Originally Posted by preproman
Has anyone compared this DAC to the saber implemented DACs from Audio-GD? It seem the Audio-GD stuff is much more expensive. However, is the balanced implementation on par with Audio-GD or is it lacking in any way?
I think it was a guy with "custom nuts" or something with nuts in as his alias that compared the AudioGD ref 7.1 to the yulong D18, and the AudioGD master 5 to the Yulong A18, with the Denon D7000 headphones.
His results were that they were all good, and if you wanted ultra detailed and transparent and neutral then the AudioGD combo wins.
If you wanted as smooth as possible, then the Yulong combo wins.
But if you wanted the best of both worlds, smooth and detailed. then (and here's a shocker for me) the best combo was the D18 + master 5!
They Ref 7.1 + A18 didn't match.
I have always been of the opinion that you take the most detailed source and round it out and colour it with the amp or headphones. But apparently the AudioGD just literally takes what it gets (be it smooth or harsh) and amplify that, keeping that smooth sound but showing details that the A18 would cover up.
This review is what has pushed me to go for the AudioGD Master 8 (currently saving up). The preamp helps too.