Originally Posted by BleaK
The dac is using the flagship chip of cirrus logic and nick is working with on the implementation of the chip as his day job. I think how "bad" the dac is, is somewhat overblown. It is going to be better than the dac in most ipods, better then any on board laptop dac and certainly better then the dac in galaxy s3.
I know what you are trying to say though, and might agree that the dac is under performing in comparison with the amp. We'll see
Absolutely agree.. I see the UHA-6S MKII's DAC implementation get badmouthed quite a bit.. and it's almost become an echo chamber argument of sorts between some members. I find the built-in DAC certainly above average.. and not all that far behind the ODAC, really. There's more than a few respected, well-informed members I've talked with who would agree.
Comparing the ODAC+UHA's amp vs the UHA's DAC+amp, the ODAC/UHA rig is more resolving, dynamic, and tonally precise.. but the UHA DAC+amp is no slouch, in my estimation. In fact, there's something to be said for the synergy between the UHA's built-in DAC implementation & the amp side's OPA209 chip. I've found the built-in DAC to deliver some smoothness and provide a little better soundstage width.. things that are quite complimentary to the OPA209 opamps presentation.
Exaggerated is precisely what the negative criticism surrounding the UHA's DAC is. Is it the end all be all, no? But 'holding back' the amp section & getting treated as an "afterthought" ? IME: hardly.