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192 DAC recommendations?
« on: May 24, 2005, 08:34:40 PM »
Sold a DAC, preamp, speakers, and some ICs, so I can fund an upgrade.  I have read all about the Bel Canto 2.0.  The only thing I don't like about it is that it has a single input.  I have multiple sources.

If the budget were a bit higher, say $1500-$1700 for a used piece, would there be an option better than the BC2.0 and worth the added (double) expense?



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Re: 192 DAC recommendations?
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2005, 08:39:36 PM »
Mytek Stereo192-DSD DAC should be available one of these days

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Re: 192 DAC recommendations?
« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2005, 08:50:51 PM »
I wonder if they'll add more than just the DSD input. I'd love an optical also, since a lot of consumer gear uses it.
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Re: 192 DAC recommendations?
« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2005, 08:53:46 PM »
bel canto dac 2 has optical in and coax rca in

I actually have 2 coax sources so I just switch them out when I need to... but my room is small and it's a short walk over to the stereo from the recliner

it's the only thing I would change about the unit though :)
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Re: 192 DAC recommendations?
« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2005, 08:56:14 PM »
I don't see a lot of info about that unit.  Does it support more than 2-ch audio (I'm not up on DSD).  Where is Mytek gear in the 192DAC spectrum compared to Grace or Bel Canto (the only ones I really know)?

Yeah, I need multiple coax inputs and if possible I'd love to have one AES port.

Now to hijack my own thread:
Hey Matt,  still thinking of doing Herndon festival?  I just wrote my buddy about borrowing the 4023s that weekend.


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Re: 192 DAC recommendations?
« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2005, 09:01:51 PM »


I can post some pics for you if you'd like as well :)
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Re: 192 DAC recommendations?
« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2005, 09:02:41 PM »
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Re: 192 DAC recommendations?
« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2005, 09:03:51 PM »
I'm about to head up to Boulder for some music but I'll throw some up tomorrow before I take off for Yellowstone

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Re: 192 DAC recommendations?
« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2005, 09:38:41 PM »

Does anyone have to say Benchmark  DAC-1, the priced-fixed darling of the last year ?
It does sound great, but it is nothing short of impossible to see it for less that MSP of $975
A little competition will definitely help !

Also the Grace M902 has gotten a rave review in Stereophile this month.
I would have expected nothing less.  Way to go Mike !

So tell me more about this DSD-DAC stuff.  What would I feed it from ?
Why do I want it when 24/192 PCM sounds better than the best 1/4 " - 15 IPS Analogue tape that I ever heard ?

What can I use to create, save, and edit DSD files ?

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Re: 192 DAC recommendations?
« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2005, 10:12:35 PM »
OK, add benchmark.  Can anyone rate these relative to one another?
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Re: 192 DAC recommendations?
« Reply #10 on: May 24, 2005, 11:10:29 PM »
the mytek unit has both PCM AND DSD inputs.  it does not convert everything to dsd.  the dac in it can handle both formats

muj, you around to talk about the mytek sound?

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Re: 192 DAC recommendations?
« Reply #11 on: May 25, 2005, 04:08:18 AM »
Can anyone rate these relative to one another?

I'd like to see that too :)
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Re: 192 DAC recommendations?
« Reply #12 on: May 25, 2005, 07:53:45 AM »
Yeah, Herndon Festival is still on my mind. I don't know what I'll show up for just yet, though.
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Re: 192 DAC recommendations?
« Reply #13 on: May 25, 2005, 01:53:30 PM »
one more heavyweight contender and at a very reasonable price (~$1000), the Musical Fidelity X-DACv3.

Reviewed in the May stereophile, spectacular measured performance. I don't think the PDF's are up on the web yet, but from what I remember they looked very similar to the ones from a past MF converter:

http://stereophile.com/digitalsourcereviews/561/index6.html

I think that at this price range it is tough to go wrong with either this or the Benchmark DAC1. To be honest I think that these two can hold their own against converters costing 5x as much or more.

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Re: 192 DAC recommendations?
« Reply #14 on: May 25, 2005, 02:40:02 PM »
I think that at this price range it is tough to go wrong with either this or the Benchmark DAC1. To be honest I think that these two can hold their own against converters costing 5x as much or more.

in a blind listening test, I prefered the grace 901 to the benchmark DAC1.  based on that experience, I would recommend the 902 over the dac1 (I am assuming that the 902 would sound as least as good as the 901, although I have never heard the 902)  that said, I also haven't heard the Musical Fidelity, so I can't give any opinion on that.

 

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