Gilgamesh 224 Publicado Enero 14, 2018 Share Publicado Enero 14, 2018 Hola Encontré este ranking 2017 con los mejores DAC... Creo que esta acotado a un rango de precios de hasta alrededor de los USD 2000. Me llamo la atención el numero 3 del ranking que con un valor relativamente bajo le gano la posición a otros de mucho mayor precio. Me parecieron interesantes los comentarios... especialmente útil para los que no tienen muchas opciones de escuchar y comparar muchos DACs. La fuente es https://www.themasterswitch.com/best-dacs 1. Benchmark DAC3 HGC ($2,195) Benchmark DAC3 Headphone Amplifier: Yes DAC Chip: ESS 9028PRO DSD Playback: Yes Max Sampling Rate: 32-bit/192kHz What We Like: Superlative sound and functionality. What We Don't: Can be very complicated. Benchmark’s DAC1 and DAC2 have been pretty much the industry standard for DAC performance since they were released. The DAC3 was been eagerly awaited by anyone familiar with the company’s incredible audio conversion performance and this no doubt must have piled the pressure on the design team to deliver. Considering that the DAC market has turned into a right battlefield just in a matter of few years, the fact that Benchmark are back at the top means that they are still actively pushing the envelope. The DAC3 features advanced harmonic filtering which is especially evident in its silky-sweet top end audio performance. The HGC - Hybrid Gain Control - really helps focus the sound. For anyone unfamiliar with Benchmark, it should be noted that DAC3 is optimised for a direct connection with power amps (or powered speakers) and this should not be taken for granted - a lot of effort has been poured into the gain stage optimisation of the balanced outputs and the the state-of-the art volume attenuation linked to that large volume knob. We could go on and on about this DAC’s merits but perhaps it is enough to say that it really stands on the shoulders of giants (DAC1/DAC2) and it truly deserves to be the beating heart of any audiophile or mastering engineer’s setup. It also works really well as a headphone amp. Read our in-depth review. See the Benchmark DAC3 HGC 2. Chord Electronics Hugo 2 ($2,379) Chord Electronics Hugo 2 Headphone Amplifier: Yes DAC Chip: Xilinx Artix 7 DSD Playback: Yes Max Sampling Rate: 32-bit/768kHz What We Like: Amazing design and features. What We Don’t: Doesn’t sound quite as good as the DAC3. The Benchmark DAC3 HGC may win this roundup for its sheer audio fidelity and comprehensive feature set, but only just beats out of the second version of Chord’s famed Hugo DAC. If you want something a little bit more portable than the DAC3, look no further. We debated long and hard about whether to put this DAC or the Dave on the list, but we went for this one. We think it does what the Dave can do, and does it better - although that DAC is a perfectly viable option too! For this little wonder – with its rainbow LEDs and distinctive design – is entirely portable, with aptX Bluetooth and a seven hour battery life. It can handle huge sample rates and bit depth (up to 32-bit/768kHz) as well as full DSD functionality, up to DSD512. Oh, and the built-in headphone amp will be able to generate enough power to handle all but the most demanding headphones. Did we mention the sound? We should mention the sound. It’s absolutely spectacular. While there is an argument that the slightly cheaper Mojo, below, offers better value, there’s a reason why this has become a firm favorite among audiophiles. In terms of what we think, it comes highly recommended – not quite at the heights of the DAC3, but still genuinely spectacular. See the Chord Electronics Hugo 2 3. Marantz HD-DAC1 ($799) Marantz HD- DAC1 Amplifier: Yes Chip: CS4398 DSD Playback: Yes Max Sampling Rate: 24-bit/192kHz What We Like: Elegant design, a wealth of features, great sound, plenty of headphone gain. What We Don't: Quite heavy for its size. Marantz are well known experts in DA conversion. Their HD-DAC1 unit proves that the company never stopped. This is a pick that offers huge value-for-money, far more so than units like the Schiit. The Yggdrasil does offer more features, and was high on this list previously, but we’ve had a think about it, and the Marantz deserves to place higher. This is a very contemporary, smart-looking device that comes in two variants - black or brushed aluminum. It is surprisingly heavy, due to the oversized internal transformer, and believe us when we say this can only mean good things for audio performance. The HD-DAC1 has all the expected digital inputs present, and if the outputs do not offer balanced connections, you do get two pairs of RCAs - one with ‘fixed’ line level and one with ‘variable’ - linked to the volume control. Speaking of volume, a special mention is reserved for the headphone amp, which will drive virtually all headphone impedances (up to 600 ohms). The variable RCA output is plenty powerful too - it can be used directly with a powered pair of speakers, or straight into a stereo amp - no hifi preamp needed (If you’re planning to use such a device, use the HD-DAC1’s ‘fixed’ RCA outs for connection). This much air, depth and detail will give your headphones and speakers a new lease on life. Just make sure the rest of your gear is as good as it needs to be. See the Marantz HD- DAC1 4. Mytek Brooklyn ($1,995) Mytek Brooklyn Headphone Amplifier: Yes DAC Chip: Unknown DSD Playback: Yes Maximum Sampling Rate: 32-bit/384kHz What We Like: Looks, functions, interface, the phono preamp, the sound. What We Don't: No complaints, but there’s a lot of competition in this price bracket, so be aware of other options. Mytek’s mastering grade DACs (as well as ADC and lots more) are well known amongst industry professionals and audio enthusiasts alike. Their Brooklyn DAC really grabs the attention with its super-snazzy front plate, which is adorned with a 3D scale-like pattern and comes in either silver or black. A very helpful screen is taking care of easy selection of features - from input source, file and resolution selection, to headphone and main level attenuation. All of the Brooklyn’s numerous features are accessed by the four buttons on the front and controlled with the large multi-function alpha pot on the right. In addition, the Brooklyn comes with a remote and on top of that every function can be controlled from a computer via the ‘Mytek Control Panel’ app. In terms of the audio quality, this DAC honestly speaks for itself, even with music files at ‘mere mortal’ 16/44.1 resolutions - delivering lots of transparency, detailed clarity and depth. It can reach staggeringly high bitrates (PCM 32/384kHz / DSD256) and features a built-in MQA decoder - a welcome feature for ultra-high res streaming of MQA files. If you like your vinyl records, the Brooklyn surprises even more with its audiophile grade preamp stage capable of accepting signals from both MM (moving magnet) and MC (moving coil) cartridges - we explain the importance of a great phono stage here. It must be said, we prefer this to the Yggdrasil and other models below it - they are great, but the Brooklyn is a little better. See the Mytek Brooklyn DAC 5. Schiit Yggdrasil ($2,299) Schiit Yggdrasil Amplifier: No Chip: Analog Devices AD5791BRUZ x 4 (2 per channel, hardware balanced Multibit ladder DAC) DSD Playback: No Max Sampling Rate: 24-bit/192kHz What We Like: Incredible multibit ladder technology, completely modular, stunning design and audio performance. What We Don’t: No headphone amp, no DSD. Straight out of Valencia, California: a proudly all-American made DAC by Schiit Audio. Just like Yggdrasil (meaning World Tree), most other Schiit devices derive their names from the Norse mythology, and they all have a slightly weapon-like looks, albeit of a very 21st-century kind. The audio quality is stunning, but such goodness comes at a price, and there’s hardly a better guarantee for quality than the fact that Yggdrasil is regularly sold out. New orders are shipped regularly, though, so we’d say go for it and wait for the moment when ‘Schiit happens’. What separates this DAC from any other brand on this list is the choice of its DAC chipset technology. The vast majority of audio conversion hardware uses the so called delta-sigma DAC architecture. The Yggdrasil uses Analog Devices AD5791BRUZ chipsets using multibit ladder conversion, which in simple words does not distort the digital DNA of the digital audio, preserving detail accuracy down to a sample. As Schiit put it, they’ve taken the guesswork out. Connectivity is generous and very pro-level - you’ll find a high-end AES digital XLR, balanced XLR outputs, as well as all other common digital and analog connections, and the device’s internal components are fully upgradeable (the USB board, the analog output section, etc). One important feature - a headphone amplifier - is missing, which is to keep the DAC technology as discreet as possible. Ditto for the DSD, which we think is a bit of an issue. Other DACs like the Hugo and the DAC3 HGC offer more for the money, we think, but this is still a terrific piece of gear. See the Schiit Yggdrasil 6. Cambridge Audio Azur 851D ($2,273) Cambridge - Azur 851D Amplifier: Yes Chip: Dual ADSP-BF532 DSD Playback: No Max Sampling Rate: 32-bit/192kHz What We Like: Incredible feature set and incredibly rich sound. What We Don't: Despite its superb sound, we reckon it may still be overpriced for its performance. Amazon availability fluctuates. The Azur 851D is one of Cambridge Audio’s flagship DACs and it is clearly destined as the heart of many a bespoke audiophile setup. It has a somewhat menacing, minimalist front, with brushed metal and black LED screen. After a few moments, though, everything will make sense - there are a few very self explanatory buttons accessing the clearly visible screen options, and of course a large volume knob. We prefer the Schiit, which is easier to find than this model. But it’s still one superbly-specced DAC, featuring pretty much every connection one could think of, and there are a lot of them, allowing the integration of a plethora of devices. Up to ten, in fact, counting the option for wireless Bluetooth audio sources. The dual converter chips deliver an incredibly detailed sound guaranteed to shatter your perceived notion of what high-resolution audio performance means. The conversion is up to 32-bit/192kHz, and of course any file will be played. We have to point that anyone prepared to spend over $3K on a converter alone will of course check out the alternatives, and in our opinion this is the main problem for the Azur 851D - the heavy competition. Despite its incredible spec and sound, the booming demand for great DAC audio means that you could get the same or even better quality for slightly less. See the Cambridge Audio Azur 851D 7. Simaudio Neo 280D ($2,200) SimAudio 280D Headphone Amplifier: No DAC Chip: Unknown DSD Playback: Yes (DSD256/11.29MHz) Max Sampling Rate: 32-bit/384kHz What We Like: Impressive specs, especially with the optional MiND. What We Don't: Very little. With over thirty-five years of work in the high-end audio conversion market, the Canadian brand MOON by Simaudio is still going strong. MOON is a brand name, by the way, so be aware that they’re both part of the same company! The Neo 280D is the one of the company’s most affordable DACs, and MOON’s ethos is really geared towards matching fully optimised hi-fidelity audio with simple user experience. Not only does the Neo allows for Bluetooth streaming, but is also ready for the MiND (MOON intelligent Network Device) wireless platform and module (at an extra $600). If you were to become of Simaudio’s die hard customers, opting for the Neo DAC, MiND and even say their reference grade CD player, they can all be connected discreetly (via SimLink™, RS-232 and the IR ports), forming a fully integrated rig. For more conventional setups the Neo 280D again delivers on every front, with a full array of highly specced digital inputs and analog outputs - although no headphone amp. Although Simaudio do not specify the DAC chip, PCM file bitrates reach up to 384kHz and DSD file formats of up to 11.29mHz are supported - a real godsend for high-res audio addicts. See the Simaudio Neo 280D 8. NAIM DAC V1 ($2,595) Naim DAC-V1 Headphone Amplifier: Yes DAC Chip: SHARC DSP DSD Playback: Yes Max Sampling Rate: 24-bit/384kHz What We Like: A solid DAC with a good range of features. What We Don’t: Sound can be a touch harsh. As much as we love NAIM, we’re not sure this is a top five DAC. It gets a lot of things right, but it’s not quite perfect: for one thing, the sound quality can be just a touch harsh in the upper registers – nothing terrible, but just enough that it lacks the subtlety and confidence of other DACs. All the same, this is still an excellent alternative to models like the Hugo 2 and the Benchmark, and it does offer a good range of features – as well as pairing very well with other NAIM amplifiers. You get up to 24-bit/384kHz through the USB connection, as well as full DSD functionality and circuitry that packs in a 4-bit SHARC DSP chip. It’s also one of the few DACs to come with a remote, although the one included here is much better than the example that comes with the Benchmark DAC3 HGC. We think there’s further room for improvement on the audio side of things, but it shouldn’t take much for NAIM to shoot into the upper reaches here. We look forward to the V2! See the NAIM DAC V1 9. TEAC NT-503 ($799) TEAC NT-503 Amplifier: Yes Chip: Dual Asahi Kasei AK4490 DSD Playback: Yes Max Sampling Rate: 32-bit/384kHz What We Like: This hits hard for the money audio, Bluetooth wireless streaming. What We Don't: Not as many input options as other similarly-priced units. TEAC’s NT-503 is a perfect example of focusing on real smart, relevant features. The rather unusual (for a DAC) inclusion of an Ethernet port and a Bluetooth interface hints that TEAC have approached this as a sort of ultra-high-spec digital A/V hub. The NT-503 not only converts all your digital audio into a glorious analog sound, but is also capable of tapping into your Bluetooth wireless/home WiFi networks. This really frees up all options, allowing you to stream and remotely control high-resolution playlists wirelessly. Possibly because of the inclusion of wireless streaming, the NT-503 doesn’t offer a huge number of regular digital inputs - there is only one optical and one coaxial input. This makes it suitable for, let’s say, only ‘regular sized’ setups - such as a laptop storing high resolution music library, an HD TV, Blu-ray player and of course all the above mentioned wireless options. The main business here is down to the DA converters and they are superb - a pair of Asahi Kasei chips handling native conversion of up to 32-bit/384kHz! This makes the TEAC quite future proof, as not many media files currently exist in such staggeringly high resolution. Finally, we love balanced outputs (check our Buying Advice below), and this formidable unit can connect to your amp/speakers through a pro-grade pair of XLRs. It’s a solid DAC - albeit one without the value-for-money of those above it. See the TEAC NT-503 10. CHORD Electronics Mojo ($529) CHORD Electronics Mojo Amplifier: Yes Chip: Xilinx Artix-7 DSD Playback: Yes Max Sampling Rate: 32-bit/768kHz (!) What We Like: Stupendous specs, audio quality, clever ergonomics, quick charge, dual outs. What We Don't: A bit spartan in looks, outside the spherical lights! This is a superb DAC. The looks may seem gimmicky, until you note the price, which might give you an idea of the Mojo’s hidden talents. What we have here is a very powerful DAC aimed at handheld device audio playback, but equally at home when connected to a Mac or PC. In spite of its tiny size, the Mojo can take digital audio streams through several ports - a mini USB, S/PDIF and Optical 1/8” mini-jack. The analog outputs are 1/8" (3.5mm) mini-jacks and you have two paired outs, just in case you want to wow your date with your hi-res audio library. It doesn’t quite have the oomph of its bigger brother, the Hugo 2, but it’s a terrific budget option. CHORD have implanted some cool features here - we like the led lights that change color depending on the file’s audio resolution. Which, by the way has a truly shocking (theoretical) capability courtesy of the Xilinx Artix-7 converter chipset. It manages bitrates of up to 32-bit/768kHz which is nearly twenty times the sampling density of a regular CD audio! Naturally this little wonder can play lossless formats of any number including DSD256 / 11.29MHz. And yeah, you can take it anywhere. Read our in-depth review. See the CHORD Electronics Mojo 11. iFi Audio Micro iDAC2 ($349) iFi Micro iDAC2 Headphone Amplifier: Yes DAC Chip: Burr Brown DSD Playback: Yes Max Sampling Rate: 32-bit/384kHz What We Like: Versatile, adaptable, comes with great accessories. What We Don’t: Pointless filters. The iFi Audio Micro iDAC2 is a small DAC, roughly as large as a smartphone. It’s designed with a more conventional layout than the Chord Mojo, and is reminiscent of a shrunken hifi component, with a good-sized volume control and headphone out on the front, and inputs and outputs at rear. It’s a versatile, highly adaptable little DAC, and despite some bizarre and ugly labelling, we do enjoy the design. Conversion is handled by the famed Burr-Brown brand of chipsets - up to 32-bit/324kHz, and as the iDSD part of its title suggests, the iFi can handle quad-DSD 256, or any other file for that matter, with aplomb. However, while we do like the fact that it comes with a ton of pre-packaged cables to get you started, we’re less-enthused with the filters, which don’t really do much - they feel way too subtle to make a real difference. That being said: iFi make great gear, and we really dig this one. If you want some more features, check out the slightly pricier micro iDSD Black Label. Read our in-depth review. See the iFi Audio Micro iDAC2 12. Cambridge Audio DACMagic Plus ($350) Cambridge Audio Azur DacMagic Plus Amplifier: Yes Chip: Dual Wolfson WM8740 DSD Playback: Yes Max Sampling Rate: 24-bit/192kHz (384kHz up-sampling) What We Like: Good set of features, great quality. What We Don't: Requires Cambridge Audio’s drivers for high res formats. Having already looked into one of Cambridge Audio’s flagship-grade DACs (the Azur 851D), let’s see what this cheaper (but not necessarily cheap) unit has to offer. We’re pleased to say that many of the external features, such as the generous digital connectivity and balanced outs are also present here. Although the DACMagic uses a slightly cheaper DAC chipset (Dual Wolfson WM8740’s) they are still top-shelf quality hardware and do sound amazing. Even regular CD audio (16-bit/44.1kHz) files have this extra clarity to them and the DACMagic has an up-sampling feature which works quite well with lossy, compressed files like MP3s and AACs. It’s not going to trouble the big boys for true fidelity, but it still makes a big difference. And for its price range, the Cambridge DACMagic has a near-unbeatable conversion performance, and with its great connectivity it will be hard for you not to love it. See the Cambridge Audio DACMagic Plus 13. Meridian Audio Explorer2 ($199) Meridian Audio Explorer 2 Headphone Amplifier: Yes DAC Chip: Texas Instruments PCM5102 DSD Playback: Yes Max Sampling Rate: 24-bit/192kHz What We Like: Easy setup, great sound. What We Don’t: No tablet/smartphone support at the time of writing. While this isn’t quite as good as the Mojo, it does offer one of the better portable DAC experiences we’ve had, with its slim, cigar-sized build making it easy to slip into a pocket. That being said: it does have at least one major downside, which is that (at the time of writing, at least) it isn’t actually compatible with smartphones or tablets. That, it must be said, is a little bit annoying. However, it doesn’t change the fact that we had a lot of fun with this one. The setup is straightforward, the sound is very good indeed, and it even comes with MQA support – MQA, of course, being Master Quality Authenticated, a file format which streaming services like Tidal are trying to make a thing. Even if that has no interest for you, you’ll be wowed by the amazing job that the Texas Instruments PCM5102 does a converting audio, and it offers a decent bit depth and sample rate as well. If you have the money, pick the Mojo, but this is a good look nonetheless. Read our in-depth review. See the Meridian Audio Explorer2 14. TEAC HA-P50SE-R ($200) TEAC DAC Amplifier: Yes Chip: Burr-Brown PCM5102 DSD Playback: No Max Sampling Rate: 24-bit/96kHz What We Like: Very good sound for the price, solid and reliable. will drive any headphone pair. What We Don't: TEAC’s driver/player may need to be installed, sometimes struggles to recognise certain high-res file formats. This TEAC is similarly-sized to many other handheld DACs - the closest comparison is the iFi IDAC2 above. Unlike that DAC, this one comes with a headphone amplifier, which is good - even if it’s not quite enough to push it higher in the list. It can accept a 1/8" (3.5mm) jack as an input, which means that it has a built-in ADC (Analog to Digital Converter). That’s cool - certainly for the folks who require such a feature. The same input can also accept an optical digital input and is self-sensing, which means it can tell an audio mini-jack from a optical mini-jack (we explain the difference in our Buying Advice section below). We really like the flip-switch for source selection, as well as the low/high gain setting for the headphone amp. The TEAC HA-P50SE loves headphones - even with high impedances (up to 600 ohm) and we were impressed with the audio conversion of the Burr-Brown PCM5102 chipset present here. See the TEAC HA-P50SE-R 15. Musical Fidelity V90DAC ($299) Musical Fidelity V90DAC Amplifier: No Chip: Burr-Brown PCM1795 DSD Playback: No Max Sampling Rate: 32-bit/96kHz What We Like: Very nice for the price, no-brainer upgrade for cheap Blu-ray players. What We Don't: Lack of 192kHz and DSD file playback is a pity. With this model, we’re back to the safety of home setups. A glance at the V90DAC’s specs reveals a sufficient number of digital inputs, and of course your money here is mainly spent on the Burr-Brown PCM1795 chipset, managing up to 32-bit/96kHz native conversion. It’s a little more bare-bones than something like the TEAC model above, however. This somewhat mysterious white box (as it may look to any friends who come over) does not even have a volume knob, which in turn - you guessed it right - means that it does not have an integrated preamp at all. To be used with the rest of your setup, this needs to be connected to a separate preamp (or of course directly into a stereo amp if you so desire). Maybe we’ve just cracked Musical Fidelity’s plot to get you hooked on their brand, as they in fact have a whole range of V90 products, including a suitable (and visually matching) analog preamp. Whether you choose to go for their brand or another, it is important to use analog connections - in this case the V90DAC’s RCA outs, to go into said preamp in order to take advantage of this DAC’s rich sound. This means also that you should avoid using a digital preamp (or any other digital device) after the DAC, as you’d be re-converting an already DA converted audio stream, which would render this DAC pointless. See the Musical Fidelity V90DAC 16. Schiit Fulla 2 ($99) Schiit Fulla 2 Amplifier: Yes Chip: AKM AK4490 with TI OPA1662-based filter stage DSD Playback: No Max Sampling Rate: 24-bit/96kHz What We Like: Incredible value for money. What We Don’t: Nothing not to like. Having already introduced you to the ethos behind Schiit Audio’s products, we can simply add that if you are looking for the greatest DAC for around $100, you can stop and just click ‘buy’ on this one. The Schiit Fulla is in its second generation, having been recently upgraded, and despite its diminutive size and price is a real giant of a DAC. Listeners of this top-selling DAC have reported that they think the sound is a little too subtle, which we’d agree with, but it’s still a very worthwhile DAC, especially for the price. Featuring some extremely well-matched components, the Fulla combines great DA conversion with ultra low noise and jitter values. The pearl of its crown is the very capable headphone preamp, which can drive any hungry high-end pair of cans (of up to 300 Ohms). The large high quality Alps RK9 volume pot is also linked to a pair of variable line output (mini-jack 3.5mm / 1/8") which can drive an active pair of speakers or standalone amplifier. The Fulla 2 is plug ‘n’ play with Mac or Windows computers, as well as iOS and Android devices - for handhelds though, it would require you to connect to a mains power source, so unfortunately, you can’t take it out for a walk unless you take a power bank charger with you. Read our in-depth review. See the Schiit Fulla 2 17. Optoma NuForce uDAC5 ($199) NuForce uDAC5 Amplifier: Yes Chip: ESS SABRE DSD Playback: Yes Max Sampling Rate: 24-bit/384kHz What We Like: Price, size, audio quality. What We Don't: Minimal look, sound can sometimes be a little sterile. We simply love the Optoma NuForce uDAC5. We’ve had one in the office for a while, and it never fails to impress. Yeah, there are other small DAC interfaces around, but this NuForce layout is just so clean and precise. Much like its audio conversion really. Relying on a slick ESS SABRE chipset for its impressive 24-bit/384kHz conversion (and DSD256) capability, the NuForce has quickly won an enviable reputation. Start playing DSD, and the light on the front switches to blue, like you’ve unlocked a secret mode. It has a great headphone amp included in it - but we need to say, if there’s a drawback, it is the same as its strength. The audio offers an analytical type of performance, and some may find the sound a bit cold rather than ‘sweet’, especially with certain music. But of course such subjective discussions are reserved for the $2K DACs, right? And the NuForce is a steal for the asking price. That said: we’ve had both it and the Fulla 2 together, and we do prefer the Fulla 2, which we think offers a better experience at a lower price. Read our in-depth review. See the Optoma NuForce uDAC5 18. FiiO K1 ($40) FiiO K1 Amplifier: Yes (Digital Control) Chip: Burr-Brown TI PCM5102 DSD Playback: No Max Sampling Rate: 24-bit/96kHz What We Like: Credit-card-sized, expansive sound. What We Don't: Pretty basic. The K1 is such a massive hit with smartphones, that we need it covered. It’s got nothing on bigger DACs like the Mojo, but it’s still a beast. There’s a complete lack of hardware knobs or buttons but this actually fits K1’s purpose. It’s designed to deliver pocket-sized conversion that can kick your audio into the stratosphere, and for this amount of money, it does it really well. This DAC proudly burrs with a Burr-Brown chip, the TI PCM5102, so you can expect crisp audio detail and transparency. The digitally controlled headphone preamp has a ton of talent - it can drive any earbuds and most headphones with ease - up to 100ohm impedances, in fact. Don’t expect major high-end goodness, but it certainly doesn’t do a bad job for what you get - and will be an immediate upgrade to your existing device. 1 Citar Enlace al comentario Compartir en otros sitios More sharing options...
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