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I am currently extremely happy with my desktop O2/ODAC combo and not looking for spending money anytime soon since the synergy with LCD-2 rev2 is absolutely perfect to my ears...

 

However, I am still interested to have a look at some high-end deadly-neutral amps/DACs with ultra low distortion - simply the best options from the technical perspective.

 

Are there any better options than O2/ODAC or Benchmark DAC1? It must be neutral, solid state and as I said - technically absolutely excellent.

 

Thanks!

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post #2 of 26
Why? The O2/ODAC is already transparent. You won't get any audible benefits from, say, the Benchmark DAC1. That's the whole point of the O2/ODAC.
post #3 of 26

Do you need it for music enjoyment or pure objective measurement?

 

The Fostex HP-A8 is a good realization of "transparency". So is the HP-A3, but since you want the best, the A8 is Fostex's flagship.

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Do you need it for music enjoyment or pure objective measurement?

 

The Fostex HP-A8 is a good realization of "transparency". So is the HP-A3, but since you want the best, the A8 is Fostex's flagship.


Thanks, will look into it!

 

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Why? The O2/ODAC is already transparent. You won't get any audible benefits from, say, the Benchmark DAC1. That's the whole point of the O2/ODAC.

 

Because I am curious to study the specifications, learn about the design, additional features, try them somewhere...

 

Benchmark DAC2 HGC looks interesting, for example...

post #5 of 26

Something cheaper than the DAC1 would be the Yulong D100, I hear it's very neutral and highly detailed, and it's also recommended among other head-fiers.

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Something cheaper than the DAC1 would be the Yulong D100, I hear it's very neutral and highly detailed, and it's also recommended among other head-fiers.

 

Thank you very much, I really appreciate that! smily_headphones1.gif

post #7 of 26

Also try the Dacmini by Centrance redface.gif

post #8 of 26

It sounds like you would love the Concero. This is an extra special DAC... Very neutral and clean, musical, and detailed.

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Also try the Dacmini by Centrance redface.gif


 You say that Epica sounds even better with dacmini, right? tongue_smile.gif

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 You say that Epica sounds even better with dacmini, right? tongue_smile.gif

 

Compare to Dacport??, i'll say 100% yes biggrin.gif

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It sounds like you would love the Concero. This is an extra special DAC... Very neutral and clean, musical, and detailed.

 

This one?

 

http://resonessencelabs.com/concero/

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yes
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I don't believe it gets much better than a Benchmark DAC1. I prefer my DAC1 USB to a Lavry DA11, Rega, and a few others in the price range that I have heard. I admit I have not heard $2000+ DACs, so maybe they are better. 

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I don't believe it gets much better than a Benchmark DAC1. I prefer my DAC1 USB to a Lavry DA11, Rega, and a few others in the price range that I have heard. I admit I have not heard $2000+ DACs, so maybe they are better. 

They aren't. Good transparent DAC's are $100-200.

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I don't believe it gets much better than a Benchmark DAC1. I prefer my DAC1 USB to a Lavry DA11, Rega, and a few others in the price range that I have heard. I admit I have not heard $2000+ DACs, so maybe they are better. 

 

After going through specs of the amps/DAC mentioned, I am only interested in DAC2... But still, I don't expect it to be much better at all.

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