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In Reply to: RE: New DAC posted by standingstones on May 09, 2017 at 09:41:42
I've read good things about this DAC, but I'm concerned it wouldn't be much different than the DAC in the 105.
If they are still making the 1704 ladder dac at Audio-gd called the Master 7 for $2400 it is my favorite dac of all time. It will not do DSD but I don't see why you need dsd. The only downside is you have to buy it from China but that wasn't a problem for me
Do you mind telling me what you like about the Audio-gd?
mtbikeNH, I have yet to hear of anyone who bought a well-implemented DAC using the 1704K who regretted it. Note, that this DAC was used in a lot of the SOTA DACs over many, many years - including top end players from Burmester, Combak Reimyo, Esoteric, Krell, Mark Levinson, Naim, Pass Labs, Sim Audio, Wadia and several others, to name a few. The Linn CD12 also used these chips and is often touted as one of the best (and most 'vinyl' sounding) CD players of all time. It is also what I use in my DAC.
It is likely that good DACs using this chip will appreciate in value, much like good idler drive turntables of yore. Had I not bought my Lite Audio DAC, I would have bought an Audio-gd and it was a coin flip between them, or possibly an Aqua Audio model (the La Voce S2 is just within budget). There are few left in the supply chain, from what I can tell.
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There is a term we throw around called musicality. Hard to define but those who have this dac use that description a lot. Musical. It sounds in many ways like really good vinyl. Plenty of detail and resolution but it presents a very strong resemblance to a live performance. I also run the dac in non over sampling which adds to the vinyl like sound. It is incredibly dynamic with thunderous bass and beautiful extended highs. Once in a visit to my friend in Florida who has the same dac we brought it to a guys house who had the complete DCS stack. Listened for 4 hours.
He didn't say very much but my friend called me a month later to tell me the guy sold his DCS Dac and bought the master 7. By the way this dac is called a ladder dac or also a multi-bit dac. Most ladder dacs I have heard have similer sound to the Master 7. The master 7 will not do DSD if that is important to you. Also I don't know if Audio-GD is still making it because they are running out of the 1704 chip which is no longer made. I hope this helps. If you are ever in San Antonio Texas come on over. Also my friend in Sarasota Florida would be happy to give you a demo
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