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 Post subject: Source for a DAC
PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 4:41 am 
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Hello, I am thinking of a buying a DAC. Can you please help me determining what source can i use other than my Shanling CD/SACD player and a computer to my DAC?

I'd appreciate your help.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:22 am 
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What sources? Any that output a digital signal, I suppose?

Maybe I don't understand your problem?

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:38 am 
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Yep,that's why they are called Digital to Analog converters.
Digital IN...Analog OUT.

ADC converters totally the opposite.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 6:00 am 
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alnick55 wrote:
Hello, I am thinking of a buying a DAC. Can you please help me determining what source can i use other than my Shanling CD/SACD player and a computer to my DAC?

I'd appreciate your help.

baje55


You do understand that your CD/SACD player will ONLY output CD level signals that your DAC will be able to decode as the vast majority of DACs so not support SACD type signals. That also means that any pure SACDs you have that are not Hybrid, will no longer play. If SACD playback is still a priority for you, then make sure your new DAC supports that functionality.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 9:34 am 
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With a standalone dac, assuming it has toslink. Coax and USB inputs, you can connect...

A tv cable box
Music streamer
CD player
Computer,

anything with a digital output.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:23 am 
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meiwan wrote:
With a standalone dac, assuming it has toslink. Coax and USB inputs, you can connect...

A tv cable box
Music streamer
CD player
Computer,

anything with a digital output.


Not quite anything. Sadly, my TV cable box outputs a format that is not compatible with my DAC.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:53 am 
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meiwan wrote:
With a standalone dac, assuming it has toslink. Coax and USB inputs, you can connect...

A tv cable box
Music streamer
CD player
Computer,

anything with a digital output.


Thanks, most sensible answer so far.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 12:12 pm 
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Things like cable boxes and sacd players that output multichannel/Dolby digital by default need to be set to 'other' or pcm 2 channel to work with an external dac.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 1:17 pm 
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Hi; I use a 160gb ipod classic with a Teac dock, an Aries mini, a Synology NAS and Yamaha CN-500 cd player/streamer hooked up to a Teac UD-501 dac and Teac 501 headphone amp and am satisfied with the arrangement. I use them to feed Senn HD800, Oppo PM1 and Audeze 2.2 fazor headphones. All music is in .aiff digital format (57000 songs of which I listen to 4600).

I would love someone to come out with a simple ipod/dock replacement setup with a large HDD and an apple like interface....the Aries is not it. The user interface is cumbersome and a pain. I have a Sony Hap-S1 hooked up to the analog CD input in my main system which works well but it does not have a digital output. The built in dac is acceptable but doesn't compare to the Teac 501.

I have tried computer sourcing but it doesn't suit my needs. Although I use the Nas and cds through the yamaha I find that the Ipod Classic/dock gives me better and simpler control over the music and the shuffle feature works to my particular listening preferences.

You might look into the Sony Hap-S1 (used they are a steal at 500-600) if you can use 500 GB of space and want a one step solution.

Good luck in finding what works for you.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2017 8:24 pm 
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You know what a good source is to plug into a DAC?
A network player. thousands of channels.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 5:56 pm 
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I purchased a Bryston BDA-3 last year because of its value vis a vis sound and versatility. It will play SACD's thru HDMI if one has a player/transport with appropriate HDMI output. It has two dedicated USB inputs for direct connection to a computer - the easiest and best way to go. I play flac files from hard drives through my Bryston BDP-2 digital player. I am planning the purchase of a digital recorder for recording my favourite records and will be able to use the BDA-3 for playback. Also planning an internet tuner that will go through the BDA-3, as well as a DAB tuner.

As you can see, there are many options. However, the real bonus here is that I only have to buy one set of Cardas's best interconnects (close to $2000/pair) to connect to my pre-amp. I can then use the best Cardas digital cables at only $600 for each digital sources into the DAC. The savings on cables more than covers the costs for the recorders, players and tuners and close to half the cost of the BDP-2! Win-win all across the board and the 10 selector front panel of the BDA-3. Cheers.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 7:17 pm 
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I have a cd player, an iPod and sometimes a computer hooked up to mine.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 7:19 am 
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Use any source you want with modern DACs. Most are so good at jitter reduction/rejection it hardly matters. If you do a blind test, I think you'll find it impossible to tell which source is playing more than 50% of the time. The key is the quality of the DAC now, most are perfectly fine, only about 1% are magic.

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