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I figured it out. I had to change the output settings in JRiver MC.
For any Canadians out there that are considering the HD-DAC1, amazon.ca has it today for a super-low price ($832.32 CAD). Lowest price I've seen, I paid $899 CAD three years ago.
It was even at a lower price this morning so I had to buy it! Loves the Marantz sounds from my SR-7011 receiver. Looking forward this one.
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It seems that there was only one in stock at this price thought...
Yup, it's back up to $1100; can't believe it dropped as low as $700. Great buy!
That's almost to the $499 USD price BH Photo ran back in Dec, yes, you must have gotten the last one. I started following this thread in Dec, and most in this thread seem to love this component even though it has fairly old DAC technology and low power. I do love Marantz equipment and wish I had picked one up, but I was hoping the price would go even lower. Hope you enjoy the purchase.
It will be an interesting comparaison with my Chord Qutest and Liquid Platinum amp. I know it's not in same price range but I could be pleasantly surprised. Qutest and Clear can be fatiguing on long listening.
Also I just wished the Marantz had proper rca inputs...
The HD-DAC1 may not have the "latest chip" but it has a smooth and warm sound that doesn't lack any detail. I think that's why so many owners appreciate it.
And while the headphone output is does not look impressive on paper (800 mw @ 32 ohms), I've yet to see it provide inadequate power. The gain settings are really well implemented and I use low gain for all of headphones expect for my DT 990 PROs (they are 250 ohms and sound best to me on mid-gain).
I've decided to cancel my order. It's back in stock now @ CDN$ 703.78 (only one)
Cavalli sound/design is hard too top; too bad you cancelled it would be nice to hear how it compared to the Marantz.
I know the Marantz HD-DAC1 by itself is for driving headphones only but is it possible to use speakers with the Marantz HD-DAC1? I mean directly without any other amp/preamp. Would it have to be powered speakers? If so, how would the speakers be connected?
Damn. That is wierd. In Japan they sell both black and silver. I almost bought the black one but thought that that black audio equipment went out in the 80s, so I bought the silver one and am glad I did. With it's fake woden sides it is a beautiful piece of equipment.
Sure, just connect a set of powered speakers to the variable RCA outputs and the volume can be adjusted with the HD-DAC1's remote control.
Every time someone posts a picture of the silver version I get so envious. It's so damned sharp looking. I wonder if I could find a silver one in the US for a reasonable price...