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The DDDAC1794 is no (ordinary) DAC!

by mbrennwa on 02-25-2013 at 11:29 AM
Note: an updated version of this text is my main audio site (

Why the heck would anyone buy a DDDAC1794? This thing seems very much out of place in the arena USB and FireWire DACs out there, it costs a lot of money, and it requires an intimate relationshop with a soldering iron, too. However, I have been in the DIY world long enough to know that nothing beats a good DIY system.

I had many and very different DACs in the past. My beloved Stokes DIY Tube DAC

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Updated 01-09-2014 at 04:11 AM by mbrennwa


Review: Linnenberg UDC1 DAC

by mbrennwa on 04-24-2012 at 11:08 AM
I was looking for a DAC to complete my new stereo system. I use an Apple MacBook with Decibel to play digital music via the DAC. The rest of the system consists of DIY preamplifier (Thel VX-D, battery powered class-A MosFet output), two Hifiakadmie PowerAmps, and AOS Studio 24 BE speakers (top-of-the-line ScanSpeak drivers).

Some more specific requirements for my new the DAC were:

  • High-Res (192/24) asynchronoous USB or FireWire input
  • Discrete analog stage would

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