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post #2356 of 10136

+1 for the Emo gear. I replaced an XDA-2 with the PWD Mk II, and truly, I think the XDA-2 was just as good. I would buy another without a second thought.

post #2357 of 10136

I also had the Behringer Ultramatch PRO SRC2496 but the power supply gradually quit on me after two years but it was a tweeter delight with all the adjustments you can make on it.. Got it second hand. I then had a RDL DAC unit that I brought new at a bankruptcy sale but the left channel blew out in 9 months. I also had a old Sonic Frontier tube DAC that I like very much but the input receiver board for the DAC fried with the driver update for the Coaxial digital output from my computer. I will try to get it fixed it but the Sonic Frontier which has a outstanding tube stage is very difficult to work on because of the hybrid modules used. I will have to replace the entire digital board with something more modern. My best balanced DAC is my ESS Juli@ audio card that I am using in my custom sound proof Desktop PC. I heard more variation in sound quality with balanced DACs than I did with single ended DACs. I also using my Emotiva XDA-1 $200 closeout using its unbalanced outputs to my secondary tube setup with a second pair of active monitors along with the headphones as well. In this case I am using a DIY USB reclocker.

post #2358 of 10136

I agree the price on the C3G is on the heavy side. I paid 14€/piece for min, that's half. But it's good to know there is a stock ;)

post #2359 of 10136

Ultra if and when you decide to proceed, I am in.

 

I don't have an amp that uses them, but the addiction is too strong. 

 

Just tried the B36 in my Glenn OTL and it sounds excellent.

post #2360 of 10136

Did you upgrade the power source at all?  If so, did you notice any appreciable difference in sound?

 

post #2361 of 10136

I have this DAC, and I like it a lot.  Once I upgraded the power source, it became just a hint better.  It is a very musical DAC--it has vinyl qualities to it.  I can't really describe it any better than that.

 

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My Channel Islands VDA-2 has been a faithful piece of gear for some years now, though it is getting long in the tooth design-wise compared to some others.  It's not much cheaper than the Gungnir though so no help there, and if you want the upgraded PSU it is no cheaper at all. 

 

You might want to look at the Musical Fidelity V-DAC II, it has a pretty good reputation for it's price.

 

http://www.musicalfidelity.com/products/vSeries/v-dacii/

 

I see no reason to shy away from Emotiva though, those guys make good products and offer a great value.

post #2362 of 10136

Why does it have to be balanced?  It seems like one eliminated a lot of quality DACs if you only want balanced.

post #2363 of 10136

I was going to ask the same thing why balanced ?

Also I don't understand the whole balanced headphone amp thing when there is no balanced headphones. Except Stax

If people think having twice the number of parts in the signal path sounds better it don't!!!!

I go by the KISS principle  ( Keep it simple stupid )   Following this I can make good sounding amps most of the time. 

post #2364 of 10136

The only time I have tried to go the balanced route is with my speaker set up since I have long interconnect runs.  Balanced may keep the noise to a lower level as compared to unbalanced.  Other than that, I can't say I have ever heard a difference.

post #2365 of 10136

I've heard such good things about balanced thoughfrown.gif

post #2366 of 10136

What have you heard?  It is all about the sound and if you limit your choices to balanced DACs you are going to miss out on a lot of great sounding DACs that are single-ended.

post #2367 of 10136
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What have you heard?  It is all about the sound and if you limit your choices to balanced DACs you are going to miss out on a lot of great sounding DACs that are single-ended.

That it sounds better. Just what I've heard though, I've done no comparisons..

post #2368 of 10136

I like how Hodgjy described the V-DAC II, anyone else vouch for it?

post #2369 of 10136

If you have long runs from your source to the amp  like over 25 meters  I would say run balanced.

But still use a SE amp just have a high quality input transformer to go from balanced to SE.

No sense in having 4 amplifiers instead of 2 twice the number of parts to color the sound.

post #2370 of 10136
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Originally Posted by 2359glenn View Post

If you have long runs from your source to the amp  like over 25 meters  I would say run balanced.

But still use a SE amp just have a high quality input transformer to go from balanced to SE.

No sense in having 4 amplifiers instead of 2 twice the number of parts to color the sound.

SE it is then.. I'll research the V-DAC II and the Cambridge Audio DACmagic. I may get the DAC magic so then if I ever want to go balanced I already have the DAC for it..

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