Pokémon trainer of headphones
- Dec 17, 2013
I will be glad if you can show or link to any DAC manufacturer "Timing Accuracy" measurements! Until now I admit that I have failed even to understand the marketing definition of it.
Anyhow, I do perceive different sound signatures among sone DACs. Everything equal, I tend to relate those differences to different tunings purposely applied.
As far as measurements pertaining to, for example, the vastly higher number of taps (which correspond to how advanced the interpolation filter is) in Chord products (up to 1,000,000+ compared to only a handful in conventional DACs) go, I'll have to get back to you. There are many pages worth of explanations out there, but those aren't measurements, so I sent a request to the DAC designer.
For the moment, here's something that shows zero measurable jitter in the Hugo 2: https://cdn.head-fi.org/a/9783970.jpg
So proof again that is immune from jitter - no artifacts at all. The only thing you can see is a tiny residual at 11 and 13 kHz these are artifacts from my APX555.
(This is significant because there are DACs that cost six figures yet still have measurable jitter.)
I know right? The difference between $20 cables and $500 cables is like 5% at most
I think the difference between many headphones is only around five to ten percent. DAC differences are more subtle, and cables subtler still. Even some "bad" cables I have that sound clearly inferior to equally cheap but better-designed ones only have maybe a few percent difference in terms of the overall sound.