|2nd July 2013, 10:30 AM||#191|
Join Date: Jan 2009
Iíve just completed a comparison of the your Dac End and the dCS setup. I had Russian Teflon output capacitors and Jensen in Dac End and had it set up so I could switch between them. They were very similar but I think I preferred the Jensen. The other listener preferred the Russian Teflon caps.
The The dCS Verdi transport was used for both tests.
Again the sound of the dCS with Verona Master clock and Purcell Upsampler and Elgar Dac was indistinguishable from the Dac End. I may have preferred the dCS setup but the other listener preferred the Dac End. I would not have been able to pick one over the other in a blind AB comparison
The dCS setup is made in the UK but was Stereophile no 1 rated digital component for a number of years and according to them sold as new for $41000. It was superceded by later and more expensive dCS products.
Neither system sounded as good as my vinyl so even when you pay $41,000 a much less expensive vinyl setup will sound better.
I expect I will now sell my dCS system and keep the Dac End. Hopefully anyone reading this review will not be a prospective buyer.
I did the comparison using Stax headphones rather than amps and speakers as I think they are more detailed,
I would like do do a comparison using the Lundahl LL1660AM amopphous core output transformers. I would be curious to see if the Dac End would then outperform the dCS
|25th September 2013, 08:45 AM||#192|
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Group buy DAC-END R (ES9018) full assembled board
update 06/14/2013 :http://www.audiodesignguide.com/DAC32/index2.html
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