Originally Posted by Chippy99
The DAC2 is a bit rough and ready by comparison. Yes, it sounds great. But it is rough around the edges. I *hate* the loud pop when switching to analogue input for example. It's really naff. The DAC1 was always so impeccably behaved and to go from that to the uncouth DAC2 is a bit of a let down to be honest. Yes, it sounds great and that's the most important thing. But I can't help think that the DAC2 MK1.1 will be a bit more polished than my 1.0 version is.
That's funny, I got the opposite impression. The relay switching inside the DAC means that the analog inputs are completely disconnected from the rest of the components unless they are actually in use. It's a sign of good design, and I find it reassuring. It would have been easier to not include the relays and simply leave the analog inputs connected at all times, but that would potentially allow external noise into the DAC.
I do, however, wish that there was some way to dim and disable the LED display.
An "auto" mode which showed the sample rate for maybe 10 seconds every time there's a change and then turned off would be nice too.
I currently have some silver "light dims
" on the front of my DAC which is a bit better than simply covering the DAC with electrical tape, but still far from ideal.
It makes the DAC comfortable to use at night, while still being able to see the display. It's not so easy to read during the day though.
The thing is, I've found the LED display on the front to be quite useful at times, but once I've confirmed that everything is working correctly, I don't need to see it.
I would be a lot happier if they used red, amber, or emerald green LEDs (not those old ugly yellow-green LEDs) instead of blue. Blue is just too distracting out of the corner of your eye, and piercing in a dark room.
I'd also prefer the front had a bead-blasted finish like Apple hardware, rather than brushed, but I'm reasonably happy with how the DAC looks.