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Denafrips DAC owners - how did ownership compare with the hype?

Discussion in 'audio' started by Sibbers, Oct 3, 2021.

  1. Neil P

    Neil P pfm Member

    I tend not to discuss such matters on forums (ditto b**x*t, v*cc***s, c*v*d, D*n*ld T*u*p, N**l Y***g, CL*mate Ch*nge) :D

    The PS Audio is not being released until end of this year... I wait with interest!
  2. Musicraft

    Musicraft Trade: Musicraft

    Fair enough.

    Yes, as transports. Not compared Ares II DAC to the the analogue outputs of the Esoteric’s however although sounding somewhat different to the Esoteric I would say the overall quality of the Pontus II DAC was on par with the Esoteric.

    Terminator II DAC is a clear step up though. And used with a GAIA DDC the performance of the Terminator II DAC moves up to another level.
  3. Neil P

    Neil P pfm Member

    Thanks, that's really helpful. Those kind of comparisons are very hard to make at home (without buying and selling lots of gear!)
  4. Wilson

    Wilson SCTV half wit

  5. Neil P

    Neil P pfm Member

    Its a shame there aren't more cd transports to choose from (I only know of jays and ps audio). As per my comment re the Saturn I'd rather not buy a great CD player then bypass the DAC.
  6. Neil P

    Neil P pfm Member

  7. Wilson

    Wilson SCTV half wit

    CXC V90 is worth checking out
    I use a Benchmark 3 daily. V90 makes me turn my head.

  8. Whizzy

    Whizzy pfm Member

    Denafribs complete system review - DAC , PRE & POWER AMP

  9. Tom60300

    Tom60300 Yes, that's a pig.

    So what? Why does reality offend you?
  10. notevenclose

    notevenclose pfm Member

    CEC have set a very high standard for a long time, and I like the top-loading Pro-Ject models.

    A selection here:
  11. sq225917

    sq225917 Bit of this, bit of that

    Neil I have an audiolab cdm, original, spdif/ aes, all recapped and new belts, pulley and bulbs if you're still looking.
  12. Neil P

    Neil P pfm Member

    I've ended up without a dac, so will pass on the transport, but thanks for the offer.
  13. w00fer

    w00fer pfm Member

    They doubtless *can* make them, but exactly who is making them, and under what conditions? And if you channel you're hard-earned in that direction, what are the bigger implications for this country, for our children's futures, etc?
  14. G T Audio

    G T Audio Trade: Manufacturer and Distributor

    The tube output stage would be adding either gain or a low impedance output. You wouldn't be able to hear second harmonic distortion at line level output.

    Regarding your second point: The link below is just one reason, there are many many more:
    Fretbuzz, simon g and Nagraboy like this.
  15. simon g

    simon g Older, wiser but no longer retired

  16. leroyd

    leroyd pfm Member

  17. notevenclose

    notevenclose pfm Member

    Metrum/Sonnet comes immediately to mind. Aqua is another, although I've no personal experience of the latter. There are doubtless others, and the likes of Soekris are now supplying OEM R2R modules to other manufacturers although you'd need to do a bit of poking about to find their 'clients.' I believe LessLoss is one.

    I'm not sure I'd get too hung up on the technology though. There are plenty of interesting European DACs around. If I were in the market for such a beast, I'd also be curious about the likes of Lab12, Audial and possibly Merason.

    Plus of course there's Sugden a bit closer to home.

    I believe all of the latter eschew 'specmanship' for its own sake and focus instead on whether the bloody thing can play music. To the best of my knowledge, all the brands mentioned are manufactured by grown-ups (or highly-trained whippets in the case of Sugden) in their country of origin.
  18. Purité Audio

    Purité Audio Trade: Purite Audio

    Worth bearing in mind that the better the measurements ( r2r) the less distortion perhaps even inaudible amounts so a dac like the Denafrips which measures pretty well may sound identical to a contemporary oversampling design.
    ASR have measured a few, also worth looking at John Atkinson’s measurements for Stereophile.
  19. G T Audio

    G T Audio Trade: Manufacturer and Distributor

    The Denafrips is an oversampling design...
  20. Purité Audio

    Purité Audio Trade: Purite Audio

    The Ares II is both OS and NOS but I should have said compared to S-D architecture designs.

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