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Old 20th June 2004, 10:13 PM   #31
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DIY is great value but I donít equate great value with great performance. You specifically said you wanted to MATCH the PERFORMANCE of the BEST. I doubt a $700 DIY will match the best Wadia or Audio Note DAC and hereís why...etc.
I have seen the inside of a Wadia and I agree it'd be almost impossible to clone. The Wadias are built with amazing engineering. I only listed them because I consider them a benchmark performance-wise.

If you could point me to the location of the AN DAC-5 schematic (perhaps in email) I would greatly appreciate it. I actually may be able to get ahold of some silver transformers.

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I did no PCB, at the moment, i and some friends, compare different prototypes listening to them. I build different variations and test if i like the sound of them. Lets see if there will be a final implementation.
Neat, I'm interested in what your results will be.
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Old 21st June 2004, 02:27 AM   #32
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If you could point me to the location of the AN DAC-5 schematic (perhaps in email) I would greatly appreciate it. I actually may be able to get ahold of some silver transformers.
Hajime, if you really want to make a DIY DAC-5 clone why donít you Do It Yourself? Do you expect me to search the web to find the schematics for you? I think this forum should be renamed cseAudio; for Copy Someone Else Audio. Except for a few contributors, there is scant DIY going on here.

You could start by studying Thorstenís Adagio DAC. Its output stage is based on the AN DAC-4. Then visit Audio Noteís UK web site and learn what goes into the making of their silver transformers (hint: itís more than silver wire) and learn the details of the different DAC models. Then, if you still think you can duplicate a DAC-5 for <$1K, Do It Yourself.

I assume your desire to clone a DAC-5 comes from you experience listening to one and not due to reading a hyped-up review on the Internet. If thatís not the case, you ought to audition one of the higher numbered AN DACs to see if it suits your fancy.
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Old 21st June 2004, 12:23 PM   #33
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Someone mentioned the Scott Nixon dac.

I have one of these built from a PCB. It's good. It a no nonsense rhythmnic and dynamic presentation, a bit like Naim with a fuller tonal balance.

The loopfilter on mine is 499R/4.7uf Y5V 1206 SMD, and I changed the decoupling caps for quadruplets. The supplied OSCON types have sounded artificially fat and sweet when I've used them before. Sanyo 220uf 10v OSCON G-type do make excellent coupling caps, though.

1uh inductors on the power supplies also help, and the board sits on four thru-hole plastic pillars attached to small pine chopping board, which seems a good universal support.

I must dig it out again, and compare it to the 3D dac.
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Old 21st June 2004, 12:44 PM   #34
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Hajime, if you really want to make a DIY DAC-5 clone why donít you Do It Yourself?
Good point. But easier said than done. I am still suprised my semi-diy DDDAC1543 works.

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I don't really like the idea behind the DDDAC. Creating a tower out of TDA1543 DACs doesn't seem like the way to get the
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There is theory and then there is real life. You would be suprised.

Here is another suggestion. It has been hyped to bits. But then again I trust Dave Davenport and Kevin Carter. It is a DAC set to come out in the weeks to come based on the (relatively new) PCM1794.

http://www.audioasylum.com/forums/Ka...ages/2063.html

I have posted this suggestion to just about any request for a new DAC project...so I'll forgive some people for thinking that I profit in any shape or form from bringing the RAKK DAC to your attention. (Well I do profit from one point of view...It should become easier for me to share note wrt to building and implementing the DAC....but that's it
I have no commercial links to K&K...or Raleigh Audio. Bla..bla..bla etc., etc, etc.
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Old 21st June 2004, 01:08 PM   #35
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Hajime, if you really want to make a DIY DAC-5 clone why donít you Do It Yourself? Do you expect me to search the web to find the schematics for you? I think this forum should be renamed cseAudio; for Copy Someone Else Audio. Except for a few contributors, there is scant DIY going on here.
I tried to find the schematic and I couldn't. If I had already found it, do you think I would have asked for help? I don't expect you to do anything, but some help from someone with experience is always welcome.

I would use the schematic as a base, and change the design to suit my desires. However, without a schematic I can't really do anything. I'm willing to admit I'm not talented enough to come up with my own schematic.

I don't know why you're so on the edge. Asking for help and suggestions on where to start is not a crime. I, again, admit that I am not talented enough to fully design a DAC. That doesn't mean I can't make changes to an already existing design and tweak it until I'm satisfied. I would consider that DIY as it's not the same as simply building a replica of someone else's design.

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Thanks for the recommendation.
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Asking for help and suggestions on where to start is not a crime. I, again, admit that I am not talented enough to fully design a DAC. That doesn't mean I can't make changes to an already existing design and tweak it until I'm satisfied. I would consider that DIY as it's not the same as simply building a replica of someone else's design.
Hajime, Didnít I just give you some suggestions on where to start? Did you read Thorstenís article? It seems he was able to get the DAC-4 schematics by just asking Audio Note. Have you tried that? Have you searched the archives and asked questions in other forums where the heavy-hitter audiophiles hang out?

No? I didnít think so. You, like all the rest, want everything handed to you. You want the schematics, a ready-made PCB, a parts list and place to buy everything you need. Then, you think if you make minor part substitutions you have Designed It Yourself.

If you canít design a circuit, why donít you learn how or at least start with a less ambitious project? Hereís another suggestion: Buy a Dackit from Scott Nixon, add a couple silver-wire transformers and tell yourself that your DIY DAC is better than a DAC-5.

Sorry, I must be in the wrong place. I thought this forum was for DIY, not just tweaking existing designs. Isnít anyone interested in DSP ala Wadia or Meitner? Isnít anyone interested in designing converters with discrete components ala dCS or Lavry? Or, are the now discontinued TDA154x DACs the last word in digital audio that can never be surpassed or even equaled?
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The AN DAC5 is the AN DAC1.1 with bells on. The schematic for the 1.1 has been posted in the forum. All one need do is search for it.
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Old 21st June 2004, 06:27 PM   #38
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Hi-

What are the best DAC kits on the market, preferably "tweak friendly" to add to the "DIY Factor"? Thanks!


P.S. Hopefully using some new Hi End Chips.
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Old 21st June 2004, 06:42 PM   #39
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indeed it looks this board is going more and more twoards tweaking voodoo and selling kits, diskussing special sonic qualities like using another diode in the power supply of a kit amp, or DAC.


so far i build half a dozend different DACs on veroboard, and donīt belive anymore in kitsellers wisdom on this board... I would bhe interested to hear something about dsp usage in a DAC.

Hajime, what about starting with a very simple DAC for lets say 10 or 20Ä parts cost, get it working, and have a look on a more difficult after? it will need one or two evenings to make a working prototype.
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Sorry, I must be in the wrong place. I thought this forum was for DIY, not just tweaking existing designs. Isnít anyone interested in DSP ala Wadia or Meitner? Isnít anyone interested in designing converters with discrete components ala dCS or Lavry?
On the subject of DSP, in around 10 years of using the internet I have only ever seen two complete DSP based Audio projects including code and that was for the long gone DSP56001. I suspect that has alot to with commercial reasons. It is highly unlikely that anyone would give away the DSP code for something along the lines of the Meitner IDAT.

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Or, are the now discontinued TDA154x DACs the last word in digital audio that can never be surpassed or even equaled?
There seems to be a level of effort, electronically speaking, beyond which very few are prepared to go and the TDA154x dacs complement this. Consider the ease with which one can create a working dac with the CS8412 and the TDA1543 compared to creating the balanced I2S stage shown in the AD1852 datasheet or replicating the AD1865N based dac stage of the Wadia 23,even if one replaces the proprietary filter with an off-the-shelf one. Wadia 23 pic here.
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Still, jbokelman, this may be an opportunity for you to break the mould.
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