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FS: Buffalo II 32 bit Balanced DAC - Better than Yulong D18 [AUS] ship Worldwide

Will Ship To: Anywhere

SOLD: $700AUD

 

220V. Built by FallenAngel.

 

Original Listing: http://www.head-fi.org/t/660983/updated-maxed-out-balanced-buffalo-ii-32-bit-dac-preamp

 

Compared to Yulong D18

FallenAngel:

 

"The power supplies on the Buffalo are worlds away from the simple single circuit in the D18.

 
In terms of I/V and output stage, the D18 uses AD8620 for I/V, and a pair of AD797 for LPF (low-pass-filter). The Buffalo uses the OPA1632 for this, which is a considerably better chip at I/V roles and in that circuit, maintains complete differential phase. It looks like the D18 went with "well known" names in the audio world for opamps instead of what's the best on the market, especially since both the AD8620 and AD797 are damn expensive chips usually used in headphone amps (as voltage gain stage, followed by some kind of buffer).
 
To say the truth, for a commercial product, the D18 looks like a really nice budget attempt at a balanced Sabre DAC. The casework looks nice, multiple inputs, it's a nice looking product. My main complaint would be the horribly lacking power supply implementation."

 

Price: $700 AUD + postage PayPal'd (I cover the PayPal fees)

Included in sale: Buffalo II DAC (ESS Sabre 32)

Reason for sale: Downgrading for financial reasons. Looking at a <$200 desktop(?) DAC for use with IEMs. Headphone set-up is now with turntable, no need for an amazing DAC any more. 

Payment: PayPal 

Shipping: Registered with tracking and insurance. PM me for cost to your location.

Trades: Will only trade if we can meet in person. Intersted in Hifiman HE-4 and a good <$200 DAC (Schiit, JDS Labs etc). 

 

Up for sale is my amazing Buffalo II DAC built by the user here named FallenAngel. I purchased the Buffalo II from Fallen angel a little over 12 months ago and have been using it ever since. 

 

How does it sound?

Absolutely mind-blowing! I have compared it extensively to a few DACs and it is easily the best I have ever heard. Compared to my cheap $100 Mini 1793 DAC (Google it if you feel the need to). There is just no comparison. I was actually hoping that there would be little to no difference (even when running single ended) to the Mini 1793 so I could easily let go of this Buffalo II. However, this was definitely not the case. The Buffalo II has about twice the soundstage in every way I can think of. It's absolutely amazing! The impact of drums is considerably harder and much more enjoyable to listen to. Details are present that just aren't there with the 1793. Vocals are separated from the instruments and I can easily pin-point where different instruments are being played from with the Buffalo II. With the Mini 1793, everything is just crammed together. The Mini 1793 actually sounds quite harsh as far as the mids and upper mids are concerned. The Buffalo II just handles them effortlessly without any fatigue occurring, unlike the Mini 1793. 

 

Conclusion 

Buffalo II: Huge soundstage, immense detail, immense accuracy and instrument separation. Non fatiguing, but defintely not coloured, relaxed etc. 

Important: If Mini 1793 is $100, I would pay roughly $1500 for this DAC. That is no joke. For comparison, if LCD-2 rev 2.2 are $995, I would only pay $1300 for LCD-3. There just is an immense  difference between the two DACs; much larger than that between $1000 and $2000 Audeze headphones (LCD-2 and LCD-3).

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to message me. I am friendly and will help you as much as I can :smile_phones: 


Edited by stang - 7/7/14 at 1:47am
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