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Offline glynnw

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New DAC suggestions
« on: April 20, 2017, 10:26:26 am »
I figure this is safe to ask here since the product is a legacy.  I love my Bottlehead DAC and BottleBat but I have reached the point where everything but it has been upgraded.  While I am not really ready to change, it is time to start thinking about it.  Has anyone found a DAC they like better than their Bottlehead (at a reasonable price - no $100K stacks of gear) ?  DSD is not an issue - I still listen to almost 44.1 exclusively.
PC, J River software, microRendu-Bottlehead DAC,Tortuga Pre, Mark Nash tube linestage, Shindo Montille, Spatial Audio M3 Turbo S w/pair of GR Research dual 12" open baffle servo subwoofers tamed by DSpeaker Dual-Core DSP , Auditorium 23  spkr cable, handmade silver interconnects,  Carver Power plant

Offline Natural Sound

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Re: New DAC suggestions
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2017, 02:16:22 pm »
Posting a budget might narrow things down a bit.

I know a lot of people that are very happy with schiit audio products. They have DAC's that range from $99 to $2299. I don't know how it would compare to the Bottlehead DAC though.

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Re: New DAC suggestions
« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2017, 03:11:51 pm »
I am currently building the AMB labs gamma 3 DAC

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Offline glynnw

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Re: New DAC suggestions
« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2017, 05:25:35 pm »
For what I can spend - let's say up to $3K  - I'll sell some blood.   That AMB dac looks impressive, but it may be beyond my skill level - I depend on Doc's photos to get me through Bottlehead kits.
PC, J River software, microRendu-Bottlehead DAC,Tortuga Pre, Mark Nash tube linestage, Shindo Montille, Spatial Audio M3 Turbo S w/pair of GR Research dual 12" open baffle servo subwoofers tamed by DSpeaker Dual-Core DSP , Auditorium 23  spkr cable, handmade silver interconnects,  Carver Power plant

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Re: New DAC suggestions
« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2017, 01:45:24 am »
I'm enjoying the iFi iDac2.  We tried quiet a few before settling on it.
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Re: New DAC suggestions
« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2017, 11:53:36 am »

I know a lot of people that are very happy with schiit audio products. They have DAC's that range from $99 to $2299. I don't know how it would compare to the Bottlehead DAC though.

In the newest issue of the Absolute Sound Robert Harley calls the Schiit Yggdrasil DAC ($2300) "one of the greatest bargains in the history of high-end audio". I would certainly audition one if I was in the market in that price range.
My own DAC is a Metrum Musette - much less expensive. I like it very much.
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Re: New DAC suggestions
« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2017, 05:20:03 pm »
Yeah, I read the AS article about the Schiit - really a strong review and I want to play with one.  I have a 2A3 amp on order to arrive in a couple of months.  I have promised myself to not buy a new DAC until I get to go to RMAF and see what is now available.  The Bottlehead is so good I have no trouble waiting and saving up some money for a new toy.
PC, J River software, microRendu-Bottlehead DAC,Tortuga Pre, Mark Nash tube linestage, Shindo Montille, Spatial Audio M3 Turbo S w/pair of GR Research dual 12" open baffle servo subwoofers tamed by DSpeaker Dual-Core DSP , Auditorium 23  spkr cable, handmade silver interconnects,  Carver Power plant

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Re: New DAC suggestions
« Reply #7 on: April 22, 2017, 02:39:33 am »
We tried their low end multibit DAC and didn't care for the sound. They have a 15 day return policy with restocking fee which makes demo a lot easier.
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