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    DAC for a CD player

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    Dave_in_Va

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    DAC for a CD player

    Post by Dave_in_Va on Tue Feb 18, 2014 6:09 pm

    I have a VTA ST 70 and the VTA SP/PH10 pre-amp. I mainly use this for vinyl but I do have a load of CDs. My CD player is a plain vanilla Onkyo C 7030. Would I gain much in sound quality by going into a DAC (bypassing the internal DAC) and then into my SP 10?

    The two DACs I've been looking at are the Cambridge DacMagic 100 ($100 off at A. A.) or the Music Fidelity V90-DAC. These are at the outer limits of my budget ($299).

    Worth it?

    Associated question....Is there any advantage to coaxial out over optical (toslink) out on the CD player?

    Thanks in advance for your advice.

    Dave

    daveshel

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    Re: DAC for a CD player

    Post by daveshel on Tue Feb 18, 2014 6:29 pm

    Dave_in_Va wrote:

    The two DACs I've been looking at are the Cambridge DacMagic 100 ($100 off at A. A.) or the Music Fidelity V90-DAC. These are at the outer limits of my budget ($299).

    Dave

    I'm thinking of giving the V90-DAC a try but now that you mention it the Cambridge looks interesting as well. I wonder under what circumstances you would use the ground lift.

    sKiZo

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    Re: DAC for a CD player

    Post by sKiZo on Tue Feb 18, 2014 6:35 pm

    Ground lift?

    Sounds like something you'd normally run into with pro equipment using XLR or unbalanced connections. Some setups need the second ground (pin#3?) "lifted" or open to work properly. Mostly hummmmmm issues ...

    In that case, there's either a switch to open that connection, or you need to get an adapter or just desolder the connector in the cable itself.

    Or not ... ground lift?

    Dave_in_Va

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    Re: DAC for a CD player

    Post by Dave_in_Va on Wed Mar 05, 2014 9:30 pm

    In case anyone is curious, I ended up using the coax-digital out of my Onkyo CD player into the Musical Fidelity V-DAC II, out of the DAC into the acc. in of the SP-10. There was a major improvement. Now I can really enjoy my CDs as well as my LPs.

    I also ran a 15' toslink out of my TV into the V-DAC and the audio from my Roku and DVD players is really improved also.

    Lot's of improvement today for about $25 in cables.

    frank

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    Re: DAC for a CD player

    Post by frank on Wed Mar 05, 2014 9:47 pm

    OK, I came late to this party. I would have answered: it depends. It depends on the quality of the DAC in your CD player. Looks like you got it worked out. Good job!

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