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Reed
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Rega DAC

I just was talked into buying this DAC at a local audio store. Ok, it doesn't take much talking....

I haven't tried the USB input on this yet, but fed from the mini Toslink on the Mac Mini, this is the best source I have had in my system. I'm shocked at how good this DAC sounds. My server is made up of:

Mac Mini
ITunes (AIFF format)
Pure Music software (by channel D)
2 TB GDrive (connected via FireWire)
Chord brand Toslink to mini-Toslkink cable
IPad - using remote app as contoller

I have been playing with the Music Streamer II+ and the Apogee Duet via FireWire with good results, but the Rega DAC is truly special in my system. Some of the DACs/sources I have tried in the past are:

Raysonic CD168
DacMagic
MF VDAC
Benchmark DAC1
PS Audio DACLink III
Simaudio DAC

Of these, the Raysonic was probably my favorite (until now). However, once I loaded my music and picked up an iPad with the remote app, I didn't want to venture down the CD player route again. It's just too fun having your whole music library at your fingertips. The rest of these all had a dryish feel to them that I just couldn't get past. Not so with the Rega DAC.

I'll be real interested to see if others feel the same way as more folks .experience this DAC.

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Thanks

for your great post on this new DAC. More importantly, your comparison comments of others you have tried in your system. My impression of a couple you mentioned was also on the dryish side. I'm glad you've found one that finally sounds musical.

Enjoy!

RG

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REGA DAC IN MAY ISSUE

looking ahead - in our May issue, Sam Tellig will be covering the Rega Dac and comparing it to the Musical Fidelity M1 and the Cambridge DacMagic

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That's great!

Man, this thing keeps getting better and better as it breaks in. But, hey, that's my opinion of how it sounds in my system. It's really cool to hear someone else's point of view.

I'm really looking forward to reading the review. Fun stuff.

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Rega
Ariel Bitran wrote:

looking ahead - in our May issue, Sam Tellig will be covering the Rega Dac and comparing it to the Musical Fidelity M1 and the Cambridge DacMagic

What was the conclusion? I´m interested DacMagic versus Rega Dac, which is better?Or the advantages and disadvantages

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