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    Quote Originally Posted by struth View Post
    yup, you got me into dac swapping when i got my first Monarchy
    Shame you didn't keep that one. Not suited to streaming I guess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    Shame you didn't keep that one. Not suited to streaming I guess.
    Yup it was good with CD tho.
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    Old skool me and as I like DIY I've stuck with the TDA1541a but heavily modified. None of the commercial DACs really struck a chord with me and scope for tweaking a bit limited. Driving the TDA via I2S from a RPi opens up loads of software tweaking such as running it NOS and performing the brick wall filtering in s/w...hours of fun(!)
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    A Metrum Hex in main listening room and a Chevron Paradox elsewhere. Both wide open, detailed, engaging with a great sense of fluidity and 'wholeness'. The way I would like to live my life.
    Main: Tidal/Roon > MiniITX > Metrum Hex > LDR > either Radford STA25 V or Trilogy 968 > Tannoy (Eaton or Berkeley).
    2nd: Tidal/Roon > Roopio on Pi > Chevron Paradox > Firebottle Buffer > Sugden Masterclass IA-4 > Kudos Cardea


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    Quote Originally Posted by struth View Post
    seen those. i take it thats the expensive one?
    No it's not one of the more expensive ones. 200 GBP or thereabouts.

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    Very recently I bought some kit from EC Designs in The Netherlands. I bought the MOS16 Dac, UPL 16 USB-stick based WAV player and UTOS USB to Toslink converter.
    The DAC has only Toslink input. MOS16 and UPL16 run on built in rechargable batteries charged via USB sockets. Although 24 bit variants are available there appears to be little to be gained in buying these much more expensive versions for most.
    I am very happy with this slightly quirky but very natural sounding combination at under 900 Euros. https://www.ecdesigns.nl/en/shop/upl16
    I have no connection to the manufacturer who is a long time contributor to DIY-Audio forum. I would urge anyone with similar requirements to me to give the kit a try. I was told to return the gear under the 14 day cooling off period if not satisfied but it's a keeper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Edward View Post
    A Metrum Hex in main listening room and a Chevron Paradox elsewhere. Both wide open, detailed, engaging with a great sense of fluidity and 'wholeness'. The way I would like to live my life.
    Heard of Metrum; quite expensive those. not heard of paradox tho.


    Quote Originally Posted by Avinunca1 View Post
    Very recently I bought some kit from EC Designs in The Netherlands. I bought the MOS16 Dac, UPL 16 USB-stick based WAV player and UTOS USB to Toslink converter.
    The DAC has only Toslink input. MOS16 and UPL16 run on built in rechargable batteries charged via USB sockets. Although 24 bit variants are available there appears to be little to be gained in buying these much more expensive versions for most.
    I am very happy with this slightly quirky but very natural sounding combination at under 900 Euros. https://www.ecdesigns.nl/en/shop/upl16
    I have no connection to the manufacturer who is a long time contributor to DIY-Audio forum. I would urge anyone with similar requirements to me to give the kit a try. I was told to return the gear under the 14 day cooling off period if not satisfied but it's a keeper.
    not heard of them either. not having usb makes things a little more complex
    Regards,
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    .... ..... ...... ...... ................... ..... ..... ..... ..... .....
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    Technics SH-X1000 DAC. A $10k statement from 1995 and comfortably, the best I've had

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    System 2 - SBT; Kinshaw Perception DAC; Lentek and Klark Teknik Jade 1 studio monitors

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    Quote Originally Posted by struth View Post
    Heard of Metrum; quite expensive those. not heard of paradox tho.




    not heard of them either. not having usb makes things a little more complex
    The cunning plan is to try to do away with anything that's a potential source of interference. To connect using USB to the DAC requires the UTOS USB-Toslink device. The media storage is rather different too. The UPL will recognise USB sticks with Wav files from 99 CDs with up to 99 tracks each.

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    Chord Hugo TT in main system (really very good) & Beresford Caiman II for use with the laptop.

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