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In Reply to: RE: New DAC posted by mtbikeNH on May 09, 2017 at 10:02:14
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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