- Mar 23, 2009
Well, my KSE1500 DAC definitely sounds different from my external DAC - and that's very easy to do an SPL-matched A/B with, because you can just switch from the line-in to a flat EQ, which flips on the internal DAC. But I hear you - I'll admit the differences are small. With the Dave, the differences I heard were more significant, but it's the whole package here because Dave is not just a DAC - at least I didn't test it with the KSE1500's line-in. My tests were done with Focal Utopias, which also used the Dave's amp.
I don't own a Dave. I'm not planning on buying a Dave. I'm not trying to push Chord products. I'm simply suggesting listening to the Dave - and A/Bing against your existing DAC(s). If you hear no difference, you'll have just saved yourself $13,500 + tax + shipping.
I'm certain I could find some speakers that cost a fraction of that $13,500 that would make an improved difference that even I could hear and measure. A DAC is the last piece of gear I would search for to make any improvement with my system. What difference is being heard with the Dave? If it can be demonstrated to be something that can be reliably heard, it would be measurable. What's the difference with the Dave that makes it sound better? Are there any repeatable listening tests that remove the most basic biases showing people can hear a difference?