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post #1801 of 2018

There is a solder pad for a power right beside the audio output pads, its right next to the inductor.  I think its 3.3v but measure it first to be sure and use a suitable resistor for your LED.

post #1802 of 2018

Listening to my new ODAC for a day now. Very impressed with it.

I have the LCD-2 and B22, so my reference point is high. I previously had a buffalo-II which had a fault in it so I haven't listened to my gear in a while.

I heard many dacs and this is the first one (odac) I can confidently say that there is no real flaw in it. Just a great piece of equipment.

Though I can't compare side by side to the buffalo, I remember with the buffalo I had to lower the volume down from time to time due to treble hotness.

That is not the case with the ODAC. It is just so crisp and nicely balanced.

I'm hearing the Dark Knight Rises OST and never have enjoyed it more than now.


Edited by yossi126 - 2/7/14 at 6:07am
post #1803 of 2018

The ODAC is just about as perfect as you can get .....regardless of price...

 

Amazing DAC for sure...

 

Alex

post #1804 of 2018

Has anyone upgraded from the ODAC to the Emotiva Stealth DC-1, Concero, or the Arcam irDAC? I am currently using the ODAC and am just trying to figure out how the sound signature will change

post #1805 of 2018

I have tried several DACS but none of those and don't hear any real world differences at all.

 

The ODAC is really totally neutral and doesnt add anything or take anything away.

 

I would think that if any other DACS are designed as well and meet the specs that the ODAC has there should be no real difference between them.

 

The ODAC provides for 100% transparent performance, its as simple as that.

 

No real need to spend more $$$$$ on a DAC unless well......

 

A.

post #1806 of 2018
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Originally Posted by davidvanderbilt View Post
 

Has anyone upgraded from the ODAC to the Emotiva Stealth DC-1, Concero, or the Arcam irDAC? I am currently using the ODAC and am just trying to figure out how the sound signature will change

Try different headphones, five years ago the hd600 were a kind of a default. Now you have much more options.

Leave the dac alone.

post #1807 of 2018
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Originally Posted by davidvanderbilt View Post
 

Has anyone upgraded from the ODAC to the Emotiva Stealth DC-1, Concero, or the Arcam irDAC? I am currently using the ODAC and am just trying to figure out how the sound signature will change

 

I mainly agree with the previous posts. Are you planning to use the Emotiva's amp section at all? Looks like they add a little dB to the lower end to compensate for "most headphones" short comings. 

post #1808 of 2018

Thanks for everyone's input! I actually like the sound signature of my HD 600s, so maybe I mis-spoke. I just wanted anyone's input on the Odac compared to these DACs. I have tried the NAD 1050 with my rig and it was clearly a step above the ODAC in terms of transparency, instrument separation, and smoothness/lifelike sound. 

post #1809 of 2018
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Originally Posted by davidvanderbilt View Post
 

Thanks for everyone's input! I actually like the sound signature of my HD 600s, so maybe I mis-spoke. I just wanted anyone's input on the Odac compared to these DACs. I have tried the NAD 1050 with my rig and it was clearly a step above the ODAC in terms of transparency, instrument separation, and smoothness/lifelike sound. 

 

Sorry I couldn't put any input you are looking for. Those DACs are beautiful btw :]

post #1810 of 2018
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Originally Posted by davidvanderbilt View Post
 

Thanks for everyone's input! I actually like the sound signature of my HD 600s, so maybe I mis-spoke. I just wanted anyone's input on the Odac compared to these DACs. I have tried the NAD 1050 with my rig and it was clearly a step above the ODAC in terms of transparency, instrument separation, and smoothness/lifelike sound. 

I call BS on that! Measurements or it didn't happen :)

post #1811 of 2018

 

Never heard of NAD products, and not much written about its internals but looking at the above pic thats in another league to an ODAC... I totally believe him.

post #1812 of 2018
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Originally Posted by mcandmar View Post
 

 

Never heard of NAD products, and not much written about its internals but looking at the above pic thats in another league to an ODAC... I totally believe him.

 

A more complicated design don't mean a better design , but the NAD could be techniquelly better than an ODAC (well the ODAC is just using a entry level DAC from ESS maxed out ) , still there is better DACs than what used in the ODAC , it will have better measurements (if well implemented) . The thing is : is this will be audible at Carrefully Volume Matched ? I don't think soo ... (at least it's what i experienced , but you could always try , because volume matching with hear = no volume matching) .


Edited by HaVoC-28 - 2/10/14 at 9:57am
post #1813 of 2018

More is not necessarily better.....

 

A.

post #1814 of 2018

I bought mine from Audio Poutine here in Canada and I really like having both 1.5mm and RCA outs; it makes changing between speakers and headphones easy. It really is a shame the designer went MIA before giving us the ODA. Nonetheless I don't think I'll be parting with my ODAC anytime in the foreseeable future.

post #1815 of 2018

The Nad DAC may sound better without measuring better than ODAC. Some may like slightly rolled off highs or some other signature mark, that when complemented with good overall measurements might be more enjoyable, don't forget that. It is all down to what you expect your DAC to do.

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