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Re: DAC to the Future

Unread post by Fretless » Tue Aug 27, 2019 10:14 am

Fun thing on AliExpress is that you can 'win' discount coupons (valid for a short time). I managed to get an extra 5 dollars off my DAC and that plus the free shipping has kept the price down to 94 Euros.

Now to hope that the thing works on arrival. :epopc:
Main: NVA: P50sa - SSP - A40 - LS6 - Cube2 - BMU
Pi: Allo DigiOne Signature/Volumio/Tomanek LPSU/Jitterbug
DAC: Metrum Acoustics Musette CD Transport: Cambridge CXC
Headphones: AudioQuest NightHawk Carbon Amp: Schiit Magni-3
DAC: Musical Fidelity M1DAC Digital i/c: Profigold Oxypure OCC

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Re: DAC to the Future

Unread post by George Hincapie » Tue Aug 27, 2019 11:33 am

AliExpress is excellent. I get a lot of my fishing lures from there :)

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Re: DAC to the Future

Unread post by antonio66 » Tue Aug 27, 2019 5:14 pm

Let's hope they don't keep you waiting.

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Re: DAC to the Future

Unread post by slinger » Tue Sep 03, 2019 4:15 pm

Talking of AliExpress, I'm giving serious consideration to one of these

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Amps - NVA P50, A30, A40, Stanislav Palo Tube Headphone Amp BB 85
Speakers - Monitor Audio Silver RX2
Cables - NVA LS1+LS3, SSC, Gotham S/PDIF, IBRA Optical
Digital - NAD C516BEE, SONY ST-SDB900 DAB TUNER, TEAC UD-H01 DAC
Analogue - Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Esprit SB, Graham Slee Gram Amp 2 Phono
Cans - Grado SR80, ATH-M50X

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Re: DAC to the Future

Unread post by Fretless » Tue Sep 03, 2019 4:28 pm

Seen that too, Slinger. Was comparing it to the Topping D50, although that needs an external PSU.

Breeze / Weiliang have something similar as well.
Main: NVA: P50sa - SSP - A40 - LS6 - Cube2 - BMU
Pi: Allo DigiOne Signature/Volumio/Tomanek LPSU/Jitterbug
DAC: Metrum Acoustics Musette CD Transport: Cambridge CXC
Headphones: AudioQuest NightHawk Carbon Amp: Schiit Magni-3
DAC: Musical Fidelity M1DAC Digital i/c: Profigold Oxypure OCC

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Re: DAC to the Future

Unread post by George Hincapie » Tue Sep 03, 2019 4:48 pm

Which DAC is that with the twin toroidal supplies?

*edit* I missed the link, sorry. So dual AK chips? Looks nice for the money.

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Re: DAC to the Future

Unread post by slinger » Tue Sep 03, 2019 4:52 pm

Fretless wrote:
Tue Sep 03, 2019 4:28 pm
Seen that too, Slinger. Was comparing it to the Topping D50, although that needs an external PSU.

Breeze / Weiliang have something similar as well.
If you look closely at that pic the case is actually marked "Weiliang".
Amps - NVA P50, A30, A40, Stanislav Palo Tube Headphone Amp BB 85
Speakers - Monitor Audio Silver RX2
Cables - NVA LS1+LS3, SSC, Gotham S/PDIF, IBRA Optical
Digital - NAD C516BEE, SONY ST-SDB900 DAB TUNER, TEAC UD-H01 DAC
Analogue - Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Esprit SB, Graham Slee Gram Amp 2 Phono
Cans - Grado SR80, ATH-M50X

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Re: DAC to the Future

Unread post by Fretless » Tue Sep 03, 2019 5:13 pm

Going blind. 8-)
Main: NVA: P50sa - SSP - A40 - LS6 - Cube2 - BMU
Pi: Allo DigiOne Signature/Volumio/Tomanek LPSU/Jitterbug
DAC: Metrum Acoustics Musette CD Transport: Cambridge CXC
Headphones: AudioQuest NightHawk Carbon Amp: Schiit Magni-3
DAC: Musical Fidelity M1DAC Digital i/c: Profigold Oxypure OCC

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Re: DAC to the Future

Unread post by antonio66 » Tue Sep 03, 2019 5:59 pm

Looks good, guess you've got to decide between that, the Topping and SMSL.

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Re: DAC to the Future

Unread post by slinger » Tue Sep 03, 2019 6:14 pm

antonio66 wrote:
Tue Sep 03, 2019 5:59 pm
Looks good, guess you've got to decide between that, the Topping and SMSL.
The Topping or the SMSL was pretty much it until I looked at AliExpress. The SMSL M-8 and the Topping D50 both use dual ES9038Q2M chips, which is the "cut-down" version of the ES9038 PRO. Stepping up to the Pro version makes for more expensive options, plus I rather fancy trying out the AK4497. It's supposed to be easier to implement than the ES9038, which means that the manufacturer should be able to get a decent sound with less hassle. Were it a straight shoot-out between the two "names" though I'd have plumped for the SMSL as I've had a lot of their stuff and it's never let me down, whereas the one Topping amp I tried out I didn't like at all.

But... it's much more exciting buying blind, isn't it? :lol:
Amps - NVA P50, A30, A40, Stanislav Palo Tube Headphone Amp BB 85
Speakers - Monitor Audio Silver RX2
Cables - NVA LS1+LS3, SSC, Gotham S/PDIF, IBRA Optical
Digital - NAD C516BEE, SONY ST-SDB900 DAB TUNER, TEAC UD-H01 DAC
Analogue - Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Esprit SB, Graham Slee Gram Amp 2 Phono
Cans - Grado SR80, ATH-M50X

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