SOLD Blue Circle 509 DAC - Balanced & RCA outs - Spdif RCA, AES/EBU & Toslink In
Will Ship To: Anywhere
You will hardly ever see a Blue Circle Dac come up for sale. Why? Handmade quality, fantastic sound, power supply that is bigger than your 100 watt power amp and bullet proof build quality. Why am I selling mine? Raising cash to improve my headphone setup and will save up for an upgrade.
What dac chip does the BC-509 use? I have no idea and Blue Circle is not saying. They paint over the chip and tell you to use your ears. I do know it is a ladder type chip so maybe it is one of the Analog Devices chips. All I know is it sounds great. It supports up to 24/192 and has Coax RCA spdif input, aes/ebu spdif input as well as Toslink. It has balanced and unbalanced out and uses a standard detachable power cable so you can roll an aftermarket one in for experimentation.
Okay what does it sound better than. Well when fed with a Halide USB to spdif bridge it beat the Ayre QB-9 in my system, the Parasound Zdac, the PS Audio Wave Dac, the Eastern Electric Minimax and more. With just Toslink it outperformed the Lavry DA-10, the Benchmark DAC1, and others.
I am currently feeding it with an Audiophileo 2 and it sounds fantastic. It digs out all sorts of spatial information and presents it very well. Strong PRAT, solid bass and deep mids with smooth highs. No one is going to say this dac sounds digital, yet it is not veiled or thick. It can easily stand its ground with in this configuration with USB dacs up to and over $2500.
Edited by bixby - 2/1/14 at 10:14am