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DAC blind test: NO audible difference whatsoever
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Old 6th July 2018, 02:30 PM   #1771
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Originally Posted by planet10 View Post
You should read the whole thread. The conclusions that Jon made have been thoroughly trashed.

You can trash many things ,except opinions
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Old 11th July 2018, 12:59 AM   #1772
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Just jumped into this thread.

You take conclusion that there is not hearable difference between the DAC's...

But a DAC does nothing more then converting a digital source to an analog output that goes to the AMP's. I mentioned in the start(page 6) that the source is a computer/MAC with toslink SPDIF connected to a "nanoDigi miniDSP".

If the digital source isn't optimal (a toslink output and the processing of the signal by the nanoDigi miniDSP clearly isn't optimal); then it doesn't matter what DAC and AMP you put after that in the chain; it will all sound not good/equally bad. Ever thought of removing the SPDIF part completely and starting with a high end USB I2S source and a proper FIFO reclocker after it to feed the DAC? In my opinion the test is worthless if the source is always the same weak SPDIF input. If the digital input isn't good then the DAC couldn't make it good !

And then the end of the chain; the ICEpower amp's are low-end amplifiers. In my opinion those amp's aren't even close to good enough (99 dollar costing amp's, together with a >3000 dollar DAC?) to make the difference hearable.

I must admit that I didn't read all the 178 pages, but in my opinion your whole way of testing is wrong and that makes your conclusions worthless.

When you do a proper testing between DAC's; you start with really top high end, top of the line sources and amp's. Then you're sure that those aren't the bottleneck of your audio chain. But you did the opposite, you use a low end digital source, and a low end amplifier, and then you expect to hear differences when you change the middle part of it ?? (the DAC) I really don't get it, and you seem to be so sure about your conclusions? I understand that you and the listeners couldn't hear the differences; because your complete setup is low-end(besides the speakers) I wouldn't expect different with that setup.
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Old Yesterday, 08:09 PM   #1773
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totally agree, its setup problem, not test method problem, not listener problem
also it might just be some marketing tricks
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