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    The Primare BD32 is a stunning digital device; highly recommended

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    As USB dacs go I wouldn’t write off pro and semi pro usb music interfaces. As my active speakers have balanced inputs so I thought I would try out my Tascam 2x2 interface. Not only is it recognised as a USB dac without any drivers required, I retired my Rega DAC and now use the Tascam.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Primalsea View Post
    As USB dacs go I wouldn’t write off pro and semi pro usb music interfaces. As my active speakers have balanced inputs so I thought I would try out my Tascam 2x2 interface. Not only is it recognised as a USB dac without any drivers required, I retired my Rega DAC and now use the Tascam.
    In a similar vein, this new consumer-orientated DAC from Pro company RME looks very attractive to me:

    https://www.rme-audio.de/en/products/adi_2-dac.php

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    [IMG]20170823_090339 by Geoff Old, on Flickr[/IMG]

    Tucked in the bottom left of my rack is the best digital component I have heard, and I have heard a lot. It is the Technics SH-X1000 DAC, a Technics statement piece from 1995 with a $10,000 launch price designed to obliterate the first high end offerings from Krell and Mark Levinson. It only does redbook, but that's all I have and it makes them sing.



    The internals show a care and attention that is rare. The Japanese statement pieces from this period are, in my opinion, some of the very finest hifi offerings of all time but were ignored by the British hifi press, to our misfortune.
    Main system: Sony TTS8000; SME IV; Audio Technica Art1; The Lentek integrated amplifier; SBT; Technics sh-x1000 DAC; Yamaha NS1000M.
    System 2 - SBT; Kinshaw Perception DAC; Denon PMA850 integrated; Kef Reference 103.
    System 3 - Taken over by my son! Chromecast; Beresford Caiman II; Klark Teknik Jade 1 active studio monitors.

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    That's a dac? Have you accidentally inserted a picture of a beefy power amp??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lawrence001 View Post
    That's a dac? Have you accidentally inserted a picture of a beefy power amp??

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    It's a DAC; the best I've heard!
    Main system: Sony TTS8000; SME IV; Audio Technica Art1; The Lentek integrated amplifier; SBT; Technics sh-x1000 DAC; Yamaha NS1000M.
    System 2 - SBT; Kinshaw Perception DAC; Denon PMA850 integrated; Kef Reference 103.
    System 3 - Taken over by my son! Chromecast; Beresford Caiman II; Klark Teknik Jade 1 active studio monitors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldius View Post
    It's a DAC; the best I've heard!
    It certainly looks very impressive and beautifully made.

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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    It certainly looks very impressive and beautifully made.
    Attention paid where it actually matters instead of upsampling and all that bollocks. What a shame no-one is doing that these days, at least not at an affordable price.
    Martin



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    Technics SL1200P CD Player * NVA P90SA passive pre / Krell KSA50S Power amp * JM Lab Electra 926 loudspeakers *


    'This is the sort of music I'd be listening to if I was going shopping for a training bra.'

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    Quote Originally Posted by Macca View Post
    Attention paid where it actually matters instead of upsampling and all that bollocks. What a shame no-one is doing that these days, at least not at an affordable price.
    Looks a crackin’ dac, but it did do some of that bollocks...albeit in quite an interesting way!
    The matching cd transport looks just as good.
    http://www.thevintageknob.org/technics-SH-X1000.html

    Lovely bit of kit.
    have hifi n stuff

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gazjam View Post
    Looks a crackin’ dac, but it did do some of that bollocks...albeit in quite an interesting way!
    The matching cd transport looks just as good.
    http://www.thevintageknob.org/technics-SH-X1000.html

    Lovely bit of kit.
    Just a gorgeous looking combo. I bet they never come up for sale. (BTW upsampling and oversampling are not the same thing at all. Upsampling attempts to recreate higher frequencies that are not on the recording. It gives a 'fluffy' sound I'm not especially keen on).
    Martin



    Current Lash Up:

    Technics SL1200P CD Player * NVA P90SA passive pre / Krell KSA50S Power amp * JM Lab Electra 926 loudspeakers *


    'This is the sort of music I'd be listening to if I was going shopping for a training bra.'

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