Originally Posted by Sid-Fi
Thanks for the great thread everyone. It was very enlightening. The price to performance levels that are starting to be obtained are really exciting.
I ran into an issue recently that it sounds like the Concero would also suffer from on my rig. I purchased a CLAS-db, which has been fantastic as a portable solution and as a computer usb dac with my portable amp Apex Glacier. However, when I tried using it as a dedicated DAC with my Woo Audio WA22 the lower output voltage posed problems. The output was too low and I would have to turn my WA22 volume knobs past levels where distortion becomes an issue. It looks like the Concero has the same lower output voltage. Just a heads up to anyone who might have plans to use it with a large tube amp like mine that it could be an issue. Does anyone know if this would only apply to certain tube amps? It doesn't seem like anyone here has had the issue.
One question, it doesn't sound like the Concero benefits much from a USB to SPDIF converter between the PC and itself as a DAC. Did I get the right impression or is that not the case?
I think the issue partly lies in your WA22. Due to how the WA22 (push pull with no phase splitter) is designed, if you feed the Wa22 with SE signal, you'll only use half the amp - half the power. Similar to audio-gd balanced amp, the single-ended input sound anemic (read:crap). In short, you need to use a balance signal with the WA22.
Originally Posted by RustA
Concero has only 1.2vrms output? =/ And I thought I would buy it... Grrr!
Oh well, let's focus on Teac UD-501 then.
Output voltage isn't THAT important with a dedicated DAC (and a headphone system). Unless your amp is struggling/clipping with the headphone - in which case you should probably get a new amp anyway.
Edited by khaine1711 - 3/14/13 at 6:19am