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    Default Audiophonics I-TDA 1387 DAC

    Now that I have my R-Pi up and running, I'd like to try one of the Audiophonics DAC boards. Was going to order the I-Sabre but that is not currently available and see there is now an I-TDA 1387.

    Is there anyone using this or heard it? Wondering how it compares to the I-Sabre.

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    Interesting. I would expect it to sound more analogue with better dynamic contrast due to being a multibit DAC. I am over-generalising though, implementation is critical.

    ...at the price, am tempted myself.
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    Is this brand new for Audiophonics? Someone has posted their thoughts on the Volumio forum, very positive.

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    Any more thoughts on this one fellas?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bourneendboy View Post
    Any more thoughts on this one fellas?
    I have the V2 board with a pi2 in my kitchen set up, and it's excellent, so this looks very interesting...
    Cheers, Will

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    I have the V3 DAC and consider it to be the best PI DAC I have heard (my others being IQ and Allo).

    They also have a very active forum but naturally most is in French although translation is not really an issue these days.

    Their standard of construction is also well above the others so I would consider a new version from their own branding would be very good.

    The only downside is the Euro exchange rate and the slightly high carriage charges.

    Mel

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cycleallday View Post
    I have the V3 DAC and consider it to be the best PI DAC I have heard (my others being IQ and Allo).

    Mel
    Which Allo DAC do you have, out of interest?

    I am still in the first few days of trialling The Boss and quite impressed, certainly better then the IQaudio, though that was also very good. I had considered the V3 previously. Also the Mamboberry LS. I think they're all much on a par at this level.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LC1979 View Post
    Which Allo DAC do you have, out of interest?

    I am still in the first few days of trialling The Boss and quite impressed, certainly better then the IQaudio, though that was also very good. I had considered the V3 previously. Also the Mamboberry LS. I think they're all much on a par at this level.
    Piano 2.1, piano 1 and Kali with each

    Audiophonics seems closer to Allo Boss but based on build quality and board design I see from both, my money would be on Audiophonics in a head to head.

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    Interesting, thanks.

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    So there is a glowing review on another forum. A wide and deep soundstage was mentioned, which is indeed a trait I associate with multibit DACs. More tempted to get one for a second system now.

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