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    Quote Originally Posted by Colin2040 View Post
    and wondered if anyone has experience of the DACMagic 100?.
    Yes, I was really disappointed by it.
    Opaque, slow and low rez compared to the Topping or any of the many good DACs that have passed through my system.
    Not recommended at all, sadly.
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    +1^^
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    Thanks I will pass on that one

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    Still prefer my xs dac with a good valve in. For money it's hard to beat. The dac in the vena isn't too shabby either. I use both
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    Colin,
    Try not to buy something that can sound nearly as different in your system as headphones or speakers on a recommendation, try to actually hear the Dac you are thinking about as they can all sound very different from one another.
    And what you like may not be the same as someone else. The Little Dot example I gave , just switching from one digital filter to another really made a huge difference coming from the same Dac.
    Sharp was very textured ,etched in detail,leaner sounding and genital was far more musical and full bodied.

    https://www.shenzhenaudio.com/little...erter-dac.html

    A DAC makes a world of difference so try to hear what you are getting over several CD's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by goraman View Post
    Colin,
    Try not to buy something that can sound nearly as different in your system as headphones or speakers on a recommendation, try to actually hear the Dac you are thinking about as they can all sound very different from one another.
    And what you like may not be the same as someone else. The Little Dot example I gave , just switching from one digital filter to another really made a huge difference coming from the same Dac.
    Sharp was very textured ,etched in detail,leaner sounding and genital was far more musical and full bodied.

    https://www.shenzhenaudio.com/little...erter-dac.html

    A DAC makes a world of difference so try to hear what you are getting over several CD's.
    I'm guessing the genital setting sounded a lot more ballsy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sherwood View Post
    I'm guessing the genital setting sounded a lot more ballsy!
    Not so much ballsy but soulful, well maybe but the sharp option was just thin,anemic sounding .
    The guy I sold it to just kept switching back and forth amazed at how different the same chip set could sound.
    That is when I learned it is not the chip but how it is used in the over all build that matters more.
    It's not a super expensive DAC $200.00 range new find a used one and see for your self , you'll have a pretty good DAC and get a very good perspective for your money .
    If I did not like the Jolida better compared side by side both in the showroom and at home on my own system it would still be here . It was very ,very good for the price I paid.
    Better than the DAC in my Music Hall CD 25,2.
    Ever switch a tube amplifier between Triode and Ultra-liner . You will hear a radical difference coming from the same amp. Like that.
    I leave my amp in Triode.
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    One advantage of buying the Topping new from Amazon is you can return it if you aren't impressed.

    The Xiang Sheng that Grant recommends is excellent [although I do prefer the Topping a little] but there have been reliability issues with them. I have had 2 partially fail and other folks have had problems.

    I've had the Jolida as well, it was 'OK' but I can't say it was much more than that, imo. Much more transparency is to be had.

    But as Jeff says, it all depends what sort of sound you are after.
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    Quote Originally Posted by goraman View Post
    Not so much ballsy but soulful, well maybe but the sharp option was just thin,anemic sounding .
    The guy I sold it to just kept switching back and forth amazed at how different the same chip set could sound.
    That is when I learned it is not the chip but how it is used in the over all build that matters more.
    It's not a super expensive DAC $200.00 range new find a used one and see for your self , you'll have a pretty good DAC and get a very good perspective for your money .
    If I did not like the Jolida better compared side by side both in the showroom and at home on my own system it would still be here . It was very ,very good for the price I paid.
    Better than the DAC in my Music Hall CD 25,2.
    Ever switch a tube amplifier between Triode and Ultra-liner . You will hear a radical difference coming from the same amp. Like that.
    I leave my amp in Triode.
    I guess that went "whoosh".... Lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stryder5 View Post
    I guess that went "whoosh".... Lol
    Definitely!

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