Pre-amp in the DAC?
Mar 20, 2011 at 10:34 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 5


500+ Head-Fier
Feb 11, 2011
I wonder if there is such a DAC with both outstanding conversion performance and pre-amp functionality.

I'm looking at the Lavry DA11 and Benchmark 1-pre. I know that they are both great DACs( seems like Lavry DAC sounds better)

But I wonder how's the Pre-amp section? how would it compare to a Dedicated Pre-amp, under 1 K say the CSP2+ as the pre-amp.

I post this in the source forum than later figured this might be the appropriate place.


Mar 21, 2011 at 8:39 PM Post #2 of 5
The HA-160D is also worth mentioning. 
I have used burson preamps before, and i was impressed by the sound quality. Regarding the DAC chip, it uses a Burr Brown PCM1793. 
I'm sure this "all in one" box solution is worth. 
Mar 21, 2011 at 9:01 PM Post #3 of 5
Thanks for getting back to me.
Mar 21, 2011 at 9:13 PM Post #4 of 5
Another option would be Grace m902 or m903 but I don't know how they stack up with stand alone pre-amps. 

Users who are viewing this thread