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Old 29th June 2003, 12:51 PM   #1
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Hello everybody. Would you pls name a DAC kit (Tube or SS) that can beat commercial converters in the range of 2000-3000 USD ?

I actually use a CEC integrated CD player and interested to improve red book DAC conversion.

I am not interested in small improvements and not interested in Megabucks expenditure of a branded product.

Please be so kind to comment
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Old 29th June 2003, 08:18 PM   #2
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Originally posted by ad010685
Hello everybody. Would you pls name a DAC kit (Tube or SS) that can beat commercial converters in the range of 2000-3000 USD ?

I actually use a CEC integrated CD player and interested to improve red book DAC conversion.

I am not interested in small improvements and not interested in Megabucks expenditure of a branded product.

Please be so kind to comment
Thanks
Hi

You may consider

http://members.chello.nl/~m.heijlige...tml/dactop.htm

and additionally inprove the clock in your CEC

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Old 29th June 2003, 10:56 PM   #3
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Konnichiwa,

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Hello everybody. Would you pls name a DAC kit (Tube or SS) that can beat commercial converters in the range of 2000-3000 USD ?
I think the first key question you need to ask yourself is if you want a DAC using conventional and orthodox technology and drop loads of money and technology on the Chipset and other issues or if you prefer simply good sound and if you can ignore the man behind the curtain.

If you prefer to be conventional and orthodox and if you are willing to accept that even extreme care and expenditure does not get you away from "digital" sound, there are plenty of kits or indeed commercial products.

Now if you care to be unconventional and care most about "good sound", look at the following two links:

http://scott-nixon.com/dac.htm

http://ack.dhs.org/

I would not claim that the above DAC's "can beat commercial converters in the range of 2000-3000 USD". I would claim that they offer a radically different replay/reproduction, which allows them to completely bypass the fundamental problems in modern commercial digital audio (the digital oversampling filter).

Note that I would not claim that all Digital filtering is "bad", only that currently available implementations readily available are almost universially "wrong" for CD replay.

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