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  1. ValentinHogea

    Looking for a good "hardware" EQ with Dual 10-12 bands and a good S/N-ratio

    Hi!   As the title states, I'm in the search of a good hardware EQ to put between my USB-DAC and my headphone-amp.   The price would be somewhere between 200-500 USD. So far I've found "Technical Pro" as a brand, but they only offer aprox 80 dB S/N.   Any tips? Would be kindly...
  2. Rocko1

    Are Pre-1990 Sony CD Players any good?

    I had a Sony CD plater in 87' and I recall it being built very well. Are all Japan made Sony's from the 80's decent CD players? Was there a year when things went downhill? Any info would be great thanks.
  3. RedBull

    Calyx FEMTO DAC

    I haven't seen this in head-fi.       Has anyone tried it   Weight: 18.5 Kg, sure it is heavier than my Audio Gd Ref 7.1. Chip: ESS9018 Price: $6,850   Gleaming review in Stereomojo: http://www.stereomojo.com/CalyxFemtoDACReview.htm/CalyxFemtoDACReview.htm  ...
  4. estreeter

    EMM Labs DAC2X slays all comers - and wallets .....

    Reading Chris Connaker's glowing review, I began to think 'OK, clearly we are talking Alpha pricetag on this thing', but I was wrong.    If you've got 15.5k and a hankering to own 'the best' (at least in CC's opinion), read on:  ...
  5. AF115

    Beresford Bushmaster TC-7530DC

    This DAC + headamp is on the market since a few monts.         Four switchable inputs (optical and S/PDIF) Output: RCA Up to 24bit/192KHz Built-in headamp No capacitors on the signal path     Information in the website of Beresford: w w w. b e r e s f o r d . m e  ...
  6. NOMBEDES

    Help Me Decide: Benchmark DAC1 Pre v. Bel Canto DAC 2.5

    Proposed system:   iMac --> (DAC) -->  Woo Tube Amp  --> Sennheiser 700.   Would like to pull the DAC trigger this week.  Any advice?  Thank You.
  7. No Disc

    Curious if anyone has used the Behringer FCA202 as their DAC?

      I got one of these upon the suggestion from someone in Pro Audio many years ago, at the time, I was wanting to get the Weiss FireWire DAC, but for about $30 for a used Behringer, why wouldn't I give it a try.  I was very glad I did, because when setup correctly, it produced a better sound...
  8. BleedingBlue

    Best DAC for Beyer T70p

    Hi there. I'm looking for a (preferably portable) DAC to pair with my Beyer T70p and MBP with Amarra. Budget is around $500. The genres that I listen to include pop, R&B/soul, classical and occasionally rock. I'm currently looking at the Music Fidelity V-Dac II + V-PSU II combo. Any input is...
  9. Michael V

    Need a good dac for HD 598 and fiio e11

    Currently running an he 598 powered by fiio e11 and a xonar dg. Looking to upgrade to a much better dac and one that matches the 598. I mostly listen to technobase.fm radio station all day long but I do have all my CDs ripped into lossless flac, such as Celine dion, Barbara Streisand, many 80s...
  10. tojamm

    Cd Player vibrating

    Hello, i have little issue with my Harman/Kardon HD 980 cd-player. The problem is that it vibrates very much when i play cd:s, almost "shaking" and makes a little more noise then it should do. Has anyone else experienced this? and what should I do about the problem. It still plays the cd and...
  11. Mr.Tom

    Brief Bifrost impressions.

    Hi All, My Schiit Bifrost came in this morning. So far so good. My fears have been relieved, as it's not a harsh, bright or cold, as some have roported.   It's Smooooooth as silk! A beautiful stage with just the correct amount of detail. It passed the Boston(first two albums)test. Supertramp...
  12. Denys

    For sale.... REF-5 or NFB-8 ??? Wich one ???

    Hi guys,   For space reason (I just moved a couple of months ago), I must sell one of these two DACs that I purchased last year. To my knowledge, I purchased he last unit of REF-5 produced by Audio-GD, and my NFB-8 is the latest model Kingwa did....Both are like new condition....   My...
  13. jamiehooker

    Issue - Very Tinny Sound - Cambridge Audio DacMagic Plus to Fostex PM 2 MK II's

    Hello, I have a brand new Cambridge Audio DacMagic Plus connected to a pair of existing Fostex PM 2 MK II's. As the Fostex speaker inputs are 1/4" TRS, I am using a pair of unbalanced RCA to 1/4" TRS cables to connect them to the DAC. When I play anything through the DAC however, the audio...
  14. kazsud

    Best dac or dac/amp for Ultrasone Pro 900s?

    Currently I listen to jazz, hip-hop, funk, lounge, rock etc... by way of alac/flac/mp3s   My work setup where I do most of my listening is with Win7>foobar 2000>usb-Nuforce Icon> Ultrasone Pro 900   My home/portable setup is a mba11">Fidelia>usb-Nuforce Icon> Ultrasone Pro 900   I am...
  15. Rocko1

    Pulled this out of the closet after 10 years...

    I was really into vintage stereos from late 90's to early 2000's. Sold 95% of all my equipment in 2002-divorce will do that- except two receivers, my Marantz 2220B and 2270. Fired up the 2220B last night and wow, I forgot how good she sounds and looks. Needed to clean a few switches but that was...
  16. Zoom25

    Marantz CD5004 Questions (Updated with Review)

    Recently I have been thinking of purchasing a good cd player that has a headphone out. I'm not looking to spend a lot and at the $300-$400 price range, I have set my eyes on the Marantz CD5004 CD player. I have heard good things about it so far from here Stereophile and other review sites...
  17. mikaelmark

    Overheated DAC from eBay

    I have recently bought a ready-built DAC with WM8741 and CS8421 uppsampling from eBay, and gave about $ 100USD. What was missing was an transformer; 2 * 15 volts and 2 * 9 Volt and a box to build it in.   I thought at first that I could fix my own toroidal transformer where I found the...
  18. skormee

    Dac reccomendation 100-150 price range

    Hello, the Dac that I had in the past was the Emu 0404 usb but I ended up frying it with water in an accident. Now i'm in need of a new Dac, for my k701>heed setup. Havn't been to this site in a few years so its been a bit difficult to find what i need on the forums. Any suggestions very much...
  19. Koolpsych

    DAC to pair with Darkvoice 3322

    I purchased a Darkvoice 3322 paired with my upgraded Zero dac and HD650 phones a while back and have been listening to my system with great enjoyment. Now, "upgratis" has set in. After looking through the forums, I see amp/dac pairing is very important rather than the quality of the individual...
  20. wind016

    Why do people buy expensive DACs?

    Before you say anything, yes I used the search. I came up with this link.   http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/517082/what-makes-a-dac-better-than-another   It seems to say expensive DACs still sacrifice something... Now why are people spending $1000+ on DACs when there are supposedly...
  21. mollymoo

    W4S DAC-2 Versus PS Audio Digital Link III w/Cullen Stage 4 Mods

    Hi,   Basically, would it be an upgrade from the PS Audio DL III (Stage IV) to the DAC2?  I do not use the USB and I only use it with my Squeezebox Touch for HD 24/96-192 tracks.   Also, I know the DL III upsamples but does the DAC2 do native with 24/96 and 24/192?   Thanks so much...
  22. iim7V7IM7

    New iMac, Neuman KH 120, AKG K702 & $2 000 for a DAC and Amp?

    Hi, What DAC and HF amp should get for these cans and active monitors.(xlr connection) using an iMac ( USB or optical out)? Some units that units that I am considering are: Antelope Zodiac Benchmark DAC1 USB Burson HA-160D Grace m903 Larry DA-11 Vioelectric HPA V800 + tbd amp Other Some are...
  23. goodsound

    Fiio E17 or V-DAC II ?

    Ok I have narrowed it down to these two DACs for use in my home stereo system. This dac will be see very little headphone duty. Its mainly for spdif input and line output. The V-DAC II is twice the price of the E17 and people everywhere are raving about both these dacs but what I am trying to...
  24. Laniidae

    ODAC+O2 vs Yulong D100mkII vs ASUS Xonar Essence One

    Hello. I'm new to this forum and whole world of audio devices, but recently I decided to purchase my first DAC+AMP combo. Right now I have in mind ODAC+O2 and Yulong D100mkII, I heard good things about both of them, but I don’t trust USB that much, so I’m a little bit hesitant to buy ODAC+O2...
  25. GrandeSwag

    Should I upgrade my dac?

    Hey guys, I'm looking for your opinions/suggestions on a dac upgrade. Right now I have a fiio e7 and a millet minimax for an amp. I listen with RS2i's and HD598's. Is the e7 a real bottleneck in my setup? I'm looking to spend under $250 for a new dac, if it is worth getting. Thanks
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