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      Interest Check - Gearheads HiFi DAC Shootout?

      This thread is specifically targeted at Home Audio and Carputing, but throwing this out here to see if it has any traction among other support members.

      Between me and cmsajith, we have the following DACs to cover a good range from DIY-Consumer Grade-SemiPro, Sync/Asyc and a good range of $$$$.


      • Beresford Caiman
      • Yamamoto YDA-01 (under progress)
      • Acoustic Portrait (Tentative)
      • ODAC
      • Hippo HiFi Bloat
      • HRT Music Streamer-II


      A lot of Indian HiFi forum reviews (even the bulk of International reviews) are purely based on listening tests (highly subjective), but lacks any technical measurement figures.

      We can hope to bring a change to that with access to one of the best T&M labs in the world as part of my job (still need to see if I can manage a free slot (maybe a Sunday) - else this will become nonviable and hyper-expensive ~$1800-$2000 per hour). Listening tests are very important but that alone does not hold much water without supporting technical measurements, but having said that, a lot of audiophile babble cannot be even measured ;-)

      Would there be interest in a Gearheads HiFi DAC Shootout? Or should we just stick to our core competences/interests - Automobiles?

      Tagging cmsajith and karanbhatia. Others please pitch in with your inputs and suggestions - I'm not sure what DACs are owned by others.
      Last edited by Digital Vampire; 19th Nov 2012 at 10:49.
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      Also include:
      - ODAC
      - Beresford Caiman
      - Yamamoto YDA-01 (still under progress, no free time)
      - Acoustic Portrait (Tentative)
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      Edited saaar...Got confused between Arcam and Caiman

      Quote Originally Posted by cmsajith View Post
      - Yamamoto YDA-01 (under progress)
      Bring it over to me some weekend and we will complete the monster.


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      BTW...got a TP-20 yesterday...Impressive little Class-T Amp!!!
      My Yamaha 667 is getting jealous ;-). In case you haven't heard one yet, you should come over.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Digital Vampire View Post
      Bring it over to me some weekend and we will complete the monster.
      Even I am eager to finish it. We will schedule asap. BTW, this is the progress so far: YAMAMOTO YDA01 Kit - My new DAC build

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      Quote Originally Posted by Digital Vampire View Post
      Would there be interest in a Gearheads HiFi DAC Shootout?
      awwww...that would be brilliant.

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      Or should we just stick to our core competences/interests - Automobiles?
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      Quote Originally Posted by Digital Vampire View Post
      Beresford Caiman
      Yamamoto YDA-01 (under progress)
      Acoustic Portrait (Tentative)
      ODAC
      Hippo HiFi Bloat
      HRT Music Streamer-II
      Hmmm, can't you suggest me one ready-made options? I am tired of to take the hassle in restoring mine old home made one.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Jack Sparrow View Post
      Hmmm, can't you suggest me one ready-made options? I am tired of to take the hassle in restoring mine old home made one.
      Choose your poison Jack ;-)

      Beresford Caiman, Acoustic Portrait, HRT Music Streamer-II are all ready made DACs.

      But if you want to do any justice to these investments, you'll have to change your entire existing chain.
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      Glued to this one !!! Would love to see what I can add to my Car PC

      I am in love with simple, cost effective, to the point but very high quality of USB DAC like HRT MSII .. sadly my experience is limited to this DAC and a few sound cards

      Trying to get either a Arcam rPAC or a Audioquest Dragonfly from US along with a Behringer ULTRA-DRIVE PRO DCX2496 if my friend can somehow agree to it
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      Quote Originally Posted by Jack Sparrow View Post
      Originally Posted by Digital Vampire
      Beresford Caiman
      Yamamoto YDA-01 (under progress)
      Acoustic Portrait (Tentative)
      ODAC
      Hippo HiFi Bloat
      HRT Music Streamer-II
      Hmmm, can't you suggest me one ready-made options? I am tired of to take the hassle in restoring mine old home made one.
      If you want to retain the current setup, get the ODAC (pre-assembled 100$ w/o box, ready-made will be ~150$) from JDS Labs (http://www.jdslabs.com/item.php?fetchitem=39), I got one for the car Audio. Its very compact and usb powered. Eventhough its not asynchronous usb, you can get a decent conversion with properly configured pc. Also it supports 24/96 HD conversion (16/44, 16/48, 16/96, 24/44, 24/48, 24/96).
      Last edited by CMS; 20th Nov 2012 at 08:17.

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      Got a question on DAC. One of my friend recommended to use DC coupled DAC. I wonder what that mean. Some googling showed that there DACs without any DC filters to remove the DC pops/cracks. That additional filter directly affects SQ it seems. Is my understanding correct?

      Tagging Digital Vampire, CMS
      Last edited by matbhuvi; 14th Aug 2013 at 19:04.
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