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The DAC-9 is no slouch, but there was a big difference.
It would be cool if Eric chimed in to talk a little bit about his dac. I’m curious what is it exactly about the Mac Mini that mates with the Tranquilty so well? And I’m assuming from comments this is pcm only? Does it go to 192 or higher?
To lower noise, most DAC chips run balanced (versus single ended). Too bad a nice DAC like that doesn't offer balanced outputs, but balanced outputs were fairly rare in DACs of that vintage. Professional 24 dBu output would be really sweet.
I told Eric about this thread. He said he may drop in to explain some things. [That's a hint, Eric.]I asked Eric if a volume control can be added. If he doesn't answer here, I'll let you all know what he tells me. Jonathon, perhaps the Tranquility DAC can be modded to accept XLR(?). That night at Greg's G2G, I decided that if I didn't already own a very fine preamp (D Sachs Model 2), I would want to own nearly the same model that Greg owns (Lampi Atlantic with volume control). It would work out to pretty much the same investment. [Model 2 + Tranquility SE w/Jupiter caps more or less equals Lampi Atlantic (Plus?) with VC on Redbook music.] However, I do own a very nice preamp, so this Tranquility DAC fits my needs quite nicely.
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