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Old 20th November 2012, 02:53 PM   #31
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Still nothing. 17track has no new information. 7.5 weeks now since it was shipped (my math skills have improved since last week).
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Old 23rd November 2012, 07:19 PM   #32
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It came! It came! it came! it came!

Haven't had a chance to do too much side by side listening yet. But I can tell you one thing that's hugely improved. The horrible sound I can only describe as "beadiness" from the dell sound card is gone. It would come up whenever there was exposed french horn and sometimes in piano parts as well. Sounded like when you shake a burnt out light bulb next to your ear. Well, it's gone!

Haven't had too much chance to compare it with my Denon cd player yet. But so far so good!
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Old 24th November 2012, 04:05 PM   #33
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But I can tell you one thing that's hugely improved. The horrible sound I can only describe as "beadiness" from the dell sound card is gone.
Any decent external sound card should have fixed this.

I haven't listened to Epicure speakers in quite a while, but if yours are vintage and in good repair then they are hard to beat for sheer listenability of vocals and acoustic string instruments. The difference between your computer sound card and your new DAC should be apparent with this kind of music through your Epis. (I suggest a female singer with a complex and relatively low voice. Or a cello.) Through your Grados too, for that matter.
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Old 24th November 2012, 09:44 PM   #34
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Any decent external sound card should have fixed this.

I haven't listened to Epicure speakers in quite a while, but if yours are vintage and in good repair then they are hard to beat for sheer listenability of vocals and acoustic string instruments. The difference between your computer sound card and your new DAC should be apparent with this kind of music through your Epis. (I suggest a female singer with a complex and relatively low voice. Or a cello.) Through your Grados too, for that matter.
Thanks dr0ss. Will do. (With all the family in town for Thanksgiving I haven't had much chance to sit and listen to this thing! But sure am looking forward to it.)
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Old 11th March 2013, 06:08 PM   #35
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Just want to say thank you to everybody for the hifimediy recommendation. I've been enjoying listening to it immensely these past months. I never got up the initiative to do side-by-side listening tests or any of that stuff -- I've just been enjoying the music too much. It sounds great through my EPIs (w/ Energy e:XL S8 subwoofer).

Thanks very much to all!
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Guys,
I have the very same question, but some years later... it's for my son's computer, lenovo y50-70 and M-Audio AV40, I need a decent budget DAC, USB powered and volume at computer.
But I wonder if the sound will be better than the computer's onboard DAC, won't it?
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Old 16th September 2018, 11:33 PM   #37
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The audio on the Lenovo is on a tiny 4-in-one daughterboard; I don't know what processors they use. Almost certainly any of the DACs mentioned here (or newer ones) will give you better sound.
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Old 17th September 2018, 05:23 AM   #38
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Ok thanks, so I'll look for one that I will bolt in the M-Audio in order to make an USB input. And a toggle switch for RCAs selection. So the question of a 2018 USB cheap DAC remains! An ES9023?
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Ok thanks, so I'll look for one that I will bolt in the M-Audio in order to make an USB input. And a toggle switch for RCAs selection. So the question of a 2018 USB cheap DAC remains! An ES9023?
Any of these known and decent?
SA9023+ES9023 24BIT/96KHZ asynchronous USB DAC / HIFI Sound Card Decoder board | eBay
NEW SA9023 + ES9023 / USB to SPDIF I2S coaxial / DAC Amplifier 24bit 96K | eBay
ES9028Q2M SA9023 USB DAC Audio Decoder HiFi Headphone Amplifier PC Sound Card | eBay
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You may want to try a RaspberryPi based DAC like the Allo Boss. You are then untethered from the computer over wifi and can use Airplay or uPnP and play from your phone or other devices as well as the Lenovo. I have 2 of these now and can stream to either from anywhere. My kids like it because they just Airplay from their phones whatever it is they have on.

For a portable unit that goes out with you I like the Dragonfly. It just plugs into a USB port like any other stick.
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