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Old 04-10-2012, 07:41 PM
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I'm looking for more input on how good the Wadia 121 is before I pull the trigger.
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Old 04-10-2012, 07:45 PM
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Chris: Mine is still burning-in. For that reason, and raw time, I'll be writing something up regarding the Wadia 121 v. the Wyred4Sound DAC-2 this coming weekend.

In the meantime, please note that its function has been flawless with every high res. file that I have thrown at it and the sound is VERY good.
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Old 04-10-2012, 08:10 PM
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I'm really enjoying mine so far, it has approx 120 hours on it.
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I like to see a better power supply.
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I like to see a better power supply.
What power cord are you using?
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Old 04-10-2012, 10:27 PM
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Update: after more burn-in today and tonight's listening session, I have made up my mind: it is the Wyred4Sound DAC-2 that is being sold. The Wadia 121 DAC has emerged as the winner. I am very pleased with the sound. Full write-up this weekend.
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Old 04-10-2012, 10:35 PM
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Update: after more burn-in today and tonight's listening session, I have made up my mind: it is the Wyred4Sound DAC-2 that is being sold. The Wadia 121 DAC has emerged as the winner. I am very pleased with the sound. Full write-up this weekend.
You and Ivan are on the same page.
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Update: after more burn-in today and tonight's listening session, I have made up my mind: it is the Wyred4Sound DAC-2 that is being sold. The Wadia 121 DAC has emerged as the winner. I am very pleased with the sound. Full write-up this weekend.
Can I ask if there were any specific performance attributes that helped you make your decision?

Inquiring DAC2 owners want to know

BTW, my DAC2 (which I've owned for many months now) has been just fantastic in every way. The fact that you and Ivan now have both come to the Wadia conclusion is really saying something very significant about the price/performance of the 121.

Cheers

(p.s. I can wait for your write-up... missed that upon first reading of your post. thanks)
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The very short version is that the midrange and high end were slightly more silky and complete on the Wadia 121 from the get-go. One can tell that Wadia knows what it is doing when it comes to the digital-to-analog algorithm itself. However, the midbass and bass were initially not nearly as strong and well-integrated as those ranges provided by the DAC-2. I was concerned that this would not change over the burn-in due to the huge difference in power supply heft between the DAC-2 and the Wadia 121. Turning up the output voltage on the Wadia 121 (very easy to do based on instructions provided by the manual) and conducting more burn-in gradually caused the midbass and bass to "come up" and integrate with the already-wonderful midrange. Tonight's listening session plastered a smile on my face. It is still there. :-)

Also, tsv_1, as I'll explain in more detail this weekend, I like a lot of user interface features on the Wadia 121 better.
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