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In Reply to: RE: Oppo Sonica Dac posted by Jonesy on February 14, 2017 at 16:57:49
I have had the Sonica DAC for about a week now. I have used it to listen to CDs and to play 24/96 files on a USB stick. Thus far, I am liking what I am hearing. Is there a vast improvement over Sabre 9018 DAC machines? I would say, no. One suggestion to any owners. Do not use silver coated innerconnects. Also, ditch the supplied power cord. Both of those made the music sound thin with a loss of bass content.
One suggestion to any owners. Do not use silver coated innerconnects.
So, it retains the inherently bright characteristic of Oppo players (I have one myself). :)
When I changed over to a custom made power cord and pure copper XLR cables everything improved for the better. If you wish to blame it on the DAC, that is your choice.
a commonly voiced "house sound" with their players. A change with the new DAC would be welcome!
For $800 I find the Sonica a reasonably priced DAC for what it offers. Some may wish to wait for the UBP-205 player to see what occurs when it is released or try some completely different product.
The Sabre ESS 9038 is only offered in a handful of products as far as I know.
For $800 I find the Sonica a reasonably priced DAC for what it offers.
It is more than *just* a DAC! Reading from John's link, it is also a WiFi enabled streamer. Just add your smartphone and free app. Functionally like the Squeezebox Touch / Music Hall DAC combo I use in the garage system.
Pricing looks pretty good, but I wonder which op amps it uses for analog output. The UDP-203 uses veritable NE5532s. There are some modestly priced DACs using a discrete based output stage.
WiFi enabled streamer perhaps. But reports are, Oppo still inserts gaps of silence between tracks when the DAC is used in that way (network streaming). This is a problem, eventually, for most genres of music and most users.
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