A DJ's conundrum
Hello all! I'm a DJ new to the world of pro audio and I was wondering if you could be of any help.
A new trend emerging in premier nightclubs around the world is the use of an outboard DAC attached between the CDJs (Pioneer CD players) and the DJ mixer. In the past, I know pro sound installers have used the Apogee DA-16X and AD1000. This is because the Pio's internal DAC is really subpar. I would like to incorporate this into my home setup. I've tried to clean up the "back-end" by using my SPL Tube Vitalizer's 3 ECC83 tubes. But now I'd like to clean up the front-end. The only problem is I need 2 DACs, one for each CD player, and the mixer accepts only unbalanced RCA ins. The Pioneers use a coax digital out.
After reading many threads on Gearslutz, I was just about sold on a pair of Benchmark DAC-1s, but now after browisng here I think I may choose a pair of Paradiseas and Monarchy DIPs. Two reasons: first, I can't afford Lavrys or Myteks or Lynx or DSC. Second, mastering grade converters are praised for their transparency, which is something I don't think I want, because many times I'm playing very poorly mastered (loudness war victims...clipping and no dynamics) electronic music, sometimes even in MP3 format! So would this be an appropriate choice for me? I'd like to keep the total as close to $1000-$1500 if possible, but the lower the better. And check out my current set-up, to see if there are any weak links. Thanks!
--I should mention the CDJs put out 16bit 44.1 samples, hence I think the DIP could really be of use?
My current setup:
2 Pioneer CDJ 1000 MK3, 2 Technics 1200 M5G w/Ortofon Nightclub E, Electronique & Spectacle DJR 400 portable rotary mixer, Ultrasone DJ 1 Pro headphones, SPL Tube Vitalizer, Apogee Mini-Me, Event Audio Studio Precision 8 monitors.
photos here if you're interested:
IN SHORT: looking for great sound, not exactly mastering-grade accuracy! :)