I was recently recommended to check out the Dangerous Music Source DAC in a thread I started regarding my search for great DAC w/ integrated headphone amp for sub-$2000:
Wondering if anyone has heard the Dangerous Music Source DAC before and can provide an feedback?
Per forum member cycler2:
"I recommend that you consider the Dangerous Music "Source." It has balanced outputs, it's USB async input plays well with Macs, has two excellent headphone outputs (these are fed by a DAC that is separate from the main output DAC), and it's street price at on-line sellers is around $899. I have had an Anedio D2 in my system and didn't care for it, which opinion I know is at odds with folks on this website whose opinions I respect, but there you have it. I think the Source's sound is in the same league as the Lynx Hilo, which I used for several weeks, liked very much, and would have bought, but for its $2500 price. So you can get some context, I have owned and liked a Lavry DA-10 and used a Ben Duncan DaX and a Musical Fideity Tri-Vista Dac. The Source is a pro monitor controller, so I use it to drive my speakers directly. It has two analogue inputs and a volume control so it will also function as a line-level preamp. If you llisten to vinyl, as I do, you can route your phono preamp analogue out through the Source."
I contacted Dangerous Music and they stated its size is 12 3/4" x 8" x 1 5/8"
The Portable Monitor Controller without Audio Compromise.
The Dangerous Source provides the critical link between your ears and the music. Every tracking and mixing decision hinges upon what you hear: how to locate the microphone’s sweet spot for the perfect vocal, where to place the panning to define each instrument’s space, creating the perfect marriage of kick and bass in the track…
Portable or Rack Installable (kit optional)
2 Speaker Outputs- Can Be Engaged Simultaneously
Headphones Can Monitor Single or Multiple Sources
2 Analog Inputs: 1/8" Mini Stereo & XLR/TRS Combo Jack
2 Onboard Stereo 24-bit/192kHz D/A Converters
2 Digital Inputs: AES/SPDIF and USB
USB IN, up to 24-bit/192kHz for Windows and Mac
Plug in two pairs of headphones and get inspired with a Dangerous caliber headphone amp.
Select any of the four sources individually or at the same time- plug your iPod into AN2 and jam along in AN1.
Listen to any combination of sources from either section. For example, let the singer hear their own personal headphone mix from the AN2 input, while you engineer the real mix, coming from the USB input.
There’s even a line level control room output, mirroring the speaker selector for dubbing, sampling or running external meters.
Switch between two sets of speakers... or use one output for a subwoofer... or play them both at once to blow up the neighborhood.
Built for life on the road, slide the Source into your backpack and hit the streets.
Edited by aphinity - 1/24/13 at 5:35pm