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my actual setup is composed by audeze lcd2+graham slee ultralinear de+hrt II plus+aqvox power supply
I would like to upgrade the dac, I need only usb input
I was wondering if the concero is a good match with my setup, or everything will go too much in the dark side
i m not even sure if starting with a balanced setup for the audeze worst the money.. i m pretty satisfied of the graham
in this case another contender is the psaudio nuwave
i have an audiolab mdac on demo and sound much better than the hrt, but i read that the usb input is not so good..
no dsd-mostly flac jazz free jazz avant-garde electronic techno are my favourite genres
might i have an advise?
balanced: mdac/psaudio nuwave/yulong new one/matrix x sabre/aqvox
unbalanced: concero/concero hd /chord qute hd
thank you very much
I like the Concero better than the M-DAC and NuWave in your list. The Concero's USB input is very good and for such a small unit it is quite versatile. The M-DAC might be better at retrieving the guts of music but it didn't really connect me to the music in the same way the Concero does. Look more at the M-DAC if the pre & headamp appeals to you as well the XLR outputs. The Concero does have some treble glare which I picked up after I recently acquired a turntable and started listening to vinyl records, which can it make sound a little bit unnatural with certain instruments. I also owned the NuWave DAC which I would only recommend if you listen to a lot of HD music formats. On CD quality material is doesn't quite reach the same heights and tend to sound a bit flat and uninvolving. It has dynamics (sudden drums can be quite startling) in spades with stuff like classical music. Still trying to find somebody here who has the Yulong DA8 to compare with, but I'm sure it will beat the Concero. Check out the HD version too which has the ESS9018-2M.
Edited by daerron - 1/26/14 at 10:27am