DENON DA-10 DSD - New portable DAC/Headphone AMP

Discussion in 'Portable Headphone Amps' started by hifirobot, Jul 21, 2014.
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  1. headsetgo
    I had this Dac and ended up sending it back. It lacked volume and bass for me. I changing it for the Oppo HA-2. Which I thought was much better.
    Also offers true DSD playback.
    Might be worth a look.
  2. doctorjazz
    Haven't used it in a while, but I found the DAC part to be good, the amp not as much. Did run it into another amp when I used it. Never tried DSD. Now pretty much use my Geek Out Special Edition/Regen/MicroZOTL2 for my PC, love it (not a bargain set up, though)!
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  3. flyingrhinorec
    Does the DAC really perform the quality of a DSD file?
    I would like to hear more thoughts on the denon-da10 as a dac/amp please if possible.
  4. audionewbi
    I for one truly respect the denon AL32 technology. To me the issue that members have, and rightly so, is all due to poor headphone amp section. I find the denon AL32 feature to produce a sound that is very round and non-fatiguing. It sounds quiet similar to chord mojo. 

    I recently had a chance to try a much more expensive denon product which used the same technology in a large scale. It sounded as best as I heard, for my taste.
    If I was into stacking I see myself use denon with objective 2. Sadly where DA10 fails is how it deals with IEM. This is why I dont use it as much as I like to. 
  5. Pippin76
    Wait, why wouldn't the DA-10 perform "true" DSD playback?
  6. audionewbi
    all files that are processed by denon are up sampled using AL32 algorithm .
  7. Pippin76
    Got it, however, is it a bad thing though? No one would ever complain about it in relation to ordinary cd audio.
  8. audionewbi
    I am personally saving for a denon flagship DAC so to me it is not a bad thing at all.
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  9. B00MERS00NER
    Does the DAC get bypassed when using the AUX input? Is the only way to engage the DAC is to utilize the USB/DAC connection? I was hoping to pair this with the Denon D600 and my Samsung Note 5.
  10. audionewbi
    Yes it does.
  11. KnightBaron
    Is this a good budget DAC/AMP considering that it is currently about 23,000 JPY at Amazon? With the current price, it within the same range as TEAC-P50 / Onkyo HA-200 but with DSD playback.
  12. PantsUK
    Just managed to pick up one directly from Denon on eBay (or so the listing said) wanted a cheap dac and it had to have external power or battery and at that price I couldn't really say no. We'll see if they've fixed any of the quirks :wink:
  13. PantsUK
    The price was £99 :thumbsup:
  14. audionewbi
    it is a great deal, you can spend the rest on the iFi iematch, you probably need it due to funny Denon volume knob.
  15. PantsUK
    I'm going to use it mainly as a DAC plugged into a little dot 1+ not what I intended to buy but was just a bargain I felt at that price. Looking to buy some new headphones and have a bit more cash available now. My shure se535s are what I listen to for around 10hrs a day but thinking about some fostex t20-40-50rps and wanted some more grunt if needed and I'm hoping as it runs of battery it will sort out the noise coming from my USB. Should be here Tuesday so we'll see. As you said I can always add the iematch if I need to.
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