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In Reply to: RE: Best processors -but best tech ? Accurate info??? posted by Jeff Starr on February 24, 2017 at 16:42:05
There are probably a *hundred* processors I left out. Units that use FPGAs are low-bit devices. In my piece, I listed world-beating processors that use ladders in architecture - 16 bit pure-resistors.
As already indicated (below), implementation has been the excuse for 20 years. It no longer works - something is happening with discrete-ladders. I'm just reporting the trend...
Edits: 02/24/17Follow Ups:
"But this product is not alone, as (most other) world's best DACs are similar. Whether the Chord Dave, EMM DA2, Simaudio 780D, Berkeley Alpha Ref, DCS DACs, Gryphon Kalliope -all of these use 1 to 6 bit (cheap) D-to-A converters, with lots of band-aide processing."
The DACs I commented on don't use "cheap" converters. That is all I am saying.
DCS may not be 'cheap'...
6-bit hybrids that have carefully-written algorithms can sound wonderful. It just seems strange that a (new) group of top-rated processors use an old-fashioned approach.
Beyond conversion, there's a lot of hype these days of 'Quad DSD'. But if I understand the speeds correctly, this is slow (256fs) compared what many were doing 12 years ago, when 768fs came out.
(2) points that question the technical advance of today's processors.
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