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Old 10th December 2003, 07:35 PM   #1
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Default PCM1716, is it any good?


I am looing for a small, simple, 24bit DAC kit to build into a CDPRO2 project. I found a kit in Malasia (http://www.octave-electronics.com/Kits/dac.shtml) based around the PCM1716.

Looking at the specs, it has higher THD and noise figures than some of its competitors, but I know that can mean very little.

Does it sound good?


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Old 10th December 2003, 11:59 PM   #2
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The PCM1716 appears to be your standard issue delta-sigma DAC, nothing special about the specs, and probably nothing special about the sound. Sometimes lower spec'd DACs with the R2R topology are said to sound better than delta-sigma DACs that measure better, but this isn't an R2R DAC.

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Old 15th December 2003, 09:51 PM   #3
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If I am not completely mistaken, this is a HDCD chip only available to OEMs with a HDCD licence. I had a Harmon changer with this chip that sounded so uninspired that I returned it. I cannot say whether this is due to the DAC or the implemenation.


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Old 15th December 2003, 09:59 PM   #4
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That is the PCM1732. The PCM1716 is a standard 24/96 capable dac.
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Old 17th December 2003, 04:36 PM   #5
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PCM1716, is it any good?
It produces sound but it isn't one of the best performers. Maybe on paper it is ...

Arcam Diva 72 has one and just a few minutes listening after warming up was enough for me. Good, no more than that.
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