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Hello everyone, This is my first post here so I don't know if this is the right place to ask. I decided to upgrade my old DAC Fostex Hp-a3 because some problem with Bug head SQ. I love the sweet mids. and vocal sounding of the TDA1543 and my budget is about $400-$500. I'm currently undecided between:Scott Nixon TD2.2 and Teradak chameleon and my current city doesn't have any of those so most likely this will be a blind buy . What is you guys' opinion about the mini max dac tube mode should I save for it? Because, tbh I don't really like the sabre ess sounding that much, I still prefer AKM and gud ol' NOS dac like TDA. Thanks. P/s: idk y I feel comfortable when asking in this forum, unlike some other like headfi, changstar. May be It's the love for NOS
Hello. Like many of you (perhaps) I am looking for a DAC. I'm quite interested in NOS DACS, but I'm not 100% sure this is the way to go. I am also looking to replace my Squeezebox with a better file player. 99% of my music collection is 16/44.1 RIPS of my 2000+ CDs. These live on a NAS. So I am primarily looking for something very musical and engaging to listen through. I have recently purchased a Eastern Electric minimax CD player and I am impressed by how much better this player sounds than my file player / DAC. My current system: Line Magnetic 518ia, Harbeth P3ESR, Eastern Electric minimax CD player, (will skip the analog front end), Squeezebox Touch with CIAudio power supply, and a CIAudio VDA2 DAC, (will skip all the cables)... So, I'm interested in hearing from people with a similar kind of set up that might have an opinion on a DAC / File player upgrade. DACs I am considering : Metrum Octave, Audio Note kits, Wavelength Brick v2 & v3, MHDT Havana, MHDT Stockholm, DB Audio Tranquility, Eastern Electric minimax & PLUS, Line Magnetic 502CA. File players I am considering : SOTM sms-100, Auraliti 90 or 100, the new Auralic aries. The last piece of this puzzle would be either USB player, SPDIF player or a USB player with an SPDIF convertor ahead of the DAC. I am very curious to hear any others who have discovered a great solution along these lines. As you can see my price point is sub-$2000 for the DAC and around $1000 for the player. I am not opposed to picking up DACS on the used market either. Thank you all in advance.