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post #346 of 1394
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Originally Posted by Esprit View Post
 

You're right! Are the XRL outputs "true balanced"? (a true differential signal path all the way from the DAC to the 3-pin XLR connector.)

 

 

Yep! The single ended output is derived from the balanced signal, instead of the other way around.

post #347 of 1394

Tnx :L3000:

post #348 of 1394
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Originally Posted by Esprit View Post
 

Tnx :L3000:

 

So you got your answer.

 

Good to know that it's true balanced, but wait a minute... I think I can hear a better sound right now!

Just joking :o2smile: 

post #349 of 1394

I received my new DA8 from Grant Fidelity!  It actually came in last week but I had been away till today.. 

It sounds so nice with the V200 and LCD2, midrange is very yummy, and the overall sound is quite warm.  The bass is also excellent, my LCD-2 finally has great bass impact!

The DA8 is definitely a nice step up from my Rega DAC (which made vocals sound too close-mic'ed and had a tad too much upper rolloff) and a major step up from my old Bifrost (which I found a bit thin).  The soundstaging of the DA8 is better than both of those as well.

 


Edited by Viper2005 - 10/8/13 at 6:11pm
post #350 of 1394
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Nice pic! Agreed, especially as it pertains to the Rega DAC. I really wanted to love that thing but the rolled off top end was a downer for me. 

post #351 of 1394
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Originally Posted by Viper2005 View Post

I received my new DA8 from Grant Fidelity!  It actually came in last week but I had been away till today.. 
It sounds so nice with the V200 and LCD2, midrange is very yummy, and the overall sound is quite warm.  The bass is also excellent, my LCD-2 finally has great bass impact!
The DA8 is definitely a nice step up from my Rega DAC (which made vocals sound too close-mic'ed and had a tad too much upper rolloff) and a major step up from my old Bifrost (which I found a bit thin).  The soundstaging of the DA8 is better than both of those as well.


That setup looks stunning! I love that red cable for the LCDs. Congrats on your DA8 beerchug.gif
post #352 of 1394
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Originally Posted by project86 View Post

Nice pic! Agreed, especially as it pertains to the Rega DAC. I really wanted to love that thing but the rolled off top end was a downer for me. 
Whats up project86, I wanted to ask you about the pairing of DA8 with the Auralic Taurus. Maybe you can provide some comparison between the Taurus and A18 using the DA8? Thanks.
post #353 of 1394

@viper2005 :

hello,

could you describe in bit more the difference between DA8 & your Rega ?

Concerning scene depth & width : any difference ?...

Although it is said the DA8 is "warm", some people mention that DA8 can be sharp in treble zone. Do you confirm ?

Honnetly, the difference worths the price (but not more), or you jumped 1 category ahead ? ;-)

Rgds

post #354 of 1394
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Originally Posted by phile1 View Post

@viper2005 :
hello,
could you describe in bit more the difference between DA8 & your Rega ?
Concerning scene depth & width : any difference ?...
Although it is said the DA8 is "warm", some people mention that DA8 can be sharp in treble zone. Do you confirm ?
Honnetly, the difference worths the price (but not more), or you jumped 1 category ahead ? ;-)
Rgds
I wouldnt say the DA8 is warm, its more on the neutral side with a hint of warm. But in no way is the treble bright or sharp, unless the playback was recorded in that fashion. As a D18 owner, Id say the D18 leans more towards the warm/darker side.
Edited by DarKen23 - 10/9/13 at 12:01pm
post #355 of 1394

Just received my DA8... sounding great. What are peoples favorite settings? I guess there are only 2. Filter and Jitter reducer.. Slow and Bypass.

Wow the imaging is really great!! :)

Yeah!

M


Edited by mcullinan - 10/9/13 at 3:10pm
post #356 of 1394
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Originally Posted by phile1 View Post

@viper2005 :
hello,
could you describe in bit more the difference between DA8 & your Rega ?
Concerning scene depth & width : any difference ?...
Although it is said the DA8 is "warm", some people mention that DA8 can be sharp in treble zone. Do you confirm ?
Honnetly, the difference worths the price (but not more), or you jumped 1 category ahead ? ;-)
Rgds

The Rega DAC is much warmer than the DA8, which along with its treble roll off makes it sound very constricted with very little air. The DA8's imaging is definitely improved over the Rega.. However! The LCD2 is known for its limited sound staging so I don't think that it is really a good phone to use to evaluate soundstage.
The DA8 has some treble rolloff, but it is a smaller amount than the Rega. It is not harsh at all, not even with music that is mastered 'hot', and using the 'Sharp' filter..
I do find the DA8 to be more detailed than the Rega. Where the Rega is super forgiving of bad recordings, I can hear some faults in recordings with the DA8 that were masked before.. The Rega was as warm as a pair of earmuffs, and with as much detail. :P
Do I think it's worth the price? Mostly yes. Considering I paid only $650 for my Rega DAC used, the DA8 is twice the price. Is it 2x better? No, but it did correct the traits of the Rega that bothered me most, and as a result, I am enjoying my music much more.
Edited by Viper2005 - 10/9/13 at 3:42pm
post #357 of 1394
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Originally Posted by mcullinan View Post

Just received my DA8... sounding great. What are peoples favorite settings? I guess there are only 2. Filter and Jitter reducer.. Slow and Bypass.
Wow the imaging is really great!! smily_headphones1.gif
Yeah!
M
Congrats! Finally eh? Thinking back, it seems like you waited for a very long time tongue.gif.

As for the settings, I currently have phase@ +, Slow, Jitter Bypassed, and pure dac on amplifier OFF (this is only because I have a dedicated amplifier). For DSD playback, my filter is set at 60
post #358 of 1394

Where do you guys order DA8 in States?

post #359 of 1394
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Originally Posted by Andrew_WOT View Post

Where do you guys order DA8 in States?
Grants

Grant fidelity
post #360 of 1394
Heh... It did take a while... But definitely worth the wait. I'll try out those settings. I have no dsd.. Will have to buy some..
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