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Old 16th March 2015, 09:28 AM   #1
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Default Minidac8 - new minidsp AK4440 8ch i2s dac

Interesting new board from Minidsp - miniDAC8 | MiniDSP
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Old 17th March 2015, 11:20 AM   #2
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I was planning a miniSHARC build using i2s with a Twisted Pear Buffalo III and 3x IVY III output stages for a three way active project. The TP build would be far more complicated and expensive.

I wonder how much extra benefit I would get from the Buffalo III over the miniDAC8?

Thoughts?
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Old 18th March 2015, 03:40 AM   #3
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I think that DAC chip is quite new, so there probably isn't any info around about how it sounds yet. I guess it depends on how much difference you can personally hear between decent modern DAC chips too ;-)
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Old 18th March 2015, 06:45 PM   #4
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I also think the U-DAC8 from MiniDSp is very interesting. Especially at 300 USD. The AK4440 chip was released in 2009, so the lack of reviews online suggests it has not been used a lot.

For some time, I have been looking for a high quality multichannel DAC for my active speaker system. I currently use the ESI Gigaport HD+, which is much better sounding than higher priced DACs from RME and similar brands.

I have been thinking about the Buffalo DAC, but it seems too expensive to me. Motu has released new line of multichannel DACs using an equivalent Sabre32 chip priced at 1500 USD, https://www.gearslutz.com/board/musi...erface-44.html.
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Old 22nd March 2016, 10:42 PM   #5
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I have built an 8 Channel Amp with the MINIDSP and the MINIDAC8 inside. The first listening tests are promising, now I can start to build the loudspeakers for this Amp. I have made some measurements providing a signal to the SPDIF input and measuring the output on one of the analog outputs...
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Old 11th January 2017, 12:27 PM   #6
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What do these measurements suggest?
Good? Bad? Average?
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