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    Quote Originally Posted by jandl100 View Post
    The Young seems to be one of those Marmite products - you either love it or hate it.
    Don't really understand why anyone would hate it. I didn't hate it, it just didn't offer anything additional over the DAC in the player being used as a transport. Possibly a better transport might have let it do its thing some more, I don't know, didn't try that.
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    I heard Jerry's Young DAC in my system. I wasn't enamoured with it.

    With a WE 396A in the Xiang I would say there's little point in going for anything else. It is such a good valve IMHO you'll be hard pressed to find anything better. That said there's no accounting for taste.
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    Dear friends (allow me to call you that),

    What do you think of these specs?


    https://ibb.co/hTiq2y

    I know specs are not the way to go, but certainly gives an idea.

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    Recently obtained an Audio Analogue Vivace dac and have to admit to being rather impressed sonically at least. Bit cumbersome physically and in user friendliness but very musical presentation to my ears. Anyone else familiar with it?

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    Working on the fact that the 1000 ceiling was introduced 5 yrs ago, I would like to recommend the Chord Qutest dac at 1195. This dac is the best I’ve heard against the commonly mentioned MDac and MF etc. So much so that I put my wallet instead of my mouth into it and purchased this very small and unpretty box. Sound wise the Qutest out performs DACs at considerable more money with its neutrality and definition. Just my opinion of coarse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jandl100 View Post
    It does tie in with my view that the M2Tech DAC is nothing special.

    But maybe not.

    I think it depends on who is doing the listening!
    I love mine (it's the one I bought from you!). I remember telling you that I wasn't impressed that impressed with it initially. But, then it grew and grew and grew on me. I find it musical, non fatiguing, I like the upsampling. It is detailed but I don't find it fatiguing at all. I do use it with either a valve pre or a Stax valve headphone amp. I'm not sure I'd like it so much in an all solid state set up. I've only ever run it from a lithium battery and wouldn't fancy using it from the supplied cheap walwart.

    I have got an itch at the moment to try something else, a valve dac appeals but I suspect I would be disappointed with the Xieng Sha (pleasantly disappointed but still). The Chord Hugo TT seems to be a giant killer but 2k for a pretty small improvement it is not sensible. If I was listening using my monoblocs and valve pre all the time an upgrade would be more rewarding, but via a Stax T6-001 it might well not show through.

    I was very tempted by an older MBS platinum dac last week but managed to avoid temptation. By the time I'm using my monoblocs again a Chord Hugo TT will be about 500 and even Lampizators might be affordable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clap View Post
    I love mine (it's the one I bought from you!). I remember telling you that I wasn't impressed that impressed with it initially. But, then it grew and grew and grew on me. I find it musical, non fatiguing, I like the upsampling. It is detailed but I don't find it fatiguing at all. I do use it with either a valve pre or a Stax valve headphone amp. I'm not sure I'd like it so much in an all solid state set up. I've only ever run it from a lithium battery and wouldn't fancy using it from the supplied cheap walwart.

    I have got an itch at the moment to try something else, a valve dac appeals but I suspect I would be disappointed with the Xieng Sha (pleasantly disappointed but still). The Chord Hugo TT seems to be a giant killer but 2k for a pretty small improvement it is not sensible. If I was listening using my monoblocs and valve pre all the time an upgrade would be more rewarding, but via a Stax T6-001 it might well not show through.

    I was very tempted by an older MBS platinum dac last week but managed to avoid temptation. By the time I'm using my monoblocs again a Chord Hugo TT will be about 500 and even Lampizators might be affordable.
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    The T+A Dac 8 is tempting (but possibly not enough of an upgrade from a Young dac).

    I heard a DCS cd player with a Nagra amp and Harbeth speakers at Scalford which sounded sublime.

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    Loving my current dac, a PS Audio Directstream.
    More musical than a very musical thing, its good.

    Free ongoing upgrades to the FPGA code, this one will see me out I think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Macca View Post
    Don't really understand why anyone would hate it. I didn't hate it, it just didn't offer anything additional over the DAC in the player being used as a transport. Possibly a better transport might have let it do its thing some more, I don't know, didn't try that.
    Transports and the quality of the digital cable used, can make a massive difference.

    Current DACs in use AMR DP777 and a Veracity Mystra. The Esoteric D5 I consider part of the Esoteric player (P5 Transport) but it is a stand alone in its own right. Only other DACs kicking around, unused at mine, are an MSB Link DAC and a Luxman DA100.
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