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pearsall001
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Help me decide if I really need a DAC?

Ah!! the audio bug might be biting again. My present 2 channel system consists of: A Conrad Johnson PV14L tube preamp, Van Alstine OmegaStar440EX amp, Consonance CD120 upsampling CD player, & AAD 2001 monitors. Now don't get me wrong, I really do like the way my system sounds, but it's just been buging me about this DAC issue. Do you think a DAC would benefit me & in what way? What are your experiences? What DAC's have you used & how did they perform? My budget is maxed out at $1800. Hopefully your info will allow me to make an educated decision.

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Re: Help me decide if I really need a DAC?

I think the answer is just like any other audiophile answer..."it depends". There are certainly a lot of high quality DACs within your price range, but whether they work for you really depends on system synergy and your own personal taste. One big question related to synergy is whether your Consonance cdp has a quality digital out that will let it be a good transport.

Best thing to do is to see if you can test-run a couple of DACs in your system and see what you think...

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Re: Help me decide if I really need a DAC?

I've been using the Stello DA220 DAC for about a year now, huge soundstage, very detailed and smooth sounding. Don't let the affordable price fool you, you can find a review here:

http://www.soundstage.com/revequip/stello_da220.htm

p.s. I have mine partnered with Cardas balanced interconnects, it sounds superb!!!!

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Partnered? How different is that from merely like having an wire connected to an output -input?

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Checkout the latest AVA Ultra Hybrid DAC.... www.avahifi.com I use a BenchMark too, and an earlier AVA Omega III DAC...

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Partnered? How different is that from merely like having an wire connected to an output -input?

Synergy my friend, synergy.

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Yes, synergy is very important. It's like wearing a lime green leisure suit with matching white belt and shoes. It just works.

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