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  1. #1
    Join Date: Apr 2012

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    I'm Richard.

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    SOLD
    I haven't used this since I bought the Teradak Chameleon (same designer) so I decided it should find a new home.
    If you aren't familiar with it, it is a TDA 1543 NOS DAC, liked by many for its "analogue" sound. I like them, my CD player and the Chameleon are both NOS designs.
    It is standard except for Takman carbon film I/V resistors and Valab 4.7uF polypropylene output caps. I tried a few I/V resistors and liked these, same with the caps. They are easy to change if you want to have a play. There are no leads included. All the leads I have cost more than this DAC! The mains input is a standard IEC socket.
    I have just had a listen and it's still pretty good. I haven't ever tried the optical input, but I assume it works; the coax and USB inputs are fine.
    I am asking for 80 inc. p&p.


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    I use one of these and I'm over the moon with it. Cheap but was better than the DAC magic I heard. My opinion only of course. Very capable of creating a wonderfully detailed and rich sound. It does sound very "analogue" and never fatigues in long listening sessions. I play FLAC from my PC through it and I think it's exceptional.

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    That will be nice... good price as they dont come up that often.
    Regards,
    Grant

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    Very happy with mine Grant. Would have to be so special to dislodge it from my system.

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    Another fan --- infact I sold mine to Oli (above) only as I have picked up a custom made design from a v good Chinese co ....... but if this hangs around for too long I'll buy it myself as another 'back up' .... well worth a try for anyone who hasn't tried one ...... GLWTS

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    I had one of these too and rather rated it, at 80 it's a total bargain.
    Speakers - 'RFC' Tannoy Canterburys with custom crossovers; Amp - Radford STA100; Preamp - EAR 912; Vinyl: Thorens TD124 MkII with Ikeda IT345-CR1 and Ortofon 309 Limited tonearms; Cartridges: Miyajima Kansui, Zero Mono and Premium 78, Ikeda 9TT, Ortofon SPU Royal N and SPU Mono GM MkII, and GE VX II vintage mono; phono stage and SUT from EAR 912; Esoteric Sound Re-Equalizer for early mono and 78; Digital: Audio Note CDT2/II transport and RPI2 with HifiBerry Digi+ board, heavily upgraded Audio Note Kit DAC.

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    apologies to all --- but I'm going to take it if still available but only if someone who hasn't tried one before is not just about to jump .... PM sent

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    Quote Originally Posted by hughandella View Post
    apologies to all --- but I'm going to take it if still available but only if someone who hasn't tried one before is not just about to jump .... PM sent
    Lol. Nothing says "I miss this" like buying another one

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    SOLD

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigman80 View Post
    Lol. Nothing says "I miss this" like buying another one

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    indeed mate - i told you i wasn't just saying i liked it ....... only other same vfm ratio I've found is NVA - this is worth a try [link removed] but dont buy it on there - message me direct, owner?designer is a 'challenge' but he does make some great gear at a great price --- this and the valeb are in same mould affordability wise ...
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