Starting Point Systems DAC3

Discussion in 'DACs' started by highend64, Apr 18, 2018.

  1. highend64

    highend64 Well-Known Member

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    Hi, I will be planning on purchasing this DAC. Does anyone have experience using this model? Thanks
     

     

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  2. gvl

    gvl Well-Known Member

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    It's pretty good for what it is. I suggest you research NOS DACs before pulling the trigger, if not already. Assume that the USB input works only on Windows.
     
  3. highend64

    highend64 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the reply. I was thinking about it any suggestion is appreciated.
     
  4. mjw21a

    mjw21a Super Member

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    Yes, I'm running one in my secondary system downstairs which is perhaps the best match I've come across for that system. It's a very natural, organic sounding DAC which just sounds real to my ears. I found it fantastic in that system as the Dayton USA PS220-8 based drivers are incredibly revealing and a bit aggressive at the high end. The DAC3 has softer sounding highs which means this system is not fatiguing to listen to with the DAC3 in the chain. I'd tried a number of other DAC's in that system (S.M.S.L. M8, Gustard DAC-X12, Xiang Sheng DAC-01A) though none of those were such a great match in this system.

    Having said that, with some of my other systems it's too laid back however with modern speakers (bright &/or forward) such as Polks they're a fantastic match.
     
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  5. MudSlideSlim

    MudSlideSlim Well-Known Member

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    Pardon my ignorance, but who makes the DAC3?
     
  6. gvl

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  7. Screwdriver

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    I am also looking at buying one of these. Anyone else have opinions?
     
  8. mjw21a

    mjw21a Super Member

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    I've since found that a Weilang Audio AKM 4497EQ based DAC has the tonality and smooth presentation of the DAC3 though the superior detail of a modern DAC. Better all up.
     

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