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post #1 of 10
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I've been looking for a sub-1000GBP DAC to pair up with my LCD2r1 and newly DIYed balanced beta22 and my search has led me as far as the Lite DAC-83, although I'm finding impressions on it incredibly scarce. There's a review by John Darko on Digital Audio Review, but apart from that... radio silence. Has anyone heard one that can offer a comment, or a good alternative?

post #2 of 10

I have been searching for information on this DAC for a month now. 

 

I do not know what kind of DAC you are looking for, but looking for a very neutral one, the only other one I found was Metrum Acoustics Octave. 

 

DAC-83 seems to be a very good DAC and if your price range is 1k GBP, you should not think twice, I think you will be pleased with it. I would buy it myself, but it is much more expensive than the Octave - they seem to be at a similar level of performance - and I will probably buy the Octave.

 

Do you have a good source for DAC-83? On AmpCity they sell it for 955GBP, but their prices are usually a bit higher than everywhere else. The cheapest I have seen it was on diyclub.biz and they sell it for $1229.

 

Either way, I do not think you can go wrong with this DAC.

 

http://diyclub.biz/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=646

post #3 of 10

The Lite DAC83 has wonderful soundstaging capabilities. Neutral and even from top to bottom. To me it was slightly 'dry' sounding in the midrange (from my Violectric V200, which has a pretty rich midrange) - using a Squeezebox Touch as transport, so it depends on your preferences, and synergy with existing equipment. I would be interested to see how it sounded with a tubey-sounding tube amp.

 

I never heard it with a B22.

 

It is absolutely massive.

post #4 of 10
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thanks guys.

 

@szadzik as far as I can tell, the Octave isn't balanced, so that's out for me, I've implemented my beta22 as balanced input/output only. With regard to AmpCity, they may be a touch expensive, but they are offering a UK-based warranty and a 30-day trial period, which for me makes the extra worth it over an overseas supplier.

 

@Duckman SBTouch (with soundcheck's toolkit software mods and sigma11 linear psu) will be the transport via coax. I think the beta22 won't do much to colour the sound one way or the other, but to my ears, the LCD-2 sounds best with a solidly neutral source, so that may be an overall good synergy, especially if the soundstage is big and open.

 

I think I'll go for it - worst-case if I don't like it I can return it within 30 days. I'll also be running it out unbalanced through a Bottlehead Crack into DT770 600ohm, so that might give an impression of what it sounds like through some tubey goodness.

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Originally Posted by gh0st0 View Post

thanks guys.

 

@szadzik as far as I can tell, the Octave isn't balanced, so that's out for me, I've implemented my beta22 as balanced input/output only. With regard to AmpCity, they may be a touch expensive, but they are offering a UK-based warranty and a 30-day trial period, which for me makes the extra worth it over an overseas supplier.

 

@Duckman SBTouch (with soundcheck's toolkit software mods and sigma11 linear psu) will be the transport via coax. I think the beta22 won't do much to colour the sound one way or the other, but to my ears, the LCD-2 sounds best with a solidly neutral source, so that may be an overall good synergy, especially if the soundstage is big and open.

 

I think I'll go for it - worst-case if I don't like it I can return it within 30 days. I'll also be running it out unbalanced through a Bottlehead Crack into DT770 600ohm, so that might give an impression of what it sounds like through some tubey goodness.



 

Yes, if you need balanced, Octave is out of the question.

 

I see your point with AmpCity. If your budget allows it. go for it. Please also make sure you post your impressions as opinions about this DAC are scarce.

post #6 of 10

To the OP whereabouts in the UK are you? I ask because I have an Abrahmasen v6 which you could test if we are close enough

post #7 of 10
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To the OP whereabouts in the UK are you? I ask because I have an Abrahmasen v6 which you could test if we are close enough



kind of you to offer - I'm in Northamptonshire.

post #8 of 10

Have you considered the Audio-GD NFB-7?

 

I bought one from Amp City and love it. Comes out at just over £1000.

post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 

thanks for the suggestion. That does look nice, but AmpCity list the 7.1 now for £1200. I'm pushing it with £1k tbh, can't afford to 20% over budget mad.gif
 

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Originally Posted by nigeljames View Post

Have you considered the Audio-GD NFB-7?

 

I bought one from Amp City and love it. Comes out at just over £1000.



 

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Originally Posted by gh0st0 View Post

thanks for the suggestion. That does look nice, but AmpCity list the 7.1 now for £1200. I'm pushing it with £1k tbh, can't afford to 20% over budget mad.gif
 



 



Sorry did not realize the price had gone up. Paid just under £1100 for mine.

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