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post #466 of 497
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Agree.  From plots, it is clear that DAC2 has flatter frequency response,  and DA8 has a drop at high frequencies starting from 10kHz, and reaches ~ -0.2db at 22kHz.  That's a lot.       This might be the reason for many people mentioning DA8 being more listenable, and DAC2 being bright.      For this reason I will go with DAC2, because I never feel DAC1 being bright.

But at people also mentioning DA8's sound stage is more realistic, more layered lows.     It's a tough call. 

Can you really hear a 0.2dB change in 20k?

You must have a set of outstanding ears, if you do.

post #467 of 497
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Originally Posted by Priidik View Post
 

Can you really hear a 0.2dB change in 20k?

You must have a set of outstanding ears, if you do.

lol no kidding, its hard enough to hear a full blast of 20khz, let alone a 0.2dB difference...:rolleyes:

post #468 of 497

Any comparison with the Ciúnas DAC? :o 

post #469 of 497

Both have good PRaT.

 

Ciunas = smoother, more forgiving, off grid dead quiet operation, less expensive.

 

DA8 = better detail retrieval and dynamics, more features, better looks/build quality.

 

As usual - system synergy and musical preferences should determine which "compromise" is better suited for you.

post #470 of 497

What do you think about connecting the DA8 with a Threshold SA/3 class a power amp directly, using the DA8 as preamp? The threshold is very old, but perfect and sweet sounding. Only regular RCA inputs.

 

Any comments welcome!

post #471 of 497
I just purchased a Yulong DA8 and am really looking forward to enjoying it. I was a huge fan of the Yulong Sabre D18, and have no doubt that ill love the DA8.

I only have HD 650 which I love with Moon Audio Silver Dragon 3. I don't have a dedicated amp at the moment since I have been using my Nuforce DAC 100 as a combo unit. Knowing that the DA8 doesn't pair as well with the HD650 as low impedance cans, I'm tempted to get a dedicated amp for them or maybe pickup a HE400 since it matches so well with the DA8 integrated.
post #472 of 497

Arhh, no remote control is a definite deal breaker for me :cool:.  Would have preferred the Yulong over the cheaper NFB 28 but that one seems to be the only good Sabre option with balanced output and remote control that I'm aware of (for reasonable money).  I need to connect to active speakers monitors via XLR primarily.


Edited by BrainFood - 4/1/14 at 6:30am
post #473 of 497
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Arhh, no remote control is a definite deal breaker for me :cool:.  Would have preferred the Yulong over the cheaper NFB 28 but that one seems to be the only good Sabre option with balanced output and remote control that I'm aware of (for reasonable money).  I need to connect to active speakers monitors via XLR primarily.

 

There's also the Anedio D2 which recently dropped from $1470 down to $1249. ES9018 plus XLR plus remote. 

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Edited by BrainFood - 4/2/14 at 3:53am
post #475 of 497
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Originally Posted by BrainFood View Post
Arhh, no remote control is a definite deal breaker for me :cool:.  Would have preferred the Yulong over the cheaper NFB 28 but that one seems to be the only good Sabre option with balanced output and remote control that I'm aware of (for reasonable money).  I need to connect to active speakers monitors via XLR primarily.

In my system (active monitors) a real preamp is better. I have the remote for the preamp...

post #476 of 497
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In my system (active monitors) a real preamp is better. I have the remote for the preamp...


Yeah, I would imagine a good standalone balanced preamp would beat the preamp section of the DA8- but they are a rare breed it seems.  Do you know of any  going for < 1000 euros?  :regular_smile :

 

Must say I'm still tempted over the DA8 even though it has no remote.  Out of interest, does power consumption of the unit drop when you turn off the pre and headamp sections?  Anyone nerdy enough to measure it- lol?

post #477 of 497

For those interested, I've just posted my review of the Yulong A28 balanced amp. I find it very useful, and often choose it even over the more expensive A18 amp. A28 is especially good when paired with the DA8, while A18 seems to work better with the D18 as a more colored (but fun!) system. A28 is definitely worth checking out if you A) prefer planar headphones, and B) like a generally neutral sound. It's definitely a good upgrade to the DA8 integrated amp, at least with certain headphones (and when used in a fully balanced configuration). 

post #478 of 497

I am thinking of purchasing the DA8 anyone know if the XLR posts wired as pin1-ground pin2-hot pin3-cold? this is what is required for my amplifier

post #479 of 497
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Originally Posted by BrainFood View Post
 


Yeah, I would imagine a good standalone balanced preamp would beat the preamp section of the DA8- but they are a rare breed it seems.  Do you know of any  going for < 1000 euros?  :regular_smile :

A used Bryston? 

post #480 of 497
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A used Bryston? 

 

Cool, thanks. I've been offered a used Wyred4sound STP-SE for $1K.  It's a pretty good one I think. 

 

Can you comment on the preamp performance of the DA8 to speakers? Obviously it won't match that of a good separate preamp but is it at least good sound?  I'm still thinking about it solely for my active speakers, or possibly the cheaper D200 when finally released.

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