Originally Posted by kwong
Can't resist ... Iron_Dreamer, since you have both 1212M and Benchmark, how do they compare?
(Hope my 1212M is not the flavor-of-the-month)
I wouldn't say that fact that the DAC1 is on a whole different level of sound quality from the EMU (stock or modded) makes the latter a FOTM. I think both components are awesome in terms of bang/buck. I will make a few sound comparisons of the DAC1 to stock EMU.
The DAC1 has:
much faster transient response
smoother, more natural treble
more overall detail (macro & micro)
more natural sounding vocals
slightly more accurate imaging
Again, this is with a POS RCA IC as the digital cable, and stock power cable on the DAC1. The difference might widen with a glass optical and Quail PC.
I think they are both great deals, because I have heard (or heard of) no other components that offer their respective levels of performance at competetive prices. The EMU is in the range of $500-$1000 CDP's. Stereophile compares the DAC1 to $10000+ DAC's.