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D18 is getting old by now, not sure they still make them any longer. Still a great sound if you want something darker, warmer, more full bodied, but it is lacking some modern options if that matters to you (like USB and DSD capabilities for example).

 

If you want smooth for a more current DAC, you could go for the Cayin iDAC-6 which has a tube buffer and adjustable digital filters. That DAC can sound smooth and warm or neutral if you choose solid-state mode and certain digital filters. Pricing is not too far off from what the D18 used to go for when new, and I've seen used examples go for great prices. 

 

You also might check on the Audio GD models like the latest DAC 19 or especially the NOS 19. 

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D18 is getting old by now, not sure they still make them any longer. Still a great sound if you want something darker, warmer, more full bodied, but it is lacking some modern options if that matters to you (like USB and DSD capabilities for example).

 

If you want smooth for a more current DAC, you could go for the Cayin iDAC-6 which has a tube buffer and adjustable digital filters. That DAC can sound smooth and warm or neutral if you choose solid-state mode and certain digital filters. Pricing is not too far off from what the D18 used to go for when new, and I've seen used examples go for great prices. 

 

You also might check on the Audio GD models like the latest DAC 19 or especially the NOS 19. 

How do you get DSD files?  Like I'm using Tidal but that doesn't seem to be anywhere near it...  Maybe I don't understand how it works.

 

I can use optical from my desktop I guess.  

 

Do you think the DAC 19 or NOS 19 is smooth and maybe on the warmer side?  Though what's the price of them, the site doesn't list it.  Or the difference between the 2 for that matter.  The site is pretty roughly translated...

 

Thanks for the response!

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How do you get DSD files?  Like I'm using Tidal but that doesn't seem to be anywhere near it...  Maybe I don't understand how it works.

 

I can use optical from my desktop I guess.  

 

Do you think the DAC 19 or NOS 19 is smooth and maybe on the warmer side?  Though what's the price of them, the site doesn't list it.  Or the difference between the 2 for that matter.  The site is pretty roughly translated...

 

Thanks for the response!

 

DSD files must be purchased from somewhere like NativeDSD.com or 2L Records, etc. Tidal doesn't stream them. And you'll need USB connection as DSD doesn't really work with optical or coaxial - not enough bandwidth for it.

 

I hear the NOS19 as being sort of relaxed on the top end, with a thicker overall sound. Perhaps not as impactful in the bass region compared to the Yulong D18, but not overly mushy either. I haven't actually heard the regular DAC 19, just the NOS 19, so I can't say how they differ.

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DSD files must be purchased from somewhere like NativeDSD.com or 2L Records, etc. Tidal doesn't stream them. And you'll need USB connection as DSD doesn't really work with optical or coaxial - not enough bandwidth for it.

 

I hear the NOS19 as being sort of relaxed on the top end, with a thicker overall sound. Perhaps not as impactful in the bass region compared to the Yulong D18, but not overly mushy either. I haven't actually heard the regular DAC 19, just the NOS 19, so I can't say how they differ.

Hm so what about the Cayin iDAC-6?  That actually sounds the most tempting now.  

 

Also what do you mean by relaxed in this case?  Smoother or like lacking?

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