IDA-8 or DAC-9/STA-9 combo

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Re: IDA-8 or DAC-9/STA-9 combo
« Reply #20 on: 8 Jun 2017, 04:47 pm »
Thanks! I am inclined to agree with everything!

My only final concern is the added warmth of the DAC-9 + STA-9 combo over the IDA-8, specially for large classical and opera works.  What do you guys think? Not really an issue? Or keep it safe and just go with the IDA and save some money?

I really am after the best sound for my system.  I have been reading that the Rainmakers are more or less neutral without being too bright, but not to the warm side, so a warm amp actually could be a nice match.  But I do think that I tend to prefer the brighter sound, so I am really scared of the sound getting 'muddied' or 'smoothed' by the warmness.

Any insight regarding that?

Thanks again,

I saw your profile on Van Alstine.  So have you sold your amps and moved to nu prime? What differences did you find between the two? 


Re: IDA-8 or DAC-9/STA-9 combo
« Reply #21 on: 8 Jun 2017, 07:09 pm »

Take a gander at the ST-10/DAC-10 thread in the Nuprime circle. Rafa announced his purchase of the 10/10 combo and describes his impressions.


Re: IDA-8 or DAC-9/STA-9 combo
« Reply #22 on: 14 Jun 2017, 10:41 pm »
I have looked through the (long) IDA-8 thread and have not seen any reference yet regarding running one's phono through the IDA-8 digitized RCA inputs.  Would this be OK and not discernible or would I be better served with the DAC-9/STA-9 where the input would remain analog.  Thanks!


The IDA-8 reviewer from TAS used Turntable in many of the listening tests. The review article can be found at the bottom of IDA-8 product page.

If you plan to use turntable a lot, go with DAC-9/STA-9.  They are better than IDA-8 overall. The price difference is just a matter of a few good meals and wine.