XDA-1, Thanks EMO Dec 28, 2010 22:05:44 GMT -5
Post by mgallyot on Dec 28, 2010 22:05:44 GMT -5
It's not often I anticipate a new product and it exceeds my expectations.This is what has happened with the xda-1.I was looking to upgrade my stereolink 1300 usb dac to use with my HTPC as a music server.I was ready to pull the trigger on a Dacmagic until I starting hearing about the xda-1.I was very happy when I first got the stereolink about 3 years ago,it gave my pc files the sound quality of a good cd player.I was worried that the xda- would not be as good or just marginally better.Well i'm here to tell you it blow's the stereolink away.There is no placebo effect here,I have been an avid music listener since the 70's,there are songs that I have listened to hundreds of times and i am familliar with every soud on those recordings,and I am hearing things I have not heard before.Now I know what people are talking about when they mention things like: soundstage and seperation and details etc.I am using the usb connection, and asio4all, windows xp with JRiver media center - kernal streaming works as well.I have been able to play 24/96 files as well.Had to download usb drivers to make that work.One other thing I have discovered to be fact is: USB cables do make a difference.I first hooked up the xda with the Belkin pure av gold cable that came with the stereolink until the Nirvana usb cable arrived.I figured I would try the cable thing once just to see if it makes a difference.Well when I hooked up that Nirvana cable I was floored.I cannot believe how good the sq is using this dac, my winxp HTPC,Onkyo TX NR 905,PSB image T65 towers or Sennheiser HD600 headphones. I can not stop listening to my new system. Thanks EMO !!! your product has made me a happy camper. Once you go DAC you never go BACK!!!