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18 hours ago, gepardcv said:

With all DSP turned off, I cannot hear meaningful differences between the ADI-2 and the dac1541, but I must admit I didn't try very hard.

Just to throw my 2c in, the RME ADI-2 Pro (DAC version should sound the same, from what I read) and Soekris dac1541 sounded fairly different to me. So I guess your mileage may vary.

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Wanted to see what the hoopla is and bought Hal (aka Chord Qutest DAC).  Breaking it in, but I WILL say the included wallwart has very cheap build quality, e.g. contact quality where universal AC plugs click in. 

 

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Not fitting for a $1900 product IMHO.
 

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ok that took me a minute

i send my shipments of parts to the anodizer one color at a time as that's the only way it doesn't get messed up

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I really liked the Brooklyn Bridge when I heard it.  It’s somewhat $$$ at 3k but sounds nice and massively convenient 

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I'm thinking that the Brooklyn Bridge, a hard drive and my ATC speakers would make a hell of a system. I also think it is kind of amazing that they include a phono stage if you want to mix in some old school. 

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6 hours ago, justin said:

ok that took me a minute

i send my shipments of parts to the anodizer one color at a time as that's the only way it doesn't get messed up

They fuck it up here even if I stand over them so I completely get that...

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I rarely post here (only lurk to do research and buy an amplifier from Birgir :) ) however I had the opportunity to stop by Justin’s booth at CanJam and had a listen to the Brooklyn Bridge all in one.  I was completely blown away - even more so when listening to the new GSX Mini fronting it and bypassing the internal amplifier.  My primary listening is 2 channel TOTL Naim/Linn however that $3k Mytek was truly something else.  A Brooklyn Bridge/GSXMini at under $5k will run rings around a lot of high priced systems.  It is also a veritable Swiss Army Knife - UpnP, ROON, WiFi, and it will accept an attached USB hard drive and you can use the Mytek iOS app to scan and play music off of it.

Back to lurking

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Gregg

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bumpsies. 

does anything else in the $250-300 range compare to schiit modi multibit? asking for a friend.

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For that kind of money, you can't even buy the packaging..........:nate:   :rofl:

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^that's what i figured. easy choice for the desk space.

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FWIW, there's some good press on the (latest revision) of the SMSL SU-8 DAC.  ESS 9038PRO chipset, remote control with preamp out.  I have one that hasn't left the box yet.  If it's for you Bryan (IE, the proverbial "friend") I can lend it to you for a bit....

Normal cost is I think $250.....sometimes on Massdrop for $200 or so.

 

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Does anyone happen to have any opinions about the ifi idsd pro, which is also a high-end (ish) wireless DAC? I'm interested in getting a good all-in-one solution that isn't enormous and heavy.

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Do you need the wireless stuff? If not, then RME ADI-2 DAC or Soekris dac1541 could do the trick.

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I can imagine having some use for wireless, and I also really like the fact that it has word clock in/outs that I could use with my Lynx AES16. 

Any opinions on how they sound relative to each other would be nice, especially as an all-in-one solution.

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I've only got direct experience with the dac1541 and ADI-2 Pro and DAC.

Generally I regard the RME to be a better deal than Soekris, if you think the features can help you. IMO the EQ can help out many headphones, especially bright stuff like the HD800. If you're used to THD in your chain, then the RME will sound too naked, even if it's the "right" sound. The headamp in the RME compares favorably to many of the dedicated stuff up to around 500$. Also the separate low-power IEM stage is virtually noiseless, which is good if you have something like a Campfire Andromeda or similar.

The Soekris does tick more "hi-fi" boxes. R2R, no-feedback discrete output stage... To me it's a sound that compliments the RME, as it's a tad more organic, mostly due to higher THD. I sometimes feel that the bass on the Soekris is weaker than on the RME, but I might just be imagining this. Both units have superb resolution and seemed virtually immune to source jitter, so I can't see much sense in clocking them externally.

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On 5/16/2019 at 3:32 PM, skullguise said:

FWIW, there's some good press on the (latest revision) of the SMSL SU-8 DAC.  ESS 9038PRO chipset, remote control with preamp out.  I have one that hasn't left the box yet.  If it's for you Bryan (IE, the proverbial "friend") I can lend it to you for a bit....

Normal cost is I think $250.....sometimes on Massdrop for $200 or so.

 

Not to take anything away from the SU-8, as it does have very good reviews, and measures very well, but it's based on dual 9038Q2Ms, not the 9038PRO. The mobile Q2M chip has a lot lower price than the PRO (1/5 ish..) and the supporting circuitry can be simpler, thus a much lower cost final product

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