Most POWERFUL DAC/Amp all-in-one?
Feb 26, 2013 at 7:51 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 60

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Looking for the most powerful DAC/Amp "all-in-one". Any suggestions? So far it's looking like the Burson Conductor but that bad boy costs $1,850.00.... Hopefully something as powerful but not as expensive? Under $1200.00? 
 
Feb 26, 2013 at 9:41 PM Post #3 of 60

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I love the amp/DAC combos but IMO, it's best to find a great amp and to get a seperate DAC because digital conversion technology keeps getting better but amp technology remains stable. A great amp from 40 years ago is still amazing even by todays standards. 
 
DAC or  digital technology changes and is not as stable as amp technology.
 
But either way, it's all fine. If you can find a good DAC/amp single unit, it's great and worthy of the audiophile community. 
 
Feb 26, 2013 at 11:45 PM Post #4 of 60

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I love the amp/DAC combos but IMO, it's best to find a great amp and to get a seperate DAC because digital conversion technology keeps getting better but amp technology remains stable. A great amp from 40 years ago is still amazing even by todays standards. 

 
Seconded. 
 
What about the Soloist + dac? 
 
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I love the amp/DAC combos but IMO, it's best to find a great amp and to get a seperate DAC because digital conversion technology keeps getting better but amp technology remains stable. A great amp from 40 years ago is still amazing even by todays standards. 
 
DAC or  digital technology changes and is not as stable as amp technology.
 
But either way, it's all fine. If you can find a good DAC/amp single unit, it's great and worthy of the audiophile community. 

I hear you and under normal circumstance I'd be all over that. Problem is, I'm looking for an all-in-one. This is going to be transported from work, to home, to tailgate party, to workshop, and sometimes it will even be with me in my car.
 
It's going to get moved a lot, and there won't always be many available outlets where I'm going. The less stuff I have to plug in the better. The less stuff I have to hook up and un-hookup the better. 
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OICWUTUDIDTHAR: Thanks for the suggestion. I'll look into that. 
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Feb 27, 2013 at 12:46 PM Post #10 of 60

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If you want to save even more money the NFB-10 is a beast.
 
http://www.audio-gd.com/Pro/Headphoneamp/NFB-10.1/NFB10.1EN.htm
 
 
 
[size=small]9950MW /  25 ohm [/size][size=small][/size]
[size=small]5950MW /  50 ohm [/size][size=small][/size]
[size=small] 3300MW  /  100 ohm[/size][size=small][/size]
[size=small]1150MW / 300 ohm[/size][size=small][/size]
[size=small]590MW  /  600 ohm[/size]

 
Those outputs are in balanced mode.
 
Feb 27, 2013 at 5:42 PM Post #11 of 60

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If you want to save even more money the NFB-10 is a beast.
 
http://www.audio-gd.com/Pro/Headphoneamp/NFB-10.1/NFB10.1EN.htm
 
 
 
 
Those outputs are in balanced mode.

I really don't want to have to deal with changing my headphone cables to XLR. I just paid a lot of money for a new single ended cable. It looks like the most powerful All-in-one they make with unbalanced connectors is the NFB 15.32. I just sent them an email. Info is on the way. Thanks for the lead mates.  
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Feb 27, 2013 at 5:56 PM Post #12 of 60

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Violectric amps put out some high voltage and have the option for internal DACs.
 
Feb 27, 2013 at 6:08 PM Post #14 of 60

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http://www.violectric.de/Pages/en/technical-data.php
 
 
   

HPA V90

HPA V100

  HPA V181 

HPA V200

Unbalanced Inputs 2 2 2 2
Balanced Inputs 0 (2) (2) (2)
Impedance 10 kOhms 10 kOhms 10 kOhms 10 kOhms
Unbalanced Outputs 2 (2) (2) (2)
Balanced Outputs 0 0 0 0
Number of Channels 2 2 2 2
Nominal Input Level +6 dBu +6 dBu +6 dBu +6 dBu
Amplifier Gain 8 dB 8 dB 8 dB 8 dB
... with Pre-Gain -4/+2/+8/+14/+20 dB -4/+2/+8/+14/+20 dB  -4/+2/+8/+14/+20 dB -4/+2/+8/+14/+20 dB
Frequency Range (-0,5 dB) 5 Hz - 60 kHz 5 Hz - 60 kHz 5 Hz - 60 kHz    5 Hz - 60 kHz
Damping Factor (in 50 Ohm Load) 300 400 250 800
Dynamic Range (A-wtd) 126 dB 128 dB 128 dB 128 dB
Noise (A-wtd) -102 dB -100 dB -100 dB -100 dB
THD+N @ 10V / 100 Ohms (1W) -108 dB -109 dB -108 dB -110 dB
THD+N @ 4V / 32 Ohms (0,5W) -102 dB -103 dB -109 dB -103 dB
Crosstalk @ 1 kHz -110 dB -115 dB -115 dB -110 dB
Crosstalk @ 15 kHz -90 dB -95 dB -100 dB -95 dB
Output Voltage in 600 Ohms 20,9 Veff 19,6 V 20,2 V 18,5 V
Output Power in 600 Ohms 730 mW 640 mW 680 mW 570 mW
Output Voltage in 100 Ohms 15,2 V 14,5 V 16,6 V 14,8 V
Output Power in 100 Ohms 2300 mW 2100 mW 2700 mW 2200 mW
Output Voltage in 50 Ohms 9,4 V 10,5 V 10,2 11,6 V
Output Power in 50 Ohms 1780 mW 2200 mW 2100 mW 2700 mW
Output Voltage in 32 Ohms 6,4 V 7,4 V 7,9 V 8,0 V
Output Power in 32 Ohms 1300 mW 1700 mW 1950 mW 2000 mW
Output Voltage in 16 Ohms 3,0 V 3,5 V 4,5 V 4 Veff
Output Power in 16 Ohms 550 mW 780 mW 1250 mW 1000 mW
Number of Outputs 2 2     2
Power Supply 230 / 115 V 230 / 115 V     230 / 115 V
Power Consumption 7 VA 10 VA     10 VA
Dimensions (WxHxD) mm 170x49x126 170x49x225     170x49x225
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Okay. I sent 'em an email. See what happens... Thanks. 

 
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http://www.violectric.de/Pages/en/technical-data.php
 
 
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Violectric amps put out some high voltage and have the option for internal DACs.
 

       

Thanks. And you say they can add an internal DAC to any of those models? Internally? In the same enclosure? That's crazy. I sent them an email. I think their Amps look cool. 
 

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