Originally Posted by wje
Correct ... appears to be. But, it's just a reclocking that occurs and the specifics that might indicate data capabililties but truly don't reflect that it is a DAC, which is why they have the V90-DAC.
So it's an amp with a USB input that reclocks the digital signal...then what does it do after reclocking it? If it's isn't converted from digital to analogue because it has no DAC, then where does the signal go after reclocking in order to be converted from digital to analogue?
Doesn't the marketing blurb just mean that it has a DAC circuit simpler than than the dedicated V90 DAC - meaning just a single DACchip for both channels without a fancy output stage between it and the amp circuit - but unlike other auxilliary/bonus/second thought USB DACs built into most amps, it also reclocks?
BTW, just because it's an auxilliary/bonus/second thought USB DACs built into an amp, and probably using a USB receiver that doesn't reclock, it doesn't necessarily mean it would always be bad. The PCM2702 is used as simply a USB receiver by most other DACs, but it's used in my Cantate.2 as both USB receiver and 16/44.1 DAC, and so far I'm not itching to get a dedicated DAC or CDP. I've tried a bunch of CDPs with it (mostly during the course of reviewing a Burson Soloist, borrowing what local stores had, and using both amps to compare) and a lot of them had weird imaging* and even tonal (im)balance.** So far not even price has anything to do with it given I didn't like the tonal balance of the Rega CDPs on this amp and headphone either; my personal preferences right now if I get a (used) CDP would be the Cayin*** CD50T, CDT23, Rotel RCD1072, and Arcam CD72, out of all I got to try, but I'm really more inclined to get the Aune S1 music server instead for practical reasons. I just haven't heard it personally and I'm not into putting a DAC between it and the amp in case I don't like it, considering that for DACs my choice right now is the ODAC, which won't work with it as it only has USB input.
*I discussed this in further detail on this thread - see post # 26
Edited by ProtegeManiac - 12/11/13 at 7:59pm
**just because the HD600 doesn't sound like the BX5 (it does sound a lot like the KRK Rokit 6) doesn't mean that's where all the tonal imbalance was coming from, especially on relatively new earpads
***The Cayins weren't originally in my plans, but the local dealer did the repair on my Cantate's power supply when it wore out for some reason (apparently I shouldn't leave it, along with the surge protector and voltage regulator, plugged in all the time if the latter two aren't running) and when I picked it up the technician was running it on Cayin CDPs - no one else came in so I camped out on one of the demo areas