Originally Posted by cel4145
That's not what I said (or meant). LOL
You don't pick a DAC by it's chip. How the chip is implemented is WAY MORE IMPORTANT. So the best thing to do is read about different DACs and do your own research in the dedicated source forum for the DACs you are interested in.
Got it. but was hoping there might a a consensus about DACs, e.g. DAC X tends to have these strengths, DAC Y has these. To your point, there are a lot of posts. But I think it might take me more time that I have available to educate myself by searching/reading from scratch. maybe Wikipedia would be a better place for me to start.
Currently, I'm looking to configure a portable system - lets say using an ipod, with Dac/Amp ($600-1500) that can play 24/192 AIFF files into sensitive IEMs or headphones such as LCD-X. Balanced might be a plus. Lots of possibilities and a lot to read/learn.
If by "implementation" you mean the overall resulting sound coming out of the device - I agree, that is definitely what is important. But when vendors boast about DAC chip X or Y, I don't know how to interpret that. e.g. Does the Sabre dac have a character or qualities that they are exploiting that they expect their customers to know about ? Or, do I not need to pay attention to this since its not that critical to a portable rig vs. a very expensive non-portable system.