Check out the Schiit Gungnir Multibit dac loads of smart proprietary technology
And is modular ,most dacs are Not .when a upgrade is available such as the Multibit upgrade you send in when your number in the Q is called ,they swap out
A upgraded circuit board and good to go only $1250,upgrade wasv $499. And upgradable when next
Upgrade is available. P.s if you can go a bit more the flagship Yggdrasil is Around $2300 all have excellent reviews .
Mytek Brooklyn - Outstanding DAC
2 x coaxial
phonograph (configurable phono or line level)
I believe there is a dealer at Agon who offers 30 day trials or something like that. The Manhattan, a step up, had 3 coaxial inputs, and optional Roon or Phonograph input.
Consider selling the 2 units, half your cables and getting an OPPO BD 105 or 105D. Like a Swiss army knife of digital and video. All sorts of inputs and outputs. You can play just about any streaming format, digital download with a thumb drive or a hard drive sorry music server, DLNA, wired and wireless E'net, optical, USB out and in, HDMI in and out, true balanced and single ended analog outputs, digital volume control straight to a power amp if you wish, multichannel single-ended analog out, plays all silver disks to boot. Wonderful sound. No you don't need to mod it or tube it. Will decode DSD in pure DSD or convert to PCM. Just let it break in. Listen to the music. I run it between my reference system and my home theatre. Go pure audio for music. Download the owner's manual and you'll see what I mean. If I were mercenary I would offer to sell you my demo unit so I could flip it for a new one.
Please see the Audio Alchemy DDP-1 Preamp/DAC/Headphone Amp. Its digital inputs are AES/EBU, 2 RCA coaxial, 2 Toslink optical, I2S, aux USB for firmware updates.
It has 2 RCA coaxial inputs.
I have to vote with the Schiit crowd. I purchased the Gumby Multibit and it completely changed my mind about the drawbacks of digital. Playing a Mac charger Miles Davis cd versus the same on SACD through an Exemplar modified Oppo sacd, I now wish I hadn't wasted the money on sacds. Only wish I had gone all out for the Yggy.
I decided to drop my budget just a notch, at least for now, and tried a couple of more moderately priced DACs with two coax inputs - a friend's BDA-1 and a DACmagic Plus, and decided to hold on to the DACmagic. I don't know if its the built in upsampling or just system synergy but both the Node 2 and my old CDP sounded a little "warmer" with fuller low/mid bass through this DAC. I'll try my search next year after we've recovered from the Holidays.
Agree with ivanj on 12-23. I've had a new Oppo 105 for four months, and it's level of performance (for $500) is unheard of - bests my old Cambridge Audio 840C in many ways, including glare. Oppo uses the well reviewed ESS Sabre ES9018 converter, around since 2012. The Absolute Sound 12/14 review of the Oppo 105 states that the engineer modifying the unit "could not improve on the clock or the DAC" so he left them alone. For home audio, I just can't justify going with an outboard DAC now. But, I'd love to hear from any fanatic out there that has done A/B comparisons to the Oppo 105, using newer DAC/chip designs.
" But, I'd love to hear from any fanatic out there that has done A/B comparisons to the Oppo 105, using newer DAC/chip designs."
I've compared the Oppo to other products. Its an OK starter component, but you can only do so much at that price point. Also, if you're not using it for video, a good portion of the cost goes into stuff you don't need.
As far as comparing the dac chips, its extremely difficult to isolate just one small part of the player. More importantly, you're focusing on small things while ignoring the big ones. Have you considered anything involving the analog portion of the dac? It accounts for at least 50% of the sound you hear, and it usually makes a much bigger difference than the chip. I compared the Oppo to CD players that were 15-20 years old. Those players may not have a modern dac chip, but they do have exceptional analog stages. On Redbook CD, they made the Oppo sound defective.
Do a search for chip vs R2R. See what you find. mb1audi02 is on to something but the power supply is what can make a huge difference in any component. I build a DAC that has a bigger and better power supply that most amps do. It depends on the design and how it is implemented though.
kalali the glare is the component that cannot process the digital signal very well. When you are ready for something different let me know. I will send you something to change your world. Happy Listening.
Currently doing a shootout on three DACs the Bryston bda-2 the Schiit Yggdrasil and the McIntosh D100... All the Dacs are loaned and broke in. Started comparing last Thursday so far the Bryston is more detailed with tighter more defined bass the Yggdrasil is a close second the bass is bloated and blubbering mids and highs are great!! The McIntosh not as good mids or highs as the other two and the bottom end is better than the Yggdrasil but not as good as the Bryston.. The McIntosh seems to be on par with the emotiva DC1 that I am replacing.. Right know the Bryston seems to be ahead we will see what the week brings! Source is Bryston BDP-Pi and a laptop with Jriver and a oppo 103 used as transport