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Yulong D18 & LD MK VIII SE: Too Much Tubeyness?

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I'm getting a Little Dot MK VIII SE and a pair of Beyerdynamic Tesla T1's. While LD is building my amp, I have time to decide on the best DAC.

 

My first notion was the Yulong D18. It has balanced outputs, a great reputation, and a reasonable price tag. My only concern is that reviewers constany mention it's "tube" sound. Considering I'm using a tube amp, I am worried that the combination might add too much harmonic distortion.

 

Do I have any reason to be concerned?

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I'm getting a Little Dot MK VIII SE and a pair of Beyerdynamic Tesla T1's. While LD is building my amp, I have time to decide on the best DAC.

 

My first notion was the Yulong D18. It has balanced outputs, a great reputation, and a reasonable price tag. My only concern is that reviewers constany mention it's "tube" sound. Considering I'm using a tube amp, I am worried that the combination might add too much harmonic distortion.

 

Do I have any reason to be concerned?


I wouldn't be concerned. It's not that it has a "tube" sound, it doesnt sound like most DACs - Digital. The Yulong D18 is a very organic and natural sounding DAC. I think you have nothing to lose, especially if you order from Grant Fidelity, which include a return policy. I would also recommend terminating the T1 to a XLR connection to get the most out of your setup.

 

Cheers.

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