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post #76 of 82
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Recently traded my GO1000 for a DM100 and so far I'm pretty impressed. The clarity and richness are balanced really really well in this diminutive device! Loving the multiple input options, not to mention every sample rate under the sun (almost).

 

Pairing it with the Dayton Audio DTA120 speaker amp for my HE500s atm. Impressions to come, but initial thinking is good!

 

A fellow pan am owner spotted!:biggrin: 

To me, I got the Dacmagic 100 as an upgrade to the WM8524G dac in my Pan Am. (also for it's asio+async usb capability)

I just love the sound of a wolfson dac. Sadly there aren't many dac utilise wolfson chips in the market right now.

The sound signature didn't change and indeed sound very similar.

But the 8742 chip definitely has higher resolution than the 8524G. It can be easily spotted by the deeper bass. Live recording becomes a bit more airy too

post #77 of 82

I just picked up the DacMagic 100 today.

 

I'm not that impressed with the DAC in the Oppo HA-1. So I'm hopeful this does a good job and I can bypass it.

 

Give me a few days and I will give impressions between them.

post #78 of 82
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Originally Posted by hypersonic View Post

A fellow pan am owner spotted!biggrin.gif  
To me, I got the Dacmagic 100 as an upgrade to the WM8524G dac in my Pan Am. (also for it's asio+async usb capability)
I just love the sound of a wolfson dac. Sadly there aren't many dac utilise wolfson chips in the market right now.
The sound signature didn't change and indeed sound very similar.
But the 8742 chip definitely has higher resolution than the 8524G. It can be easily spotted by the deeper bass. Live recording becomes a bit more airy too

I tend to agree with you. The Pan Am's DAC is no slouch, but it doesn't really keep up with the amp capabilities. The DAC magic however, it's quite good. Pairing mine with the hi-fiman EF5 right now. With a neutral tube, this is some excellent stuff!
post #79 of 82

So far. So good.

 

The DACMagic is a nice little device.

 

Very early listening. However I have done some A/B switching between the Oppo HA-1 DAC and the DacMagic.

 

All testing was using the Oppo HA-1 Amp.

 

Bass and dynamic range is the same on both DAC's. Mid-range is ever so slightly elevated on the DacMagic. A few songs produced some magic which disappeared on the Oppo. Treble is the same level on both DAC's. Neither roll treble and so they shouldn't. Treble is where I think the DacMagic wins. It renders with very little or no distortion. The Oppo is real harsh on treble. It's worst point.

 

So if you ask me I like the DacMagic better than the DAC on the Oppo HA-1. I will do more listening tonight using the DacMagic with the Woo WA22 (with rolled NOS tubes). I would like to hear the flow on results.

post #80 of 82

 

Okay. I have decided to keep. Nice easy unit with excellent sound. The flow on effect to the tubes was subtle. The effect on speakers was amazing. Ultimately what made me go with it. I would say a 8% improvement. Well worth having.

 

I liked this DAC a lot more than the DAC in the Oppo HA-1.

post #81 of 82

How would you guys compare the DacMagic 100 vs the modi 2 uber?

I would use it with the hd700.

And for the amp choose I'm still searching. But after some researche my preference goes to ember or sunrise 3 or valhalla2 or mayby the asgard 2...


Edited by dspitael - 3/2/15 at 8:26am
post #82 of 82
I have had one for several months now and found that using the usb2 out from my Squeezebox Touch really took this Dac to another level. It certainly doesn't sound 'ordinary' or 'lacking in sparkle' in my system - and my kit isn't 'bright' either (Rega Luna + Mission 752f's)
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