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MHDT DACs and dCs

 

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Username: Kbear

Canada

Post Number: 704
Registered: Dec-06
Anyone ever tried one of these non-oversampling tube DACs? They seem to get such high, and almost universal, praise. They are also relatively affordable. I was surprised to find no discussion of MHDT DACs here on ecoustics. One day I will probably give the Havana or Paradisea a shot. Less signal processing has me intrigued and is something I want to explore a bit.

Another brand I'm curious about is way at the other end of the spectrum. Anyone ever try dCs gear? How was it? I doubt I'll ever be able to afford one of their components, and this is probably why I don't see much dCs talk here either.
 

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Username: Dmitchell

Ottawa, Ontario Canada

Post Number: 4131
Registered: Feb-07
The dCs stuff looks interesting Dan. Never even heard of it. What kind of ballpark price tag we talking here?
 

Silver Member
Username: Kbear

Canada

Post Number: 730
Registered: Dec-06
Well, you can either buy a brand new luxury car or you can buy a dCS CD player. Suffice to say, I'll never be in that stratosphere unless I win a Lotto Max draw.

I've never even really looked into dCS until now...I assumed they made amps and maybe even speakers, but it looks like all they are focused on is digital playback. Here's a review that gives a nice short summation of one of their products:

http://www.whathifi.com/Review/dCS-Scarlatti/
 

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Username: Dmitchell

Ottawa, Ontario Canada

Post Number: 4132
Registered: Feb-07
Yikes.
 

Gold Member
Username: Hawkbilly

Nova Scotia Canada

Post Number: 1004
Registered: Jul-07
One that's also received very good press, that's much closer to home, and reasonably affordable.
No oversampling, no digital filters, etc

http://www.audio-zone.ca/dac.html
 

Silver Member
Username: Kbear

Canada

Post Number: 731
Registered: Dec-06
Nice, thanks for the link Chris. I'm definitely interested in trying a non-oversampling and filterless DAC. The CA 650BD through such a DAC vs. the Apollo...should make for an interesting comparison one day. Not in the budget yet though.
 

Platinum Member
Username: Nuck

Post Number: 15279
Registered: Dec-04
Didn't Nick have one of these to try?

Nick is washing his hands, for the `362536348 time today.
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