1. absent

    Purchasing LCD-X Amp DAC Suggestions.

    So I'm going to take the leap and get a pair of LCD-Xs.  I was wondering if you all had some suggestions on AMPs/DACs to go with them.  I was eyeing the Bifrost Asgard 2 combo but would like some other suggestions.   Fist thing, definitely looking for something solid state at this point...
  2. Gary in MD

    December 2013 Mid-Level DAC Comparison

    Folks:   I intend to do a comparison of mid-level (~$500-2500) DACs in December 2013.  I will test multiple DACs and keep the one I like the best.  Period.  Everything else gets sent away.  If I end up liking my current $200 Emotiva XDA-1 best, that's the one I'll keep and everything new gets...
  3. Gibbo99

    NAD M51 Sample Rate (48k)

    I have an M51 DAC that displays 48k regardless of source and music file type i.e I have played 44.1/16 and 96/24 ALAC files through the HDMI (Tivo and ATV2), Optical (ATV2) and USB (Macbook Air) connections. I thought the display should show the sample rate of the music being played but instead...
  4. Xanthos

    Around $2000 DAC Selection Help

    Hello all, I was wondering if anyone had any comments or comparisons between these 3 DSD DACs before I make a purchase:   Mytek STEREO192-DSD   Benchmark DAC2 HGC   Fostex HP-A8C   I can't seem to make a decision based on the reviews I've read. There has really been little...
  5. Freazy

    Looking for a great DAC to match the Cavalli Liquid Fire

    Hey guys,so i need some good advice here so what better place than to ask the members at head-fi. So i will be receiving my Cavalli Liquid Fire in a short while so i will be looking for a great DAC to match the LF. As of now i'll have to use the DAC section of my Burson HA-160D, that's no...
  6. W

    Schiit Gungnir DAC        Estimated shipping date August 2012.      $749.00 / $849 with USB
  7. Audiophilehi

    Woo Audio WDS-1

    Hi all, Has anyone received the Woo Audio WDS-1? It's high on my list as well as the Wyred Dac-2. Thanks
  8. Surfski

    Ayre / NAD / Eximus comparison?

    Ok I sold everything and will be starting from scratch. Goal: computer audio + TV + headphones.    The previous non headphone centric system was Musical Fidelity M5 integrated with Revel M22 speakers. However NOW I have thin walls and cranky neighbors. I still have the speakers but sold the...
  9. ZenErik

    Best DACs with asynchronous 24/192 or higher USB and volume control? W4S DAC2? Up to $2000.

    I am looking to upgrade from my Musical Fidelity M1 DAC A but have not found many options yet.   Quality USB implementation must be a priority on my DAC of choice. I know that there are plenty of expensive DACs out there with poor USB support and still only 16/44.   Volume control is...
  10. estreeter

    NAD M51 Direct Digital DAC Impressions

    I dont know if anyone here has this DAC, but Stereo Net Australia board member lil Caeser seems to have heard most of the current ~$1K front-runners and rates the M51 very highly   Just ignore that stuff about the Lampizator unless you happen to have 5K ......   NAD Product Page...
  11. AT0MAC

    Headphone amp/dac that can be controlled via Mac keyboard +/- volume buttons??

    I am thinking about buying a tiny little DAC to replace my not-so-good headphone out on my MacBook. The Dr.Dac Nano / JAVS NanoS comes to mind because it is essentially all I need, USB in/minijack out. No buttons to push, no drivers, no problems.   My question is though, do any of you guys...
  12. boatheelmusic

    Some DAC/preamp comparisons (long)

    Over the last several months, I have auditioned a number of DACs, seeking to establish a baseline for my Emotiva DC-1, with which I’ve been very pleased and believe it is very clearly a value leader.  My requirements include preamp capabilities, so a sampling of DAC/preamps were evaluated.  ...
  13. EdgeRunner

    Could this little device be the answer to Wi-Fi streaming of hi-res audio?

    Hi all here at Head-Fi For long I have been looking for a satisfying way to stream high and standard resolution audio (mainly FLAC) over Wi-Fi from my laptop to my NAD M51 DAC – ideally in a way where I’m not limited to use certain programs. Of course I don’t want to compromise audio quality...
  14. fjosh

    Looking for a DAC...

    ...that will work in Linux.  Every DAC I come across says Windows and OSX.  Is there drivers that are installed?  Otherwise what is the reasoning behind nobody listing their product will work with Linux?   If this does not exist then I need a DAC that will accept HDMI.   My laptop does not...
  15. NAD M51 DAC

    NAD M51 DAC

    The NAD M51 DAC uses the same digital engine as the NAD M2 (4600 euro) stereo digital amplifier. It´s an asynchronous DAC, with an 8 channel chip split into 2×4, which gives very little noise and low jitter. The signal goes through a 35-bit/844 kHz sampling rate process to reclock the PCM...