference, but still -- the right 3k dac has to outperform even a modded Havana, right?

 

So, if you like the Havana but have found better, what is it?

 

 

 

post #2 of 37

Since you love the NOS sound it might be hard for you to live with other types of Dacs for the long haul.

 

The only other >1K NOS Dac I know of off-hand are the Wavelength products.

 

 

 

post #3 of 37

would you mind going second hand? 

 

or maybe this:http://www.sakurasystems.com/products/47dac.html


Edited by customcoco - 9/20/11 at 2:09pm
post #4 of 37

http://www.head-fi.org/t/561674/metrum-acoustics-octave

 

But the wait is about 8 weeks. Build quality and sound seems to be superlative.


Edited by gurus - 9/20/11 at 2:17pm
post #5 of 37

yeah I knew this one, from reputation. 

great reviews, but is it on really on par (or better than, which is op's request)  with a havana? have you heard it?

post #6 of 37

No, but I have one on order. It seemed like a no-brainer for me considering the price and the reviews it got so far.

 

I have never liked the anti-septic sterile sound of a lot of digital equipment. I find it too clean and subsequently the harmonics are  not right  and/as there is no decay.

post #7 of 37
Thread Starter 

@customcoco -- I'd go used in a minute -- re 47labs -- have you heard it?

 

@gurus -- very interesting -- sounds like a real possibility - Thanks.

post #8 of 37

I'd imagine the Audio Note DAC2.1 or DAC3.1 would be a logical step up. Tube-based and 1x oversampling. 

post #9 of 37

I've had the Audio Note CD 3.1x and the 47 labs Shigaraki dac. No Havana. If I were you, which I'm not, I'd be looking at Red Wine. If I ever decide to build a "musical" system, that would be my first blind choice.


Edited by pigmode - 9/20/11 at 3:43pm
post #10 of 37
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Originally Posted by LjF View Post

@customcoco -- I'd go used in a minute -- re 47labs -- have you heard it?

 

@gurus -- very interesting -- sounds like a real possibility - Thanks.


no. but I've heard great things from people I have faith in.

 

post #11 of 37

ack dack 2.0 maybe? 

http://www.ack-industries.com/dAck!.html

 

or this one: 

http://www.ilungo.com/page/productsframe.html


Edited by customcoco - 9/20/11 at 4:01pm
post #12 of 37

3K Budget...

 

ZodiacPlus-xlarge.jpg

post #13 of 37

Another one that looked interesting while I was searching for a DAC before I settled on the Metrum.

 

http://www.aprilmusic.com/eng/main/sub02_04_03.html

 

A bit too $$$ for my computer rig and as a second DAC but might serve your purpose.

post #14 of 37

audio zone dac 1: 

 

http://audio-zone.ca/dac.html

post #15 of 37
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Originally Posted by Dynobot View Post

3K Budget...

 

ZodiacPlus-xlarge.jpg


the zodiac + isn't exactly an nos dac...

 

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