Rotel RDD-1580 vs. Rega DAC-R vs. Audiolab M-DAC

Discussion in 'DACs' started by N.Cotman, Sep 23, 2017.

  1. N.Cotman

    N.Cotman New Member

    Hi everyone,

    If there is already a thread that might help me with this please let me know.

    I am considering purchasing one of these three DACs, but its looking like home auditions will not be possible. I've heard the RDD-1580 (not in my system) and it sounded great. I've read that the DAC-R is simply amazing and quite warm sounding, whereas the M-DAC is overly analytical.

    I am wondering if anybody who has experience with any or all three of these DACs could shed some light on which they prefer and why?



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  2. MarcoLeo

    MarcoLeo New Member

    Hi Nick.
    I am considering too a Rotel rdd 1580 and a rega dac.
    I search a warm / analog sound, without the cold edges of digital sound.
    Have you heard these devices?

    I own a rotel cd 14 + naim 5i + martin logan esl and it sounds too much digital!
    I was surprised that rotel makes colds cd player, 'cause in the past rotel was known for warm sound. But a dealer said the rdd 1580 is different and has a warm sound like old rotels.
    So I would like to compare it with rega, but it'is not easy now.

    I'll be gratefull to you for every info.
  3. Danddd

    Danddd AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Wheaton, IL
    I'm auditioning a Rega Dac-R now. I preferred it over a NAD M51 DAC. I'm finding the Rega nice, I use filter 3, but at times a little grating. I am also going to audition the new Beresford Caiman SEG DAC. It will be interesting as the Beresford is cheap at $260.00 delivered, but has a big following in the UK. I am really curious how it compares.
  4. KaigonGroup

    KaigonGroup New Member

    FWIW, I just acquired a used ROTEL RDD-1580 and I can't get the DAC to "toggle" from USB Class 1 Mode, to USB Class 2 Mode. Followed the procedure as outlined in Manual ("depress PC-USB button for 5 seconds, etc). Tried resetting DAC, no joy. Has any other Owner of a ROTEL RDD-1580 DAC experienced this issue? Thanks in advance! David, NorCal.
  5. Hawkeye83

    Hawkeye83 AK Subscriber Subscriber

    East-Central Iowa
    Nice, I've never heard of any other Beresford gear, but I do use one of their RCA switchers (4 input x 2 output) - it's NICE! Very well built, solid switches, attractive, no coloration...

    I also have a Rega RP1 turntable.

    Interested to hear your findings.
  6. Danddd

    Danddd AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Wheaton, IL
    I really like it. I found the Rega DAC fatiguing and the NAD missing some music information. The Beresfordis a steal @ $260.00. It's just musical.


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  7. lastexit

    lastexit New Member

    I had a Rotel RCD-1072 which I would describe as a cold sounding unit. It was originally paired with Audioquest King Cobra cabling and even after burn in, the player made every CD sound like early-generation 1980s -- thin, hard, edgy, sterile. I then upgraded the interconnects to Acoustic Zen Matrix Reference and it was a stunning revelation -- everything became so much smoother and easy on the ears. The Rotel cd player was listenable and I was able to live with it for a while.

    I haven't heard the RDD-1580 but I would imagine it should have similar characteristics to their CD players. If it doesn't suit your tastes, you can always try experimenting with different interconnects to help things out a bit.

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