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post #181 of 189
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Originally Posted by Turn&cough View Post
 

Not familiar with the Fostex but if they are easy to drive with more than average bass they should be a good match for the Naim.

 

BTW - How do you rate the DAC section of the V1 and compared to what?

 

They seem to be very easy to drive and are quite efficient (cf. HD-650s), and have excellent bass. I was brought up on Linn Saras and Isobariks, and latterly Shahinian Arcs, all of which produce proper bass if you drive them correctly, i.e. lots of punch, but no bloat.

 

Regarding the DAC, I'm very happy with it, compared to my LP12/Lingo/Ekos/Dynavector DV17 and Densen B400. The V1 is smooth and dynamic and definitely has the Naim trademark sense of rhythm, to the point that I'm not sure the Densen is worth keeping; and the B400 does rhythm very well. It was the first CD player I heard that didn't sound appalling after the LP12. But that was a while ago, and DAC technology moves on.

 

The V1 stomps all over my Arcam DV88, and original CypherLabs Algorythm Solo (which in turn stomps all over my old iPod with Wolfson DAC). And all of the many other digital sources I've ever heard but don't own, including the Naim CDX-2 (which was one of the better ones, but not as good as the Densen).

 

If you haven't yet checked out Jude's recent Winter 2013 guide, he described the DAC section of the V1 as "awesome", and he seems to have heard or owned just about everything that gets discussed around here.

post #182 of 189

Thanks for the detailed response.

 

I'd like to give it a try in my current setup. What's holding me back is price and redundancy.

 

I already have an integrated amp (XS2) with a preamp section and HP output, an ES9018 based DAC and a dedicated HP amp.

 

I wish Naim would come out with a stripped down version of the V1 at a lesser cost.

post #183 of 189

Just heard the V1 and was blown away by its mastery of subtlety and finesse, combined with punchy, dramatic presentation. That's a fine line to walk and, from what I heard, it does it artfully. 

 

I'm wondering if anyone can recommend a competitor DAC that's worthy of a listen because it's a true peer of the V1 in terms of both sound quality and cost? 

post #184 of 189
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Originally Posted by kikivan View Post
 

Just heard the V1 and was blown away by its mastery of subtlety and finesse, combined with punchy, dramatic presentation. That's a fine line to walk and, from what I heard, it does it artfully. 

 

I'm wondering if anyone can recommend a competitor DAC that's worthy of a listen because it's a true peer of the V1 in terms of both sound quality and cost? 

 

Better than Naim stand-alone DAC?

post #185 of 189

Agreed. Wish NAIM would release something around the $1K mark or someone would make something that pairs very well with NAIM for less money. $2400 for the V1 without DSD/DXD capability...just can't do it.

post #186 of 189

As good as V1 and similar in price? 

post #187 of 189

Hello guys

 

I just got my Naim DAC V1 and I love its performance

 

But when I processed BitPerfect test, the DAC can't pass the test if the sample rate higher than 96 kHz....

 

I've already tried another USB port but still had the same result.

 

Should I try another USB cable?

 

Does anyone else have the same problem?

 

Thx~!

post #188 of 189
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Originally Posted by eddiehaha View Post
 

Hello guys

 

I just got my Naim DAC V1 and I love its performance

 

But when I processed BitPerfect test, the DAC can't pass the test if the sample rate higher than 96 kHz....

 

I've already tried another USB port but still had the same result.

 

Should I try another USB cable?

 

Does anyone else have the same problem?

 

Thx~!

Happy New Year, Guys!

 

By the way, no one have the same problem with me?

post #189 of 189

I'm considering this DAC for my LCD-X. I'm currently running a Peachtree dac-it x and HifiMan EF6. The duo performs very well with my HE-500's but I was to the point of wanting to send my LCD-X back. I went to a dealer today and listened to the DAV-V1 and it completely opened them up. I can return the aforementioned duo, but Jude's comments about the DAC and the fact that it seemed to run out of juice with the LCD-2s gives me pause. The LCD-X are much lower impedance, but typically means they need more current. Other early considerations are the soloist and the meridian prime unit, which Jude seemed to favor with the LCD-X. My luck with a blind pairing hasn't been so good. Has anyone else had experience with this DAC and the LCD-X?

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