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Emotiva Stealth DC-1 DAC

post #1 of 451
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Has anyone heard when this new DAC is due to be released, or any word on features/functionality? I'm thinking of purchasing the Emotiva XDA-2, but could be persuaded to wait for the pro DAC if there is a huge difference in sound quality and features. 

post #2 of 451

Random bumpage. Looks like the DC-1 is out now... http://www.emotivapro.com/products/stealth-dc-1

 

No specs or anything on it though, hmm. Anyone have more info on this?

post #3 of 451
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Originally Posted by Armaegis View Post

Random bumpage. Looks like the DC-1 is out now... http://www.emotivapro.com/products/stealth-dc-1

 

No specs or anything on it though, hmm. Anyone have more info on this?

Looks like the DAC Batman would use.

post #4 of 451
Anyone ordered it? I saw it at a local show and really liked the way it looked. It was hooked up to a pair of Stealth 6 speakers. That setup sounded really good. The specs seem quite nice and the price is reasonable at $899. I'm really looking forward to reviews....
post #5 of 451

I'm kinda intrigued by the whole stealth dac & 8 combo. Maybe it's just the looks though.

post #6 of 451

Interesting. I have their Mini-x-a-100, great performance to cost ratio. Would be interesting in seeing the performance of this DAC.

post #7 of 451

they lowered price to $699 which I think is great! I may order it next month to compare to my dacmini.

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they lowered price to $699 which I think is great! I may order it next month to compare to my dacmini.

 

Do it. Take one for the team.biggrin.gif

 

Funny thing about the price, in all the Emotiva videos before the price was set at $699. I don't know why the website had it priced at $899 before?


Edited by Zoom25 - 4/12/14 at 2:15pm
post #9 of 451

There are several people reporting in about it on Emotiva's forums: http://emotivalounge.proboards.com/thread/26584/dc-1

All very positive so far.

 

Also one thread where a site administrator promises to post the Headphone amp specs: http://emotivalounge.proboards.com/thread/32044/dc-1-headphone-amp

 

One of the current owners reports it does very well with his HD650s.
 

Bonus pic:

https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0201/8878/products/DC1_top3_large.jpg?2261


Edited by runswithaliens - 8/7/13 at 10:14pm
post #10 of 451

They have the user manual up, although the link from the Pro site is wrong, the link from their consumer site does work:

http://emotiva.com/resources/manuals/stealth_DC-1_manual.pdf
 

Some interesting bits from the manual concerning the headphone jacks:

 

Headphone jacks (2)

Both headphone jacks are active at all times. The main outputs are disabled when a
headphone is plugged into either headphone jack.
 
Note: The headphone level on the stealth DC-1 is intelligent. When no
headphone is plugged in, the Volume knob controls the main output level;
when a headphone is plugged in, the Volume knob controls headphone level.
Each is stored independently, and the DC-1 will return to its previously
set main or headphone output level when a headphone is plugged in or
unplugged.
 
Note: While the two headphone outputs share the same level setting, each is
driven by its own BUf634 high current buffer. This ensures a clean
low-impedance signal for each pair of headphones you connect, and prevents interactions between them.
 
Note: By default, the headphone output of the stealth DC-1 will have a very
slight boost applied to the low bass (about 2 dB @ 20hz). This “bump” is
common with many headphone amplifiers and headphone outputs, and is
intended to compensate for the slight loss in very low bass encountered with
many headphones. If you prefer an absolutely flat headphone response, you
may eliminate the bump by moving two internal jumpers.
(see details in the Hardware Configuration section.)
post #11 of 451

A 2dB boost @ 20Hz is quite literally nothing  unless you have a habit of listening to whale mating calls or something. 

post #12 of 451

Looking forward to reading some reviews. I see it also has a headphone amp built in, wonder how good it performs as an "all-round" package.

post #13 of 451

Looks promising, I volunteer Project86 to review this one lol biggrin.gif

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Originally Posted by Armaegis View Post

A 2dB boost @ 20Hz is quite literally nothing  unless you have a habit of listening to whale mating calls or something. 


Well.......it's not a habit but I do feel the need to hear the cry of a baby calf to it's mother from a primal sense of need. Hawaiian spirit and all that. cool.gif
post #15 of 451
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Originally Posted by Armaegis View Post
 

A 2dB boost @ 20Hz is quite literally nothing  unless you have a habit of listening to whale mating calls or something. 

 

I disagree. A slight boost at 20Hz with EQ usually offsets the low end roll-off that so many dynamic cans have and it would probably have a slight effect up to 30 or 40 Hz or so. Granted, there are a lot of genres that don't have any information that low but there are others where it does make a difference IME. There's an atmosphere created by those very low frequencies, similar to the extra atmosphere you get from good high-end extension, that when its missing I notice it and it bugs me. I was just about to ask about this 20 Hz boost feature because I think it sounds like a great idea. I just wish they would have used full size jacks for the headphone outs. This DAC looks promising though. What is the word on the street in regards to the AD1955 DAC chip?


Edited by devhen - 9/25/13 at 9:48am
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