DAT redorder as DAC, improvement with the M-Audio Audiophile 2496?
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I was thinking of using a second hand, broken DAT recorder as a external DAC for my M-Audio Audiophile 2496 soundcart. Using the digital out.
At the moment I use the M-Audio Audiophile 2496 as source for my PC audio.
Would adding the DAT DAC be an improvement, or merely a waste of money?
 
Jul 12, 2008 at 3:57 PM Post #2 of 8

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Most dat recorders that I've had experience with have really lousy dacs.


Thanks, that is what I wanted to know.
Does that also apply to the ES series of Sony DAT recorders?
 
Jul 12, 2008 at 6:52 PM Post #6 of 8

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Most of Sony ES DATs sound bad except a few top ones such as 1000ES(too old and cannot receive 44.1khz digital signal), 77ES (87ES in US), 1500ES and 2000ES.
 
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I have used a Tascam DA-P1 as a DAC/AMP in the past (because I had one lying around). While it isn't as good as a modern (24/96) dac, It wasn't bad. However, unless you can get one for super-cheap, I suspect you can do better.

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Portable dat recorders are not worth it since they normally have to sacrifice the playback quality to A/D converter and preamp considering the compact size. However if you can find some decent home DAT decks to be used as DACs they can be more "hi-fi" than soundcards since they are made for it, while soundcards are always made by people who don't KNOW audiophiles' aesthetics.
 

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