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post #841 of 1413
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Originally Posted by koiloco View Post
 

Quick question for past/current Yulong DA8 owners, have you experienced any problems with build quality and with overall operation?  I am thinking about giving this DAC a try.  Thx.

I haven't had any issues. The major thing to look out for though is to ensure you select the proper voltage for your country on the back of the unit before plugging in. Otherwise you risk damage. I have the black unit and the anodized finish is very durable, not scratch. All the connectors are solid, and cables fit like a glove around them. I really don't see any future issues, it's built like a tank. It can get pretty warm at times because it has a high quality Class A linear toroidal, so you don't want to stack this directly on top of a equally warm(er) amplifier unless you have atleast 2-3 inches of clearance underneath the DA8.

post #842 of 1413

Highly recommended. Very happy with my purchase and I use it as often as I can. Right now I just the DAC as well the integrated amp with my HE500s and very pleased with amp portion as well.

 

To be transparent, I've had some issues with playing DSD or SACD files but I'm sure its mostly on my end and not the unit. Using Jriver has reduced a lot of my issues but it crashes sometimes. Still in the process of imaging my old harddrive onto a SSD.

 

If you do try it let me know how you compared the Yulong da8 integrated amp to the emotiva mini x. Been reading the minix thread and might venture into speaker amps for my HE500s.

post #843 of 1413
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Originally Posted by koiloco View Post
 

Quick question for past/current Yulong DA8 owners, have you experienced any problems with build quality and with overall operation?  I am thinking about giving this DAC a try.  Thx.

The build quality is solid. 

 

The only thing I didn't like was the power button---it feels a bit flimsy (too soft to press; and need to make sure to press it all the way to turn on, or it can power on briefly, and turn back off when the button is released.)

 

Other than that, my DA8 was rock solid.

post #844 of 1413
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Originally Posted by koiloco View Post

 
Quick question for past/current Yulong DA8 owners, have you experienced any problems with build quality and with overall operation?  I am thinking about giving this DAC a try.  Thx.
The build quality is solid. 

The only thing I didn't like was the power button---it feels a bit flimsy (too soft to press; and need to make sure to press it all the way to turn on, or it can power on briefly, and turn back off when the button is released.)

Other than that, my DA8 was rock solid.
I agree. While I do like the clicky feel, it's a bit flimsy.
post #845 of 1413

Great to have the positive feedback!  You all buy it from the north America distributor (Grant Fidelity) or directly from Yulong?

post #846 of 1413
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Great to have the positive feedback!  You all buy it from the north America distributor (Grant Fidelity) or directly from Yulong?

I purchased mine from a member here at a price I couldnt refuse. it was only 2-3months old

post #847 of 1413

God, vocals on the HE-6 are just flat out sick.

 

 

:p wrong thread!

post #848 of 1413
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Originally Posted by koiloco View Post
 

Great to have the positive feedback!  You all buy it from the north America distributor (Grant Fidelity) or directly from Yulong?

Grant Fidelity, at least in case of any issues you wouldn't have trying to explain your problem to Chinese speaking CS or ship overseas.

Build quality is solid, on par or even better than Burson, drivers and USB are rock solid.


Edited by Andrew_WOT - 1/3/14 at 10:55pm
post #849 of 1413

Ok so I finally got around to hooking up the DA8 and really having a good listen and I have to say that this thing is amazing.  It could end up being my end game as long as I don't get a really bad case of upgrade-itus.  Anyway these are my first impressions as it still hasn't gotten a chance to burn in.  

 

Great extension in both directions though I think it lacks a little base punch it takes the base insanely deep and tight.  The highs are beautifully constructed without being harsh and a wonderful amount of sparkle mixed in.  The mids are presented fully and neatly but I think where this DAC really shines is the soundstage and imaging.  The soundstage is huge with excellent instrument separation.  Also where you can really tell that there is a Sabre 9018 chip is the detail. This thing is definately on another level from my Resonessce labs Concero.  

 

A couple of notes at the end. These are merely opinions so you don't have to agree and I have yet to burn the dac in so I don't know how the sound is going to change and also I have yet to really sit down and get a chance to listen so these are just first impressions.  

post #850 of 1413
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Originally Posted by Zashoomin View Post
 

Ok so I finally got around to hooking up the DA8 and really having a good listen and I have to say that this thing is amazing.  It could end up being my end game as long as I don't get a really bad case of upgrade-itus.  Anyway these are my first impressions as it still hasn't gotten a chance to burn in.  

 

Great extension in both directions though I think it lacks a little base punch it takes the base insanely deep and tight.  The highs are beautifully constructed without being harsh and a wonderful amount of sparkle mixed in.  The mids are presented fully and neatly but I think where this DAC really shines is the soundstage and imaging.  The soundstage is huge with excellent instrument separation.  Also where you can really tell that there is a Sabre 9018 chip is the detail. This thing is definately on another level from my Resonessce labs Concero.  

 

A couple of notes at the end. These are merely opinions so you don't have to agree and I have yet to burn the dac in so I don't know how the sound is going to change and also I have yet to really sit down and get a chance to listen so these are just first impressions.  

Excellent initial impressions. I agree with all of the above. Welcome aboard :beerchug:

post #851 of 1413
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Originally Posted by koiloco View Post

Quick question for past/current Yulong DA8 owners, have you experienced any problems with build quality and with overall operation?  I am thinking about giving this DAC a try.  Thx.

Absolutely superb on both ends. Part of the reason I have it an Editors Choice Award was due to the stellar build and ease of setup.
post #852 of 1413

I finished reading all 57 pages of this thread, and very interested in getting the Yulong DA8, but I wonder how much better it is compared to my current TEAC UD-501.  I noticed that some of you have compared both and ended up selling or returning the TEAC.  How much of a difference is it between the two?  Is it worth the upgrade?  (It is too late to return my TEAC, so if I sell it I will have to spend another $600-700 to get the DA8.)  

post #853 of 1413
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I finished reading all 57 pages of this thread, and very interested in getting the Yulong DA8, but I wonder how much better it is compared to my current TEAC UD-501.  I noticed that some of you have compared both and ended up selling or returning the TEAC.  How much of a difference is it between the two?  Is it worth the upgrade?  (It is too late to return my TEAC, so if I sell it I will have to spend another $600-700 to get the DA8.)  

It's a big enough difference that I thought the lower model Yulong D18 outperformed the Teac by a fair margin. The DA8 outperforms the D18 by an even larger margin. Easily an order of magnitude better. Sell it and get the DA8, the only regret you'll have is that you didn't do sooner honestly.

post #854 of 1413
Damn brunk, you should be a salesman. I will buy whatever you sell.biggrin.gif
post #855 of 1413
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Originally Posted by koiloco View Post

Damn brunk, you should be a salesman. I will buy whatever you sell.biggrin.gif

Hes been milking me since day one, trust me. :wink:

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