DACs with remote control -- or not!

Discussion in 'DACs' started by Calypte, Feb 4, 2019.

  1. mjw21a

    mjw21a Super Member

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    Gieseler Groß DAC. Has beat out the PS Audio Direct Stream in a few shoot outs. The gap has widened with the new Kraftwerk linear power supply upgrade. Easily the best I've ever heard.
     

     

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  2. BMWCCA

    BMWCCA AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    I can't say my XDA-2 control is too "fine". I think it gives great control and holding down the remote volume button allows you to sail through its range. The Gen-1 XDA was known for a volume-control issue, I believe related to distorting when attenuated. It was completely fixed in the later units. I've had my XDA-2 since they were new and it is a godsend in my vintage solid-state-separates system for the ability not only to switch sources, but to control volume remotely. I only wish I'd bought several at the time. I couldn't be happier with mine. I, too, would be interested in what is available of similar quality with similar control that won't break the bank.
     
  3. JoeESP9

    JoeESP9 ESL's & tubes since 83

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    A plus for the XDA-2 that hasn't been mentioned is the number of inputs (6). There are two optical, two coax, a USB and an AES/EBU input. The volume control can step in .5dB increments or if the button is held down it rapidly increases volume.
     
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  4. Lou G

    Lou G New Member

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    The volume control on the XDA-2 actually steps in 0.25 db increments for fine control.
     
  5. RobertCO

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    I have an XDA-2 right now (that I use strictly as a DAC) and have been researching a possible replacement. Thanks for this comment about your experience with the XDA-2 vs. the Chord Qutest. I can skip the DACs in between now and save a little longer and get a Chord.
     
  6. Decibel_116

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    If my post helped you in any way, I am very glad. I spent a lot of time evaluating DACs of intermediate performance. It was not until I heard the Qutest that I experienced anything that I would actually consider an "upgrade" from the Emotiva DAC. The Qutest is implemented in a weird form factor with a different kind of user interface than I was accustomed to. If you can get past that, you will not regret it. I can't say enough good things about it's sound quality.
     
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