DACs with remote control -- or not!

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

  1. TimF

    TimF Super Member

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    My LinnenberG DAC has a built in resistive ladder analog volume control as well as seven switchable filters one can use, so I pretty much use mine as a preamplifier as well as DAC. Works great for my situation.
     

     

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  2. Rabithole

    Rabithole New Member

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    Ok, this is my first post.

    First of all - Hello everybody.......I just jumped down the rabbit hole

    I recently bought a Marantz 2325 vintage receiver and decided I would like to put the best quality for the money digital music into it via my laptop because I listen to a lot of digital music. I used to use a cord to split my 3.5mm jack into RCA L and R's and plug it into my generic home Sony home audio receiver. I am now looking at buying a DAC to compliment my new receiver. I am looking at this one, the "Dx3 pro" after reading this forum and also the subsequent reviews. It is in my price range and sounds like it would suit my needs (remote, bluetooth, sound quality).

    I guess the question I have for the forum is this - would this be a worthy "investment" for my system? I have no earthly idea because I've never heard a DAC or had anything to compare the sound to.

    Glad I found this forum to help me get through the rabbit hole. Thanks for any responses.
     
  3. Rabithole

    Rabithole New Member

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    I actually put this in the wrong thread.......lol! I'll have to put it in the right thread.
     
  4. TimF

    TimF Super Member

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    Rabithole, I would say that if you are enjoying what you hear out of your new receiver with just your laptop connected, sit back and enjoy your music and leave it at that. The rabbit hole can get pretty deep if you let it. Everyone is different on how they think about this lovely hobby though! There is always "Better" in just about everything one wants to compare or look at. And at times, things aren't necessarily better, just different.

    My only other thought is this, if you really are going to start looking at upgrading bits and pieces, look at the big picture and where you might want to be with your system-if you can answer that one in the first place of course, and try to minimize expense by buying once and buying right, if possible. Eliminate jumps, trading, selling on if possible! Just my own take on things of course!
     
  5. Rabithole

    Rabithole New Member

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    Great answer. Thanks for the reaponse!
     
  6. Steve.

    Steve. Member

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    When we were kids we were happy just to have a DAC.... my first DAC was an Audio Alchemy and was bare bones 16/44.1k conversion....In the early days of outboard conversion I can't think of too many that had volume controls, if any. Now DACs can easily attenuate in the digital domain... some better than others.

    My preamp is not remote controlled, so when I bought my current DAC a few years ago remote volume was high on the list. The NAD m51 has a great digital volume control, I use it often and it is smooth and transparent. I don't think I would buy a DAC today without remote volume , Volume keys ON FRONT panel ,ability for fixed output and XLR outs. As much as I like my DAC, NADs lack of front panel volume keys is a major ommision.
     

     

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  7. botrytis

    botrytis Trying not to be a Small Speaker Hoarder Subscriber

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    When I was a kid, the Pioneer SX-737 was new, there were no DAC's :D It was vinyl or tape.
     
  8. olson_jr

    olson_jr Dave? Dave's not here man. Subscriber

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    My PS Audio DAC not only has a remote, it has volume control and balance.
     
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