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    Tube DAC Build

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    jfine

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    Tube DAC Build

    Post by jfine on Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:21 pm

    Hey Bob and Roy,

    How about building a DAC, something like the PH16, tubes, likely at least USB in and whatever the latest transport is, RCA outs and for the hardcores XLR maybe.

    I think the trick with these is the logic for a computer to recognize it as a sound card, or maybe not. From there you could use files, CD's, whatever. The CHORD Qute2 did this easily, but too much bling and not enough sound, as usual.

    I ask because I have tried a few DACS in the 1000-2500 range, and while they sounded better than my $25 woolfson DAC sound card from 2003 (yes it's PCI!), not by much. I think tubes in there somewhere would be the ticket.

    Thoughts?
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    CletusB

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    Re: Tube DAC Build

    Post by CletusB on Sat Apr 14, 2018 7:50 am

    I just love my Raspberry Pi / Allo Boss DAC with 2TB HD.


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    jfine

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    Re: Tube DAC Build

    Post by jfine on Sat Apr 14, 2018 11:31 am

    Yep people sure do love their devices, sadly (or not) I don't own one, I design for them and that's enough for me.

    deepee has an expensive tube DAC which I'm sure can give most vinyl playback a run for its money, (mastering aside), but waaaay too much $$$, seems to me guys like Roy and Bob could come up with something that can rival a 5000 unit just like the SP14....
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    jfine

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    Re: Tube DAC Build

    Post by jfine on Sat Apr 14, 2018 12:25 pm


    I know about the AN kit, this is a great example, but my bet is that if AN charges 2,635.00, it can be done cheaper, AN stuff while good, is normally overpriced?
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    bluemeanies

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    Re: Tube DAC Build

    Post by bluemeanies on Sat Apr 14, 2018 9:54 pm

    You get what you pay for.
    Also the idea of something being overpriced is relative to the individual IMO.

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