Help me spend $1500

Discussion in 'DACs' started by rocknroll1, Jul 23, 2018.

  1. rocknroll1

    rocknroll1 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    I have not decided yet. I am getting more confused the more I look.
     

     

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  2. PPstereo

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    Just wondering what about the teac is a let down to you?

    Btw I don't ask to be argumentative or anything of the sort. I've read your thoughts on digital and felt you've given it allot of time and thought. So I ask with genuine interest.

    I've come close to grabbing a prism lyra. Any thoughts on that unit?

    Thanks much
     
  3. saggy

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    You'll have to excuse my comment slightly, as I have heard the 501 but not the 503. I'm sure the 503 is an improvement. I felt the 501 left the music flat and unexciting. I felt it was more neutral than what I heard out of both the Sonos and Bluesound internal DACs, but just wasn't very "forward," if I can use that term.

    The Mytek provides an exceptional depth of soundstage and has all those other bells and whistles, including full MQA and a useful phono pre.

    After reading more about the 503 I am intrigued and would like to have a listen. I wouldn't expect it to beat the Mytek, but it's also half the price. It looks like a real nice unit. That being said, if it has the same sound sig that the 501 has, it's not my bag - but that doesn't mean it shouldn't be yours.

    UD-501: http://www.teac.com/product/ud-501/
    UD-503: http://www.teac.com/product/ud-503/
     
  4. rocknroll1

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    What about the new Teac 505?
     
  5. saggy

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    There's a 505 now??? haha. I'm falling behind! I will have to find one and have a demo. Looks nice, though!
     
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    I think its new this year
     

     

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  7. vintage 5.0

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    Well it sure is fun to decide on what you want to get. I like the PS audio NU wave. It will only cost you less than half of your amount and it is by far the best one I have used. It is also really well built and looks good.
     
  8. WhiteSE

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    If you want an analog sounding unit...with a great DAC chip..Well, I guess its not a stand alone DAC, but it doesnt have a digital IN...But the DAC section is awesome.

    I saw online this:
    SONIC FRONTIERS SFCD-1 SE CD Player - UA D20400A 20-BIT Ladder DAC chip and tubes and updated Mundorf caps...$1350.00.

    [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    or any of the AudioLogic units online..
     
  10. olderroust

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    I'm surprised the Ayre Codex wasn't a suggestion to the OP.

    Has anyone been able to listen to one side by side with the McIntosh? I was very impressed by the Ayre when I heard it, and the price is pretty close to the 1500 budget.
     
  11. E-Stat

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    Slightly over budget, but a first quality hand assembled in USA unit with an excellent balanced discrete JFET analog stage (no op amps) - which is what I find makes the most audible difference. Dual power supplies.

    Audio Research DAC7
     

     

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  12. invalidbuffa

    invalidbuffa Audio tinkerer

    I'm curious and would like to hear your impressions on the D150.
     
  13. edwyun

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    The ultra analog based DACs have a good following for R2R DACs. Most musical Ive heard whether in the sonic frontiers or mark levinson. For a current R2R DAC, you may also want to look at the Denafrips line of DACs.
     

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