Why is that? I don't think I would enjoy an HD 800 as much as I do the 600, soI chose the 600. By the way I also consider the Emo to be a high end, high tech DAC. And for me a very expensive one!
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The hd600s sound very good coming from most amps and dacs, and isn't as revealing or picky as the hd800s. Well I still have my hd600s here anyways, they're my favorite mid-fi headphone :D
Yep, it's all quite subjective. I'd be perfectly content with the hd600s if the 800s didn't exist.
Yeah, the Gary in MD thread probably gave this one some attention, Emotiva never really caught my attention as an overall brand. I would value a Gungnir comparison as well. I found the Gungnir too aggressive for my liking (although I was surprised it would up as an indistinguishable) and had to sell it off (part of me feels like I didn't give it enough of a chance). My Peachtree DacIt is far more laid back and mated with my other gear better. It only lacks balanced outputs.
I would rather spend my money on amps and headphones. For DAC's, I want to just be one and done without spending a fortune.
I felt the same way about Dacs, but my Fiio Dacs just were not cutting it. I bought a $150 dac from china that was really harsh. When Gary did this shoot out I thought ok Ill order up the emo and see what a top quality dac sounds like. Well the answer is it sounds fantastic, so I'm stuck with a $500 bill unless I want to order up 3 or 4 $250 to $300 Dacs and compare them.....and I don't want to do that because I will always be obsessing that I should have bought the Emo
I had a Fiio E3 early on and I felt like it never did much of anything, so I was never a believer in the brandname, despite it being a cheapo amp. Peachtree, despite me only having owned/used one of their products, has street cred with me because that one product has been amazing. Gary's thread probably gave the DC-1 and Emotiva a bit of a shot in the arm in the community (at least until someone buys it and finds it unsatisfactory or it blows up or something). Anytime there's a bang for the buck product like that, you want to see it succeed.
In a hobby where a lot of products behave similarly, brandname is super important.
I think it will go back up here shortly. The original price is showing on their official product page.
For those considering this DAC. I want to put in a bit of a "plug" here. The DC-1 represents an excellent value among mid-priced DACs. The SQ is excellent, and the feature set is tough to beat. It can be used as a preamp, and even has an analog input for those of you who have a turntable you want to keep in your system. There is no phono pre, but most TT enthusiasts already have a separate phono pre they are partial to.
In case you are worrying about the "headaches" involved in getting a USB DAC to run smoothly (I was as I had never had one prior), please don't stress. I simply went to the Emo website, downloaded the drivers and installed them. I tested the DC-1 with Foobar, J River, Media Monkey, internet videos (you tube, hulu, etc), and everything works without a hiccup, save Media Monkey with Wasapi enabled. However, I had this exact same issue when running HDMI to my Yamaha RX-V667, so I think the issue has to do with Media Monkey, rather than the DC-1.
The cool part is that the DC-1 has an on screen display, so you can visually see and confirm exactly what Windows is sending to the DAC. My OCD sometimes gets the best of me, so this is a nice feature IMO.
Get 'Em while their hot!!!
Edited by painted klown - 1/6/14 at 9:43am
That sucks man. The DC-1 is a great little DAC, and I think the features it provides make it an excellent choice. I hope you are able to get one before the sale price goes away. If not, I still think it's worth the cost at the regular price, when you factor in how flexible it is, and consider the top notch SQ. I also have an Emotiva XSP-1 preamp, and this little DAC had made me consider selling my preamp and moving this to my main system. However, I have an undying love for cassettes that I simply refuse to give up on, so I need the extra analog inputs. LOL!
Good luck with whatever you choose.
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Same here but, I pulled the trigger on one last night since I though the sale was ending. I hope I like it. I was thinking about getting a Zdac or Uberfrost so this one better be good.
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Well I fell victim to all the hype too and ordered one. Hope it pairs well to my Soloist and HD650s. This is the final piece of the puzzle for me.
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