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Eagerly awaiting your first impressions, my good friend. :)
 

Check 6th post.

post #17 of 40
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Check 6th post.


Strangely, I never saw that during my first skim through. Thanks for the feedback.

post #18 of 40

A few pics-compared to the magni

 

 

 

post #19 of 40

I should clarify that it is Michael Lavorgna of Audiostream who says in the comments section that he prefers the TEAC UD-501.

post #20 of 40

I got my hands on the November issue of WhatHiFi magazine. There was a group test of DAC's including the Arcam irDAC, NAD D1050 and the Musical Fidelity M1 DAC which had shocking results:

 

Arcam irDac                     5/5

Audiolab Q-DAC                3/5

Meridian Director               4/5

Musical Fidelity M1DAC       3/5

NAD D 1050                     5/5

Parasound zDac                4/5

 

Take it for what its worth, the M1DAC was a 5/5 rated product last year, now down to 3/5 due to the arrival of the Arcam and NAD,

 

The Meridian was the most detailed DAC but also too analytical for their liking.

The Parasound, while good, was a little artificial sounding.

The Arcam and NAD were the most musical and joyful to listen to.

The Audiolab Q-Dac and Musical Fidelity M1DAC; don't even bother.

 

Hope this helps.

post #21 of 40
Was that a review of DACs under a specific price point?
post #22 of 40
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Was that a review of DACs under a specific price point?


No. But the DACs in the review are all priced between £400-£500.

post #23 of 40
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The Meridian was the most detailed DAC but also too analytical for their liking.

I am surprised if that is a valid criteria for not liking it. Many of us spend a fortune on cables, amps, speakers, etc so that we can hear more detail. And on the DAC front we want the lowest possible jitter so that we can hear a more accurate and detailed sound.

post #24 of 40
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I am surprised if that is a valid criteria for not liking it. Many of us spend a fortune on cables, amps, speakers, etc so that we can hear more detail. And on the DAC front we want the lowest possible jitter so that we can hear a more accurate and detailed sound.

 

Well, the overall consensus  was that it is not as fun sounding as the Arcam and NAD. They said it sacrificied rhthmic ability for out and out detail.  Also, it has limited features and connectivity compared with the other two. Hence, the 4/5 score which is still a good score. In the UK the Meridian is going for for £450 whereas the NAD/Arcam are selling for £400. So that's a big £50/$80 saving for people. If you want detail the Arcam would serve better than the NAD, while remaining fun to listen to.

 

I'm going to try get a demo of the NAD/Arcam in a couple weeks and decide thereafter the one to buy.


Edited by Bloodflowerz - 10/13/13 at 6:39am
post #25 of 40
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So I was updating this post and the power goes out and the post was deleted so I'll try this again.

I picked the 1050 up saturday morning after auditioning it and the dac-it and dac magic plus with my dt-880 600 ohm hp.

The 1050 was hooked up to a nad cd player with an optical cable, the sound was good maybe a little smokey or warm which I like as my last dac was an asus xonar d2/pm sound card, with the dt-880's was a little piercing in the high's.

Then we switched to Tributaries 6 coax and the 1050 really came to life, it had more muscle tighter high's and a great mids.

So I bought the 1050 with the Tributaries 6.

 

The first night I listened for about 3 hours straight with no fatigue just happy as could be great sound. After 3 day's the bass has gotten better as everything else, I never thought the dt-880's could sound so full and rich It's like someone strapped a drum set around my head, drums just sound so fantastic.

 

So I would definitely recommend the 1050 with the dt-880's

 

Set up is xonar coax- tributaies 6 coax-1050- dt-880.

Hi, interesting setup you had. How does the 1050's dac compare to the dac-it and dac magic plus?

 

Also, how does the 1050 sound through USB? Thanks.

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Hi, interesting setup you had. How does the 1050's dac compare to the dac-it and dac magic plus?

 

Also, how does the 1050 sound through USB? Thanks.

 

If it's of any help I compared the irDac with the NAD D1050 in October for an hour. The setup was my Macbook -> Audioquest USB Cinnamon -> irDAC/ D1050 -> Altlas Elements RCA -> Headphone amp -> T5p

 

What I ended up purchasing was the irDac but really there was not much in it. The NAD was definitely more meaty sounding with better bass whereas the Arcam had a more liquid midrange and sounded more light, faster, cleaner. I would be happy with either. If I had to buy again I would purchase the NAD since it's a better deal with the built in headphone amp and I think it suits my T5p better. I may sell the Arcam in Feb next year.

post #27 of 40

Thanks, any comparisons with the 1050's competitors is helpful. And because it is both a DAC and a headphone amp it would be interesting to know how those rate individually.

 

I think I found an answer to my own question in the latest Hifi News (UK). It's reviewed the D 1050 and given it 85% for sound quality which is pretty good considering that it mainly reviews high end stuff.  IIRC it said that the sound via optical cable was the worst, via coaxial cable it was more lively and via USB it was the most detailed.

post #28 of 40
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Originally Posted by Head1 View Post
 

Thanks, any comparisons with the 1050's competitors is helpful. And because it is both a DAC and a headphone amp it would be interesting to know how those rate individually.

 

I think I found an answer to my own question in the latest Hifi News (UK). It's reviewed the D 1050 and given it 85% for sound quality which is pretty good considering that it mainly reviews high end stuff.  IIRC it said that the sound via optical cable was the worst, via coaxial cable it was more lively and via USB it was the most detailed.

 

I could not find this in the December issue. Which month is this review in? Did they ever review the irDac?

post #29 of 40

The review is in the January issue. I'm not sure if they have reviewed the irdac.

post #30 of 40

Sorry for the late reply. Listening to the nad and dac-it through the same amp sounded very similar but the 1050 is a bit more fuller plus it has an amp and the 1050's amp is pretty damn good, it's so much meatier. The dac magic plus sound's like my xonar d2/pm and magni setup, a bit bright at times. the even bigger plus is I run it through my home stereo and my polk's have never sounded so good. I don't have a good usb cable to really know how it sounds through usb, I did try my printer's cable but it sounded a little thin.

 For people auditioning the 1050 give it about 15 min to warm up mine always sounds a little dark then it really comes to life.

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