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In Reply to: RE: Not unexpected.. posted by AbeCollins on April 26, 2021 at 16:48:57
back then, in 2003.
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Before quality Chinese bargain audio took hold.
and about $6-$7 per chip, not the $70 when Audio-GD built their last DACs based on that chip.
And no, there are no DACs based on Delta-Sigma chips that rival what can be done with the original PCM-1704 which explains why they sold out so quickly at $75 each while DigiKey, Mauser, and everyone else had reams of them.
Best sounding DAC I've yet to hear was from Trinity when they used 16 PCM-1704 (one per bit per side) in a LIANOTEC configuration.
Sadly, never had one in my system but high 5 digit asking price might explain why. So I had to go the 'Poor Man's Trinity DAC' with the Audio-GD Master 7 at about $1600 plus shipping and duties for close to $2000 total and I can't imagine doing better for that kind of money, even to this day.
But keep buying those cheap Chinese DACs, you might get there some day.
I'm buy EXPENSIVE, cheap Chinese DACs. :-)
"And no, there are no DACs based on Delta-Sigma chips that rival what can be done with the original PCM-1704 which explains why they sold out so quickly at $75 each while DigiKey, Mauser, and everyone else had reams of them."
That's a stretch. The real explanation is with audiophiles who embrace anything scarce, and the manufacturers who cater to such beliefs. Perhaps the PCM-1704 does present a "certain sound". Even if it does, that only matters to those who like that sound.
There are several DACs out there based on different chips and technologies that sound excellent. I'm not saying they all sound exactly the same but to conclude that PCM-1704 based DACs are better than any Delta-Sigma design is pure fantasy. IMHO, of course.
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