First off Dasha is the name of my Russian Blue cat – she is
the epitome of a princess, charming all who encounter her. Second point I live
in New Zealand.
An unpleasant halving of my finances and the “disappearance”
of the audio system has me in a frustratingly financially limited rebuilding
For unknown reasons
my room eats bass, have previously trialled and owned a number of speakers,
amps and sources. What seemed to work well was a Bada HD23 through the supplied
DBX into the power amps and finally the Emerald Physics CS2 open baffle speakers.
A recently purchased pair of Krix (Australian manufactured) 3 way closed box
(Unported) speakers has restored the missing bass.
Current system is Sony spinner, Music Labs digital processor
(Commercially orphaned Australian supplier) SPL pre-amp, McIntosh 2255 power amp
and Tannoy Arden 2 speakers.
For many months, I had used an Eastern Electric Mini Max DAC,
had swapped the OP amps in the MiniMax for Burson (A supplier to be avoided)
and was still dissatisfied with the presentation. Lind: The Music Labs was purchased
“blind” and has totally changed the presentation, gone is the “HI FI” forward
mids and trebles – now at last I have music.
I am seeking a DAC that has USB connectivity. New or used is
not an issue. The DAC will need to be able to operate on a 230v 50hz power supply.
Have US, UK and Chinese freight arrangements. I have a local import tax
threshold of around US D $320 that I would like to avoid. Able to reach a
little more than the previous figure for a good DAC. Musically the DAC must
present bass well without a hint of harshness in the upper regions.
Your recommendations appreciated