Klinemj's DC-1 Review Oct 17, 2013 22:58:04 GMT -5
Post by aztecax on Oct 17, 2013 22:58:04 GMT -5
Find a good recording that includes cymbals - preferable with brushes; I think you will find that, on the DC-1, they sound more like a metal brush hitting metal, and less like a steam valve switching on and off.
Mark, you are really pushing me towards a purchase. I bought an Oppo 103 early this year and have found it fantastic for all video uses (bluray, DVD, .mkv, Netflix, youtube) and solid for audio purposes via CDs, the file browser and Pandora. Though I have to say, all the raving about the 103 and 105 I felt like the two-channel audio performance was below my expectation. I know the 105 is basically a 103 with upgraded audio circuitry, so to hear you say that the DC-1 is a fair bit ahead of even that is encouraging. I plan on building myself a little music server soon to run JRiver (which I will control with an iOS app). The DC-1's measurements made me shake my head in disbelief but to hear it actually sounds right and to hear others put into words what I found so uninspiring about the Sabre DAC in my Oppo...well, with this sale price, I think I'll have to. I also work in Pro Audio and it sounds like its totally solid to run monitors or headphones as well. Though I have to say the 1/8" headphone jacks are baffling.
I just noticed the lack of DSD which is really the only letdown. I don't listen to or seek out DSD materials but it's nice to have all the bases covered. But hey, my 103 does DSD (though from everything I hear, if you want DSD to sound "wooow" you need a DAC with a four-digit pricetag...plus I have beef with DSD on a technical level).
If I can ask for some help, though: can someone elaborate on the ASRC for me? Does this just mean it's using async USB and using it's own clock and controlling how the computer sends data?