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Upgrade from a Zapfiltered D2.5?

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

Hello,

 

What would be a decent upgrade from a Zapfiltered D2.5?

 

This is the question remaining after getting no responses to my previous questions for a DIY mod-ready DAC a la D2.5.

 

Please let us know!

 

 


Udo

post #2 of 8
Thread Starter 

No upgrade possible to a Zhaolu D2.5 w/ Zapfilter?

 

Please respond if you think this is not true.

post #3 of 8
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Originally Posted by udo View Post
 

No upgrade possible to a Zhaolu D2.5 w/ Zapfilter?

 

Please respond if you think this is not true.

 

 

A lot of the newer folks don't even know what a Zhaolu is, let alone a zapped one....:D

 

I still have my D2.5C & D3.0 (non-zapped).

 

Look at the Audio-GD offerings...Great stuff...

 

http://audio-gd.com/Products-EN.htm

post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by HeatFan12 View Post
 

 

 

A lot of the newer folks don't even know what a Zhaolu is, let alone a zapped one....:D

 

I still have my D2.5C & D3.0 (non-zapped).

 

Look at the Audio-GD offerings...Great stuff...

 

http://audio-gd.com/Products-EN.htm

 

Thanks for your reply:

Hmm.

So who can give a comparison review between a Zapfiltered Zhaolu versus the Audio-GD offerings?

Or which Audio-GD review (non-balanced) is considered a good read?

 

Which S/PDIF (coax?) switch would work well with these DACs?

post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 

How would the DAC chips compare?

 

ES9018

WM8741

PCM5102

 

Any differences in general versus differences in the Audio-GD implementation?

 

And maybe then compare to DAC chip in the D2.5C, the CS-4398.

post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 

No suggestions for recent DACS with discrete stage after the DAC chip that could compare?

post #7 of 8

I have one! See my sig. that zapfilter is one great analog stage.

 

Zhaolu is not so bad.... it's a well implemented design. still musical to my ears... even against newer players...

 

I find AK4399 and ES9018 analytical, not musical. YMMV, of course.

 

 

     

post #8 of 8
Thread Starter 

Still no suggestions of gear that is +/- at the same level as the Zhaolu or even a slight upgrade?

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