Originally Posted by BournePerfect
This thread doesn't seem to be getting the traffic your reviews are accustomed to. I think it probably has to do with the fact that you feel the Anedio outclasses this, for around the same price. Can you give any reason why one might prefer the V800 over the D1, other than stock issues?
Originally Posted by Jh8cw
Think you pretty much answered your own question. I'm getting the DAC V800, because I'd rather not play the waiting game with Anedio which has no release date and/or preorder option. Also, v800 would suffice at 1200-1300 USD while we have no idea how much the new Anedio D1 is going to cost (most likely more than it does now). Buying a used Anedio D1 is not favorable to me because I have a balanced amplifier and balanced HD 800 setup.
If Project86 is right about v800 being very similar in performance to Anedio D1, I am willing to try it out. Besides, there are 'still' better DACs out there than Anedio, just not in the 1200 USD range (sour grapes). I guess this is all a leap of faith - given even Anedio D1's buzz is really being created out of Project's review. But it's worth taking since he seems to be objectively comparing the different DACs as well as be putting more emphasis on the sound of the DAC rather than the technical specifications.
That does answer the question for the most part. These are two of my favorite companies at the moment, so I have a hard time recommending one over the other based on anything other than practicality. If you are ready to buy right now, the V800 is the logical choice. If you are willing to wait an undetermined amount of time, and pay an unknown amount extra, the new Anedio DAC might be worth waiting for.
Realistically, it will probably be out in the next 6 months give or take a few. And I can't imagine the price being too extreme - it might go up to ~$1500 or something, but I can't see them bumping it to $2200 or anything major like that. If the built in headphone amp or remote control functions appeal to you, then obviously that would be worth waiting for.
Aside from being available right now, the V800 has a few other benefits to consider. It is very compact. It is black (well, the front is anyway). It has a digital output, which is something I find useful. It has adjustable gain via an internal jumper: 5 steps for a total range of 18dB, above and beyond what can be accomplished through the volume control function. Lastly, and this may be pure vanity on my part, it is a perfect match cosmetically with my V200 amp.
Overall it seems that the V800 may have the advantage as far as integrating better into most systems. That isn't a big problem I've experienced with the Anedio unit, but it is still worth noting. And when I say the V800 is slightly behind sonically, I really do mean slightly. It would be very easy to miss the differences altogether.