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post #31 of 42

I had the ODAC and then changed my mind and decided to get the LX instead. The LX just sounds so crisp, you hear every little detail. Also, on my system the LX is twice as loud, at least. 

post #32 of 42

Late to the party here, but this is a fantastic read, and makes me feel better about having just ordered the DacPort LX, which I plan on plugging into my StepDance at work, or my soon-to-arrive, just ordered, Corda Jazz. Speaking of which...

 

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I think the LX would be appealing to anyone who loves Jan Meier's amps and DACs - where uninhibited  transparency is the goal.  

 

I guess that's why I'm seeing you and Cooper in this thread :)

 

Seriously, thank you for the well-written (and nicely illustrated) analysis!

post #33 of 42

Gotta give the LX alota love. It is extremely transparent and it doesn't go overboard in doing so either. Just superb. Very neutral with a beautiful mid range. I'm paring it with my Triad L3 and they are heavenly together. It just brings me tears of joy listening to high res music on them ;.-).
 


Edited by lee730 - 10/18/12 at 3:13am
post #34 of 42

I'm having the LX feed my Corda Jazz and Stepdance both, and am VERY happy with the results :)
 

post #35 of 42
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Late to the party here, but this is a fantastic read, and makes me feel better about having just ordered the DacPort LX, which I plan on plugging into my StepDance at work, or my soon-to-arrive, just ordered, Corda Jazz. Speaking of which...

 

 

I guess that's why I'm seeing you and Cooper in this thread :)

 

Seriously, thank you for the well-written (and nicely illustrated) analysis!

 

Infamous, eh? biggrin.gif

post #36 of 42
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Infamous, eh? biggrin.gif

 

Ayuh :D
post #37 of 42
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Hi antberg,

 

Oh good, I'm glad you can find the ODAC appealing after reading my comments.  I've heard that some people have the same problems I had with it, but most people don't.  And as I wrote in the review, it sounds great most of the time (>99%) with most tracks.  I had said that each of the three DACs are a great value at their respective prices, for different reasons, but it's very hard to ignore the much lower price of the Objective DAC.  

 

I'm working with Head-Fi member adydula (Alex) to test a possible solution to what seems to be an ODAC power supply sensitivity.  I've ordered a "MicroTik 5V USB Power Injector" and a 5-Volt 2-Amp DC power supply that I'm going to forward to Alex for testing with his two Objective DACs.  Together, this combination could act as a one-port powered USB hub - without the size and weight of a typical, multi-port USB hub.  If it makes any improvement in sound quality for ODAC users, it will come of course, at the expense of having to be near an AC outlet.  

 

Here's where I started that discussion on the ODAC impressions thread.

 

Thanks,

 

Mike

 

Thanx for a very interesting comparison.

 

 

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the ODAC   it sounds great most of the time (>99%) with most tracks.

 

 

 

I love my  ODAC paired with the O2. Your estimate '>99%' reassures me that I've made the right decision, ie buying the ODAC. Thanx.


Edited by JakeJack_2008 - 3/7/13 at 3:46pm
post #38 of 42
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post #39 of 42

There is one other important difference or question about these DACs. The DACport LX runs very hot, and sucks up a lot of power. Thus, it is not really a portable DAC, for anyone looking for that. I'm pretty sure it would drain the 3100mAh battery in my Note 2 dry in a couple hours. Though I probably won't find out, since it doesn't really support USB On-The-Go either. (it half supports it but you're limited to exactly one music player app).

 

That would be another review criteria. Do the other DACs use much power.

 

And do they support USB OTG. According to this thread http://www.head-fi.org/t/595071/android-phones-and-usb-dacs the ODAC does. No word on the Boomslang.

 

So while many feel the DACPort LX is the best DAC, I'm still searching for the best portable DAC, since the DACPort LX is, in practical terms, not usable with a cell phone or tablet source. Suggestions welcome.

post #40 of 42
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Originally Posted by Toe Tag View Post

There is one other important difference or question about these DACs. The DACport LX runs very hot, and sucks up a lot of power. Thus, it is not really a portable DAC, for anyone looking for that. I'm pretty sure it would drain the 3100mAh battery in my Note 2 dry in a couple hours. Though I probably won't find out, since it doesn't really support USB On-The-Go either. (it half supports it but you're limited to exactly one music player app).

 

That would be another review criteria. Do the other DACs use much power.

 

And do they support USB OTG. According to this thread http://www.head-fi.org/t/595071/android-phones-and-usb-dacs the ODAC does. No word on the Boomslang.

 

So while many feel the DACPort LX is the best DAC, I'm still searching for the best portable DAC, since the DACPort LX is, in practical terms, not usable with a cell phone or tablet source. Suggestions welcome.

I thought there isn't much difference between DACport and ODAC, when properly amp'd.

Anyway, I am on same board, looking for portable DAC/amp for xperia V.

 

 

Excellent review Mike, the part where you were trying to identify each DAC from those tracks was interesting.

post #41 of 42
Can we connect iphone 5 to the centrance lx?
post #42 of 42
Thread Starter 
I don't think the iPhone 5 can power a USB DAC, but the iPad can, using a Camera Connection Kit.
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