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Old 3rd August 2015, 03:14 AM   #1
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Default Gustard DAC X-20

Hi Mates,

Does any have any experience or comments about this DAC?

Many thanks
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Old 6th August 2015, 10:56 PM   #2
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I have the X-12 (the predecessor to the X-20).

I bought it discounted via Massdrop. I received it around the same time I started with the tda1387 8x dac discussed in this forum.

To be honest, I'm enjoying the tda1387 dac far more than the Gustard, to the point where I actually regret buying it. I did a few simple subjective a/b tests early on, and found the tda1387 8x more enjoyable (and at 1/4 the cost). Since then, the Gustard has gone in the closet unused.

I will say, though, that the Gustard had noticeably better bass than the *stock* tda1387. But that was remedied as soon as I added capacitance to pin7 of the tda1387 chips (see thread or wiki for details).

Just my $0.02, and all that with the X-12, not the X-20 as you asked about.
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