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    Join Date: Dec 2015

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    I'm Adrian.

    Default Looking for a top notch DAC for CD only.

    I'm after a decent dac, CD only. Must not be glaring or bright but must be musical, with excellent soundstage, depth, and timbre. Hate digititis. Any knocking about...

    Adey

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    Hi Adey, a DDDAC with valve output stage would be perfect for your needs. Do you ever come to London? If so, you are welcome to come and hear one.
    David

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    I am considering selling my DDDAC which I bought on this forum, due to going to an all in one Hegel.
    I’m tempted to keep because its the most enjoyable digital I’ve had so far. I use SPDIF in from my CD player.

    Link to original sale thread

    https://theartofsound.net/forum/show...ght=Dddac+1794
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    I would recommend the Aqua S2 dac for sale on here: superb dac, very musical and non-fatiguing at bargain price.

    https://theartofsound.net/forum/show...highlight=Aqua

    I have no connection with seller - just a fan of Aqua.

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    Adrian,
    How about a Prism Sound Lyra 2? Prism Sound make some of the best professional studio A2D converters and DACS. Their interfaces a res used in major recording studios across the world, including AIR, Abbey Road, Metropolis and Capitol.
    The Lyra 2 is a 2 channel A2D and DAC. It uses the same circuitry as the large Titan and Atlas multichannel units, but in a 2 channel unit. I am delighted with mine. I am using it mainly to archive my master tapes at 24/192, but the DAC replay is lovely too. Very natural sound with lots of space - nothing digital, but just totally accurate. New price is 2k, but you will find a used or ex demo one for 1500.
    Apart from the excellent DAC, you get a bonus top class A2D in the same money.

    https://www.soundonsound.com/reviews/prism-sound-lyra-2

    https://www.musicradar.com/reviews/t...-lyra-2-603355
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    Join Date: Dec 2015

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    I've been offered a Schitt gungnir at a very good price but it's DS not MB but I guess gives an option for upgrading later.

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    I have an Auralic Vega for sale on PFM great musical DAC not far off from the Lampi lite 7 in fact i bought a vega twice once before the Lampi and once after which is the one for sale. Ive owned it for 2 years i believe.

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    I think you would be best to tell us your budget then replies will be a bit more focused.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bumpy View Post
    I think you would be best to tell us your budget then replies will be a bit more focused.
    As I use euros here in Spain around 1k gb.

    Adey

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    Aurorasound Vida LCR Phonostage
    The Truth linestage
    Dave Slagle Autoformer Volume Controller
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    Townshend Isolda speaker cables
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blodger View Post
    I would recommend the Aqua S2 dac for sale on here: superb dac, very musical and non-fatiguing at bargain price.

    https://theartofsound.net/forum/show...highlight=Aqua

    I have no connection with seller - just a fan of Aqua.
    Second this suggestion - Aqua make some of the finest DACs on the planet - Darko was a big fan of the S2 - I'm sure his review is out in the ether somewhere - MH

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