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In Reply to: RE: New DAC posted by mtbikeNH on May 09, 2017 at 08:26:48
The only thing you can do is TRY a new DAC to see if you like it. There are some pricey DACs that sound pretty lame and others that are reasonably priced that are outstanding.
I wouldn't mind trying the Oppo Sonica DAC except for the fact that I had the Oppo HA-1 DAC/Headphone amp that wasn't quite right for me. It was a little lean, almost bright, not much warmth or 'meat' in the mids.
Is there something about your present Oppo 105 that you're trying to improve upon sonically?
You can find many outstanding DACs for well under $2500, but it would be tough to know what to get w/o trying it yourself. Schiit is a popular brand of modestly priced DACs. Same for Wyred4Sound and PS Audio. I'm sure I'm missing several others but the point is, you don't have to spend a ton of money these days to get an outstanding DAC.
with a small restock fee. One of their multibit DACs may meet you need.
Thanks for the reply. The short answer for what I want to improve is, less fatiguing, less bright, more depth and wider soundstage. Something closer to my vinyl gear. I never get tired listening to vinyl, but I do with the OPPO.
Some of my first decent gear was PS Audio, I always liked their sound.
That perfectly describes what I heard with the Metrum Acoustics Hex, a non-oversampling type, in a friends system. I think I get a fair taste of that with the early, and much cheaper Mertum Octave. Had a Dodson DAC to compare with and the Octave was easier to listen to. Have you heard a NOS type DAC? Vinyl guy here too, BTW.
marc g. - audiophile by day, music lover by night
I just said the same thing about my Oppo on the PC Audio forum below this one. Mine is an Oppo 93. It sounded good when I got it but I just stopped using it for audio as I suffered from listening fatigue after one or two CDs. That doesn't happen with vinyl.
I'm also on the lookout for a new DAC. I have a Dragonfly Black, and even that sounds better to me now than the Oppo. If the Oppo had a USB out I'd use the DFB with it.
I've never been able to understand who had the time to rip all of their CDs to a hard drive. I have a pretty meager collection and I never bothered.
I thought about upgrading my usb dac to something newer, better ie) more expensive. Transfering my 1000 or so cd's to a hard drive, back them up etc. Then after some deliberating I said nah, life's too short. I can find my cd's fairly easy, I listen to my stereo for fun and that doesn't sound like fun to me. So I'll listen to music on Spotify or stream Jazz24 through ok computer speakers and just be happy.
Ripping CDs can be a chore but not too bad if you don't let yourself be overwhelmed before even starting. I began with a handful of my favorite CDs every few nights working my way through lesser favorites. It took a while but I did it in manageable chunks.
I ripped all my CDs to my hard drive using Exact Audio Copy (EAC). I had 500 and it took me a month, but it wasn't difficult. I'm retired so I had the time. It's certainly a lot more convenient listening to CDs in my Oppo BDP-105D from a USB flash drive plugged directly into my Oppo.
I got used to the sound of my Oppo and it sounds very musical to me now. When it was new, it sounded too soft and smooth. It made CDs sound like vinyl and it made my digital recordings of vinyl sound too much like vinyl to suit me. I felt it was "voiced" to sound like a vacuum tube component. However, after listening to it for a month or so, I got used to its sound quality and now I like it.
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