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Old 8th June 2013, 09:29 AM   #1
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Looking for a vintage, classic dac. I have my eyes on an Arcam Black Box 1 and a Cambridge Dac Magic 2 mkII. Dac will work with a NAD 3120 amp and Wharfedale Diamond II speakers. Thank you for any opinions.
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Old 10th June 2013, 09:17 AM   #2
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a good vintage DAC is the model DacMagic from Cambridge Audio (450 euros at those days). Not the currently model with the same naming about
http://www.stereophile.com/digitalpr..._da_converter/
but the model launched 1995 (output filter stage with Burr-Brown OPA2604 and DAC-IC TDA1305) go to
DacMagic II failure
http://forum.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/fr...+islands+audio
ebay auction item No 390604901487
http://www.ebay.de/itm/Cambridge-Aud...item5af1ddcc6f

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Old 10th June 2013, 01:05 PM   #3
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Eventually I bought the Arcam Black Box. Better chip (classic TDA1541A, TDA1305 is a bitstream dac) and discret class A analogue output. Waiting for the parcel
Anyway thank you for your suggestions and links, very informative reading. Next hunt will be for a good budget transport.

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