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post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

Hello guys,

 

I know this is a HEAD-FI site, but regarding the hudge amount of experience with DACs i hope to find my answer here. I am looking for a DAC in the €500 - €600 price range. I currently own a v-dac MK2 with a upgraded PSU. I want some more attack and sparkle. On the current DAC strangly i found the optical input better than the USB-A one. I have the following system:

 

 

Rotel RA1520

VDAC MK 2

Dynaudio Exite X12

HD595 Headphones

 

 

Contenders:

 

-DACmagic (plus)

 

-RegaDAC

 

-Metrum Quad DAC

 

 

any suggestions

post #2 of 13
Thread Starter 

Someone who can advise me?

post #3 of 13

if u want more attack and sparkle u need to spend more

 

get a 2nd hand berkeley alpha should be about us$3500

 

 

 

 

post #4 of 13

Or a DAC with a a shade brightness up top to add a bit of pseudo-extension. I auditioned the Excite X12 several months ago and listen to the Focus 110 on a monthly basis. At the time, I found the X12 was not quite as smooth in the midrange as the 110 and not quite as forgiving with poorly recorded material. That said, the two were very close up top. The Focus 110 is run through either a MH 25.3, or a W4S DAC-2 to a W4S ST-250. The W4S has clearer layer separation, but the MH can sound more detailed at times owing to its thinner body and digital hash. At your requested price range, I can put a Benchmark DAC1, or an Audiolab M-DAC into the system amd have a listen. Have actually been meaning to do so, but have been a bit lazy as of late... 


Edited by adamlau - 3/8/12 at 4:11am
post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 


I cannot audition the Benchmark or the M-DAC so that would be great!

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Or a DAC with a a shade brightness up top to add a bit of pseudo-extension. I auditioned the Excite X12 several months ago and listen to the Focus 110 on a monthly basis. At the time, I found the X12 was not quite as smooth in the midrange as the 110 and not quite as forgiving with poorly recorded material. That said, the two were very close up top. The Focus 110 is run through either a MH 25.3, or a W4S DAC-2 to a W4S ST-250. The W4S has clearer layer separation, but the MH can sound more detailed at times owing to its thinner body and digital hash. At your requested price range, I can put a Benchmark DAC1, or an Audiolab M-DAC into the system amd have a listen. Have actually been meaning to do so, but have been a bit lazy as of late... 



 


Edited by the limp man - 3/12/12 at 11:00am
post #6 of 13
Thread Starter 

My budget is now raised to €1000. But if i want USB async then there arent many choices.

post #7 of 13
It is quite a bit below your budget but the $450 ****t Bifrost has asynchronous USB2 and is really a very revealing and musical DAC.
post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 

What about the synergy in my sytem? And what about the Beresford DAC?


Edited by the limp man - 3/26/12 at 1:06pm
post #9 of 13

I'll give a "plus 1" for the Bifrost suggestion.  I've got it in a second system with a VTL IT-85 and Dynaudio Special 25's.  That little Schiit dac really can rock. 

post #10 of 13

The new NAD M51 sounds like it's exactly what you need, it's 1500$ US or 1500 euro if you happen to be in the EU.

 

post #11 of 13

In my speaker system I use Harmony Design DA9. It is approx €700 as new. I have very good experience with it, and it sounds much better than the analog outputs from my computer.

post #12 of 13
Thread Starter 
Short list:


Schiit bitfrost


M51 (above budget)

MDAC

It is important that IT sounds goods with rotel + dynaudio


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Edited by the limp man - 4/5/12 at 1:19am
post #13 of 13

If I was buying a solid state DAC I would choose between the new Mytek DAC192 with DSD (they cracked SACD:))  and the NAD (as the reports are very encouraging and it has HDMI, preamp, everything you might need).

 

I'm sorry, but a rotel and an excite does not constitute a high quality monitoring chain so it can't completely use a top class dac. In your chain I'd first upgrade the amplifier with a good one like this:

 

 

Or, you could sell the Rotel and the V-DAC and spring for this one:


Edited by eugenius - 4/5/12 at 2:35am
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