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Need a good but cheap "tube" dac.

Posted on March 30, 2000 at 07:16:45

Need help, have $400-500 to spend on a tube DAC , any new or used unit that sounds good ?


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Re: Need a good but cheap "tube" dac., posted on March 30, 2000 at 08:02:14

You can not go wrong with a used Cal Alpha dac($400-$450)and it still is sold by Cal for $1495.Tubes as you know ,will give a more natural less analytical sound and you can try different tubes for your best preferences.I ,as well as other owners ,prefer the sound of the Yugo's over the stock Chinese tubes.Patiently search for the Alpha at and read owner impressions at You can easily resell over the net if you are not totally satisfied,which I doubt that you would do.Up the road you could consider the $450. 24/96 upgrade that Cal offers( that has gotten all positive recommendations by owners.If for some reason ,you would not be totally pleased with the Alpha ,look elsewhere in your system for the real weak link.Happy listening !


Pick up a CAL Sigma II....., posted on March 31, 2000 at 10:12:21

for 300.00 off of the AR Wanted page. Will prob replace the Chinese 12ax7 for something else though. There is alot of stuff out there. Just be patient.



Got myself a CAL ALPHA with muller tubes, posted on March 31, 2000 at 19:04:05

What a differance from my old X-DAC !


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