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Old 07-21-2019, 09:15 PM
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Default Five DACs Every Audiophile Should Hear

Cheapest one is 16.5. The LampizatOr Pacific Balanced DAC, 27 looks fantastic.







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Review of the Pacific DAC.


https://www.audiostream.com/content/...ced-dac-review
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It's kind of a lame list. 3 DACs that are are everyone else's list, plus 2 that the author does not appear to have heard.
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And missing several from both lower as well as higher priced brands that should be there...
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What???

No Denafrips Teminator?

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No Lirpa Labs?? An egregious oversight!
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Who died and made him an expert? I bet Ivan has heard more than this guy?

Personally I have heard a few in the list or variants of it.. including the ND555 with the PS555 and one of the older dCS (scarlatti?) and an older TotalDAC.

I think missing out on the Chord DAVE or PS Audio DirectStream is a shame, especially when the PS Audio which occupies an incredible bang for the buck space.

Lampizator always felt like a home made DIY system to me that used tubes to color the sound. The one I heard was one that was modified from an old CD player IIRC.

I would split DACs into one of 4 categories:

Discrete R2R - like the TotalDAC (or Denafrips or HoloSpring - which look way better put together than the Lamp).

Discrete DSD DAC - EMM Labs, Playback Designs, PS Audio (and a modified Ring DAC like in the dCS)

Modified Off the shelf PCM R2R DAC - Naim ND555 (with PCM1704) or Ayon CD5S

Modified Off the shelf sigma delta DAC - I really like the AKM used in the Esoteric, Linn Katalyst

I would have chosen at least one from each category.
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It's kind of a lame list. 3 DACs that are are everyone else's list, plus 2 that the author does not appear to have heard.

I think if you'll browse audiostream you'll find that he's reviewed all the DACs on the list
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Who died and made him an expert? I bet Ivan has heard more than this guy?

Personally I have heard a few in the list or variants of it.. including the ND555 with the PS555 and one of the older dCS (scarlatti?) and an older TotalDAC.

I think missing out on the Chord DAVE or PS Audio DirectStream is a shame, especially when the PS Audio which occupies an incredible bang for the buck space.

Lampizator always felt like a home made DIY system to me that used tubes to color the sound. The one I heard was one that was modified from an old CD player IIRC.

I would split DACs into one of 4 categories:





Discrete R2R - like the TotalDAC (or Denafrips or HoloSpring - which look way better put together than the Lamp).

Discrete DSD DAC - EMM Labs, Playback Designs, PS Audio (and a modified Ring DAC like in the dCS)

Modified Off the shelf PCM R2R DAC - Naim ND555 (with PCM1704) or Ayon CD5S

Modified Off the shelf sigma delta DAC - I really like the AKM used in the Esoteric, Linn Katalyst

I would have chosen at least one from each category.

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