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    Join Date: Jan 2021

    Location: West of Scotland

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    I'm Martin.

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    I'm looking at dacs having just bought a Innuos Zen at a give away price. The requirements, 2 inputs USB and S/PDIF, balanced analogue out, ideally internally mains powered, budget is not inexhaustable but not really a deciding factor, and not too quirky looking. I rather like traditional hifi boxes. All thoughts warmly received.
    Regards
    Martin

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    Join Date: May 2016

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    I'm Gary.

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    Try Soncoz, very good reports.

    Gary
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    Join Date: May 2012

    Location: Toulouse, France

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    I'm Kevin.

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    Topping D70, 90, Soncoz, RME.
    Set your budget, add take your pick. They are all pretty good.
    Kevin

    Too busy enjoying the music....

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    Join Date: Nov 2020

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    I'm David.

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    I've run a MArk Levinson 390 CD player, an Oppo 95 DVD player and Audiolab 6000 CD transport through my Soncoz SGD1 DAC and it's brought them all to life. I've alao streamed songs via Amazon.
    Detail, seperation, deep bass. It's all there.

    A very happy listener. Listening to Van Morrison, Astral Weeks as I type. Sweet Thing........
    Mark Levinson 390 CD & Audiolab 6000 CD Transport / Soncoz SGD1 DAC / Croft 25RS Preamp / Croft 7R mono Amps / Neat Ultimatum XLS Speakers

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    Join Date: Jan 2021

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    I'm Martin.

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    I must confess to never having heard of Soncoz, I'll start some research.
    Thanks
    M

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    Join Date: Oct 2012

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    I'm Alan.

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    I have been through the usual Delta Sigma suspects and now have a Musician Pegasus R-2R dac. The detail, layering and sheer vividness is sublime.

    I too use an Innuos Zen.
    I love Hendrix for so many reasons. He was so much more than just a blues guitarist - he played damn well any kind of guitar he wanted. In fact I'm not sure if he even played the guitar - he played music. - Stevie Ray Vaughan

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    Join Date: Nov 2020

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    I'm David.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MartinS View Post
    I must confess to never having heard of Soncoz, I'll start some research.
    Thanks
    M
    Neither had I until a few months ago, Martin.
    I put a very similar enquiry out to yours on here, and got several owners reply. I have no connection to Keith at Purite Audio but he's a dealer and posted one for a home trial.
    Mark Levinson 390 CD & Audiolab 6000 CD Transport / Soncoz SGD1 DAC / Croft 25RS Preamp / Croft 7R mono Amps / Neat Ultimatum XLS Speakers

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    Join Date: Jan 2009

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    I have been completely beguiled by the Denafrips Ares II DAC, which I bought at the end of last year from Willowtree Audio. Denafrips seemingly make reasonably priced DACs for people who value tonal colour and musical expression, which for me means a really absorbing listening experience that sits happily alongside top flight vinyl. I am seriously considering upgrading to one of Denafrips' top DAC models.

    So, I'd recommend placing Denafrips on the list. They are Chinese, but proudly and openly Chinese, which I respect.

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    Join Date: Jan 2008

    Location: Norfolk, UK

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    I'm BigBobJoylove.

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    A smaller profile than usual hi-fi, but I can't recommend enough the RME Audio ADI-2 FS, it's frickin' amazing, massively flexible and the sound goes beyond anything in its price range, and treble that too. It staved off some very stiff competition in my listening tests.

    And no, you don't need to have the display on.

    Main system
    Ben Duncan mains conditioner
    ATL Audio DC mains trap
    Mac mini running Fidelia
    Samsung QE75Q90T 75" QLED TV
    XMOS DSD Async USB to Coax converter
    RME Audio ADI-2 FS (AK4493) DAC
    AD Audio bespoke balanced valve buffer stage with...
    2x 1959 NOS RCA Red Base black plate 5691s
    Joe Henry-built Pass Labs Aleph 3 Class A power amp
    Reiver Acoustics Edingdales speakers
    BK Double Gem twin 10" subwoofer
    Chord Clearway XLR interconnects
    Mark Grant 6mm UP-LCOFC speaker cable
    Audioquest SLiP Neutrik subwoofer interconnect
    Audioquest Crimson USB interconnect
    QED Quartz Reference optical interconnect

    Secondary system
    iMac 27"
    Samsung Blu-ray
    Technics TRS cassette deck
    Arcam rDAC
    Arcam A85 integrated amp
    Edifier S3000 Pro active speakers
    Atacama SE24 stands
    Chord Chameleon interconnects
    Audioquest Evergreen interconnects
    Silver Studio USB interconnect

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    Join Date: Nov 2010

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    I'm Richard.

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    I too have the RME ADI-FS, and agree that it's an amazing bit of kit. Recommended!

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