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Old 18th April 2012, 04:29 PM   #1
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Default Which DAC with PM-94

Hello,

I've just became a proud owner of Marantz PM-94 amplifier.

However, I'm not sure which DAC would be best to buy.

Any expert advice? What do you think of Arcam RDAC, Rega DAC, M-DAC, Music Fidelity, M1, DACMagic Plus?

One more thing. How can i prevent overheating on PM-94? Is it a good idea to install a fan?
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Old 18th April 2012, 05:02 PM   #2
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I think that, from the above, DACMagic Plus it is in a different class by itself (because of the Anagram upsampler)...
Another one that looks promising is the M-DAC (because of the well-known ESS Sabre32 9018 cip). But I never heard it...

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Old 18th April 2012, 05:46 PM   #3
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Thanks SoNic_real_one . But DACMagic everyone says that the poorest. Is there someone else suggestions need not be from the list above?
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Old 18th April 2012, 11:19 PM   #4
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It's the new DACMagic Plus that I did listen to and was nice. Too expensive to my budget thou.
But once again, I am curious to see what is all the fuss about the Sabre32 9018 cip (M-DAC). I would tray to have an audition if I was in your shoes.
Music Fidelity M1 uses a Crystal cip as upsampler - I wouldn't expect to be anywhere near Anagram process (DACMagic Plus).
Rega DAC uses a Wolfson DAC. Well... I think they are asking too much for that. Sorry, eBay is full of AK8741/8740 for 1/10 of price. Same quality? Probably not. But is that marginal difference worth your money?

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