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  1. #111
    Join Date: Aug 2011

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firebottle View Post
    Looks good though Wayne
    Cheers Alan. I'll bring it over one of the days if you fancy a listen.

  2. #112
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    Yes that would be interesting!

  3. #113
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    I'm Tony.

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    With all the upgrades and psu's you can stick on it Alan, it can sound pretty good, put a few of these together for people over the years plus Wayne's a nice fellow as well.
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  4. #114
    Join Date: Jan 2011

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    After living with a few more modern dacs like Lavry, Rega, Audio-gd, I found no taste for oversampling and no need for USB. So it's a Meridian 563 fed by a chromecast in the little system and a Dax2se fed by a NAs though a cambridge sonata in the big room. No the last word in resolution but both soo musical, can see myself changing the players at some point but the dacs are staying, especially the AS.
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  5. #115
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    Quote Originally Posted by LittleTone View Post
    +1 for the RME ADI2 DAC. great bit of kit.
    This and mytek dacs get mentioned in the same high regard from what I've been reading of late.

    Currently a caiman seg for me with a dorado psu enhancer. Sounds good to my ears.

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    Quad 306 upgraded
    Amptastic Mini-1
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  6. #116
    Join Date: Sep 2011

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    I'm Gordon.

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    Mytek 8x192ADDA 8 channel mastering DAC for my 4-way active system. This is a design that is at least 13 years old using Dac chips (AD1955) in dual mono configuration that are even older. It's still in production as is the Dac chip. I'm very happy with it, but have an Okto Research PRO 8 coming for evaluation sometime this summer. It will be interesting to see how far DACs have progressed over the last 10 years or so. In absolute terms not a lot is my guess, but you can get a very good DAC for not a lot of money now.

    I also have a Benchmark DAC1 HDR in a second system.

  7. #117
    Join Date: Nov 2011

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    I'm Sam.

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    I own one DAC, Australian made DAC, Klein DAC mine is the older version with PCM1794

    Amps: Technics SU-V9, SU-V8 (black and silver), V8X, V4X ( 2 black, 1 silver) , G50 and SU-500
    Source:Technics SL-P990, P350, P477a,PG440a, Marantz CD40, NEC CD620 - TDA1541A, Philips CD753, Klein DAC, tuner and turntables Technics
    Speakers: Technics SB-6, Coral CX-5, ESM bookself (seas tweeters), Celestion Sl-6 (copper domes)

  8. #118
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    Quote Originally Posted by Halfway Tree View Post
    Mytek 8x192ADDA 8 channel mastering DAC for my 4-way active system. This is a design that is at least 13 years old using Dac chips (AD1955) in dual mono configuration that are even older. It's still in production as is the Dac chip. I'm very happy with it, but have an Okto Research PRO 8 coming for evaluation sometime this summer. It will be interesting to see how far DACs have progressed over the last 10 years or so. In absolute terms not a lot is my guess, but you can get a very good DAC for not a lot of money now.

    I also have a Benchmark DAC1 HDR in a second system.
    That Okto dac is a gorgeous piece of industrial design Gordon, love it’s looks.
    Pretty slick with the Apple remote too.
    Not overpriced for what your getting either.

    Having heard your active setup Gordon, interested to know how you think it compares to the Mytek?
    Last edited by Gazjam; 18-05-2019 at 09:29.
    I have hifi n stuff.

  9. #119
    Join Date: Sep 2011

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    I'm Gordon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gazjam View Post
    That Okto dac is a gorgeous piece of industrial design Gordon, love it’s looks.
    Pretty slick with the Apple remote too.
    Not overpriced for what your getting either.

    Having heard your active setup Gordon, interested to know how you think it compares to the Mytek?

    Yes, absolutely, the Mytek wouldn't stand a chance in a beauty contest!

    What the Mytek has going for it (apart from its excellent SQ) is its functionality as it also has an 8-channel ADC. In addition to USB, there's 8 analogue inputs, 4 AES/EBU digital inputs which can also take spdif, 4 digital outputs, adjustable analogue input and output levels for each channel, ADC and DAC output meters which can be turned off. It is nice to be able to check that no clipping is taking place.

    I don't have a date for the Okto to arrive yet - I was just told that it would be between late May and end of July as it's on a loan tour across Europe. I'm hoping I won't be on holiday when it comes

    I'll definitely let you know how it sounds compared to the Mytek.

  10. #120
    Join Date: Oct 2008

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    Tremendous

    Look forward to it Sir.

    We spoke at the Bristol show when I was exhibiting my Korus Server and remembered our conversation at the Nebo turn when you had your Nak active setup.
    You were that “Neil Young looking guy” who knew his Hifi...

    We spoke previously at Bristol in the bar about Steve Bell cartoons in the Guardian over a beer...good times.
    I have hifi n stuff.

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