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Next step up from ODAC?

post #1 of 41
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Hey guys got some unexpected funds so I wondering what you guys think is the next step up from my ODAC DAC. Price should be a factor but not the top factor.

My current equipment is as follows:

Cans:
Grado rs1i
Aiaiai tma1
Senn hd650
Hifiman he-500 (going to return/trade these cause they are too heavy/big and hurt my neck UNLESS I get something that makes them sound like pure love in my ear)

Aune t1 w/mullard ec6922 tube
ODAC dac
Head streamer amp/dac
Project sunrise ii headphone amp on the way

Now, I'd like to look into a 192khz dac for the next upgrade but only if it is worth it. If there is a better 92 dac for the money right now then I can wait on the 192.

So what do you guys think for DAC.. schiit?
post #2 of 41
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Originally Posted by dpmalito View Post

Now, I'd like to look into a 192khz dac for the next upgrade but only if it is worth it. If there is a better 92 dac for the money right now then I can wait on the 192.

 

Humans can't hear the difference between 96kHz and 192kHz, so that doesn't give you anything you can hear. Is the DAC you have now transparent (neutral)? What do you want to upgrade?

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post #4 of 41
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I want to upgrade the dac. I have some 192khz files.
post #5 of 41
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Originally Posted by Lorspeaker View Post

http://www.audio-gd.com/Pro/Headphoneamp/NFB15.32/NFB15.32EN.htm

on promo now...$235:beerchug:

I see but is the dac in that unit worth getting the amp too even if I'm not going to use the amp part or should I go dedicated?
post #6 of 41

The NFB15 is a bad idea. ODAC will be better. I would steer clear from audio gd if i were you.

 

You need to state a budget.

post #7 of 41
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Originally Posted by sorue View Post

The NFB15 is a bad idea. ODAC will be better. I would steer clear from audio gd if i were you.

You need to state a budget.

As I said money comes second but let's say about the price of the he-500 so 600-700 for a dac
post #8 of 41

Ok, while I understand the need for a new dac because you have 192KHz files, in terms of sound, I don't expect a lot to change.

You need to try a different amp (maybe tube based?), or maybe different headphones in order to have a discernible change in sound.

post #9 of 41
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Originally Posted by proton007 View Post

Ok, while I understand the need for a new dac because you have 192KHz files, in terms of sound, I don't expect a lot to change.
You need to try a different amp (maybe tube based?), or maybe different headphones in order to have a discernible change in sound.

The project sunrise ii is tube based afaik I just was under the impression that getting a 5-700 dollar dac would give me better sound than the 150 dollar ODAC I have now. Is that not true?
post #10 of 41
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Originally Posted by dpmalito View Post


The project sunrise ii is tube based afaik I just was under the impression that getting a 5-700 dollar dac would give me better sound than the 150 dollar ODAC I have now. Is that not true?


I'd say you try your amp first, and save the cash for now.

post #11 of 41
A used ps audio digital link III
I've seen em going For 400$
Ps audio has put out a new dac that I guess is the replacement for the DL III.

For 400$ or less I think it's a good option. And it's not that old. Late 2007 or early 08.
Comes with a 3 year transferable warranty.

Theres other stuff too but that's one I've spent a lot of time with and can recommend.
post #12 of 41
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Originally Posted by dpmalito View Post

I want to upgrade the dac. I have some 192khz files.

 

Get a 96k capable DAC and down convert the files to that SR. Try a Metrum Octave would be my suggestion.

post #13 of 41

Buy a Vaunix hub and plug the ODAC into that. Instant upgrade. No 192k support, but you're not missing much, if anything, IMO. Then buy a better amp for those headphones. smile.gif

post #14 of 41
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Originally Posted by Currawong View Post

Buy a Vaunix hub and plug the ODAC into that. Instant upgrade. No 192k support, but you're not missing much, if anything, IMO. Then buy a better amp for those headphones. smile.gif

Hmm what xactly is a vaunix hub and what does it do?
post #15 of 41

None of these will break the bank:

 

 

Emotiva XDA-2 ($349):

 

Quote:
  • Three audiophile-quality components in one: USB DAC, digital preamp, and high-current headphone amplifier.
  • Full 24/192 support for all inputs, including USB.
  • 6 digital inputs (2 coax, 2 Toslink, 1 USB, 1 AES/EBU).

 

 

iFi iDAC ($299):

New offering, 'trickle down' technology from AMR, thus won't find many reviews.

 

Quote:
The iDAC uses a highly-advanced Asynchronous/Jitterless USB interface (trickle-down technology from AMR’s high-end audio equipment) to give not just good but perfect audio transfer.
With 3 dedicated internal power supplies, they provide a clean environment for the DAC to produce high-resolution audio. Augmented by the ESS Hyperstream Chipset — typically reserved for expensive high-end audio equipment, music reproduction is startling realistic.

 

Parasound Zdac ($475):

  • Premium Analog Devices AD1853 24-bit/192 kHz Digital to Analog Converter IC
  • All inputs feature jitter reduction and are re-clocked and up-sampled to 422 kHz / 24 bit
  • Asynchronous USB input for playing music from PC or Mac (driver-less for easy setup)
  • Works with any format file on your computer up to 96 kHz / 24 bit
  • Works in variable volume mode in Windows® for connecting direct to a power amp (no preamp needed)
  • Optical and Coaxial digital inputs for use with any standard digital connection
  • RCA unbalanced and XLR balanced analog outputs
  • High current headphone output with volume control can drive any headphones from 32 to 600?
  • Oversized internal toroid power transformer (not a wall wart like many competitors)
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