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Thanks for the heads up. I just ordered one to play with. Are you running yours strictly on battery or are you using AC?Guy
Well sonicxtc, A lot will depend on what the rest of your system looks like, and what your musical preferences are. Loads of great affordable DACs out there right now. Be sure you have familiarized yourself with the advantages and disadvantages of NOS DACs. That is a biggie (just like passive vs. active preamps, and battery vs. AC). Much will depend on your preferences and the type of music you listen to.
Okay, normally I'd write this off as "Wow, this is amazing for a DAC I found inside a box of Cracker Jacks or a cereal box," but...I read the designer's page. PLEASE whoever is suggesting we try this little beauty, a little more info. Are you suggesting this is a serious DAC which can compete with other sub $1k DACs or get you most of the way there? I mean how good is good? Can you compare the sound to any other DACs?Will this handle 2496?How long will it run off a 9 volt battery?I thank the OP. This is quite a find. I'm only asking these "dumb" questions because I'm actually looking to buy a dac for my main system. Thank you and thanks for sharing.
I had a NOS DAC a couple of years ago, which used the 1543 DAC. It was sweet, warm, musical. I loved it, until I foolished played with it, trying to improve it. I replaced the output caps (Siemens), hoping to improve on the transparency and bass definition. And, I regreted it. I also misplaced the Siemens cap, so I couldn't go back.Anyhow, on eBay, there are also similar DACs, doubling up with the TDA1543. I wonder IF this configuration gives a better sound. Anyone?
Can I ask, what is the point of having multiples of the same chip in there? What exactly is the point of that? I've seen dacs with 16 chips inside.
More info please for those of us to whom the term DIY means fire, lots and lots of fire Info such as is there a case avaialble? Real world comparisons with other DAC's...etc...
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