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Worth it to sell current DAC and upgrade?

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I have a Musical Fidelity V-DAC II with an upgraded power supply.  The DAC is great, maybe just slightly dated...?  Is it worth selling it and getting something else? What's the best DAC's out there for $500?

 

Thx

post #2 of 11
Schiit Bifrost gets my vote
post #3 of 11
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Originally Posted by SHAHZADA123 View Post

Schiit Bifrost gets my vote

Just wondering if that's enough of an upgrade? It's actually priced lower than my current DAC. Will I hear a difference...?

post #4 of 11
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Originally Posted by teknikk7 View Post

Just wondering if that's enough of an upgrade? It's actually priced lower than my current DAC. Will I hear a difference...?

Can't help you there.

Depends entirely on your ears wink_face.gif

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post #6 of 11

just like a computer

 

if you consider core2 duo is enough u dont need to upgrade to i5 or i7

 

v-dac III usb can only handle up to 24/96. there are many dacs around $500 can handle 24.176 and 24/192

 

if u can wait later this year there will be more 176/192 dacs coming off from production lines

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Originally Posted by cpu8088 View Post

just like a computer

 

if you consider core2 duo is enough u dont need to upgrade to i5 or i7

 

v-dac III usb can only handle up to 24/96. there are many dacs around $500 can handle 24.176 and 24/192

 

if u can wait later this year there will be more 176/192 dacs coming off from production lines

 

It's not at all like computers where a faster PC speeds up processing for anything which uses the CPU.

 

At best, a few listeners may be able distinguish between 16- and 24-bit samples and between 44.1kHz and 96kHz rates. Beyond that, nobody -- i.e., no human being -- can detect a difference.


Edited by HamilcarBarca - 4/9/13 at 1:25pm
post #8 of 11
You can pay for satisfaction in knowing you have the latest and greatest. I've don't have 24/192 material but I can tell 16/44 and 24/96. There isn't much out there unless recording live or ripping vinyl or master tapes. I've heard the files you purchase are varied and you can find material of questionable rip quality.
Edited by Happy Camper - 4/9/13 at 6:10pm
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You can pay for satisfaction in knowing you have the latest and greatest. I've don't have 24/192 material but I can tell 16/44 and 24/96. There isn't much out there unless recording live or ripping vinyl or master tapes. I've heard the files you purchase are varied and you can find material of questionable rip quality.

 

Fair enough. I won't do it with a DAC, but there are plenty of other toys where I have done and will do exactly that.

post #10 of 11
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I have plenty of 24 bit and some 24-192. I am curious to try out a Sabre chip...

 

Anyhow, I posted in the for sale forums. Looking for trades...

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Fair enough. I won't do it with a DAC, but there are plenty of other toys where I have done and will do exactly that.
Guilty your honor....... I can't help myself.
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