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  1. As new Rega DAC-R for sale. In immaculate condition with remote and all original packaging. See pics. Dealer invoice includes to support warranty. Literally a couple of months old. £500 cash on collection (Guildford Surrey GU2) or £515 shipped anywhere in mainland UK 🇬🇧 Text me on 07538829525 if interested. Thanks Mark
  2. Back in 2013 I had just sold my Wyred 4 Sound DAC and was on the look out for a replacement. I attended a Hi-Fi show at Whittlebury Hall Hotel. There I met Gary from Audio Emotion and Xuanqian Wang from Auralic. Both friendly and knowledgeable guys. As there was a generous discount on the new AURALIC VEGA G1 Streaming DAC I ordered one along with a midrange Audioquest USB cable. After six years of enjoying the DAC/Preamp, I began to read several favourable reviews about the new Auralic VEGA G1 from the likes of John Darko and Chris Connaker. This leads to thoughts of, “will it sound nicer, can I afford one and will I use it enough” etc. Fortunately for me, one came up for sale a couple of weeks ago which I bought. The first impressions are as follows: The G1 unit seems twice as heavy has my original Vega (curved edge aluminium) unit. More than double the amount of plastic foam provided in the box, am sure this thing would survive an accidental drop. Two basic power cables, one braided USB cable included but no remote. The large yellow led display of the original is nicely laid out and just provides the information I need to see from my sofa. The G1 has a square screen in the middle with large icons for input but very small font in the sub menus. G1 units comes with the addition of an ethernet socket on the rear which the original does not have. Because I have a Windows based music server, I needed to again install a small driver on to that from the Auralic site, which was straightforward. The significant changes are that the new device has a streamer, completely updated electronics and the interface is more complex in my view. To set up and configure the G1 device you can use any web browser, the built-in screen system menus or the Lightening DS app. The App provides prompts which I found easy to follow. However, when I tried to register the device with my email on the Lightening app, a message popped up which correctly stated that a previous owner had registered it and they would contact them for persimmon to allow me to register it as the new owner. While I wait for a response from the previous owner, has anyone on this forum had experience of successfully transferred ownership of a used G1/G2 DAC, please? Current VEGA boots up in a few seconds its then controlled by the supplied remote-control unit or the function button. Regarding the apps, I have for years been using JRIVER as my media player with J Remote app. Reliable, lots of features and sounds good. The G1 takes over a minute to boot up. However, JRiver is not compatible now so I have to use the Auralic Lightening DS App from the Apple iStore. (free). I have found that the Apple podcast apps works well too. To listen to Spotify on my original VEGA I used to turn on my Windows based audio server, login, and could then use the Spotify app on my old iPad or Android mobile phone to control it. To listen to Spotify on the new G1, I first I select ‘Streamer’ input device using the silver button to scroll and push to select, enable Spotify in the menu, (small font on the screen). Songs are selected with the Spotify App on my iPad mini 2. My thoughts from a brief listening session; starting with the original Vega the sound is easy on the ear across the audible spectrum. Switching to the G1, its noticeably clearer and the sound can be presented in a way that you prefer by selecting from smooth, dynamic/balanced or precise. These filters make a positive discernible difference to my ears however on the original Vega I could not really tell the difference between the filters. The bass is firmer, slightly improved stereo image and clearer high end. Poor quality recordings are exposed regardless of genre. Precise filter is fine for classical and Jazz music but initially seemed irritating for other types of music. Depending on your listening room, speakers and preferences etc. I seem to have mentally adjusted to this by the end of the first week. Switching inputs takes a few seconds and I hear four clicks from inside the case. Using the TOS output on my TV to the DAC for the soundtrack on BBC iPlayer, Amazon and Plex. However, I have not yet figured out how to get the timing right, the delay is on the min setting of 50ms but still not spot on, any advice welcome. It just worked with the original one right out of the box! What surprised me was that the streamer built in to the G1 sounds clearer (better separation and oomph) than my new server with JCAT sound card and two quality power supplies! What I have yet to test is how the Spotify App, with all sound quality settings on the highest available, sound compared to the same song ripped from a CD on my server. In conclusion, while this G1 is a significant upgrade as is the manufacturers website, I will miss the simplicity of operating the original one however I can live with the complexity of the new one as the sound quality is better. The original VEGA DAC/Preamp unit will be up for sale soon on this forum in the Classifieds section.
  3. One carefully looked after AURALIC VEGA Digital Audio Processor with integrated preamplifier I bought this device from Audio Emotion in September 2013 and have enjoyed it for the past six years. The run hours counter shows 2680. All the features work on this DAC as does the remote. DAC comes with its original box, mains lead, CD and user manual. Extract from the Manufacturers User’s Guide. Revision 1.1 · AURALiC Sanctuary Audio Processor Sanctuary audio processor, the heart of VEGA, is based on multi-core ARM9 architecture with calculating capability at 1000MIPS, ideal for handling multi-channel high resolution music. VEGA supportS DXD format (352.8KS/s and 384KS/s PCM signals in 32bit) as well as DSD stream at2.8224MHz and 5.6448MHz in native through 'DoP V1.1' transmission protocol. · Megahertz Upsampling The internal megahertz up sampling algorithm can process and up-sample all incoming PCM signals to technology process and up-sampling all incoming PCM signal to about 1.5MHz in 32bit depth. Which not only improves the precision of the DAC, but also create a new Nyquist frequency for all PCM signals farther away from the top end of audio frequency. As a result, our engineers are able to design a brand new analogue circuit structure with larger bandwidth and faster slew rate. · Femto Master Clock Femto master clock utilizes aerospace grade crystal oscillator, ultra low noise linear power supply and temperature compensation technology to generate the master clock with extremely low jitter at 82 femtoseconds. More importunately, the phase noise which affect sound quality a lot has been dramatically reduced to -168dBc/Hz. · Flexible Filter Mode VEGA has six built-in modes each contains several digital filters optimized for corresponding sampling rate. These filters are developed under AURALiC's subjective auditory sense and objective testing data relationship models with the goal of optimizing the listening experience of different music in all formats. · AURALiC ORFEO Class-A Output Module In order to drive various loads, matching different power amplifiers, VEGA is equipped with AURALiC's patented ORFEO Class-A module. The principle of this module is to use a mass of small signal components with best linear characteristic. By packing them though a thermal balance procedure and biasing the transistors into Class-A, ORFEO achieves impressive performance with open loop distortion less than 0.001%. Specification: Frequency Response 20 - 20KHz, +/- 0.1dB* THD+N <0.0003%, 20Hz-20KHz at 0dBFS Dynamic Range 130dB, 20Hz-20KHz, A-weighted Digital Inputs 1*AES/EBU 2*Coaxial 1*Toslink 1*USB 2.0 buffered by ActiveUSB™ Analog Outputs 1*Balanced XLR(output impedance 4.7ohm) 1*Single-ended RCA(output impedance 50ohm) Supported Digital Formats All PCM from 44.1KS/s to 384KS/s in 32Bit** DSD64, DSD128, DSD256*** Output Voltage 4Vrms at Max. with dynamic-loss-free digital volume User Interface AURALiC RC-1 remote control 512*64 pixels OLED Display Power Consumption Standby: <2W Sleep: <10W Playback: 15W at max. Dimension 11''W x 9''D x 2.6''H (33cm x 23cm x 6.5cm) * Tested under Mode #1 for all sampling rates * 352.8KS/s and 384KS/s are supported through USB only * By ‘DoP v1.1’ protocol through USB only Serial number 1736 While the device driver CD is included a more up to date version is available on the manufacturers support web page. Postage and Payment; by prior arrangement forum members can come and listen to the DAC in my current set up. Payment could then be made in cash and the device carried home safely by you. The alternative is that I send you a PayPal invoice for the device and post it tracked and fully insured to a registered address in England. The cost for this will be added to the device cost. Please note however, due to the value of the device the courier fees could be up to £55. The unit weight is 3.3kg Price ex postage £950 or nearest offer.
  4. Award winning streamer/dac/preamp. In quartz silver. Has Qx Dac upgrade - can play 24/192 files. Upgraded to latest model with qobuz and tidal built-in. Has digital out so can be used as a source in addition to dac/preamp. Comes with n-remote or can be used with Cadence app on smartphone Excellent condition. Fantastic sound - only selling as gone down active route. Owned from new in smoke, pet and child free home. Have original packaging, manual etc. £1400 ono- reduced to £1300 ono
  5. It's never been used or taken out of the box. The box doesn't have a plastic seal so you'll have to take my word for that, but it is brand new. Price £200 + shipping No returns Ship to UK & Europe
  6. Bryston BDA-3 - Hifi Audiophile Reference External DAC Black, Very good condition. Very minor marks from using for two years. My Price: £ 2000 (Lowered from 2800). Retail price: £ 3600 This is a multi award winning Digital to Analogue converter in wonderful condition. Stereophile's Editors' Choices & many more awards. Don't have the original box anymore, so collection in central London preferred. Buyer can test the BDA-3 and make sure everything is all right. Payment by cash, paypal, monzo. If you're interested and need shipping please get in touch. Features: Dual 32Bit AKM DAC IC's Discrete Class A analog output stage Independent analog and digital signal paths Independent power supplies Massive support for different PCM and DSD resolutions HDMI video pass-through with audio out (4K video pass-through) Dimensions: 3.63” H x 17” W x 11.12” D 92.20mm H x 431.8mm W x 282.45mm D (431.8mm faceplate) 8.5 lb/3.9 kg
  7. I have no idea what this sounds like and as there are no internal pictures to what standard the output Valve section is . Bitstream DAC's were noted for being smooth so perhaps not the best candidate for a Valve output stage as it may make this just too smooth and mellow . All that aside this is an interesting lot and if it was under £200 then reasonable value as well . https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Mission-DAC5-Digital-to-Analog-Converter-with-Valve-Output/283642430862?hash=item420a68058e:g:AYQAAOSwTaFdRzOz
  8. Bought from a fellow Wammer for a project that is now on hold. Comes with double box packaging and all accessories. Great sounding bit of kit in absolute mint condition. https://www.richersounds.com/cambridge-azur-851n-sil.html Prefer collection/Wam taxi from Exmouth in Devon but will post at buyers risk/cost. £845 + Postage Sold via ebay
  9. Musical Fidelity V-DAC II high res DAC with coaxial, TOSLINK Optical and USB inputs. Smart aluminium case. Includes the standard wall power supply and instructions V-PSU II regulated power supply which is an upgrade for the DAC and up to 2 more V products. Includes mains cable, 3x output cables and instructions. Both are in superb condition, fully working and come with their original packaging. 145 gbp plus shipping at cost
  10. I'm looking to sell my M2Tech Young DAC which has given sterling service over the past 6 years. I have the original packing for the unit along with it's standard power supply which will need an adapter since it's a Euro plug type. One thing to mention is that there are problems when trying to use from a Windows 10 source. As in it won't connect I've been using it with no problems from various Linux servers/streamers/Raspberry Pi's. The DAC itself has a couple of scratches on the top plate and on the MCRU power supply the covering on one of the wires has come loose from the connector - just to confirm it's the wrapping and not the wires. Here's a few pictures showing the DAC and power supply - hopefully this will give you an idea of the condition. On another forum (AOS) there's a thread regarding a capacitor change which can be beneficial to the sound (https://theartofsound.net/forum/showthread.php?39955-m2tech-young-dac-observations&highlight=M2Tech+young) I have one of the capacitors mentioned in the post linked and will be included in the sale. I'm looking for £250 plus delivery - I usually use Royal Mail and it would roughly work out to approx. £20 (signed for/insured).
  11. Superb PS Audio DLIII DAC upsamples everything to 96 or 192kHz/24bit Superb PS Audio DLIII DAC upsamples everything to 96 or 192kHz/24bit. This is a 230v-250v unit. These are extremely reliable and sonically superb. ALL inputs (SPDIF, Optical and USB) are upsampled to 96 or 192 (you select on front panel). On the photo of the rear below, the optical input is almost invisible due to the black rear panel and the black plastic of the optical socket, but please believe me, it IS there! It is a clean unit and works perfectly. I have owned it for several years, and it has performed faultlessly. Boxed, with manual and UK power cable. This is the unadulterated PS Audio version, but even so, it has had some professional upgrades: 1. The power capacitors have been upgraded to Mundorf M-Lytics. These are superior to the originals. 2. Mass damping has been added internally to parts of the casing. 3. RF shielding has been added in some areas internally. 4. Soft absorbent feet have been added. These four upgrades make a significant difference to the quality of the DAC. £350 ono. UPS delivery in the UK £10. (I'll pay for the postage if the full price is agreed) It is on eBay at the moment, which you can bid on if you like, or just make the agreement on here with me and I'll cancel the eBay advert. But be quick, or it'll go! Why am I selling this? Because I have just bought another of these ( the top Cullen MkIV modded version) which has even more modifications and I just don't need two DACs, otherwise I'd keep it! https://www.psaudio.com/ps_faq/why-does-the-dliii-dac-sound-so-much-better-than-other-dacs/
  12. Ifi Micro idsd DAC & Headphone Amplifier For Sale Plays all audio file types, sample rates - MQA/DSD/PCM/DXD PCM 384khz (up to DXD), DSD 128, MQA Renderer Gibbs Transient Optimised Digital (GTO) Filter (Latest 5.3c firmware) USB 3.0 RCA outputs (for connecting to Hifi or active speakers) Headphone output (6.3mm output) 3.5mm Input 3D Matrix Plus and XBass Plus controls (headphones) Excellent DAC and Powerful Headphone Amp Internal Battery SPDIF input/output - Coaxial in & out and optical input Preamp (variable output) or fixed direct output Unit comes with USB cable, manual, original box and some accessories RRP £495, this is £300 so this is a bargain buy
  13. SOLD Time to sell this lovely DAC/Pre-amp/Headphone amp. In addition to being a 192/24 and DSD 256 capable DAC, it is also a full function analogue pre-amp with balanced inputs and outputs. And it has balanced and single ended headphone outputs, and is an ideal partner for the likes of Sennheiser H600s and 800s. Digital Inputs - Coax, Optical, AES/EBU and USB, Bluetooth AptX, plus front USB port for phones/tablets Analog inputs - 1 pair RCA, 1 pair XLR Outputs - same as above. All the inputs & outputs are clearly marked on the back panel so can be seen on the photos. The remote control can switch inputs, control volume and dim or switch off the display which itself has various modes. All inputs can be individually set to unity gain - e.g. if you want to use it as a standalone DAC with another preamplifier Specs are here: https://www.oppodigital.com/headphone-amplifier-ha-1/ I have the manual and all original packaging. UK RRP was £1200, but they seem to be selling for more than that on ebay now so will post in the UK for £700. I have owned it from new, bought from a UK dealer.
  14. Just replaced this amazing bit of kit with Auralic's sensational Vega G1. Streaming made easy, Tidal, Quobuz integrated into Auralic's own control interface Lightning DS (Apple). Play Spotify, bluetooth, as well as wired or wireless. Comes pre-fitted with 1TB internal SSD, original packaging & tool, and with iFi ultra low noise PSU. 2.5 years since bought new from Audio Emotion, £685 worth of musical goodness, for just £395. Postage will be whatever it costs, collection & demo available if you're near St Albans. Check the reviews on the web, but in summary it's a terrific streamer & dac.
  15. Up for grabs is my Antelope Zodiac Gold DAC, preamp and dual headphone amp and matching Voltikus power conditioner/supply, both in black. I've had the units from new but couldn't really say how old they are, I would estimate 4-5 years old. They are in very good condition with only a minute paint chip on the edge of the Zodiac unit, but you have to look VERY closely to see anything. Functionally there are are no issues. The remote control has some scuffing which is in line with it's age and use. They will come complete with original boxes, manuals and original leads (mains, link between Voltikus and Zodiac, optical cable and USB cable) as well as the metal remote. The unit has multiple digital inputs (USB, 2x optical and 2x S/PDIF). For full disclosure, there is an issue with the polystyrene packing for the Voltikus (pictures below). I'd like a quick sale so am asking £1,275 including delivery to UK mainland and of course the units are available for collection/inspection from Huddersfield. There are a couple of similar units on a well known auction site for c. £1,750 so I think the pricing is a real bargain. I can also include a 1m Acrolink digital cable (6N-D505070II) for an additional £85. Any questions, please feel free to ask. Photos on Flikr here (also lower definition images below) https://www.flickr.com/photos/yorksmark/albums/72157702797422282 Mark
  16. Jolida’s new dac - Black Ice DSD with mega mods Selling as I need a dac with a remote control for my TV system. Jolida have changed their name due to the collaboration with Jim Fosgate to Black Ice Audio (I know!). Their new Jolida Glass DAC in 384/32 DSD form has had a few mods over the popular Mk3 with a revised dac board (Jim’s design) and a new layout to the power supply board. Has the same headphone output that also controls the RCA output. These retail at $800 excl freight, VAT duty etc. This one for sale has the following upgrades and sings! • Gold Furutech IEC mains connector •Updated fuse (either a HiFi Tuning or Synergistic Research, can’t remember) •DC filter cap on mains board now a Modwright film in oil cap •Some power supply caps upgraded to Jensen, Audio Mote Keisei, 2x Blackgate for the low voltage feed •Key cap on dac board now an Audio Note Keisei (board is designed by Jim Fosgate) •5v regulator for dac board now New ClassD type •Silver output wired onto Audio Note silver plated RCA’s •Output tubes the Raytheon CK5755 Reliability Controlled types •Some chassis dampening •Output caps now Modwright film in Oil •Herbies tube dampers •Spiked on Ebony feet, brass tipped So about £380 worth of upgrades excl labour. I can’t get the WIFI of the dac to work. Supposed to be able to stream to it over the internet from an Apple device. Downloaded the WiFi receiver driver (an Apple app). But I can’t get it to link. Think it a USA only thing. Someone WiFi savvy may sort it but best to mention I cannot get it to work (Jolida replaced the Bluetooth version with a WiFi feature). Sounds ace reckon still burning in though as keeps improving. Maybe 300 hours on it. Would not sell it but really want a remote control dac. Selling for £600 incl U.K. post. Original box and manual but no UK power cable (does not fit in the box). More photos to follow.
  17. Teddy Pardo TeddyDAC, satin black finish Due to major changes to my system, I now require a DAC with balanced outputs and volume control. Which means this fantastic TeddyDAC is up for grabs. I recently ‘upgraded’ to a Chord Qutest but sold it on because I preferred the Teddy – it’s that good. The Chord just had the edge in terms of detail, but the Teddy was a keeper due its warm analogue sound, free of nasty digital edge, a natural body weight to instruments and voice, big bass and massive dynamics. I am the second owner, I bought this in Feb 2012 and I believe it was under a year old at that time. I have the original packaging. This can manage up to 24/192 on spdif (2 x phono inputs and one optical), 24/48 on USB I believe. In excellent condition. There is one really tiny nick which I never noticed before now, spotted when I took photos (circled in photo). Perfect working order, however, for the sake of openness I should mention it does struggle to lock on to 24/176 for some reason and always has. I just set my streamer to upsample 24/192 and all is fine, only own two albums at that bitrate anyway. Asking £525. Please see my other items for sale: https://hifiwigwam.com/forum/topic/131984-fs-zingali-zero-otto-floorstanding-loudspeakers-high-efficiency-excellent-condition/ https://hifiwigwam.com/forum/topic/131982-fs-octave-v70se-tube-amplifier-integrated-black-box-immaculate-condition/?tab=comments#comment-2360143 https://hifiwigwam.com/forum/topic/132293-fs-chord-epic-twin-speaker-cable-bananas-375-m-pair/ Photos: Manufacturer’s product page: https://www.teddypardo.com/dacs/teddydac.html Testimonials from that site: "I cannot explain what happened, but when I sat down and had another good listen I was met with probably the best digital sound I've experienced in my system!" Read the full review on TNT audio “The TeddyDac wiped the floor with the stand-alone nDac. Better clarity, soundstage.......well just about everything!” “The nDAC regained some composure and PRaT when powered by the Teddy XPS but the Bass was ill-defined and booming, drowning out the vocals and musical detail. I am absolutely sold on the TeddyDAC and look forward to gaining even more performance during the 14 day burn-in period.” "It is an astonishing piece of equipment. The musicality and ease of presentation is spectacular. There is apparently nothing wrong with digital as a recording and playback medium. I am pleased to write, that I came to discover this fact with your DAC only. Recordings that were tiring to listen to, sounded dense and congested are actually enjoyable. The level of detail retrieval is nothing short of wondrous, improvements are universal: dynamic range, treble, midrange, bass, PRaT, sound stage width and depth, subtlety and I could go on, but you know this already. Bypassing my old but highly modified and updated Naim NAC-42 is a revelation. The analogue signal from the DAC now is sent directly to a Marchand Electronics active crossover unit, that is used to feed a highly modified NAP-160 to drive the bass/midranges and a NAP-110 for the tweeters."
  18. Up for sale is my Bel Canto Dac 2.5 brought from Midland Audio Exchange about 18 months ago as ex demo at the time. This is a wonderful Dac and has served me well during the time only to be replaced with a Lampizator Atlantic. In the time that Ive had the Dac its seen off quite a fair amount of competition to say the least. Features of the Dac includes a wonderful preamp, I used to use it quite effectively to drive my AN monoblocks. It has USB, optical, 2x Spdif, AES and analogue inputs. Outputs are RCA and balanced. The preamp can be bypassed which is how I used it in latter days when I brought a passive preamp. A remote control is included. When I get home tonight I will add a few pictures. Im looking for £700, buyer to pay for postage or collect from Dudley in the West Midlands. User manual http://www.belcantodesign.com/pdfs/UG_DAC2_5v1.pdf Online review http://www.positive-feedback.com/Issue66/belcanto2.5.htm Pictures of the actual item for sale Untitled by henleymajor, on Flickr Untitled by henleymajor, on Flickr
  19. As per headline, Auralic Aries mini for sale, owned since new and fully boxed, working etc. No point in writing a lot of stuff here, you guys know what it does, if you don't you can look it up on the web. Purchase also includes iFi power supply (this makes a MASSIVE difference to the sound). Can be supplied with 2 TB SSD or without storage. £450 with 2 TB SSD and enhanced power supply £350 including power supply (no hard drive included) Any questions, just drop me a line and I'll get back to you as soon as I see it.
  20. Selling my Yamaha CD-S3000 SACD/CD Player/Dac. Immaculate used condition. Comes in original packaging with remote control. Would consider PX offers. Looking for a DAC with volume control. Collection from Woolwich Arsenal. £1950
  21. Hello All, I have bought a set of Sennheiser HD650 for my son for Christmas. At the moment he is living in student residence studying classical guitar at the Royal Academy. He has a Mac Book Pro and a Samsung phone to deliver music. Can anyone advise me on a DAC/AMP combo for up to £200 max. Everything keeps returning to Chord Mojo but its just too much cash. Could be a desk top or portable. So far looked at. Oppo HA-2SE Schiit Fulla 2 And loads of other leads and youtube videos and only one that grabbed me was OPPO HA-2SE. Any advice welcome. Refine sound out of PC and just headphone amp?
  22. Stereophile Class A dac with an excellent 100 step preamp. AES, SPDIF, COAXIAL, OPTICAL and USB inputs. Balanced and single-ended outputs. Very good condition, with original BC packaging, boxes, instructions, etc. Very spacious and detailed sound, with exceptionally refined treble. Worth pampering with a good mains cable! £500?
  23. Bit of a rambling one here Wammers so please bear with me. Bit of background - I have an HP Microserver with 32TB of space servering up all my media via Plex over a wired network throughout the flat. While I haven't been keeping up to date on the latest tech in hifi, I'm fairly comfortable learning new stuff, so feel free to go into techy detail if you think it will help. For example I'm happy to run a separate server software for music only if that's going to make things easier - server can handle plenty more stress. Bedroom Requirements I'll be moving my stereo system out of my bedroom and into the spare room - looking for a simple, streamlined replacement solution for the bedroom and my thinking is to either get a fully wireless system or, at most, a wired system with a single box that streams everything to attached speakers. Due to space limitations, the speakers have to be (a) very forgiving of placement and (b) not very big. As it won't be a critical listening system and merely there for enjoyment and convenience, what are my best options? At the moment I'm considering Sonos or Bluesound but I'm not even sure how it would work. Do I need to have a base to connect wirelessly to the speakers or are they controlled on the phone? If they can be controlled by phone but it's preferable to have the base, why is that? And how does the sound of, say, two Sonos Ones compare to having, the Sonos Amp plus two small bookshelf speakers? Remember that the point of this system is fun and unobtrusive and above all, easy to use - so while I want good sound, it doesn't need to compete with a proper hifi. In this case, good enough is good enough (but I also don't want it to sound like a pair of Monster Beats!) Budget isn't set but lets start at £1k and see what answers I get Computer/Hifi Room Requirements The stuff moving from the bedroom - I have a Resolution Audio Opus 21 CD player which I love, so that's staying, and the Totem Sttafs are staying too. I'll probably be replacing the Roskan Caspian MkII with something that has better synergy. Now the main question is whether the onboard DAC on the Opus frmo the PC is worth using, or should I be looking at something more recent too, to open up higher res audio? The Opus 21 DAC is 4 Burr Brown PCM1704 @ 32 - 96 kHz / 16 - 24 bit. Would I be better off grabbing something that can do it all (MQA/DSD etc). I have to admit that while I'm comfortable with tech, this is an area I've fallen waaaay behind the eightball on, so happy to be schooled and convinced either way here. I usually tend to err on the side of future-proofing though, so if there's something I should be looking at, I'm all ears (and I usually like the Chord DAC sound if that helps) Again, budget is moderately flexible, let's say £1k for the amp and £500 for the DAC as a starting point. (These will all be second hand so I think we'll have plenty to play with) Other questions For the Computer/Hifi setup I'm also open to a one-box solution with onboard DAC if that's going to work more elegantly. I was eyeing up the Peachtree Nova but thought better of it as it doesn't have the latest Hi Res capabilities, but if there's something else I should consider, feel free to point it out. At the moment I'm considering amps from Sim Audio, Plinius, Ayre and Sugden (whatever falls within the c.£1k range second hand) so would need to compete with that sort of level, but obviously if it has onboard DAC I'd spend more (c.£1.5k) as I'd be saving on the DAC side of things. Experience tells me this is likely to be less of an option than the separates though.
  24. Hi I currently have an aging system comprised of Rotel 991 SA CD player Naim nac72/hicap/nap140 amp mission 773 speakers Android TV with Spotify premium connected to a Cheap £100 Topping DAC via Toslink Synology NAS I’ve been amazed at how good the optically linked TV can sound with Spotify at 320kbpm and wondered if addding a better DAC might improve things further ? The bit I don’t understand is what difference does it make changing the source of the digital information entering the DAC. Would I benefit from a better source than the TV ? If so what would you recommend and why? Btw - budget ~ £700 Many thanks
  25. Excellent DAC with the really extensive feature set. It's ideal as the main hub for your multimedia and TV as HDMI ARC is supported. Effectively, DAC is capable to capture HDMI output from your source and capture the audio stream only with HDMI (video) out forwarding to your TV set. That way, you could easily route HDMI audio from your source. It's a really great feature not commonly supported. Apart from HDMI support 2x analogue (front 3.5mm and rear RCA ports), optical, coaxial and USB inputs are supported. Also, DAC features balanced and single-ended outputs together with digital output (passthrough). Really great connectivity on offer. You will be hard-pressed to find any device with a similar feature set and sound quality at this price point. This was taken out of the original box for picture taking, but otherwise as new condition. There is still a screen protector in place and device packaging itself includes all original accessories intact. £215 with free UK shipping