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    Best redbook 16bit/44.1kHz DACs?

    What are some of the best DACs out there that extract the most out of regular old 16/44.1 redbook?

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    The Schiit Yggdrasil is the best I have ever heard at that.

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    Schiit also does hi-res.

    As far as redbook only DACs are concerned, I have read many positive reports on the new, battery powered Concert Fidelity DAC.
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    I don't mind if the DACs play hi-res also, this is a nice to have feature, but not essential. Don't know about you guys but I listen to 95% redbook so want optimal performance for this format.

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    Interested in The Schiit (on back order till end of June) but the FAQ is hilarious, a must read.

    Any other recommended options in that price range?

    http://schiit.com/products/yggdrasil
    Rega P1/Rega Phono Mini USB/Denon DL-110/
    Pioneer Spec-1 Pre/Pioneer Spec-2 Amp
    Magneplaner .5 QR
    Kubala Sonsa Anticipation Cables
    Pioneer CT-1250/ Pioneer SG-9500/Pioneer TX-6700
    Xonar Essence STX/Samsung DVD-HD841 Audio Only

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hi-FiGuy View Post
    Interested in The Schiit (on back order till end of June) but the FAQ is hilarious, a must read.

    Any other recommended options in that price range?

    http://schiit.com/products/yggdrasil
    I would be very hesitant of buying any Schiit products without measurements. My son bought one of their $400 DACs and it was by far one of the worst performing DACs I have measured. I was measuring it because he was able to readily hear the activities of his PC bleeding through that DAC into his headphones. Here is its S/PDIF performance:



    That jitter is at -62 dB FS. It is 20 to 30 dB worse than anything I have seen. Signal to noise ratio of redbook CD is 96 dB. So for the distortion to be at the level of noise, it would have to be -96 dB FS. This is 34 dB worse than that! It also has the dishonor of being the first fully documented case of use of different media players showing different outputs due to lack of isolation from the PC:



    Keeping everything the same but using Media Player Classic gives this:



    I can buy a $20 USB DAC with far better performance than these. My son could not return the DAC faster than he did.

    He also bought a pair of interconnects from them. One of them failed immediately. I opened it up and it super lousy soldering job with no strain relief so the center coax connector broke off. They had bought the connectors from one of the famous cable companies and soldered their own wire to it. And screwing up the only part they had their hand in it.

    They have lived up to their name in my book. No company that had any quality control or ability to measure gear would have ever released such products. Be afraid, be very afraid in buying their products as the line in Adam's' Family movie went.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marslo View Post
    Some people claim the best redbook dac is Reimyo DAP 999 EX
    http://www.enjoythemusic.com/superio..._dap_999ex.htm
    I have heard and compared the original Reimyo player yrs ago. Awfully good mids some of the best I've heard. Might not have been as detailed at extreme low/hi ends. Not a bad thing on the highs IMHO.
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