Just dicovered and sub'ed to this thread. Interesting indeed. I will be in the market for a DSD DAC, specifically DSD128 or DSD at 5.6 MHz ( the format in which I do my master recordings ) and DXD. The only thing I miss in this DAC is MP3 192 kbps playback capability - I am NOT interested in any PCM in-beetween. DSD128 for obvious reasons, DXD out of curiosity what best commercially available PCM can bring to the table and MP3 for archiving European Classical Nocturno - non stop classical music show, usually interesting live petformance, broadcast daily from midnight to IIRC 5 or 6 in the morning. I may be sleeping, my Korg MR 1 DSD recorder set to MP3 192 kbps ( only MP3 it supports ) and recording off FM tuner does not.
I am eyeing TEAC U501 DSD DAC - which supports the same formats as i nanoDSD DAC - and costs 4 times as much. TEAC unit was tested against 10+ times costlier machines and of course more money means better performance. I wish I could afford those 10K+$ machines - but if it turns out there is not too great difference in SQ between i nanoDSD DAC and TEAC, I may well reconsider putting TEAC off my wish list. Added bonus is portability AND one people are usually not fully aware of : powering any digital device off batteries may well result in better overall SQ, as mains connected power supplies powering digital gear can inject full complement of digital nastities into your power line, making your other components connected to the same AC outlet perform under their maximum fidelity. Powering digital with batteries also usually results in lower jitter, another added bonus.
That acronym filled bottom of the case actually tells you pretty much everything you have to know about and how to connect and set up your computer/phone for the use of inano DSD DAC - instead of thick small format Operation Manual ( no doubt included with the unit ) I usually find hard to manipulate/read. Even if User Manual gets lost. Kudos to them for getting so much info in so small and so un-lost-able space !
I am really looking forward to first reviews, particularly shoot out with Teac U501 DSD DAC.
Good girls go to Heaven - bad girls go Everywhere.
( or my way of saying why I prefer portable devices )