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    Warm Sounding DAC

    I recently blew my audio budget springing for a beautiful new pair of Monitor Audio PL200 speakers and doing some upgrades on my hybrid integrated amp. The weak link is my 10 year old Shanling CD player. Was hoping to find an outboard DAC to hook to the CD player and use it as a transport and to find a DAC that is on the warmer end of the spectrum as the speakers tend to be a bit on the bright side. Looking to spend around $1k. Reading various sites, I get the impression that the Burson DA160 and Eastern Electric Minimax Plus or even the Wyred 4 Sound Dac1 may fit the bill. Don't need a pre-amp or headphone amp. Haven't committed yet to a computer server, but want something that would fit the bill when I make the leap. Something that does the realism thing well would be great. Appreciate any advice.

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    Masters Level Member Paul.Raulerson's Avatar
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    The Rega DAC

    Might really suit you well. Detailed, configurable, and tube like sound.

    1. Main Music: AIFF Library -> Mac Mini i5 (Late 2012) -> MacOS Mavericks -> JRMC 19 -> Kimber USB -> iFi USB Power -> iFi Gemini -?> iFi DSD Nano -> Kimber PJB -> Parasound 2200 Preamp -> Kimber PJB -> Outlaw Audio M2200 Monoblocks -> Nodost Flatline MKII Speaker cables -> Large Advents
    2. Bedroom -> Macbook Pro -> MacOS Mavericks -> JRMC19 -> Audioquest Cinnamon USB -> Wavelength Proton> NAD BEE326 -> Nordost Flatline MKII -> Baby Advents
    3. Office -> Experimental System, changes when I want it to.

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    Freshman Member Dr Tone's Avatar
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    Another vote for the Rega

    Another vote for the Rega DAC.
    JRMC->Ayre QB-9 DSD->Simaudio Moon 600i->Focal 1028BE speakers + 2 x Martin Logan Depth-i subwoofers

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    Warm DAC

    Appreciate the comment from you and the subsequent person. This unit wasn't on my radar screen.

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    Senior Member firedog's Avatar
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    Warm isn't the word I would use. Good Dac, but the others you mentioned are probably more what you are looking for.
    System (in small home office): GIK Acoustics Room Treatments>Tranquil Fanless PC with Windows 7(Sonore External PS, Dual Core Atom Board)>JRiver MC >FW to Mytek 192 DSD Stereo DAC >Odyssey Audio Kismet Stereo Power Amp (Khartago Case) >Devore Gibbon Nines. Also own: ClassDAudio SDS-470 Amp; Squeezebox Touch slaved to an Empirical Audio Pace Car; a standard SB Touch; Squeezebox Boom. Dual 506 TT, Ortofon M20 (used only for recording vinyl) MF X-DAC3; MF X-150 Amp;Goldpoint passive pre.